The Best Nebulisers in 2021: Post-Lockdown Life UK Edition [Updated]

Louise Stamford, Editor

If you’re living with asthma, COPD or another respiratory condition you may have read about nebulisers, or if you have a baby or young child who often gets blocked up, a nebuliser could be the perfect solution to unblock the airways.

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A nebuliser is an electronic device which works by transforming liquid medicine into a fine mist or spray which can then be easily breathed in via a mask or mouthpiece. They are used when a larger dose of medicine needs to be inhaled into the lungs, or when an inhaler alone is proving to be an inadequate form of treatment.  But with so many options to choose, we’ve taken a selection of the most popular and put them through their paces.

Overall 2021 Winner:

1. Healthline Nebuliser: Editor’s pick for best home nebuliser.
£59.99 at Healthlineofficial.com

Our Rating:

4.6/5

Healthline Nebuliser: Editor’s pick for the best all rounder and easy to use. £99.99 £59.99 at Healthlineofficial.co.uk

Our Rating:

4.6/5

Visitor Rating:

(1,384)
5/5

Where to buy the Healthline Nebuliser in the UK

The best nebuliser for comfort, ease of use, price point and portability come from a brand that has only been around for a few years in the UK. But don’t let that scare you off, as this amazing nebuliser is easily one of the best we have ever tested. It provided like for like performance against machines costing three times as much, proving you don’t have to pay silly prices to get an amazing experience from the comfort of your own home.

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So what makes the Healthline Pro the best all around nebuliser?

The best all round nebuliser for home & on the go use, period. The nebuliser is handy and has a practical self-cleaning function. It is designed to treat your upper and lower airways and is extremely quiet, which is rare in the world of nebulisers. With an automatic switch off, self cleaning and ability to to peform 0.25ml per minute, this was a clear winner for us given the fantastic price point and how versatile this thing is.

Vibrating membrane technology. The nebuliser uses a sophisticated vibrating membrane to atomise the medication. This vibrating membrane is partially porous and becomes permeable to the smallest medicine particles when it vibrates.

Different mouthpieces and mask, also suitable for children & babies. It’s the only one on our list to include three mouthpieces and two different mask sizes.  The smaller mask size is suitable for children and babies alike.  We’ve seen a growing trend in concerned mothers using nebulisers for their young ones.  This fits the bill perfectly.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Healthline is now available with £30 off this month (while stocks last)  Healthline have knocked £30 off their normal price of £99.99 bringing the massager to just £59.99 at the time of writing.

UK-based customer support. We have been continuously disappointed with nebulisers in the past, even from medical giants like Omron. Part of that disappointment comes with poor or absent customer service. We tested Healthline on several occasions with questions and every time received proper replies within an hour. That demonstrates commitment to the UK market and contributes greatly to our award of Editor’s Pick.

3. OMRON microAir U100 handheld nebuliser: Home portable nebuliser unit that lives up to the OMRON name.  £124.99 at lloydspharmacy.com

Our Rating:

4/5

3. Philips Innospire Deluxe: Brilliant, but large.  £89.00 at Nebulisersdirect.co.uk

Our Rating:

3.6/5

OMRON microAir U100 handheld nebuliser: Fantastic nebuliser but a little pricey £124.99 at Lloydspharmacy.com

Our Rating:

4/5

Where to buy the microAir U100 in the UK

The OMRON MicroAir U100 is a compact, portable nebuliser that features unique mesh technology that helps to treat respiratory conditions such as asthma, COPD and bronchitis. The MicroAir U100 is battery operated and virtually silent enabling discreet use at home out and about.

The unique mesh technology of the OMRON MicroAir U100 is more efficient and more comfortable to use than traditional nebulisers as the mesh boasts 6000 microscopic holes which helps the liquid medication to be pushed at high speed through the mesh and form a mist of tiny aerosol droplets which are easy to inhale.

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Why the microAir U100 makes the list of the best foot nebulisers in the UK

Good overall quality from trusted brand. Omron have been in the business for a long time and produce some of the highest grade health equipment you can find.  The U100 is a great home nebuliser unit but we found the device a little complicated to setup, given it has so many options.

Excellent marks for comfort. The revolutionary sleek and refined design of the OMRON U100 allows for 360° operation. With this 360° operation you are able to use the handheld nebuliser at various angles including lying down which makes for a more comfortable use specially for smaller children.

Can be overwhelming to setup. There’s no doubt this device has the most settings and options, and some people will love this.  The way everythings been implemented can feel overwhelming to set the device up and how you like it.  Sometimes in our opinion, simpler can be better.

Philips InnoSpire Deluxe Nebuliser – £89.00 at Nebulisersdirect.co.uk

Our Rating:

3.6/5

Where to buy the Innospire Deluxe in the UK

The Philips Respironics InnoSpire Deluxe Nebuliser is part of the Philips InnoSpire family of compressor nebulizer systems that provide reliable drug delivery to patients.  Suitable for professional or home use, the Philips InnoSpire Deluxe has been designed to easily manage prolonged use in a clinical environment as well as daily use in the home by private patients.

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Why Innospire Deluxe gets our approval for the home

Great comfort that comes at a cost. While Philips has engineered a product that is indeed worthy for home use, it does come at a cost. The device is not exactly portable or suitable for on the move use.  If you have no interest in portability and is only to be used in your own home, then this could be a great option indeed.

Easy to use. After a quick read of their quick start guide, you’ll know exactly what to do and how you’ll want to enjoy your nebuliser.  We feel ease of use is an important feature customers should be looking for, and Philips gets this point just right.

Built for home use.  The Innospire deluxe is a device built from the ground up to suit customers wishing to nebulise their medicines at home.  Easy to setup with a good Pressure Output of 7lpm @ 15psi.

Runners-up: Best Nebulisers

There are many, many home based nebulisers in the UK market. And while we attempt to test as many as possible for our readers, some units simply don’t make the cut. Here’s a quick peek at devices that didn’t make the list.

Arianne Power Nebuliser – £80.34 at Firstaidforless.co.uk

Our Rating:

3.5/5

A supposed compact nebuliser set supplied with all accessories for treating respiratory conditions with a robust case which stands up to wear and tear during transportation. We found the unit to be very heavy and clunky and the least portable of all on our list.

Our unit was also leaking which may be a defect on our partiular unit only, or it may of been from a bad batch.

Gear Tech Portable Nebuliser  – £84.99 at Gear-tech.co.uk

Our Rating:

2/5

A relative newcomer to the nebuliser field, Gear Tech have began producing their own portable nebuliser with promises of ultra portability and still can provide pressures of 7lpm @ 10psi.

Sadly this has not found to be the case and we found the product to be cheaply built with a low output.  For the price you’d expect a lot more – ultra portable doesn’t equate to a solid device.  We found the device to be too small for everyday use.