• Free Clinical Support
  • Independent dial system
  • Easy to use and hold
  • Free domestic shipping
(29 customer reviews)


About The Breather

The Breather is the first drug-free, evidenced-based Inspiratory/Expiratory Respiratory Muscle Training (RMT) device used by COPD, CHF, Dysphagia, and Neuromuscular disease patients, as well as everyone interested in healthy aging and feeling their best. It trains both inspiratory and expiratory muscles independently. Clinical benefits of RMT include improved dyspnea, peak cough flow, laryngeal function, QOL, vent weaning, and speech and swallow performance.

After launching the original Breather for therapeutic use in 1980 and helping almost 1 million people to improve their quality of life, our therapists went back to the drawing board to make The Breather even better. Now with increased mouth comfort and easier inspiratory/expiratory dial control, The Breather is the #1 Best Selling Respiratory Muscle Trainer (RMT).

Medical Benefits

The Breather is the #1 Best Selling Respiratory Muscle Trainer (RMT).
  • Strengthens:
    • Inspiratory muscles: diaphragm, external intercostals, accessory muscles of neck.
    • Expiratory muscles: internal intercostals, abdominals.
  • Promotes diaphragmatic breathing.
  • Generates improved airflow through vocal folds.
  • Reduces shortness of breath.
  • Improves blood flow to resting and exercising limbs
  • Helps in movement of hyolaryngeal complex.
  • Improves respiratory support for safe swallow function.
  • Improves protective cough and assists in airway clearance.
  • COPD

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29 reviews for The Breather


    The product works ok nothing to get excited about.

  2. Sam313

    You need to go to the product’s website in order to use this product. You will not be able to properly use it without watching the video. Additionally you need to watch the assistance video that shows you how to properly breath when using this product.

    I had to watch the video several times until i got the proper technique down. However, if you do this once a day you will be able to get used to breathing the proper way without having to keep watching the video.

    Once you get used to it. This really does help increase your breathing. I worry about the product breaking. It is made out of plastic and i fear if you drop it, it might crack. I am not trying to test that theory out but that is a reason I scored this product on the low side. That and the fact that the written instructions are not enough to be able to figure out how to use this product.

  3. donald w. calkins

    This device, if used daily, will help you to relearn how to breathe properly and effectively.. To strengthen my lungs and diaphragm and become more conscious of a bad habit of shallow breathing.

  4. AD

    I like this product but it has no case. You need to buy the case to protect it. That’s an extra $12.99 It’s must buy, the case.
    Also to clean it, not the best. I also like thst there is videos online on how to use it right.

    I’m gifting this to person that was smoker.
    And i might get one for myself.

  5. Randall R. Broad

    Lung Exercisor…no fuss, no muss, no plug-in’s necessary. Helps to exercise your lungs to keep in proper working order. Can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t benefit regardless of your lungs condition. Mine are compromised…with the bad air and all the masks we’re having to wear, this helps to keep ones lungs in tip top shape.

  6. Lila

    I am not sure if it is better than an incentive spirometer, but it seems to work as long as you practice using it correctly. I feel like the incentive spirometer gives you more of a challenge and a visual eye on how deeply to exhale vs using this device. But it is easy to use and set and easy to clean – and small and more portable than an incentive spirometer, so those are all benefits.

  7. Chancedad

    Great for asthmaI purchased this for some who has severe asthma as a tool to help strengthen her lungs. So far it does seem to help her if she uses it early in the morning and in the evening before bed. She’s still dependent on her rescue inhaler but hopefully in time this product will help to reduce her reliance on the medication. I’ll keep this review updated as time goes on.

  8. Amazon Customer

    Medical use device. I have purchased this device to review it for an educational project. I will not speak to how this device may or may not improve my lung functionality as I did not purchase this device for personal medical necessity. I can tell you that there is a definite increase in resistance as the dial(s) are increased. After reviewing clinical studies, it appears that this device may benefit some disease processes, possibly resulting in an increased quality of life. If you consider purchasing this device due to a disease process that The Breather claims to benefit, make certain to review this with your physician. There are consequences for those that this device is contraindicated.

  9. Diana Cefalu

    Individualize your own treatment. This tool is wonderful for increasing your lung strength and capacity. The ability to gradually increase the resistance separately on the inhale and exhale allows you to personalize your therapy no matter what purpose you are using it for.

  10. Sherri Johnson

    This is very easy to use. Speech therapist suggested this and it’s perfect to help with therapies and lungs. Easy and Great Product

  11. Tanya

    It is so easy to use. I really like ” The Breather” because it’s small and simple to use, and after using it for a couple of days I feel that it is working to strengthen my Diaphragm, I made the purchase because I have Parkinson disease which affects all your
    muscles , the muscles that help with ones voice, and how it projects, and the muscles that help with swallowing .

    it’s going to help keep my lungs clear, as I continue to age.

  12. lois Eddins

    The breather is easy to use and clean. It was recommended by my 96 year old Dad’s Dr to help exercise his lungs. I may purchase one for myself! 👍🏻

  13. Shanti

    I recommend this product. Good product. Definitely helps my lung issue.

  14. Baskaran S.

    Very effective for heart ailments, sleep apnea and lung conditions.

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  16. Jack K.

    After reading several articles related to controlling hypertension with breathing exercises, I purchased this device to see if it would work for me. Simple in concept and easy to use, It lowered my SBP (systolic blood pressure) by about 5 points with the very first use. After using it twice a day for two weeks, my blood pressure was nearly ideal… all without pharmaceuticals. Of course, everyone is different and you shouldn’t stop your meds or rely on this thing without consulting with your doctor but, for me, it works.

  17. Virginia May Gray

    I have been a respiratory therapist for 37 years. I do pulmonary rehab now in skilled facilities. I use the breather for COPD and PTS with dysphagia. With time i see their sob decline and ability to ambulate further. I also instruct use to help with anxiety that prevents PTS from doing pursed lip breathing.

  18. Michael Siers

    I’m end stage emphysema, 23% lung capacity.
    I began using the Breather about a month ago and have seen tremendous results.
    My endurance is much better, I don’t use my oxygen as much ( hardly at all during the day) and my over all breathing is better .
    I would highly recommend the Breather to anyone with respiratory problems, it’s been a game changer for me !

  19. Hana Abdul

    This is good an alternative to breathing therapy. I’m a smoker and it helps.

  20. Marta Zick

    After a particularly bad COPD flare up, I thought I would be stuck with oxygen therapy 24/7. My physical therapist son brought this to me. in 4 days, I was so much better. I only need oxygen therapy at night or exercise. I feel the medication actually reaching my lungs. a bonus my blood pressure has lowered. changed my life. THANK YOU BREATHER

  21. Great Holistic tool

    I used it when I had bronchitis to help my lungs. You don’t realize how much you are struggling until you use it.

  22. Robert Basler

    I have COPD and purchased The Breather to strengthen my diaphragm muscles. I have significantly improved my breathing by using it every day. It also helps to empty your lungs of phlegm which makes breathing so much better. I have and will continue to tell people about how great this product is. Thank you so much. It is worth every penny!!

  23. Janice Hullemeyer

    I bought this for my son, who had a positive case of Covid19. He used this daily to exercise his lungs. He has thankfully recovered, but, will still use The Breather to continue to strengthen his lungs. Thankful I bought this for him!!!

  24. Love

    I bought this product to help improve my breathing. I have been vaping heavily for a few years and I can only imagine what damage it has done to my lungs, trying to quit and salvage my health before coronavirus hits. It is simple to use and I have already seen improvement in my breathing in the few weeks I’ve had the product. It teaches you to breath deeper, even while not using the product! Idk how this is even possible, but I noticed that the product forces me to use muscles in my chest, abs, neck, and face that I don’t typically use when breathing my normal lazy, shallow breaths. For smokers and vapers who are trying to quit, while this won’t help with your nicotine addiction, it definitely will satisfy your desire to draw on a cigarette/vape! Whenever I crave a bit of my vape, I’ll do 10 long inhalations and exhalations instead and it definitely helps curb the vape craving!!!! Additionally, the breathing exercises are helpful for those who are interested in the calming/meditative feelings brought on by proper breathing. Sometimes it’s hard to focus on your breath when faced with anxiety or when trying to meditate, this product makes it so much easier! For those reasons, I can see myself using this product even long after improving my lung function and quitting my vaping addiction. I would recommend this product to anyone looking to improve lung function or anyone interested in improving their meditative breathing technique.

  25. Victoria Bella

    I have COPD and suffer from chronic lung infections. My resting oxygen saturation rates have been around 82 without oxygen. I have been using the breather consistently and my oxygen saturation are at 84. The good news is my resting oxygen saturation is not going down but up. I will be grateful if I can maintain the current resting saturation rate without oxygen. It is imperative that I build up my lung strength.

  26. Sam313

    You need to go to the product’s website in order to use this product. You will not be able to properly use it without watching the video. Additionally you need to watch the assistance video that shows you how to properly breath when using this product.

    I had to watch the video several times until i got the proper technique down. However, if you do this once a day you will be able to get used to breathing the proper way without having to keep watching the video.

    Once you get used to it. This really does help increase your breathing. I worry about the product breaking. It is made out of plastic and i fear if you drop it, it might crack. I am not trying to test that theory out but that is a reason I scored this product on the low side. That and the fact that the written instructions are not enough to be able to figure out how to use this product.

  27. Christopher Lindsay

    As a chronic asthma sufferer since childhood, I bought this to help strengthen my diaphragm as I’m reading that Covid weakens the respiratory system. After 1 week I can feel my diaphragm muscles as being a bit sore from the exercise, so I think it’s working!

    The iPhone app is just okay. Cumbersome to use and the dashboard seems to be lagging behind by one treatment or more. I do LOVE the timer that shows you when to inhale/exhale to help you pace yourself. I’m hoping it’ll also tell me to change my index number as it’s getting easy to inhale/exhale thru it.

  28. Margery Ellsworth

    I did a lot of research on respiratory training devices for hypertension, shortness of breath when exercising, blood oxygen level and general health (all of which are big issues for me). Ended up choosing The Breather. Ordered it on Amazon a few days ago and received it a couple of days ago. Used it once and found that there was now a seam between the top and bottom halves. They were still connected but was a gap between them. Turns out I am able to use it anyway (though am a bit nervous about doing so). Have updated my rating to reflect that it is still useable. Giving 4 stars and not 5 because it doesn’t seem very sturdy. However, I really like the design – especially the ease of use and the fact that it’s for expiratory as well as inspiratory training, the links to studies on the website documenting the benefits (in the footnotes), the excellent and helpful training videos (have watched the Foundational Protocol video several times), the reviews citing health improvements in areas I am hoping to improve, etc. Am hoping that it will make a big difference in my health. Have actually ordered more of them in case this one stops being usable and so I have backups. Also love that it was created by a female therapist and the people in the training videos were women. Loved that they mentioned this is a tool used by speech language pathologists (my sister is a SLP). Am retiring soon and want to get started on improving my health now so I can really enjoy my life after retirement! Very happy to have discovered this and am really hoping the 2 additional units I purchased work (and are a bit sturdier…).

  29. Amanda

    I was recommended this to help with lung capacity. I am 35 with the lung capacity of an 80yr old. I have yet to see how well it works from long term use. It is easy to use, clean, and the instructions are simple. Be warned! In the instructions it says not to bite down, well i did to hold it in place and the next day my jaw was killing me. I have never had jaw problems before. Almost a yr later and my jaw still hurts. I ended up being diagnosed with TMJ. This required doctor visits and an injection. None of which my insurance covers. So make sure you don’t bite down. I tried it again this evening, but this time I did not bite down and if I wake up with jaw pains again I’ll update my review. I will say about 20 minutes after using it I have crackling in my jaw, but no new pains yet.

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Tech Specs

HEALTHY ADULT RANGE: -243 cmH2O to +126 cmH2O
SETTINGS: 6 Inspiratory, 5 Expiratory
DIMENSIONS: 129 x 43 x 46mm
WEIGHT: 1.6 oz
USE: Single User Device

Return Policy

The Breather is a single patient use device. As such, returns of working devices are not accepted.

PN Medical, Inc. (“PN Medical”) warrants that its “The Breather” products (“Products”) will be free from manufacturing defects for one (1) year from the date of purchase. This warranty applies only to Products that were purchased from PN Medical or a PN Medical-authorized retailer, unless otherwise prohibited by law. PN Medical Products are legitimately sold only by authorized sellers who are required to follow PN Medical policies, procedures, and quality control standards. PN Medical reserves the right to reject warranty claims from purchasers for Products purchased from unauthorized sellers, including unauthorized Internet sites. This warranty does not cover any defects due to normal wear and tear, damage due to misuse, alteration to the product, or negligence.

Purchasers of Products who wish to make a warranty claim based upon a Product defect should call 877-414-4449. PN Medical will repair or replace a defective Product that is covered by this limited warranty or will refund the purchase price of the Product at PN Medical’s sole discretion.

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