"Stylish" is not a word that often occurs in a review of medical devices, but the Mabis Personal Steam Inhaler Vaporizer is indeed stylish. The purple and white plastic housing is aesthetically pleasing, and the compact design is stable and discreet. The water tank has just enough capacity for the standard six to nine minutes of therapeutic steam. A separate tray holds a few drops of essential oils for optional aromatherapy. The temperature of the steam is controlled by extending or shortening the steamer tube leading to the nasal and mouth mask. Droplet size is controlled by turning a dial. Smaller droplet sizes are effective for nasal inhalation, while larger droplets are better for oral inhalation.
There's a lot to like about the Gurin Steam Inhaler, but customer reviews are decidedly mixed. We appreciate the dual chamber water tank because users may fill one side with saline solution (with or without aromatherapy essential oils) if they so choose. The other side of the tank collects condensed water as the steam cools. The mask is exceptionally soft and comfortable, although the angle may be problematic for some. An adjustable tube allows users to customize the fit, but we still find that an outside-the-box solution may be necessary for maximum comfort. Because the unit generates steam via boiling water, it's not designed for portability. Some people find the Gurin Steam Inhaler to be flimsy and top-heavy, but we would characterize it as unstable under pressure but otherwise sturdy enough for the usual applications. An in-line on/off switch and automatic shut-off function make this device easy to operate.
The Vicks Personal Steam Inhaler is probably the most compact and portable contender on our shortlist. It's also the first one consumers will likely see on department store shelves. For traveling purposes, we appreciate its dual voltage power supply. The plastic face mask may be at a steeper angle than other models, but users can back away from the mask to avoid hot steam or hold it to their faces for just a few minutes at a time. The tank accepts cool tap or distilled water but not essential oils or saline solution. Users can attach special aromatic pads (sold separately) to the mask if aromatherapy is desired. Although the plastic parts are easy to clean, we recommend a "one user per steam inhaler" policy.
While other steam inhalers rely on boiling water for hot steam production, the MyPurMist Handheld Steam Inhaler uses a process called Capillary Force Vaporization to create small particles of water vapor from lukewarm, distilled water. One tankful of distilled water yields over 20 minutes of therapeutic steam! (Other steam inhalers generally produce between six and nine minutes of steam.) A four-setting control function fine tunes the vaporized steam's temperature. This is helpful, but longer steam inhalation sessions sometimes benefit the user even more. The distilled water reservoir itself cannot handle essential oils, but the manufacturer does offer special eucalyptus-infused scent packs for additional aromatherapy.
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|Directions||Simply fill the Vicks VapoSteam inhaler with hot tap water and add Vicks scent pad (included) or Vicks VapoSteam.|
|Uses||A blast of Vicks vapors. Soothing comfort for coughs and colds. Portable, spill-proof. Use with Vicks VapoSteam VapoPads or hot water. Cone shaped design funnels vapors. Soothing vapors help relieve nasal and sinus congestion and parched throat. Includes 5 Vicks VapoPads. Dishwasher safe.|
|Warnings||READ INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. Carefully supervise young children when the inhaler is operating. Inhaler produces hot steam and could cause severe burns or injuries.|