With a somewhat large family, it seems as if at least one of us is always getting sick with colds, allergies, and flu symptoms. We used to use one of those large water based vaporizers, the type that requires about a gallon of water, a bit of salt to make the water turn to steam, and pouring messy inhalant liquid into a little tiny reservoir on the top of the unit. Not only was this a hassle, but it often resulted in spills. Because of this we looked for a better solution, and found the Vicks Waterless Vaporizer.
Vicks Waterless Vaporizer - Open
Just like the name implies, this small sized vaporizer does not require any sort of liquid, either water or inhalant, to function. You simply lift the lid and place a small medicated pad inside, close the lid, and turn the unit on. The unit heats just enough to create a vapor from the medicated pads, which can easily fill a small bedroom with helpful vicks vapor, without any of the fuss of traditional water based vaporizers.
Vicks Waterless Vaporizer - Closed
The only real drawback, of course, is the need to constantly replace the pads. Each tiny pad comes in its own sealed pouch to keep the medication fresh until it is needed. The pad only lasts for about eight hours, however, which is theoretically just enough for one nights sleep. In order to keep the vapor going after waking, the pad needs to be replaced. This isn't really cost effective, but it is very handy and easy. If you don't like messing with traditional vaporizers, I recommend the Vicks Waterless Vaporizer.