Last updated August 15, 2019
CPAP masks come in three basic styles: full face, nasal pillow, and nasal. Full face masks typically cover the nose and mouth, nasal pillow masks provide air directly to the nostrils, and nasal masks provide air to the base of the nose. Check out our guide on the different types of CPAP masks to learn more. If you feel like you know the basics already, you can skip the intro and jump in!
Now that we’ve discussed the three basic types of CPAP masks, let’s examine the six best CPAP masks and discuss the advantages of each.
We’ve scoured the CPAP.com catalog to find the best CPAP masks of 2019—and we think you’ll like what we found! To rank the masks, we established a 100 point grading scale, broken into ten categories. Each category has a scale of 1-10, with 1 being the worst and 10 being the best. All the categories are added together, forming a final score which determines its ranking.
The 6 Best CPAP Masks of 2019
|ResMed AirFit P10||Philips Respironics DreamWear Nasal||Fisher & Paykel Brevida Nasal Pillow||ResMed AirFit F20 Full Face||ResMed Swift FX||Philips Respironics ComfortGel Blue Nasal|
|Ease of Use||10||8||9||9||8||6|
|Ease of Maintenance||10||6||7||10||6||6|
|Active Sleeper Friendly||10||10||9||4||8||4|
|Field of Vision Obstruction||10||10||6||9||10||3|
|Cushion Comfort and Design||8||8||8||9||8||8|
|Headgear Comfort and Design||10||10||10||10||8||8|
1. AirFit P10 & P10 for Her Nasal Pillow CPAP Mask by ResMed
If a quiet mask is a priority for you, there isn’t much better on the market today than the AirFit P10 Nasal Pillow CPAP Mask. It is 50% quieter than the Swift FX, which is already a silent system itself. A lightweight and simple design, it works well for those who move around a lot at night, and the flexible nasal pillows and QuickFit elastic headgear deliver comfortable operation and a stellar fit. A unique feature with the P10 line is the AirFit P10 For Her Nasal Pillow CPAP Mask. This option is custom-designed for the unique physiological needs of women. Both nasal pillow CPAP masks provide air directly to each nostril for easier breathing during sleep.
|Notable Specs||silicone cushion, free return insurance, quiet mask|
|Lifestyle Needs||Good for claustrophobia, facial hair, T.V. watching, active sleepers, and people who wear glasses,|
|Sleeping Positions||Good for side sleepers, back sleepers, stomach sleepers|
|Ease of Use||10||The AirFit P10 is one of the most intuitive masks to use, and only has one set of headgear straps that go over the back of the head.|
|Ease of Maintenance||10||The P10 only has a few pieces, and it’s easy to take apart and clean. For customers looking for a simple mask, there isn’t one much better than this.|
|Quiet Operation||8||While not the quietest mask, the P10 earns high honors here too, thanks to ResMed’s innovative design.|
|Active Sleeper Friendly||10||The short tube design of the AirFit P10 is lightweight and flexible. Using a short tube allows for movement and flexibility, a perfect fit for the needs of an active sleeper.|
|Field of Vision Obstruction||10||Nasal pillow masks, in general, are minimalistic but the P10 is one of the most minimally intrusive nasal pillow masks in the market.|
|Cushion Comfort and Design||8||The pillows for the P10 are small and compact and make for a good seal around the nostrils.|
|Headgear Comfort and Design||10||The headgear is soft and provides minimal contact with the face.|
|Cost||8||Priced at around $100, this isn’t the least expensive nor is it the most expensive.|
|Uniqueness||7||Of all nasal pillow mask, ResMed has built one of the smallest and most lightweight in the category.|
|Sizing Variety||8||Mask is only available in small, medium, and large sizes. The “For Her” version is available in x-small, small, and medium sizes.|
Final Score: 89 / 100
2. DreamWear Nasal CPAP Mask by Philips Respironics
Philips Respironics is a leader in CPAP equipment, and their DreamWear series of nasal CPAP masks are comfortable, ergonomic and effective. The DreamWear Nasal CPAP Mask offers a top-mount CPAP hose, which minimizes hose contact with the face and keeps nighttime interruptions to a minimum. The mask uses a tube-like frame for superior comfort and sealing effect, while the fully adjustable headgear ensures a custom fit. This mask is great for back sleepers, too. The DreamWear family of CPAP masks also comes in Full Face and Nasal Pillow versions, so this is truly a mask that every CPAP user can enjoy.
|Notable Specs:||Open field of vision, unique frame design, free return insurance, silicone cushion, lightweight construction|
|Lifestyle Needs:||Good for claustrophobia, active sleepers, T.V. friendly, and facial hair|
|Sleeping Positions:||Good for back sleepers, side sleepers, and stomach sleepers|
|Ease of Use||8||The hose connection is on top of the head, and it has a 360-degree swivel, allowing for unrivaled freedom of movement. With the hose connection on top of the head, it can be difficult to get used to at first.|
|Ease of Maintenance||6||The frame for this mask is hollow, meaning the air passes through it and as such the frame will need to be submerged in water when cleaning it, making it a little more involved to clean than some other masks.|
|Quiet Operation||8||The mask is quiet, diffusing, and dampening most of the sound.|
|Active Sleeper Friendly||10||Of the masks on this list, none are better for active sleepers than the DreamWear series of masks. If you’re a mouth-breather, don’t worry. Philips has a DreamWear for full-face users too!|
|Field of Vision Obstruction||10||This mask has a wide-open field of vision, one of the widest on this list. You can do almost any visual activity with this mask.|
|Cushion Comfort and Design||8||The DreamWear’s silicone cushion is among the most comfortable. Some customers reported it is harder to seal than other masks, which keeps it from getting a perfect rating in this category.|
|Headgear Comfort and Design||10||Due to the unique frame design, the headgear is minimal and comfortable for many users.|
|Cost||8||With a price of around $100, it’s right in the middle of the pack when it comes to cost.|
|Uniqueness||10||The DreamWear is the only one of its kind, with a hollow frame design and unique hose connection. This is the most unique mask in our review.|
|Sizing Variety||9||Mask is available in small, medium, large, and wide sizes. It’s also cross-compatible with the other types of DreamWear mask.|
Final Score: 87 / 100
3. Brevida Nasal Pillow CPAP Mask by Fisher & Paykel
The Brevida Nasal Pillow CPAP Mask is a relative newcomer to the CPAP mask market, and a lot of people are excited about it. It’s a mask that features comfortable, low-profile nasal pillows, that are designed for minimal contact with the face. It includes several different sizes of cushions, so that no matter what size nose you have, there’s a comfortable cushion for you. It also comes with easily adjustable headgear. Because good CPAP mask care requires disassembling the mask from time to time for cleaning, the Brevida has all the connection points color-coded, so that you can easily put it back together. The Brevida Nasal Pillow CPAP Mask also makes use of so-called “short tube” design, which gives the wearer more flexibility and freedom of movement.
|Notable Specs:||sizes for small and wide faces, silicone cushion, free return insurance, open field of vision, lightweight design, short tube construction|
|Manufacturer:||Fisher & Paykel|
|Lifestyle Needs:||Good for claustrophobia, active sleepers, T.V. friendly, and facial hair|
|Sleeping Positions:||Good for side sleepers, back sleepers|
|Ease of Use||9||The headgear is easy to adjust, and most of the detachable parts are color-coded, so it’s easy to figure out where the different parts go, which is very user-friendly.|
|Ease of Maintenance||7||The mask has minimal parts, but it’s not the easiest out of the other masks on this list.|
|Quiet Operation||7||The mask is quiet, diffusing, and dampening most of the sound.|
|Active Sleeper Friendly||9||The short tube design for this mask makes it easy to move around during your sleep and is good for active sleepers.|
|Field of Vision Obstruction||6||This mask has a wider field of vision, but for nasal pillow masks, this has the widest footprint of any mask on this list.|
|Cushion Comfort and Design||8||The cushion is designed for comfort, but it’s also big compared to some of our other nasal pillows.|
|Headgear Comfort and Design||10||The headgear is simplistic and has minimal touchpoints on the face.|
|Cost||8||Priced at around $90, this CPAP mask costs less than many of the other masks on our list.|
|Uniqueness||6||The design isn’t as innovative as some of the others on this list, which is the reason for the 6 rating.|
|Sizing Variety||9||This mask has x-small, small, medium, and large sizes, and is great for those with small faces.|
Final Score: 79 / 100
4. AirFit F20 Full Face Mask by ResMed
The AirFit F20 by ResMed came out a few years ago and remains one of CPAP.com’s most popular full face masks to date. While it covers the bridge of the nose, the AirFit F20 does a good job of minimizing the bulk found on some other masks. It features a lower profile cushion, which is better for people desiring a more open field of vision that allows for TV watching or other pleasurable bedtime activities. The F20 mask also works well with the AirMini AutoSet CPAP machine and has a special adapter that allows you to connect it to the AirMini’s specialized tube. It’s also less claustrophobic than other full face masks of the same style.
It’s a full face mask designed for comfort, one that also satisfies a number of lifestyle needs, and doesn’t have traditional forehead support, so there are fewer touchpoints. Its lower-profile cushion and comfortable headgear straps with magnetic clips make it easy to get on and off.
|Notable Specs:||silicone mask, free return insurance, quiet mask|
|Lifestyle Needs:||Good for claustrophobia, T.V. friendly, active sleepers, and mouth breathers|
|Sleeping Positions:||Good for back sleepers and side sleepers|
|Ease of Use||9||The headgear magnetic clips make it easy to take on and off, and it’s not that hard to adjust. It’s not the easiest mask on this list to use, but it’s one of the better ones.|
|Ease of Maintenance||10||The ResMed AirFit F20 has headgear straps, the frame, elbow, and cushion. The parts disassemble easily and make for easy cleaning.|
|Quiet Operation||9||The ResMed AirFit F20 features the QuietAir Elbow, which dampens most of the noise associated with the mask. This helps reduce the sound of the exhaled air to where the mask can be whisper quiet.|
|Active Sleeper Friendly||4||The F20 makes use of the Quiet Air Elbow, which allows for some movement, but the design of the mask would not accommodate sleeping on the stomach, should you wind up in this position. It should be noted that full face masks, in general, don’t do well for active sleepers.|
|Field of Vision Obstruction||9||The F20 does a good job of keeping most of the bulk away from the eyes and your field of vision, allowing you to see more than what you’d normally be able to see. It’s not the most wide-open full face mask on the market by any means, but it does a good job of allowing you to be able to see more than you would with a typical full face mask.|
|Cushion Comfort and Design||9||The cushion on the F20 creates a solid seal and also provides a lot of comfort by creating a firm but reliable seal.|
|Headgear Comfort and Design||10||The soft and plush headgear is the best in class when it comes to comfort. It also doesn’t require a forehead strap which will help reduce the appearance of red marks and help make for a much better overall experience.|
|Cost||6||This mask is one of the more expensive ones, but you get what you pay for in this case. The ResMed F20 is one of the best CPAP masks in the category.|
|Uniqueness||7||It’s evident that ResMed is trying to minimize some of the annoyances people typically find with full face masks, and they’ve clearly listened to their customers in this case. The mask solves some problems that others don’t, especially with a lower profile cushion and magnetic headgear clips.|
|Sizing Variety||5||The mask is only available in small, medium and large sizes, and doesn’t have special.|
Final Score: 78 / 100
5. Swift FX Nasal Pillow CPAP Mask by ResMed
The Swift FX Nasal Pillow CPAP Mask offers adjustable and flexible pillows and even comes in a model designed specifically for women. The soft fleece backing on the silicone headgear keeps the unit in place, while the way the entire unit fits the wearer’s face almost makes it feel like the CPAP mask isn’t there.
Customers like the fact that the venting is on the elbow, out and away from the wearer. This helps provide comfortable relaxation for both you and your bed partner. It’s also good for active sleepers and people that are interested in a wide-open field of vision. This makes it one of the most popular masks on the market today, and it’s a reason many people buy this mask.
|Notable Specs:||silicone cushion, headgear quick clips, free return insurance|
|Lifestyle Needs:||Good for claustrophobia, facial hair, T.V. watching, and active sleepers|
|Sleeping Positions:||Good for side sleepers, back sleepers, and stomach sleepers|
|Ease of Use||8||The Swift FX only has two adjustment points on the mask, making it one of the easiest masks to adjust.|
|Ease of Maintenance||6||The Swift Fx uses an unconventional design, venting exhaled air out of the elbow. This is great at making the Swift FX quiet, but it’s also a little more difficult to clean.|
|Quiet Operation||8||One of the biggest selling points for this mask is that it’s very quiet, one of the quietest on the market today.|
|Active Sleeper Friendly||8||This mask allows for a lot of freedom of movement, and it’s great for active sleepers. It’s not <em>the</em> best mask for active sleepers, but it’s <em>one of</em> the best.|
|Field of Vision Obstruction||10||This mask provides for a wide field of vision, allowing someone to do almost any visual activity while falling asleep.|
|Cushion Comfort and Design||8||The cushion for the Swift FX is comfortable and reliable, providing a solid seal and quiet operation.|
|Headgear Comfort and Design||8||The silicone frame can be kind of uncomfortable, but ResMed has a solution. The mask comes with cloth Soft Wraps to make it feel soft to the touch when worn on the face, which is why it still earns a high mark for comfort.|
|Cost||8||Priced at around $100, this isn’t the least expensive nor is it the most expensive. For what you get, it’s very reasonably priced.|
|Uniqueness||9||The Swift FX has one of the most unique designs of any mask in our catalog, the quiet venting on the elbow is a unique solution to a problem of noise and partner irritation.|
|Sizing Variety||8||Mask is only available in small, medium, and large sizes. The “For Her” version comes in x-small, small, medium, and large sizes.|
Final Score: 81 / 100
6. ComfortGel Blue Nasal CPAP Mask by Philips Respironics
The ComfortGel Blue Nasal CPAP Mask is extremely comfortable thanks to the improved gel cushion technology used throughout. A combination of a gel cushion and a silicone flap system improves performance and enhances comfort at the same time. Premium forehead pads and high-quality headgear keep the unit in place with ease, and the System One Resistance Control feature ensures reliable pressure when used with a variety of CPAP systems. Many people go with the ComfortGet Blue Nasal CPAP Mask because of the low price, and the mask doesn’t disappoint.
|Notable Specs:||gel cushion, small and wide sizes, free return insurance, headgear quick clips, forehead support|
|Lifestyle Needs:||Good for users with facial hair|
|Sleeping Positions:||Good for back sleepers and side sleepers|
|Ease of Use||6||This mask has forehead support, meaning it has four points to adjust the headgear, more than some other models.|
|Ease of Maintenance||6||There’s a lot of moving parts to this mask, but the Gel cushions provide a lot of comforts that people seem to enjoy.|
|Quiet Operation||6||The ComfortGel Blue has some noise diffusion, so it operates quietly, though not as quiet as some more modern masks.|
|Active Sleeper Friendly||4||This mask has a lot of bulk to the center of the face and forehead and is not recommended for active sleepers.|
|Field of Vision Obstruction||3||This mask covers the bridge of the nose and obstructs the field of vision. For people that want to read or watch TV, this mask is not recommended.|
|Cushion Comfort and Design||8||The gel cushion featured on this mask is one of the most comfortable around and most users like it. Many customers say comfort is the best feature of this mask.|
|Headgear Comfort and Design||8||The headgear has a forehead strap and a forehead pad that anchors the cushion. Despite the extra equipment, the forehead strap is very comfortable, with customers especially liking the forehead pad.|
|Cost||10||This is one of the least expensive nasal masks on the market.|
|Uniqueness||7||The ComfortGel Blue is a unique blend of comfort, stability, and of course, price, creating a CPAP mask that a lot of people seem to like.|
|Sizing Variety||9||Mask is available in petite, small, medium and large sizes.|
Final Score: 67 / 100
What Makes These Masks the Best?
We’ve developed a rating scale that ranks ten common characteristics of CPAP masks on a scale of 1 – 10, with a score of 1 being the worst, and a score of 10 being the best. Our score is based on our review of the product features as well as feedback from customers.
We then assign a score to each category, and when complete, we add up the scores from all categories and assign a final score (out of 100).
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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.