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Warm Mist Humidifiers for Cold & Flu Season

Updated on May 20, 2015

Warm Mist Humidifiers - Relieve your Congestion & Cough

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Warm Mist Humidifier for Cold & Flu Season

A warm mist humidifier is useful when you are dealing with the symptoms of a cold or the flu. A warm mist humidifier boils the water and releases steam into the air. The steam is concentrated close to the medicine cup which you fill with camphor medicine.

Camphor is a cough suppressant that temporarily relieves your cough, making sleep much more restful and healing. Typically one tablespoonful of the solution is used for each quart of water. The medicine also increases the action of steam.

Medications which are available are the Vicks Vaposteam, Kaz Inhalant, and the Vicks Vapopads. I've only used the Vicks Vaposteam product before and have been pleased with its potency and performance. These three products will be discussed in further detail below.

Vicks VapoSteam or Kaz Inhalant

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Kaz inhalant 4 Oz Medicine

Vicks Vaposteam or Kaz Inhalant

With warm mist humidifiers, you have the option of using a Vicks Vaposteam or Kaz Inhalant medication. Both of these medications are to be used in the machines, and not consumed by mouth. Only add these products to the medicine cup, never put them into the water.

The Vicks Vaposteam contains camphor. The Kaz Inhalant contains camphor, as well, but it also has the following ingredients: mineral oil, eucalyptus oil, menthol crystals, lavender, and others. The Vicks Vaposteam is supposed to be the most potent option of the two choices. However, you will have to use more of this product.

The Kaz Inhalant is not quite is potent but you don't have to use as much of the product. Vapopads are another option to consider if your machine has a place to use them. They are not as potent as the Vaposteam, however, they are cheaper and eliminate the mess of using liquid. (See product below).

Warm Mist Humidifier Medication Preference

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Where to Buy a Warm Mist Humidifier?

Purchase a warm mist humidifier from a reliable source. Here are a few suggestions for your convenience. Click any of the links below to view a searchable list of warm mist humidifiers.

Vicks Warm Steam Vaporizer with VapoPads

Vicks 1.5 Gallon Vaporizer with Night-Light

Vicks 1.5 Gallon Vaporizer with Night-Light

I just bought my mom one of these Vicks 1.5 Gallon Vaporizers with night-light because my kids were sick while we visited. I'm very impressed with this machine! It was only around $19, but when they are not on sale they run about $41.

The humidifier holds up to 1.5 gallons of water for an impressive 18 to 24 hour operation per filling. A medication cup is included near the steam spout which allows the use of Vicks vaposteam or Kaz inhalant. Some may also include a spot to use Vicks VapoPads, which is demonstrated in the above video.

A triple wall insulation provides that the humidifier remains at a safe temperature. There is a large night-light which enhances safety and convenience. An automatic shut-off feature is also activated when the reservoir of water reaches the minimum level. This product is good for a small room.

Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier with Auto Shut-Off

Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier with Auto Shut-Off

I've owned the Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier for the longest. This unit typically runs about $49. There is an automatic shut-off which is convenient. The humidifier holds up to one gallon of water per filling and works for up to 12 hours.

This product has a quiet operation and soft glowing nightlight. There are two settings which release the steam slower (warmer) or faster (hotter). A medicine cup is included above the steam spout which allows the use of Vicks Vaposteam or Kaz Inhalant to produce a medicated vapor that sooths. This product is good for a small room.

Enviracaire EWM-211D Slant Fin Humidifier

The Enviracaire EWM-211D Slant Fin Humidifier was recommended by Good Housekeeping. The unit runs about $90. This humidifier uses a UV light to kill nearly all tap-water-bred contaminants; the area in which the unit scored highest.

In fact, the product is independently laboratory tested and proven to kill up to 99.999% of mold, bacteria, and spores. Digital controls are user friendly reaching a 50% humidity level in just over 30 minutes. However, if you're considering energy costs, this product can add up to $7 per month in your energy costs. Good for small to medium sized rooms.

Holmes HM5305-UC Warm Mist Humidifier

The Holmes HM5305-UC Warm Mist Humidifier came in second place with Good Housekeeping. The cost of this humidifier is about $40. This product was the fastest to raise the humidity, in just 26 minutes, but also used the most electricity. In fact, this humidifier was proven to add up to $9.51 to your monthly electric bill. There are no digital controls, either.

The Holmes Warm Mist Humidifier runs up to an impressive 36 hours per filling. There is a water purification filter & no filters are required to replace. A manual humidistat is available and a microban antimicrobial protection feature. Great for medium-sized rooms.

Vicks VapoRub Cough Suppressant

Another product that we use in conjunction with our warm mist humidifier is the Vicks Vaporub which is an effective cough suppressant for topical use. In my house, we rub this medicine on our chest and back area where the lungs are located.

I also put this on our neck and then under the nose to help clear up congestion. Then, I warm up a towel, either dry or moist, and rap the chest or neck. If you have a sore throat, this treatment is particularly helpful for soothing symptoms, as well.

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About the Author

Melinda Longoria, MSM writes product buying guides and reviews on Hubpages. She also operates a successful Facebook fanpage where pregnant moms connect, Maternity Clothes Online, which has over 940 followers. She is also a mommy to three little cuties. Please feel free to post your comments and questions about this article in the below comment box.

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Do you have a good or bad experience to share with a warm mist humidifier? Can you recommend a warm mist humidifier for our readers? Which medicine do you prefer to use in your warm mist humidifier? (Vicks VapoSteam or Kaz Inhalant?)


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      Melinda Longoria, MSM 3 years ago from Garland, Texas

      AliciaC, thank you for your comments. Which warm mist humidifier do you own? We put the warm mist humidifier in our room yesterday. When I woke up, I was more rested and could breath better without having a "sticky throat" feeling. Last night, I lent it to my brother so we didn't have it in our room. This morning I felt worse when I woke up. It really works.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      These products look interesting. Thanks for the reviews. I've used a warm mist humidifier without a medicated vapor and found it useful. I'll have to try a medicated vapor next time I have a cold or the flu.

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      Melinda Longoria, MSM 3 years ago from Garland, Texas

      Iris Draak, no problem! I hope that this works for you. I was wondering how much salt to add to the water so I looked on Vicks site. It depends on the hardness of your water. Start with a pinch or two and wait 10-15 minutes to see results. Then add more if necessary. I sprinkled a bunch in and it smelled like salty sea air; but too much. So, I will try less next time. Hope this is helpful. :-) Sincerely, Mel

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      Cristen Iris 3 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Melinda, I've used a cold-mist humidifier before because the air in Idaho is so dry. I liked it, except for the mold issue. I never figured out a good solution for that and therefore don't use one much anymore. I like your idea about putting salt in the warm-mist kind. That may also help with the mold issue. I'll have to try it. I happen to be recovering from a cold at this moment so this is timely. Thanks!

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      Melinda Longoria, MSM 3 years ago from Garland, Texas

      Bravewarrior and CatherineGiordano, thank you both for your comments.

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      Catherine Giordano 3 years ago from Orlando Florida

      Very nicely done. Lucky for me, I rarely get sick. I get a flu shot every year.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      This is interesting, Melinda. I've only used a cool-mist humidifier. I bought it years ago when my son was little. Frankly, I haven't had to use it since, but I keep it on hand just in case it's needed. I don't recall putting Vicks in it. I think mine operates on water alone. To this day, though, if I get stuffed up I rub a little Vicks under my nostrils and on my upper chest. I never even thought to bring out the humidifier. Out of sight, out of mind I guess.

      Anyway, nice review!

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      Melinda Longoria, MSM 3 years ago from Garland, Texas

      If you put salt in the water the humidifier will put more steam into the air. We tried this last night and it really works!