SnoreMate is one of the most inexpensive mandibular advancement devices out there, which unfortunately doesn't necessary mean that this is the right device for you. Read our review for more.
Introduction – SnoreMate Stop Snoring Mouthpiece Review
The SnoreMate is a mandibular advancement device that, according to the website, ‘works by inserting the mouthpiece into your mouth and over your teeth.’ The product is said to help prevent snoring by holding the lower jaw forward – as is fairly typical with MADs.
But is the SnoreMate a good example of a mandibular advancement device? Will it work for you? Is it worth the money?
Here’s what we found out when writing our Snoremate review.
The SnoreMate was designed to hold the jaw slightly forward during sleep -and in doing so, prevent snoring. One thing that users will notice right away about the SnoreMate is that it doesn’t have a breathing hole in the front. This means that you can’t breathe through your mouth while using it – though the official company website embraces this feature, citing that having a breathing hole causes a ‘whistling sound’, and that it can also irritate the back of the throat by exposing it to one focused, directional current of airflow for an extended period of time (in this case, all night).
One good thing about this mouthpiece is that it can be molded to custom fit your teeth. It can also be re-molded after the first molding if you need to make some adjustments – which is a very nice feature. It’s always nice to have some ‘flex room’ with mandibular advancement devices, and the SnoreMate definitely offers this in terms of a custom fit.
The SnoreMate is technically a ‘mandibular advancement device’, or MAD.
There’s actually quite a bit of clinical evidence for mandibular advancement devices in general on the SnoreMate website – though I haven’t seen much in the way of clinical test data dedicated specifically to this product. You can visit this page to look at all of the clinical information posted on the product website:
Is this product FDA cleared?
As far as I can tell, this product is not FDA cleared or approved.
You can get a single SnoreMate device for $32, or you can buy 2 for $42. This product is definitely less expensive than some other similar products on the market – so you won’t need to worry about breaking the bank to purchase it.
How does the product work?
The SnoreMate basically works by pulling the lower jaw forward slightly during sleep. This, in turn, creates more room in the airway and lessens the chances of ‘vibrations’ occurring. When extra tissue in the neck gets in the way during sleep, air moving through the throat can ‘vibrate’ it, which is what causes snoring to begin with.
What are actual customers saying?
While many customers do seem to like this product, I must also report that I found quite a few negative reviews. As it turns out, a lot of customers are saying that ‘you get what you pay for’ with this device.
It’s definitely one of the cheapest options on the market, but seemingly for good reason. Many customers are saying that it’s simply not worth the low cost.
What you can expect
After the first night, you can expect extra drooling and perhaps a bit of soreness as you try to get used to the device. Odds are good that you’ll feel much better about it after the second night. By the end of the first week, you’ll probably find that you’ll have gotten used to it if it’s going to work for you.
Does this brand stack up against the competition?
The main benefit that this brand offers is low cost. The SnoreMate is very inexpensive. Now, with that being said, I should also say that you may be getting what you pay for if you choose to buy it. It might work for you – but there is also a chance that you’re going to have more problems with it than success.
Key differences between this product and ‘typical’ solutions
The biggest difference between this product and other similar products is the fact that it’s so inexpensive. It might be the cheapest MAD on the market today!
Is a prescription or doctor involvement needed?
As far as I can tell, you don’t need a prescription or a doctor’s involvement to buy or use the SnoreMate.
Pros and Cons
Here are the basic pros and cons that I discovered about the product over the course of my research.
- Product is inexpensive
- It uses boil and bite technology for a custom fit
- It can be remolded if the first mold doesn’t work quite right
- It’s simple and easy to use
- It’s not FDA cleared
- Some customers say that it simply feels too ‘large’ to be comfortable
- You cannot breathe through your mouth while using it
- There are a lot of negative reviews online about it
The SnoreMate is what it is – one of the most inexpensive mandibular advancement devices available. Is it perfect? Definitely not. I feel that lots of corners have been cut to keep costs down, and that this has caused some problems with the product itself.
Is it a complete waste of money? Probably not. It might actually work for some people – especially if the person using it hasn’t ever used another stop-snoring mouthpiece to compare it to. The design is pretty basic, but it could be effective for the right person.
But is this device worth the cost? Does it offer real value for the money?
I’m afraid that I might have to answer ‘no’ to both of these questions. There are definitely better options out there than the SnoreMate – and while I wouldn’t go as far as to say that it’s going to be a ‘waste’, I probably wouldn’t recommend it unless I saw evidence that changed my mind.
Costs and shipping
You can buy one of these devices for $32.00, plus $8.00 for shipping.
The best place to buy this product would probably be from the official SnoreMate website but as I said, there are better options out there.