When I moved in with my husband he had this Vicks warm mist humidifier thing that you put in Vicks oil and it would help clear your sinuses when sick. I LOVED that thing and always used it for my kids and myself. (I wasn't really a fan of smearing the Vicks rub all over our chests and under our noses, especially since the smell just lingered.) Anyway, I was really excited to have a chance to review a new Vicks Humidifier product. We decided not to bring the old one with us from Maine to DC just because it was old and grungy and we really didn't have a lot of extra room in the vehicles.
"The V3900 Vicks® Cool Mist GermFree Humidifier kills up to 99.9% of germs, bacteria, and mold in the water prior to producing a cool mist. In addition, you also can add in the soothing relief of Vicks vapors. In other words, if better breathing is your objective, you just might have found a cooler, GermFree answer." ~ Vicks
Vicks offered to send their Vicks V3900 Cool Mist Germ-Free Humidifier for review. For the most part I really like the product, but I do still have some mixed feelings. Overall I thought the design of the product was great. I loved the handle on the top, and that when I'm filling it, it lays flat on the counter so there isn't any spilling. It's a very easy contraption to figure out even if you didn't have instructions on hand. I love how large the water container is so it lasts a good 18-24 hours depending on your settings without having to refill it and refilling is a breeze and how large the vent on the front is. I appreciated the large filter, and that there is a little scent pack of Vicks Vapors included. As frivolous as it sounds, I also really loved the color.
There are a few issues I did have though. I REALLY wish the water container on the top somehow latched/snapped down into the base. I have two toddlers, also referred to as terrors, who immediately figured out how this thing worked. To be fair the manual does say not to place where children can get it... but if you have toddlers with curious fingers they WILL find a way to get to it. Off came the top making a lot of water spill onto the floor. (I'm not even sure how that was possible since there's a little stopper that releases water when set down into the base.) Out came the filter. At one point my daughter even figured out how to unscrew the stopper from the hole where you fill the container. Thankfully at that point it was empty. The Vicks V3900 Cool Mist Germ-Free Humidifier has a front vent. That's great if you have a place to put it on up off of the floor. The only issue with that is you're warned not to put it on wood furniture. I only HAVE wood furniture in the rooms where this would be used. So, it has been on my floor blowing the air down at ankle level. I'm not so sure how effective that makes the product in my home. The only other things I really didn't care for are the parts that are disposable and will need to be replaced such as the filter (ever 1-3 months) and the scent pad. But that little gripe, that's mostly because I'm lazy and forgetful.
For the size of the room, I thought the humidifier worked relatively well. I placed it in our living room that is VERY open. I think this particular model might work best though in a smaller more closed off room. I do love that the impurities from the water are filtered out before being released as a cool mist. I'm not really a germaphobe by any stretch of the imagination, but I still like to try to keep my living space as healthy as possible. The sound of the humidifier is relatively quiet too which is great. And because it has a sleep setting it makes keeping it in the bedroom a viable option. (I sleep with the windows open so it wasn't tested in my bedroom specifically, but I could see using this in my older step-daughter's room.) Like I said earlier, I still like this product. It might not be the best fit for my home with the kiddos and lack of suitable sitting places for it, but I found that it worked well, and was easy to use which is super important when purchasing a new product.
* I received a product free of charge from Vicks in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% mine. See Disclosure Policy.