Better Breath Nasal Strips
Tested & Reviewed
Better Breath Snoring Nasal Strips sleeping aid to improved sleep
- Anti Snoring Nasal Strips. When properly applied, they lift and widen the space in the nasal passage.
- Two flexible "spring-like" pieces gently lift upwards the congested nasal passages so you can breathe through your nose, close your mouth and stop snoring, allowing you and your partner to get a good night's rest.
- Gently relief nasal congestion caused by cold, allergy and rhinitis.
- Nasal strips adhere to the skin, holding open the anterior nasal aperture and prevent it from collapsing. They are of particular interest to those athletes who have to wear a mouthguard and need to be able to breathe more through their nostrils than their mouths.
Sizing; Small - 45x15mm, Medium - 55x18mm, Large - 66x19mm
Peel off intensity >1. 0 n / cm
Air permeation rate >200 g / m 24 h
Notes & Observations
Looking carefully at all the listings for this product on the Internet, we found some conflicting statements;
Airflow - commonly it's stated that they 'increase airflow up to 31%' (incidentally the same as Breathe Right Nasal Strips) although we also found some listings claim that they 'expand the nasal passages for up to 35% more air flow'.
Ingredients - generally listed as being made from PE, non-woven cloth and film (PE is Polyethylene). This is expanded upon slightly in some listings as;
- Surface Material: Breathable Transparent Porous PE or Non-Woven Materials)
- Pressure-Sensitive Adhesives
- Elastic Material (Polyester) and Back Sticker
We noted that many listings mention that the strips 'contain natural rubber latex' whilst also claiming the strips to be hypoallergenic and having no reported side effects other than possible skin irritation from the adhesive.
In the FDA document, Guidance for Industry, User Labeling for Devices that Contain Natural Rubber (EU equivalent) it states that
Labeling of medical devices containing natural rubber latex that contacts humans should state on the packaging: "Caution: This Product Contains Natural Rubber Latex Which May Cause Allergic Reactions."It also states that
The claim of hypoallergenicity should be removed from the labeling of medical devices that contain natural rubber.This wording is not present on the packaging.
CE marking and a RoHS certification (Restriction of Hazardous Substances, also known as Directive 2002/95/EC, restricts the use of specific hazardous materials found in electrical and electronic products) are also claimed but neither appear on the packaging.
Better Breath vs Breathe Right
There is no doubt that there are a lot of similarities between the two brands of nasal strip including logo font style, color and an almost visually identical strip.
Breathe Right have since updated their branding removing the similarity, however the actual nasal strips still look almost exactly alike.
The Reality - Our Review & Opinion
Despite the name suggesting this is a treatment for halitosis, these nasal strips are like all others on the market, designed to open the nasal airway and improve breathing.
When considering the merits of any nasal strip, comparison to the market leader Breathe Right is unavoidable. Appearing to be almost visually identical, the performance is definitely not the same. Better Breath strips may prevent the nostrils from collapsing, but the strength of the plastic spring-like pieces embedded in the strip isn't sufficient to pull the nasal passages open. The claim of an increase in airflow of up to 30% (matching that made by Breathe Right) seemed somewhat overstated.
We didn't experience any problems with application, the strength of the glue was sufficient to keep the strip on the nose and in place through the night. Removal in the morning was equally as straightforward with no red marks left on the nose.
Customer reviews on popular retail web sites indicate that there is an inconsistency with the strength of the adhesive, but we didn't experience that.
Did it help with snoring? - No. The effect on nasal breathing was not significant and at best could be described as a marginal improvement.
Would we recommend this product - No. Despite being much cheaper than the market leading brand, these strips don't deliver sufficiently good performance to make them a viable alternative.
Cost & Availability
Available online from Amazon and Ebay as well as other e-commerce outlets. Ours were sourced for £3.99 for 30 strips from Amazon UK.
Other Nasal Strips
Whilst researching the Better Breath nasal strip we acquired a number of other brands so we could undertake some comparitive tests. In doing this we discovered that a number of other nasal strip brands appear to be identical* to the Better Breath strip, and some actually have the Better Breath branded strips in the box (Incutex & Sumifun). They may, of course, be totally different but as shown below the visual similarities are clear to see.
Brands shown above as follows (all sourced via Amazon) ;
- CORNEY Nasal Strips - Stop Snoring Breath Easier Anti Snoring Solution LARGE x 65 - £7.99
- OntaRyon Nasal Strips Right Aid to STOP SNORING Premium Quality x 100 - £11.95
- SleepDreamz® Nasal Strips - STOP SNORING & Nasal Congestion! x 30 - £8.99
- Incutex Snore Stopper Anti Snoring Nasal Strips Stop Snoring Nose Strips x 50 - £6.99
- Sumifun Nose Plaster Better Breath Nasal Strips Anti Snoring Snore Reducing Aids Device Health x 60 - £6.99
- Nasal Strips By Sleepeze Remedies x 60 - £11.99
- MQFORU® Better Breath Nasal Strips x 50 - £6.99
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Tested & reviewed between, May 1st & May 25th 2018 by a male, aged 40-50, with a BMI of 26. Identified as a multifactoral snorer using the Interactive Snore Tests. A mandibular advancement device being the strongly recommended treatment.