Does the WaxVac Really Work?


Does the WaxVac work?If you’ve seen the WaxVac ad on TV you are probably wondering if this mini vacuum cleaner for your ears can actually do the job. Proper aural hygiene is often overlooked compared to keeping other body parts clean, and many times it’s easy to forget about the ears for stretches of time. But this gadget is positioning itself as a way to stay on top of the task. So does it work?

Overview
The ears are one of the trickier body parts to keep healthy because there is so much conflicting advice on how to keep them clean. Some say you shouldn’t use a cotton swab at all because all you’re doing is impacting the wax and making it stick to the inside of your ear more. Others say that ear wax is the body’s way of protecting the ear from dust, dirt and other debris, so you should leave it alone and just take care of any wax that makes it out of the ear canal. And still others recommend ear wax removal systems that break up the wax and flush it out.

The Claim
The makers of WaxVac claim that this is a safer way to rid your ears of water and dirt than using a Q-Tip. They repeatedly point out that you’re not supposed to put a cotton swab in your ear canal, as this can puncture your ear drum and cause severe damage.

The Hype
This has it’s own 30 second spot on TV that exaggerates just how dangerous it is to use cotton swabs in your ears by showing a guy jam one into his ear and then scream “Ow!”. Most of us aren’t as inept as this, but there is still the possibility of going too deep when cleaning out your ears, as there’s no reliable way to tell where your eardrum is without doing damage.

The Cost
Your total comes to $24 and includes two WaxVac units. This is sold on the classic buy one get one free just pay shipping, which keeps the price down for the actual unit, but jacks up your total price. It also means that if you take them up on their offer you’ll only be getting back the $10 that it technically costs. It’s always a red flag for us when it costs more to ship a product than the product costs. By the time you ship it back to them as a return, you’re still going to be out $20 for nothing.

There’s also the possibility of being overcharged for the unit, with several complaints being filed that allege they charge more for shipping than what is stated. There’s also one user that claims they were charged nearly $100 for a deluxe upgrade. There’s still no confirmation that anyone was successfully able to return or cancel an order.

The Commitment
You’d want to use this everyday if it works. That would keep water, dirt and debris from accumulating in your ears. It appears that it would be just as fast if not faster than using a cotton swab, so it would save you a bit of time, but it would also be more effective, so it would really be cutting down on your level of commitment to ear health and hygiene.

Evaluation
There’s been a lot of debate over ear candling as to whether it works or not. This is supposed to create a vacuum in the ear canal as well and remove all of the gunk that has built up. But one of the criticisms is that it wouldn’t be safe for you to create a vacuum in your ear, as this could be just as damaging to your ear drum as puncturing it would be. The WaxVac is using the same concept of sucking out water, and although they say it’s gentle it’s still possible that you’d suck up more than just water if you don’t use it properly.

Final WaxVac Review

This is getting our Thumbs Down rating. There are a few areas of concern, namely that you’re taking all the risk in trying this because of the way the pricing structure is set up. Also, we’re not exactly sure that doctors would recommend using suction on your ear canal, and this seems to be just as risky as sticking a cotton swab too far. In addition to this there are several reports that they overcharge during the ordering process, and they say orders have been shipped when they haven’t.

Our Recommendation
You’ll need to determine which approach you want to take to cleaning your ears, but so far suction doesn’t seem like a winner. Although it seems like it should work, and claims to be a safe and effective way to clean your ears, we’re skeptical and were unable to find anyone that says they had a good experience with it.

What do you think? Does WaxVac work or not?


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Carrie January 26, 2013 at 4:31 am

I was only charged the $24 or $25 that it cost. I received it today and it did take a few days after it said it was shipped before it actually shipped. It does vacuum out the water, but I have yet to see it vacuum anything else out of the ear. I know they offered a ear saline solution to help loosen stuff, but you shouldn’t need it if it did it’s job correctly.

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DerekL February 16, 2013 at 5:42 am

Using cotton swabs after a shower to dry your ear canal can actually be pretty dangerous. I once suffered ear infection for it and I had to pay several visits to the doctor to have it healed. But I don’t know about waxvac either, to me it seems like it could potentially be more dangerous than cotton swabs. It looked great for a second, but I might have to do a little more digging before I decide on purchasing it.

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Random idiot January 25, 2014 at 1:23 pm

Lol digging for earwax

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Pearl May 21, 2013 at 11:41 pm

Wal-Mart sells the WaxVac. I saw it at its As Seen On TV aisle (duh) by the cash registers. I never really cared about it until my dad visited and made a big deal about wanting to buy it. So I decided to buy it. It was $10. I tried it out as soon as I got home. It didnt work. I even dug a bit of wax from my ear with my pinky finger (gross, I know) and tried to vacuum the wax off my finger, the wax didnt budge. So its a piece of crap. Spend your $10 elsewhere.

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Anne M July 24, 2013 at 5:02 am

thanks, exactly what I wanted to know

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Frank Wright June 22, 2013 at 3:51 pm

We had the same experience as others. The WaxVac could barely suck up water so how could it suck out the wax. It’s a joke
and we took it back to Walgreens for a refund.

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Sabrina August 10, 2013 at 3:09 am

Bought it at Walmart too after trying it nothing came out except blood the next day followed by pain I went to the drs now I have an ear infection …..stay away from wax vac .

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lynnette March 20, 2014 at 4:03 am

this shit don’t work I want my money back. I’ll stick to q-tip it does the job better.

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Jerry April 16, 2014 at 1:36 am

I was wondering if it worked or not…glad to read about it here before I made me decision.
I use a small ear spoon I bought while in Thailand. I am not sure they sell them here in the
US. I follow it with a good ol Qtip. They stay clean as a whistle!

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