Grant from Santa Ana wrote in saying, “I have to take regular nebulizer treatments for my asthma. What’s the difference between a tabletop nebulizer machine and a handheld nebulizer? Is there one you’d recommend over the other?”

The good news is you really can’t go wrong. Both tabletop and hand held nebulizers are effective at delivering medication and treating respiratory conditions. The advantages or disadvantages of each depend on your lifestyle.

Tabletop NebulizersTabletop Nebulizers

Do you prefer to use your nebulizer indoors? Is the nebulizer for a small child/infant who requires stationary use? Do you want to save money?

If so, then this may be the best nebulizer for you. Tabletop nebulizers are designed to be used indoors on a sturdy, still surface. The main advantage of tabletop nebulizers is that they are cheaper than hand held nebulizers and typically come with a longer warranty.

Hand Held/Portable NebulizersHand Held Nebulizer

Do you travel often? Do you want mobility during nebulizer treatments?

If so, then a hand held or portable nebulizer may be best for you. Hand held nebulizers allow you to move around during your treatments and can be taken indoors or outdoors. They’re also better for travel as they work with a wider range of power sources, such as batteries and 12V DC auto adapters. Plus, they are lighter than tabletop nebulizers.


But whichever nebulizer you choose, you’ll get the same effective medication delivery.