Vicks History

1926
The First Electric Vaporizer

In 1926 Max Katzman, founder of Kaz USA, Inc., invented the world's first electric vaporizer. Today, Kaz maintains its position as a state-of-the-art, dynamic global leader in home healthcare devices and home comfort products. In 1995, Kaz expanded by licensing the Vicks® brand from the Procter & Gamble Company. For twenty years, Kaz and Vicks have continued to drive innovation with a progressive line of humidifier and vaporizer solutions.

1995
First Vicks Branded Vaporizer

In 1995, Kaz manufactured the V200 Vaporizer which was the first Vicks-branded vaporizer. Featuring a two-gallon capacity, the Vicks® V200 Vaporizer can produce steam for 24 - 32 hours.

1999
Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier with Nightlight and Ergonomic Pocket Handle for Tank

The Vicks® Warm Mist Humidifier provides temporary relief from dry air discomforts for a better night's sleep. The humidifier boils the water to provide a visible mist that is 95% bacteria free.

2005
Vicks Scent Pad Heater on a Humidifier & Vicks Waterless Vaporizer

Soothing Vicks® vapor therapy became a feature on the Vicks V3500 Cool Mist Humidifier with its integrated scent pad heater. The Vicks waterless vaporizer was also introduced with three settings for menthol vapor strength.

2009
Vicks Germ Free Humidifier with UV Germ-Killing Light

With adjustable humidity control and a patented ultraviolet light chamber, the Vicks® Germ-Free Humidifier kills up to 99.999% of germs in its dual water tanks. It provides a sanitized warm mist for a worry-free moisture.

2010
Vicks Starry Night Cool Mist Humidifier

In addition to the comforting invisible mist, and the soothing Vicks® scent pad, the Vicks Starry Night cool moisture humidifier transforms any room into a starry night sky with a illuminating projector.

2011
Vicks Vaporizer with VapoPad Technology

Designed with dual slots for use with up to two VapoPads®, the Vicks® Vaporizer with VapoPad Technology produces the benefits of cough and congestion relief with the soothing scent of Vicks menthol. Additional safety features include a protective Steam GuardTM design and an automatic shut-off when the reservoir reaches the minimum level.

Vicks SweetDreams Humidifier
2012
Vicks SweetDreams Cool Mist Humidifier

The Vicks® SweetDreams™ Humidifier helps temporarily relieve cough and congestion symptoms while creating an enchanting and soothing bedtime environment.