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|Medisure Steam Inhaler Cup|
|Vicks Personal Steam Inhaler|
|Beurer FS50 Facial Sauna|
|Dr Junghans Medical 50030|
|Rio Facial Sauna and Steamer|
The common cold is one of the worst of all ailments, and it’s one we can do little about. Likewise, a cough and sore throat are also a lot more than merely irritating and can be troublesome beyond belief. Thee are off-the-shelf products that can be used to relieve these ailments – the usual pills and potions we buy at the pharmacy, for example – but there is much more that can be done to help with the symptoms of coughs, colds and that horrible blocked up feeling that affects us all.
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In fact, in some ways, our modern way of living has made things worse. It’s a fact that some types of central heating system can cause the air in our homes to become dry and unhealthy. This can aggravate sore throats and lead to bigger problems, and certain conditions can even help bring on a cold. This is not always the case – some symptoms can be via allergies or can be caught from germs from other people – but it is sometimes, so it needs to be considered if you have repeated problems of this type.
One thing that is known to help alleviate the symptoms described is steam; inhaled at the right temperature, and in the right amounts, it can be surprisingly beneficial. You can simply fill a bowl with boiling water and lean over it with a towel over your head, but this could be dangerous if it is spilt. Or, you could buy one of the many types of steam inhalers that are available. These are small, cheap and simple to use, safer than filling a bowl, and you may find one to be very helpful.
Before we tell you about ten of the best steam inhalers, here’s a bit about how they work.
Table of Contents
- 1 Best Steam Inhalers (Electric Steam Inhalers and Non-Electric)
- 1.1 1: Medisure Steam Inhaler Cup
- 1.2 2: Vicks Personal Steam Inhaler
- 1.3 3: Beurer FS50 Facial Sauna
- 1.4 4: Dr Junghans Medical 50030
- 1.5 5: Rio Facial Sauna and Steamer
- 1.6 6: Hangsun Facial Steamer FS80
- 1.7 7: Medipaq Steam Inhaler with Eucalyptus Oil
- 1.8 8: Yuni Facial Steamer
- 1.9 9: Bauer Professional Aqua Care
- 1.10 10: Vicks VH750 Warm Mist Humidifier
- 2 Important Features
- 3 How It Works
- 4 Let’s Wrap It Up
Best Steam Inhalers (Electric Steam Inhalers and Non-Electric)
The first on our list is one of the simplest designs here. It’s a cup with two handles, which acts as the reservoir, and a shaped and moulded outlet where you put your face to inhale the steam. This one has a non-slip base so that it will not move around when in use, and will hence reduce spillage, and it is simple to use, compact and very cheap. It does the job, but we do have a few reservations about this type of inhaler in comparison with other types, not least the safety aspects – although they do seem to have been attended to as best possible.
To begin with, there is no power source for this model – it is simply a plastic cup. That means you have to fill it with water that is hot enough to produce steam, which is not an ideal situation – and certainly means youngsters will need to be supervised when using it. It is insulated, however, so you do get a decent amount of time from one fill, and it is very cheap indeed, so if you need one of these for just occasional use, there’s no reason this could not be the one.
If there is a brand that is associated with inhalation products it’s Vicks, who have been making their famous and very effective Vapour Rub for many decades. This inhaler comes from that company, and is another that is not powered. Once again, you simply add hot water from the kettle and away you go. Except this one has a little difference; it comes supplied with Vicks scent pads that produce the familiar soothing aroma that you will be familiar with, or you can buy the Vicks steam product for use with this item.
It’s nicely made – it’s more substantial than the one above which you would expect from a branded product – and is easy to use, and it is also very compact so can be used as a travel item. We’re still a little wary of the idea of boiling water and a kettle, however, so remember it should only be used by kids with supervision – although that does apply to any item involving hot water. This is a good product from a known brand, so worth checking out.
This is the first of the more sophisticated type of model that we found, and it serves two purposes. First, it is a facial sauna, which means you can use it to cleanse the skin on all the face, easily and safely in the comfort of your own home. Second, it comes with a nose and mouth fitment, so can be used as an inhaler too, and is very effective as such. It’s a well made model, and has many fine attributes.
This one is mains electricity powered, so you add cold water and it heats via an electric coil n a matter of minutes. It is very effective, and has 120watt output so heats relatively quickly. It has a temperature and output control, and is easy to use. You can add aromatherapy oils to this one whether you are using it as a sauna or an inhaler, and it is tried and tested and safe for home use – again, only with supervision where youngsters are concerned. It’s more expensive than the two above, but still not expensive.
This is another non-powered model, and one that is designed specifically to be used as an inhaler. It’s all-plastic, and comes in two pieces. The bottom section is the reservoir, into which you pour the boiling water, while the top section forms a funnel of sorts which is used to inhale the steam through the mouth and nose. It’s very simple yet effective, easy to use and comes with side handles which you hold onto when in use to keep it from moving.
This one is another that needs to be treated with care when using, but it is designed so that there is no possibility of spillage – unless, of course, it is somehow overturned when in use. Nevertheless, it does the job and is highly rated by satisfied users, and you can add aromatherapy oils and more if you wish, so is certainly worth a look. Be aware it is a little more costly than some of the other non-powered models.
This is another model that is more sophisticated than some of the others on the list. It is a facial sauna, which means you can use it to cleanse the skin on all the face, easily and safely in the comfort of your own home. Second, it comes with a nose and mouth fitment, so can be used as an electric steam inhaler too, and is very effective as such. It’s a well-made model, and has many fine attributes.
This one is mains electricity powered, so you add cold water and it heats via an electric coil n a matter of minutes. It is very effective, and comes with attachments for adding vaporising oils. It has a temperature and output control, and is easy to use. You can add aromatherapy oils to this one whether you are using it as a sauna or an inhaler, and it is tried and tested and safe for home use – again, only with supervision where youngsters are concerned. It’s a nice model, and when all is taken into account, not expensive.
Part of the benefit of using one of these – this is another model that is twinned as a facial sauna and an inhaler – is that when it is used for beauty purposes it opens the pores. Steam is good at this and, as such, the skin gets a cleansing like no other, and is kept healthy and supple. This model, which is mains-powered and comes with a neat nose and mouth inhaler attachment, is easy to use and can also be used with oils of various types.
You get a steam output control – something that you do not get with the non-powered models – plus high and low temperature settings, and the reservoir is a decent size so you can use it for sensible periods. It is not recommended to use these for too long, however. There is also a boil-dry prevention system, so you will not damage the machine by boiling away the water. It’s also a very good price for a machine such as this.
The purpose of non-powered steam inhalers – of which this is one – is to alleviate the danger of having an unstable bowl of boiling water balanced on your lap while you sit with a towel over your head. This model is designed, as are all of this type of item, to be as safe as possible, and to prevent the potentially dangerous spillage of scalding hot water. It’s simple and easy to use, can be filled easily – by a responsible adult – and is cheap, too.
The package reviewed features the insulated steamer plus a container of eucalyptus oil, and all for a great price. Eucalyptus is known to alleviate sinus problems and help with breathing in general, and this one can also be bought with lavender oil if you prefer (or, for a few pounds less, as the steamer only with no additions). It’s cheap, simple to use and does the job, and if you’re happy with a non-powered model, may make a decent choice.
This is another electric model that offers you the combined merits of a facial sauna and a steam inhaler. Steam is good for the skin and, when using one of these on full steam, your skin gets a cleansing like no other, and is kept healthy and young and free from dead areas. This model, which is mains-powered and comes with a neat nose and mouth inhaler attachment, is easy to use and can also be used with oils of various types.
This one is mains electricity powered, so you add cold water and it heats via an electric coil n a matter of minutes. It is very effective, and comes with attachments for adding vaporising oils. It has a temperature and output control, and is easy to use. You can add aromatherapy oils to this one whether you are using it as a sauna or an inhaler, and it is tried and tested and safe for home use – again, only with supervision where youngsters are concerned. All in all, a good choice at what can only be called an excellent price.
We prefer the electrically powered models, and this is another that is worth looking at. This one is mains electricity powered, so you add cold water and it heats via an electric coil in a matter of minutes. It is very effective, and comes with attachments for adding vaporising oils. It has a temperature and output control, and is easy to use. You can add aromatherapy oils to this one whether you are using it as a sauna or an inhaler.
You get all the fitments needed for both sauna and inhalation purposes, it is easy to use and fill and is designed with safety in mind – there is an auto cut-off, for example, so it will not run dry. It comes with a special tray for adding essential oils for evaporation, and has an adjustable steam control for added versatility. We like it, it does the job, and it’s a sensible price too.
The final item on our list of 10 is this one, another device from Vicks. However, it is not an inhaler as such; instead, it is a humidifier, designed to unleash a warm mist – scented with Vicks of course – into the room where the sufferer is located. As such it provides effective relief from symptoms of colds and sore throats, and will certainly help those that are having trouble sleeping because of such problems.
It comes complete wit two Vicks scented pads so is ready to use straight away, is mains powered, and has a 3.8litre reservoir which is enough to keep it in operation continuously for 9 hours. It has two power settings so you can select your mist output, is designed for low-noise operation so is ideal for bedrooms, and has an auto shut-off feature for added safety. It’s great for if you have kids who are suffering, but be aware that it is a touch more expensive than the other items on our list.
That’s our list of ten steam inhalers, each of which comes with its own merits, but which is the right one for you? Before we give you our verdict, here’s a look at some of the things you need to look for when choosing one of these.
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What do you need to look for when choosing a steam inhaler? To be honest, there is one main factor that needs to be considered, and that is whether the one you choose is electrically powered or non-powered. Let’s outline the benefits of each:
- Electric Steam Inhaler – we think the electrically powered models, which heat the water by way of coils in the base unit, are safer than those that are not. They also offer you the advantage of heat and output controls and come with safety features such as auto switch-off and boil-dry protection.
- Non-Electric – the benefit here is simplicity; boil a kettle, pour the water into the reservoir, and you have instant steam. The downside is that pouring hot water from one container to another can be dangerous, and while they are designed to be non-spill, should the item be overturned spillage will occur.
Other features you need to consider include the ability to add essential oils and aromatherapy oils – we think that all of our chosen models can accommodate this – and whether you want one that is also a facial sauna, and you have plenty of choices if so.
Which one is right for you? Let’s see if we can help you decide!
How It Works
There are various types of steam inhaler on the market, some more sophisticated than others. The basic premise is of a reservoir of some sort in which hot water is placed, or in some of the more popular models you put water and it is heated by an element, with an aperture through which steam is released.
There are models that come with a face mask so you can direct the stem to be inhaled, and these tend to be among the most useful versions. In many of the steam inhalers we have reviewed you can also add the likes of aromatherapy oils. This gives them a dual purpose, and makes a steam inhaler a more viable device for use in the home.
Some are mains electricity powered, others have batteries, and in some you simply add the boiling water. The latter tend to be very simple devices, but perhaps not as versatile as the powered versions. We have included every type of steam inhaler we could find among our selection of 10, so that you can choose one that does the job for you.
There is no doubt that steam inhalation does aid breathing when affected by the symptoms of cold or sore throats, but that is not to say it is the only course of action you should take. If you have persistent symptoms, you should always seek medical attention. However, one of these devices can be very handy in such situations, so let’s have a look at the top 10 steam inhalers on the market right now, and see if we can find one that is right for you.
Let’s Wrap It Up
A steam inhaler is a sensible item to have in a cupboard ready for occasional use, especially if you have children in the house as symptoms of coughs, colds and flu can lead to a lack of sleep. Which on our list is best for you? That depends on whether you want one that is electrically powered or not, so let’s separate the two.
If a non-powered model is your preference – and they are easy to use and do the job to a degree – there is no point in spending over the odds, so we recommend you choose the first one on the list, from Medisure. It is as basic as they come, does the job, is non-slip and is very cheap.
If you are on the search for a powered inhaler, perhaps as a facial sauna too, then you have a more difficult choice! To be fair, each of those – apart from the final item on the list, which is a humidifier and comes highly recommended as such – offering the combination of facial sauna and steam inhaler does the same job, and has the same features such as heat and steam outlet controls, so it really comes down to the one you like the look of, and the price.
Our choice, as it is effective, fully-equipped and sensibly priced, would be the Hangsun model, number 6 on the list, but if another one does it for you, the choice is yours! Enjoy your steam inhaler and the benefits it brings, and we hope our review has helped you find the right one.