We have tested nasal aspirators and name Nosefrida as best in test. This classical nasal aspirator does require expensive, disposable filters for hygenic reasons, but the suction is really good and Nosefrida efficiently clears out any small baby noses. Another nasal aspirator which sticks out is the innovative, elektronic nasal aspirator HappyNose, which doesn't require disposable filters and has two different tips to choose from depending on the size of the child's nose.
We carry out our tests ourselves and test all products as they are intended to be used in reality. For artists of nasal aspirators, we asked families with children aged 0-1 to test different types of nasal aspirators and then to evaluate them on the basis of the following issues:
What’s the nasal aspirator like to use? Does it require one or two hands? Is it easy to insert into the child's nose?
How effectively does the nasal aspirator suck out the snot? How many attempts does it take before you can remove the mucus?
Is the nasal aspirator easy to clean? Do you have to buy new disposable filters on a regular basis?
The functions of the nasal aspirator have then been combined with its price and the price of any disposable filters required before a score has been given to each product.
If any nasal aspirator can be called a classic, it’s the NoseFrida. For some people, the brand is synonymous with nasal aspiration. The simple design consists of a red nozzle, a hose and a harder suction tube that looks a bit like a test tube. Where the hose meets the suction tube there’s a blue disposable filter that prevents the snot from entering the mouth of the person doing the sucking. If you want more filters than are included – and the manufacturer recommends that you replace them after every use – you can purchase them separately. In fact you can actually often economise by using the same filter couple of times.
The NoseFrida is simple to use and the suction tube is narrow enough to fit into even a small baby’s nostril. Because you control the suction yourself it’s easy to suck with just the right amount of force. The NoseFrida is easy to clean if it's rinsed out immediately, although if the snot has been able to dry it’s slightly trickier to get into the suction tube. The NoseFrida gets plus points for the practical storage case, which makes it easy to store out of the way between colds. The NoseFrida only requires one hand to use, which means you can hold the child’s head steady with the other. After using it for a while, with the nasal aspirator saving many sleep and meal times for your baby, you can’t help but agree that the NoseFrida is a true classic. So despite the need for disposable filters, the NoseFrida is our choice for best in test.
As a new parent, you may not even know that nasal aspirators exist, so the fact that there are electronic ones probably seems slightly ridiculous. But it’s true. The HappyNose electronic nasal aspirator is very advanced and can also play music while the child’s nose is being cleaned. It has only moderate suction, but clears out loose snot at the front of the nose. However, drier mucus further back is too tough for the HappyNose. The nasal aspirator includes batteries, but also two different tip sizes. We would have liked there to be a storage pouch for the nasal aspirator, as it’s too easy to lose the tip that isn’t being used.
The capsule that collects the snot is easy to clean, but the tips are more fiddly. If a bogey gets stuck in the middle you’ll need to find something very narrow to pick it out with. The advantage of an electronic nasal aspirator is that you only need to use one hand and you don’t have to worry about sucking too hard. The disadvantage is that the suction can’t be controlled and that the nasal aspirator is rather noisy. Some children can be sensitive to the buzzing of the motor, while others are completely unbothered. The HappyNose electronic nasal aspirator works, but given the price we’d have expected a better result.
The Chicco nasal aspirator is a pump model, but succeeds in a number of respects in distinguishing itself from other nasal aspirators of the same type. This may sound like a contradiction, but the actual pump section is an attractive snot green colour. But the most interesting thing about it is that it’s significantly softer than its competitors. This means that the pump can be squeezed in a number of different ways, both from the side and from the bottom. But it also means that the nozzle never slides out of the pump. The tip doesn’t fly off and disappear even if you press hard, which is a major plus point in comparison with other similar nasal aspirators.
The Chicco nasal aspirator comes in a normal box which can also be used to store it in. Only one tip is included. This also stands out from the herd in terms of design. It’s a little softer and instead of having an entirely normal, round hole, it has two cutouts. This makes the tip a bit like a cake decorating nozzle. How this affects the suction is hard to say, because just like other pump type nasal aspirators the results are limited. You can remove some loose snot at the front of the nose, but that’s all. If you're interested in a nasal aspirator of this type, the Chicco nasal aspirator is the best one, but it's still far from great.
The NUK nasal aspirator is a pump model, and very similar to its competitors. The white pump section is smooth and the nasal aspirator includes two transparent tips of the same size. One is intended to be used as a reserve when the other one either gets too grubby or has been lost. However, it would have been useful if the aspirator had included some type of storage box or pouch, because the small tips are very easy to lose track of. The pump section can be boiled at 100°C for effective cleaning, but can’t be used in a microwave. Cleaning the inside of the pump is easy and the nasal aspirator is very cheap.
But just like other nasal aspirators of pump type, it’s just not very effective. This isn’t a nasal aspirator for anyone who is serious about cleaning their child’s nose. When you have squeezed the pump a few times in the hope of being able to build up better suction, the tip simply slides out of the pump and flies out onto the floor. For the NUK nasal aspirator to be most effective, you need to hold the pump in one hand and keep the child’s other nostril closed with the other hand. This means you have no hands free to hold the child’s head still. The idea is good, but the NUK nasal aspirator just doesn't live up to it.
Price class: Budget Accessories included: Two tips Price for disposable filter: Not required
The fact that looking after a baby can be tough probably doesn't come as a surprise. But when your baby gets a cold and a blocked nose, the task often seems even more difficult. Very young children breathe through their noses, which means that snot and mucus can be a major problem. Because it's so difficult to get a baby to blow its nose when you wipe it, sometimes as a parent you have to help out with clearing your baby's airways. A nasal aspirator can be a boon when you’re trying to get your child to be able to sleep or eat properly.
There are a number of different models on the market and they can be divided into three different groups. The first group of nasal aspirators comes in two parts – a spout that you insert into the child’s nostril and a bulb that you squeeze. The second group consists of a nozzle and a suction tube. With this type of nasal aspirator, the parent controls the amount of suction. The third type of nasal aspirator is an electronic and battery-operated, using a small motor to create the suction that cleans out the child’s nose.
One tip before use is to alternate nasal aspiration with rinsing the child’s nose with saline solution – this is available both as pipettes for babies and in spray bottles for slightly older children. The salt helps dissolve hard or dry mucus so it’s easier to remove with the nasal aspirator. Remember never to apply more suction than is necessary so that the child’s mucus membranes aren’t damaged.
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