I have been a big fan of humidifiers and vaporizers for a long time, mainly for diffusing the scent of essential oils through my home, or for use in the office to help fight off germs during flu season. But after I had my daughter, I found I had a problem: they just weren’t safe anymore. Any of you who have used vaporizers in the past know that they get extremely hot, and often times a small jostle to the surface it sits on is enough to throw a little water out of the container. You can’t have that with a growing child around, not if you want to avoid making baby soup.

That’s why I was thrilled when I discovered cool mist vaporizers. They are more or less the same as any regular steam model, but instead of hot vapors, they shoot out a cool, light mist that carries the scents just as effectively as the heated version. It reduces the risk of burns, can be used as an air freshener, and can also be used to help relieve congestion due to allergies and illness.

A cool mist vaporizer is perfect for a child’s room, or a small space that carries more risk of knocking the container over. It’s also great if you happen to get sick, or have serious allergies during the warmer months of spring or summer, which will make owning a heated humidifier much more uncomfortable then it’s worth.

If you are not sure you will want a vaporizer that only supplies cool mist, or don’t want to buy a separate warm one for the colder months, many companies like Vicks manufacture half & half vaporizers that offer both warm and cool mist within the same unit for between $50 – $80, a little more expensive for one of either, but cheaper if you plan on purchasing both.

If you are looking to buy something to appeal directly to your children, you may want to check out Crane humidifiers. They sell some wonderful cool mist vaporizers in several different designs, such as penguins, polar bears, and even well known characters like Hello Kitty and Thomas The Tank Engine. While these are usually found at Target stores across the US, they can also be purchased on-line through Amazon, or at various other suppliers like Walgreens, Babies R Us, Best Buy, Baby Depot, and others. Check their website, Crane-USA.com, for more details.

If you are looking for something to beat your cold, help your allergies, spread the lovely scent of essential oils, or just to help give your home a clean, fresh feeling, you will love cool mist vaporizers. With so many products out there to choose from, and a more safe design then the usual heated models, you can have what you want without worrying about burns.

So buy yours today, and find out why so many are turning to vaporizers for better health, a better home, and a more natural lifestyle. You will be glad you did.