Ultrasonic:  Filter-free, Cool, Visible Mist

How does it work?

With an ultrasonic humidifier, a built-in nebulizer vibrates the water at ultrasonic frequency which causes the water droplets to break into a fine, cool mist that you can see. 

Is an ultrasonic humidifier right for me?

Ultrasonic humidifiers are the most popular type.  Not only is this technology filter-free, but many people also enjoy seeing the mist, aka "plume".In hard water areas, we recommend using demineralization cartridges with your ultrasonic humidifier to capture minerals in the water to help reduce white dust on surfaces.

Vicks Ultrasonic Humidifiers

Evaporative:  Filtered, Cool, Invisible Moisture

How does it work?

An evaporative humidifier uses a wicking filter which draws the water from the base up to the built-in fan.  The fan blows moisture off the saturated filter which helps move the moisture into the air. 

Should I choose an evaporative humidifier?

Many people choose this type of humidifier. With evaporative technology, you don’t have to worry about over-humidifying because the air will not absorb any more moisture than it can hold. In addition, these types of humidifiers work with replaceable wicking filters which help remove minerals and pollutants from the water before they are released into the air. This in turn helps prevent white dust in hard water areas. With an evaporative humidifier a  “plume” won't be visible as water is evaporating from the filter.

Vicks Evaporative Humidifiers:

Warm Mist:  Filter-free, Warm, Visible Mist

How does it work?

A warm mist humidifier uses a heating element that boils the water to release warm, visible mist.

Why choose a warm mist?

When you're sick and congested, the warm mist helps to break up congestion and to aid in the relief of some cold and flu symptoms. Not only is there the convenience of never having to change a filter, but the boiling action also kills most bacteria in the water.  In addition, many people enjoy seeing the visible steam. The Vicks Warm Mist humidifiers feature medicine cups for use with Vicks VapoSteam to help relieve coughs from colds.

Vicks Warm Mist:

Vaporizer:  Filter-free, Warm, Visible Mist

How does it work?

Electrodes within the vaporizer interact with the minerals in the water causing the water to boil and release warm steam into the air.  

Why choose a vaporizer?

Vaporizers, like warm mist humidifiers, releases warm, visible steam that helps temporarily relieve some cold and flu symptoms. Vaporizers are easy to operate, don't require filters and have one setting. The Vicks Warm Steam Vaporizer features medicine cup for use with Vicks VapoSteam to help relieve coughs from colds.

Vicks Vaporizers