Vicks 1.5 Gallon Vaporizer with Night-Light

Vicks 1.5 Gallon Vaporizer with Night-Light

Understanding the difference between a humidifier and a vaporizer can be difficult if you’re just getting started with air purifying units. There is always the common question about which one to buy and which one is better. In this article we are going to briefly discuss the differences and explain which one is best from our experience and why.

A vaporizer works by boiling the water in it’s tank and disbursing its humidity throughout your room. A warm mist humidifier works very similar by boiling water to produce humidity. A humidifying unit on the other hand is usually equipped with more functionality and features when compared to a vaporizer. For example, a humidifying unit comes in a few different flavors. Warm mist, cool mist, ultrasonic, evaporative and the list goes on. Although with a vaporizer you’re limited to one style and only one way of adding moisture to your room which is through heat.

If you only plan on adding moisture during the winter months, then a vaporizer might be all you need. Although, if you’re looking for a machine that will work in the spring or even all year round. A humidifying unit is probably your best choice. In my opinion, the best humidifier units on the market are capable of producing a warm mist as well as a cool mist. A function which I have yet to see available from a vaporizer.

In my experience, I haven’t really found a long-term use for a vaporizer. Humidifying units always seem to do a better job and I’ve had less problems with them overall. On another note, since vaporizers produce a lot of heat, I personally don’t trust them inside of my child’s room unless it’s elevated and unreachable. That could be a problem for some parents which is why choosing a humidifying unit with a cool mist option may be a better choice instead.

Click here for more information on the different types of units available to choose from.

Or click here for a review of the Tribest Humio HU1020 Ultrasonic Humidifier

You can also find good information from this vaporizer guide from Snocotra. They have great info on convection & conduction based vaporizer pens.