The SalinPlus Salt Therapy machine takes a fresh and unique approach to addressing snoring. Using the benefits of salt, this device promises to reduce congested airways that can cause snoring. It also promises to clear the air and help with many other respiratory conditions.
About the Company
The SalinPlus device was created by a chemist from Romania in 1999. The founder of Lion Healthcare, Barry Colgan, discovered the device while he was visiting Ireland. He was so taken with the product that he went to Romania to meet the inventor and quickly obtained licensing to sell the device in Australia and New Zealand.
Lion Healthcare was created in 2011 and is based in Perth, Australia. The product was first sold in Western Australia in 2012. They began their campaign with a 60-day money back guarantee, intending to change the policy after a short time, but the rate of return was so low that the policy stands today.
This machine quickly became popular all over Australia, and in 2017 they secured exclusive distribution rights for Canada and the United States. The home salt therapy machine has been featured in the Australian media and has a huge number of positive reviews.
A Closer Look
The SalinPlus device uses “Dry Salt Therapy,” which is most often found as a specialized treatment option in day spas. It mimics the benefits found in natural salt caves, which have been recognized since the 1800s as beneficial for respiratory conditions.
The salt from this device is sourced from the famous mine in Slanic Prahova in Romania, which is the largest rock salt mine in Europe. The mine is a destination for thousands of travelers who come to use the salt rooms in the health spa within the mine.
The machine has two main functions. The first is the micro-crystalline filter. The device draws air through this filter, which is made of salt and other minerals. The filter removes nasty allergens from the air; such as pollen, mold, and residue from pets and dust mites. Breathing cleaner air promotes a restful sleep as well as eliminating possible causes of congestion.
The second unique function is to send out breathable particles of natural rock salt, which are tiny enough to enter the airways and penetrate the lungs. The machine emits around 0.1 g of salt every 24 hours, and only 0.1 mg of salt is actually inhaled, which barely contributes to sodium intake. The crystals enter the lungs and help to widen airways, prevent inflammation and provide anti-bacterial benefits to the body.
The device is available online or in some pharmacies (especially in Australia). The filter does need to be replaced every 4-6 months, and the replacement cartridges are available from the same retailers.
It’s important to remember that while hundreds of customers report that this product has helped them, it is not intended to be used as a replacement for the advice given by your physician. Do not discontinue other treatments without talking to your doctor – however, salt therapy is completely natural and safe, and can be used as a therapy to complement other medications.
How Does This Device Reduce Snoring?
Many anti-snoring products address snoring caused by relaxed muscles blocking the airways. However, the SalinPlus is intended for another cause of snoring – congestion. Nasal congestion and restriction of the airways due to mucus and inflammation can cause people to snore, and most other devices are not able to correct this problem.
If your snoring is due to the tongue or soft palate falling back to block your airways, this product might not be the right solution. However, if congestion is the cause of your snoring, most other anti-snoring devices are unable to help. If you’re not sure, the company has a 60-day money back guarantee, so you have little to lose if you decide to find out for yourself.
How Is It Different?
Most other snoring products are devices designed to change something about your body – Mandibular Advancement Devices (MADs) pull your jaw forward, anti-snoring pillows change your head position while you sleep, Tongue Retaining Devices (TRDs) pull your tongue forward to stop it falling back.
This product simply addresses the root cause of some breathing difficulties by cleaning up the air and improving airways. Respiratory illnesses can disturb sleep and cause snoring, but the SalinPlus device addresses inflammation in the airways, providing an outcome that other snoring devices can’t.
There are a lot of salt therapy devices available and lots of different anti-snoring devices, but not many products that do both. This device is the answer to addressing both problems.
How to Use The Salin Plus Device
This product is intended to be used every day (or night) for at least 8 hours. The machine is plugged into a power source, and the fan turned on to the desired level. The airflow should be directed over the sleeping surface, to help the particles to be inhaled.
Some people notice an increase in mucus production over the first few days, but that indicates that the device is working to clean your airways. After a few nights, these symptoms should settle down, and you will begin to notice the difference, although some users notice an improvement in their breathing from the first night of use.
The device breaks off tiny particles of the salt, so after 4-6 months the filter will need to be changed. You will still see the large salt crystals that make up the filter, but the invisible particles that are small enough to be inhaled will have been used up.
The machine and filters should not be used or stored anywhere damp or with high humidity. This device is not intended to only be used once a person has already become ill or congested; it should be used long-term to help treat and prevent these illnesses from occurring.
The SalinPlus was trialed in 4 separate clinical studies for children and adults with asthma, cystic fibrosis, rhinitis and otitis media, before being brought to Australia.
It also won the Gold Medal at the 51st World Exhibition for Innovation, Research, and New Technology in 2002 for the innovative way it was able to deliver salt particles to the respiratory tract.
Later, Lion Healthcare took a survey of almost 400 Australians, with the results showing that 94% of customers would recommend the product to their friends and family.
It is also allegedly recommended by over 1,000 Australian pharmacists and 30,000 customers.
The website states that the product is registered with the FDA, CE, and TGA as a Class 1 Medical Device.
I had been led to believe that snoring was caused by problems with the structure of my mouth, jaw, and tongue during sleep, and the idea of congestion and inflammation playing a role didn’t occur to me. When I heard about this device, I was interested to see if it would work for me.
The price was a bit daunting, but I was reassured by the return policy. I bought mine online, and it was delivered quickly and efficiently. It was very easy to use, like a small desktop fan. I plugged it in and turned it on (the filter was already in place), adjusted the fan strength, pointed it towards my sleeping area and started getting ready for bed.
While I felt that the air had changed somehow, it wasn’t very noticeable. I slept easily and peacefully. On checking my snoring app, I found that my snoring had reduced by a small but noticeable amount, which was quite impressive as I was not using any other devices.
I was very impressed with the reduction, although personally, I would feel more comfortable using another device at the same time to get the maximum anti-snoring benefits. However, I slept better, the air I breathed was cleaner, and the machine has the potential to prevent or reduce any other respiratory illnesses I might have. It was a positive experience.
Price and Warranty Review
The SalinPlus device costs $199.95 on the website at the time of writing, not including any discounts you might find. Postage is free for orders over $50, as long as the customer is located in Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the U.S. Other countries have a flat rate of $65 to have the product shipped.
This machine does come with one filter cartridge included, but the filters need to be replaced every 4-6 months. Each filter costs $54.95, which would qualify the four countries mentioned above for free shipping.
While expensive, this product does have a 60-day money back guarantee, if you decide the product is not suitable for you. While this offer was only intended to be offered while the device was new on the market, Lion Healthcare found that less than 1% of their products were returned, so the offer remains.
While you can return the SalinPlus device, you must use the product as recommended for a minimum of 30 days, and it cannot be returned before 30 days after purchase. If after 30 days you wish to return the product, it will need to be in its original condition and original packaging, and you will receive a full refund.
You cannot return it later than 60 days after purchase.
This machine also comes with a 2-year warranty.
Pros and Cons
- Reviews. The vast majority of customers on every available review site seem to be very happy with their purchase.
- Satisfaction rate. According to Lion Healthcare, customers report a 94% satisfaction rate, with less than 1% of customers returning their devices.
- Natural. Uses only salt and natural minerals to filter the air and reduce congestion.
- Multi-purpose. Suitable for a wide range of respiratory complaints, as well as helping reduce snoring.
- Well made. The machine is a high-quality product made by a legitimate company.
- Easy to use. Simply plug it in and turn it on.
- Treats only congestion-related snoring. While that’s great news if your snoring is mostly due to inflammation, it won’t fix other causes of snoring.
- Side effects. Some people report dryness in the mouth and throat.
- Expensive. Although a great device, the price can be off-putting for some.
- Ongoing costs. The filters need to be replaced at least twice a year, which will add to the long-term cost of using the device.
As well as being able to reduce snoring, the SalinPlus improves air quality and helps widen the airways, which promotes better breathing and reduces symptoms for a wide range of conditions.
This device is worth trialing if your snoring could be caused by congestion, or if you have other breathing issues as well as snoring. While the unit is expensive, it also performs a range of functions that hundreds of people say helped them breathe easier.
With the money back guarantee, this product brings something new to the anti-snoring market that is definitely worth investigating for yourself.
My Rating: 3.5
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.