Few warm-mist humidifiers receive truly stellar reviews, but the Vicks Warm Mist V745A outperforms them all. Perfect for those suffering from a winter cold, reviewers praise the machine for its warm moisture output and quiet operation. However, expect some durability issues. We found several reviews saying the machine leaks. If you prefer a cool-mist humidifier (recommended for rooms with small children), consider the inexpensive Crane EE-5301 Cool Mist Humidifier (*Est. $50).
Simple design makes this humidifier easy to use: The Vicks Warm Mist V745A is a simple, lightweight warm-mist humidifier. It has two moisture settings and manual controls. The manufacturer says it will run for up to 12 hours on the low setting, and users say it will run all night even on high. It also features an automatic shut-off, but lacks more technical features like a humidistat. Like other warm-mist humidifiers, the Vicks Warm Mist does not require filters.
Well suited for a small bedroom: Few other warm-mist humidifiers are as positively reviewed as the Vicks Warm Mist V745A. Many owners say the warm mist makes breathing easier and can gently warm a room. The manufacturer does not specify what size of a room this humidifier is well suited for, although similarly sized humidifiers are generally suited for a small room. The machine also includes a medicine cup, which can be used with a medicated inhalant, such as Vicks Vaposteam.
Minimal noise makes this humidifier easy to sleep through. One of the biggest advantages of this warm-mist humidifier is the minimal noise output. Most users say that while you can hear the mist emission ever so slightly, the noise is easy to sleep through and undetectable from other rooms.
Durability, leaks: While most reviews we found for this model were quite positive, some users did complain of leakage and durability issues. Some users also find it difficult to clean, especially because the machine needs to cool for at least 15 minutes before the tank is removed and wiped dry. (The manufacturer recommends doing this daily and de-scaling the tank with vinegar weekly.) For safety, this humidifier shuts off automatically when the tank runs dry -- a feature that some users say is unreliable and causes the machine to shut down at random. Buyer beware: Warm-mist humidifiers do carry some safety issues thanks to their hot water and many experts warn against using these models in households with small children.
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Review Credibility: Excellent ConsumerReports.org has test results for 45 tabletop humidifiers, including the Vicks Warm Mist V745A and three console models. Each humidifier is rated on its output, ease of use, noise level, energy efficiency and ability to handle hard water. Some user reviews may also be found at this site.
Review: Humidifier Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, September 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good The Vicks Warm Mist V745A has more than 550 user reviews at Amazon.com, with an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Most users say it is quiet and holds enough water to run for a full night. However, some find it flimsy and a nuisance to maintain. We also read many reports of leaks and other defects.
Review: Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier with Auto Shut-Off, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of October 2012
Review Credibility: Good The Vicks Warm Mist V745A has 190-plus reviews at Walmart.com, with an average rating of 4 stars out of 5. Users like its compact design, good output and low price. Some find it noisy and hard to clean, and we also read some complaints about leaks and other mechanical failures.
Review: Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier, Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier, As of October 2012
Review Credibility: Good In more than 75 reviews, the Vicks Warm Mist V745A earns an overall score of 75 out of a 100 possible points. Users say it produces good moisture and is useful for relieving cold symptoms, but several complain that cleaning it is a nuisance.
Review: Vicks V745A Warm Mist Humidifier Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com, As of October 2012
Review Credibility: Good In roughly 35 reviews at Drugstore.com, the Vicks Warm Mist V745A earns an average of 4 stars out of 5. Users like its adjustable settings, ease of use and light weight. A few say it is noisy or hard to fill, and a couple report problems, such as leaks.
Review: Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier, Contributors to Drugstore.com, As of October 2012