Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier

Last updated date: October 2, 2019

DWYM Score
8.5

Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 152 expert reviews, the Vicks Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier placed 5th when we looked at the top 6 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note August 24, 2020:
Checkout The Best Humidifier for a detailed review of all the top humidifiers.

Expert Summarized Score
9.1
17 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
7.4
6,675 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
An automatic shutoff system in a completely budget-friendly price. It has a capacity of 1 gallon and gives 12 hours smooth and quiet running by increasing the humidity.
- Much Needed
The Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier is a great pick for winter, and particularly cold and flu season: Its tank uses a boiling chamber to emit a steam vapor and produce a 95% bacteria-free mist into the air for up to 12 hours.
- The Spruce
July 18, 2019 | Full review
It provides a quiet and smooth run for 12 hours and a capacity of 1 gallon of water.
- Top Best Product Review
Using this humidifier it’s quite easy. The water tank is removable, of course, it has a handle that makes it easy to carry around. When you take the water tank out, it has a twistable cap and that’s where you fill the water in from.
- HouseHold Harbor
May 15, 2018 | Full review
Vicks V745 is a great warm mist humidifier. It does the job very well, it is cheap and quiet, it has an auto shut-off feature, covers up to 400 square feet.
- Indoor Breathing
You can be environmentally friendly with this filter free unit. Another good feature that comes with this product is Vick’s 3-year warranty.
- The Best Humidifiers
The unit offers two comfort settings of steam temperature, and the steam is 95% bacteria free from the heating of the water into the steam.
- The Hunt Guides
June 30, 2019 | Full review
This humidifier’s tank is able to contain up to 1 gallon of water, allowing the machine to work continuously for 24 hours without any refilling.
- Pick My Humidifier
August 4, 2015 | Full review
Cleaning is made easy and parts are easy to remove, clean and return to the unit.
- Best Consumer Reviews
This humidifier will boil the water inside of it and the water vapor will kill up to 96% of the bacteria from the air. The water vapor mixes with the dry air in the cooling chamber to release the warm moist air into the room.
- The Smart Consumer
March 27, 2018 | Full review
It runs for about 12 hours on a tank and there’s a soft light for nighttime use. It’s affordable, it works consistently, and it’s easy to maintain.
- Humidity Helper
Many customers like the fact that the Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier has no filters and yet produces none of the white dust that some warm mist humidifiers are notorious for.
- Home Reviewed
The perfect humidifier for winter months as it will warm up the room slightly.
- Little One Mag
The only warm air humidifier to make our list, this product is really good at relieving respiratory distress.
- The Wife Choice
January 22, 2019 | Full review
Perfect for those who get frequent nosebleeds and chapped lips from the dry heat indoors.
- Thoroughly Reviewed
It holds one gallon of water, which can provide humidity for up to 24 hours, and automatically shuts down when it runs out.
- Baby List
June 28, 2019 | Full review
The Vicks warm mist humidifier is filter-free. You don’t need to worry about replacing filters and having an ongoing cost to maintain the unit.
- Home Health Living
October 30, 2018 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Some customers report mold or mildew as a side effect of the hot steam, so it's recommended you clean the humidifier frequently.
- The Spruce
July 18, 2019 | Full review
Calcium builds up easily on the heating element and definitely requires cleaning after a full tank's use.
- HouseHold Harbor
May 15, 2018 | Full review
Vicks V745 will make some noise as all humidifiers do. On the low setting, it is quiet. You will hear a low boiling noise. On the high setting, you will also hear a boiling noise but a bit noisier.
- Indoor Breathing
Gurgling noises.
- The Best Humidifiers
Water in the unit is boiling in temperature and can cause burns if spilled.
- The Hunt Guides
June 30, 2019 | Full review
People who have asthma should not use this kind of humidifiers because of the effects of hot and warm mist on the patient’s sensitive breathing passages which are likely to cause some irritations.
- Pick My Humidifier
August 4, 2015 | Full review
Keep in mind that it is important to clean it regularly or calcium build up could affect its productivity.
- The Smart Consumer
March 27, 2018 | Full review
Requires regular maintenance & cleaning.
- Little One Mag
The only cons are the fact that you’re paying a fair amount for functionality that you might not need, and the fact that the lack of filtration can lead to the build up of limescale if you have hard water
- The Wife Choice
January 22, 2019 | Full review
Some parents also worry that the menthol scent is too strong for little ones.
- Baby List
June 28, 2019 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Vicks Pure Warm Mist Humidifier for Relief of Cold & Flu Symptoms. This humidifier boils water to a pure steam vapor up to 96% bacteria free. This mixes with dry air in the cooling chamber to release warm, moist air into the room. Perfect for medium to large rooms. Fill the Water Tank with clean, cool, tap water and replace the Tank Cap by firmly turning clockwise. Turn the tank upright and check Tank Cap for leaks. If any water drips from Tank Cap, remove it and re-tighten.

Overall Product Rankings

URPOWER Oil Diffuser & Cool Mist Humidifier
1. URPOWER Oil Diffuser & Cool Mist Humidifier
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 26
VicTsing Essential Oil Diffuser & Cool Mist Humidifier
2. VicTsing Essential Oil Diffuser & Cool Mist Humidifier
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 28
Asakuki Essential Oil Diffuser
3. Asakuki Essential Oil Diffuser
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 16
Pure Enrichment Cool Mist Humidifier
4. Pure Enrichment Cool Mist Humidifier
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 25
Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier
5. Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 17
Everlasting Comfort Cool Mist Humidifier
6. Everlasting Comfort Cool Mist Humidifier
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 23

An Overview On Humidifiers

Depending on where you live or how much heat you use in the winter season, you may find that the air in your home is a bit dry. This dryness may be the cause of your chapped lips, dry throat or sinus irritations. Fortunately, you can purchase a humidifier to use in the home that will put the much-needed moisture back into the air.

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Before you select a humidifier, there are a few things you’ll want to consider.

Start off measuring the room in which you’d like to use the humidifier. Most units will list the size room they service (often in square feet) on the outside of the product packaging. In some cases, the box may say small, medium or large rooms.

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“A good rule of thumb is to get a ‘small room’ humidifier for spaces under 300 square feet, a ‘medium room’ humidifier for 400-500 square feet, and the ‘large room’ humidifier for rooms over 500 square feet,” says our resident home improvement expert Vicki Liston. “You’ll need to adjust to a higher sized model if your ceilings are above 9 feet or if the room you are using it in isn’t well insulated.”

Next, you’ll need to determine the humidifier’s tank size. The larger the tank, the longer the unit will run before it needs to be refilled. For example, the URPOWER Oil Diffuser & Cool Mist Humidifier has a 100 ml tank that runs just 6 hours, while the Pure Enrichment Cool Mist Humidifier has a 1.5 L tank that runs 16 hours. The first unit is more suitable for an office setting, while the second is best for continuous home use.

Kristin Forte/Simplemost Media

Decide whether you’d like a humidifier that also doubles as an oil diffuser, such as the Asakuki Essential Oil Diffuser. This way, you could add a few drops of lavender essential oil for its ability to calm or orange essential oil for a boost in energy. Perhaps you’d simply like to add your favorite essential oil to create a pleasant aroma to the room.

Check the humidifier you’re interested in to see if it has multiple settings. Most units will give you the option of running the mist in spurts (or on low) or continuously (or on high). Some also feature timers that will shut the unit off after 1 hour, 3 hours, 6 hours or once the water reservoir is empty.

Consider any extra benefits the humidifier has to offer. For example, the VicTsing Essential Oil Diffuser & Cool Mist Humidifier has seven different light colors, so you can choose one that matches the decor in the room you’re using it in. Even better, once you select the color you’d like, you can put it on dim or bright.

DWYM Fun Fact

Raymond Banks of Walton Labs Inc. was the first company to apply for a patent for a humidifier. While the application was submitted in 1962, it wasn’t granted until 1964. It wasn’t long before Americans were able to buy humidifiers to use in their own homes. Today, a wide variety of humidifiers are readily available for purchase, many of which also incorporate the use of essential oils for additional health benefits.

Did you know that approximately 75% of homeowners are unhappy with the air quality in their homes during the cooler months of the year? They believe the low humidity is the cause of their dry skin, nose bleeds and sore throats. It makes sense then, that $574.2 million in humidifiers were sold between the years of 2010 and 2018.

Here’s another interesting fact: When you increase the humidity in your home by 10%, it actually makes the air feel one degree warmer. During the cold winter months, every degree helps.

The increase in humidity also has a multitude of health benefits. In addition to hydrating the skin, high humidity levels also have the ability to break up the particles that make up the flu virus. So using your humidifier during flu season is another way to take preventative measures to protect your family from this unpleasant illness.

The Humidifier Buying Guide

  • You can measure the amount of humidity in your home with a hydrometer. Your goal is to keep humidity levels between 40 and 50%.
  • Never use tap water to fill your humidifier. “Using distilled or purified water instead of tap water will substantially cut down on the amount of mineral deposits left behind,” says home improvement maven Liston.
  • Check the type of material that the humidifier’s water reservoir is made out of. You want it to be BPA-free, so that no toxins are released into the water and then into the air that you breathe.
  • Mold and bacteria can grow inside a humidifier, which is why it is so important that you clean the device regularly. Since humidifiers are not dishwasher safe, you’ll need to clean them by hand. Mix water and white distilled vinegar together inside the humidifier’s water tank. Run the unit for a few minutes and then empty the water reservoir. Wipe down the inside of the tank with either a cotton ball or swab that has been soaked in vinegar. Rinse the tank with water afterward to make sure you remove all traces of vinegar. You can set the unit aside to air dry or wipe it down with a lint-free cloth.
  • Not all units run quietly. However, a little white noise may actually help you focus while working or sleep a little more soundly at bedtime.
  • When reviewing humidifier prices, you’ll need to take into consideration the number or features the unit comes with, as well as how long of a running time it has. The URPOWER Oil Diffuser & Cool Mist Humidifier is on the lower end, as it is more basic and has a short running time. The VicTsing Essential Oil Diffuser & Cool Mist Humidifier and the Asakuki Essential Oil Diffuser are slightly more, thanks to longer running times and extra settings. You’ll find the Pure Enrichment Cool Mist Humidifier at the top of the range, as it has the power to run for as long as 16 hours.