About the SnoreFighter
In 2005, Yanzhong Li and Winston Li created Kudo Research, a Connecticut based company that manufactures and distributes the Kudo SnoreFighter.
The SnoreFighter is similar to several other MAD’s as it works by holding the lower jaw slightly forward thereby creating a less restrictive air passage that does not flap around and collapses. After all, vibrating tissues are the main culprit behind snoring. By addressing this issue, snoring is usually eliminated or in some cases greatly reduced.
Just how effective is this product? Kudo Research claims that it is 93% effective which is a higher percentage when compared to several clinical research studies that suggest average effectiveness for MAD’s is somewhere in the mid-80’s.
As for construction, it is made from an FDA approved moldable plastic resin. While pre-formed to fit around the upper and lower teeth, it can be fine-tuned by submerging the entire piece in a bowl of hot water for several seconds. After a few seconds in a hot water bath, the device is removed and cooled for just a few seconds before inserting into the mouth. Once in the mouth, the user moves their jaw slightly forward, bites down and holds for several seconds while the mold cools. From here it is removed and dropped into a bowl of cold water which helps to cool and retain its shape.
While there are a lot of similarities between this device and several others on the market, Kudo is the only company that allows you to choose from 3 different products – one for mouth breathers, one for nasal breathers and one for those who tend to breathe using both methods. This is perhaps one of the most important decisions that one must make before making a purchase. This company has all of their bases covered when it comes to product selection.
Kudo Research vs. Ranir, LLC
There has been some recent controversy surrounding the Kudo Research (makers of the SnoreFighter) and Ranir, LLC, a Michigan based company who produces oral health care products. Ranir manufacturers a similar oral appliance and claims that Kudo has infringed upon their intellectual property rights. The complaint was filed on November 1, 2012, and the results of the case have not been made public yet.
This means that it is possible that the device will no longer be available in the future or will have to be redesigned before entering the market once again. As of August 21, 2013, the website is still live yet the price and ordering information contains a broken link.
Price and Guarantee
When initially introduced in 2009, the SnoreFighter was being sold for $34.99 + $6.00 shipping. Today the selling price is $39.98 + $7.00 shipping cost, bringing the grand total to approximately $47.00 shipped to your doorstep. The company does, however, offer a second unit for only $20 more which significantly drives down the overall price. Unlike many competitors who offer a 30-day money back guaranty, this one comes with an additional 30 days for a total of 60 days.
Over the years this device has received a great deal of feedback from customers who have used it. It is among the most popular products on the market and has been reviewed by many. In almost all cases, customers who purchased it were very satisfied with their buying decision and claim that not only is it comfortable but it also is very effective at eliminating snoring.
There are of course the 7% who did not have much luck making it work. The critics complain about chronic jaw soreness, difficulty molding the device and having issues keeping the appliance in their mouth the entire night. While these complaints are likely legit, such side effects are commonly seen with several other similar boil and bite mouthpieces on the market.
Actual consumer reviews speak the loudest when it comes to knowing the true effectiveness of a product. Here are a few bits of feedback that were left by actual customers who purchased and tried this oral appliance.
“I’ve actually tried both this one and the Pure Sleep. Both, (according to my wife at least!), worked well. I got the Snorefighter after the Pure Sleep got trodden on.” -Paul Goss
“I don’t own the snorefighter, but I’d just like to chime in here on what I see as a very reasonable price – if it works! –Micaela
“So, I saw that part of their mission statement is “Create Happiness” and I thought I’d review it. For me, it’s a 5 star mission statement.” -Peter
Having the ability to choose the type of piece based on your breathing habits is a key feature that sets the SnoreFighter apart from all others.
The boil and bite soft thermoplastic material allow you to create a custom unit in your home with only a bowl of hot water and a few minutes. Simply give it a quick bath in hot water, remove and create your mold – it’s that simple.
Comfort is also important as some companies manufacture mouthguards that are said to induce pain while wearing. With the SnoreFighter most agree that it is one of the most comfortable anti-snoring devices on the market. Since you will be wearing it for at least 8 hours every night, it is important that you are comfortable wearing it.
When it comes to price, the individually purchased unit is priced a bit on the high side at $35 but if you purchase a second one at $20, the average cost drops to $27.50 which is reasonably priced when compared to the available alternatives.
Although not as innovative as others that are available, it is still effective, affordable and comfortable. Plus you really can not go wrong with the additional 30 days that the company gives you to decide if it’s right for you.
Overall, this product is worth giving a go if would like to try a basic inexpensive mandibular advancement device. If you are more serious about using a MAD as a long-term treatment solution, you may want to think about a better designed and more comfortable device such as the Zquiet. You can read over my critique here for more information on this product.
The Zquiet is a lot more compact in comparison to the SnoreFighter and also does not need to be boiled in order to fit. In fact, it can be comfortably used without any modifications. I really like the hinged design which is a feature that is usually not offered by others. Their design makes it easy to talk without removing the device and even allows you to drink with the appliance still in your mouth.
Which mouthpiece should I buy?
The anti-snoring mouthpiece is one of the most highly effective stop snoring solutions available. With over 100 different products to choose from, deciding which one to buy can be challenging.
As a snorer and product reviewer, I have tried many of these devices and created a list of recommended devices that will help to make this decision much easier.Share This Post: