If you are struggling to choose between vaporisers, diffusers, and humidifiers in your search for the best relief for colds we’ve got the answers!

As the temperature drops and the winter chill we’ve all be dreading arrives, it’s inevitable that sniffly noses and chesty coughs won’t be far behind. When it comes to choosing the best remedy for a cold that just won’t budge, however, it can be difficult to know where to start. To take the struggle out of making the best choice for your family, we’ve put together a handy guide to help ease congestion once and for all!

Soothing Warmth

It’s well known that warm steam is an effective way to clear a blocked nose and provide relief from the congestion of a nasty cold. It might come as a surprise then that so many of us choose cold mist diffusers and humidifiers without realising that we are missing the important benefits that warmth has to offer when you are feeling under the weather.

The Vicks WarmSteam Vaporiser combines Vicks’ longstanding reputation for comforting Aussie families through the winter months with the natural power of warm steam to help all ages manage cold & flu symptoms. If you needed further proof that it works, Vicks was awarded a ‘Highly Commended’ in the Humidifiers & Vaporizer category of Reader’s Digest Most Trusted Brands Awards in 2021 as voted by the people of Australia so it seems that many of us are already feeling its soothing effects! Warm steam is the only choice proven to ease congestion when compared to its cold mist counterparts so it’s a no-brainer if you want to be prepared for winter.

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All Night Relief

When your little ones are bunged up and struggling to sleep, it’s more important than ever to choose effective products that will help. The Vicks WarmSteam Vaporiser creates a soothing flow of moist warm steam in the bedroom at night. This steam helps to open up the airways, reduce coughing and congestion, and soothe both a sore throat and itchy eyes. It can even be safely used for newborns, giving you peace of mind throughout the night and providing relief from the uncomfortable symptoms of colds, flu, bronchitis, and croup.

The Vicks VapoSteam Inhalant is the perfect addition to the Vicks WarmSteam Vaporiser, providing the refreshing fragrance of eucalyptus and peppermint to penetrate nasal and throat passages quickly and safely to gently soothe and comfort.

Multi-Tasking Power

There’s often confusion about the function of vaporisers when compared to diffusers or cool mist humidifiers, particularly when it comes to their cold-busting potential. Diffusers have some benefits for a blocked nose, but they do not humidify or heat the air which is essential for relieving congestion. Humidifiers go one step further, adding moisture to the air, but don’t add humidity to the therapeutic levels that a warm steam vaporiser does for congestion relief. Vaporisers like the Vicks WarmSteam Vaporiser, however, provides the multi-tasking power of both heat and steam. The powerful steam reduces mucous thickness, eases a scratchy throat, reduces coughing, and alleviates the dry eyes associated with the common cold.

A multi-tasking vaporiser like the Vicks WarmSteam Vaporiser also offers the added benefit of incorporating both steam and scent into one compact device, with the Vicks VapoSteam Inhalant ensuring that you are tackling the discomfort of a cold from every angle in one simple device, without the need for a separate diffuser.

So next time you find yourself or your little ones battling a stuffy nose or sore throat and are looking for a practical, quality health solution,  choose the multi-functional power of warm steam and trust the proven results of the Vicks WarmSteam Vaporiser.

The team at Mouths of Mums is working with Vicks to bring you this article. We love that the Vicks Vaporizer has been named Trusted Brands Most Trusted Vaporiser / Humidifier Award 3 years in a row as voted by the Australian public and we can endorse this product to relieve cold and cough symptoms for the whole family. Check out the full range at vicks.fgb.com.au

Always read the label.  Follow the directions for use.  If symptoms persist, speak to your healthcare professional.  Certain trademarks used under license from The Procter & Gamble Company or its affiliates.

  • Vicks has always been a staple in the winter months for my family. Vicks in a vaporiser is the winning combination


  • Wow thankyou for explaining the differences. I’ve been trying to work out which one we woukd personally need.


  • Thank you for explaining the difference between those two.


  • Thanks for the breakdown


  • Which ever option you go for please be aware that they all release particles into the air & depending on what oils/products you use, they can be toxic to your pets.


  • I tend to use vaporisers for relief of cold and asthma symptoms; the diffuser to cleanse the house eg. lavender (calm/sleep), eucalyptus (disinfect/colds), others for mood (happiness, etc.); and humidifier to help clear the moisture to prevent mould.


  • I have a humidifier sitting in my room never used, maybe it’s time.


  • the warm steam sounds like a good one, I have just been using a diffuser.


  • I have only ever used a diffuser so would be interesting what difference it makes with my daughter using the vicks vapouriser


  • I prefer a diffuser with the cold air. Don’t get the same condensation in the room. I’ve still found the cold air one to help with my babies cold. Plus you can’t use the Vicks drops for little babies anyway.


  • This is a pretty confusing area, so thanks for this article.


  • I found this article very interesting as I use diffusers currently and had no idea as all I’ve been told is it will help I need to invest in one of these vapourizers asap!


  • If my daughter is sick this is the only way she can get sleep! Life saver!


  • I loved ours when we had it. Need to actually replace it. Thankyou for this article helps clear info up.


  • This is a handy tool for use in winter especially if kids are there


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