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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  • 9 out 10 people found this review helpful

    Does nothing

    • NJ,
    • Oct 16, 2016

    This product does absolutely nothing - don't throw your money at it!

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

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  • 11 out 12 people found this review helpful

    Doesn't do anything, falls apart.

    I bought the Smart Swab because my doctor told me I have too much earwax. I totally regret spending my money on this. I have never been able to remove any earwax, and often the tips fall off. A complete failure for me.

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

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  • 22 out 23 people found this review helpful

    Regret purchase even before receiving it

    • Tulsa, OK,
    • Sep 28, 2016

    I got an email a couple of days ago saying my purchase had been shipped. This morning I got a phone call thanking me for my purchase and informing me that they were sending me some free earrings as a thank you and a matching pendant that I could have on a trial basis.

    I told the woman on the phone NOT to send anything other than what I ordered and paid for.

    We had an unpleasant discussion before I finally hung up on her.

    I really regret this purchase already and haven't even received it yet.

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

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  • 23 out 26 people found this review helpful

    Complete waste of money

    • Sep 12, 2016

    Total waste of money, worthless.

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

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  • 57 out 57 people found this review helpful

    Scam

    My ears itch all the time so I was excited about getting this product. However, the unit does nothing as the swabs are too big to go far enough into the ear and are much harder than they need to be. It didn't extract a thing from mine and I am sorely disappointed. I feel they know this and that's why there are all kinds of disclaimers, waivers, etc. included in the package. They also call you with other supposedly free offers whereby you only pay for shipping? Give me a break! I will never deal with this company again.

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

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