Built-in heated humidifier? Lighter weight? Smaller size? Love the ResMed brand?
Are these qualities you’re searching for in your ideal CPAP machine?
Well, if you are a fan of ResMed CPAP machines but have always wished for a lighter weight model with better humidification, then the ResMed AirSense 10 CPAP Machine with HumidAir Heated Humidifier may be the machine for you!
The AirSense 10 features a built-in heated humidifier. The machine not only weighs 23% less than former machines but also takes up a smaller footprint on your bedside table. In addition, users can customize the humidification level to nine different settings.
The AirSense 10 boasts a number of other desirable new features, including a color LCD display with integrated light sensor, a SmartStart™ feature, which means the air turns on as soon as you put on the mask, ramp and expiratory pressure features for added comfort, and the option for a heated tube.
Although this review looks closely at the features of the AirSense 10 CPAP, ResMed also offers this line of CPAPs in other forms: the Elite, which comes equipt with an included SD card and advanced therapy tracking data capabilities; the AutoSet, which is an auto-adjusting CPAP; and the AutoSet for Her, which is also an auto-adjusting CPAP but is designed for women’s breathing patterns and is the only one of its kind on the market.
Is the AirSense 10 the right choice for your daily therapy needs? Let’s explore the machine and its features.
Attached, Heated Humidification—with Customization
Heated humidification is a desirable feature in a CPAP, especially in dry climates like the desert or in the colder seasons. In the fall and winter, the switch to heat can dry out both the air and your mucous membranes. Heated humidification helps to prevent a sore throat, congested nose, dry sinus passages, or even infections. If you’re sensitive to dry or cold air or are prone to coughs and colds, a CPAP humidifier (or a machine with one built-in) will be your best friend.
ResMed took user feedback into consideration when designing and improving the AirSense 10 CPAP Machine. To reduce this machine’s weight and bedside footprint, ResMed made the AirSense 10 with a heating plate built right into the machine. All you need to do is attach the small water chamber to the side and you’re good to go. If that’s not a win, we aren’t sure what is!
ResMed also created an optional ClimateLineAir Heated Tube. Using a heated tube with the humidifier keeps the temperature of the entire air circuit at a steady level. The machine’s Auto Climate Control mode goes a step further by detecting the room’s temperature and then adjusting the level of humidification delivered to the mask.
If both humidity and heat level customization are on your wish list, then you’ll be excited to know that ResMed added 9 different settings! We know that every person has different moisture and heating needs depending on factors like climate, cold or allergy symptoms, and personal comfort preference, which makes this machine a win in the humidification category.
If humidity customization is what your therapy is missing, then the streamlined humidification chamber, optional custom tubing, and the advanced humidification settings are the real standout features on the AirSense 10 and its corresponding AutoSet models.
Smaller Size CPAP Machine
Measuring approximately 10 x 4.5 x 6 inches with the humidification chamber attached, the AirSense 10 is trimmer and lighter than the AirSense 9. The footprint has been reduced, and the weight is 23% lighter.
This move toward a more portable size is great news for anyone who wants to bring their AirSense on-the-go.
The AirSense 10 is ideal for those who prefer the comfort of traveling with a full-sized machine. It’s still a bit bigger compared to machines you can fit in the palm of your hand, but the customization and advanced controls are hard to beat.
“Super Quiet” CPAP Machine
Users seem impressed and surprised by the noise level of this machine. The machine runs at 26 decibels.
Insider tip: Running the air through the humidification chamber additionally dampens the sound of the pump, making this CPAP a pleasure to use.
AutoRamp, Pressure Relief, and SmartStart Features
Beginning CPAP users and light sleepers sometimes have a tough time acclimating to the level of prescribed air pressure needed to keep airways open during sleep. In response, ResMed has built-in advanced comfort features to make it easier for you to fall asleep and stay asleep.
The AutoRamp feature recognizes when you’re asleep, and then gradually raises the level of air pressure to the full prescribed amount. Expiratory Pressure Relief (EPR)—now standard on all ResMed machines—makes breathing more comfortable and natural by lowering the pressure for exhalation. Your airway stays open, but you can exhale easier, which not only feels better but also improves your gas exchange by easing your ability to expel CO2.
Are you one who falls asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow? Lucky for you, the AirSense 10 also comes with SmartStart technology, which means as soon as you put your mask on and start breathing, the machine begins therapy. When you remove the mask, the machine shuts itself off. Love to track your data? The SmartStart technology will also help in keeping your therapy data accurate.
These three features are a major bonus in increasing the comfort levels of therapy!
Improved LCD Display
A new feature of the AirSense 10 is the LCD display, which uses colors to identify the different stages of therapy. As if that wasn’t already cool enough, as your therapy progresses, a blank circle fills with green until you ramp up to full pressure.
If you’re new to CPAP therapy, the green and red faces on the AirSense 10 LCD display indicate whether or not your mask is fitting properly or if the humidifier is working as it should.
Another new and exciting feature is the integrated light sensor on the display. This sensor adjusts the screen brightness based on the light levels of the room. No need to break out the sunglasses to see your CPAP machine settings or therapy data. But also, say goodbye to fumbling in the dark or reaching for your phone to see what is happening with your machine. If you need a completely dark room to drift off to dreamland, the display won’t illuminate a bright light in your space.
The AirSense 10 LCD display contributes to the overall comfortability of your therapy.
ResMed has really improved upon its previous models by creating a sleeker, quieter, and more advanced machine.
Are there any downsides to the AirSense 10 CPAP Machine with HumidAir™? We dove into customer reviews to find possible drawbacks.
The AirSense 10 is compact and light but not exactly travel-sized. Although fairly light at about 3 pounds (just over 5 pounds with the travel bag, power supply, and optional heated humidification tubing), this machine will probably not fit in the palm of your hand. If you prefer to travel light, the AirSense 10 may take up some space in your carry-on bag.
However, other customers appreciate the travel case and enjoy the smaller size compared to their prior machines. Air travelers may find it travels best in checked bags.
Some customers also found that the attached humidifier consumes a lot of water, meaning you’ll likely have to refill the chamber every night before beginning your therapy.
If you think the AirSense 10 will be an ideal at-home machine, then consider checking out a smaller travel machine for on-the-go!
The AirSense 10 is also a solid option if you’re just beginning your CPAP therapy thanks to the automated comfort settings and helpful digital display. Users praise the AirSense 10 for its advanced data tracking capabilities and the newly designed carrying case, which looks less like a CPAP bag, making traveling with the machine more discreet!
If the AirSense 10 sounds like your ideal machine, don’t wait to take your therapy to the next level.
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.