What Is Better? Vaporizer Vs. Humidifier

Humidifiers vs Vaporizers

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Humidity is essential in your home if you wish to be free of allergens and static. With moisture in play, you can comfortably say goodbye to recurrent flues, nosebleeds, and dry skin, amongst other conditions. Breathing would no longer be an issue, and bad nights would be a thing of the past.

However, this is only possible when you get the right gadget for your home. With so many options on the market, it can be hard to settle on one. Let us take a look at vaporizers and humidifiers in a bid to narrow down on these choices.

Humidifiers and vaporizers aid in the adding of moisture to the air. They are thus both helpful in easing congestion in the airways and alleviating allergy symptoms. You can find them in local stores, online or in pharmacies as they are easy to come across — the difference between the two lies in their working mechanism.

Humidifiers create mist from cold water, whereas vaporizers heat water to produce steam.

Let us take a closer look at the two:

Moisture Addition

These gadgets are both useful in the addition of moisture to the air, but they do so differently. A humidifier uses vibrations to circulate mist through the air. Some also use rapidly turning discs in the water.

In so doing, the waves or the turns break down the water into small inhalable particles. The gadgets then disperse this mist into the air, making it humid.

A vaporizer, on the other hand, uses electricity to heat the water. These gadgets also go by the name warm mist humidifiers. The water in the tank boils and creates steam. The steam cools down on, leaving the vaporizer.

You will thus not get burnt when inhaling the vapor. If you wish, you can add inhalants to the water. However, this is not advisable when using these appliances around young children. This machine is also risky to use around the bed as it could fall and spill the hot water.

Of the two, the vaporizer is the more hygienic option as it works with boiled water.


Cleaning of the humidifier should take place daily to avoid the buildup of minerals and germs. It is best to use treated water as opposed to tap water as the former has fewer contaminants. When cleaning the tank, pour out the water and dry it before adding clean water. Ensure that you scrub the tank every three days to stay ahead of buildup.

A vaporizer is less likely to have mold and mineral buildup owing to its mode of operation. However, you should keep up with daily cleaning by emptying and drying the tank before refilling it. Additionally, you should use vinegar in the tank often to deal with any germs.

Note that the mode of cleaning will depend on the manufacturer’s guidelines, and you should thus adhere to these.


Humidifiers will set you back about $20-$50. Vaporizers, on the other hand, will cost about $15-$30. Where you wish to save money, using a vaporizer is a good option. However, it is not safe for use around children owing to the risk of burns.


Humidifiers are likely to have mineral deposits and mold, depending on the care practices and the water in use. However, where you follow through with the guidelines and use distilled water, this should not be an issue.

Vaporizers are less likely to have mold, germs, and other contaminants as they work by boiling water. However, this makes them unsafe for use near children as they could burn them with steam or spilled water.

Where you have children or pets, using a humidifier is the safer choice.

Bottom Line

Either of the two options can work great in adding moisture to your home. Your choice should come down to how much you wish to invest, your health concerns, and the safety of your loved ones. Where you do not have pets or children, any of the two would work.

About the author

Jessica Nickson

Jessica Nickson

Jessica Nickson is a keen home and garden innovator with over 25 years of hands-on experience in, home improvement, landscape gardening and all things appliance related to making life easier and more interesting. You can contact her via e-mail - jessica@thehomedweller.com.

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