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4 stars for the concept and results, less for this productFeb 04, 2009
By B. Edwards
I wavered whether to give 2 stars or 5. I decided on four to encourage ANYone to use sinus irrigation using this method vs anything else out there I know about (and I have used them, all, neti pot, sinus surgeries, squeeze bottles, etc)
I would give THIS product 2 stars because there is some serious price gouging going on here. Save yourself about $65 and get a water pik, which is what this thing is. Seriously. Nothing more, and in fact I noticed that the water pik company has started adding sinus adaptors with some of their kits.
BUT, considering what this unit has saved me from, I am compelled to give a high score here.
I know for a fact that using this thing multiple times a day EVEN IN THE START/MIDDLE of a sinus infection, can get rid of it. You have to be dilligent though and do it EVERY day, several times a day (at least twice probably), for several days though. And that is a pain, but it's either that or the inevitable antibiotics which I try to avoid. And with this bad boy, I can avoid that more than half the time I feel an infection coming on.
Also, here's a tip to save further money. Don't pay for the little pre mixed packets...mix your own and save a lot of money. The ingredients are literally salt and baking soda. The "higher end" packets come with Xylitol (which I swear by for sinuses, and highly recommend you use it when you rinse), which is so easy to just buy these days. You can buy a big packet of Xlitol sweetener for about $6 I think and add it to your rinse.
Anyway, back to topic:
Beyond 5 stars for this type of sinus irrigation (there really is NOTHING else that compares), but no need to pay the premium for this unit when a regular water pic does the same thing (with the proper tip on it)
1. This thing is loud, messy and pretty cheaply made.
2. The water container leaks when you shake/swirl it (recommended to mix the solution with the warm water)
3. The tongue "tool" is a gimmick imo.
4. The switch on the unit's wand is very uncomfortable to use, and when it's wet, I find it's hard to turn on and off.
My unit is still running after...1.5 years of pretty heavy use and I have yet to do the vinegar cleaning they recommend you do every once in a while.
BUT I faithfully rinse the thing well after every use, so there is no salt residue in the system when I'm done. I think the people complaining about these not lasting might not be doing the proper cleanup after using.
Having said all that I HIGHLY recommend this or any similar unit for anyone with sinus trouble OR anyone that appreciates the feeling of a clean sinus. It really feels great to me for several hours after I do this.
Hope that helps some people.
EDIT: As of 11/30/11 still going strong! I have yet to clean it per the instructions, (not the tip, the whole vinegar thing), but after every time I use it I fill the tank with about a cup of water and run it through with the machine running. Seems to clear out the salt solution fine. Not at all saying you shouldn't clean the thing, just that I am very slack, yet the unit continues to operate normally even if it's not cleaned with something other than water.
Also, some additional tips I have learned over the years...if you are reading this review, you will likely find the following "special" ingredients helpful.
In addition to one pre-mixed saline packet (I buy the local pharmacy brand of 100 for convenience), I put the following in my rinse:
A little bit of Alkalol (look it up here on Amazon)
A liquid budesonide postule (need a Rx for it, but it's dirt cheap and generic, and is much more effective than using nasal steroid sprays as this gets IN your sinuses) or 2 if I am really congested
If I think I am getting or have a sinus infection, I will also add:
2-3 drops at MOST of GSE (Grapefruit seed extract, also see here on Amazon) POTENT stuff...be careful here...no more than a few of drops!
1/4 of a packet of Xylitol
These things combined together provide a POWERFUL anti-inlflammation/anti sinus infection solution that is safe to use even on a regular basis (not sure I would use the GSE more than once a day though). Hope that helps someone...it's taken me years of reading and experimentation to find something that is up to battling my constant sinus issues.
164 of 169 found the following review helpful:
Lacks LongevityAug 11, 2008
By College Counselor
I am a convert to the idea of nasal irrigation, having previously used a waterpik with a nasal adapter for several years. There is no question that nasal irrigation can alleviate sinus problems. I decided to try the Grossan Nasal Irrigation System and found the pulsation an improvement over the waterpik. The Grossan provides more control over the strength of the stream of water. HOWEVER, my Grossan began to link around the 8th month of use and completely failed 29 days after the one year warranty. Considering that the Grossan is close to $100, I can't recommend it. It is too expensive when it fails in so short a time. Another reviewer mentioned that he had gone through two Grossans in a relatively short period of time. I took the Grossan apart after it failed to see if there was any way I could fix it. The motor is not well protected from any water seepage which suggests to me that once it begins to leak through the bottom, its days are limited.
83 of 88 found the following review helpful:
Works, but is the cheapest, worst made piece of junk I have ever owned.Apr 27, 2009
By James A. Hall
This thing works great. It clears out the stuff in your sinuses and has been the only thing that brings me relief from sinus congestion.
That being said, it is, without a doubt, the cheapest piece of junk I have ever owned. And I've owned FOUR of these puppies. I've never had one last more than a year, and yes I follow all the instructions, using distilled water and flushing the system out after use. At $100 a pop, that gets expensive.
They inevitably start leaking all over the place, and once that happens, the motor burn-out will occur shortly after. I never would have bought more than 2 if I wasn't so desparate for it.
There appear to be other nasal irrigators on the market now. I have not tried them, but after throwing $400 at the Grossan over the last 4 years, I am going to try something different.
So to sum it, it works well, but is almost guaranteed to fail on you with any kind of regular use. Be prepared.
22 of 23 found the following review helpful:
Works great but doesn't last longMar 24, 2009
By Kim Kaprielian
I have had two of these machines. When I first used it, I was impressed by how much more I liked it than using a bulb syringe. It is much easier to get my 13 yr old son to use it than the syringe as well. I can really tell a difference when I use the machine and when I don't. I also think that it has helped me limit my sinus infections - before I got more of them and they were much more painful. Now, if I happen to get an infection (usually stemming from a cold I caught from one of my kids), at least its not as painful. I really like this machine when its working.
The machine can be a bit tempermental though. The first one I got was good for about a month & a half, then it seemed to struggle with pumping the water (only at the beginning, once it got going it was fine). It seemed to deteriorate as time went on until it would not work at all. In all fairness, I did not do the vinegar flush every week as in the instructions (although I flush it with tap water after every use). I also mix my own solution of simple salt and baking soda becaue the solution they recommend is way too expensive and my solution seems just as good. But the company was good enough to replace it free of charge under the warranty when it failed completely after about 4 months.
The second machine seemed to work much better, although it could also be that we figured out some of its secrets (I never add salt or baking soda to the compartment while the reservoir is sitting in the machine - I'm guessing it may just leak into the machine even before you fill it with water). Unfortunately, this machine has now "burned out" after about 14 months fo daily use.
A little unscientific, but I think that this machine is not really built to last much longer than that. I have sort of reconciled myself to the cost of the machine and compare it to the costs of feeling a bit better and having less sinus problems. Its a bit on the costly side, and I wonder why anyone can't make a little more durable machine (another post happens to mention that the motor is not well insulated from the solution that is pumped through the machine, leading to corrosion - which makes perfect sense to me). It's just that right now, this seems to be the best alternative for me and my family.
Great machine if you are willing to pay for the lack of durability.
34 of 39 found the following review helpful:
Lifesaver for sinus sufferers!!Nov 25, 2006
By R. Samuels
I suffered for years with chronic sinusitis. I was on antibiotics for the better part of an entire year. I even had my tonsils removed to help with the throat infections I was getting from my sinus infection. Then, I found this miracle product in a magazine my allergist gave me. I was supposed to be irrigating my nose with a small spray bottle that my doctor had given me, but it was a little uncomfortable to use and really didn't do a good job of washing things out. As a last resort, I ordered the Grossan Hydro Pulse hoping maybe it would do a better job. Boy did it ever! It is easy and comfortable to use and it really cleans things out. I use a solution of distilled water, salt, and baking soda (homemade). I felt some relief almost instantly. I cannot tell you how the quality of my life has improved over the last 31/2 years that I have been using it! I sleep better at night because I can breathe, I don't have constant nasal drip, I don't keep sinus and throat infections, I have 10 times as much energy(I don't have that rundown, tired feeling all the time from keeping an infection), I catch colds about 1/4 as often, and I am no long regularly taking flonase. I am not 100% cured, because if I stop using it regularly I still have sinus drip which can lead to an infection if left unchecked, but it helps me manage my sinus problems and I feel 1000 times better!
I would highly recommend this product to anyone who has chronic sinus problems. You will be amazed at what a difference it will make. It is a great investment (and inexpensive compared to buying sinus medications every month).
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