The Nano X2 Recharge hearing aid looks like a familiar model. At the same time, it’s not the model that Nano advertises the most (and advertise, they do). The Nano CIC was a big disappointment, not to say a rip-off. But we can’t judge an entire family by one bad apple, so we’ll start this review for the Nano X2 with a (somewhat) clean slate.
As always, I’ll judge the X2 Recharge by taking you by its key features, see how well it works overall, and discuss its downsides. Then we compare the Nano X2 to similar hearing aids and give you a buying advice based on all that information. Sounds good? Thought so. If you just can’t wait for the final verdict, I’ve got a visual summary at the bottom of this post.
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At first sight, there aren’t any truly distinctive features. The Nano X2 is a now-standard pair of rechargeable hearing aids in a charging case. It features dual microphones, it’s the new standard small size, and it gives you 23 hours per charge. The charging case will recharge your hearing aids up to three times before you need to charge the case.
Who is this hearing amplifier for?
The Nano company is one of the big advertisers. That in itself isn’t bad. As I’ve shown in my hearing loss facts, only 14% of people who need hearing aids, actually wear them. People need to know about the best affordable hearing aids, and if advertising helps, let’s do it. The Nano X2 Recharge seems to be aimed at people who want affordable hearing aids, but don’t want to do a lot of research. A quick comparison learns that comparable models can be about 35% cheaper.
How well do the Nano X2 Recharge work?
Not there’s much wrong with the X2 Recharge. It has four program settings, noise reduction technology, dual microphones, and feedback suppression. You know, all the standard stuff you shouldn’t have to do without. The battery life is above average with 23 hours.
The charging case carries three charges, which is a little below average. It also doesn’t have some of the extra features that let you know the battery life.
You get a 45-day free trial, but Nano has been caught trying to circumvent this. They offer you a deal to extend the time you have them, without telling you it replaces the money-back guarantee. So keep that in mind. Nano works with ShopPay to offer monthly installments.
What’s not to like about the Nano X2 Recharge?
When I started looking at alternatives (see below), I realized the Nano X2 doesn’t have a great price. Its peers offer mostly the same features at a price point that’s about $150 lower when I checked. You can get more expensive models, but they offer more features, leaving the Nano in a no-man’s land where the value for money balance is really different than in other models.
I know I said I’d judge the X2 Recharge on its own merits, but the company still is a downside. Their business practices aren’t great, and while they look the same on paper as many other models, the reality is different. At face value, there’s little wrong with this Nano model, but past the first impression there are better alternatives.
Alternatives for the Nano X2 Recharge
Let’s discuss those alternatives for the Nano X2 Recharge. If you’re looking for a travel-friendly pair of hearing aids at a good price, the Neosonic B20 might be your best bet. It’s not the cheapest version, but an all-round hearing aid that’s $150 less than the X2 at the time of this review. For an even cheaper alternative, there’s the MDHearing AIR.
Looking up, there are some alternatives that offer slightly more than this Nano. The Go Hearing Ultra offers roughly the same model for roughly the same price, but has the advanced feature of Bluetooth audio streaming. If you’re more interested in the best hearing aids overall, click here.
Should you buy the Nano X2 Recharge?
No. Although the Nano X2 Recharge looks a lot better than the Nano CIC I’ve discussed before, it’s more expensive than comparable versions that offer the exact same. Alternatively, you could pay the same amount, but get out ahead with a better hearing aid with more features. For those simple reasons, I can’t recommend you buy the Nano X2 Recharge.
At the time I wrote this review, the X2 cost $499, but it looked like it was often $599.
You can buy extra domes and tubes on the company website, where they also sell an extra charging case.
Their most popular model is the Nano CIC. I also have a review for these $297 Nano hearing aids.
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