Vicks Mini Filter Free Humidifier: Product Review

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There are an abundance of humidifiers on the market. Knowing which one to choose can be tricky, to say the least. Having one at home when you need it can make a huge difference, though. 

Humidifiers are great when you or a loved one has any type of respiratory illness. They are especially helpful during the winter months, when the air is dry and heaters make it even drier. Health care providers often recommend using them if you have a cold, the flu or any type of respiratory infection or illness.


I had the opportunity to try the Vicks Mini Filter Free Humidifier (full disclosure: the humidifier was provided to me free of charge. However, this in no way influenced my opinion or review of this product). We have reviewed several other humidifiers in the past as well - if you would like to compare them, see those reviews here:

My Impression

I have had mixed success with other humidifiers I have used over the years. Some of them end up getting water all over the furniture, some are loud, others run out of water overnight and almost all of them are difficult to clean. 

I honestly didn't have high hopes for the Vicks Mini Filter Free Humidifier. Mainly because I had tested the Vicks Starry Night Humidifier in the past and was not terribly impressed. 

Luckily, I was pleasantly surprised. I have two young children and they get sick a lot - as most kids do.

One of them also has asthma and gets croup frequently, which means having a humidifier at home is a must. 

It wasn't long after receiving the Vicks Mini that I had a chance to test it out. 

It was very easy to fill and set up and I was thrilled with how quiet it was when it was running. It is compact and did not take up a large amount of space on the table where I placed it.

I was a little concerned about the size of the reservoir and the chance that it may run out of water during the night, but it did not. My child slept through the night (so I know the humidifier did it's job) and it still had a little water remaining in the reservoir the next morning. I also did not find any water on the table around the humidifier, which has been a frequent complaint about others that I have tried. 

Overall I was very happy with the Vicks Mini Filter Free Humidifier's performance and ease of use. It is a cool mist humidifier, which means it needs to be cleaned frequently to keep it from spreading germs in the air. However, that is the case with all cool mist humidifiers, it is not unique to this model or brand. Because cool mist humidifiers are safer for children and recommended by Pediatricians and leading health organizations, cleaning it frequently according to the manufacturer's instructions is just a small hassle compared to the benefit the product provides for my child. 

I have bought numerous humidifiers over the years trying to find one that was right for our family. With the Vicks Mini Filter Free Humidifier, I feel like the search is finally over. 

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