CPAP Product Reviews

Quiet CPAP Masks for Quieter Therapy

Let’s face it. Masks can be annoying. Some of them make a lot of noise, blow air into the eyes, or bother a sleeping partner. Quiet masks are well-loved among CPAP users, and this blog post has a comprehensive list of some of the quietest masks on the market today– with customer reviews. These are some of the most-loved and highest-rated masks among CPAP users. Want to see if yours made the list? Read on to find out!

 

What Causes Mask Noise?

When you exhale, the pressure from your CPAP machine must be exhausted out of the mask through the ports, so the design of your mask can affect the sound. The venting of exhaled air can also disturb your spouse or sleeping partner, especially if you sleep in a position where the air blows directly on them. While many manufacturers aim to create quiet CPAP masks, some do an especially great job. Here are a few masks that have gained popularity in the CPAP community for being quiet and what people are saying about them.

 

Quiet CPAP Masks

 

Resmed AirFit P10 Nasal Pillow Mask

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AirFit™ P10 – “I love it. It is so quiet and light. I could hardly believe the air was coming through, it was so gentle.” – Michael, FL
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Resmed AirFit™ P10 Nasal Pillow Mask

Representing the next generation in quiet venting technology, the Resmed AirFit™ P10 is over 50% quieter than the Swift™ FX. The most remarkable thing about this statistic is that the Swift™ FX is pretty quiet, to begin with. The AirFit™ P10 features a short tube design that allows for greater movement and flexibility while sleeping. The AirFit™ P10 is one of the most beloved and best-selling CPAP masks available, accounting for an astonishing 37% of total nasal pillow sales on CPAP.com. For most people that breathe through their nose, this mask makes it easy to fall and stay asleep. If you’re trying out a few different masks, you’ll definitely want to give the AirFit™ P10 a try.

 

Resmed Swift FX Nasal Pillow Mask

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Swift™ FX – “I have tried just about all the masks out there, and for me, this is the best I have had in 15 years. Very comfortable and noiseless.”- Anonymous, GA
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Resmed Swift™ FX Nasal Pillow Mask

The exhalation ports for this mask are on the sides, making the venting barely noticeable. The quiet, ergonomic design makes it easy to relax and get ready for bed. The Swift™FX features a soft silicone-based design for a light and very comfortable fit. It’s gentle on the face and very light to the touch. Like its Resmed cousin, the AirFit™ P10, the Swift™ FX is a very popular and well-liked mask, accounting for 25% of Nasal Pillow sales. If you breathe through your nose, it’s worth checking out!

 

Resmed Quattro Air Full Face Mask

Quattro™ Air
Quattro™ Air – “The new soft-edge headgear is also very comfortable, and the circular air diffuser is both quiet and unobtrusive.” – Steven R, Canada
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Resmed Quattro™ Air Full Face Mask

The Resmed Quattro™ Air is a very simplistic and unique design consisting of only four parts. It has a lightweight and open frame that makes it easy on the face and comfortable all night long. It features a Spring Air Cushion that is lightweight and very flexible. The dual wall design greatly reduces pressure on the face and supports the seal, making it suitable for anyone who breathes through the nose and mouth. Overall this is a very unique design, one many customers have enjoyed since its release several years ago.

 

Philips Respironics Nuance & Nuance Pro Nasal Pillow Mask

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Nuance & Nuance Pro – “For those who enjoy nasal pillows, this product is both comfortable and quiet.”- Howard H, VA
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Philips Respironics Nuance & Nuance Pro Nasal Pillow Mask

This mask represents a first of its kind in nasal pillow technology. Philips Respironics, a leading CPAP manufacturer and a pioneer in the field, introduces a nasal pillow mask that makes use of gel cushions typically found on full face masks. Gel cushions are popular because of their comfort, but you don’t see it much in nasal pillow mask styles. The Nuance & Nuance Pro brings the comfort of gel technology home to a nasal pillow mask, a first of its kind in the industry when it was released several years ago. It also features a quiet venting system that helps you get a great night’s sleep.

 

Resmed Mirage Activa LT Nasal Mask

Mirage Activa™ LT
Mirage Activa™ LT – “This mask seals nicely to your face, and the seal doesn’t break when you move your head around. The exhaust vent is very quiet.”- Ken C, IN
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Resmed Mirage Activa™ LT Nasal Mask

The Mirage Activa™ LT features a diffusion vent that disperses air softly and quieter than ever before. The exhalation ports are configured in a circular design that greatly reduces the audible sound of exhaled air and redirects the airflow away from your spouse or sleeping partner. This quiet venting technology is enjoyed by anyone that wants to fall asleep quickly, with few irritations or distractions.

 

Fisher & Paykel Pilairo Q Nasal Pillow Mask

Pilairo Q
Pilairo Q – “Excellent product. Soft, comfortable nasal pillow and nice and quiet.” – Grant L, UT
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Fisher & Paykel Pilairo Q Nasal Pillow Mask
One of the biggest improvements from the original design centers on the diffuser and exhalation port of the Pilairo Q. The diffuser helps reduce noise created from air being vented through the exhalation ports, providing a better experience for your spouse or sleeping partner. The extra diffuser is an innovation that has been really effective at reducing noise and increasing overall comfort. The Pilairo Q is a mask that should be high on the list of nasal pillows to try, especially if you’re testing out several different kinds of masks.

 

Philips Respironics Amara View Full Face Mask

Amara View Full Face Mask
Amara View Full Face Mask – “Have used it almost a month now and it is wonderful. Comfortable, unrestricted view, little to no marks in the morning, easy to adjust. Oh, did I mention I love it?” – Anonymous, TN
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Philips Respironics Amara View Full Face Mask

Features an original design which uses a rectangular opening in the nasal cushion to deliver the prescribed pressure through the nose. The mask sits below the nostrils creating an open view, and the headgear works together with the mask to create a seal below the nostrils and mouth, eliminating the need for the traditional forehead support, for a more comfortable sleep.

 

What Can I do to Quiet the Mask I’ve Got?

Don’t worry if the mask you’ve got isn’t listed above, there are a few things you can do to help quiet things down with your current setup.

 

Make Sure Your Mask is Sealed Properly

Make sure your mask is sealing properly. Nothing is louder or more disturbing than a mask leak. It’s good practice to keep your cushion and any other part of your equipment in tip-top shape by cleaning and replacing when needed. You can use our helpful schedule to keep track of which items need to be replaced and when. If your cushion has been replaced and you’re still getting leaks, reassess your setup and make sure your headgear is fitting properly, not too tight or too loose. For some people, certain mask types work better than others. Full face masks generally are a bit tricky to keep sealed as they have a larger surface area, nasal masks, and nasal pillows have a smaller surface and require less skin contact to remain sealed.

 

Position the Mask Right to Reduce Blowing Air

It’s also important to make sure the mask fits in a way that the venting air doesn’t blow directly on the face or your sleeping companion, as that can be distracting. Vented air also sometimes has an audible sound to it. It’s important to decide if the sound of vented air is something you can live with. If not, you may want to look for a mask that is rated as being extra quiet, like the AirFit™ P10, the Swift™ FX, Pilairo Q, or the Mirage Activa LT. These masks utilize technology that reduces or dampens the sound of the vented air, and deal with it in a way that’s less distracting to you or your partner.

 

Hose Noise

Last but not least, your hose can carry unwanted CPAP machine noise up to your mask. The Q-Tube is a device designed to be placed inline with your machine and hose to trap and muffle the sound as it passes through the hose.

Sometimes the hose itself can rub against bedposts and nightstands creating sound. If this is an issue, try a SnuggleHose to add padding to the exterior of your hose to prevent any unwanted noise. An added benefit of the SnuggleHose is that if you use a heated humidifier, the SnuggleHose can reduce the presence of condensation forming inside of the hose itself during use.

Do you have additional questions about CPAP masks? We’ve created a comprehensive resource about CPAP masks that will hopefully answer some of the most common questions you have about masks. Learn about the different mask types, and how to solve common problems.

CPAP therapy noise can be disturbing for you and your bed partner, but don’t get discouraged! Quiet therapy is within reach. If you need more help, feel free to join other CPAP users on CPAPTalk.

Aaron McCann has been working in the CPAP industry for nearly five years researching and learning about the latest and greatest in CPAP therapy and equipment. Aaron is committed to helping the CPAP community achieve better sleep and a better quality of life!

21 Comments

  1. Barry Isaacson Reply

    I find when I stop breathing and the machine kicks up the air pressure to get me to breath, that higher pressure doesn’t always go back down. As a result the mask “bubbles” and “breaks” – my words – and I experience air leakage noises. I turn the machine off and back on which resets, the noise and pressure return to normal.

  2. daniel w myers Reply

    wish someone would make an effective mouth guard to be used with nasal pillows–chin straps are only partially effective in stopping mouth breathing. Something is needed to completely seal off mouth breathing!

  3. I am trying out the Apex xt auto. I don’t have a copy of the user manual. I saw one instructional video online but it was only for CPAP mode, not APAP mode. Can you send me a link to either the user manual, or an appropriate tutorial for this machine? Can you email me a user manual? Szjessel@gmail.com

    • Aaron McCann Reply

      Hey SZ,

      I have emailed you the user manual for the XT Auto. Let me know if you have any questions!

  4. Tom Gunderson Reply

    Ive neen diagnosed with severe sleep apnea, I have no imsirance. Its very expensive.

    • Aaron McCann Reply

      Tom,

      Although CPAP equipment can be expensive, we offer some low-cost machines and masks.

      Give us a call at 1-800-356-5221 if you ever need help picking out equipment!

  5. I use the nose pillows but they fall out of my nose while I sleep and I get a lot of air in my nose I have to wake up and turn off my CPAP because it makes my nose hurt so I can not wear it and it drys out my nose

    • Aaron McCann Reply

      Hey Cheryl,

      Sorry to hear you are having trouble with your therapy. Many CPAP users add humidification to their equipment to help reduce irritation and dryness. Many machines offer integrated humidifiers that are designed to connect directly to the machine itself. You can also purchase a universal humidifier that will work with any machine.

      Nasal pillows can be a bit tricky to use. You can try a nasal mask such as the DreamWear which features a cushion that rests just below your nose, this may suit you better.

      If you have questions feel free to speak with our CPAP experts by calling 1-800-356-5221.

  6. I am trying out the Respironics DreamWear. Though built primarily for men my sleep manager thought I should try it as a temporary fix because I have had a lot of problems with redness and sores around my nares and this mask just sits against your nares. I had to play with the headgear and different sizes to find just the right combination but once I did I could not have been happier. It stays in place with only minimal shifting during the night despite the minimalist headgear. It is so soft I have no red marks or sores around my nose. This temporary fix has turned into my favorite nasal gear!

  7. Gordon gottlieb Reply

    I have yet to find a truley QUIET mask. Every night I am disturbing my wife and I.I need to use my machine every night and it’s not fair to my wife.

  8. Vicki Alexander Reply

    I have used a full mask cpap the problem is that my eyes have swollen up in the am I have to soak my eyes to get them open. I also have very large bags under my eyes that I never had before.I tried the nasal cpap but my nose would swell shut.Anyone having this problem??

    • Aaron McCann Reply

      Hey Vicki,

      Sorry to hear that you are experiencing that :(. Our best recommendation would be to talk with your doctor on how to proceed.

  9. I also have huge permanent lines under my eyes from long term use of my cpap. I have a very flat bridge to my nose and can’t find any mask that doesn’t leak. Does anyone else have these issues? This is a bad problem, much less making me look 20 years older now because of the lines underneath my eyes.

    • Finding the right mask can be tricky. Recommend trying a mask at CPAP.com with free returns. Basically, after you purchase a mask, you have 30 days to try it out and return it if its not the right one for you. Often times when people experience lines or red marks, it could be due to over tightening of the mask – which ultimately comes down to the right fit.

      Check out: https://www.cpap.com/cpap-masks/free-return-insurance.php

      Feel free to call 800 356 5221 if you would like to talk to a CPAP expert 🙂

  10. Autopapmama Reply

    To Vicki Alexander-it is possible you are allergic to the latex or other components in the mask. Please talk to your doctor ASAP!

  11. David Scaltreto Reply

    I am using a Comfort Gel Blue full face mask, but the leaks, air noise & air blowing from the mask keeps my wife awake. Can you recommend a quiet mask with minimal air leaks?

    • MICHAEL LIN Reply

      Hi David,

      We’re sorry to hear about this issue. If your current mask cushion is old, then we recommend replacing it with a new ComfortGel Blue Cushion first. This may help keep a better seal throughout the night. It’s important to keep in mind, while some masks may generally hold a better seal than others, all faces are different. Therefore, it’s difficult to determine whether a certain quiet mask will work just as well for another person. If further help is needed, please call our customer support at 1-800-356-5221 for live assistance!

      Michael

  12. “If your cushion has been replaced and your still getting leaks“

    “You are” = “you’re” not “your”.

  13. When I travel I use my dream station cpap without the humidifier. The mask is so loud I’m having trouble falling asleep. Why is it so much louder without the humidifier and what can I do to quiet things down?
    Elaine

    • Hi Elaine, I reached out to Philips Respironics, the manufacturer of your machine and was advised that the humidifier deafens the noise a bit, so without it you will hear some sound, but it should not be a significant difference.

      Also, after doing some research, I have found other customers who experience the same noise issue. You may try adding a Muffler to your therapy, when the humidifier is not being used. Please see the link below for more information.

      https://www.cpap.com/productpage/human-design-medical-q-tube-muffler

      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 great day!

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