Updated 12 May 2022
We have tested nasal aspirators and name Nosefrida as best nasal aspirator of 2022. 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.
Our tests are independently conducted and reflect the test editor's honest and objective opinions. Selection of products and test results are in no way influenced by manufacturers, retailers or other internal or external parties.
We carried out the tests ourselves and tested all nasal aspirators as intended to be used. For some of the nasal aspirators, we asked families with children aged 0-1 to test different types of nasal aspirators and then to evaluate each machine based on the following parameters:
Use: What’s the baby nose aspirator like to use? Does it require one or two hands? Is it easy to insert into the child's nose?
Effectiveness: How effectively does the nasal aspirator suck out the snot? How many attempts does it take before you can remove the mucus?
Cleaning: Is the nasal aspirator easy to clean? Do you have to buy new disposable filters regularly?
The nasal aspirator's functions have then been combined with its price and the price of any disposable filters required before a score has been given to each product.
Classic nasal aspirator that requires disposable filters but provides really good suction
If any baby nose aspirator can be called a classic, it’s the NoseFrida. For some people, the brand is synonymous with nasal aspiration and it’s hard to argue against this beign the best baby nasal aspirator right now. The simple design consists of a red nozzle, a hose and a stiffer suction tube that looks a bit like a test tube. At the intersection 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 replacing them after every use – you can purchase them separately. You can 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 infant’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, making 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 review choice for best nasal aspirators of 2021.
If you want a simple manual nasal aspirator that doesn’t require a filter
Power source: Manual Price range: Medium Accessories included: No accessories included
Nosiboo Eco is a simple and easy-to-clean nasal aspirator that doesn’t require a filter. Made from BPA-free plastic and medical grade silicone, it comes in a simple ziplock bag and clears stuffy little noses easily and silently.
Nosiboo Eco is a filter-free manual nasal aspirator that uses the power of your lungs to create the necessary suction power. The container has a small upward funnel through which the air passes. Mucous stays safely on the bottom of the container while the air is sucked in from the top of the container – simple but clever. The generously sized container has capacity for 5ml of mucous – but despite some seriously snotty children’s noses, the test panel never came close to completely filling up this space.
Its sides are made of clear plastic, meaning you can see the results of your efforts – proof that it works, and also useful for distracting any unhappy children by showing them their snot. Like most manual nasal aspirators, this is also quiet – perfect if you have a sleeping baby who needs to be “de-snotted” without having to wake them up.
The container is really easy to clean. You can remove the silicone tip and easily divide the container into two halves, which you can rinse clean without leaving any trace of mucous. You can then air dry the individual parts before putting them back together.
The only negative thing we have to say about Nosiboo Eco is that it has a slightly large tip that doesn’t fit into the noses of the very youngest children, such as newborn babies. Of course you can hold the nozzle against the nostril without inserting it, but the problem could easily be solved by providing an extra tip in a slightly smaller size. We would have preferred some form of case instead of the ziplock bag, to make it easier to store.
That said, this is a really good nasal aspirator and proof that it is possible to produce simple mucous aspirators without filters.
Easy-to-use electronic nasal aspirator for toddlers with two different tips for different types of snot
Price class: Premium Accessories included: Batteries plus two tips Price for disposable filter: Not required
As a new parent, you may not even know that nasal aspirators exist, so the fact that there are electronic machine aspirators probably seems ridiculous. But it’s true – and you could even use them on adults. The HappyNose electric nasal aspirator is very advanced and can also play music while cleaning the child’s nose. It only has moderate suction but clears out loose snot at the front of the nose. However, drier mucus further back is too tough for the HappyNose to remove. 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 motor's buzzing sound, while others are unbothered. The HappyNose electric nasal aspirator machine works, but we’d have expected a better result given the price.
Attractively designed, quiet electronic baby nose aspirator with a practical storage pouch
Price class: Premium What's included: Two tips and a storage pouch Price for disposable filter: Not required
The Lanaform is an attractively designed electronic baby nose aspirator for toddlers. Batteries aren’t included, which feels a bit stingy given the price. The nasal aspirator consists of two tips and a storage pouch. The tip should be chosen on the basis of the thickness of the child’s snot. The narrow one is for thinner mucus and the short and thick one for dry mucus. The nasal aspirator consists of a part you hold and a part containing the motor, tip and collection cup. The two parts can rotate in relation to each other, making it easy to get at the child’s nose.
Despite being electronic, the Lanaform performed remarkably within our tester review. The noise level is so soft that it’s not much more than a low humming noise and our test children weren’t at all bothered by it. However, the suction generated isn’t particularly good. The Lanaform electronic nasal aspirator has some ability to clean out the child’s nose. But when the snot is dry, the suction is simply too weak to make a real difference. Once again, the nasal aspirators that use nozzles provide better results. The Lanaform electronic nasal aspirator's advantage is that it's easy to use and clean, and relatively quiet. But to be worth the price, it needs to be effective at sucking snot.
A vacuum pump model nasal aspirator which has a soft tip and pump and is easy to squeeze
Price class: Medium Price for disposable filter: Not required
The Chicco nasal vacuum 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 compared to other similar nasal aspirators. It’s a great option if you are looking for an aspirator for newborn babies.
The Chicco nasal aspirator comes in a standard box that can be used to store it in. Only one tip is included with this model. This also stands out from the herd in terms of design. It’s a little softer, and instead of having an entirely orthodox round hole, it has two cutouts. The unique design makes the tip look somewhat 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 vacuum nasal aspirator of this type, the Chicco nasal aspirator is the best one, but it's still far from great.
Cheap nasal aspirator which is easy to clean and can be boiled to sterilise it
Price class: Budget Accessories included: Two tips Price for disposable filter: Not required
The NUK nasal aspirator is a pump model similar to its main competitors and also perfect for newborn babies. 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 either gets too grubby or in case you lose it. 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 this nasal aspirator is cheaper than many of the comparable competitors.
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.
It probably doesn't come as a surprise that looking after infants and toddlers can be tough. 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 significant 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 many different models on the market, which can be prescribed to three 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 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 infants 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.