By Austin Sheeley

Traditional nebulizers are pretty noisy. In fact, they’re sometimes referred to as jet nebulizers. They’re a great, convenient way to deliver medication, but some people prefer a quieter treatment. For them we recommend ultrasonic nebulizers. Here are what we think are the four best.

Omron Micro-Air

1. Omron Micro-Air

This is easily our most popular nebulizer. Most ultrasonic nebulizers apply heat to the medication, limiting the medications they can be used with. But the Omron Micro-Air uses the unique Vibrating Mesh Technology which involves moving medication through a metal mesh. This process allows use with more medications and shorter treatment times. To top it all off, the Micro-Air is the smallest and lightest nebulizer available meaning you can take it with you anytime, anywhere.

2. Drive Hercules Portable Nebulizer

In addition to being quiet, portable, and coming with a rechargeable battery, the Drive Hercules offers many options when it comes to actually taking your medication. It offers three airflow settings—high, medium and low—as well as three medication delivery methods—mouthpiece, nasal piece and adult or child mask.

3. Lumiscope Portable Ultrasonic Nebulizer

The Lumiscope comes with a carrying case for storing parts, can be bought with an auto adapter for treatments on the road, and is of course silent and portable. But perhaps its coolest feature is its two-valve delivery system. Designed for maximum efficiency and reduced medication waste, the valve opens as you exhale so your breath escapes and does not contaminate the medication and closes as you inhale so you only breathe in the medication. Plus, the Lumiscope is our cheapest ultrasonic nebulizer.

4. MiniBreeze

The MiniBreeze offers quick treatments under six minutes. It weighs less than 8 ounces and comes with a carry bag, making it perfect for travel. Plus it offers an automatic shut-off feature so you don’t forget it and kill the battery. After 10 minutes of non-use the MiniBreeze will simply shut off on its own.