Have you seen the commercial for WaxVac, the device advertised as a way to safely clean your ears? After laughing a few times at the man screaming "ouch!" in the ad, we decided to ask if any of our readers had actually tried this product.
The campy commercial probably wasn’t designed to be humorous, though many people seem to get a kick out of it, particularly the man digging in his ears with a cotton swab who lets out a slightly exaggerated, “OW!” The ad was featured on a segment of E!’s The Soup.
Aside from the goofy commercial, we wanted to look a little further into this product, the company, and how the product works.
WaxVac.com is a relatively new website, registered on January 20, 2012. Their YouTube channel only added the commercial in October of 2012.
WaxVac costs $10 plus $6.99 processing and handling. They offer two WaxVacs for $10 plus $6.99 for each set, making it $23.98 total.
One YouTube commenter on a user-posted copy of the commercial stated, “It’s a gimmick does not work!” Ripoff Report has a few complaints about Wax Vac, with headlines containing such phrases as “piece of useless junk” and “rip-off.” The complaints there are primarily regarding the amount charged, and multiple orders being processed, with cancellation being difficult. We also found this reviewer who claimed, “I honestly didn’t have much luck” with the product.
And if you haven’t seen the commercial, it’s a rather silly piece of advertising entertainment that’s worth watching. Take a look at the commercial for yourself:
Here is a transcript of the WaxVac:
We all know we shouldn’t use cotton swabs to clean or dry our ears – they even warn us – but we do it anyway. (Man screams, “OW!”) Stop – there’s a better way. Introducing WaxVac, the safe and effective way to clean and dry your wears. WaxVac will help your whole family feel better and keep their ears healthier. Here’s how it works. Unlike cotton swabs which push dirt and harmful wax further into your ear, and can puncture your eardrum, (ouch!) Wax Vac gentry draws dirt particles and moisture out of your ear rather than pushing it in. There’s nothing else like it. WaxVac is quiet… listen. Safe. Its unique safety guard prevents it from going too deep, like an ear thermometer. And effective. See how gently it vacs water and dirt, leaving your ears clean and dry. You just empty it out when you’re done. Doctors everywhere warn against using cotton swabs to clean your ears. Dr. Kenneth Ackerman, MD: “Don’t use a cotton swab in your ear because it can cause significant damage.” No one likes water in their ears. Don’t pound your head – use WaxVac instead.
(Elderly lady) “I know I shouldn’t use cotton swabs to clean my ears. WaxVac seems like the perfect solution.”
(Young mother) “Sometimes cotton swabs hurt. If they like it, I love it.”
(Man) “What a great idea. WaxVac just makes sense.”
Stop using other ear cleaners that don’t work. And stop using cotton swabs that can damage your ears. (“OW!”) Call and order the WaxVac now for only $10. Every WaxVac comes with 8 soft color-coded silicone tips for every member of the family, and this handy cleaning brush free. It even has this powerful examining light. But wait! There’s more! Call now and we’ll double the offer. You get two WaxVacs complete with 16 color-coded tips and two cleaning brushes for only $10. Just pay additional processing. WaxVac is a gentle, safe, and effective way to clean and dry your ears. Don’t wait. Call now.
Updated December 30, 2013