If you’re a snorer, there is no shortage of products out there claiming to be the cure-all to your problem. If you’re trying to find the one that’ll prove effective in your case, the good news is that these products can and do work. However, depending on your size and other specifics, there are some products that’ll work better than others.
We’ve spent quite a bit of time trying out various snore devices. My sleep partner suffers with obstructive sleep apnea. Not only does this negatively impact his sleep, but I am continually woken up throughout the night. Considering that around a quarter of adults snore habitually, it’s clear there are plenty of us out there being deprived of restful sleep. Today we’re going to compare ZQuiet vs. Zyppah to learn how to put a stop to your annoying snoring.
I do want to point out that I’m not a doctor, but I do have experience with both of these products, so keep reading to learn about our experience!
What Are MADs and Can They Work for You?
Through the course of our testing, we’ve found the majority of the devices have succeeded in putting a stop to snoring, and that’s true of both ZQuiet and Zyppah. My sleep partner has responded very well to mandibular advancement devices, and this is the category both of these products fall into.
In a nutshell, MADs move (advance) the lower jaw (mandible) forward. This keeps the tongue and soft tissue from relaxing back into the throat and blocking the airway. Unless you have established your tongue plays a substantial part in your snoring, in which case tongue stabilizing devices (TSDs) may be the better choice, MADs can often provide the answer you’re looking for.
(Keep reading to learn how Zyppah combines the concept of both MADs and TSDs all in one product).
Different Customization for Personalized Fit
Most of the products we’ve tried offer some type of customization method. Everyone has their own unique mouth shape and tooth structure, and ZQuiet and Zyppah take two different approaches to help you achieve a comfortable fit.
Boil and bite method. This is a process where you boil water in which you’ll submerge the device for a set time period, 30-45 seconds in this case. This serves to soften the material enough for the snorer to bite down and create a dental impression. In my sleep partner’s case, he was easily able to create a very detailed mold. The impression is then set by dipping the device in cold water.
Provision of two devices. One of them is larger than the other, and this allows you to choose the size that is most accommodating for your mouth. The manufacturer suggests you start with the smaller one and, if snoring continues, move on to the larger version.
Cut to the Chase… Do These Products Stop Snoring?
Before we get into details like comfort, let’s cut to the chase… did these products work? In our case, they both stopped my sleep partner’s snoring completely. However, ZQuiet lacked in consistency. Its smaller size made it prone to falling out during the night. When the device isn’t in your mouth, it’s impossible to be effective, and even the larger version had trouble staying in place.
For me, the smaller product fit my mouth great. Since it stopped my sleep partner’s snoring, this leads me to believe people with smaller jaws have a good chance of success with ZQuiet while guys or women with large jaws are probably going to have the most consistent success with Zyppah.
Comfort Differences in Male vs Female Snorers
Sleeping with something in your mouth isn’t natural, not to mention the fact that your lower jaw will be forced into an unusual position using MADs. So, let’s take a moment to talk about comfort.
With any MAD, you’ll experience an initial period of discomfort. In our case, this period lasted longer with Zyppah. It’s a little larger, and the lower jaw is advanced further forward. However, it wears off as you get used to it. Most snorers are men, but, if you’re a lady snorer or otherwise have a small jaw, I think you’ll find the ZQuiet device to fit a little more comfortably.
In our experience, MADs in general tend to cater toward men, so I appreciated that ZQuiet did offer a smaller, less bulky option. However, if you are a man, you may find ZQuiet to be too small. Although they do provide two sizes, my sleep partner had trouble keeping either one in his mouth all night.
ZQuiet More Comfortable but Less Effective for Large Jaws
We both thought ZQuiet was more comfortable, and this is because it’s less invasive. For me, this discomfort came in the form of struggling to keep my mouth closed. I also found the tongue strap, which we’ll discuss in more detail in a moment, to cause a gag reflex that lasted several days.
This wasn’t an issue for my sleep partner. He had no trouble keeping his mouth closed, and the discomfort was minimal compared with other devices he’s used that employ the boil and bite customization method. I think if you have a small jaw, you may have trouble using Zyppah.
ZQuiet is smaller both in length and width. This size, however, can have an undesired effect for people with larger jaws, and you may have trouble keeping it in place. It’ll likely be more comfortable despite jaw size, but, if your jaw is large enough to shut your mouth comfortably using the Zyppah mouthpiece, this is likely going to be a better choice in terms of effectiveness.
Understanding Zyppah’s Tongue Strap- Do You Need It?
The tongue strap on the back of the Zyppah device works to offer additional stabilization to prevent the tongue from blocking your airway. My sleep partner seems to stop snoring without this focus, so the need for this feature is going to vary from one person to the next. If you have a large tongue or have otherwise determined your tongue to be a primary catalyst in your snoring, I think this addition could be a great feature.
If you’re not sure, talk to your doctor. They can use methods like the Mallampati score to determine how much your tongue impacts your susceptibility to snoring.
Mouth Breathing- ZQuiet vs Zyppah
If you rely heavily on mouth breathing, I think you’ll really like the fact that ZQuiet allows for freedom in mouth movement with its Living Hinge Technology. Not only does this allow you to breathe, but you can even open and close your mouth. Zyppah makes accommodations for mouth breathing as well, but there is no hinge, so your mouth will be held shut.
Design Options with Zyppah
I think you’ll find the design of the Zyppah mouthpiece to be appealing. The green and grey model I ordered is the default, and they offer other designs from time to time. At the time I ordered, options included:
Similar Cleaning and Maintenance
Both products feature a smooth design that makes them really easy to clean, which you can easily do with your toothbrush and toothpaste. This makes it simple to fit into your daily routine.
If you choose to, you can purchase Zyppah’s optional anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-bacterial cleaning foam for $18. We preferred the toothpaste method, but this measure could be good for people who are particularly susceptible to illness. Since it can be purchased on its own, it really doesn’t matter which device you choose if you want to use it.
Price to Durability Ratio- What’s the Better Value?
So, I’d say those with smaller jaws should choose ZQuiet and those with larger jaws and/or those who suffer with airway blockage caused by the tongue should go with Zyppah. However, I know price and durability are big buying points, so let’s take a look at what you can expect:
- Expected to last around 15 months
- Expected durability of around four to six months
When you compare these products on a price to durability ratio, you’re paying $5.99 per month with ZQuiet while Zyppah weighs in at around $19.99 per month.
Based on these numbers, it would seem ZQuiet is the obvious choice. However, don’t forget that, if you have a large jaw, it’s likely not going to stay in place consistently. Furthermore, Zyppah does offer the tongue stabilization feature that could prove well worth the added investment for the right person.
When the Choice Isn’t Clear, Consider the Trial Period
In some cases, the right choice simply isn’t clear. For instance, let’s say you’re a female snorer who has a high Mallampati score. There are benefits to be taken advantage of with each device. In cases like this where the choice isn’t clear, consider the trial period.
- 30 days
- $9.95 initial charge with no further charges if you return product, but initial charge not refunded
- 90 days
- Can return for a full refund
In circumstances where you’re just not certain, I’d say try out Zyppah first so you don’t have to pay anything for your trial. If it doesn’t work, send it back and try out ZQuiet.
My sleep partner preferred Zyppah. Despite the longer period of discomfort experienced during the first week or so of use, it proved more effective in his case at stopping snoring. Furthermore, if you have bridgework or missing teeth, you can still use the Zyppah device, which is unique in MADs
I can’t stress enough, though, that snore devices aren’t one-size-fits-all. For females or those with a smaller jaw, I’d definitely suggest trying out ZQuiet first as I think it’s going to provide a much better fit. In our experience, it stopped my sleep partner’s snoring. It just wouldn’t stay in his mouth.
I hope this has helped steer you in the right direction. With so many products on the market, it can be hard to make up your mind. If you have questions or comments, we encourage you to share. We always enjoy hearing from fellow snorers, and we’ll do our best to provide valuable feedback.