Therapy Equipment

Comparing the Best CPAP Machines (January 2019)


Updated April 22, 2019

What Are 2019’s Best CPAP Machines?

1. ResMed AirSense 10 AutoSet | 2. ResMed AirMini AutoSet | 3. Philips Respironics DreamStation Auto | 4. Philips Respironics DreamStation Go | 5. Somnetics Transcend Auto

In our search for today’s best CPAP machines, we took 5 of the most popular models and put them to the test, using a standardized score based on performance in categories customers care about the most. We looked at the following sleep apnea machines for our comparison, and then ranked them by score.

Our rating system is based on the features that matter the most to customers, like noise, cost, size– and much more. Here are the factors we considered:

  1. Noise Level
  2. Cost
  3. Warranty
  4. Weight
  5. Size (Footprint)
  6. Pressure Relief Features (Ramp, Easy Breathing)
  7. Therapy Tracking (Compliance Only, Advanced Data)
  8. Humidification Options
  9. Smart Features (Auto Start / Auto Stop)
  10. Battery Connectivity (DC Capability)

Of these 10 factors, each CPAP is graded on a scale of 1 – 10, with 10 being the highest score. Together, these 10 factors total 100 possible points. Now that we’ve explained how we’ll be doing our rankings, it’s time for the fun part: let’s dive into our review:


AirSense 10 Auto CPAP Machine

ResMed AirSense 10 AutoSet

Final Score: 80 out of 100 (80%)

Price: $883.

Manufacturer: ResMed

Lifestyle Needs: Quiet Machine, For Her Version, Built-In Humidifier

Benefits

  • Built-In Heated Humidifier
  • Works Quietly
  • Track Sleep Progress with the Mobile App
  • For Her Version Available

Drawbacks

  • Compact, But Not a Travel Machine
  • Case, Humidifier, Hose and Accessories Weigh Almost 5 Pounds

Ratings

Noise Level: 8

The AirSense 10 AutoSet and the AirSense 10 AutoSet for Her both have noise levels of 26.6 decibels, which is one of the quietest CPAP machines on the market today. In our comparison, the only model to beat it was the DreamStation Auto. This makes the DreamStation Auto almost whisper quiet– perfect for getting a good night’s sleep.

Cost: 7

The AirSense 10 AutoSet and the AirSense 10 AutoSet for Her are both a little on the expensive side, but you really do get what you pay for. Our opinion is that this, and every other device on this list is worth the money. As a bonus, this model includes a built-in humidifier, saving a person a lot of money over other models on this list which require a purchasing a humidifier on top of the cost of the unit.

Warranty: 8

All the models featured here have warranties of at least 2 years, so this isn’t necessarily a point of difference that’s going to be a dealbreaker. 2 years is a fairly standard warranty for a quality machine, and it protects the consumer against manufacturer defects.

Weight: 7

The AirSense 10 AutoSet weighs only 2.75 pounds for just the machine, which puts it under 3 pounds, but it’s not the lightest machine in the category. There are other, more portable units on our list, but many of our customers love this machine.

Size: 6

Of all the machines we reviewed, this one was the second largest, if you count the humidifier on the DreamStation Auto. Size is an important consideration, one that many people overlook when picking a CPAP machine. Size can make a device more portable and easier to travel with. If you don’t travel much, you’d be able to make it work with a larger machine, like the AirSense 10 or DreamStation Auto.

The size on the AirSense 10 is large because of the built-in heated humidifier, a feature that saves customers money by being built-in and not requiring an additional purchase. There is an option to purchase a side cover to remove the humidifier, if desired, creating a smaller size than the original design.

Pressure Relief Features: 6

Every machine on this list has some form of pressure relief. Pressure relief makes it easier to exhale, which has the added comfort benefit of allowing more normal breathing. The AirSense 10 has average pressure relief features and a standard 45 minute ramp time. This is intended to make it easier to fall asleep, and it’s a comfort feature found on many CPAP machines.

Therapy Tracking: 9

ResMed has an outstanding mobile app, as well as a data card so you could download the data to your computer and view it there with analytical sleep tracking software. ResMed and Philips are both leaders in patient therapy tracking. ResMed’s app tends to be a little more thoughtful and well put together than some of its competition, providing more data points and analysis you can take to the sleep specialist.

Humidification: 9

The AirSense 10 features a built-in humidifier, an incredible value considering the DreamStation Auto’s integrated humidifier will set you back another hundred bucks or so AFTER buying the device. It’s entirely water-based, so nothing new or fancy, but it gets the job done. The high score comes from including the humidifier as part of the overall design, and not making consumers pay extra for it.

Smart Features (Auto Start / Auto Stop): 9

There’s no mistaking ResMed quality when it comes to smart features. With Auto On / Off, the device is able to detect when breathing begins and automatically starts– without needing to touch a button. This is nice because sometimes it can be difficult to reach the on/off button on the machine. Nobody wants to fumble around in the dark looking for the right button. It also has auto altitude adjustment and a backlit screen that can turn off. The AirSense 10 for Her also includes a breathing algorithm designed specifically for female customers, a feature not typically found on many CPAPs.

Battery Connectivity: 9

While the machine doesn’t have an integrated battery, it is DC compatible and can plug into a car, RV, or boat. It is also compatible with the Medistrom Pilot-24 Lite Travel Battery— specifically designed for the AirSense 10 AutoSet and other 24V machines.

Our Review

The ResMed AirSense 10 is our winner among the machines we reviewed here, offering customers exceptional value because of the built-in humidifier, while at the same time bringing a device packed with smart technology and the latest comfort features. It’s also one of the quietest CPAP machines on the market today, operating at 26.6 decibels– almost whisper quiet.

While not designed for portability, the AirSense 10 is light enough to go almost anywhere, and it’s small enough to fit in a suitcase. The package with a humidifier is smaller than the DreamStation Auto with humidifier, and costs around $880. The AirSense 10, DreamStation Auto, and all the CPAPs on this list are actually APAPs– machines that can automatically set the correct therapy pressure. This can mean fewer trips to the doctor to set the correct pressure, fewer copays, and fewer sleep studies!

The AirSense 10 also comes in a “For Her” model, the AirSense 10 AutoSet for Her, designed for a woman’s unique needs. The AirSense 10 AutoSet and the AirSense 10 AutoSet for Her are truly great sleep apnea machines and can help anyone with Sleep Apnea. For anyone looking for a quality home unit, this is it.


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Airmini CPAP Machine

ResMed AirMini AutoSet

Final Score: 78 out of 100 (78%)

Here’s some highlights about this machine:

Price: Around $850.

Manufacturer: ResMed

Lifestyle Needs: Ultra-Portable Travel Machine

 

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Benefits

  • Compact – Almost Fits in the Palm of Your Hand!
  • Extremely Lightweight
  • FAA Approved
  • Waterless Humidification

Drawbacks

  • 30 decibels
  • Minimal Battery Power Options
  • Only Compatible with 4 Masks

Ratings

Noise Level:4

The ResMed AirMini AutoSet checks in at 30 decibels– the second loudest we’ve reviewed. Only the DreamStation Go is louder. While many home units are almost whisper-quiet, the AirMini (and most travel machines) have less surface area to absorb noise from the device and as a result, they tend to make a little more noise. At 30 decibels, many people own an AirMini and are comfortable with the sound, so it really varies from person to person. At CPAP.com, we currently offer the AirMini with a 30-day risk-free trial. Test it out in the comfort of your own home, and decide for yourself if you can handle the noise. If you don’t like it, return it. It’s as easy as that.

Cost: 9

The AirMini AutoSet costs roughly $850. At CPAP.com, that cost includes a compatible mask. Currently, only 4 masks are compatible with the AirMini, so you’ll need to get a one before you can use the AirMini. Currently, there are versions of the AirFit P10, AirFit N20, AirFit F20, and AirTouch F20 compatible with the AirMini. By including the AirMini and mask for the same price others charge for just the machine, it becomes a great value. Instead of spending $150 on a mask and $880 on a machine, you get both for around $850. It’s hard to beat that deal.

Warranty: 8

The 2-year manufacturer’s warranty is fairly standard for most CPAP machines, and the AirMini is no different.

Weight: 9

The AirMini AutoSet is the lightest CPAP device we reviewed here, and it’s one of the reasons so many people like this machine. It can fit into the palm of someone’s hand and can squeeze into the most tightly packed suitcase or backpack.

Size: 9

In addition to being one of the lightest on the market today, it’s also one of the smallest. The total size is small, about the size of a woman’s purse, and can go anywhere you need to go. Best of all, it’s FAA approved for in-flight use.

Pressure Relief Features: 9

The AirMini is designed to make it easy to breathe in, and have no difficulties breathing out. ResMed takes the time to make sure its machines are comfortable for almost everyone who uses it, and along with the ramp function, it makes it easy to fall asleep.

Therapy Tracking: 9

The AirMini is controlled entirely from a mobile app. In addition to controlling the machine, the app provides valuable therapy tracking data that helps you get the most out of your care.

Humidification: 8

The ResMed AirMini AutoSet doesn’t use traditional humidification at all. ResMed created the HumidX specifically for use with the AirMini. This waterless humidification system uses the humidity from your breath to add moisture to the therapy air from the AirMini. By doing this, AirMini users won’t have to lug a tank of distilled water with them every time they go somewhere. Waterless Humidification is one of the most innovative concepts to come to CPAP therapy and one that has been imitated by other manufacturers for use with other brands of machines. ResMed’s high score for humidification with the AirMini is mostly because of the innovation that went into the HumidX.

Smart Features (Auto Start / Auto Stop): 6

The AirMini has a few smart features, like auto-start, but it doesn’t have any screen or display. The AirMini makes up for it with a really intuitive and easy to use app, but the reason for the low score here is the lack of display.

Battery Connectivity: 7

The ResMed AirMini has a DC cable available, and it works to provide DC power from a cigarette lighter to the AirMini. The AirMini also uses the Medistrom Pilot-24 Lite Travel Battery, but outside of this battery there aren’t many good battery options for the AirMini.

Our Review

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– one of the reasons it’s such a big seller. If you’re a frequent traveler, this is your machine. You’ll need to come to terms with the fact that it may be louder than your home unit. For most users, the waterless humidification is a good substitute for tanked humidification.


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dreamstation auto

Philips Respironics DreamStation Auto

Final Score: 76 out of 100 (76%)

Price: $880.

Manufacturer: Philips Respironics

Lifestyle Needs: Ultra-Quiet Machine

Benefits

  • Quiet – Only 25.8 decibels
  • Useful Therapy Data Tracking App
  • Great Pressure Relief Features

Drawbacks

  • With Humidifier, Large and Bulky Footprint
  • Integrated Humidifier Adds Additional Cost to Package
  • Minimal Battery Power Options

Ratings

Noise Level: 9

The DreamStation Auto is the quietest CPAP machine we’ve reviewed, checking in at 25.8 decibels. That’s so quiet you may not even hear it. For anyone who is noise sensitive, this is your CPAP machine.

Cost: 6

The DreamStation Auto is priced around what you’d pay for a ResMed AirSense 10 or AirMini, currently around $880. But that price doesn’t include the heated humidifier, an accessory that many people consider a necessity. The humidifier adds another $100 or so to the total cost of the machine, and then after you buy a mask, you’ve spent over $1,000. DreamStation Autos are fantastic, but they’re also among the most expensive.

Warranty: 8

The DreamStation Auto comes with a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty covering defects with the device, but does not cover misuse or abuse. 2 years is fairly standard for most CPAP machines.

Weight: 6

The DreamStation Auto is a fairly heavy machine, with the entire weight of around 4.37 pounds, which includes the humidifier. If you were to weigh the machine alone, it would only weigh 1.56 pounds, which is a lot easier to travel with than the weight with the humidifier. It’s not designed to be a travel unit, though it’s capable of going almost anywhere with the Respironics Travel Battery Pack.

Size: 5

With the integrated humidifier (sold separately), the DreamStation Auto has a really large footprint, the biggest on this list.

Pressure Relief Features: 9

The DreamStation Auto is a premium device and has premium pressure relief features making it very easy to exhale. It also auto adjusts to the correct pressure you need as your needs change during the night. It has a 45-minute ramp, as well as SmartRamp a feature that automatically starts you out at the lowest pressure setting and will only increase pressure during the ramp time if an event happens. The DreamStation also can spot mask leaks, alerting you on the display. It’ll let you know when you’ve got the leak fixed.

Therapy Tracking: 9

The DreamStation Auto uses both on-screen data reporting features, as well as the easy-to-use DreamMapper Mobile App. The mobile app connects to the DreamStation Auto by Bluetooth, so there’s no need to fiddle with an SD card to get basic therapy data. The DreamMapper app is easy to use, and many customers really enjoy it.

Humidification: 8

The DreamStation Auto doesn’t come with a humidifier, so if you want one, you’ll have to buy it. This is an added expense on top of what the machine costs, and can easily drive the cost for a new user up into the low $1,000s. The humidifier itself works really well, and it’s easy to increase the heat through the machine’s display.

The DreamStation Auto also uses a technology called “adaptive humidification” which measures the humidity of the air in the room and adapts the heat of the humidifier accordingly. This enables the humidifier to continue operating at optimal levels throughout the night.

Smart Features (Auto Start / Auto Stop): 8

The DreamStation has an auto-start feature that starts when it first detects breathing. Many people find it useful, considering the machine could be hard to reach from your bedside.

Battery Connectivity: 8

The DreamStation Auto uses the optional Respironics Travel Battery Pack for therapy on the go, and also has an available DC cord, allowing you to connect your machine in a car, boat, or RV. The Respironics Travel Battery Pack isn’t as good a solution as the power options available for other devices on this list, which is the reason for the slightly lower score.

Our Review

We really like the DreamStation Auto, because it’s the quietest CPAP machine on this list. It’s so quiet, you may not notice it when it’s working. For noise-sensitive people, this is your device. For the best experience, Philips recommends using only one of their masks, but we’ve found the DreamStation works well with masks from many different manufacturers— not just Philips.

The DreamStation’s ramp and pressure relief features make it easy to fall asleep, and during the night the automatic pressure setting will help keep you asleep. We also really like the auto start feature, as it makes starting therapy much easier. Overall, the DreamStation Auto is one of the best CPAP machines on the market today, and it’s easy to see why.


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dreamstation go

Philips Respironics DreamStation Go

Final Score: 79 out of 100 (72%)

Here’s some highlights about this machine:

Price: $889.

Manufacturer: Philips Respironics

Lifestyle Needs: Ultra-Portable Travel Machine

Benefits

  • Compact and Square – Fits Almost Anywhere
  • Extremely Lightweight – One of the Lightest on the Market
  • FAA Approved
  • Multiple Battery Charging Options

Drawbacks

  • 30 decibels

Ratings

Noise Level:4

The DreamStation Go gets the same score as the AirMini because it has roughly the same noise levels. The DreamStation Go checks in at 30.4 decibels, while the AirMini registers 30 decibels. Just like the AirMini, the small size of the DreamStation Go makes it hard to dampen noise. It’s a simple trade-off. Smaller usually means more noise. but you probably need a small machine if you’re traveling.

Cost: 6

The DreamStation Go costs around $880 and doesn’t include any freebies or extras. It features an interactive, full-color touchscreen, with natural gestures that make it easy to navigate through the different screens. But without ANY included humidifier or battery options, it’s a tough sell at $880. As it stands, $880 will get you an AirMini AND a compatible mask or an AirSense 10 AND a built-in humidifier. The DreamStation Go is a great machine, but there are others in the same price point that are better values.

Warranty: 8

The 2-year manufacturer’s warranty is what most CPAP machines have, and the DreamStation Go is no different. It covers factory mistakes and manufacturer’s defects, but not misuse or abuse.

Weight: 9

This featherlight device only weighs 1.86 pounds, and best of all, it’s FAA approved for in-flight use. The travel and portability features of the DreamStation Go are among the best in the world.

Size: 9

While the AirMini can fit into the palm of your hand, the DreamStation Go is only a little larger and is a nice square machine with rounded edges. It also uses an even smaller tube than usual, which is unique and helps make the overall size small. This makes it extremely portable, and able to fit into small spaces. It’s a great device to use on an airplane or any other setting where space is at a premium.

Pressure Relief Features: 9

Philips is an internationally recognized leader in pressure relief technology, and the DreamStation Go delivers. It has a lot of the same excellent pressure relief technology found in the DreamStation Auto. The DreamStation Go makes it easy to exhale with Philips’ patented Flex technology, and it’s also easy to fall asleep with intelligent ramp technology.

Therapy Tracking: 9

The DreamStation Go has state-of-the-art advanced data tracking through a color touchscreen, and connects via Bluetooth to the DreamMapper app from Philips Respironics, and provides a simple way to view the results of your sleep data. The DreamMapper app is also found on the DreamStation Auto, and provides data on AHI, apnea events, leaks, and hypopneas. The DreamMapper app will also give you updates about your care and provides some coaching tips helping you get better sleep.

Humidification: 8

Update 4/22/2019: The DreamStation Go now has a humidification option available as an add-on to the DreamStation Go! The heated humidifier for the DreamStation Go uses advanced technology in creating a humidifier that is light, sleek, and easy to travel with. It can even use tap water if necessary, instead of traditional distilled water. The added humidification option makes this an attractive machine, and it’s well worth the extra money.

Smart Features (Auto Start / Auto Stop): 8

The display of the DreamStation Go is one of the best in the field, (and one of the first touchscreens too)! It also has auto-start features, meaning all you have to do to turn on the machine is start breathing.

Battery Connectivity: 9

This machine has an optional integrated overnight battery, designed to only work with the DreamStation Go. The battery can run for about 13 hours on a pressure setting of 10, which is better than what you’d get if using a battery that required using an inverter. It’s one of the few devices out there that has a battery specifically engineered for a specific machine. It also features a few different DC charging options.

Our Review

With the advent of the DreamStation Go, Phillips created a device with a number of features that wowed consumer and healthcare professionals alike. The big positive was a range of battery and charging options, FAA certification, small size, and featherlight weight. The negatives included no humidification and the fact that the machine was fairly noisy.

This machine is special because it’s the first CPAP machine to have a true color touchscreen display. It also makes use of Philips advanced pressure relief options and includes a slim tube and an integrated battery with fantastic run times. It’s a frequent traveler’s dream, one you can take on the road easily.

Overall, there’s a lot to like about the DreamStation Go, and it’s a good reason why many people use it for their go-to travel machine.


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Somnetics Transcend Auto

Final Score: 79 out of 100 (71%)

Here’s some highlights about this machine:

Price: Around $450.

Manufacturer: Somnetics

Lifestyle Needs: Ultra-Portable Travel Machine, Multiple Unique Accessory Items

Benefits

  • Small Size
  • Extremely Lightweight – One of the Lightest on the Market
  • Budget Friendly
  • Best Warranty of All the Machines We Reviewed

Drawbacks

  • Limited Data Capabilities
  • No Display
  • Minimal Smart Features

Ratings

Noise Level: 6

We have 3 travel CPAPs on this list, and many of them are a little bit louder than some home units. This is because travel units have less surface area to absorb noises. For the Transcend, it’s very quiet, measuring only 26.6 decibels, although some users have reported that this machine has a pitch that some find difficult to sleep with. That’s why at CPAP.com, the Transcend comes with a 10-day return policy. If you get it home and find the pitch bothersome, you can return it for a refund (even if you’ve used it). This is not a manufacturer guarantee, but something we implemented company-wide at CPAP.com.

Overall though, for a travel machine to only register in at 26.6 decibels is no small feat.

Cost: 9

Because it’s a little older, the Transcend also doesn’t cost as much as other machines. This price is a “best value” for anyone who wants a popular travel machine without spending a lot of money. Currently, the Transcend Auto costs around $450.

Warranty: 9

Of all the machines we reviewed, the Transcend has the best warranty. The warranty on the Transcend is 3 years, which is an exceptional amount of time for a budget machine.

Weight: 9

The Somnetics Transcend Auto weighs about 4.8 pounds when you factor in all of the accessories and the bag, but the machine itself only weighs .9 pounds, which is the second-lightest CPAP machine on our list. It’s also FAA approved for in-flight use!

Size: 9

The Transcend Auto is slightly bigger than a can of soda and has a sloping design that makes it unique among CPAP machines. It’s lightweight enough and portable enough to fit in an overnight bag and has lots of companion accessories that add to its portability. For example, if your camping trip will take you far away from an outlet, Somnetics has a solar panel specifically designed for this machine. While the AirMini is a great choice for air travelers, campers will love the Transcend because of the family of products that can help you do more and go farther.

Pressure Relief Features: 7

Like many of the machines out there, the Transcend has its own patented pressure relief features (for this model, called EZEX). It’s not as advanced as the pressure relief features found on the Philips brand of machines. The pressure relief features here are pretty standard and include exhale support so it’s easy to breathe out as well as ramp technology to help you fall asleep.

Therapy Tracking: 3

The Transcend allows you to see your data, only if you have a Windows computer and a USB cable. It has no screen and no mobile app, and for anyone who wants to learn a lot about your sleep data, this may not be the best choice.

Humidification: 7

The Transcend currently doesn’t have a built-in humidification solution, but it does have an integrated humidification system (similar to the DreamStation Auto) available as an add-on.

Smart Features (Auto Start / Auto Stop): 4

The Transcend doesn’t have many of the Smart features that other devices all have. It does adjust to a high altitude automatically, but it’s not going to auto start.

Battery Connectivity: 8

The Transcend Auto has an optional integrated battery option that exclusively works with the Transcend and no other, which is nice because it’s going to (usually) mean a longer run time. It has a number of add-ons designed to support the Transcend, including a solar panel– great for people that love camping.

Our Review

If you want a versatile travel machine– the Transcend is your sleep apnea machine. It scores really well in a few categories that other CPAP machines don’t, and it brings quiet portability to the mix in ways some more recent machines don’t. The Transcend also has a lot of integrated accessories that make it possible to go almost anywhere– even days away from the nearest power supply.

The big negative about the Transcend is the real lack of therapy data access. Mac users may be completely out of luck when trying to see how your therapy is progressing. For any sleep data nerds out there, this may not be the machine for you.

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Conclusion

We hope this article has provided some clarity about some of the hottest CPAP machines available today. If you have questions about any of these machines, reach out and give us a call! We’d be happy to help: 1-800-356-5221

 

Daniela has researched and published over 60 articles covering topics that aim to inform and empower people living with Sleep Apnea. As an avid reader and researcher, Daniela continues to grow her knowledge about Sleep Apnea and CPAP therapy everyday with the help of coworkers, CPAP.com customers, and members of other CPAP communities online.

11 Comments

  1. carolyn costa Reply

    Can this ever make one feel light headed — especially if the settings are too high– And how to correct accordingly ????

  2. Kate Brownell Reply

    Thanks for sharing these informations. I am a sleep apnea patient. I am searching for the best CPAP mask. I do not know anything about CPAP mask. Really liked the resmed airsense 10 review. I also agree, all the features of Airsense are really impressive. I can carry this outside also. Depending on the informations shared by you, resmed airsense 10 will be the best for me.

    • Hi Kate, we are very happy to hear that the article was helpful to you in making a decision on which machine may be best for you! Please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221 with any further questions, or concerns.

      Have a great day!

  3. I used my AirSense 10 with a Philips Dreamware full face mask last night for the first time. I’m really happy with the comfort of the mask and am encouraged that I’ll transition to using CPAP in a relatively short period of time.

    My only concern with the AirSense 10 is the cellular communication of data. Without bluetooth, you don’t connect to the machine for data. You rely on the app to connect to your account, which has used a cellular signal to gather your information from the machine sitting right beside you. If you are in an area with poor cell service, that data might not have been transmitted.

    The documentation even says it could take an hour or more after waking for the app to have access to your sleep information. Really? With today’s technology? An hour or more? To gather data from a device sitting right beside you?

    ResMed needs to rethink that for the next iteration of their machine.

    • Hi Greg,

      Thank you for your feedback. I know that it must be frustrating knowing that you may not have access to your sleep data immediately.

      ResMed is always striving to come up with possible solutions to their customer’s frustrations. I reached out to ResMed directly and was advised that the data transfer does take at least an hour to transfer from device to the app, but it has nothing to do with the bluetooth, and the delay is with the machine itself.

      For further questions, or concerns please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221, or you may e-mail us at: cpap@cpap.com. Also, if you would like any further clarifications regarding the data transferring process, or time periods, you may reach ResMed directly at: 1-800-424-0737.

      Have a great weekend!

  4. Being in the market for a new machine, I was interested to read this article on the best CPAPs. After reading it, however, I’m left wondering if the authors have actual experience with the equipment being written about. It’s hard to know whether I’m just reading a regurgitation of specs with some opinion about them, or a professional review information based on actual use. I was hoping for the later.

    Part of my concern comes from the AirMini review. Much made about the HumidX feature, which is certainly an interesting solution to providing humidification in a highly portable machine. Despite that, I was a bit surprised by the high rating for humidification. I have tried this machine and loved almost everything about it. While the machine itself was pretty quiet, the nature of the HumidX design creates a very loud Darth Vader sort of sound while breathing (at least with the P10 mask I used). For some it wouldn’t be an issue, but it was a showstopper for me. Had I not had direct experience with the machine, I would never have known about this issue from the review. That’s a glaring omission in the article, given it’s a key bit of information that could influence the reader’s decision. It creates a question about what other pros and cons are missing.

    To help inform the reader, please ensure the articles state whether a review is based on third party information or actual use. In the latter case, please include all key pro and cons.

    • Hi AJ, thank you for your feedback. I can totally understand where you are coming from with your concerns. However, the ratings for the machine that you are speaking about AirMini, specifically lists the drawback for the 30 Decibels (noise level) also, for noise the machine is rated very low with a score of 4 out of 10.

      The article goes even further stating that the noise tolerance level varies from patient to patient. Whereas, some folks may not be bothered by the sound level, others such as yourself will see the sound level as a deal breaker.

      This is why CPAP.com offers free 30 day returns on this machine. We certainly have no interest in making any false claims, or no desire to give the illusion that any of our products are rated higher than they actually are.

      Some of our articles are written by professionals, some by researchers and then others by actual CPAP users. If you scroll to the bottom of each article written, you will see a little bit of information about the Author.

      Thank you for your feedback and if you have any further questions, or concerns, please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221.

      Enjoy your day!

  5. Pat Martin Reply

    I have the Airsense 10. What is missing from all your reviews is quality; as in how long before it breaks. You should have done the work required to speak to the repair people because the Airsense 10 is well-known, and infamous among CPAP techs, to have the humidifier fail within a year.

    So the CPAP devices that have a separate humidifier, or another technology that doesn’t require an ability to steam water, has a clear advantage in the real world. Moreso once you realize that your $900 CPAP machine is gonna give you a sore throat every morning once the humidifier inevitable fails. And getting it replaced, even under warranty, takes weeks.

    • Hi Pat, i’m sorry you’re experiencing issues with your Airsense 10 with built in heated humidifier. It is not our experience that humidifiers fail with the AirSense 10, or any other, within the warranty period. While certainly it can happen, it is not the norm. At CPAP.com, we do as much troubleshooting over the phone to diagnose what the issue is with the machine – In some cases, our warranty period can be less than a week turnaround, and of course we offer loaner machines during this time, if they are needed.

      That being said, for some people the ability to simply remove and replace the humdifier can be an added benefit – though, truth be told, sometimes its harder to troubleshoot because the issue is actually with the machine itself and not the humdifier.

      Did you purchase your machine from CPAP.com? If so, I will be more than happy to assist you with any technical concerns that you have. Please contact us at: 1-800-356-5221 and ask for Carol.

      Have a great day!

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