Vicks – Best Warm Mist Home Humidifier (Budget Category)
The Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier V745A is primarily intended to help in relieving cold and flu symptoms. It also acts well as a general room humidifier particularly useful in the winter and generally in areas of the country where it can get cold.
The Vicks Warm Mist is an inexpensive, lightweight warm-mist humidifier. It has two moisture settings (high and low) and a built-in shut off switch when the reservoir runs dry. The humidifier boils water that is in a tank that is filled with enough water to last for a complete 12 hours of operation.This humidifier boils water to a pure steam vapor up to 96% bacteria free. The mist mixes with dry air in the warm mist humidifier’s cooling chamber to release warm moist air into the room.Warm mist humidifiers are always louder than their cool mist counterparts but this model is particularly quiet, giving off no more than a slight fizzing sound at its low setting. The unit itself is safe to touch and doesn’t feel hot even though it is heating water to boiling point internally.
Why The Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier?
The Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier is a gadget that every household should use in winter time. Either you are fighting with cold symptoms, or simply suffering from effects of heated dry air in your house, this device makes you feel better. It will soothe you throat, clear congestion in your nose and prevent nose bleeds, even eliminate static electricity, so you can pet your cat without giving off sparks.
Whisper Quiet Operation
You should not expect this to be absolutely silent, but it is indeed very quiet. What it sounds like from couple of feet away is like the sound of a rainy day or like having an aquarium in the room. Even light sleepers are leaving it in their bedrooms for night with no complaints. The humidifier can be calming to those who like white noise.
Medicine Cup for Inhalants
If you have a sore throat, you can use the humidifier’s medicine cup. Just pour in inhalant like Vicks Vaposteam or Kaz Inhalant to soothe your throat.
Easy To Clean
No special cleaning chemicals are needed. Most of humidifier’s parts can go in the dishwasher. Others should be washed with vinegar once a week. So the daily maintenance takes just a few minutes. The weekly maintenance takes a bit longer, but that is mainly because you have to throw some of the pieces in to soak in vinegar.
Highlights of the Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier
- 95% bacteria-free warm moisture for soothing relief of cough and congestion symptoms
- Quiet operation
- Two humidity settings for ideal comfort
- Soft Glow Night-light allows humidifier to be seen in the dark
- Medicine cup for the addition of Vicks VapoSteam® or Kaz Inhalant
- Automatic shut-off for added safety
- 1-gallon capacity; operates up to 12 hours on a single filling
- Up to 12 hours of operation on one filling
- Suitable for medium/large rooms
What Others Are Saying
Users like the fact that this model, like other warm-mist humidifiers, does not require filters as the water is sterilized by boiling. Users of the Vicks Warm Mist V745A also report this model is reasonably quiet, with some asserting the white noise is calming. The Vicks V745A scores with consumers posting on Viewpoints who say this model sends out comforting mist in a matter of minutes — enough to warm cool air, clear up dry skin, and stop nose bleeds; one user cautions against closing the door in the room where the humidifier is running to avoid condensation settling on the walls.
Most users say the humidifier runs quietly, at least on the low setting, but some find it too noisy on high. Some users also find it difficult to clean, especially because the machine needs to cool for at least 15 minutes before the tank is removed and wiped dry. (The manufacturer recommends doing this daily and de-scaling the tank with vinegar weekly.)
For safety, this humidifier shuts off automatically when the tank runs dry — a feature that some users say is unreliable and causes the machine to shut down at random. We also read several reports of leakage with this humidifier.
The Bottomline – Should You Get The Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier?
Having been chosen as the Best Humidifier of the year in the warm mist category, we recommend this product wholeheartedly. However, only if it is intended for an adult’s room and not a children’s room since the hot steam poses a burn risk especially for mischievous kids. If the idea of warming up the air in your room appeals to you and if you tend to favor warmth rather than room temperature air, then this is for you. Get this also if you intend to use the humidifier mainly for the cold winter months. As seen below, the pros far outweigh the minor inconveniences of this humidifier. Proper cleaning and maintenance of the humidifier will ensure years of continued use without any of those problems.
What’s In The Box
- Instruction Manual
- Central Humidifier Body
- Water Tank
- Medicine Cup
- Water Tank Lid with Vapor Output Slot
- List item
Does It Come With Warranty?
This Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier is warranted against defective material or workmanship for a period of three years from the date of purchase.