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ResMed AirFit P30i Review: How Does it Compare?

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If you’re an active sleeper looking for a CPAP mask that lets you sleep in any position, the ResMed AirFit P30i Nasal Pillow Mask could be the right mask for you!

This innovative mask features hollow frame headgear with a top-of-the-head hose connection that moves with you. Customers and experts alike praise the P30i’s nasal pillow cushion design because it causes fewer pressure points while maintaining a secure seal.

Our AirFit P30i Review will include:

ResMed AirFit P30i At a Glance

Like other AirFit masks, the AirFit P30i seamlessly combines quality with innovation. This mask lets you sleep however you want, thanks to its secure seal and top-of-the-head hose connection.

This nasal pillow CPAP mask has a lot to offer. Active, side, and belly sleepers love it because it lets them move without getting tangled up in their CPAP hose. It also has a sleek under-the-nose nasal cradle shape, perfect for people with sensitive skin or CPAP claustrophobia.

Additionally, the P30i headgear is interchangeable with the N30i nasal pillows, meaning you can switch between both cushions whenever you want.

AirFit P30i front and side views

AirFit P30i Key Features:

  • Top-of-the-Head Hose Connection With 360° Swivel
  • Nasal Pillow Cushion Minimizes Pressure Points
  • Contoured Shape Moves With You
  • Dual-Wall Nasal Pillows for a Strong Seal
  • Soft Silicone Hollow Frame Headgear Reduces Red Marks
  • One-Size-Fits-All Head Strap Secured With Two Adjustable Velcro Straps
  • Easy On-and-Off Headgear Slips On Over the Head
  • User-Friendly Assembly With Quick-Release Elbow
  • Snap In-Out Nasal Cradle Is Interchangeable With the N30i Nasal Cradle Cushion
  • QuietAir Vent Technology Produces Less Than 21 Decibels
AirFit P30i Is Ideal ForAirFit P30i Is Not Ideal For
Nasal BreathingVery High Pressure Settings
Very Active SleepersLight Sleepers
Any Sleeping PositionPeople With Severely Limited Dexterity
Watching TV or Reading Before BedVery Small or Very Large Face Shapes
Wearing Glasses People With Sensitive Sinuses 
Nighttime Bathroom Trips
CPAP Claustrophobia
Medical Implant Devices 
Facial Hair

Customer Highlights

BEST MASK EVER!— 5 Stars: “This is a game changer. I’ve been using the full face mask for over a year, and it’s been nothing but irritating for me. So the AirFit P30i mask is a live saver. It fits very well and I can sleep in any position without worrying about any leaks or irritating my mouth or causing severe dry mouth like the full face does. So yes, I would definitely recommend this particular nasal mask for the Resmed Air machine.” Verified Purchase 07/19/2023

ProsCons
Unique Headgear Allows for Full Range of MovementHollow Frame Headgear Directs Airflow Near the Ears
Set-It-and-Forget-It Adjustable Headgear Slips Over the HeadNasal Pillows Can Be Uncomfortable at High Pressures
Easy Assembly/Disassembly With Quick-Release Elbow Less Adjustable Than Traditional Headgear
Nasal Pillow Design Minimizes Facial Touch PointsTop-of-the-Head Elbow May Not Be Suitable for People With Dexterity Issues
Accommodates Any Sleeping Position Nasal Pillows Can Cause More Sinus and Nostril Irritation 

The ResMed AirFit P30i Full Review

The AirFit P30i is a Nasal Pillow CPAP mask that lets you move freely in bed without tangling your CPAP hose. The contoured nasal pillows offer a sleek shape that lets you rest in any position without causing your mask to slip out of place. The P30i offers a user-friendly design that is easy to put on and take off.

Let’s review the features that make this mask great!

Top-of-the-Head Hose Connection With Swivel Gives You Room to Move

At first glance, you’ll notice this mask features an innovative top-of-the-head hose connection, which swivels a full 360°.

Active sleepers love this design because it cuts down on hose tangling and pulling.

When you wear the AirFit P30i, you can move freely and make adjustments without having your mask pulled off by your hose.

Under-the-Nose Design Minimizes Pressure Points

The AirFit P30i features a compact nasal pillow design, which sits just below the nose and seals right around the nostrils.

This under-the-nose cushion is perfect for people with sensitive skin or CPAP claustrophobia because it eliminates pressure points and red marks around the nose and cheeks.

Compact Nasal Pillows Stay in Place In Any Position

The AirFit P30i and AirFit P10 are both nasal pillow masks that seal just inside your nostrils. This design has a lot of benefits, including less facial touching.

The P30i cushion is notably more compact because it doesn’t include the traditional front-facing CPAP hose. The slimmed-down design makes it easier to sleep on your stomach or side.

Nasal Pillows Offer a Stronger Seal Than Nasal Cradles

The P30i has a strong, dual-wall seal that moves with you, even when you turn over in bed. This feature adds some extra padding to the seal, which adds flexibility.

Nasal pillows usually offer a stronger seal compared to a nasal cradle mask. So, if you’re a very active sleeper, we suggest going with the P30i rather than the AirFit N30i.

AirFit P30i pillow comparison

Nasal Pillows Can Cause Sinus Discomfort

There is one downside to wearing a nasal pillow mask. Because they slip directly into the nostrils, these masks tend to cause more irritation inside the nose.

The irritation can occur in a couple of different ways— Rubbing and irritation from the nasal pillows themselves or sinus irritation from having airflow directed straight into the nose and sinuses.

Most people find that this discomfort gets worse with higher CPAP pressure settings. While this usually isn’t a major issue, some people find that putting aloe in their nostrils is helpful.

Remember not to use petroleum-based products while wearing your mask, as it can degrade the silicone cushions.

Silicone Hollow Frame Puts Less Pressure On the Head

AirFit 30i masks each feature a hollow frame that directs airflow from the top of the head and into the mask itself.

We love this design because it doesn’t require bulky forehead straps that cause pressure and red marks across the head.

The headgear is made with soft-touch silicone, allowing you to comfortably lay your head on its side without putting additional pressure on your mask.

We suggest purchasing cloth headgear wraps for additional padding if you have sensitive skin.

Accordion-Style Headgear Creates Flexibility

The AirFit P30i isn’t the first mask to offer a top-of-the-head hose connection, but it is one of the best on the market.

Unlike Philips Respironics DreamWear masks, the AirFit P30i mask has an innovative accordion-style frame, which allows the mask to conform to the shape of your head, even when you move.

QuietAir Vents Muffle Noise from Expelled Air

The AirFit P30i has two QuietAir Vents that release excess air – one across the nasal pillow frame and another along the quick-release elbow located at the top of the head.

These vents are positioned in a way that diffuses released air, muffling the sound to 21 decibels. Reviewers especially love the top-of-the-head vent because it doesn’t blow air at their partner.

Keep in mind that the QuietAir feature is intended to reduce the noise of excess air released. It does not dampen the sound of air flowing through the hollow frame headgear.

Because the headgear passes near the ears, most customers notice the sound of air moving through the frame.

However, many reviewers say they actually enjoyed having a bit of background noise once they got used to it.

Quick-Release Elbow Makes It Easy to Disconnect from Your CPAP Hose

Like other AirFit masks, the P30i includes ResMed’s Quick-Release Elbow, which reviewers and customers all love!

The Quick-Release Elbow is designed to be removed with just one hand. Simply squeeze the release tabs and push in or pull out.

This feature is perfect for nighttime bathroom trips. Many customers report that once they get used to the mask, they can remove the Quick-Release Elbow and put it back in without even looking.

Although this feature is easy to use for most people, the top-of-the-head design places the elbow above the head, which could be hard to reach if you struggle with dexterity.

Set-It-and-Forget-It Headgear Slips On Over the Head

Unlike many full face AirFit masks, the P30i does not feature magnetic clips. Instead, it is designed to be slipped on over the head.

The accordion-style headgear makes it much easier to pull your mask on over your head without undoing the velcro straps or tubing.

Because this mask does not feature magnetic clips, it is considered pacemaker-safe and can be worn with other medical implants.

AirFit p30i side profile image

Soft-Cloth Headgear With Adjustable Velcro

The AirFit P30i’s hollow frame headgear is held secure with a soft head strap that wraps around each side of the frame and cradles the back of the head.

This one-size-fits-all strap features two adjustable velcro straps, which can be tightened for a more secure fit.

The nasal pillow cushions also help to hold the headgear in place, which is why some customers prefer this mask over the AirFit N30i nasal cradle design.

These velcro straps are located above each ear and easily accessible to most people. However, they may be difficult to reach if you have dexterity issues.

Simple Design Makes Disassembly a Breeze

Despite the unique headgear, this mask offers a simple design with only four pieces– the P30i nasal cradle cushion, hollow frame headgear, cloth head strap, and quick-release elbow.

The quick-release elbow and easy-pull-apart mask cushion make it easy to disassemble and reassemble the mask, even if you struggle with dexterity.

Reviewers appreciate these features when taking apart the mask for cleaning, maintenance, or replacing the parts.

AirFit P30i Headgear Is Interchangeable With the AirFit N30i

One of the most convenient features of the AirFit P30i is that the nasal pillows are interchangeable with the AirFit N30i’s nasal cradle cushion.

We love masks that can be changed out with other cushion styles because this gives wearers more options when trying to find a mask that fits correctly.

To replace the nasal pillow cushion with the N30i cushion, simply pull apart the cushion from the headgear. Then, replace the original cushion with the nasal cradle.

Hollow Headgear Takes a Little More Effort to Clean

Like any CPAP mask, the P30i cushion should be cleaned or wiped down after each use. Weekly cleanings require full disassembly and washing with mild soap and warm water.

The hollow headgear requires a bit more effort while cleaning the mask. The headgear frame should be soaked in warm, soapy water with diluted vinegar for thorough cleaning.

Multiple Sizing Options for the AirFit P30i

The AirFit P30i is available in multiple sizes for headgear and nasal pillows, making it much easier to find a perfect fit.

  • Frame Sizes: Small and Standard
  • Cushion Sizes:Small, Medium, Large

The accordion frame provides additional flexibility and can fit a wider range of face shapes and sizes. That said, there are other masks with better sizing options, such as the AirFit F20.

Check out the AirFit P30i Nasal Pillow Sizing Guide and their AirFit P30i Headgear Sizing Guide for an accurate fit!

We Think the AirFit P30i Is Worth the Price

The AirFit P30i offers tons of great features at a competitive price point. This mask seamlessly combines high-quality materials with an innovative design that maximizes comfort.

One of the most common complaints from CPAP customers is that they can’t find a comfortable position to sleep in with their CPAP mask.

However, the AirFit P30i addresses this issue and does a good job of doing so. In our opinion, it’s worth spending the money on this mask if it helps you sleep better.

AirFit P30i and DreamWear Nasal Pillow Comparison

The AirFit P30i and the DreamWear Nasal Pillow CPAP Mask share similar features, including the top-of-the-head headgear, hollow frame design, and sleek nasal pillow cushion.

However, the DreamWear series was released a few years before the AirFit P30i and has a slightly more outdated design.

By the time ResMed released their P30i version, they had the opportunity to review the DreamWear series and make improvements to their own design, including the quick-release elbow and accordion-style frame.

While most reviewers state that the AirFit P30i is the better mask, some people simply love DreamWear masks and remain loyal customers.

If you’re curious about trying both, read about our 30-Day Mask Fit Guarantee (offered on all CPAP masks)!

Frequently Asked Questions About the AirFit P30i

What Is the AirFit P30i Cushion Made Of?

The P30i cushion is made of silicone that fits securely under the nose. The silicone is designed to be soft on the delicate skin inside the nostrils and doesn’t put too much pressure under the nose.

What Is the AirFit P30i Headgear Made Of?

The AirFit P30i has hollow frame headgear made of soft, flexible silicone. This frame is held in place with soft cloth head straps that secure the frame on either side of the head via two adjustable velcro straps.

How Do You Clean the AirFit P30i Mask?

To clean your CPAP mask, disassemble the P30i down to the quick-release elbow, hollow frame, head strap, and nasal pillow cushion. Wash with mild soap and warm water. Be sure to submerge the hollow frame in warm, soapy water. Rinse thoroughly, including the inside of the frame. Allow everything to dry before reassembling.

Is the AirFit P30i Suitable for Stomach or Side Sleepers?

The AirFit P30i is one of the best CPAP masks for side sleepers and stomach sleepers. The top-of-the-head hose connection makes it easy to get comfortable without tangling your hose. Plus, the compact nasal pillow lets you lay your head against a pillow without causing your mask to slip out of place.

What’s Included With the ResMed AirFit P30i Full Face CPAP Mask with Headgear?

Your order will include the AirFit P30i manual, the silicone hollow frame headgear in your size choice, the nasal cradle cushion in your size of choice, a quick-release elbow, and a one-size-fits-all cloth head strap.

Alternatives to the ResMed AirFit P30i CPAP Mask

The AirFit P30i has lots of great features and a solid reputation in the CPAP world. We highly suggest this mask to anyone looking for a compact cushion design, but it is especially ideal for active sleepers who struggle to get comfortable at night.

Of course, this mask can’t meet everyone’s needs. So, if you’re looking for an alternative, there are many other good masks to choose from.

Alternatives to the ResMed AirFit P30i include:

  • AirFit P10: A minimalist nasal pillow mask with super simple headgear.
  • F&P Brevida: A more secure nasal pillow mask designed for better stability.
  • AirFit N30i: A slim nasal cradle mask less likely to cause nasal irritation.

AirFit P30i Vs. AirFit P10

The AirFit P10 is one of our most popular nasal pillow masks thanks to its hassle-free design and comfortable headgear. This mask may not be as good for active sleepers, but it is a good option if you like the nasal pillow but don’t want the top-of-the-head hollow frame headgear.

AirFit P30i vs AirFit P10 comparison

Similarities between the AirFit P30i and the AirFit P10 include:

  • Compact Nasal Pillow Design Minimizes Pressure Points
  • Set-It-And-Forget-It Headgear
  • Adjustable Headgear Slips Over the Head
  • Side-Sleeper Friendly
  • QuietAir Vent Technology
  • Open Line of Sight
  • Easy-Assembly

Differences between the AirFit P10 and AirFit P30i Mask include:

  • AirFit P30i Has a Top-of-the-Head Hose Connection, While AirFit P10 Has a Traditional Front-of-Face Hose Connection
  • AirFit P30i Offers a More Secure Fit Than the AirFit P10
  • AirFit P10 Has a One-Size-Fits-All Head Strap, While AirFit P30i Has Two Headgear Sizes
  • AirFit P30i May Be Louder Due to the Air Flowing Through the Hollow Headgear
  • AirFit P10 Headgear Adjusts With a Single Pull Strap While AirFit P30i Has Two Velcro Straps
  • AirFit P30i Is Better for Active Sleepers
  • AirFit P10 is Easier to Clean
  • AirFit P10 Includes a Short Tube for More Movement

Check out our AirFit P10 Review!

AirFit P30i Vs. F&P Brevida Nasal Pillow CPAP Mask

While the top-of-the-head AirFit P30i lets you move freely, the F&P Brevida Nasal Pillow Mask is all about security and stability. This mask is a good option for side sleepers who want a strong seal that won’t budge.

AirFit P30i vs F&P Brevida comparison

Similarities between the AirFit P30i and F&P Brevida Nasal Pillow Mask include:

  • Under-the-Nose Cushion
  • Minimal Facial Touch Points
  • Noise Reducing Technology
  • Set-It-And-Forget-It Headgear
  • Open Line of Sight
  • Full Swivel Hose Connection
  • Easy-Assembly

Differences between the Brevida Nasal Pillow Mask and the AirFit P30i include:

  • AirFit P30i Has a Top-of-the-Head Hose Connection While Brevida Nasal Pillow Mask Has a Traditional Front-of-Face Hose Connection
  • Brevida Nasal Pillow Mask Features Strap Clips While AirFit P30i Slips Over-the-Head
  • AirFit P30i May Be Louder Due to the Air Flowing Through the Hollow Headgear
  • AirFit P30i Is Better for Active Sleepers
  • Brevida Nasal Pillow Comes With a Flexible Short Tube

Check out our F&P Brevida Nasal Pillow Mask Review!

AirFit P30i Vs. AirFit N30i

The AirFit P30i and N30i have a ton of similarities but with one main exception– the cushion style. The AirFit N30i features a nasal cradle design that is less effective at high pressure settings but may be more comfortable for sensitive nostrils.

Similarities between the AirFit P30i and the AirFit N30i include:

AirFit P30i vs AirFit N30i comparison
  • Compact Under-the-Nose Cushion
  • Set-It-and-Forget-It Headgear That Slips Over the Head
  • Side and Stomach Sleeper-Friendly Design
  • Top-of-the-Head Hose Connection With Full Swivel
  • Interchangeable Hollow Frame Headgear
  • QuietAir Vent Technology
  • Open Line of Sight

Differences between the AirFit P30i and AirFit N30i Mask include:

  • AirFit P30i Features Nasal Pillows That Insert Into the Nostrils
  • AirFit P30i Has an Under-the-Nose Nasal Cradle Cushion
  • AirFit P30i’s Nasal Pillows May Be a Bit More Secure
  • AirFit P30i Is Less Likely to Cause Irritation Inside the Nose

Check out our AirFit N30i Review!

Final Thoughts

If you breathe through your nose and are looking for a CPAP mask that won’t get tangled up every time you move, the AirFit P30i could be the right mask for you.

We love the top-of-the-head hose connection and flexible headgear, which make it easy to move freely even while wearing your mask. Meanwhile, the sleek nasal pillow cushion lets you fall asleep in any position, even your stomach!

  • Kenzie Dubs

    Kenzie is a science-based content writer who has a passion for educating the public on the healing powers of sleep! She graduated with a bachelor's degree in biology in 2016 and went on to earn a second degree in nuclear medicine shortly after. She has several years of professional experience in healthcare, including emergency medicine, radiology, and general care. Along with her unique background, Kenzie also has personal experience with sleep apnea, including loved ones who have recently begun their own CPAP journeys. With each article, she aims to provide our readers with honest, accurate information that they can use to improve their health and wellness!

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  1. I’ve been using the air pillows for approximately 2 months now. My scores 100 almost every night! I love them! I’m starting to get air leaks now, so it’s probably time to change my pillows. 3/6/2020??

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