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 DreamStation||ResMed AirSense 10|
|Sound Comparison||25.8 dBa||26.6 dBa|
|Weight with Humidifier||3.16 lb (1.56 lb Without Humidifier)||2.75 lb|
|Size with Humidifier||11.7 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|
|Design||Glossy White Design with a Short, Boxy Shape||Sleek Black Design with a Tall, Thin Profile|
|Therapy Tracking Ability?||Yes||Yes|
|Optional Batteries||Freedom Travel Battery with the DreamStation Adapter or the Respironics Travel Battery Kit||Medistrom Pilot 24-Lite|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
David Repasky has been using CPAP treatment since 2017 and has first-hand experience with what it’s like to live with Sleep Apnea. He brings the patient’s perspective to the CPAP.com blog and has received formal training in CPAP machines, masks, and equipment.