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- Kills up to 99.999% Bacteria, Mold & Spores
- Patented Ultraviolet Chamber
- Up to 24 Hours of Operation per Filling. Dual Tanks for Easy Filling
- Adjustable Humidity Control w/ Multiple Output Settings
- Medicine cup allows for the use of Vicks Vaposteam or Kaz Inhalent to produce a medicated vapor that sooths irritated nose and throat membranes
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- Dual tank with soft grip handles
- 2 gallon tank capacity
- Runs up to 24 hours per filling
- 3 year warranty
Vicks Germ-Free Warm Mist Humidifier
Better Breathing and a More Comfortable Sleep for Everyday Comfort.
The Vicks Germ Free Warm Mist Humidifier provides up to 99.9% germ free moisture. The patented germ killing technology kills up to 99.9% of bacteria, mold and virus in the unit’s water after 2 hours of continuous use.
- Medicine cup that can be used with Kaz Inhalant or Vicks Vaposteam
- UV Germ Chamber
- Adjustable humidity control
- Quiet operation
How it Works
1. Medicine cup for use with Vicks VapoSteam. Removable for easy cleaning. Whisper quiet operation won't disturb your sleep.
2. Cooling chamber mixes dry room air with pure steam vapor.
3. Locked boiling chamber. Heater features non-stick coating for easier cleaning.
4. Power switch with multiple humidity levels. High for maximum moisture or larger rooms. Low maintains comfortable humidity level in average rooms.
5. Soft comfortable tank handles for easier lifting and filling.
6. Longer running time with 2 tanks - 2 one gallon tanks run up to 24 hours on a single filling. Translucent tanks show water level.
7. UV Germ Chamber - kills up to 99% of Germs, Bacteria, and Mold - sanitizing the water for pure, clean mist.
As cold temperatures set in, humidity levels drop since cold air is unable to hold as much moisture as warm air. Because of this, when we heat our home the relative humidity levels can drop to as low as 10%. This is drier than the Sahara Desert, and can lead to drier skin, as well as nose and throat discomfort. It can also cause static electricity, and plants and furniture to dry out. Some people experience discomfort when humidity levels are lower than 25%. A comfortable humidity level should be between 40-60%.
Humidity Reduces the Survival of Flu and Viruses on Surfaces and In the Air
In the fight against the flu, your home is a major battleground. Millions of flu particles can linger in the air and on surfaces we touch day in and day out. Recent studies suggest that humidifiers may play an important role in reducing the survival of the flu virus. Studies have shown that keeping indoor air at an RH level of 40-60% reduces the survival of flu viruses on surfaces and in the air.*
*A study by Environmental Health and Engineering (Environmental Health 2010, 9:55) shows that keeping air at relative humidity levels between 40-60% can reduce survival of flu viruses on surfaces and in the air. Humidifiers can help achieve and maintain this humidity level.
For Additional Relief
Medicine cup allows the use of Vicks Vaposteam or Kaz Inhalant to produce a medicated vapor that soothes and helps to relieve coughs.
Vicks UV 99.999% Germ Free Humidifier. Worry Free, Healthful Moisture for Your Family. Please note that steam production time may take up to 6-7 minutes.
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Top customer reviews
* The UV light is a huge plus!
* It's super quiet.. mostly you only hear the bubbles as the water goes from the tanks into the tray below. I have mine on a dresser at the foot of my bed and even though im easy to startle, i sleep straight through having this one.
* Works fast. Here in the cold Chicago Polar Vortex winter, my other humidifier could only get my bedroom to 25% humidify if i left the door open (as measured by a separate humidistat) This one, also measured by same separate humidistat can keep my room at 45% or higher depending on how much the radiators are running.
* The two separate tanks are so small they fit in my SINK, so no more climbing into the bathtub to refill the humidifier.
* Mineral filter does an OK job, but needs replacing often.. like weekly.
* You have 2 choices with ANY hot/warm humidifier that's not ultrasonic... either buy and use DISTILLED WATER, or commit to cleaning it once a week with white vinegar and then replace the fabric mineral filter. THIS IS TRUE FOR ANY SUCH HUMIDIFIER, it's NOT a problem specific to this one. Pay attention to how many gallons of water you use in a week, and how much time and bother it takes to clean and decide what is best for you.
NOTE: SPRING WATER or FILTERED WATER or anything else is NOT the same.. the point of DISTILLED WATER is that the distilling process removes ALL the minerals that turn to crusty gunk with the water is raised to the point of boil/steam.
* Plan to buy the Mineral Filters in BULK cause you'll need to change once a week. Some people have said cotton balls work just as well but I have NOT yet tried that myself.
The Vicks UV humidifiers are a tad quieter than the SlantFinn (some of which had a fan to move the water vapor faster), but the Vicks humidifier is not exceedingly quiet. Their loudness is typical of other boil humidifiers and yes, on occasion, the water and pads, or water and chaos theory can get just so that the humidifiers will be loud. Yet, the next day or even hour, they can quiet down. I am sure it depends on the person, but we find the bubbling of the humidifiers soothing...
So far, our original Vicks has run very well after ten weeks of continuous daily use, and I have gotten another one which has performed exactly as the first. The best thing is that the Vicks use a floater with a lever to tell the unit whether water is present, or whether they are running dry... The SlantFinns used an electrode and the electrode became flaky and partially dissolved after one season or two, and by season three would be gone and rendering an otherwise fine unit inoperable.
Relating to other reports, in our experience, placing the humidifiers in a table or floor has been level enough.
We do find that the humidifier knob / setting even 3/4s of the way might shut the humidifier at low humidity levels (45-50%, we like 55- 60%) but turning the knob all the way has resulted in non-stop operation that we like. (The unit might or might not have a hygrometer controlling the power cycle, though functionally we have seen no difference to the SlantFinns which advertised a hygrometer control)
Another good thing is that the water reservoirs are not too heavy, nor too tall and fit our kitchen sink and faucets. At continuous use, full power, each water reservoir lasts about nine hours, so the two give you about 18 hours in our experience. This is less than the advertised 24 hours, but then again, we run them at the max humidity setting.
The units' mist does smell like plastic for a few days after the units were new, but this was minimal and perceivable only by sticking our noses two inches from the grate.
As in many other consumer appliances which have fallen for blue LED indicators, the LEDs are blindingly bright for night use and it is necessary to tape a piece of cardboard over the LED and even then, there is plenty of brightness in the room.
As far as the UV light, you can see some of the visible light portion emanating from the UV bulb in nooks and crannies of the unit, but so far have had no eye problems but then again we do not stare at it and the amounts are minimal. The light, between violet and blue, is actually quite nice in color. Our experience with the Slant Finns is that the UV light along with the heat from the unit's bottom might mar fine furniture finishes over a winter, so a protective material is a good idea.
We find that we do not need to clean them too often, that the Teflon covered boil chamber works seems to keep salt deposits in control --but not perfectly by any means.
I have bought a second unit, and have been equally pleased... So far no problem with leaks, though some (not Vicks) humidifiers we have had did end up their lives in a puddle, but I have to say we ignored signs of problems (small salt water traces indicating small leaks) prior to larger leaks.
*** Season 2009 - 2010 Update ***
Units worked flawlessly and so far so good... Did acquire a third to fully humidify our space. No leaks, no need to replace the UV lights yet. Humidifers can occasionally boil dry if not cleaned every ten days or so.
*** Season 2010 - 2011 Update ***
One of the three units needs its UV lamp replaced. Got an economical replacement lamp at eBay (matching the bulb type printed in the bulb I am replacing) but the new UV lamp did not power up, so I will have to get one from Vicks. All units still going strong. No leaks yet.
*** Season 2011 - 2012 Update ***
Three units going strong. Replaced two UV bulbs. One of those replacements was a swap of an original burnt bulb with a new Eiko GTL3 UV light (bought from Amazon from seller Victoria Supply). This Eiko GTL3 light worked, while a previous attempt at replacing it with a similarly stamped GTL3 UV light from eBay had not worked. For the second replacement, I had an older but unused GTL3 light for my long time ago demised Slant-Finn. That worked too! No leaks yet. Winter started earlier so might get a fourth unit. It has become harder to raise humidity over 40% as winter started early!!!
*** End of Season 2011 - 2012 Additional Update ***
The oldest unit died. No symptoms at all before failure... When it failed, no lights turned on, no fan stirred. No leaks. The UV bulb, which was replaced once, seemed OK, so I extracted it and is waiting its turn to run its life in a different unit. Hence, we can estimate that the flawless lifespan of each unit is about three winters of daily use. I actually bought a replacement unit and it is going strong... So, two older units going, and a new one has joined the club. The elder unit alas, has gone to humidifier heaven after three seasons of service.
*** End of Season 2012 - 2013 ***
I updated my review on Jan... Something happened and never made it... Here it is.
Of the three units running, all three still run. However, one of the older unit can no longer power up its UV bulb... The bulb is OK. I tried a new one, and I tried the old one in the other unit and all is fine in the other unit, no UV light on the afflicted unit. Still, steam performance is great and there is no leakage.
So, in my case, with daily always on usage during Winter, I get about three seasons without problems. The fourth season was too much for one unit, and too much for the UV for the other unit. Still, I continue to be pleased with how well these humidifiers perform, given the large amount of usage.
*** End of Season 2013 - 2014 ***
The three units are still running, one without powering its UV light. The other older one, though, developed a leak, which "self-sealed" after a week or so of running (over a cookie pan). They still humidify. The third and newest unit is going strong with no problems.
Given I like to run my devices to the ground, I am still well pleased with this product.
*** End of Season 2014 - 2015 ***
Down to two units as one unit developed a small leak, and then this turned into a big leak, bigger than what a cookie pan could handle, and took several books with it and left its imprint on the furniture. Interestingly enough, the unit that self-sealed in 2013 - 2014 remains self-sealed and going strong! They still humidify and do not require overzealous cleaning (of course this might vary based on the mineral content of your water).
I had no idea that shopping for a humidifier would be so hard. I learned a lot by browsing and reading reviews. I decided that what I wanted was:
* "Hot" humidifier -- makes steam rather than spritzing cold water
* Quiet -- gurgling ok, noisy fan not ok.
* Something that would let me set a humidity level and would turn off the unit once that level was reached (I wanted to avoid ever coming home to a tropical jungle atmosphere)
* Easy to refill
* Easy to clean
* Germ killing UV light
* Big enough tank to run for 10+ hours without a refill
* Ships from Amazon ($15 shipping from a 3rd party seller? no thanks)
This humidifier is the only one I found that matches ALL of the above criteria.
So far I'm really pleased with it. The unit has no real fan, just a little tiny one inside the middle, enough to make the steam gently waft out of the top. I'm not getting condensation on anything. It's a fine steam that seems to get soaked up readily by the dry air in my house before it can possibly condense on anything.
Refilling is easy. If you look at the picture of the unit, each of those blue sides is a separate tank. You can leave the unit running with one tank while you go refill the other tank. To fill the tank you turn it upside down, screw off the bottom cap, fill it up, screw the cap back on and flip it back onto the unit. I had no trouble at all with anything spilling and in fact there's no problem with taking off a half-full tank to top it off.
After running it overnight I had one tank near empty and the other over half full. I'm running 1 of these for an entire 3 story townhouse -- I should really buy 1 or 2 more but with just this one running I'm already seeing a very noticeable reduction in static. Basically the floor its on (middle level) has no static issues anymore and the other two levels don't zap me as often or as hard!
If you put it in your bedroom you're going to want a nice piece of electrical tape or something for the super bright, blue power light. It does make a lovely night light for my living room, though. The gurgling noise I think I could sleep with.
The only way I would like this unit more is if it would tell me what the current humidity is.
Still, I think it's going to be hard to beat this humidifier.
(P.S., when shopping for replacement mineral absorption pads, pay close attention to shipping costs. Some of the ones shipped by 3rd parties on Amazon have ridiculous shipping charges. Find the ones that Amazon sells directly instead. Size does not have to be exact. The pad just sort of floats around in the boiling chamber.)
(P.P.S., the unit does not tell you what the humidity is, which is a shame, but it does have a dial to control how humid it will get. This works for me: turn the unit on and let it run for an hour or so with the dial all the way "on". After its settled in and bubbling nicely, turn the dial slowly left until you hear it go 'click' -- that's the current humidity level, which will probably be pretty low if you needed a humidifier! That dial is like a thermostat. If you keep the dial right around where it went "click", it will try to maintain the current humidity level. Turn it up and it will try to reach the new goal. If you put it into a smallish area (like a single room) it should have no trouble reaching a level and keeping it there and at that point it won't go through so much water. If you put it into a big area (like a living room in an open house) it'll probably run constantly trying to reach the desired humidity and you'll need to refill it about once a day. I've got the dial at about 1/3rd on and that at least kills the static in my house. In other news, I just took it out of storage for a second winter and it's up and running just fine again. I'm highly tempted to buy a second one... one for my bedroom and one for the living room...)
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Right out of the box.
But there's some terrible smell that filled my room.