Have SweetDreams with the Vicks cool mist humidifier

Helping you breathe a bit easier at night

A few months ago I was asked if I would like to test the Vicks SweetDreams Cool Mist Humidifier with image projection (VUL575E) and with a house of people who constantly come down with colds I couldn't see any reason not to try it.

My first impressions were that the humidifier was huge and took up a lot of space. The instruction booklet was just images and pretty hard to understand. In fact I ended up discarding them and a bit of common sense meant I got the machine up and running quick enough. 

At the time we got the humidifier F was just under the age limit for testing out the Rosemary and Lavender VapoPads so we just put on the humidifier on without a pad as we had been at the doctor with him since he had bronchiolitis and it was recommended to try steam with him. I would say that it certainly helped he that night when we used it as, although he was still coughing, it just didn't seem quite so constant.

We used the humidifier for a few nights in a row and he certainly seems to be less bunged up and the cough did get better. Was this because of the humidifier or just that he was starting to feel better? I wouldn't know but nothing had seemed to help up to this point.

When F turned 3 months I went out and bought the Rosemary and Lavender VapoPads (as we had the menthol ones but they are unsuitable for under three years) and I had a cold so I put on the humidifier for when I went to bed and the smell was lovely and soothing and I do believe that after suffering from congestion all day it started to clear almost as soon as I went to bed where the humidifier was. I really do not believe it was coincidence at all.

As well as being a humidifier it also has a image projection system which projects three images, in rotation, from a theme on the ceiling. You can choose between the safari, sea or starry night themes. I was impressed with the quality of the image, which was quite detailed. F seemed to enjoy looking at the images and M got so excited when she saw them. You can also just put the projector on without the humidifier. I wouldn't, however, recommend you buy the unit for the sole reason of the projector as although the images looked good it wasn't anything amazing and I'm sure there are better projectors out there if that is what you want.

Noise levels was a concern to me. No because I was worried that it would keep F up but that it would keep me up. I hate anything that makes a noise when I am sleeping- the boiler or washing machine downstairs, birds tweeting outside (I know call me a kill joy) - but although this did make a noise it was super quiet and even I managed to go to sleep without wanting to throw it out of the window.

The tank holds 3.8 litres of water which lasts up to 24 hours (you can adjust how much mist you want). We had it on two nights without having to fill it up, or being close to needing to fill it up and it can be used for rooms up to 35 metres squared so perfect for us as we have rooms on the smaller side.

As I have mentioned the unit is compatible with Vicks Vapopads which are available in Menthol (suitable for 3+ years) or Rosemary & Lavendar (suitable for +3 months). We don't live near to any huge supermarkets but found it easy to get these from the little Tesco near us. Each pad provides up to eight hours of soothing vapors and the machine comes with two VapoPads.
"Research has shown that maintaining a room humidity level of 40-60% can reduce the survivale of flu viruses on surfaces and in in the air (Environmental Health 2010, 9:55)."
The RRP of this unit is £69.99 (although it is for sale in Amazon for £58.41 when I last checked) which I would say is reasonable as it is something that you can use with the whole family. I have since used the menthol pads and fell in love with the machine. I don't know about you but since having kids I seem to have every cold or flu bug going? I also am not a huge fan of dosing the kids up with Calpol so this is a great alternative to that. It certainly helps you breathe easier and I can see this being used a lot, moving it between all the rooms in the house when a cold strikes  (as it almost constantly does at the moment).


  • Quite when in use.
  • Helps to clear noses without having to use medicine.
  • Projector can be used without the machine being on.
  • Safe to use - it only produces a cold mist so children can not get burnt.
  • Gives all night relief (8 hours with VapoPad but mist still works without pad until unplugged).


  • Vapopads are a bit expensive if you want to use regularly. You can buy a pack of 7 pads for around £6.99 which would only give you seven nights of use. 
  • It is quite  large unit so finding space to put it might be difficult in some instances.
  • The instructions are a waste of time as they are so hard to understand.

We were sent this humidifier for free in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are ours and ours alone.

Training Mummy

Training Mummy is a 30 something mum to two beautiful children - a girl born February 2014 and a boy born in October 2015.

1 comment :

  1. I think I need to invest in something like this as we always get coughs and colds thanks to my teen and toddlers. I hate noise at night too so it's good to know this is not to noisy as that is something that has put me off buying these in the past xx