Every non-parent who hears the name is grossed out. But it's the only aspirator that works. We've tried 2 others with our twins. I held out for a while because of the price, but considering the length of time until kids learn to blow their own noses, this is a worthwhile purchase. This is the only one that they allow near their noses when they're already miserable. In seconds, relief. The clear tube allows you to see what you're actually getting out of their noses. After that tube is a filter (with extras in the box - so don't throw them away!) and a long flexible hose, so the booger/snot never can get to your mouth.