Navage Nose Cleaner Review: Is It Legit or Hype?

By Derek Lakin
HighYa Staff

Pull, don’t push! This is the main idea behind Navage Nose Cleaner, a self-proclaimed “game changing” nasal hygiene system that can help you breathe better now—and forever.

Instead of pushing water through your nostrils like most other cleaning systems, Navage Nose Cleaner works by using gentle powered suction to help flush out everything from microscopic particles and pollen, to dust and environmental pollution. Not only will you breathe better without drugs, but Navage can also eliminate the fuss and mess you might find with other products.

And with Navage’s SaltPod capsules, you’ll experience a soothing, refreshing, perfectly balanced saline rinse every time, without having to worry about pre-measuring. You might even reduce your snoring!

Regardless of whether you’re thinking about using Navage Nose Cleaner only when needed, or are planning to use it several times per day, is it really everything it’s cracked up to be?

Let’s start by looking at what causes nasal congestion.

What’s Causing Your Nasal Congestion?

Like pain (and many other medical conditions), long-term nasal congestion is more of a symptom than a cause. The causes of congestion, however, are many and include:

  • Bacteria and viruses (e.g. common cold or flu)
  • Allergies
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Hay fever
  • Environmental pollutants
  • Medical conditions, like nasal polyps and deviated septums
  • … and more.

With this in mind, even if Navage Nose Cleaner works exactly as advertised, it will only temporarily relieve your congestion, but won’t address the underlying cause.

As such, we’d strongly recommend visiting your doctor, who can recommend treatment options based on your specific diagnosis.

Is Nasal Irrigation Safe for Everyday Use?

There are some clear advantages to using nasal irrigation systems like Navage Nose Cleaner, since they can flush away accumulated mucus and help you breathe better. And in general, these devices are completely safe.

However, in order to prevent possible infection, the FDA recommends only using filtered, treated, or processed water. This can help avoid any bacteria, protozoa, and amoebas that might be found in tap water.

Also, keep in mind that how often you should irrigate is up for debate and can vary between patients. For example, the American Association of Family Physicians claims that you can do it twice per day as part of your normal routine.

On the other hand, WedMD writes that irrigation doesn’t just flush out mucus, but also “very important immune elements that are the first line of respiratory defense against infections,” including “beneficial antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral agents.” In fact, the article cites one study where participants’ nasal health actually improved after they stopped regular irrigation.

So, before you go overboard with products like Navage Nose Cleaner, you might try irrigating only when you have symptoms, and then proceeding from there. Just be sure to use filtered water!

Speaking of which, is there anything else out there quite like Navage Nose Cleaner?

Other Irrigation Systems Like Navage Nose Cleaner

According to the company, Navage is “the world’s only nasal irrigator that uses powered suction.” Is this actually the case?

In short, it appears so. Yes, there are thousands of different nasal hygiene systems available, and hundreds of them are powered, but none of them use suction like Navage.

Here’s the catch though: Navage’s manufacturer doesn’t provide any clinical evidence showing that its suction provides any better results than traditional methods like neti pots. We didn’t locate any clinical evidence elsewhere online, either.

Yes, since the saline solution doesn’t pour out of your nostril, Navage Nose Cleaner will almost certainly be less messy. But this doesn’t mean you’ll achieve more thorough results—but you will spend more money.

Exactly how much does Navage cost?

Navage Nose Cleaner’s Price

Navage Nose Cleaner will cost you $49.95 plus $7.95 S&H. If you spend more than $100, you’ll receive free shipping.

There are also other products sold on the Navage site, including:

  • SaltPod Packs: One or two 30-packs are priced at $14.95 each. If you buy three or more, you’ll pay $9.95 per pack.
  • Drying Rack: $14.95
  • Travel Case (Black or Teal): $19.95
  • Replacement Silicone Nose Pillows (pair): $6.95
  • Replacement Nasal Dock: $9.95

All Navage Nose Cleaner purchases come with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges, as well as a limited one-year parts and labor warranty against manufacturing defects.

In order to request a refund or process a warranty claim, you’ll need to call (800) 931-7828.

We’ve talked about the Navage system a lot already, but what’s up with these SaltPod packs?

What’s the Deal with Navage’s SaltPod Packs?

If you’ve searched online for powered nasal irrigation systems before, you almost certainly found ones that used pre-measured salt packages. Just insert them into the appropriate place and turn on the machine, which will automatically mix it with water and create a perfectly balanced saline solution.

According to the product’s website, Navage’s SaltPods contain only pure sea salt and purified water, which mix to yield “isotonic saline of 0.9% w/v sodium chloride when its contents are mixed with 7.8 ounces of water.”

Yes, this will almost certainly be more convenient than mixing your own solution, but you’ll pay for this convenience. For example: If you paid $14.95 for a 30-pack, each pod will cost you about $0.49. If you paid $9.95 per pack, each pod will cost you $0.33.

Sure, this might not sound much, but if you’re using your Navage Nose Cleaner 2-3 times daily, this can quickly add up.

Navage Nose Cleaner’s Customer Reputation

At the time of our research, there were 34 customer reviews posted on the Navage website, with an average rating of 5 stars. There, common compliments cited ease of mess-free use, better breathing, and solid design. Despite this positivity, more than one user mentioned that it takes some getting used to.

Canada.com featured a quick video review of someone who had never used a nasal irrigation system. Overall, they found that Navage Nose Cleaner definitely helped them breathe better (and even gave it a “big thumbs up”), but repeatedly mentioned that it was “very uncomfortable.”

Outside of this, there weren’t any online reviews of customers who had actually used Navage.

From a company perspective, Navage Nose Cleaner is manufactured by RhinoSystems Inc. based out of Brooklyn Heights, OH, which had an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau with no closed complaints (as of 10/22/15).

Our Bottom Line on Navage Nose Cleaner

Nose irrigation has been used for thousands of years to help people breathe better, and it seems like Navage Nose Cleaner has brought the process into the 21st century by using gentle suction.

But the key here is that there’s no clinical evidence showing mechanical suction can provide better clearing than traditional methods like neti pots. Yes, Navage will be slightly less messy than other methods, but only you’ll be able to decide if this benefit is worth the extra money—especially when you consider that Navage will cost you between $0.33 and $0.49 per use.

Our recommendation? Talk to your doctor first. Then, try less expensive irrigation systems from your local pharmacy.

If you find you’re not getting the results you want, then Navage Nose Cleaner might present a solid option for helping you breathe better.

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Average Consumer Rating: 3.8
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 18 4 star: 3 3 star: 0 2 star: 1 1 star:  7
Bottom Line: 72% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 2 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Don't buy it!

    • Massachusetts,
    • May 6, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    This product is not working. After 35 attempts and countless repositioning, it does not work. All it does is for sale even the one nostril that pulls out as soon as you remove this so-called neti pot. I can see how this would work with somebody less congested but then so does a $2 Vicks inhaler. Do not buy this product - it is not worth the money, it does not work.

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

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  • 7 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Suction failed after first use.

    • Wisconsin,
    • Mar 27, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    Suction failed after first use. The company sent me a used replacement that had a used pod in it. The one they sent me also didn't work. I bought it at CVS. I like the idea, but I am leary about how long it will last.

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

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  • 7 out 7 people found this review helpful

    Well made

    • Ohio,
    • Feb 15, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I got mine a year ago because of constant sinus issues. Once I started to use this Navage I haven't had to take any sprays or meds to breath. I called for a service issue and it was handled and fixed over the phone. Need more out there.

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

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  • 15 out 24 people found this review helpful

    Product never worked, even after following their YouTube video.

    • New York,
    • Jan 2, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I bought this product in the summer of 2018 at CVS, and I decided to open it today because the inside of my nose gets very dry inside, etc., and I put product together just the way it says in the video on YouTube because the manual didn't cut it for me.

    I did what it asked for to do and the product doesn't work. I used new Energizer ultimate lithium and put it in right, went to the YouTube video, to their troubleshooting video, and followed their steps and this product still doesn't work. And the start button is not practical and not friendly on consumers fingers. All the hype, but nothing to show for it, $90+ gone out the window.

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

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  • 18 out 20 people found this review helpful

    Works great!

    • Louisiana,
    • Nov 13, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I have allergies, and my sinuses stay blocked most of the year. I've been using the leading nose sprays for many years and was dependent on using them to breathe. Since I started using the Navage sinus irrigation/nose cleaner, I actually breathe a lot better! I'm on a CPAP machine at night and I usually use the Navage right before bedtime and after I wake up in the morning. So far, I'm a lot less dependent on nose sprays, which saves me a lot of money. My opinion is, it works for me!

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

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  • 26 out 28 people found this review helpful

    Best device ever

    • San Francisco, CA,
    • Nov 2, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I am over seventy years old and have had nasal congestion and post nasal drip all of my life due mainly to a deviated septum. When I was a young adult, I had surgery to correct the problem, but it did not work. As a result, I have been taking decongestants like Flonase for years but still was breathing mainly through my mouth.

    I had never tried nasal irrigation before, so I cannot compare other methods to Navage. I saw an ad for Navage on TV and decided to try it out. As I stood in the check out line at the pharmacy, another customer came up to me and exclaimed that it was the best thing she had ever found to clear her nasal passages.

    There is a learning curve to its use, but if you carefully read the detailed instructions, you should find it works perfectly after a few uses.

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

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  • 14 out 17 people found this review helpful

    Awesome nose cleaner

    • Spring Valley, NY,
    • Sep 24, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I'm a chronic allergy sufferer. I've used different products. This one is by far the most expensive, but it's less messy. I love it. It is also extremely easy to use...at least for me.

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

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  • 21 out 23 people found this review helpful

    Great product for sinus suffers

    • Tennessee,
    • Sep 21, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I used this twice a day for three days, and I can breathe much better now. My wife says I don't snore as much now. I was having a lot of draining in my throat, to the point it was waking me up at night. It is much better now. Thank you Navage for a great product.

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

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  • 17 out 20 people found this review helpful

    Good, but with caveats

    • Columbus, OH,
    • Jul 15, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    One of the first things I noticed is the Navage is cleverly designed to force you to use up those cartridges. I am fighting really bad allergies right now and I need to run two or three fills of water before I can breathe through both nostrils.

    The instructions say the cartridge system is designed so you cannot feel the shock or discomfort or whatever of running straight water. And it seems like they've done a good job of stopping you.

    Except you CAN run straight water. Here's the hack. Leave your last used cartridge in there. Then run warm water over the back of the lid, over the lid hinges. The water will seep into the tank. You can run a cycle or two on straight water, then a final cycle with a cartridge. With my passages clear, I immediately inhale a nasal spray type anti-allergy treatment.

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

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  • 26 out 51 people found this review helpful

    Works ok at first, then not, doesn't work, no way change the battery

    • Willmar, MN,
    • Jun 19, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    It is a ripoff. I don't fully understand how it works. I tried for two times and it worked, then I tried the third time and it doesn't work anymore. The product has no way to change the battery. What a piece of crap.

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

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  • 24 out 45 people found this review helpful

    Horrible

    • New Smyrna Beach, FL,
    • Jun 14, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    This thing is a big waste of money. It does nothing to help breathing. Don't waste your time or money. My nose runs worse after using. Again, don't waste your time or money. Sorry, sorry, sorry is the best way to describe it.

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

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