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Welcome to our big nasal aspirator test 2021. Here we present all the nasal aspirators that we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the internet.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best nasal aspirator for you. You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a nasal aspirator.

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The most important facts

  • Nasal aspirators can be very helpful during cold season to clear your baby's nose without medication. As children only breathe through their nose in the first few months, a blocked nose can significantly reduce their quality of life.
  • There are 4 different types of nasal aspirators: manual, electric, oral nasal aspirators and nasal aspirators with a hoover attachment. Depending on your needs, one type may be particularly suitable.
  • It's very easy to use: you place the nasal attachment on your child's nose and the aspirator then sucks out the nasal secretions. Thorough cleaning afterwards is essential.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a nasal aspirator

What is a nasal aspirator?

A nasal aspirator is a device made to get the nasal secretions out of your baby's nose as quickly as possible to help them breathe better even during a cold, without medication and completely painless. Good sleep and a better quality of life during the cold season are thus assured.

The aid for removing nasal secretions comes in a wide variety of designs and can be used for babies and small children.

Nasensauger - Teddybär mit Hustensaft

Nasal aspirators are always unpleasant for babies, but they are necessary. Since babies do not yet know how to blow through their nose, parents have to take care of their nose. This can often be the case as many babies tend to get sick often. (Photo: pixabay / pexels.com)

How does a nasal aspirator work?

The way it works varies from model to model, but basically one end of the device is placed against the child's nose and then either vacuum or suction is used to suck out the "snot", which ends up in a collection container.

Why does my child need a nasal aspirator?

Especially in the first year of life, it is important that the little one's nose is clear, as he or she mainly breathes through the nose. If the nose is blocked during the cold season, it not only interferes with sleep, but also with drinking and eating.
Children only learn to blow their nose between the ages of three and six; before that, “blowing the nose” is hardly possible. Therefore, you should use other methods to clear your baby’s nose.

  • Sleep better despite a cold
  • Drink and eat better despite a cold
  • Preventing secondary diseases of the common cold

In addition, a nasal aspirator can help prevent secondary diseases such as middle ear infections or even bronchitis or, in extreme cases, pneumonia. These can occur if the mucus remains in the nose and sinuses for too long and does not drain off naturally.

How much does a nasal aspirator cost?

The prices of nasal aspirators are very dependent on the type: they are available for three euros, but you can also spend 140 euros on a really professional model.
Type Price
manual nasal aspirator ~ 3€
oral nasal aspirator ~ 12€
nasal hoover ~ 20€
electric nasal aspirator ~ 30-140€

You can get the manual vacuums for as little as three euros. The tube hoovers that you operate by mouth are available for around 12 euros and the tube hoovers with a hoover attachment can be found on the market for around 20 euros.

The most expensive version is the electric nasal aspirator for around 30 to 140 euros.

What should I look for when buying a nasal aspirator?

Find out about the different models and only then decide which is the best choice for your baby. We can't give any general advice here, because something different is best for each individual baby. However, it is important that the nasal aspirator is easy to take apart so that it can be cleaned properly.

It is also preferable to have several interchangeable nipple heads that are well made. If the nipple head is transparent, you can also see immediately from the colour of the mucus whether you should take your baby to the doctor.

When buying a nasal aspirator, make sure that it has interchangeable attachments and that it is transparent so that you can see the colour of the secretion. However, the nipple must be individually adapted to the baby. (Source: 123rf.com / 85699729)

Can nasal aspirators be harmful or dangerous for babies?

No, when used correctly, nasal aspirators are neither painful nor harmful for babies and children. The nasal aspirators that are commercially available have been tested sufficiently to be able to say with certainty that they are not dangerous for babies. However, be sure to follow the instructions for use of your nasal aspirator.

From what age can I use a nose wiper?

In principle, there are no age limits for the use of a nasal aspirator. Whether your little one is one day old, five weeks old or 18 months old, you can use a nasal aspirator when his nose is closed. However, you should adjust the suction accordingly, depending on whether you are dealing with a toddler's or an infant's nose.

Nasal aspirators can be used until your child has learned to blow his or her nose, which is usually between the ages of three and six.

How do I use a nasal aspirator?

It is important that your child stays still while using the nasal aspirator. So hold him or her if necessary. The nasal aspirator is easiest to use in a stable, upright position. Familiarise your baby with the nasal aspirator first, then he or she will not resist it.

It often helps to demonstrate the suction on your own hands and then on the baby's hands (or even on a stuffed animal) before going for the nose. Distract the child and then hold one nostril slightly closed while holding the nasal aspirator on the other. Afterwards, a thorough cleaning of the device is essential.

The most important thing is to only hold the attachment to the nose for nose blowing and clean the nasal aspirator thoroughly afterwards.

How long do I use the nasal aspirator?

It is enough to use the nasal aspirator for a few seconds per nostril until the "snot" is out and nothing more comes in. This can vary from model to model. Nasal vacuums usually only need three seconds, while with the manual model you need to pump more often.

How often can I use a nasal aspirator?

Basically, there is no limit. Vacuuming is the same as blowing your nose. However, some experts think that the nasal aspirator should be used about three to four times a day. Especially before meals and in the evening, it is a good idea to make sure your baby's nose is clear. But just read the instruction manual for your nasal aspirator model.

How deep can I push the nasal aspirator?

The nasal aspirator, no matter what kind, should not be pushed far into the baby's nose. It is enough to put it on the nose.

How hard should I use a nasal aspirator?

It is advisable to test the strength on yourself first. Try the suction strength on your hand first and then on your child's nose. If in doubt, start with a little less suction power and then increase it as needed.

What kind of hoover can I use with which nasal aspirator?

In principle, you can use any tube hoover with a hoover attachment with any commercially available hoover model. However, the hoover should have a maximum of 1500 watts and the suction power should also be adjustable. The radius of the tube is not important, because the attachment is inserted into the hoover tube and therefore fits on any regular hoover.

Should I not use a baby nasal aspirator under certain circumstances? You can always use a nasal aspirator when your child's nose is blocked and you want immediate relief from their cold symptoms.

Decision: What types of nasal aspirators are there and which one is right for you?

The range of nasal secretion removers can basically be divided into four types:

  1. Manual nasal aspirators
  2. Nasal aspirators with mouth attachment
  3. Nasal aspirators for the hoover
  4. Electric nasal aspirators

The different types of nasal aspirators work in different ways and therefore have various advantages and disadvantages. Depending on which feature you particularly value and what your baby needs, a specific nasal aspirator is best suited for you.

We would like to help you decide which nasal aspirator is right for you so that you can clear your baby's nose as quickly as possible. To do this, we will introduce you to the types of nasal aspirators mentioned above and highlight their advantages as well as disadvantages.

How does a manual nasal aspirator work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

A manual nasal aspirator is very small and consists only of a bellows with a pointed opening on one side that is inserted into the nose. The manual nasal aspirator works on the principle of negative pressure. When you squeeze the bellows, the air flows out, and when you release it, it sucks air back in.

However, the negative pressure created is very small, so a manual nasal aspirator is not very effective and the suction strength is not so easy to regulate. On the other hand, it is very cheap, you can get it everywhere for about three euros.

Advantages
  • Very cheap
  • perfect for travelling
Disadvantages
  • Not very effective
  • suction strength difficult to regulate

When using the device, be careful not to carry back the secretion that has already been sucked out. The best way to do this is to empty the nasal aspirator on a tissue after each use.

The manual nasal aspirator does not go very deep, it only clears the front part of the nasal canal of "snot". When using the nasal aspirator, make sure that it does not stick to the wall of the nose and that your baby's mouth is open to compensate for the negative pressure.

Tip: The manual nasal aspirator is less suitable for tough, deep-seated mucus or particularly stubborn colds. Other types of nasal aspirators are more suitable in such cases. (Source: 123rf.com / 111584445)

How does a nasal aspirator with mouth attachment work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The nasal aspirator with mouth attachment is available with two tubes or one tube. One end of the tube is put into the baby's nose and the other end goes into the baby's own mouth.

Of course, there is a filter in between to prevent the secretion from reaching your mouth. This method is extremely effective and a plus point is that you can determine the suction strength yourself.

Advantages
  • Effective
  • Suction strength very easy to regulate
  • Inexpensive
  • Also suitable for travelling
Disadvantages
  • Often perceived as disgusting
  • Pathogens can be transmitted

However, the nasal aspirator is often perceived as disgusting and because of the close contact with pathogens in the nasal secretion, the cold can of course also be transmitted (although the infection has most likely already occurred, as you do not keep a safe distance from your baby when he or she has the sniffles).

How does a nasal aspirator with a hoover attachment work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Using a hoover seems a bit strange at first glance, but it is actually a very practical household substitute for the wall-mounted vacuum pump used in hospitals. A nasal aspirator for hoovers is inserted into the child's nose at one end and the other end is connected to the tube of the hoover. The suction power is regulated by the attachment and you can also adjust it to the child via the hoover.

Advantages
  • Very effective
  • Quick
Disadvantages
  • Requires power supply and hoover
  • Noise from hoover
  • Not suitable for every child

The nose hoover is very effective. In a few seconds, a large amount of even deep-seated secretion is sucked out of the nose.

However, you always need a power supply and of course a hoover to use a nasal aspirator of this type. Because of the noise the hoover makes, it is often not so pleasant for the child to use and rather impractical at night. If your child is afraid of hoovers or the noise they make, you should use an alternative.

How does an electric nasal aspirator work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The battery- or electricity-powered nasal aspirators have a high suction power and are easy to use. All you have to do is hold the suction head to your nose, switch on the device and the "snot" is sucked out.

Advantages
  • Easy to use
  • Perfect for travelling (battery-operated models)
  • Effective
  • Adjustable suction power
Disadvantages
  • Comparatively more expensive
  • Requires batteries or power supply

Also, the battery-operated models are perfect for travelling. All you need to do is put the handy device in your pocket and you're always prepared for blocked baby noses. The noise level remains minimal - comparable to a razor - and you don't need any preparation.

Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate nasal aspirators

In the following, we would like to give you an overview of all the things you need to consider when buying a nasal aspirator. This will make it easier for you to choose the right nasal aspirator.

In a nutshell, these are:

  • Dimensions and weight
  • Battery or electric powered
  • Possibility to adjust the suction power
  • Mobility
  • Number of attachments
  • Ease of cleaning
  • Possibility to sterilise the appliance
  • Colours
  • Volume
  • Workmanship

Now we want to give you some additional information on each of the above criteria and explain exactly what you should look for before deciding on a model.

Dimensions and weight

Size and weight are by far not the most important criteria for nasal aspirators, as most models are rather small and light anyway. However, the length of the power cord, the length of the hose and the size of the attachment are important points to consider.

Nasal aspirators should be cleaned after each use for hygienic reasons. (Source: 123rf.com / 120649653)

There are also larger models, especially of the electric nasal aspirator type, which take up more space during transport and are of course heavier to carry. So if you know in advance that you will be transporting your device more often, it is worth opting for a lightweight aspirator.

With electrically operated nasal secretion aspirators, you should also pay attention to the length of the cord so that you don't have to sit uncomfortably with your baby right next to a power socket when you need to aspirate. The length of the hose is another point you should pay attention to.

The shorter the tube, the easier it is to suck the mucus out of the nose. This is especially relevant for oral nasal aspirators. The size of the attachment is also important. It depends on the size of your baby's nose what size you need, but usually the attachments come in standard sizes, and unless you need an extra large attachment, the nasal aspirator attachment provided should fit without problems.

When choosing a nasal aspirator, the length of the tube and the size of the attachment are particularly important. For electric nasal aspirators, you should also pay attention to the length of the cable. (Source: 123rf.com / 120097219)

Battery-operated or electricity-operated

Depending on the type of nasal aspirator, it could be that your nasal cleaner needs batteries or needs to be plugged into the mains. In most cases, battery-powered devices are very suitable for travelling and require standard batteries.

You can find more information about this in the respective operating instructions. Electric nasal aspirators need to be plugged into a mains socket before each use and your baby's nose needs to be aspirated within the radius of the power cord. Of course, this doesn't make you very mobile, but you don't have to worry about buying batteries.

Manual nasal aspirators and oral nasal aspirators do not use electricity at all. You only need your own pumping or suction power.

Possibility to adjust the suction power

It is important to be able to adjust the suction force manually to suit your baby and the consistency of the mucus. If the snot is rather liquid, a weak level is sufficient; if the snot is more solid, you will need a stronger level in order to clear the nose completely.

With nasal hoovers, the suction power is regulated by the attachment, but cannot be further adjusted. Manual nasal aspirators usually have a rather low suction power, so they certainly won't hurt your baby. However, it is rather difficult to adjust the strength of the vacuum. It is best to test it on your own hand beforehand. Electric nasal aspirators usually have several levels, from weak to strong, from which you can choose the right suction strength for your baby and for the consistency of the mucus.

If you choose a model that is powered by your own suction power, you can of course determine the suction power completely yourself. Most parents simply feel more comfortable when they can adjust the strength of the suction themselves. But you don't have to worry if this is not possible with your model.

The preset suction power is never dangerous for your baby. Tip: If even the strongest setting of the teat does not clear the nose, it often helps to liquefy the mucus with nasal drops before use. You can read more about this in the trivia section below under "Alternatives to nasal aspirators".

Mobility

If you are looking for a nasal aspirator to take on the go, you may want to consider an oral nasal aspirator, manual nasal aspirator or electric nasal aspirator that runs on batteries. These three types are usually very small and lightweight, so perfect to take with you.

However, using oral nasal aspirators in public is sometimes considered uncomfortable. We therefore recommend battery-operated or manual nasal aspirators for when you are out and about. Manual nasal aspirators are usually the lightest and smallest of the nasal aspirators.

Number of attachments

The number of attachments supplied with the nasal aspirator is basically not very important. It's just always good to have a spare attachment in case you lose one, can't find it or are cleaning it when you need it. However, there are also nasal aspirators that use disposable attachments. In this case, it's good to have as many as possible so you don't have to order more attachments.

Ease of cleaning

Cleaning the nasal aspirator, or rather the aspirator head, is very important in order to get rid of pathogens and not provide them with a breeding ground. Therefore, the simpler the cleaning, the better. However, most models are designed to be very easy to take apart to facilitate cleaning.

Usually, you take the device apart, rinse the parts that have come into contact with nasal secretions with warm water and then boil them. The best way to find out which parts need to be cleaned and how is to consult the operating instructions for your device.

Possibility of sterilising the device

Basically, every nasal aspirator should be steam-sterilisable in order to be able to effectively combat pathogens. Only buy nasal aspirators that can be sterilised. It depends on the material of the different parts whether they aredishwasher-safe or can be boiled. However, all models can be steam sterilised. Find out more about your model before you buy it.

Colours

The colour of the nose cleaner is only important in the sense that at least the attachment should be transparent. This way you can see the colour of the nasal mucus and judge whether it is a normal cold or whether you should see a doctor.

Yellow or green mucus can be a sign of a bacterial infection, while reddish mucus is an indication of blood. Otherwise, you can simply choose your child's favourite colour if it is available in the colour selection for your chosen nasal aspirator model.

Volume

The volume of the nasal cleaner is very important if your child is particularly sensitive to noise. Especially when using the nasal aspirator for the first time, most children are slightly suspicious of the nasal aspirator, as they do not know what it does, and the noise of a loud model can be counterproductive.

The models that require a hoover are clearly associated with hoover noise. So if your child is afraid of this noise, better choose another model. Loud nasal vacuums are also rather impractical at night. Some parents like to suck the snot out of their baby's nose while he or she is sleeping. Of course, this is not possible if the hoover has to be started up.

Manual nasal aspirators or oral nasal aspirators are more suitable for this purpose. Electric nasal aspirators usually make a noise that is comparable to that of a razor. It depends very much on the child. Some children don't care at all about the noise of hoovers, some are very irritated by it.

Workmanship

Make sure that the attachment that comes into contact with your baby's nose is well made. It is important that the material is comfortable and that there are no sharp corners or edges. Of course, it should not contain any harmful plastics.

Nasensauger - Baby aus der Nähe

A blocked nose can lead to numerous secondary diseases in small children, such as bronchitis or a middle ear infection, because bacteria can no longer get out of the nose. You can prevent this with the help of a nasal aspirator. (Photo: naama / pixabay.com)

Facts worth knowing about nasal aspirators

What is the best way to clean a nasal aspirator?

Thorough cleaning is very important, otherwise it quickly becomes unhygienic. However, most of the models on the market are very easy to clean. Simply take it apart and rinse the parts that have come into contact with nasal fluid with warm water and then boil or disinfect them.

You should not put the small parts in the dishwasher, as they are often washed away there. However, this depends on the type of nasal aspirator and also on the model. You will certainly find cleaning instructions in the operating instructions for your device.

What accessories are available?

Apart from perhaps tissues or, depending on the type of aspirator, a hoover and/or a power socket, you don't really need anything else for use.

What do doctors and midwives think about nasal aspirators?

Doctors and midwives have two opinions about nasal aspirators. Some think that it is useless because the mucus that is sucked out is immediately produced again. Others are against nasal aspirators because they could irritate the nasal mucosa if used too often, or because they are generally strictly against blowing the nose, i.e. aspirating nasal secretions.

The cilia in the nose naturally carry the mucus back down the throat to the stomach, where it is dissolved by the gastric juice and pathogens such as viruses or bacteria are also killed. However, there are also many doctors and midwives who approve of nasal aspirators, as they can provide quick relief for babies in particular, who mainly breathe through their nose, and prevent potential secondary diseases.

So far, there have been no concrete cases of babies or children being harmed by nasal aspirators. Nevertheless, opinions about nasal cleaners naturally vary. If in doubt, just ask your doctor.

What are alternatives to nasal aspirators?

In addition to using nasal aspirators, or even if you've tried everything and your child still just can't get comfortable with suctioning out secretions, you can try the following little tips and tricks to effectively fight a cold:

Saline solution in nasal spray or nasal drop form:

Saline solution is the ultimate tip for a cold, it's definitely worth trying.

Decongestant nasal drops:

If the cold is particularly persistent, decongestant nasal drops can provide relief. In this case, however, you should also visit your doctor.

Breast milk:

A secret tip from midwives is to drip a few drops of breast milk into your baby's nose, preferably with an eyedropper. Breast milk has an antibacterial effect, helps against inflammation and keeps the mucous membranes moist. Of course, this only works while you are still breastfeeding.

Drink plenty of fluids:

When your nose is stuffy, it helps to drink a lot to liquefy the mucus, making it easier to get it out of your nose.

Fresh, moist air:

Walks in the woods and also regularly airing the child's room and putting damp cloths on the radiators can work wonders. At night, the heating should also be turned down, as cool, moist air helps best against blocked noses.

Put the bed at an angle:

Inclining the bed can also improve your little one's symptoms. To do this, simply place the whole cot at a slight angle or place a small pillow under the headboard of the mattress.

Onion:

The essential oil of onion also has a decongestant effect and can help to liquefy mucus. Simply cut an onion into small pieces and hang it in a sock next to your baby's cot. The only side effect is the onion smell, which some find unpleasant.

Are there nasal aspirators for adults?

Most nasal aspirator models are made especially for baby or toddler noses, so they are relatively small. Therefore, the majority of adult nasal cleansers will not create the vacuum needed for efficient suction. However, Angel Vac states that its product can also be used for larger noses. An alternative to the adult nasal aspirator is the nasal douche.

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