About Smart Swab

By HighYa Research Team
Updated on: Feb 16, 2020

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 $12.99 along with $5.99 in shipping charges plus any applicable sales tax.

If purchased directly from the manufacturer's website, refunds will be considered if you submit a return request within 7 days after the receipt of the product. You can return your product for a refund, minus S&H if you discover that you received a defective unit.

You will also need to cover the cost of shipping it back. Promotional priced items cannot be returned.

Additionally, Smart Swabs are available at the following vendors at similar pricing:

  • Amazon
  • Walmart ($16.99)
  • Bed Bath & Beyond
  • Bulbhead

You will need to adhere to each vendor's unique return policy.

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, speak with your physician first.

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  • 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

  • Complete waste of money

    • By Amy,
    • Sep 12, 2016
    • Verified Reviewer

    Total waste of money, worthless.

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

  • Regret purchase even before receiving it

    • By Debbie,
    • Tulsa, OK,
    • Sep 28, 2016
    • Verified Reviewer

    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

  • Doesn't do anything, falls apart.

    • By Diana,
    • Oct 11, 2016
    • Verified Reviewer

    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

  • Does nothing

    • By Lynne,
    • NJ,
    • Oct 16, 2016
    • Verified Reviewer

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

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

  • Useless peice of junk!

    • By Mary,
    • Oklahoma City, OK,
    • Dec 12, 2016
    • Verified Reviewer

    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

  • Total waste of money

    • By Irma,
    • Houston,
    • Dec 14, 2016
    • Verified Reviewer

    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

  • Send the money to a charity

    • By Lisa Kronus,
    • Key West, Florida,
    • Dec 16, 2016
    • Verified Reviewer

    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

  • Useless. Does not work.

    • By Star,
    • Dec 29, 2016
    • Verified Reviewer

    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

  • Don't buy

    • By Crystal,
    • Adelanto, California ,
    • Jan 19, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    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

  • Waste of money

    • By Amie Porter,
    • New York,
    • Feb 5, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    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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