Summary: I was a little bit disappointed when I first received this because I was expecting more. Basically, you do not get a lot of steam with it, just a little bit, but when you use the Vicks pads that come with it and/or the Vicks vapor rub, it gives it a little bit more.
Summary: So, this isn't a totally worthless product, however, it doesn't do what the name strongly implies. There is no steam!! None, zero, zip. Yes, it will clear up your sinuses if you use one of the scent pads. Of course you could probably get the same effect by sniffing a jar of vapor rub.
Portable Steam Therapy with No Steam - False Advertising?
Kimberlie Currier "Song Of The Forest", Amazon
9 January 2015
Summary: This product is advertised as portable STEAM therapy. The instructions clearly and emphatically state that you are NOT to put boiling water in the product, and there is NO STEAM. Only Vicks "vapors." My suggestion... buy a jar of Vicks, open it up, and smell it.
Useless for steam therapy to hydrate nasal passages
Jamie Catelinet - tidesong, Amazon
1 December 2014
Summary: I was aware when purchasing this that it was not electric. I still expected hot water to produce SOME steam to help hydrate my nasal passages....because they called it, you know, STEAM THERAPY.
Summary: So I came here to write a bad review, but after reading some positive ones, I decided to give it a second chance. Initially I thought I had been ripped off, but really, I only spent like 8 bucks on it. I should have read further into it before I bought it, but whatever.
Summary: Only issue is the capacity, which is on the small side. It will hold the heat and steam for a few minutes, enough to get your sinuses loosened, but not enough to let them really drain. Nice alternative for mild symptoms.
This thing is unfortunately both disrespected and underrated!
4 March 2014
Summary: I have had one of these for at least five years, the same one. I agree that Vicks made a mistake by calling it "steam" therapy, then telling you that you can't use it with boiling water. I strongly suspect that's a CYA safety thing.