This article is medically reviewed and edited by Dr. Saurabh Sethi, MD, MPH, Board-Certified Internal Medicine Physician.
Using soft hinges and elastic materials, the ZQuiet is one of the most comfortable anti-snoring products that actually works.
There are more than 90 million snorers in the U.S. alone. For a long time, I was one of the worse ones.
I couldn't help it, and I didn't like it. It was especially awful when my snoring affected the people around me. Roommates, friends, guests, in-laws... it was so incredibly embarrassing to know that I was the reason for everyone's tired eyes in the morning.
The ZQuiet was one of many anti-snoring products that I decided to try in an effort to find the ideal sleep aid. After using it for several weeks, it quickly shot up in my personal list of favorites.
Not only did it give me longer, deeper REM cycles, but it also stopped all of my secondhand shame from being the world's loudest sleeper. I was finally able to go to bed without preemptively cringing for what was about to come.
Are you in the same boat?
Review of ZQuiet Snoring Mouthpiece - 2019 Update
Do you need a good anti-snoring product to help you find peace?
Let me introduce you to my ZQuiet review.
The ZQuiet is a soft, flexible mouthpiece that you wear while you sleep. It's considered a mandibular advancement device (MAD) because it gently nudges your jaw forward and keeps your throat open.
Why does this matter? Because one of the most common causes of snoring is the obstruction of the airway.
When you sleep, your throat muscles relax, and your tongue rolls towards the back of your throat. This creates a semi-blocked airway with oxygen whistling around it as you breathe.
By holding your jaw forward, the ZQuiet prevents your throat muscles from collapsing and interfering with your airflow. It also encourages your tongue to stay in place because of the increased angle of your chin.
When you put all of these things together, the ZQuiet offers a simple but effective solution for snoring. It stops your snores from happening at all.
Fitting the ZQuiet Anti Snoring Mouthpiece
One of the first things that drew me to the ZQuiet was its origin story. It was designed by dentists, so I was hoping that their knowledge and expertise would keep the ZQuiet from being a bulky, uncomfortable mouthpiece.
I wasn't disappointed. The ZQuiet fits behind your lips like an athletic mouth guard. It's quite comfortable, and you can tell that it was created by people who knew what they were doing. A lot of anatomical research went into making this product as form-fitting as possible.
Another great thing about the ZQuiet is that it's available in multiple sizes.
While there's no way to custom-fit it to the exact specifications of your mouth, you can switch between two different sizes to find the one that's most suitable for you. Men usually prefer the bigger size while women take the smaller one, but it's ultimately your decision. Both sizes are included in your purchase order at no additional charge.
Most MADs have the same general structure, and this includes the ZQuiet. However, the ZQuiet offers a few things that its competitors don't, so I feel confident in saying that it's a step above the rest.
For starters, it uses "living hinges" to connect the upper and lower dental trays. These hinges are soft and pliable, so you won't have to worry about them digging into the soft parts of your mouth at night. You can sleep in any position; you can breathe with your mouth open or closed. Like everything else on the ZQuiet, the hinges are quite comfortable.
Another benefit of the ZQuiet is that it's free of screws, pins and tiny metal pieces that might present choking hazards. You can go to sleep with zero fear. Nothing on the ZQuiet can hurt you.
It's also user-friendly. While it comes with basic instructions on a little printed sheet, you don't really need them. You can pop the ZQuiet out of the box and start using it right away. This distinguishes it from other MADs that have detailed technical guides for molding or boiling their products before they ever touch a human mouth.
The ZQuiet is much more convenient. Just unwrap the product, figure out which end goes in first and you're good to go.
Upkeep and Shelf Life
If you use it every night, you can expect the ZQuiet to last about a year. It will eventually wear down because of its soft and malleable materials. Your bite will also start to take its toll, especially if you have a problem with grinding.
The good news is that you can extend the longevity of your ZQuiet by taking good care of it. Here are some general maintenance tips:
It's also important to take action right away if you notice anything odd about your ZQuiet. For example, I have the occasional problem with drool, and I noticed that drooling nights corresponded with a white film building up on the ZQuiet's trays. It's easy enough to wipe away; just don't let it fester.
As I've mentioned before, one of the best things about the ZQuiet is that it's very pleasant to wear. In addition to the soft, flexible design and multiple sizes on offer, it's also made with medical-grade materials that are completely free of latex, acrylics and BPA.
It won't irritate your gums. It won't clink against your teeth. Once you've grown used to the general feeling of wearing a mouthpiece, you might even forget that it's there.
Part of this flexibility is because the ZQuiet comes from dentists who are familiar with the anatomy of the mouth. It's also because the ZQuiet was designed to be mobile. You can drink, swallow and even talk while wearing it, so it's a step above the more rigid mouthpieces on the market that seal your mouth shut for 8-10 hours at a time.
Not all MADs are known for being comfortable. In fact, many of them are recommended with caveats like "it's kind of annoying, but it works, so it's worth it."
The ZQuiet is different. It doesn't sacrifice comfort for convenient. It's easily one of the nicest and most accommodating anti-snoring mouthpieces that I've ever tried.
As much as I love the ZQuiet, this wouldn't be a fair and objective review if I didn't mention its flaws.
The biggest drawback is that it isn't customizable. You can't fit it to the exact proportions of your mouth, so you have to make do with one of the two sizes that are already offered. While there's a silver lining in the fact that you don't have to boil, mold or cut anything to get started, it's a shame that you can't adjust its measurements at all. It would be nice to control the exact shape of its material or the precise angle that it advances your jaw.
Another potential issue is if you wear braces, dentures or other oral devices. The ZQuiet might or might not be compatible with them. It'll fit okay, but your airways might not remain fully open at night. You'll have to try the product and see.
Some Frequently Asked Questions
Let me disclaim right away that I'm not employed by ZQuiet's manufacturers. I can't answer questions the way that their customer service agents probably can. However, I've noticed that a lot of people around the web seem to have the same queries and concerns, so I thought that I might go ahead and address them during my review. Here's the real skinny on the ZQuiet!
- When will I start seeing results?
Personally, I noticed a difference after just one night. But I've seen some people say that it took them 3-7 nights before they could fully adjust to the ZQuiet and recognize the good that it was doing. If you want to break it in before you actually go to sleep with it, consider wearing it for a couple of hours while reading or watching TV.
- Is it really that soft?
Yes. Unlike other MADs, the ZQuiet is so flexible that you can bend and press it around with your hands. It's sturdy, but there's also a lot of give. It's made with a thermoplastic elastomer that keeps it spry.
- Can I use the ZQuiet if I'm a back/side/stomach sleeper?
I've lumped these questions together because the answer to all of them is "yes." The ZQuiet can be used by sleepers of all types. As a bonus, you can use the ZQuiet with all kinds of pillows, too. You don't have to give up your favorite memory foam.
- Does it come with a warranty?
Yes. In fact, it comes with a really good one. You have 30 days to decide if the ZQuiet is right for you, and if it's not, you can ship it back to the manufacturers for a refund or future credit. On top of that, you won't even be charged for the full price of the product until 35 days have passed. You only have to pay a small shipping and handling fee to get the ZQuiet delivered to your door for a month-long trial period.
What are the Pros and Cons?
I've been throwing a lot of information at you. Let me break it down into a simple list with pros and cons. Here's what you need to know about the ZQuiet.
What's the Bottom Line?
I've said this before, but the ZQuiet really did change my life. I'm so much happier and more confident now that I know I'm not disturbing everyone around me, and I feel like I'm sleeping better as well. My airways are staying open at night. I'm breathing deeply. I wake up feeling refreshed and ready to go.
The ZQuiet isn't a perfect product. It might not work for you. But it worked for me, and I'm willing to bet that it will work for a lot of people reading this, too.
If you're tired of crying with frustration at cheap and shoddy anti-snoring products, consider an upgrade with the ZQuiet.