Updated: June 4, 2015
Neti Pot ReviewsIf you suffer from allergies, odds are you have at least heard of the neti pot. Oprah made this device very popular within the last year as she had Dr. Oz on her show and he demonstrated how to use the neti pot to clean out your nasal passageways. Allergy sufferers watched the TV show and immediately made the neti pot a top selling item which sold out in many stores. My wife is a big proponent of alternative medicines and she would rather use something like the neti pot than take Flonase or other drugs designed to stop "stuffiness" of your nose. The nose bidet, or neti pot, is a simple looking device that is intended to flush out your nasal cavity of pollen and allergens. It's considered a type of nasal irrigator, but neti pots are not easy to use no matter what the experts say. Those that are able to get the neti pot to work, do say they are happy with the results and do find some nasal relief. What should you look for when buying a neti pot?
Let's begin by saying neti pots are made from different materials such as plastic, ceramic, copper, and stainless steel. They each have advantages and disadvantages over each other. A ceramic neti pot doesn't have any true advantages over the rest but it does have some disadvantages. The pores on the spout could hold bacteria from being in your nostral and over time this is not hygienic. Ceramics are heavy and holding the pot up to your nose along with 8 ounces of water is not that easy when trying to maneuver it just right. The The Himalayan Institute Neti Pot is a ceramic style which some people prefer and it sells for about $35 (with Neti Pot Salt and Neti Wash Plus bottle). Plastic neti pots are the cheapest and the lightest. Since they are virtually unbreakable they are great for traveling. The Rhino Horn Neti Pot ($16) is a popular plastic model which has a different shape than the rest of the pots and gets indifferent reviews from owners. Some say it doesn't hold enough fluid to get a thorough rinse while others say the plastic tip is uncomfortable on their nose. The Copper Jal Neti Pot Medium gets mixed reviews with some owners saying the tip is too small to get a good "seal" when you tip the pot and let the water release into your nasal area. Stainless steel neti pots are perhaps the cleanest and most hygienic and several experts say they are the perfect size holding up to 16 ozs of water. They cost about $25 on Amazon.com and consumers say they work great and are "easy to clean". We found 2 excellent websites that will give you the necessary background details on neti pots and how to use them effectively. Jalanetipot.com has a great comparison chart on neti pots and sections on how to, common problems, and empirical data. Sinus problems are a big health issue for many Americans and many of us are reluctant to spray some chemical into our nose to get the relief we truly need. The Himalayaninstitute.org is the ultimate website for learning about sinus cleansing systems and nasal irrigation health benefits. Amazon.com sells lots of the neti pot products and offers the most relevant consumer feedback in this area. Each product has been reviewed by several people with sinusitis and you can read up on what works and what doesn't. We also read a recent article in the Wall Street Journal on neti pots and they too mention how hard they can be to learn how to use effectively without feeling like you are "drowning" in water. Overall, the opinions of sinus sufferers is positive now that the neti pots have become a mainstream treatment. You can browse the nasal irrigation products and neti pots online here.