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Vicks V1300 Portable Steam Therapy

from Vicks
2.9 out of 5 stars 176 customer reviews
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About the Product
  • Completely portable
  • Not electric
  • Includes 5 scented pads
  • 100% Reusable
  • Dishwasher safe
  • 1-Year Warranty

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Product Description

Vicks Portable Steam Therapy

Product Details

User Guide [PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 3.1 x 10.8 x 5.2 inches ; 5 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • International Shipping: This item can be shipped to select countries outside of the U.S. Learn More
  • ASIN: B0002AHW0E
  • UPC: 885285426741 885552851436 885516550535 885362921992 885873366985 885597843144 885208394911 885670816270 885285414441 328785401004 885204656860 885487329093 885197505466 885547545302 885210901299 885655194386 885518890691 885197487274
  • Item model number: V-1300
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,489 in Health & Personal Care (See Top 100 in Health & Personal Care)

Important Information

Safety Warning
Caution: Keep out of the reach of children carefully supervise young children when the inhaler is operating. Inhaler produces hot steam and could cause severe burns or injuries.

Directions
Rinse unit out thoroughly before first use.
1. Remove top of unit from base by twisting in opposite directions and lifting off top.
2. Fill base to water line with hot (not boiling) tap water. Note: If you overfill, the unit will leak.
3. Open Vicks scent pad packet and add to the water. As an alternative, one teaspoonful of Vicks VapoSteam or Kaz Inhalant can also be used. Replace the top.
Caution: Product contains hot water. To avoid hot water spilling after filling, be sure to properly secure top housing by snapping back in place.
4. Breathe in the soothing Vicks vapors.
Care and cleaning: After each use, thoroughly wash and dry your inhaler. The unit is top shelf dishwasher safe.

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How worthless? Let me count the ways, unless you are a child, the fit does not fit. This is not an electrical device and you are only allowed to use hot tap water, about a cup's worth, so there is no steam. Save yourself a bit of money and have a hot cup of tea, it will surely produce more steam than this ill-conceived gizmo.
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After reading the reviews here I wondered why on earth I had purchased this contraption. But I decided to give it a try because I had a VERY stuffy nose, it was late at night, and I was desperate. When I breathed in the vapors as indicated by the illustration on the directions not much happened. Then I tried placing my face/mouth directly on the unit creating a "seal" and breathing in deeply. The medicated vapors flooded my throat and lungs and then to my surprise I was instantly able to breathe freely through my nose! After six days of dealing with an incredibly stuffy nose, this seemed like a miracle to me! The relief was temporary but could be attained again by repeating the process. It really did help to open my nose, cool my throat, and quiet my cough. This will be coming along with me on vacation next week!
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This is not as big as it looks in the picture. It is tiny! You have to heat up the water yourself separately and then pour it into this piece of junk. There is no electric heating. Stay away from this.
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I bought this product for my husband, his cold had aggravated his bronchials, giving him a slight asthmatic cough. He loves it! The trick is how to use this. I heat water up until hot in the microwave, add it to the bottom cup and then add about a teaspoon of salt and the Vicks pad. Then he holds the product over his mouth, covers the little air intake hole in the back and draws on the vapor slightly. He then releases his finger over the intake and this allows him to pull the vapor deep into his lungs. If he just breathes it without these measures, it's not that effective. It fits perfectly over your mouth. I don't think I'd use it for a stuffy nose, but it's perfect for a cough.

He awoke twice last night, and for the previous week he had awoken 6+ times a night. He used it both times, and even though the water had cooled, he said it still worked well enough for him to quiet his cough and get back to sleep quickly. He told me this morning he feels like a million bucks. It saved him a trip to the docs and the asthma and steroid meds he usually gets stuck with. He took it to work and its perfect for us because it there's no cord and no batteries, just hot water. I highly recommend it!
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I have had one of these for at least five years, the same one. I agree that Vicks made a mistake by calling it "steam" therapy, then telling you that you can't use it with boiling water. I strongly suspect that's a CYA safety thing. If Vicks says that it's okay to use it with boiling water and you spill a cup of it in your lap you'll have an opportunity to sue Vicks. The fact is that I boil water in it all the time, usually in the microwave (it takes about 1-1/2 minutes from cold). The thing is well insulated with its double-wall construction so the water cools slowly, but it does not deliver shocking scalding steam to the face. It's more than enough to ease my vicious colds and prevent bronchitis. It also eases my asthma. I don't use the pads or oils. I just put about 2/3 cup of Brita filtered water in the bottom, bayonet the top on, and put it in an 1,100W microwave for 1 min 30 sec. I can hand-hold it on my nose and mouth. Sure, there is leakage around the sides of my face, but it still gets the job done. I can wander around with it since I'm not tethered to a wall plug, and it doesn't cost $140.00. The reason I'm writing this review is that I'm using it right now, exactly as described, because I have my annual awful cold. It's simple, inexpensive, and it works. Obviously you must be careful with it if you use it with freshly boiled water, but you also have to be careful with a fresh cup of coffee. When it's properly (properly!) assembled it won't fall apart. It has no gasket so it does leak a very little at the joint if you tip it, which I do sometimes so I can hold my head up. It is NOT a "piece of junk." It is a very useful tool!
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I have submitted this review because the product is easily dismissed as a waste of money. It is not. No, the Steam Inhaler is not electric. No, it isn't meant for use with boiling hot water. No, you might not get steam (although you can if you want). Yes, it's basically a cup. But it does a fantastic job--if you know how to use it.

I followed the directions exactly--even using tap water. Bear in mind one's hot tap temperature will vary from another's, depending on the water heater settings. (Perhaps some negative reviewers don't have very hot tap water.) If you want the best results, you could always heat water to simmering temps in a water kettle or microwave. You WILL get steam this way.

The only thing that isn't specified in the instructions is how closely to hold the Inhaler to the face. If you follow the pictures on the box, you won't get optimal effects. So here's where you need to improvise: Put the Inhaler directly against your face, and it does exactly what you would want. This is also why the Inhaler isn't merely a cup. The funnel at the top concentrates the vapor/steam directly on the nose and mouth and keeps it away from the eyes. This feature alone is absolutely worth the $7-10 you'll spend on the product. While I'm sure some faces fit better than others, I suspect there are very few faces on which this product wouldn't work.

Lastly, one HUGE advantage this product has over others with heating or steam-generating features is portability. You can take this thing anywhere without needing to worry about plugging in. I take it EVERYWHERE with me in the house. You can also travel with it anywhere you can get hot tap water. For portability, this thing is a killer product.

If you get the Inhaler knowing what to expect and how to get the best results, you will probably be very satisfied.
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