How To Choose A Nebulizer

In 2009, asthma was reported to affect about one in 10 children and one in 12 adults. Asthma is a leading chronic illness among children and adolescents in the U.S. and one of the leading causes of school absenteeism. The costs associated with asthma in the United States were estimated at $3,300 per person each year from 2002 to 2007 in medical expenses, missed school and work days, and early deaths.

Nebulizers are often prescribed for asthma, as well as a variety of other respiratory ailments. They are similar to asthma inhalers but are easier to use. This makes them more ideal for children, the elderly and disabled individuals.

The information below will help you choose the nebulizer that is right for you.

What Type Of Nebulizer Is Right For You?

When choosing a nebulizer, you must first evaluate which type of unit will best serve your needs. There are two types of nebulizers, a jet (compressor) unit or an ultrasonic unit. The difference between the two types are:

Nebulizer Types

Jet (Compressor) Nebulizer Features Ultrasonic Nebulizer Features
8-20 minute treatment duration 6 minute treatment duration
13 ml medicine cup 8 ml medicine cup
Offers a range of particle sizes Offers very consistent particle size
Uses compressed air to generate a fine mist High-frequency ultrasonic vibrations passed through water to generate a fine mist
Compressor nebulizers need a nebulizer to deliver medication No nebulizer needed to operate, only water
Uses piston-style air compressor motor – more durable Uses a piezo-electronic transducer – not as durable
Typically louder and bulkier than ultrasonic models Virtually silent operation
No medication restrictions Medication restrictions because heat is transferred to the medication


Other Considerations

Once you have figured out what type of unit best for your situation, there are two other questions you should answer to better refine your options.

First, you need to think who the nebulizer is for. If it is for a child, you may want to look at ones designed for kids which are fun and colorful. Nebulizers that are portable and easy to use are also better suited for young children.

Your activity level will also dictate the best nebulizer for you. For people that are very active, finding a portable device is important. For people that are more homebound, tabletop models will work fine.

Nebulizer Comparison Chart

MABIS CompMist MABIS MiniComp MABIS CosmoComp NebPak Margo Moo Digger Dog
Weight 4.6 lbs. 3.29 lbs. > 3 lbs. > 8 oz. 3.6 lbs. 3.5 lbs.
Compressor Flow 6-8 ltr/min. 6-8 ltr/min. 6-8 ltr/min. - 6-8 ltr/min. 6-8 ltr/min.
Maximum Pressure 36 PSI 36 PSI 36 PSI - 36 PSI 42 PSI
Particle Size 0.5 to 10 Microns 0.5 to 10 Microns 0.5 to 10 Microns 1 to 10 Microns 0.5 to 10 Microns 1 to 10 Microns
Dimensions 11-7/8" x 7-1/8" x 4-1/2" 7-1/4" x 7" x 4-3/4" 7-3/4" x 6-3/8" x 3-3/4" 9.5" x 8" x 5" 7" x 7-3/4" x 4-1/2" 8.78" x 5.4" x 9"
Nebulization Method Compressor Compressor Compressor Ultrasonic Compressor Compressor