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Best CPAP Machines of 2022: Our Top-Rated Sleep Apnea Machines Reviewed

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The Best CPAP Machines reviewed by the CPAP team in 2021.

Finding the best CPAP machine that fits your personal lifestyle needs is crucial to maintaining CPAP compliance and receiving the restful night of sleep you deserve. Whether you’ve just been diagnosed with sleep apnea or you’re looking to upgrade your old CPAP, the machines (both CPAP and APAP) listed below are the best in the industry thanks to their user-friendly features and effective therapy.

Unfortunately, due to the Philips Respironics CPAP machine recall and the CPAP machine shortage, one of the biggest changes you’ll notice in our latest update to this review guide is that we are no longer recommending the Philips Respironics DreamStation Auto or DreamStation Go. We stopped recommending these machines as soon as the recall was announced. If you’re worried about machines being out of stock, just know that at the time of this writing, all of the machines listed in this review guide are in stock at cpap.com. 

While we are no longer recommending the Philips DreamStation or DreamStation Go, we are confident that our top picks for 2022 will have a CPAP machine that suits your needs. ResMed’s AirSense 10 was our top pick in 2021, but the ResMed AirSense 11 is set to take its place this year. This newest generation from the tried-and-tested line of ResMed AirSense machines offers the same reliable performance in a package that is lighter, easier to use, and smaller in both height and width than its predecessor. We’ll go into more detail on the new software features and changes below, so keep reading!

The 3B Medical Luna II Auto has also seen a rise in popularity in the DreamStation’s absence and is an excellent substitute if you have a recalled Philips device. The Luna II has all of the same features you’d expect to find in an industry-leading CPAP machine, which you can read more about below.

If you are new to CPAP and still in the beginning stages of your CPAP shopping journey be sure to read how to choose a CPAP machine as well as how we picked the top machines in our review at the end of this article.

Best CPAP Machines of 2022

  1. Best New CPAP Machine: ResMed AirSense 11 AutoSet
  2. Best Value: 3B Medical Luna II Auto
  3. Best Fixed-Pressure: 3B Medical Luna G3 CPAP Machine
  4. Best Machine for Travel: ResMed AirMini AutoSet Travel CPAP Machine
  5. Quietest CPAP: Z2 Auto Travel CPAP Machine

Newest and Latest CPAP Machines in 2022

Looking for the newest CPAP machines in 2022? The Philips Respironics DreamStation 2 and ResMed AirSense 11 are the latest CPAP machines to join the market. The DreamStation 2 was released in mid-2021 and is currently out of stock because it has been used to replace machines affected by the Philips CPAP recall. This situation is still ongoing and will likely continue to affect the availability of new DreamStation 2 devices through 2022. 

As for the AirSense 11, read our review below to find out why we think it’s the best new CPAP machine for 2022.

Best New CPAP Machine: ResMed AirSense 11 AutoSet

Photo of ResMed AirSense 11, best new CPAP machine in 2022

New in 2022, the ResMed AirSense 11 takes everything we love about the AirSense 10 and condenses it into a sleeker package, featuring some great new tools, which are especially beneficial for those who are beginning their CPAP therapy journey. Returning from the AirSense 10 to the new generation AirSense 11, you’ll find familiar comfort features like AutoRamp, SmartStart/Stop, Humidifier Warm-up, Leak Alerts, Mask Fit Check, Climate Control, and Expiratory Pressure Relief (EPR). The AirSense 11 has done away with the adjustment knob found on the AirSense 10 and instead features just one physical button—located on the top of the device—for starting and stopping therapy. 

The user interface has been totally redesigned with modern touchscreen controls and a menu system that is much easier to navigate, making quick adjustments to your therapy a breeze. While the humidifier chamber has been redesigned for the new machine, it holds the same 380 mL of water as the previous generation. Complete with Over-the-Air Software Updates, your new CPAP machine will also automatically update with any new features or software upgrades, taking the guesswork out of keeping your machine up-to-date. This allows you to benefit from bug fixes, feature additions, and security upgrades without ever having to push a button. 

Other new features with the AirSense 11 are found in ResMed’s myAir Therapy Tracker App. In the app, ResMed’s new Personal Therapy Assistant will help you in the setup process with voice-guided video instructions and a Test Drive feature that allows you to experience the difference between low and high pressure. The system will also check and troubleshoot for leaks during this time, which ensures your system is ready to go on your first night of sleep apnea therapy! With the Care Check-In feature, you’ll answer some basic questions about your history and experience with CPAP to begin. The myAir App will then ask check-in questions at predetermined intervals to provide troubleshooting tips and customized support during the first month of therapy, which is a fantastic feature for anyone new to CPAP. 

All said and done, if you’re a fan of the AirSense 10, the AirSense 11 is the new and improved version by providing a more personalized experience, a better menu system, and automatic software updates in a smaller, lighter package. If you’re interested in the full breakdown of what’s new in this iteration of ResMed’s flagship machine, check out our AirSense 11 review for more information!

Features

  • Average Customer Rating: 5 Out of 5 Stars
  • Noise Level: 27 dBA (Quieter Than a Whisper)
  • Weight: 2.5 lbs
  • Dimensions: 10.21 in L x 3.72 in W x 5.45 in H
  • Mask Compatibility: Any
  • Humidifier: Integrated
  • Warranty: 2 Years
  • Features: Optional Heated Hose, Exhalation Relief, Ramp, Auto Start/Stop, Climate Control, Auto Altitude Adjustment, Mask Leak Alerts, Personal Therapy Assistant, Care Check-In
  • Data Tracking: Onboard Via SD Card (Not Included) or Wirelessly Via the myAir App

Customer Highlights

Excellent Upgrade—5 Stars: “This is my third CPAP and I’m totally pleased with the purchase. The auto adjusting pressure function, heated hose, and humidifier are a considerable improvement over my past machines. It’s super quiet, smaller, lighter, and easy to set up. It provides good data, is user friendly, and easy to obtain. Delivery was quick. I have used it almost a week and love it so far!” Verified Purchase 04/05/2022. Read more AirSense 11 reviews from customers.

Best Value: 3B Medical Luna II Auto CPAP Machine

If you’re looking for an affordable CPAP machine with excellent build quality, the same features you can expect from industry leaders, and a surprisingly quiet performance, look no further than the Luna II Auto CPAP from 3B Medical. 

Like the recently recalled Philips Respironics DreamStation, the Luna II features heated humidification, ramp functionality, therapy data tracking, an easy-to-navigate display, and ultra-quiet operation. It is also powered by a responsive and reliable auto-titration algorithm that responds to your needs on a breath-by-breath basis and features a full 60-minute ramp timer, giving you more time to fall asleep and relax into your therapy (most machines top out at 45 minutes).

Rounding out the impressive offerings of the Luna II Auto are mask leak alerts, automatic start/stop when you put your mask on and start breathing, and exhalation relief that lowers the air pressure when you exhale for a more natural breathing pattern.

Features

  • Average Customer Rating: 4.8 Out of 5
  • Noise Level: 28 dBA (Quieter Than a Whisper)
  • Weight: 4.2 lbs
  • Dimensions: 10.79 in L x 7.24 in W x 4.53 in H
  • Mask Compatibility: Any
  • Humidifier: Built-In, Can Be Turned Off
  • Warranty: 2 Years
  • Features: Ramp, Auto Start/Stop, Exhalation Relief, Mask Leak Alerts
  • Data Tracking: Onboard Via SD Card (Included) or Wirelessly Via the 3B Luna QR App

Customer Highlights

Very Good APAP—5 stars: “I bought this in July 2021 because of the Philips Respironics foam problems. This is a very good machine. It is not loud as others have noted. Very quiet and no louder on an exhale than on an inhale. It has a lot of features. The humidifier holds a large amount of water and is easy to fill compared to the Philips. The humidifier LEDs are not bright, I can’t see them when they are on. The only negative is that the hose connection is on the back of the machine so I have to position the machine in a position I normally wouldn’t want to. In addition, the app for the mobile phone in my opinion doesn’t provide enough useful data but it is still adequate enough. It was going to be a choice between this machine and the ResMed AirSense and I am glad I chose this machine.” Verified purchase 10/21/2021

Best Fixed Pressure: Luna G3 CPAP Machine with Heated Humidifier

Smaller, lighter, and quieter than the Luna II, the Luna G3 CPAP Machine is a standout in its own right thanks to its preheatable humidifier chamber and ultra-fine allergen filter. Brand new to the market from 3B Medical, a manufacturer that strives for both performance and innovation, this device combines comfort and convenience and is ideal for those who are newly-diagnosed and veteran users alike.

Not only is the Luna G3 CPAP outfitted with a dual-chamber humidifier, which helps prevent dry mouth and sinus-style headaches but it also has a preheat feature that lets you warm your humidifier up ahead of time so it’s ready by the time you need it. Plus, the included AutoHumidity control lets you maximize your moisture settings without causing rainout. On top of all of that, it even comes standard with a heated hose. 

Perhaps the single most unique thing about the G3 is that it comes with an ultra-fine PM 2.5 filter. Standard CPAP air filters are typically only intended to stop larger allergens and pet hair, but a PM 2.5 filter can stop even aerosolized particles, background pollution, and super-fine dust particles from entering your therapy air. Simply put, if you’re serious about breathing clean, quality air, the Luna G3’s PM 2.5 filter has virtually no competition. 

From the user-friendly backlit LCD, you can easily access sleep reports, adjust comfort settings, view the current date and time, and receive helpful replacement reminders for CPAP supplies like tubing and air filters. Additionally, you can use your Wi-Fi to store and send your sleep data to your healthcare provider, allowing them to stay up-to-date on your progress, needs, and goals. This feature can even potentially cut down on your doctor visits and co-pays since your provider can view your sleep reports digitally.

Features

  • Average Customer Rating: 4.8 Out of 5
  • Noise Level: 26 dBA  (Quieter Than a Whisper) 
  • Weight: 3.75 lbs
  • Dimensions: 10.43 in L x 5.71 in W x 4.49 in H 
  • Mask Compatibility: Any
  • Humidifier: Built-In, Can Be Turned Off
  • Warranty: 2 Years
  • Features: Included Heated Tubing, Humidifier Pre-Heat, Exhalation Relief, Ramp, Auto Start/Stop, Optional Included PM 2.5 Air Filter, Mask Leak Alerts
  • Data Tracking: Onboard Via SD Card (Included) or Wirelessly Via the 3B Luna QR App

Good For

  • Light Sleepers
  • Those Who Don’t Need an Auto Adjusting Machine
  • Those Who Prefer Heated Humidification
  • Those Who Frequently Suffer From Allergies

Best Machine for Travel: ResMed AirMini AutoSet

ResMed AirMini Auto Travel CPAP Machine App Integration

Simply put, people love the idea of a small, lightweight, and ultra-portable CPAP machine that can go anywhere and fits in the palm of the hand, which is one of the many reasons why the AirMini is so popular. If you’re a frequent traveler, this is the machine for you. However, due to its small size, it may be slightly louder than your home unit. In addition, for most CPAP wearers, the waterless humidification feature is a good substitute for tanked humidification.

  • Average Customer Rating: 4.5 Out of 5
  • Noise Level: 30 dBA (Whisper Quiet)
  • Weight: 0.66 lbs
  • Dimensions: 5.4 in L x 3.3 in W x 2.1 in H
  • Mask Compatibility: AirFit P10, AirFit N20, AirFit F20, AirFit F30, AirTouch F20 (“For AirMini” Models Only), or Any Mask Via the Zephair AirMini Universal Adapter
  • Humidifier: Waterless Humidification Via Humidx and HumidX Plus
  • Warranty: 2 Years
  • Features: Exhalation Relief, Ramp, Auto Start/Stop, Auto Altitude Adjustment
  • Data Tracking: Wirelessly Via the AirMini by ResMed App

Customer Highlights

Comfortable and Quiet—5 stars: “I couldn’t be happier with this CPAP device. It packs up small and is very comfortable. I was unsure of the humidifying cartridges but they do a great job. I live in a dry climate at a higher altitude (Denver, CO) and don’t feel dry throughout the night or when I wake up—even when we stay up in the mountains. I am using the HumidX Plus, instead of the regular, as suggested. Also, neither my husband nor I notice a higher noise level, and I sleep really well. I would highly recommend.” Verified purchase 07/29/2021

Quietest CPAP: Human Design Medical Z2 Auto Travel CPAP Machine

HDM Z2 Auto Travel CPAP Machine

Overall, the Z2 Auto scores very well across the board and has made a name for itself compared to similar travel machines. Ultimately, the difference in pitch levels and humidification options are the major factors that separate the updated Z2 Auto from its Z1 predecessor. The option of having a quieter machine with the ability to leave your humidification system at home makes the Z2 Auto hard to beat.

Features

  • Average Customer Rating: 4.3 Out of 5
  • Noise Level: 26 dBA (Quieter Than a Whisper)
  • Weight: 0.65 lbs
  • Dimensions: 6.48 in L x 3.3 in W x 2.02 in H
  • Mask Compatibility: Any
  • Humidifier: Waterless Humidification Via Heat Moisture Exchanger (HME)
  • Warranty: 2 Years
  • Features: Exhalation Relief, Ramp, Auto Start/Stop, Auto Altitude Adjustment, Q-Tube CPAP Muffler, Automatic Leak Compensation
  • Data Tracking: Internally Via Flash Memory or Wirelessly Via Nitelog 2.0 App

Customer Highlights

Works Great While Traveling—5 stars: “I do a lot of RV camping and don’t like to take my home CPAP because of size and possible water mess from the humidifier. I always wanted to try a travel CPAP but have never had luck using one without a humidifier. I saw this one provided humidified air without a water chamber and thought I would give it a try. To my surprise, it worked great. Been using it [for] a week straight while camping at the beach and have had no problems. If you have the same concerns as I did, give this one a try.” Verified purchase 09/29/2021

How to Choose a CPAP Machine in 2022

Whether you choose one of our recommendations or want to continue doing your own research, it’s important to know what to look for. A CPAP machine can be a rather significant purchase, so be sure to consider all of the following points before deciding which machine is best for you:

Doctor’s Recommendations

The most important thing to consider when shopping for a CPAP machine is what your healthcare provider has recommended or stated as a requirement for you in terms of the machine’s features. Your physician may have specific recommendations for comfort features, might want you to get an APAP or BiPAP machine, or may even tell you to seek out a machine with a humidifier. You should always make sure that whatever machine you purchase will meet the requirements of your healthcare provider, as they have the most intimate knowledge of your situation and medical needs.

Comfort Features

Your CPAP therapy should be comfortable, and there are many industry-standard comfort features that will hopefully make your therapy more manageable and approachable. Here are some popular features to look for as well as a brief description of what each one does:

  • Auto-Titration: Perhaps the single most important feature and highest recommendation we can give, auto-titration automatically adjusts your therapy pressure on a breath-by-breath basis instead of holding your prescribed pressure constant throughout the night like a traditional CPAP machine. Auto-adjusting CPAP machines, also referred to as APAPs, can adjust to your exact needs if you’re feeling congested or sick, or experience lifestyle changes that affect your therapy such as weight loss, smoking cessation, or dietary changes. 
  • Ramp: Instead of starting your therapy at your prescribed pressure, the Ramp feature will start at a lower pressure and incrementally increase over the course of 15, 30, 45, or 60 minutes, depending on the setting and machine. 
  • Auto Start/Stop: With this feature, your machine will detect when your mask is on and when you’re breathing to automatically begin administering your therapy pressure. It will also stop when you remove your mask, limiting how much you actually need to interact with your machine and eliminating the need to fumble around for buttons in the dark to start or stop your machine. 
  • Exhalation Relief: The continuous pressure of CPAP therapy can be too strong for some to exhale against, making breathing more difficult when exhaling. An exhalation relief feature will reduce the air pressure each time you exhale so that there’s less resistance acting against you. This feature typically has multiple settings and can be turned completely off.

Data Tracking Capabilities

Most CPAP machines will feature data tracking capabilities that allow you to record sleep data to an SD card, but many also have a smartphone app that will sync with your device for easier viewing and sharing of your sleep data. If you’re someone who needs to work closely with a healthcare provider to monitor your sleep health, you’ll want a machine with easily accessible and sharable data.

Heated Humidifier

CPAP therapy can easily dry out the nasal passages and throat, leading to discomfort and lower sleep quality. This is especially true for people over 60, but analgesics, antihistamines, antidepressants, and many other types of medications can also have a drying effect on the body, which is made worse by CPAP therapy. Using a heated humidifier with your CPAP machine can negate these effects and make your therapy much more tolerable, improving your sleep quality, CPAP compliance, and indirectly, your overall quality of life.

Most modern CPAP machines have an integrated humidifier, so you won’t have to purchase any extra parts to add humidification to your therapy air.

Noise Level

While most machines on the market will advertise being “whisper-quiet,” some machines operate at distinctly different pitches than others despite being the same volume. This can be quite an issue for light sleepers, so it may be a good idea to seek out video or audio of the machine being used to see if it’s a sound you can easily sleep with every night for hours on end. If you’re someone who is very sensitive to CPAP machine noise, sleeping with a sound machine might help you get the rest you need. 

Warranty

In a perfect world, this isn’t something that will matter during the ownership of your machine. However, accidents happen, and manufacturer defects are an unfortunate reality we sometimes face, so you should make sure to educate yourself about the warranty of any machine you’re considering in case anything bad happens to the device. There are two main types of CPAP warranties: convenient and inconvenient. 

If your machine has a convenient warranty, your device will be replaced with an identical or near-identical unit before your faulty machine is ever sent off for inspection. With an inconvenient warranty, you’ll have to send your machine in for inspection and repair before a replacement machine is sent to you. CPAP machine warranties typically cover a two-year period after the device is purchased, though some manufacturers also offer three-and five-year warranties as well. 

Machine Weight and Size

Of course, you’ll also want to keep in mind how much nightstand space you have to work with, whether you’ll be frequently traveling with your machine, and how heavy of a machine you’ll be able to move on your own if necessary.

How We Picked The Best Machines

Combined with our over two decades of experience recommending CPAP devices to customers, we scoured the CPAP.com catalog and gathered customer feedback from both our customer service team and real owners of these machines to find the best CPAP machines of 2022—and we think you’ll like what we found!

You’ll notice that we’ve included options for travel machines this year. While they’re great portable machines for taking your therapy with you, you can rest assured that both devices have been thoroughly tested by our customers and can also be reliably used at-home full-time if you need them to. If you’re interested in using a portable CPAP at-home or on the go, be sure to check out our review of the best travel machines in 2022.

Final Thoughts

We hope this article has provided some clarity on some of the best CPAP machines available today. Keep in mind your doctor’s orders where features are concerned and where you might be traveling with your new CPAP machine. The AirSense 11 is an excellent choice for anyone, even frequent travelers, and the Luna II Auto CPAP is a close second for anyone looking for an alternative to some of the bigger names in the industry like ResMed and Philips Respironics. 

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