In my opinion, this vaporizer is under-rated. It's basically a cheap, no-frills humidifier. This unit is a big plastic pot that heats water and produces mist. It also has a medicine cup area where you can add a Vicks inhaler, or slots where you can add Vicks inhaler pads. This vaporizer is bigger than I expected, so make sure you have some table-top space reserved for it. The instruction booklet advises to add a few pinches of salt if your water doesn't have enough minerals in it, as salt will help to heat the water faster and make it hotter to produce more steam. I have hard water, but still found that I had to add about 5 pinches of salt to get the steam going. This method worked out fine. Once you plug the unit in, it takes about 10 minutes for it to heat up and emit steam. I haven't cleaned it yet, but it appears easy to clean. Once you pull the top off, it's a big plastic receptacle with a large opening...you can easily clean the interior of it, or soak it with vinegar when necessary. One thing to note is that the water level goes down more quickly than expected; it doesn't run on one pot of water as long as the manufacturer indicates. Basically, you need to monitor the water levels and add more water when necessary. Needless to say, if you add a lot of salt, the water will boil out more quickly. I think this vaporizer is good to have on hand for cold and flu season, and also good for childrens' rooms. No humidifier lasts forever, so this is a reasonably-priced stop gap for those who don't want to spend a lot, but still have the benefit of a warm mist. If you are on a budget, I would suggest trying this one first to see if it meets your needs. It might be cheap, but it does what it's supposed to do.
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