About Smart Swab

It’s not exactly an appealing subject, but Smart Swab promises to deliver comfortable, safe, and easy earwax removal in an innovative new design. How’s it work?

Smart Swab consists of two parts: a long handle and a soft, spiraled, and grooved head. We’re told the head is designed to go the perfect distance into the ear canal, twist slightly, latch onto wax, and safely extract it, without causing any damage. Then, the touch-free tip pops off into the wastebasket, and replacing it with a fresh head is a snap.

It certainly seems like Smart Swab’s design is unique, but does this mean that it’ll work for you? Is it really “the best way to clean your ears while providing comfort and safety”? These are just a couple of the important angles we’ll address in this review.

What Is Earwax? Does It Need to Be Removed?

Earwax, also known as cerumen, is secreted by special glands in the skin in part of your ear canal. There, it’s intended to act as a temporary water repellent, protect against damage and infection, and clear the ear of dirt and other debris once it eventually dries up and naturally falls out.

In most cases, this process is self-regulating and doesn’t require interference. In fact, most earwax blockages are caused by accidentally pushing earwax deeper when trying to remove it, which can lead to temporary hearing loss, tinnitus, earache, and more. In other instances, someone may naturally produce an excess of earwax, requiring removal.

In almost every case though, your doctor won’t recommend digging around in your ear to remove wax. Instead, you’ll find many different methods online , including using mineral oil, hydrogen peroxide, or baby oil to soften earwax. Alternately, some claim to irrigate their earwax using at-home or over the counter methods and products.

In either instance, doing the wrong thing while attempting to remove earwax can cause pain and damage, so it’s best to play it safe and talk with your physician first.

What about Smart Swab? Does it occupy a middle ground between dangerous swabs and safer (but perhaps less effective) irrigation and softening?

Is Smart Swab an Effective Earwax Cleaning Solution?

Again, it’s important to reiterate two things before answering this question:

  1. Your body does a good job of naturally getting rid of earwax, so manual removal is rarely required.
  2. Even if removal is required, don’t attempt to do it using a swab or anything similar. Instead, talk with your doctor, who can safely and effectively remove any blockages.

These two facts alone—at least from a medical perspective—indicate that making an appointment with your doctor might provide more bang for your buck (no to mention safety) than giving it a go with a product like Smart Swab.

But as to the question, is Smart Swab effective? This largely depends what you mean. Will it remove more earwax at a single time than something like a Q-Tip? Perhaps. We’d worry that Smart Swab could push wax farther into your canal, though. And you’re still putting something into your ear, which isn’t recommended by professionals.

If Smart Swab’s inexpensive, though, it might be worth giving a try, right? Let’s talk more about this next.

How Much Does Smart Swab Cost?

One Smart Swab set includes 1 handle and 16 replacement heads, and is priced at $19.99 with free S&H. At checkout, you’ll be able to purchase a second set for an additional $6.99 fee.

All Smart Swab purchases come with a 30-day satisfaction guarantee, less S&H charges. If you purchased the BOGO offer, this means you could lose half of your refund in S&H.

To request a refund, you’ll need to call BulbHead (a division of Telebrands) customer service at 855-668-1655.

What Do We Know About the Company Behind Smart Swab?

Telebrands is the largest company in the ASOTV universe, having been founded by AJ Khubani more than 30 years ago. Since that time, they’ve released hundreds of popular products, including recent ones like Red Copper Pan, Ped Egg Power, Lazer Bond, and more.

In a lot of instances, the Telebrands’ customers seem to give the company’s products an average rating of 2 stars, usually based around complaints of poor quality/failure to work and less-than-stellar customer service. Granted, this is the most common feedback for all As Seen on TV products, whether from Telebrands or other manufacturers.

From a business perspective, Telebrands was investigated by the NJ Attorney General’s office a couple years ago for allegedly violating the Consumer Fraud Act. While they were never found guilty (nor did they admit any wrongdoing), the company ended up settling for a $550K cash fine.

Let’s go ahead and wrap things up, shall we?

Is Smart Swab a Wise Purchase?

Is there anything quite like Smart Swab? While you’ll find many other “stick-based” ear cleaning products available online and even at local retailers, we didn’t come across anything designed the exact same way—especially not with Smart Swab’s removable heads. Does this necessarily mean Smart Swab will work any better? This remains to be seen.

What we do know is that you rarely need to manually clean your ears, and even when this might be necessary, it’s never a wise idea to do it yourself or to stick a long object into your ear canal. Because of this, if you’re experiencing signs and symptoms of excess earwax buildup, such as trouble hearing, pain, or infection, we’d recommend speaking with your doctor first.

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16 Customer Reviews for Smart Swab

Average Customer Rating: 1.2
Rating Snapshot:
5 stars: 1 4 stars: 0 3 stars: 0 2 stars: 0 1 stars: 15
Bottom Line: 6% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Waste of money

    I purchased the product at Bed Bath & Beyond for $12.95 plus tax. I heard you call me stupid, but I had just been told by my doctor to have my wax removed. It does NO good. Terrible waste of money even at the $2.99 plus shipping charge by mail. I should have read these reviews before purchasing.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Horrible

    This is a waste of your money. It barely gets any wax out of your ears, and the white piece keeps falling off into your ear.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 7 out 7 people found this review helpful

    Absolutely worthless!

    • Minneapolis, MN,
    • Feb 17, 2017

    I have given this product a serious trial, but the soft rubber screw tip retrieved absolutely no wax. AND, the instructions say not to reuse the tips but rather use a fresh tip each time (this is known as Recurring Income for the company. Cotton Swabs, if used carefully and reasonably, are effective.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 8 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Bad product

    This product does not deserve one star, for it does not work and they should be ashamed to sell this product.

    When you insert it, it barely goes inside your ear, and when you twist nothing come out. It's not like I don't have any wax in my ears, it just doesn't work. No wonder it took me so long to make my decision that I wanted this product. The little twister pops off, and I tried it over and over, but it doesn't work.

    No, I would not recommend anyone to buy this product. I will tell them about how lousy of a product it is.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Waste of money

    Nothing, there was absolutely nothing on the spiral tip. I tried a couple of different times, but it did nothing. Save your money.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 15 people found this review helpful

    Correct usage provide good results

    • Iran,
    • Jan 26, 2017

    People are still not educated on the fact that earwax builds up around the outer part of the ear canal, NOT deep inside or next to ear drum!

    If you have ear wax blockage in your ear, it can be because of using a cotton swab, ear buds or finger that pushes earwax in the deeper part of your ear. In this case, you have caused yourself an "ear impaction" in the deeper part of your ear, which can only be cured by doctors through a medical procedure and irrigation.

    Smart Swab is a preventative ear cleaner for cleaning accessive ear wax that is naturally produced close to the opening of the ear, which you have not "yet" pushed deeper by putting a cotton swab in your ear. It says not put your ear on their box because they are not an ear cleaner.

    Ears are not supposed to be cleaned frequently, so if you use Smart Swab properly (once or twice a week), and before you already impact earwax with inserting improper things and expect a small to moderate amount of excessive ear wax, you will enjoy a cleaner ear with Smart Swab. This will be done without endangering your ear drum, and in a quick, comfortable and mess-free process.

    I personally have used it properly and timely and found it to be the only ear cleaner on the market that safeguards your ear drum while cleaning excessive wax without pushing it in deeper.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 12 out 12 people found this review helpful

    Don't buy

    • Adelanto, California ,
    • Jan 19, 2017

    Useless. It does NOT do anything at all, went in clean and came out clean. The biggest ripoff yet.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 14 out 16 people found this review helpful

    Useless. Does not work.

    • Dec 29, 2016

    I was anxious to try it but it did absolutely nothing. It went in clean and came out clean. I tried it several times. I read the directions over which is merely to insert in the ear, turn the direction of the arrow. But no wax whatsoever was removed.

    I should have used the earwax candles - that really does work. The only reason I didn't buy the candle was one has to be careful. I was shown how to use it in a holistic class and was amazed how well it worked. But there were other students there to observe the burning of the candle so nothing caught fire, etc.

    I recommend getting an ear wax candle but doing it with a friend or family member so they can watch as the candle burns down and make sure everything is safe. But the candle works very well. Unlike Smart Swab that does not work at all.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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    • Jan 10, 2017

      ANDY

      Did you get an email confirmation after you made the purchase on www.smartswab.com? I did not get an email or anything to confirm if I purchased it successfully.

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  • 23 out 24 people found this review helpful

    Send the money to a charity

    Do NOT waste your money on this product. We all tried it and got zip. As a matter of fact the head came off inside my ear so it almost turned into an ER visit. I bought this at Walgreens and will be taking it back today. Again, do NOT waste the money on this.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 23 out 24 people found this review helpful

    Total waste of money

    • Houston,
    • Dec 14, 2016

    This is a waste of money. The stuff is so big you can't get it in your ear to remove anything. I am totally disappointed that you did not test this product and see it didn't work. This is a zero rating.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 23 out 26 people found this review helpful

    Useless peice of junk!

    • Oklahoma City, OK,
    • Dec 12, 2016

    This is the most useless thing I ever bought! I was impressed by the tv commercial as my husband has severe earwax build up issues.

    The worst thing was that not only it doesn't work, a woman called from the company insisting she'll send me free diamond jewelry, which if I didn't like, I can return to a certain date.

    I refused that as I didn't want it but that woman kept on insisting. Oh my God, she became rude and I had to literally shout at her to please leave me alone and DO NOT send any jewelry!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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