I’m not sure exactly what’s going on right now, but either a lot of people out there have had enough of snoring, or we’re in a Stop Snoring Mouthpiece Renaissance at the moment. I mean, I snored for years and never knew there were this many products out there! I guess things change when you’re focused on the problem everyday…
So, we have the ZQuiet stop snoring mouthpiece. There’s some funny stuff out there on the web about it – including a guy who says “I don’t snore, but I have used it effectively” – surely a hilarious testimonial if I’ve ever heard one. But of course I decided to try it out for myself, as I AM a snorer, and frankly if it wasn’t for my SnoreLess pillow, my wife would have big problems. 🙂
At any rate, the ZQuiet is an interesting stop snoring mouthpiece which offers what it calls a “Living Hinged” design, which although it sounds cool, basically means it has a hinge. This claims to offer “superior comfort”, and it is not as bad as the mouthpiece looks when you first open the box. This mouthpiece is soft, but again nowhere near the total comfort offered by the Good Morning Snore Solution (read the review here). But, it does do what it says it should, which is to advance the jaw forward, which will of course quiet your snoring issue.
An issue I had with the ZQuiet mouthpiece is that I found the fit to be awkward. Unlike the GMSS, which fit immediately and was extremely comfortable from the get-go, the ZQuiet fit very weirdly, and I felt like the comfort level didn’t come close to either the Zyppah (review here) or even the VitalSleep (review here), the latter of which features a “boil and bite” sizing concept. Meanwhile, my wife, who doesn’t snore, found the ZQuiet quite comfortable.
Theory: The universal sizing of the ZQuiet concept is not as universal as it should be.
OK, So What About The Good Stuff
I don’t want to seem like a hater of the ZQuiet. I really don’t. But after trying it for two weeks, I found that it didn’t have the “wear-in” effect that either the GMSS or the Zyppah did.
What’s more, I found that when I was using it, I became The Slobbering Drool Monster From The Blue Lagoon. Or something like that. Let’s just say there was quite a bit of drooling, folks, and this is something I’ve never done (well, maybe when I was an infant, but not recently).
I don’t know why this was the case, but it was. The plastic does seem odd to me, and the “Living Hinge” idea is an interesting “sounding” gimmick, but in the end it’s just a gimmick.
Is this thing wearable? Yep. It is. Does it come with a neat-o case that looks pretty slick? Yes it does. All good things. But looking at the complete package here, the pricing ($9.95 trial fee plus $79.95) just doesn’t fit the overall comfort of the device. If you’re really serious about saving money first and just want a mouthpiece that works, the VitalSleep (review here) is just a better entry level option.
Meanwhile, if you want a comfortable sleeping experience and recognize you’ll need a durable, long term solution, the Good Morning Sleep Solution (review here) is really your best bet.
Naturally, no stop snoring mouthpiece is going to work for everyone. Simple fact. But as someone that has tried a lot of these, I found the ZQuiet to be lacking in a lot of areas. Outside of its slick looking case, I found it to be not the best choice.
Here’s an interesting, and quite different take, on the ZQuiet device. Um, let’s just say they don’t look very unbiased 😉