Your pillow is one of the most important items to help you get a restful and snore-free sleep. There are innumerable types of pillows in the market, but when you start talking about anti-snoring pillows, there are two that stand out in the field: the Nitetronic goodnite™ Anti-Snore Pillow and the Smart Nora pillow.
I’ve tested each of these pillows and compared them here to give you my take on each pillow and which one I think is the winner.
Both the Smart Nora and the Nitetronic pillow use the same technology and concept to prevent snoring. When the pillow detects snoring sounds, each pillow gently inflates by 2-3 inches for a short period.
This change in pillow position causes the sleeper’s head to adjust slightly upward and then lower while the pillow deflates. By changing head position, both pillows give the snorer a breathing reset, which eliminates snoring for 5 to 30 minutes.
This inflation and deflation process repeats itself throughout the night as the pillow detects snoring sounds. The inflation in each pillow is gentle enough not to wake the snoring sleeper.
Each pillow uses a different method to detect the snoring sounds. The Smart Nora uses a small device, called a Pebble, that can be mounted on your headboard, wall, or sit on your nightstand.
It is wireless but does require charging for power. The Nitetronic pillow uses sensors that listen for snoring. These sensors are built into the custom pillow. Both pillows have advantages and disadvantages to the type of sound sensor they use.
The method these two pillows use for inflation is also different. The Smart Nora uses the Air Tube, which is a pillow insert that works in conjunction with your existing pillow.
Getting to use your current favorite pillow, instead of adjusting to a new pillow, is a big bonus to the Smart Nora pillow. The Nitetronic is a custom inflatable pillow, with sensors built in. It is a hard pillow, which at first is a little uncomfortable and it can take you some time to adjust to the feel of it.
Unlike the Smart Nora, the Nitetronic pillow connects to two apps (Nitelink and Nitelink2) via Bluetooth to help track your snoring levels and head position.
The Nitetronic goodnite™ Anti-Snore Pillow was very easy to use and had a simple and straightforward setup process. You plug the pillow into the closest outlet and connect the pillow to the two apps via Bluetooth.
The two companion apps (Nitelink and Nitelink2) are useful for tracking your head position on the pillow and capturing the sounds of your snoring. If you need to use additional anti-snoring devices while sleeping you can use the apps to see if they are effective in reducing your snoring.
Ordering the pillow is very easy, and with the SnoringHQ discount, costs $220. The Nitetronic is a hard pillow, so it does take some time to get used to sleeping on it, particularly if you are used to sleeping on a softer pillow.
Unlike the Smart Nora pillow, there is no delay on the inflation, so it might inflate when you are talking to your bed partner right before falling asleep.
You can adjust the goodnite™ pillow’s sensitivity settings using the Nitelink2 smartphone app. The pillow is designed to respond when three conditions are met: snoring detection, snoring vibration and head position. It shouldn’t react to any surrounding sound like fans or air conditioners.
The Smart Nora Pillow was an easy to use pillow that put a stop to my snoring with little effort on my part. It was relatively easy to set up, although it did take me a couple of nights to find the right sensitivity setting.
The Smart Nora uses an Air Tube, which is an inflatable pad that goes underneath your personal pillow. I did find that if the Air Tube is not positioned precisely underneath your pillow, it will not reposition your head properly when it inflates.
The first couple of nights the pillow did inflate based on extraneous sounds in the room. Because the pillow picked up other noises in the night, if you are a quiet snorer, this pillow might not be the best solution for you because the pillow is likely to be activated by other noises in the room.
Unlike the Nitetronic, the Smart Nora has the Pebble. The Pebble has a microphone built into it to detect snoring and communicates with the Air Tube to inflate when triggered. I found the Pebble to be one more item to keep track of among my electronics that I must keep charged.
It needs to be charged every 5-7 days, which I found to be a little too frequent. The Smart Nora has a delayed start to its sound detection, allowing you to talk to your spouse (or yourself!) before you fall asleep without triggering the inflation.
The Smart Nora regular cost is $300. Often, they run promotions and as of May 25th, 2017 the price was $259. You do need to test the pillow 7 to 14 days but it is returnable up to 30 days if it does not work out for you. Nora has a 30-day, 100% money back guarantee policy. They even pay for the return shipping label.
After extensive testing of both anti-snoring pillows, we’ve determined the Nitetronic goodnite™ Anti-Snore Pillow to be the clear winner.
A combination of price, warranty and features clearly indicates the Nitetronic provides the best value for your money. As of May 26, 2017, the Nitetronic is less expensive than the Smart Nora.
We found the technology for the Nitetronic goodnite™ much easier to understand and use. The inflation on Nitetronic is also quieter. Depending on how often you snore at night, quieter inflation could mean the difference between a restful night of sleep and one that is constantly interrupted.
The ability to use the Nitetronic apps for iPhone or Android makes it more attractive to potential users also.
The only downside to the Nitetronic is that it is not quite as comfortable as the Smart Nora. It took a few nights to adapt to it.
The Smart Nora requires some set up of the base and continued charging of the Pebble. The Nitetronic only requires plugging the pillow into the closest outlet and connecting it to the companion apps via Bluetooth.
The availability of the Nitelink and Nitelink2 apps for the iPhone and Android add a lot of value to the Nitetronic pillow. Both apps provide quality data on your sleeping patterns.
The Smart Nora anti-snoring pillow is not for sale on Amazon.com by the manufacturer. Any Smart Nora’s devices that are for sale on Amazon are either used or re-conditioned units, and may no longer be under the manufacturer’s warranty. Products sold as used may be defective or faulty.
We recommend that you purchase the Smart Nora directly from the official Smart Nora website only.
Before you purchase the Smart Nora on eBay, be sure to review the seller's refund policy. Ask the seller questions about item condition and defects. The Smart Nora has many electronic and mechanical parts that can stop working.
Since the Smart Nora may not work for all types of snoring, many buyers need to sell the device after the refund policy is expired. You can find a good condition, quality Smart Nora on eBay at a discount with careful shopping and due diligence.
The Smart Nora anti-snoring pillow is a complex anti-snoring pillow, and our recommendation is to always buy directly from the manufacturer's website.
Before deciding to purchase, read our reviews of all anti-snoring smart pillows.
The Smart Nora snoring device retails for $300 USD. It is available directly from the manufacturer only and is usually on sale for $279.00.
Since the Smart Nora is usually on back order of up to eight weeks, there are no discounts available.
There are currently no available coupon codes for the Smart Nora.
Be sure to read our review of the TOP RATED Nitetronic goodnite ™ anti-snoring pillow.
You can buy a discounted Smart Nora on eBay, but we caution against buying a used device, which may be faulty or no longer under the one-year warranty.
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The Smart Nora Anti-Snoring Device: Review and Complaints
In my quest for a decent night’s sleep, I have tried almost every anti-snoring remedy, mouthpiece, and contraption on the market. I classify the Smart Nora system as a snoring pillow but it really is a standalone system. Most snoring devices, such as the ZQuiet Mouthguard, work by manually adjusting the position of the head or jaw to alleviate snoring, usually by opening the airways. However, with the advent of modern technology, a new generation of smart, and more sophisticated, anti-snoring devices have been born - but are they any more effective than traditional methods?
It was time to find out, so I tried the Smart Nora Device. This clever piece of technology boasts some impressive reviews online and offers a solution that tracks your snoring throughout the night, only coming into effect when your snoring is at its worst.
How Does It Work?
The Smart Nora Device comes in two parts, a Pebble that sits on your bedside table, and a pillow insert that you insert into your pillowcase. The Pebble is fitted with a microphone that monitors your snoring throughout the night, and when it detects sound above a certain volume it sends a signal to the pillow insert via Bluetooth. This causes the insert to inflate, elevating your head a few inches and opening the airways. In theory, this allows for a smoother passage of air, reducing vibrations in the throat and allowing you to sleep soundlessly. The sensitivity of the Pebble can be adjusted depending on how big a problem your snoring is, making this the first anti-snoring device I’ve come across that offers a tailored service.
This is unlike anything else I’ve tested out before, so I was keen to give it a try.
I ordered my Nora device online, and delivery was swift (good start). I noticed that Nora has a 30-day return policy, which is reassuring.
I was worried that this was going to be complicated to set up, and it is. I connected the pillow insert to the Nora base, before plugging the Nora base into the wall and inserting the Pillow insert under my pillow, inside the case. I didn’t see anywhere in the instructions that the Pebble was to be charged for a few hours prior to use, which can be done by plugging it into the Nora Base using the USB cable included. The lights on both the Pebble and main box are a little confusing. The instructions don’t state clearly where to look for these different status lights.
After two hours, I unplugged the Pebble, switched it on, adjusted the sensitivity settings (decided to start on ‘high’) and my Smart Nora Device was ready for a test run. There was a Bluetooth button to try and test the pillow inflation, but I had to push that several times before it inflated. Maybe the connection needed to be established first. I tried several other times after that and it didn’t work.
The first night was a moderate success, although external factors twice activated the Pebble - once by my wife getting up, and once by the sound of our house heater coming on. I reduced the sensitivity the next night, and that did the trick. It does take a little trial and error to find the optimal settings for this device. I am not a consistent snorer, and find that I am at my loudest only at certain stages of my sleep cycle. The device successfully detected these periods of heavy snoring and inflated the insert, which was quiet and gentle in its action. This did wake me up on occasion, though not every time, and I suspect that this was down to how deeply I was sleeping at the time of activation. On the occasions when I was woken, however, it wasn’t a major disturbance, and I could get back to sleep quickly.
Of course, the real test was whether it worked to stop my snoring. The answer (courtesy of my tests using the SnoreLab app) was yes. That few inches of extra elevation do help. The device activated quickly, inflating the pillow insert as soon as my snoring hit higher decibels. I haven’t tested putting the Pebble mounted on my headboard. There is a self-adhesive sticker on the back of the Pebble – and the Smart Nora instructions say to place the Pebble about four inches away. This would help pick up the lighter to moderate snoring and improve accuracy.
Overall, this could be an effective snoring remedy for you, as well as being a pleasingly nifty bit of technology.
The best part of the Smart Nora, in my opinion, is the lack of invasiveness. This allows the Nora to be combined with other snoring solutions – such as an anti-snoring mouthpiece.
If you haven't already, be sure to read my entire review of the anti-snoring pillow that is my #1 choice, the Nitetronic goodnite™ pillow.
What really sets it apart from its competitors is the lack of intrusiveness of this device, which allows you to doze off undisturbed, and enjoy a sound and restful sleep. Smart Nora can be purchased at their official website.