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Respironics DreamStation vs ResMed Airsense 10: Which is Better?

Diving into specific feature comparisons makes CPAP machine shopping much easier. Up to battle today is the Philips Respironics DreamStation Auto CPAP Machine versus the ResMed AirSense 10 AutoSet with HumidAir Heated Humidifier.

Now, are you asking yourself which features we will be putting to the test? We’ll uncover the ins and outs of the sound output, humidification features, weight, size, and design elements. In addition to these important specifications, we’ll examine the pressure relief features, therapy tracking capabilities, and battery options.

To determine which machine best suits your sleep needs, grab your favorite notebook and create your CPAP machine wish-list to narrow down the features that matter the most to you!

Respironics DreamStation vs. ResMed AirSense 10

Respironics DreamStationResMed AirSense 10
Sound Comparison25.8 dBa26.6 dBa
Humidification SystemOptionalBuilt-In
Weight with Humidifier3.16 lb (1.56 lb Without Humidifier)2.75 lb
Size with Humidifier11.7 x 7.6 x 3.3 in (7.6 x 6.2 x 3.3 in without Humidifier)4.6 x 10.0 x 5.91 in
DesignGlossy White Design with a Short, Boxy ShapeSleek Black Design with a Tall, Thin Profile
Therapy Tracking Ability?YesYes
Optional BatteriesFreedom Travel Battery with the DreamStation Adapter or the Respironics Travel Battery KitMedistrom Pilot 24-Lite

Sound Comparison

Is your CPAP machine’s sound output one of the most important qualities to you and your sleeping companion? Since you are using the machine while you’re sleeping, you would ideally want the quietest CPAP machine possible. Both the AirSense 10 and the DreamStation are classified as whisper-quiet.

The sound level of the AirSense 10 is slightly higher at 26.6 decibels. While the DreamStation has a sound level of 25.8 decibels. However, they are close enough that this feature may not be the decision-maker between the two machines.

Humidification

Hot or cold air humidification is an important factor in sleep apnea therapy. When choosing your ideal CPAP machine, note that some units are designed with humidification systems built-in and some are optional. In addition, an important feature to you may be the ability to choose or switch the air temperature.

A key selling point of the AirSense 10 is the built-in HumidAir Humidifier, which provides a humidification element in the standard footprint of the machine without needing to attach any other equipment. The humidification system can help ease any dryness you may be experiencing in your nose or throat. Both temperature and humidity are automatically set for maximum comfortability, but they can also be adjusted. On the other hand, the DreamStation’s humidification is optional and must be separately attached, creating a slightly larger footprint size-wise.

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Weight

Next in the AirSense 10 vs DreamStation comparison, we will analyze the weight of each machine. The machine’s weight plays a major role when traveling and transporting the machine. Here’s where having an attached humidifier sets the AirSense 10 apart from the DreamStation. The AirSense 10 weighs 2.75 pounds with the humidifier while the DreamStation weighs 3.16 pounds with the optional humidifier. This means that with humidification, the AirSense 10 wins weight-wise. However, if humification is not an important feature to you, the DreamStation weighs over a pound less than the AirSense 10 at just 1.56 pounds without humidification. If you’re someone who plans to travel with your machine and you want the added benefits of humidification, the AirSense 10 is the winner.

Size

When it comes to traveling, the compact size of your machine matters. The AirSense 10 measures at 4.6 x 10.0 x 5.91 inches. The DreamStation measures at 7.6 x 6.2 x 3.3 inches. The AirSense is slightly larger, but this is the size of the DreamStation before the humidifier is attached. The DreamStation with the humidifier is 11.7 x 7.6 x 3.3 inches.

For consumers searching for the smallest size for travel, the winner is the DreamStation without the humidifier attached. However, if you want the added benefits of humidification, the DreamStation also checks in as smaller in the width and height categories.

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Design

Another major difference between the DreamStation and the AirSense 10 is the overall look of the units. The AirSense 10 features a sleek black design. The AirSense 10 AutoSet for Her with HumidAir Heated Humidifier features a white, floral design. The AirSense has a tall, thin profile. The DreamStation is only available in one design: a glossy white color with a short, boxy shape. Take a look at the color scheme of your bedroom to decide which design best fits!

Pressure Relief Features

The AirSense 10 has a built-in HumidAir Humidifier that comes with the option of a heated tube, ClimateLineAir. By pairing the heated tube with the humidifier, you are able to reduce bacteria build-up and improve the functionality of your machine. The ResMed system comes equipped with pressure relief using an algorithm called Expiratory Pressure Relief (EPR). The DreamStation also features exhalation relief through its version, A-Flex.

The Respironics DreamStation includes a ramp feature while the AirSense 10 lacks this easy to reach button. For the AirSense 10, you must access the menu in order to use the ramp feature. This extra step can be a challenge when using the device at night or when you are groggy. In addition, the DreamStation features Opti-Start Technology and Auto-Adjusting Pressure Technology. The ResMed also features automatic air pressure adjustments.

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Therapy Tracking

The DreamStation has Bluetooth capability, which allows you to track your therapy through the DreamMapper app. Your data from your previous night of sleep transfers immediately to the app and provides information on your pressure, leak rate, and AHI. In addition, it breaks down the number of apneas and hypopneas.

The AirSense 10 uses the MyAir app to help you track your therapy data. Through the MyAir app, you can track your AHI, leak rate, the number of events per hour, as well as your usage hours.

The data in both apps is useful in helping you spot potential problems.

Battery Options

If you’re planning on taking your machine traveling or on-the-go, different battery options allow you to unplug from the traditional battery sources. In the event of a power outage, battery backups can help you keep your therapy up and running.

The DreamStation operates on a 12V current, making it compatible with popular batteries like the Freedom Travel Battery as long as the necessary DreamStation Adapter is purchased. There is also a battery specifically designed for the DreamStation: the Respironics Travel Battery Kit.

Though it operates at 24V instead of 12V, the AirSense 10 is not without battery options. Users of the AirSense 10 can purchase the Medistrom Pilot 24-Lite, which is specifically designed to provide battery power for 24V units like the AirSense 10.

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Final Call: ResMed AirSense 10 or Respironics DreamStation?

Both the Respironics DreamStation and the ResMed AirSense 10 offer the best in sleep apnea therapy due to their use of advanced technology. Each comes equipped with tons of automated features including auto air pressure, a ramp feature, and humidification. In addition, you will be able to use most of the styles of CPAP masks and CPAP pillows with either of these machines.

The bottom line is to check your CPAP machine wish-list and choose which features best fit your lifestyle. You can choose which machine you like aesthetically or by specific features that you are most interested in.

The best part? You’re able to benefit from the latest in automated CPAP machine technology with both of these full-service CPAP devices.

14 Comments

  1. Larry Moore Reply

    ResMed is the worst machine you can purchase. My doctor prescribed a different face mask and ResMed would not help in getting the correct face mask. The machine has terrible pressures! I think my air compressor in my shop would be more comfortable than Resmed pressure blowing the mask off your face every night I used it. It’s nothing but a paper weight since Resmed won’t help in resolving any issues with their terrible machine!!! Buy another brand if you want any customer service!

    • Hi Larry, i’m sorry that you haven’t had a good experience with your ResMed machine. The experience that you’re having with your machine is isolated, as the manufacturer usually, releases great quality machines. Perhaps, the machine that you have is defective, or maybe the issue isn’t with the machine, but rather the mask.

      If you would like troubleshooting assistance, we’d be glad to help you. Please reach our customer service department at: 1-800-356-5221.

      Have a great day!

    • I wish your statement held merit, but I wholeheartedly disagree with you. Besides the author being slightly biased towards Respironics; couldn’t just say that the Resmed is smaller for traveling and at least another subtle suggestion, I have been using CPAP for over ten years. I have had a couple of each. Not only is my preference the ResMed, I have never had one break down. Just the System One I use now, the reservoir cover has busted twice. On top of that, the humidity control is constantly changing higher. The problem with it is that when you push the button to start, you can accidentally turn the knob shrouding the on button. There is nothing more irritating than waking up to water in your mask on a regular basis. Getting up in the middle of the night to turn the humidity down sucks, as it takes me forever to fall back to sleep. No, all around the ResMed is far superior in build and reliablitiy in my experience.

  2. Dave has a bias toward Respironics and here is why I think that. I have been using CPAP for over ten years and therefore more experience. I also have an oxygen concentrator and need a sleep aid to fall asleep. I have had a couple of each of the CPAPs. Not only is my preference the ResMed, I have never had one break down. Just the System One I use now, the reservoir cover has busted twice and is built so poorly, even with the lid coming off it is a pain to clean. On top of that, the humidity control is constantly changing higher. The problem with it is that when you push the button to start, you can accidentally turn the knob shrouding the on button. There is nothing more irritating than waking up to water in your mask on a regular basis. Getting up in the middle of the night to turn the humidity down sucks, as it takes me forever to fall back to sleep. Another issue that is not an issue, though Dave makes it appear a hassle, is the ramp. I have never talked with anyone who has the option and turns it on and off. They either like it or they don’t. Since any decent unit has variable APAP, ramping is yesteryear. Even my OLD ResMed S8 that only had full air, was always set to no ramp. I tried it, but I found it is just a gimmick that did not help at all. When I want air, I want air. It’s not like it will blow your mask or buds off. It it does, then I would guess the air flow is too high or the mask is too loose. So, pushing a button to turn the ramp on or off is another non starter, though David thinks otherwise; please. No, all around the ResMed is far superior in build and reliability in my experience. The only reason I have Respironics is that was what ALL the biased providers offered at the time, plus I got a dirt cheap, barely used one on C-List. Don’t get me wrong, Respironics is still a quality system, I just find that ResMed is better. I just had a sleep study to find out if I still need an Oxygen Concentrator; I don’t, and they actually had a high end ResMed. I asked them why the didn’t have a Respironics like everywhere else I had been. The technician mentioned they have experienced less issues and more reliability with the ResMed products. I concur. I generally purchase my products new online and backup units on used sites. I have Blue Cross, but with a prescription in hand, I have saved so much money bypassing ripoff companies like Pacific Pulmonary or overpriced insurance co-pays. I have tried many, many, many face masks and the like. The worst for me are the nose buds. They blow air into my nose, down my throat and out my mouth. I have used CPAP.com many times in the past and find it is very competitive. I even purchased a Devilbiss Oxygen Concentrator (OC) that I believe I got from them. I had it 5 years before it needed a rebuild and just bought another. It was far cheaper than the Respironics at the time. I was paying a copay of $75 a month for that system. I asked my Dr. for a prescription and purchased online. In less than 10 months I owned my OC.

    • Hey Chris, thank you for sharing your experiences, we’re sorry if it came across to you that the author had a bias towards one manufacturer over the other as this was not the intention of the article.

      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.

      Have a wonderful day!

  3. Thomas Sims Reply

    Ive been using CPAP for 25 years. Ive had both resmed and respironic equipment. Neither of the resmed machines lasted more than 2 years. My first Respironics unit lasted 6 years and died because it was accidentally dropped into a bucket of water (don’t ask). The replacement has lasted 13 years and I plan to replace it with a dreamstation. Resmed is a close second to respironics in features and functionality but (at least in my experience) they are not in the same ballpark in terms of durability.

    • Hey Thomas, i’m sorry to hear that your ResMed machine didn’t last very long. Our experience and most of our customers report great success and longevity with ResMed manufactured machines. I do however, agree with you that Philips Respironics has great quality products also.

      Thank you for sharing your experience with each of the manufacturers equipment and we wish you the best!

      For questions, or concerns, please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221.

      Have a great day!

  4. I have had an A10 for 9 months. Resmed seems to be spending all their money on software and communications and not enough on their product. The reservoir is too small and breaks very easily. My machine has begun making wheezing, whining noises when turned on. It continues all night long, making it hard to go back to sleep and stay asleep. Then, the reservoir runs dry.
    From the comments I’m not sure if I can get it fixed.
    I will not buy another ResMed machine.

    • Hi Anne, i’m sorry to hear about the problems you’re having with your ResMed machine. Usually, the water chamber holds enough water to last for the night. Please make sure your humidity setting is manual and decrease the humidity level, this should lessen the possibility of your water chamber running empty during the night.

      What are you cleaning your water chamber with? I would recommend you wash your water chamber, with a mild detergent and warm water and your chamber should last 6-12 months. Also, please make sure you are using distilled water, to avoid build-up in the chamber which can cause cracks/leaks.

      In reference to the noise, have you confirmed that the noise is definitely, coming from the machine? If so, please make sure there aren’t any cracks in the chamber, make sure the seal is installed in the chamber properly and its pushed all the way in the humidifier. Have you changed your filter within the last 30 days? If not, please do so to see if this helps with the noise.

      Are you hearing the wheezing, whining noise when you inhale/exhale, or both? If upon exhalation, please adjust your exhalation relief (EPR), to see if this lessens the noise. Are you using any type of Ozone sanitizer with your equipment?

      Also, if you purchased your machine from CPAP.com, please keep in mind that it was sold with a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty. Please feel free to contact us at: 1-800-356-5221 for further assistance.

      We wish you the best!

  5. i’m new to CPAP and my sleep doc prescribed the resmed autoset s10. i’ve had it 2weeks now and wish the tech had told me the “for her” version had a diff algorithm. i was told the design was the only difference. also, i think the additional clinician options were automatically added. i had to go into the settings and allow the extra pressure relief settings and reporting options. i think the EPR really makes the machine more comfortable.

    i’ve reached out to resmed, but their customer service site is a joke. there isn’t a way for the patient to access their sleep data. even fitbit allows patients access to their health data without jumping through hoops. very annoying

    those being said, i’m following manufacturer recs and cleaning and maintaining my equipment and it makes noise. super noisy. i think it’s the rainout in my tube even though my i have a climatelineair tube. wish there was an option to test out both the respironics and resmed for a week each before making a decision.

  6. Re: Comments from Anne Gome and Customer Service Expert Carol, above.
    Hello! I have a brand new Resmed AirSense 10 for her, and am having similar issues to Anne (see posting above). The trial machine from my local sleep clinic was very quiet, but the new one that I have purchased (exactly the same model as the trial machine) is so noisy that it prevents me from sleeping. It is definitely the machine, and seems to be related to air flow within the machine. I can hear the air puffing within the machine, as if it is not blowing at a constant rate. Also, with every inhalation the machine also makes a loud inhalation sound. It sounds like another living creature is breathing right beside me. Can anyone provide advice on this particular issue?

    • Hi Angela,
      I’m very sorry to hear you’re having problems with your CPAP machine. Do you have an APAP (auto-adjusting), or CPAP (constant pressure)?

      Also, you mentioned you’re using the exact same machine as the one in trial, but are the settings on your new machine the exact same as the settings on the trial machine?

      The AirSense 10 is normally, a very quiet machine. Please make sure you have the water chamber and your filter installed properly.

      If the noise persists, you should contact the company who supplied you with your machine for warranty information.

      Please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221, for over the phone troubleshooting, or further concerns.

      Best Wishes!

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