Humidifier Buying Guide

Humidifiers come in all shapes and sizes, however, they all add moisture into the air to help you and your family feel more comfortable. Vicks is here to help you find the right humidifier. Here are some things to consider when choosing your unit: 

Cool vs. Warm

Both offer the same benefits, so it comes down to personal preference!

Cool Mist humidifiers help maintain overall room temperature and are recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Warm Mist humidifiers work with liquid inhalants like Vicks VapoSteam® to provide cough relief and added comfort.

Filtered vs. Filter Free

Filtered humidifiers remove minerals from the water and deliver invisible moisture into the air.

Filter free models deliver visible mist but should be used with demineralization cartridges to help prevent white dust.

Room Size

It is important to understand the size of the room where the humidifier will be used. Buying the right humidifier will ensure that you get desired results.

Small: up to 250 sq. ft.

Medium: up to 400 sq. ft. 

Large: up to 600 sq. ft.  

Scents & Inhalants

Many Vicks humidifiers work with scent pads or inhalants to add soothing vapours to the air.

Vicks VapoPads® provide up to 8 hours of soothing vapours and are available in menthol and rosemary and lavender scents. 

Vicks VapoSteam® works with vapourizers and warm mist humidifiers to produce soothing menthol vapors.

Other Considerations

Run Time & Capacity

If you plan to use the humidifier at night, look for big tank capacity and long enough run time so that you can sleep worry-free. Be on the lookout for added safety features like auto-shut off, so that you can be sure your humidifier shuts-off when the water runs out. 


Keeping your humidifier clean is important for your health and to extend the life of your device. As you shop for a humidifier, look for wide tank openings, easy to wipe surfaces and dishwasher safe parts.

Physical Size

As you think about where in your home you plan to use the humidifier, the size of the unit should to be considered. For nurseries and children’s bedroom, small units are best as they fit comfortably on nightstands . Medium or large sized units fit best on top of dressers or tables. Be sure to always keep humidifiers out of the reach of children.



Create an enchanting bedtime environment by using a humidifier with a projection feature. The Vicks Sweet Dreams Cool Mist Humidifier offers three different dream-inspired themes- Safari, Starry Night, and Under the Sea.

Humidistat & Timers

Some devices feature humidistats to help you regulate humidity levels. You can set your desired level, and the device will turn off or lower the output once the desired humidity levels has been reached. In addition, some units have timers that turn the humidifier off after a set amount of time.