Updated January, 2017
“Help! I can’t stand sleeping next to my husband anymore. The snoring is just too loud and unnerving. I just need the best earplugs for sleeping to get through the night or else I don’t know what will happen to our marriage.”
This is just one out of the hundred emails I have got from people in a dilemma about what to do when their roommate has a snoring problem. I identify with these people. Like them, I patiently waited and prayed that my husband’s sleeping problem would suddenly disappear one day.
When, after months of living together, it didn’t seem to go away and became a hailstorm in our marriage, I decided to try out earplugs.
Which are the Best Earplugs for Sleeping in 2017?
I must admit I was so naive on what quality earplugs would feel like or how much they cost. Like most people in my situation, I didn’t trust anyone with the secret of why I was looking for good ear plugs.
After so many disappointments and several tries, I finally got the hang of what is good and what is over hyped when it comes to earplugs. I came up with a list to help anyone out there who wants earplugs specifically to block out snoring sounds from their partners. This is a list of the best snoring earplugs in the market.
- Flents Super Sleep Comfort Foam Earplugs
- Hearos Ultimate Softness
- Mouldex 6800 Pura Fit
- Ohropax Wax Earplugs
- Howard Leight Max 1
- 3M EAR Classic earplug
Best Earplugs for Snoring- 2017
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What to Consider Before Buying Sleeping Ear Plugs
How comfortable are the earplugs?
I know how desperately you may want to block snoring sounds and have a sound night sleep without your partner feeling disrespected. I have been there. Even in your situation, nothing will be worse than having to sleep with uncomfortable earplugs…you will feel worse than just sleeping through the snoring.
Poor quality earplugs are not good for the health of your ears. They put pressure on the eardrums and may cause ear barotraumas, a condition where the Eustachian tubes block due to pressure changes.
It is therefore important to purchase good quality earplugs. These earplugs will perfectly fit to your ear canal; not bulge out too much and not go too deeply inside. They should also leave space between them and your ear even if their seal is airtight.
A common mistake many people make when buying earplugs is choosing ones that are either too small or too big for their ears. Ear canals vary in shape and size. So, there is no universal fit-for-all size of earplugs. It is important to buy earplugs that are not only effective in blocking out snoring sounds, but also comfortable to wear no matter your sleeping style.
Credibility of the earplugs
The main reason you are buying earplugs is to deal with snoring noises. So ideally, the best earplugs for snoring should block out 99, if not 100 percent, of the noises.
The rating for earplugs is NRR, the highest being 34NRR. Good quality earplugs should be rated 30NRR and above.
Foam and wax earplugs are popular for their efficiency. Irrespective of the size of the ear, when worn properly, they block most noises. For example, when foam sleeping earplugs are inserted in small ears, an airtight seal is formed due to expansion of the foam. This results to maximum noise blockage.
On the other hand, wax sleeping earplugs have been praised for their softness. Moreover, they don’t make the ears oily or warm.
Their life span usage
When investing in a product, no one wants the inconvenience of having to shop around every so often for the same product. The same also applies to snoring earplugs.
To avoid having to shop for sleeping earplugs on EBay, Walmart, or Amazon every other day, buy quality earplugs. The best quality snoring earplugs are not so expensive. However, they will give you a good bargain for your cash.
Purchasing snoring earplugs that are easy to clean, can be reused and their shape and size will not be distorted after short use.
Review of the Best Snoring Earplugs
Ohropax Wax EarplugsReleased in 1907, the OHROPAX Classic has garnered fame as top-rated noise reduction product. The brand boasts of a loved unique design. The manufacturer has never changed the design of the sleeping ear plug as it’s what attracts customers to the product. The design incorporates cotton wool, petroleum jelly and a mixture of other paraffin waxes to make a perfect blend.
Pros of Ohropax Earplugs:
- The design limits pressure and sweating inside ones ears
- The sleeping plugs are perfect for most sensitive people as the ingredients used in making them are fairly tolerable
- Unlike foam sleeping earplugs, you do not have to wait for these earplugs to expand. Once you put them on correctly in the ears, they are ready for use
- They are particularly useful in DIY occupation or jobs where one is exposed to extremely loud music. Ohropax earplugs are also useful in tasks that require you to concentrate maximally
- The sleeping ear plugs offer maximum comfort when worn
- The earplugs are ideal for people who want to meditate, relax or sleep soundly
- People in non-classic environments with noise levels <75dB(A), for example in computer centers, can also use them
Cons of Ohropax Earplugs
Even with the many pros, Ohropax earplugs have a few unsatisfactory or inconveniencing features:
- They require one to exercise extreme care when removing them as doing contrary may cause damage to the eardrum
- Some chemical substances can affect the earplugs
- Users are advised to avoid using OHROPAX Classic in extremely dusty or dirty environment or places that are warm. This is because the materials used to make them are sensitive to these environments.
- The materials used in manufacture cannot be cleaned. Thus, a pair of earplugs can only be used once.
OHROPAX Classic gives noise protection levels from 22.3db to 37.7db, which are the most common noise frequencies users experience. The insulation that this product offers for the entire range of frequency (check Ohropax official website for the entire chat) is considered excellent.
Ohropax Wax Earplugs Review
This product is packaged in a box containing small soft balls of cotton wool that is pink in color. The cotton contains the earplugs and keeps the plugs from sticking onto one another.
Removing the cotton is quite easy, After removing the cotton, a hard cylinder, sticky and pink in color is what you will have. The stickiness is as a result of the paraffin and petroleum jelly used to make the snoring earplugs.
Do not panic if you are unable to completely get rid of the pink cotton wool. It will melt away when you start using it.
Shape of the Earplugs
Ohropax earplugs are cylindrical in shape. Before kneading, they have a hard feel. The shape of the earplugs is simple compared to the other brands.
Ease of Use
Ohropax wax earplugs are packed in metal containers or small cardboard boxes based on the amount that one buys. The package is portable and easy to move with.
I was impressed by the use of the cotton wool to protect the plugs from getting damaged. Actually, I did not dispose of the cotton after I removed them. Instead, I put the plugs back in them after use.
According to the manufacturer, Ohropax wax ear plugs should only be used once. However, I actually used mine several times before disposing them off. How you use yours will determine how fast you will have to dispose them. As long as they are not dirty or sticky, you can continue using the ear plugs.
You might also get tensed about kneading the wax cylinder. I found this pretty easy as a little heat from the finger makes them very soft and only takes about a minute. You can then shape the plugs into a ball shape to perfectly fit your ears.
The main challenge I had when using the plugs was getting them to stay intact in my ears. When I tried pushing them inside, they kept sticking to my finger. Since the kneading had made them soft, it took a while for the earplugs to harden. As a result, it was difficult for the plugs to seal my ears and block noise completely.
I have already talked about the stickiness of the plugs after kneading. I considered this a weakness as the sticky wax materials are uncomfortable for the fingers. Even worse, the grease from the wax doesn’t come off if you rub your fingers together. You will have to wash the fingers with water and soap to completely get rid of the wax. This is inconveniencing especially if you will be keeping the sleeping ear plugs in your bedside drawer to put them when your partner is fast asleep.
It was inconveniencing to have to wake up and wash my hands because I lost my sleep and struggled falling back asleep. People who don’t like washing hands just before going to bed will find the sticky wax issue disadvantageous.
Advantages of Ohropax Earplugs
- Kneading them is easy and so is putting or removing them
- As long as the earplugs are still clean, you can re-use them (although this is not recommended)
- They don’t put any pressure on the ears
- You can get them in your skin color so that they camouflage and will not be easily noticeable
- They are comfortable when worn
- They can be used for blocking both noise and water
- After kneading, the ear plugs become soft. This makes them hard to keep sealed on the ear canal. You have to wait for the plugs to cool and get hard to seal perfectly.
- They have a tendency of staining the pillow with grease or falling when one is sleeping
- The wax in the material keeps sticking to fingers when wearing them, which makes aligning them to the ear canal a challenge
- The sticky film left on the finger after kneading is uncomfortable
People who are sensitive to non-natural products or those who love disposable earplugs will definitely love Ohropax wax earplugs.
Because the earplugs are made from natural materials, disposing them is not an environmental hazard as they are biodegradable. Moreover, the ear plugs are made from non-allergic materials. This means they are perfect for use by extremely sensitive people.
If you are passionate about the environment like I am, then this snoring ear plug will not disappoint you. The plugs are made from environmentally friendly material. Also, if you always complain of pain from earplugs made of foam, try the Ohropax wax earplugs.
The earplugs are quite easy to wear and maintain. The hassle of waiting for them to expand, like is the case with foam ear plugs, is not necessary. Moreover, they conform to your ears and when worn, adapt to the ears shape. This feature makes inserting the ear plugs in the ears painless and keeps them from falling off at night.
Although their rating of 27NRR is a bit low compared to other models, their efficiency in reducing snoring noise is proven. Moreover, the comfort level they offer has received enormous praise.
Check further reviews of Ohropax earplugs left by buyers from Amazon.
Features that we loved:
- They are easy to use and comfortable
- Their ability to seal ear canals is better than that of foam earplugs
- They are perfect for all ear shapes, sizes and sleeping positions
- They do an excellent job in blocking out noises
What we didn’t like!
- The ingredients used in making them is a bit greasy which makes them messy and sticky
- Their rating of 27NRR is a bit low compared to other plugs. This means their ability to block out snore noises might be a bit low.
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3M EAR Classic EarplugsThe 3M EAR Classic earplug has been in the market for over 3 years and is popular among consumers that buy sleeping earplugs. 3M is the pioneer foam earplugs is the market. The sleeping ear devices have a sleek texture surface, are cylindrical in shape and yellowish in color. These features have contributed to its fame.
The Aero website has done a good job of advertising 3M Ear Classic earplugs. The features of the noise canceling earplugs include:
- Yellow color for high visibility
- NRR 29db protection
- Easy to wear cylindrical shape
- Soft, low pressure foam for all day comfort
- Moisture resistant
The cylindrical shape, which has gone through several tests, makes these earplugs the best option for ear protection.
Other features of the 3M Ear Classic plug include:
Foam: The PVC foam made by Aeros has put the 3M earplug in a class of its own. Since the company is the only manufacturer of the type of foam used, it is tested regularly for consistency in performance and quality (Human Factors, 1990)
Size: The earplugs are the right size for a wide range of ear canals (Mil P3747)
Shape: Their cylindrical shape has been tested and proven to give better noise protection than tapered plugs (British Steel Technical, 1994)
3M EAR Classic Earplug Review
There are several features of that make the 3M foam earplug one of the best noise canceling earplugs. These include:
The cylindrical shape of the 3M foam ear plug has been tested and proven the best shape for noise barring.
Personally, I think there is no big difference in protection offered by tapered shape ear plugs and cylindrical-shaped ear plugs. Nevertheless, several studies can back up the claim. Moreover, the plugs actually fit properly when worn.
When I tested the plugs, I found them more challenging to insert compared to the tapered ones. When I rolled a plug, the flat-end side got deformed and turned into a ball. This made it harder to put in the ear canal. The tapered ones on the other end do not change the shape of their tips.
Therefore on the first try, the cylindrical shape ear plugs are harder to insert.
However, when I finally managed to insert them properly, the fit in the ear canal was perfect and the noise block was satisfactory. If you get any problem wearing these foam plugs or confirming whether they are well placed in the ear canal, you can opt for the Classic Super Fit model which has a visual indicator that helps to confirm a good fit.
The 3M EAR Classic earplugs use a material that is unique from those of plugs I previously used.
The main body of the plug has a rough feeling whereas the end faces feel very soft. The softnesss of the end faces makes the seal perfect. There is a special propriety texture on the cell surface that makes the main body rough.
On the other hand, the earplug is a bit rigid. Moreover, unlike other foam earplugs, the recovery time for it to snap back to its original size is slower. This makes inserting the plug in the ear easier and quicker.
There is on disadvantage I noted with the PVC formulation. Since the plug takes longer to snap back to its original form, you have to keep holding it tightly while waiting for it to gain its shape and size. If you don’t do this, the ear plug will keep falling off, lowering the quality of noise reduction. Sometimes, you may be compelled to take it out, roll it again before re-inserting in your ears.
On the other hand, the PVC is also advantageous. The PVC helps maintain a low pressure inside the ears when the plugs are worn. This is because as the ear plug will be expanding in the ear, the cell surface will be letting air in. The result is a pressure balance. This is unlike is the case with push-in ear plugs that prevent outflow of air while creating pressure in the ear.
You can also easily remove the plug with a simple pull. This must be because of the special cell surface that keeps the plug from becoming humid and getting stuck to the inner ear canal the way some disposable foam plugs do. I was unable to test for a humidity factor as I hardly use my plugs in sweaty environments.
Concerning the claim by Aero that the cylindrical shape of their plug has gone through testing and been proven to be the best option for noise reduction, I cannot confirm or prove otherwise. However, I know several studies back up the claim that when you insert the ear plugs properly, they will fit perfectly in your ears.
Contrary to the claim that the cylindrical shape of the plug makes them easier to insert than tapered shaped plugs, I believe that this is actually the opposite. Inserting the cylinder shaped plugs was more challenging because when I rolled it, the flat end surface kept deforming and turning into a ball. This made it harder for the ear plugs to stay fit in the ear canal. I find tapered shaped ear plugs easier to wear as the tapered shape stays put even when compressed.
Although inserting 3M Ear Classic plug perfectly on the first roll was more challenging than with tapered shaped plugs, they provided an excellent noise seal when fitting perfectly. You can buy the Classic Superfit model if you will have a problem confirming if the plug is properly placed in the ear canal. The Superfit model has a visual indicator on the plug that confirms if the plug is worn properly.
When I tested the 3M foam ear plugs, they proved efficient in blocking annoying sounds, from my neighbors high volume music to my partners snoring.
They were also extremely comfortable to wear both during the day and night. This is because the ear plugs don’t create moisture in the ear like normal tapered plugs.
Most manufacturers recommend that ear plugs should be worn only once. But if you are not using them for high noise protection, I believe you can use them several times. This is unless they get dirty on your first use.
Be warned however that after using the 3M foam earplugs for 2 days, the slow fall-back-to-shape feature will be lost. Inserting the earplugs well in the ear canal will be harder as they will recover way too fast.
Advantages of the 3M Classic Earplugs
- Their cell textured surface makes them soft and comfortable in the ear canal
- Their cylindrical shape provides a perfect fit after proper insertion
- The cell surface protects the inside ear from getting too much pressure or humidity
- Their slow recovery allows you sufficient time to get the earplugs fit perfectly in the ear
Disadvantages of the 3M Classic Earplug
- If you don’t insert them well when going to sleep, they will fall of easily because of their cell textured surface
- Because they are disposable and don’t have a recycling code inside them, they become an environmental hazard
- When compressed, the end face will take the ball shape, which will them more difficult to insert
- While they recover their shape in the ear canal, you will be compelled to hold them for some time lest they fall off
I must admit that before this review, if I were to choose what disposable plugs I was to buy, I would go for Howard Leight Max 1 or Hearos Ultimate Softness. But after I used the 3M Classic earplugs several times during my test period, I found them comfortable and more effective in sealing out noise than most disposable plugs.
Ear Classic earplugs are now my favorite earplugs for using all day and night because of the way they fit well, their soft texture and their comfort even when worn for a long time.
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Hearos Ultimate SoftnessThese signature earplugs, made purely of polyurethane foam, may be the best plugs I came across on Amazon in a long time.
As the name states, Hearos Ultimate Softness are actually really soft and comfortable when worn. People who sleep on their side will find these plugs perfect as they don’t stick out when worn.
Their rating of 32NRR is one of the best, considering better plugs are mostly rated at 33NRR. You will therefore sleep peacefully no matter how loud your partner snores as the Hearos Ultimate Softness earplugs seal out most of the noises.
I found these ear plugs quite easy to use. A simple roll of the plug between my thumb and index finger formed a thin cylinder that was easy to insert inside the ear canal. I then held it for a short time with my index finger to gain back their original shape.
When fully expanded, the sleeping ear plugs formed a perfect airtight seal.
What we loved about these plugs
- You don’t have to be afraid of them falling off while you are asleep, no matter your sleeping position. They fit perfectly in the ear
- Their 32NRR is definitely a big plus on their side
- They don’t stick out from the ears
- Although they block out snoring and most other annoying noises, you will still be able to hear your alarm ringing in the morning
- Are ideal for use by people with small ear canals
- Are considerably easy to use and clean
What we didn’t like
- It is challenging for people with longer ear canals to use these plugs
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Howard Leight Max1With a rating of 33NRR, the Howard Leight Max 1 is also an impressive set of ear plugs. These plugs seal out annoying noises so perfectly that they become almost inaudible.
The material used to make the Howard Leight Max is soft polyurethane foam, which gives it a sleek smooth finish. The first day I wore them, I freaked out that they may go too deep. I had the option of purchasing the Howard Leigh Max1 earplugs that are bell-shaped. This shape keeps them from going deeper than one intentioned when inserting.
The contour shape of the Howard Leight Max 1 earplugs makes them easier to insert in the ear canal. This shape also keeps them from carelessly falling off.
What we loved about these plugs
- They have a smooth finish, which makes it harder for them to build up dirt
- They have a contour shape and hence can be easily inserted or removed
- Their bell shape keeps them from going too deep into the ear canal
- Their 33NRR rating makes them effective in blocking out snoring noises
What we didn’t like
- They block out noises so thoroughly you will not only sleep through your morning alarm clock, but also not hear a fire alarm in the event of a warning
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Moldex 6800 Pura FitThese classic earplugs made of soft foam and have a perfect soft finishing that will make even a heavy sleeper sleep through their morning alarm. With a rating of 33NRR, the Moldex 6800 Pura Fit earplugs are not only comfortable to sleep in, but also perfectly seal out snoring noises. The plugs are longer than most others and this makes putting and removing them relatively easy.
Irrespective of your sleeping position, these masterpiece earplugs will give you a sound night sleep like you’ve never known of. The sleeping earplugs are even ideal for back sleepers and people with longer-than-average ear canals.
Inserting the Moldex 6800 Pura Fit earplugs is relatively easy. The ear plugs also conform perfectly to the ears. Just a few seconds after inserting them, they will snap back to their shape. This makes it hard for them to carelessly fall off. The plugs also have a corded mode feature that keeps them from going too deep.
What we loved
- Their longer size makes them easier to insert and remove
- They are durable and easy to clean yet not costly
- Their high rating of 33NRR makes them perfect for sealing out most noises
- They have a smooth, soft texture that makes them comfortable to sleep in
What we didn’t like
- Because of their long nature, people with shorter ear lobes can find them uncomfortable to wear
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Flent Super Sleep Comfort Foam EarplugsThe most attractive and unique feature of Flent Super Sleep Comfort earplugs is their short length. Being a little shorter than other plugs, the Flent Super Sleep plugs are ideal for side sleepers. You will not have to worry about extra pressure on your ears when sleeping on your side with these plugs.
Super Sleep Comfort ear plugs are relatively easy to wear and remove. The soft foam used to make them is comfortable to sleep on them. Like all other disposable foam ear plugs, these plugs expand wen inserted in the ears. They also conform perfectly to the ear and don’t carelessly fall off when you are asleep.
What we loved
- They effectively block out most noises
- Are considerably easy to wear and removing them is also quite easy
- You can use them several times
- They are affordable
- They come in special carrying cases
- They are comfortable for sleeping in all positions
What we didn’t like
- People with longer ear canals might find them uncomfortable and ineffective
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