Vicks Starry Night Humidifier Review

Vick's humidifier on the floor next to stuffed dog and toy train

Photo from Amazon

In theory, the humidifier sounds great. What kid doesn't like cool stars shining on their ceiling? Unfortunately, the end result didn't quite live up to expectations. The Starry Night Humidifier falls a bit short in terms of simplicity and ease of use.


  • The humidifier contains a one-gallon reservoir for water. Easy to fill but ran out of water when used all night while testing.
  • Uses a replaceable filter that is supposed to be flipped with every 1 to 2 uses and changed completely every 1 to 2 months.
  • Nice display of stars that changes colors and is independently controlled but does not have an automatic shutoff feature.
  • Cool mist humidifier which is preferred for use in children's rooms because they are safer and do not carry a risk for burns.
  • Very quiet while running which is great for children who may be bothered by the noise of other humidifiers.


  • Very quiet
  • Soothing display of stars helps child fall asleep
  • Cool mist which is safer for children


  • Filter must be flipped with every 1 to 2 uses and changed every 1 to 2 months
  • Somewhat complicated setup
  • Small reservoir
  • Mist is dispensed near the bottom of the unit
  • No automatic shutoff for projector


The Starry Night Cool Mist Humidifier is intended for use in children's rooms and includes a light that projects images of stars and the moon onto your child's ceiling. The projector is independently controlled so it does not have to be on while the humidifier is on. The humidifier has two settings, max and sleep. Since the child tester wasn't sick, the sleep setting was used for this review just to increase the amount of moisture in the air. According to the paperwork, the Starry Night Humidifier's reservoir should hold enough water to run for 18 to 24 hours. However, it ran out of water after about 12 hours of use on the sleep setting. It was enough to last for the night but certainly short of the 18 to 24 hours that is advertised.

The night sky projector on the top of the unit is a nice feature. It projects a nice scene of stars onto the ceiling and even changes colors. It would be better if it included an automatic shutoff feature or timer, though; you may have to go into the room after your child falls asleep to turn it off.

The main problems with the Starry Night Humidifier are the fact that it has a filter that not only has to be replaced every couple months but also needs to be flipped every 1 to 2 times you use the unit. It could be a hassle to remember to flip the filter when you put your child to bed every night.

Another disappointing feature is that the humidity is dispensed at the bottom of the unit. It is clearly intended to be placed up high on a dresser or shelf so that the mist comes out over the child's bed. But if the only option in your child's room is to put it somewhere low, the mist will go onto the floor. This can probably provide some benefit, but it would be better if the mist came out of the top of the unit.

Overall, the Starry Night Humidifier had more cons than pros. However, if changing filters doesn't concern you and you can put the unit up high in your child's room, it may be a great option for you.

Disclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer.

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