Getting great sleep is essential for your physical and mental wellbeing. There are many reasons why someone might not get a good night’s sleep.
In my search to find the best anti-snoring products, I have found that while some products are designed to help you with a range of sleep problems, you really need a targeted anti-snoring device to get the best results.
The Intevision Foam Wedge Pillow is a great option for correcting bad sleep habits and helping manage different conditions that might stop you from getting a good night’s sleep, but is it the best to stop you snoring?
I tested it to find out.
A Closer Look at The Product
This product is a wedge-shaped pillow that is much thicker at one end than the other. The dimensions are 26” x 25” x 7”, which is very large for a pillow. It is designed for the sleeper to rest their head at the larger end of the wedge, with the rest of the pillow propping them upright and supporting their neck and shoulders.
The wedge is made from two different layers: A base layer of firm polyurethane that makes up the majority of the pillow’s size and weight, and a 1.5” layer of memory foam on top. The layered design has built-in channels to allow airflow, which makes it a cooler, more comfortable and a more hygienic option than other similar products.
The pillow is available with two different inclines – the smaller and therefore gentler incline is 7.5” at its highest point, which was high enough for me. If you prefer a steeper incline to make your head and shoulders more dramatically lifted, you have the option of a 12” incline.
The pillow comes with a machine-washable cover, and you can purchase more on eBay if you find you’re using the pillow often. You can even get a 400-thread count, 1005 Egyptian cotton case if you like a bit of luxury – I was happy with the standard case!
Besides lifting your head, you could also use the wedge pillow to lift your legs or support your trunk while sleeping. While these extra options might be useful to some people, they won’t help you stop snoring, so I won’t focus on those areas.
How Does It Work?
There are so many positive reviews around for this product that I had to try it. On closer inspection, many of the reviews have nothing to do with snoring but are about other sleep-related issues like neck and back pain. Still, enough people mention using it to help their snoring that it was worth looking into.
The wedge-shaped design lifts the head and neck up but keeps the back and shoulders supported. Sleeping on an incline is thought to reduce many sleep-related concerns, like acid reflux, snoring, and complications from allergies. The slope of the pillow is designed to help keep your airways open, which should reduce snoring.
The polyurethane main layer is firm and helps the pillow keep its shape, while also having anti-allergenic and anti-dust mite properties that help allergy sufferers and make the pillow a more hygienic option. The memory foam layer creates a comfortable surface that also allows air to circulate.
Is It Effective?
This pillow has a U.S. Patented design, and the rating on Amazon is over 4 stars, with hundreds of positive reviews. But it isn’t necessarily the best anti-snoring product, or suitable for everyone.
The wedge pillow will not work for people who sleep on their stomachs.
Sleeping on your side is a good option, but many people find they wake up on their back, which can be a bad sleeping position for snorers.
Some people have said that their snoring was reduced using this pillow, but often their snoring was due to nasal issues or allergies, which is not the most common snoring problem.
This pillow does seem to have helped some people but is clearly not effective for everybody.
Price and Warranty
This pillow can be bought from a range of retailers, but I was unable to find a manufacturer’s website.
I bought mine on Amazon, where it costs $45.95, with an optional extra pillowcase costing $16.95.
Shipping was free. No special warranty periods or trial periods seem to apply for this product.
The price is not excessive for an anti-snoring aid but is somewhat expensive for a pillow – so you would want to be reasonably certain that this wedge pillow would help your snoring before you made the investment.
Pros and Cons
- Spine support. The wedge shape supports the head, neck, shoulders, and back.
- Design. The product has been well designed, using high-quality materials.
- Dual layer foam. The polyurethane base is firm and supportive, with the comfortable memory foam on top.
- Air circulation. The foam layers allow air to circulate, providing a cool and hygienic pillow.
- Incline. The incline has been shown to help people breathe at night, especially with conditions like nasal drip.
- Special case. You will need to get a specially fitted case – one does come with the pillow, but if it gets lost or damaged, you will have to purchase an additional pillowcase from the manufacturer.
- Moving during sleep. Some reviewers said they slipped down the pillow, and it’s easy to sleep on your side but wake up on your back, which is unhelpful for snorers.
- Needs to be aired. The pillow does have an unpleasant smell when it arrives and will need to be aired out.
- Not much information about the manufacturer. The product sells through a number of channels, but it’s very hard to get information about who makes it, where it is made and what materials they use.
- Not specifically anti-snoring. The wedge pillow does help with some unpleasant sleep conditions, but it isn’t specifically targeted towards snorers.
My Personal Experience
I ordered the pillow from Amazon, which was a simple process and it arrived quickly.
The pillow was vacuum packed, so after I cut the packaging, it took quite a while to expand to full size.
It did have an unpleasant smell when it came, but I made sure to air it out, and within a few days it had gone.
When the wedge had expanded to full size, I put the pillowcase on and placed it on my bed.
I was quite amazed by how big it was. On lying down, I really did notice the incline.
I chose the 7” incline so the 12” option would be even more dramatic.
I found it very comfortable to lay on my back, but I knew that wouldn’t be the best sleeping position for my snoring.
The First Night.
I found it quite strange to get used to a gently inclining pillow instead of the traditional round shape.
I put my head at around the highest point and laid down on my side.
It took me a while to go to sleep, but that was more due to the strange feeling of a different pillow design.
I woke up once or twice during the night, and each time realized that I had moved onto my back.
The second time, I put an extra pillow behind my back to stop me rolling over. That seemed to work a bit better.
In the morning I checked my snoring app, and found that my snoring had slightly decreased, but not by very much at all.
Nights 2 – 5
I kept using the pillow for another few nights and didn’t get much better results for my snoring.
I did find some neck pain I usually feel after sleeping had reduced, but I was interested in a product to help my snoring.
I ended up combining the wedge pillow with a MAD and a pillow to stop me rolling over in my sleep and had great results.
However, as an anti-snoring device, the wedge pillow did not do enough on its own to justify the purchase.
If you are looking for a pillow solution to your snoring, a smart pillow is a much better choice.
Built specially to help combat snoring, these pillows can sense when you start to snore and make gentle adjustments to help you stop snoring.
The wedge pillow is a great idea in theory, but most snorers will need additional help to effectively reduce their snoring.
From my personal experience, I can recommend checking newer anti-snoring solutions, such as smart pillows, the Nitetronic Anti-Snoring Pillow is one of the better smart snoring pillow products on the market.
While it might be more expensive than the InteVision foam wedge pillow, it is specially designed to target snoring, so your money is well spent.
If you are specifically looking for a wedge pillow, InteVision has made a good option. If you are looking for an anti-snoring device, a smart pillow like the Nitetronic is a much better investment.
My Rating: 3.3
Which Product Should I Buy?
With well over 100 products on the market it can obviously be quite daunting to decide, “Which one?”
To help ease the decision process I have created a comparison chart where you can effortlessly assess each product and its features, price, pros and cons. I have also written several detailed reviews for those devices that I believe to be leading products.
If you would rather not spend a lot of time reading reviews, please take a look at the article linked here: My Mouthpiece Recommendation. It’s a list of three products which I believe, based on my extensive experience, are the best options available to people who suffer from snoring.