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Snoring can be a leading factor in poor sleep for both the snorer and anyone else in the room. Daytime fatigue, compromised performance, and waking with a headache can all be attributed to nightly snoring. A nasal dilator is a small device that keeps the nasal passages open while sleeping, potentially reducing the likelihood of snoring.
An inexpensive option, nasal dilators are soft devices that sit in the nose at night keeping airflow at an optimal level. They’re easy to use, clean, and maintain. This small device may help nasal snorers get a better night’s sleep.
Below we’ll highlight our top four choices of nasal dilators, explain how they work, what they’re made of, and what you should know before you make a purchase. Our research is based on our in-house testing, verified customer reviews, and sleep expert consultations.
The Tuck Editor’s Pick for the best nasal dilator is Snore Stop by JapSun. These anti-snoring nose vents were designed in Japan and are made of medical-grade silicone. We’ve chosen these because of their high quality, thoughtful design, soft materials, and competitive price-point.
This pack comes with four nasal dilators, each in a different size. This enables customers to try out which size fits best. Users comment these nasal dilators feel soft in the nostrils, don’t fall out at night, and are easy to remove in the morning.
The nose vents can be cleaned easily with soap and water each morning. The kit comes with a storage container, as well.
The silicone material used is BPA-free and FDA approved soft silicone that has no odor.
Tuck’s choice for the best value nasal dilator is the Conicare Stop Snoring Solution Kit. This kit comes with eight nasal dilators – two designs and four size options per design. The kit also includes a storage case and 10 nose strips. These strips are designed to maximize airflow through the nasal passages.
The Conicare kit comes with two nose dilator designs, both made of silicone. One features a net design with much of the inner nose piece having an open design. The other design features a solid silicone tube piece for keeping the nasal passages open while sleeping.
The silicone is BPA free, soft, and odorless, making these comfortable to wear at night.
Conicare offers 100 percent satisfaction guarantee on the nose vents kit.
Tuck’s choice for the best durability in a nasal dilator is the Dortz Snore Care Set. This set comes with eight nasal dilators, two sets of four different sizes. The bundle comes with a case, as well.
Dortz uses high-quality, durable material for these nasal dilators. They’re reusable and easy to wash with soap and water. Users say they find the design to be comfortable and many say it decreases snoring by keeping the nasal passages open while sleeping. These are available in pink, green, or blue.
Dortz offers a full refund if a customer isn’t happy with the nasal dilators.
With four size options available, most users are able to find a size that fits comfortably without causing pain or falling out during the night. Two pairs of each size makes travel convenient or provides reassurance if one pair is lost.
Nasal dilators provide a simple way of keeping the nasal passages open while sleeping, allowing maximum airflow. Since every nose has a slightly different shape, it’s important to find a design that feels comfortable and fits your nose well without feeling too tight or too loose which risks the nasal dilator falling out at night.
Below we’ll explain the specifics of how nasal dilators work, what they’re made of, how to use them, and what to look for before buying a set.
Some sleepers experience nasal snoring. This occurs when the nasal passages relax enough while sleeping that an adequate amount of air can’t pass through. The result is vibrations in the soft palate which can cause snoring. A nasal dilator keeps the nasal passage open while sleeping, ensuring enough air is able to pass through. Some nasal snorers find relief with nasal dilators.
Most are made of a soft, pliable material, often high-quality silicone. Two cylindrical cones fit into each nostril with a “u” shaped piece attaching the two sides together. The two nasal portions are tapered in dimension to fit the shape of the nostril.
Nasal dilators may help sleepers who snore with their mouth open if the reason the mouth is open is due to poor airflow in the nose. Most users agree a nasal dilator takes several nights to weeks to get used to.
Although slightly invasive, a nasal dilator is a natural method aimed to stop snoring. They’re safe to use every night with no side effects. Almost all nasal dilators are easy to clean and reusable, making them an economical option for those looking to reduce or stop snoring.
Nasal dilators are made with a soft and pliable material, but they come in several different designs and sizes.
Designs with the cone shape are either a solid piece of silicone with an opening in the top and the bottom, or they may resemble a loosely woven basket design with many openings on the cone. Deciding which design works best and is the most comfortable is a personal preference and may take some trial and error to figure out.
Finding one that fits snugly while feeling comfortable and not bothersome is crucial. Many users say that once they found the correct fit, the nasal dilator can barely be felt.
Before using a nasal dilator, the device should be cleaned with soap and water. It’s important to find a nasal dilator that fits your individual nose. The dilator should fit both nostrils snugly, but not feel like it’s trying to expand the natural size of the nostril. It should also not feel loose, as that means it’s likely to fall out during the night.
Most brands sell kits with several sizes to choose from so users can find the size that feels the most comfortable.
Nasal dilators are easy to insert. The smaller, tapered end goes in first, leaving the wider end attached to the center “u” at the bottom of the nostril. Simply pull the nasal dilator out in the morning and be sure to clean it before using it again. Most come with a convenient storage case to keep track of the nasal dilator.
Most nasal dilators can easily be cleaned with soap and water and left to air dry. Be sure to check the packaging and follow the cleaning suggestions of your individual nasal dilator brand. Cleaning nasal dilators every day is important to ensure they’re free of bacteria and viruses that can be found in the nose. Cleaning the dilator doesn’t take long and can easily be added your morning or evening routine.
Many dilators come with a convenient carry case. It’s wise to store the nasal dilator in the case when not in use to ensure it remains clean and free of dust, which could irritate the nose.
Designs differ as well, with some being solid silicone and others having more of a basket-weave design. The arched center piece differs across brands as well. Some will hug the septum while other designs will sit lower on the nose.