Vicks V4500 FilterFree Humidifier

 
List Price: $59.99

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Product Description

No filters to buy or replace EVER. Whisper quiet operation. Featuring Vicks Vapor Therapy with integrated scent pad heater. Large open, easy clean tank. Adjustable mist intensity. Protec compatible.

Features:
  • Whisper quiet operation
  • Featuring Vicks Vapor Therapy with integrated scent pad heater
  • Large open - easy clean tank
  • Adjustable mist intensity
  • Protec Ball compatible

Customer Reviews:

  • Very quiet because it's broken after 10 days!
    This worked great at first. Noisy but that helped me sleep. After 5 days it stopped working, but I somehow managed to get it going again. It lights up, and you can hear a slight click when you move the humidity % dial, but it never cuts on.
    Now again it's doing the same thing and Vicks has 0 support information for the product. P&G doesn't even recognize the product either. My feedback would be to the Holmes products. Just as noisy but they consistently work (I have 2 different models). Don't waste money on this one - as you'll spend more to get something else. ...more info
  • Vicks V4500 Humidifier - Filter Free
    This humidifier worked great about the first 4 weeks I used it. It ran well and was very quiet. Almost overnight it went from a quiet machine to one that now keeps me awake at night if I leave it turned on. It may just be a bad machine. My daughter bought one before I did and she has no problems. I may just need to return mine for a replacement....more info
  • very loud
    I liked the idea of no filter.. so I got this for $50 at my local walgreens. It is very loud, even on the lowest setting. The highest setting is super loud.. I wouldnt suggest buying this if you are going to use it at night, unless you like white noise in the background....more info
  • Not sure it is worth the money
    I read all of the reviews about this product before purchasing. I took a chance. The humidifier works OK, and so far is easy to clean. It is noisy. If you are looking for something really quiet, get an ultrasonic humidifier! This was too loud for my kids bedroom at night, but it work well in the living room during the day. If I had to do over, I would not have purchased. ...more info
  • Awful - Don't be attracted to "filterless"
    Having a filterless machine appealed to me so I tried this one. After using it for 4 months with my newborn, I threw it out. It's extremely noisy and the noise varies unpredictably. It vibrates so much photos hung on the other side of the wall vibrate. It's impossible to clean. I replaced the protec beads often and used vinegar regularly but still got buildup and grime. You can't get the interior cavity clean at all. I went back and got the most basic model with a filter and am thrilled with it....more info
  • No Filter Sure But...
    OK, first to clear up a common misconception. I'm constantly seeing people saying, "No mist.", "Horrible mist.", and "Weak mist." Well, cool mist vaporizers don't put out a visible mist. That's it. Nothing wrong with them, that's just how they work.

    Second. This unit has no filter but they want you to put in these anti-bacterial balls that cost $10 for 2 if you can even find them. And I'm not even sure if they really do anything. An alternative solution is to use about 4oz (120mL) of hydrogen peroxide per gallon (4L) of water. That comes out to about 25 cents per use. Since I run mine 24/7/365 that's just too expensive.

    And that's the problem with ALL cool mist humidifiers. You MUST put something in the water or you'll end up with some nasty mold and fungus on your wick. If you want to avoid that stuff flying around through the air then you need to get one that also purifies the air. You'll need to research them yourself since I don't think it's fair to advertise a different brand on an item's page....more info
  • No such thing as filter-less (black mold & pink mildew abounds!)
    I've had this unit for five months and dropped the Protect cartridge in there every month on the 12th to keep it clean. Despite these efforts, it has developed a pink film along with black mold that you can smell when it operates. I'm having trouble breathing. The area that is affected is IMPOSSIBLE to get to in order to clean it even with pressurized air. My unit has also flooded on two occassions destroying everything on my dresser.

    I contacted Kaz who makes the unit. They said they would replace it but I'd be out of a unit for 6-8 weeks and I'd have to pay shipping costs. They will not replace it with another unit so I'm sure the same problem will reoccur. I decided to clean the unit the best that I can (this took 2 hours) and use liquid bacteriostatic water treatment instead of the worthless Protect cartridges. I hope this works. ...more info
  • Very quiet because it's broken after 10 days!
    This worked great at first. Noisy but that helped me sleep. After 5 days it stopped working, but I somehow managed to get it going again. It lights up, and you can hear a slight click when you move the humidity % dial, but it never cuts on.
    Now again it's doing the same thing and Vicks has 0 support information for the product. P&G doesn't even recognize the product either. My feedback would be to the Holmes products. Just as noisy but they consistently work (I have 2 different models). Don't waste money on this one - as you'll spend more to get something else. ...more info
  • Mold...pink film...after SIX weeks!
    I got a great deal on this (normally expensive) product about 6 weeks ago. I was thrilled to see it actually provided moisture, because I have a two year old in day care who needs a humidifier run every night. I went to do the weekly maintenance a few nights ago, and THROUGHOUT the motor housing is a pink film (we get this in the shower too) as well as mold spores. You can't clean the motor housing, so it's ruined. I called Vick's and they will send us a new one when I send this one back. Not sure if I will. The only option they gave me to clean it was to use pressurized air! Well I don't trust it enough to clean in the places I can't see...so no thanks. I did ask if they had this issue before with this machine and they told me "no." Looking at the other reviews, I see this isn't true. My son will probably be labeled asthmatic when he is old enough for the diagnosis, so I am obviously concerned about a product that grows mold....more info
  • Does the job well.
    We really like this model. We've had it for over a year and are purchasing a second one to use in a second bedroom.

    We don't find the fan to be loud at all. It's not silent, but it emits a nice white noise that actually helps us sleep more deeply. Our children (5 and 3) were not bothered by the noise of the fan and the machine was running between their beds.

    The humidifier works well for its purpose. I just purchased the vapor inserts and am looking forward to trying them out.

    As for cleaning the unit, cleaning anything of this nature isn't going to be the most fun you've ever had, but it's a necessary task. We found that all of the parts that needed to be cleaned came out and were easily cleanable. We did use cotton swabs and a pipe cleaner to clean one nozzle, but for the rest, I simply used Clorox wipes. If you clean it according to schedule and don't let it sit idle with water in it, you won't find such a buildup....more info
  • on sound alone, this thing is horrible.
    This is one of the the loudest, cheapest humidifiers I have ever owned, and Ive owned alot. Its great that its filter free, and the idea of putting a little drop in cleaner is wonderful, but you can't have this thing on within 10-15 feet of where you sleep if you plan on sleeping. I will be returning this to Target (where I bought it) and trying something else. ...more info
  • It works to humified the room just as we wanted!
    I am suprised by all the negative reviews. We bought 1 for my oldest daughter last year (end 2006) as she had croup and it worked just fine. A few months ago my youngest daughter had also a cold and cough at the same time as my oldest so we went back to buy a second one.

    We don't have mold issues (even though very often if it is not in use we forget to take the water out...and to take the water out is recommended)

    It makes the room humid enough (windows are wet the next morning) the best thing for cold/coughing instead of dry air.

    Yes it makes quit a lot of noise when it is running but it doesn't cause a problem for my 2 girls to feel or stay in sleep.

    And yes we had the first time we used also the waterproblem as we didn't put it back right. But after that never had a problem again...

    They are both still working!...more info
  • Mold Machine
    Let me state first that I did not purchase this item from Amazon, but in a local store. Regardless of where it is purchased, this is a mold machine. I was at first excited at the thought of a filter free humidifier because of the money I put into filters for my other humidifiers. I even bought the water purifier cartridges that go in it. I cleaned this humidifier regularly to no avail - it constantly grew mold over and over, and I could not take it apart enough to get all the mold out - so the mold that was unreachable up inside the machine, just kept regrowing in the parts I had cleaned. I use humidifiers repeatedly for my children when they have colds, but this machine actually prolonged my 2 year old's last cough because of the mold spores it was spewing into the air. Once I figured out that the mold had spread into parts of the machine that were inaccessible to cleaning, I threw it out. I may have to buy filters for a different humidifier, but I'm saving more money by not going into the doctor every week with a sick child who won't get well. This product was a huge disappointment. ...more info
  • Vicks V4500 Humidifier - Filter Free
    This humidifier worked great about the first 4 weeks I used it. It ran well and was very quiet. Almost overnight it went from a quiet machine to one that now keeps me awake at night if I leave it turned on. It may just be a bad machine. My daughter bought one before I did and she has no problems. I may just need to return mine for a replacement....more info
  • MOLD EVERYWHERE!!!!!
    This product does NOT deserve 1 star. They should have a negative rating scale...
    I spent $75 for it at my local drug store because I thought the idea of not having a filter to change would be great. What a MISTAKE! I bought this for my 8 month old daughter's room and cleaned the machine religiously according to the booklet instructions only to find a month later that the fan housing (which you are NOT supposed to clean) was filled with pink and black mold EVERYWHERE. I am scared that my daughter has been breathing in this junk for over a month now, 10-12 hours every night!
    When I called the manufacturer they told me to use pressurized air to clean the fan housing. This did NOTHING to remedy the problem. Buying this machine was a huge mistake!!!!!!!!!!!!!...more info
  • Frickin Loud!
    Seems to do a good job at humidifying but I returned it for two BIG reasons. First; because on high it sounds like a diesel generator (even louder heard through ceiling downstairs.) Second, because if you try to move it, water spills internally and then drains out of a little hole all over your floor, I'm talking a LOT of water! You have to take it apart and drain the tray before you move it to avoid a giant mess.

    I used it for about two weeks and couldn't take it anymore. I replaced it with a 'Venta-Sonic VS207' which ROCKS. So nice, so quiet, fantastic output, digital humidity indicator. etc... Costs $40 more but WELL worth it. Best humidifier I've used....more info
  • Impossible to clean
    I always hated buying and changing filters on my older unit so I got this one. I did like the heated compartment for the menthol pads but that was the only plus.

    Cleaning this thing is an absolute nightmare and even when you do it religiously there are places that you cannot get to without breaking it such as under the misting disk (if this were removable it may be cleanable). I actually did break some parts off to try to get it clean enough to use. On top of that I purchased the protec ball that fits in it and replaced it as scheduled I can't say that it helped in any way.

    I am back to using a filtered model that is half the price of this one but I really wished that this one had worked for me. Perhaps it just needs to be cleaned every other day instead of weekly.

    They would have to redesign this model to be submersible so you could dunk it in a tub of bleach. I imagine it would be fine for people that only use it for occasions when a child is ill but I use mine every single day. Please save yourself the trouble and pass on this one. ...more info
  • Poor design; don't walk away or you'll get a flood!
    I bought this humidifier at CVS in desperation--the baby was sick and I needed a humidifier that night. I liked the filter-free feature on this model. I have another Kaz/Vicks humidifier (v3100) that uses filters, and at $11 a pop and several filter changes per season that got expensive.

    So I read the manual and set it up, I thought in accordance with the manual's instructions. Now, I'm not an idiot. I swear, I followed the pictures and instructions exactly, and this #$&%##@^% thing still flooded the first four times I used it, one time causing ceiling damage to the floor below. You must have everything lined up *exactly* right, and it's very easy to misalign one part or another. I learned through trial and error just how many different ways you can get this thing to flood. ("whoops, didn't seat the o-ring right that time....must've gotten the tank and blower wrong this time, thought it looked right....")

    So now I keep a stack of towels ready whenever I go to use it. Also I don't walk away until I'm sure that the water isn't pouring out. Honestly, how hard can it be to design this thing so it doesn't flood every time? I never have this problem with the V3100....more info
  • NOT "whisper quiet"
    This product says it is "whisper quiet" and the box says "27% quieter than the Hunter Carefree", so we thought it would actually be quiet. Sorry, but this thing has a fan that is way too loud even on low, unlike our old one, which made almost no noise at all. ...more info
  • top notch
    I think this is the best humidifier, both in price and funtion. Its pretty quite, easy to fill, not even hard to clean. It does not have a warm humidifying feature, but it does have a neat vicks vapor pad compartment built into the top (great feature). I really like the green and blue lights (exspecially in the dark at night). It is by far the best thing vicks has ever made when it comes a humidifier. If your looking for a humidifier you can't beat this....more info
  • Very Disappointed - Poor
    Most of what the other reviews are saying is exactly correct. We used this humifier for about 2 weeks and then it just mysteriously stopped working. The power light went on when you turned the switch - but the machine just stopped working. It also developed the pink discoloration all over the water areas and black spotty mold around the motor. It also has some parts that are impossible to clean (even with a q-tip). The filterless part which was supposed to be a benefit - isn't because you still need to buy $10 mineral balls that you put in the water - but I'm not convinced they did anything. The mist that came out was at very little volume (I know cool mist humidifiers push out less mist - but still even on high not much came out). We were so excited about puchasing this humidifier and could not be more disappointed. We also way over paid for this (Babies R Us charged us $90!). We are returning it today and getting another model. A real shame for a usually reliable name like Vicks....more info
  • Mold Machine
    Let me state first that I did not purchase this item from Amazon, but in a local store. Regardless of where it is purchased, this is a mold machine. I was at first excited at the thought of a filter free humidifier because of the money I put into filters for my other humidifiers. I even bought the water purifier cartridges that go in it. I cleaned this humidifier regularly to no avail - it constantly grew mold over and over, and I could not take it apart enough to get all the mold out - so the mold that was unreachable up inside the machine, just kept regrowing in the parts I had cleaned. I use humidifiers repeatedly for my children when they have colds, but this machine actually prolonged my 2 year old's last cough because of the mold spores it was spewing into the air. Once I figured out that the mold had spread into parts of the machine that were inaccessible to cleaning, I threw it out. I may have to buy filters for a different humidifier, but I'm saving more money by not going into the doctor every week with a sick child who won't get well. This product was a huge disappointment. ...more info

 

 
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