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Best Baby Nasal Aspirators Buying Guide
Cold weather is too often synonymous with congested noses. The accumulation of nasal secretions in infants makes it difficult to sleep and eat. To improve the child’s comfort and avoid health complications, it is imperative to manage this mucus with one of the best baby nasal aspirator on the market.
There are 3 main types of baby nasal aspirator on the market. Suction nasal aspirator allows you to remove your child’s mucus with the help of a reservoir equipped with a tube with a mouthpiece that allows you to suck up your child’s snot. We reassure you, a filter protects the integrity of your oral cavity. Bulbs are used to remove nasal secretions using natural suction created by a bulb-shaped reservoir, often made of soft rubber. Finally, electric or electronic nasal aspirator allow you to decongest your child with little or no effort using a mechanism that is powered by batteries or an electronic plug.
If you would like more information on the criteria for buying a baby nasal aspirator or would like advice on how to use it, I invite you to take a look at our baby nasal aspirator buying guide.
As part of this review, 5 of the most popular baby nasal aspirator models on the market were selected. The features of each are compared and the inventory of the pros and cons of each nasal aspirator has been realized.
4 main criteria were evaluated for the best baby nasal aspirators: Ease of Use, for understanding the device and washing it; Efficacy for the suction power of secretions; Quality, for comfort, materials and durability; and finally, the Overall Appreciation, for the overall performance.
My first choice for the best baby nasal aspirator is the Hydrasense human suction model. Easy to use and offered at a good price in a transport case, it is the favorite of many parents and makes the little noses of your precious decongestants in no time. Special mention also to the Baby Vac, if the idea of having the vacuum cleaner nearby at all times does not bother you too much.
The importance of having one of the best nasal aspirators is paramount. Do not neglect the aspect of efficiency in your purchasing criteria.
Our Opinion on the Hydrasense Suction Nasal Aspirator
- Affordable price
- Guaranteed effectiveness
- Carrying case
- Difficult to clean
- Risk of contact with secretions
- Disposable filter
Why We Love It
Hydrasense proclaims its number one choice for moms in Canada on its website, and that’s no exaggeration. Specializing in nose and eye care for toddlers and older children, Hydrasense offers a complete line of products for the relief of nasal congestion. No wonder he is at the top of the best baby nasal aspirator.
The Hydrasense suction nasal aspirator can be used from birth. You will have no difficulty in keeping your child’s airways clear. The many positive reviews from moms on the web confirm it: this is the gift you need at your shower. It’s really good for the few dollars it costs.
The first step is to insert a filter into the nasal aspirator to prevent the mucus from spreading into your mouth. Then put saline water in your child’s nostrils. The operation will be more effective if your child’s head is tilted to the side. This will prevent water from pouring directly into his throat. Then repeat the operation on the other side with the nostril reversed. Afterwards, that’s where the challenge lies. You insert the tip of the nasal aspirator on the edge of your child’s nostril and vacuum with the mouthpiece. Adjust the suction power according to your child’s age. Then repeat the action with the other nostril. Finally, raise your child in sitting mode to let the residue drain and clean his nose. Then cuddle your child to end on a positive note.
The good thing about the Hydrasense model is the transparent bulb that allows you to observe the aspirated mucus. It’s encouraging to see all that mucus coming out of your toddler’s nose.
For washing, the Hydrasense nasal aspirator separates easily into 3 pieces. Simply rinse them well with warm water to remove all the mucus residue that has been left in the nasal aspirator. However, the nasal tip may be more difficult to clean because it is narrow. Avoid waiting too long between use and washing to prevent secretions from drying out. Disposable filters can simply be put in the trash.
Do not sterilize this model with boiling water or put it in the dishwasher. The soft silicone may deform with heat.
The Hydrasense starter kit comes with a nasal aspirator, 5 Simplidose vials of saline water and 5 protective disposable filters. Everything you need to clear the baby’s nostrils. A small carrying case allows you to carry this essential on your travels or on the go. It fits perfectly in your diaper bag. Simplidose vials are less environmentally friendly, but very practical for young children. They are not cumbersome and are easy to handle with a less cooperative child.
Disposable filters are also a bit annoying and make us dependent on the brand. Hydrasense would have everything to gain by designing a washable filter.
You can get the Simplidose vials and filters at Amazon or any good pharmacy or big-box store. You can also buy saline water in large format with a nasal spray provided that it is suitable for babies i.e., it has a delicate spray and a nozzle suitable for the nostrils of children.
The company confirms that its nasal aspirator can be used up to 6 times a day.
Of course, some parents will have a certain disdain for using this type of nasal aspirator, but it is often ignorance of the product that makes people distrust it. If you suck snot, it is definitely because you have inserted the filter incorrectly. Also, the mucus often doesn’t even make it to the filter.
In short, I definitely recommend this product. It’s an essential and when you say essential, you expect outstanding performance. Hydrasense is no exception and the brand has built a solid reputation in baby nose care.
Our Opinion on the Arianna Baby-Vac Electric Nasal Aspirator
- High performance
- Without filter
- Compatible with most vacuum cleaners
- Limited tube length
- Requires a vacuum cleaner nearby
- Vacuum noise that can scare children
Why We Love It
The reaction of people when you tell them that you blow your baby’s nose with the vacuum cleaner is really surprising. However, initial skepticism quickly turns into an appreciation of the vacuum cleaner’s performance. It hasn’t stolen its place among the best nasal aspirators.
The Baby-Vac can be used safely and fearlessly from birth. Mucus is sucked up by the suction of your vacuum cleaner to which you have connected a nozzle designed for this purpose. Simply activate the motor of the vacuum cleaner and then insert the nozzle into your child’s nostril and let the magic happen. The aspirator nozzle is compatible with the majority of aspirators on the market, including central vacuums and shop-vacs.
The suction power of the Baby-Vac prevents the mucus removed from your child’s nose from returning to it as is possible with suction nasal aspirator.
Many parents fear that the suction of the Baby-Vac is too powerful and will injure their child, but the company and the many parents who love this baby nasal aspirator will prove you wrong. Moreover, the device has been approved by pediatricians and is often recommended by doctors.
With a cooperative baby, the use of the Baby-Vac is a real charm. The problem here is that the majority of children are not comfortable with the noise of the vacuum cleaner motor combined with the delicate intervention of the nasal aspirator. The experience can even be traumatic for the most sensitive ears.
Also, the limited length of the tubing prevents you from moving the vacuum cleaner away from your child while blowing your child’s nose. The vacuum cleaner should therefore be near you. In addition, this means that you should always have the vacuum cleaner close at hand during colds. Do some parents really appreciate a vacuum cleaner lying around with toys?
The collection device with the nostril nozzle is divided into 3 different parts to facilitate washing. Before the first use, you must immerse the different parts of the Baby-Vac in hot soapy water and rinse them well. Afterwards, be sure to rinse the nasal tip and the collection device thoroughly after each use. The nasal tip can be sterilized with boiling water.
2 nasal tips are provided upon purchase, convenient for siblings or in case of loss.
No filter is needed, making it an eco-friendly choice. Some mothers, however, suggest inserting a cotton wool at the end of the device before the start of the tube to prevent secretions from flowing into it. However, if this happens, it will not harm the performance of the device. You will only need to wash the tube thoroughly.
The reasons why the Baby Vac is not at the top of the list of the best nasal aspirators in this review are the deafening noise of your vacuum cleaner which can scare your child and the idea of always having the vacuum cleaner nearby. Bye-bye speed of action! Otherwise, when it comes to performance, this is definitely the best choice, as long as your child lets you insert the nozzle into his little nostril.
Our Opinion on the NoseFrida the Snotsucker Nasal Aspirator by Frida Baby
- Affordable price
- Easy to wash
- Filter tightness
- Single use filter
- Average performance
- Plastic thickness and hardness
Why We Love It
The products of the Swedish company Fridababy are really clever and their design is very attractive. The NoseFrida nasal aspirator allows you to collect secretions from your child’s nostrils to contribute to their comfort.
The nasal tip of the NoseFrida is non-invasive to the child. It barely enters the child’s nostril, which makes it less unpleasant for him, compared to a nasal bulb in particular. On the other hand, the plastic manufacturing material is very thick and hard to the touch, which makes it less comfortable. The suction force is adjustable with your mouth so you can adjust the force according to your child’s age and congestion.
The cylinder-shaped collection container makes it more difficult to aspirate secretions compared to the Hydrasense model. The mouthpiece is also less user-friendly, as it is less wide and more round-shaped than oval.
The NoseFrida is very easy to wash and has no hard-to-reach parts. The fact that the baby nasal aspirator has to be washed frequently makes this model very user-friendly. To make washing easier, wash the device quickly after each use. Also, dry the various parts before using the nasal aspirator.
The filter design makes it less likely that an improperly installed filter will leak secretions into the tubing. The company guarantees that its filters prevent any germs from getting into your mouth. Also, some filters made by other companies are compatible with NoseFrida and sold on Amazon. Like the Hydrasense model, the filters are disposable.
The starter kit comes with 3 disposable filters. Fridababy also separately sells a spray bottle of saline water to liquefy the mucus for easier aspiration.
The design of the NoseFrida is very attractive. It represents good value for money. This model is more and more accessible in stores. For about the same price, I much preferred the design and performance of the Hydrasense nasal aspirator, although the Fridababy model is easier to wash. Nevertheless, it deserves its place among the best baby nasal aspirators.
Our Opinion on the Rinö Electronic Nasal Aspirator by Bblüv
- 2 nasal tips
- No filter
- Speed of use
- Difficult to wash
Why We Love It
The temptation to buy an electric/electronic baby nasal aspirator is very strong for many parents. Many say that they will be inclined to use it more because of the ease of use that this type of baby nasal aspirator implies. Unfortunately, battery-powered electronic baby nasal aspirators, unless they invest unreasonably, do not offer the same suction efficiency as those with human suction.
Bblüv’s Rinö model falls into this performance category. Note that you will find it much easier to remove nasal secretions from your child’s nose if you take care to properly liquefy them with saline water. Also, electric and electronic models limit contact with mucus, which reduces the risk of contagion. This can make them the best baby nasal aspirator on the market.
Suction may seem interesting to the touch, but it does not decongest a child with a lot of secretions, even if the suction is held for a longer period of time than with human suction.
Rinö’s medical-grade silicone nasal tip is very soft to the touch. 2 tips are offered with the purchase to interchange depending on the age of your child.In addition, this baby nasal aspirator uses 2 AA batteries.
Electric or battery-powered baby nasal aspirators have a deafening noise that can frighten some children. Getting your child used to this noise at a very young age will help familiarize him/her with the operation.
A big drawback of this model is its large size which makes it less user-friendly for transport and storage. Although it stands alone and is a hygienic choice, it will take up a lot of space in your medicine cabinet. Tip: Remove the silicone tip of the baby nasal aspirator and protect it from the dirt build-up. Silicone has the unfortunate property of attracting dust.
To clean the Rinö properly, simply remove the nasal tip and the small collection container. The latter has small, hard-to-reach corners for optimal cleaning. In addition, some parents have mentioned that they have difficulty removing this part and fear breaking it every time.
A positive point of this model is that it does not require a filter, which makes it an ecological choice (notwithstanding the use of batteries) and less expensive in the long term.
In short, for lazier parents, this may be a wise choice, but don’t expect to decongest your child in no time. You will have to do this several times to remove all of the mucus, taking care to liquefy it beforehand. Many parents have been disappointed by the weak suction of Rinö. They have stated that they prefer by far the suction power of human suction nasal aspirator.
Our Opinion on the BoogieBulb Nasal Aspirator
- Suitable for newborns
- Opening for cleaning
- Easy to use
- Average suction
- High price
- Many repetitions necessary to decongest well
Why We Love It
Nasal bulbs are probably the first image a new parent has of a baby nasal aspirator. They are well known and are widely available. The BoogieBulb has recently appeared in online sales and intends to get its fair share of the market.
This nasal bulb differs from the traditional bulb used in hospitals to remove secretions from infants at birth. Indeed, there are often shortcomings in hygiene for this type of baby nasal aspirator, since it is difficult to wash the inside of the bulb properly. This leads to liquid stagnation and therefore to the creation of mold. Some rather disgusting images circulate on the net to demonstrate the creation of mold inside these bulbs. The wonderful thing about the BoogieBulb is the ability to open the bulb in half. You can wash and dry the two parts well before using the baby nasal aspirator again.
This peculiarity, of its own, allows him to get a place in our list of the best baby nasal aspirators.
The BoogieBulb is made from flexible hospital grade rubber. It is available in 3 sizes of 1-2-3 ounces each. The one-ounce pear is normally suitable for babies 0-3 months old and the two-ounce pear is the most generic and suitable for young children.
To properly use a nasal bulb, simply apply pressure before gently inserting the tip into your child’s nose and releasing the pressure. It is unnecessary and not recommended inserting the tip too deeply into your toddler’s nose, as this can cause injury. Also, feel free to moisturize the inside of your child’s nose with saline water before performing the operation.
Normally, a nasal bulb sells for a few dollars in pharmacies. The BoogieBulb is much more expensive than the average nasal bulb, probably because of its opening design that allows the inside of the pear to be cleaned properly. Therefore, its price is quite surprising compared to other models on the market.
Interestingly, for every BoogieBulb sold, a portion of the profits is donated to organizations whose mission is to prevent and combat child abuse.
Well handled, nasal bulbs are well suited for infants. By performing the operation quickly, you will not scare your child and make everything as pleasant as possible. The only catch is that you have to repeat the operation several times in order to decongest your child. It’s perfect for little runny noses and for picking up snot on the surface.
The BoogieBulb does not require any filters or other accessories to use it. It is very environmentally friendly and is an investment that will pay for itself over many years.
BoogieBulb claims to be the first bulb of its kind on the market. It is quite innovative indeed, but does that justify the price which rises up to 4 times the price of a regular pear?