With so many humidifiers to choose from, picking the one best suited for your needs can be tricky. Maintaining a humidifier takes a lot more work than most people realize, so many are made to minimize those little inconveniences. Many factors contribute to how convenient a humidifier is. So what should you consider when deciding on a humidifier that is best for you? Generally, we look at these factors:
- How easy it is to clean
- Overall cleanliness
- Sound level
- Amount of mist that can be produced
- Size of the water tank
- Type of humidifier (evaporative, steam vaporizers, impeller, etc.)
Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier
Vicks offers a wide variety of humidifiers. This can be helpful for you if you are looking for specific features or price points. The Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier has been rated as the best of the Vicks humidifiers. It features warm mist output, a one-gallon tank, automatic shut off, a medicine cup to add Vicks Vaporsteam for medicated vapor, and a run time of up to 12 hours.
Warm mist humidifiers have an internal heating element that heats the water to a boiling temperature so that steam is produced then released. Due to the heating element and lack of a fan, warm mist humidifiers are generally quieter than cool mist humidifiers. Amazon reviewers claim that the Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier is quite noisy for a warm mist humidifier, but other reviewers speak highly of this humidifier and of its effectiveness. The best benefit of the Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier is that it is better for reducing bacteria and germs. Though, because of the heating element, warm mist humidifiers are not recommended for homes with children. The heating element poses a risk for burns and fires. The Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier has an automatic shut off feature that can give peace of mind but it is still necessary to unplug the humidifier when you leave it unattended.
The large tank lets you leave the Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier on for twelve hours before you have to refill it. With any humidifier, all the components require regular cleaning. The heating element in the Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier is prone to build up and mold, so it is recommended to use distilled or purified water to avoid build-up. Taking apart the Vicks Warm Humidifier is not a simple task, so many people opt to fill the tank with white vinegar, let it sit overnight, and rinse again with white vinegar. Others recommend cleaning the humidifier by soaking with bleach and scrubbing with a toothbrush or soft towel.
Miro has a few models of humidifiers, the NR08M, NR07G, and the AR05. All of these humidifiers have similar basic specifications and features. All of them are ultrasonic humidifiers, which means that they use a high-frequency vibrating diaphragm that produces an extra fine mist.
We will be focusing on the NR08M model, which is very similar to the NR07G. The NR08M has a large bowl that acts as a tank reservoir and a sleek design for making cleaning simple. It is simple to assemble and disassemble, with very few parts that click together with ease. All the pieces can be hand washed with soap and water, so you can wash each piece thoroughly and ensure that every component is clean. With regular cleaning, you can be sure that the mist that is being produced by the humidifier will not be contaminated. Unfortunately, the NR08M parts are not machine washable, so you will have to clean them by hand.
The NR08M comes with additional vapor caps to customize your experience. One is a tea kettle cap and the other is a volcano cap. They also help to reduce noise and drip. The ultrasonic mist maker itself is very quiet, but the additional caps assist in noise reduction.
The bowl of the NR08M is the water reservoir and the top-fill design makes it easy to refill. Most humidifiers you have to fill from the bottom of the tank, so the top-fill design only adds to the convenience.
The control panel of the NR08M is located on the stand that the bowl sits on. It has many settings to help you maintain the humidity level in your home. You can set a timer as well as change the amount of mist that is being projected. The timer will automatically shut off the humidifier, so there is no risk of overheating and you don’t have to worry about shutting off the humidifier. The NR08M will also alert you with a blinking light when the water level is too low. The stand also has a light that illuminates the bowl of the humidifier, making the humidifier the perfect night light.
A drawback of the NR08M is that it does not have a built-in hygrometer, so you have to check the humidity in your home with a separate hygrometer. Which are not expensive but it is an added cost to consider. Additionally, the NR08M is quite large which could take up more space than you expect. The tank is large enough so that you do not have to refill as often, but that can be a double-edged sword since the size is something to consider. Though with its modern design, having the humidifier in view is not an eyesore.
According to the Mayo Clinic, warm mist and cool mist humidifiers are equally effective in humidifying the air. This is because once the mist is projected into the air, the mist cools and enters your lungs at the same temperature. The main benefit of the Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier is that warm mist is more likely to have fewer germs and bacteria, but with proper cleaning of your Miro humidifier, you can achieve the same effect.