Vicks Starry Night Humidifier Review

The Bottom Line

In theory, the humidifier sounds great. What kid doesn't like cool stars shining on their ceiling? Unfortunately, the end result didn't live up to my expectations. I am all about simplicity and ease of use and I feel like the Starry Night Humidifier falls a bit short.


  • Very Quiet
  • Soothing display of stars helps child fall asleep
  • Cool mist - safer for children


  • Filter that must be flipped with every 1-2 uses and changed every 1-2 months
  • Somewhat complicated setup
  • Small reservoir
  • Mist is dispensed near the bottom of the unit
  • No automatic shutoff for projector


  • The humidifier contains a one gallon reservoir for water. Easy to fill but ran out of water when used all night at my house.
  • Uses a replaceable filter that is supposed to be flipped with every 1-2 uses and changed completely every 1-2 months.
  • Nice display of stars that changes colors and is independently controlled but does not have an automatic shutoff feature.
  • Cool mist humidifier - preferred for use in children's rooms because they are safer and do not carry a risk for burns.
  • Very quiet while running - great for children who may be bothered by the noise of other humidifiers.

Guide Review - Vicks Starry Night Humidifier


I desperately need humidifiers in my house. Both of my kids have a history of breathing problems when they get sick and we live in the desert where the air is extremely dry.

So running a humidifier in the kid's rooms at night is a must. They help keep their airways moistened and help them breathe a little easier - especially when they have a cold.

Vicks recently developed a new humidifier that is intended for use in children's rooms and they asked me to check it out. I was happy to do so because I believe humidifiers are very valuable, especially when kids are sick.

And this one sounded pretty cool.

The new Starry Night Cool Mist Humidifier includes a light that projects images of stars and the moon onto your child's ceiling. The projector is independently controlled so it does not have to be on while the humidifier is on. The humidifier has two settings - "Max" and "Sleep". Since my child is not sick at the moment, I ran the humidifier on the "sleep" setting just to increase the amount of moisture in the air. According to the paperwork, the Starry Night Humidifier's reservoir should hold enough water to run for 18-24 hours. However, it ran out of water after about 12 hours of use in my house on the "sleep" setting. It was enough to last for the night, but certainly short of the 18-24 hours that is advertised.

I do like the night sky projector that is at the top of the unit. It projects a nice scene of stars onto the ceiling and even changes colors. I would prefer for it to include an automatic shutoff feature or timer so I don't have to go into his room after he is asleep and turn it off, but if that were it's only flaw, I wouldn't have a problem with it.

The main problems I have with the Starry Night Humidifier are the fact that it has a filter (my other humidifiers operate without them) that not only has to be replaced every couple of months, it also has to be flipped every 1-2 times you use the unit.

It's not really something I want to have to remember to do before I put my kid to bed every night.

I also dislike the fact that the "humidity" is dispensed at the bottom of the unit. It is clearly intended to be placed up high on a dresser or shelf so that the mist comes out over the child's bed. But the only option in my child's room was to put it on a stool so basically the mist went onto the floor. I'm sure it still provided some benefit, but I think it would be better if the mist came out of the top of the unit.

Overall for me, the Starry Night Humidifier had more cons than pros. For me, it just doesn't meet enough of my needs.

However, if changing filters doesn't concern you and you can put the unit up high in your child's room, it may be a great option for you.

Disclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer.