Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier with Auto Shut-off Review



Air humidifiers have a lot of benefits to help ease breathing related issues and sinuses. The Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier makes it even more soothing by letting you add Vicks products like the Vaposteam and Kaz inhalant to be infused to the mist. It produces warm mist so this is great during the cold seasons to make your room even more comfortable.

It has one gallon water capacity and can run up to 12 hours in one filling. It also features a nightlight for an even more relaxing sleep. But does the Vicks additive really help in the humidification? Let’s find out in this review. We will also look at possible problems you might encounter based on customer comments and reviews.

Important Features and Specs

Of course, the most notable feature of this humidifier is that it lets you add the Vicks Vaposteam or Kaz inhalent to add a more soothing effect on the mist.

The mist output at the top of the unit has a small container, called the medicine cup, where you can pour a few drops of the Vaposteam or inhalant; these are concentrated liquid and once the machine starts running, the product will be infused to the mist. 4oz of the Kaz costs about three dollars and the Vaposteam is available in 8oz and costs about ten dollars. The mist, together with the liquid, create a soothing vapor with a minty smell for your room.

It has a compact design with a white base and clear bluish tank. The mist output is on the very top of the unit with the small medicine cup on the center. It is not as sleek as some might prefer but it is nice enough for display; with dimensions of 12 x 7.9 x 14.2 inches, Width, Depth, and Height (WDH) and weighs only 1 pound. The nightlight makes this perfect for the bedroom.

To fill the tank with water, simply lift it from the base, remove the bottom cap and put the opening under the sink. Make sure to remove the top before turning it upside down in case there are Vaposteam and inhalants left on the medicine cup. It features variable mist output. You can control the mist by turning the dial on the bottom left of the base. When using the inhalants, it is best to put it on the highest mist setting to put as much of the product to the mist.

You don’t need to use filters especially since it is a warm mist humidifier. The water is boiled before the mist is produced so it kills the germs and bacteria that might be in the water. Although it is not specified in the description, some customers found that it is also good to be used with essential oils by using the same medicine cup. This turns your humidifier into an aromatherapy infuser.

One disadvantage of this product is that it does not run as long as other humidifiers, firstly because it is compact. Also, boiling the water makes it evaporate faster. But it will still run up to twelve hours, just enough for the entire night. Another difficulty noticed by some users I’d that it is a little harder to clean because the opening on the bottom is small.

However, it is still possible by just using a small brush or long cloth. Also, be advised that the warm mist is not enough to change the temperature in the room. It just makes the mist more soothing on colder weathers. During the winter, it is still advisable to turn your heater on. The warm mist helps in relieving dry skin caused by cold dry air. It will also be very helpful when used during the first signs of cough and cold both for children and adults.


  • No filter required
  • Can be used with tap water
  • Nightlight
  • Can be used with essential oils
  • Produces soothing minty vapor
  • Helps with cough and cold
  • Auto Shut-off


  • A little difficult to clean because of the small tank opening
  • Has shorter runtime when used with inhalants
  • Added operational costs because of inhalants

Who Should Buy

This warm mist humidifier is great for those who have kids who are prone to cough and colds. It creates a soothing vapor that helps prevent it from the sickness especially when used during the first signs of cold. It is great for the bedroom because of the nightlight. The minty vapor is safe for both kids and adults. It is perfect for the colder seasons. If you want an air humidifier to help freshen the air in your room during the summer or warmer seasons, you might want to invest in a separate cool mist humidifier.


The Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier with Auto Shut-off offers added relief for cold and cough especially during cold weather. It is reasonably priced and requires little maintenance. It is suitable for both children and adults.