Ages and ages and ages ago, way back in the dark ages when I was just a mother of three with a large stomach 😉 I was offered a Vicks Humidifier to review via the lovely ppl at Emma’s Diary. (I’m an Emma’s Diary blogger you see, it’s over there in the sidebar.). And we used it, and liked it (no, that’s not the whole review) and then I had a baby and somehow I never got round to writing it up.
BTW, there’s going to a be a whole slew of posts going through whenever I get 10 minutes or so to edit and post them. I’d say I’m sorry about that, but really I’m just pleased to be clearing the backlog. So there you go. Lesson of the day – don’t say yes to everything unless everything involves either an extra hour in the day without a baby in your arms (hah!) or a secretary who can take dictation. Or a computer with working speech recognition.
Anyway, I’m fairly sure I’ve got off the point. Where was I?
Ah yes, Vicks Humidifier.
Let’s see, what are the important factors here? It’s suitable from birth, so we assumed suitable in pregnancy. We also had the Vicks inserts – we tried it the first night without them, and it was pleasant, but not really meaningful if you get my drift. The second night with the insert I really enjoyed, apart from the bit when I got up the next morning, and trod on the rather damp carpet around the humidifier.
Drawback. I’m very familiar with soggy carpets (search the blog for radiator also spelt disaster and you’ll find out why) so I had a moment of unpleasant flashback until I realised it was the humidifier. Hm. Not ideal. However, I’ve come to the conclusion that it was down to my inability to follow instructions.
I hadn’t stripped the beast down, cleaned it and refilled it after the first night. Dp’s theory is that with less water in it had to work harder, and thus dripped more. I’ve no idea, but I do know that when I didn’t follow the instructions, wet carpet. You’d think I’d learn to follow instructions at this point, but keep reading review posts to find out how optimistic this idea would be.
So, with the lovely ppl at Vicks ready and willing to offer customer assistance, and replace instantly if they felt the unit was faulty, I instead followed the instructions. Much better. I did stand it on a towel as well, just in case 😉
Now, none of us were bunged up and coldy during this test, so I can’t speak as to how helpful it would be in that case. But I had a horrid cough, and it did seem to ease that. I also had less heartburn when the humidifier was on – I’ve no idea what that was about. Maybe I just breathed and slept easier? I’ve no idea.
How would I summarise this? It’s a bit fiddly to maintain in that you are supposed to drain down, clean and refill between uses. Being slack I didn’t, and this may or may not have contributed to my wet carpet. But in terms of humidifying the bedroom and filling it with a comforting Vicks smell it was absolutely excellent, and I can imagine it being very very useful to deal with small snuffly ppl during the cold season. If I find myself testing it on a small snuffly person, I’ll let you know.
Overall, a good product, sturdy, well documented, and with excellent customer support.