We know what it’s like to suffer from a condition that you can’t control. Our snores have been compared to everything from blow horns to power saws, and we’ve tried all kinds of anti-snoring products to quiet them down.
The one benefit to our struggles is that we have a pretty good understanding of snore aids. We know how they work and what to applaud (or avoid) in terms of fits, functions and features. We can also make informed recommendations for other people looking for relief.
Both of these products are mouthpieces designed to stop snoring. Both of them are considered high-end, high-quality devices.
But what makes them different? What do you need to know if you’re weighing both options and trying to decide which one is right for you?
Here’s our side-by-side comparison of the SnoreRx and the VitalSleep.
Advanced Jaw Positioning
In a head-to-head battle, the SnoreRx and the VitalSleep are pretty much the same when it comes to their design.
There are many types of anti-snoring mouthpieces on the market. Some of them will manipulate your jaw; others will hold your tongue or re-position your chin.
Both the SnoreRx and the VitalSleep are jaw devices. They’re known as “mandibular advancement devices” (MADs) because they hold your mandible at an advanced angle as you sleep.
If you don’t already know, most snoring is caused by an obstruction in the airway. If your throat muscles relax too much while you’re snoozing, oxygen will struggle to pass through the narrowed space, and this will result in the sounds and vibrations associated with snoring.
MADs work by holding your jaw at an advanced angle throughout the night. Even if your throat muscles go slack, the positioning of your jaw will keep your airway open.
There isn’t a lot of variation in the basic design of MADs, so the SnoreRx and the VitalSleep are playing on an even field here. Neither product is superior to the other since they were both crafted using the same blueprints.
Fitting the Mouthpiece
In a head-to-head battle, the VitalSleep is slightly better than the SnoreRx in terms of customization options. However, the difference is small enough that you might not notice it.
We’ve mentioned before that the SnoreRx and the VitalSleep are very advanced mandibular devices, and the reason for this is because of their extremely customizable fitting options.
For starters, both of them utilize something called the “boil and bite” method. This method allows you to create a one-of-a-kind impression of your teeth on the lower dental tray. It’s quite simple:
1. Boil a cup of hot water.
2. Submerge the mouthpiece until it softens.
3. Bite into it, “holding” the bite for 30 seconds.
4. Rinse it under cold water to re-harden the mouthpiece and make its teeth marks permanent.
The benefits of the B&B method are obvious. Instead of sleeping with an uncomfortable mouthpiece wedged between your teeth, you’ll be able to rest comfortably with something that was molded to the exact shape of your bite.
The SnoreRx and the VitalSleep also allow you to change the amount of jaw advancement that you experience with the device. If a small degree of advancement isn’t enough to keep your airway open, you can increase it; if a large degree of advancement isn’t comfortable to sleep with, you can reduce it. You can calibrate both devices in one-millimeter increments. The VitalSleep offers a range of 1 – 7 millimeters; the SnoreRx has a range of 1 – 6 millimeters.
You should also consider the size of the mouthpiece itself. Before you boil or calibrate anything, you need to make sure that it will actually fit in your mouth. The VitalSleep comes in two sizes: a large one for men and a smaller one for women. By contrast, the SnoreRx only offers a single “universal” size.
Here’s what a final breakdown looks like for both products:
VitalSleep: two sizes, boil and bite technology, 1 – 7 millimeter adjustments
SnoreRx: one size, boil and bite technology, 1 – 6 millimeter adjustments
All things considered, the VitalSleep edges out the SnoreRx, but the race is a close one.
Ease of Use (Especially for First-Timers)
In a head-to-head battle, the SnoreRx is more friendly to beginners than the VitalSleep. However, neither of them are particularly complicated.
A lot of people are nervous about buying their first anti-snoring mouthpiece. If you’re one of them, you might be looking at all of these angles and measurements and wondering if they’re too complicated for you.
Don’t worry. They aren’t.
Despite their advanced technology, the SnoreRx and the VitalSleep are both pretty simple to use. You might need to read their instructions before you start messing around with their settings, but they shouldn’t be difficult to figure out.
The SnoreRx is especially user-friendly. It comes with printed labels right on the mouthpiece so that you’re never confused about what you’re adjusting or calibrating.
For example, if you want to change your degree of jaw advancement, all you have to do is find the “SQUEEZE” label on both sides of the dental tray. Then move the tray forwards or backwards while keeping your eye on the numbered bar that marks each millimeter.
The VitalSleep doesn’t have these letters or increments, so you’ll need to be a bit more intuitive as you fiddle with it. Again, however, there’s no need to worry. It’s a simple mouthpiece overall.
Longetivity and Durability
In a head-to-head battle, the SnoreRx typically lasts longer than the VitalSleep, but the VitalSleep might be easier to maintain on a daily basis.
The lifespan of your anti-snoring mouthpiece can have a big impact on its value. There are some products on the market that last as little as 3-4 months before they start to degrade!
The good news is that both the SnoreRx and the VitalSleep are made of stronger stuff. Here’s a quick comparison of how long they can be used and what you can do to keep them in good working order.
According to its manufacturers, the SnoreRx will last between 9 – 11 months. However, customer reviews give it a much longer lifespan. They usually report their mouthpieces hanging on for anywhere between 12 – 24 months.
The SnoreRx should be cleaned after every use with a toothbrush and toothpaste. The manufacturers also recommend giving it a more in-depth cleaning every 1 – 2 weeks with a denture solution, but this is optional. You’ll be perfectly hygienic with regular brushing.
The VitalSleep can also be cleaned with a toothbrush and toothpaste, but what the manufacturers really recommend is a special “orthodontic appliance plastic” (OAP) cleaner that they sell on their website. It’s a foam cleanser that will sanitize your mouthpiece by ridding it of all bacteria. It works well, and it’s also fast-acting to the extent that it dries within 60 seconds.
As for the mouthpiece, it will last for 12 months on average. This is longer than the SnoreRx’s official guarantee but much shorter than the SnoreRx’s reported lifespan from customers.
Looking at the Warranty
In a head-to-head battle, the VitalSleep offers a more generous warranty than the SnoreRx, but both products are covered by a customer satisfaction clause that allows you to “drive before you buy.”
Warranties are important, especially if you’re purchasing an anti-snoring mouthpiece for the very first time. Who knows if you’ll like it? Who knows if you’ll need to ship it back?
Let’s take a look at the promises being made by the SnoreRx and the VitalSleep.
If you aren’t happy with the SnoreRx, it can be returned within 30 days of purchase for a full refund. This doesn’t include shipping charges, so you’ll have to eat the cost of actually shipping it back to its manufacturers. However, they’ll return the full price of the product plus tax.
The VitalSleep offers a 60-day trial period before the refund window closes. You can also order free replacements “for any reason” during your first year as a customer. Replacements are covered by the warranty.
What’s the Bottom Line?
There’s no clear-cut winner when it comes to the SnoreRx versus the VitalSleep. Both products are well-designed mandibular devices that will keep your airway open at night. Both of them can be adjusted, softened, molded and calibrated to your exact specifications.
There are some minor differences in how much they can be customized, so that’s worth considering if you’re picky about comfort and convenience.
There are also some variations in things like durability and warranty. If any of these issues matter to you, you’ll want to do some research to figure out which product truly meets your needs.
All things considered, however, the SnoreRx and the VitalSleep are equally strong anti-snoring products that are worth a second glance. We’ve tried them both, and we’re confident in recommending either of them. They’ll get the job done!
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