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ResMed AirSense 10 CPAP Machine Review

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.

Though it’s not technically a mini or travel CPAP, the AirSense 10 is sleeker than its previous versions.

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!


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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.

Considerations

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!

Final Thoughts

Did you have a previous model of the Resmed AirSense? Are you looking for a smaller and lighter machine with improved humidification? Look no further, the AirSense 10 checks those boxes!

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.

20 Comments

  1. I have been using a CPAP machine for several months and have a question about the AHI reading. Does my Dreamstation give an AHI readout before being corrected or after correction. My readout is between .8 and 1.9 and someone told me that I really didn’t need to use the CPAP with ratings less than 5. Please advice
    Paul

    • Hi Paul, i’m happy to hear about your low AHI, congrats! The data that you are viewing is after correction. If you were not using your CPAP machine, you would more than likely have a lot more episodes than you’re having.

      Also, it is correct that if your AHI, is less than 5 it is considered normal, those readings would need to be before correction.

      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 terrific weekend!

  2. This machine is such a cheap copy of prior products produced by ResMed. Iv’e used their products for years with no problems and then this machine came along. The machine started to leak water within the first month that I had it and no one has been able to figure out why it is leaking and they will not replace it; the reservoir is watertight and is replaced every few months yet the machine still oozes water onto my nightstand. Further, the door that holds the filter fell off the first month that I had the machine and has never stayed in place since; nobody can seem to fix that problem either. This machine is a piece of junk. Don’t buy it

    • Hey Matt, hmm, leaking coming from the machine itself can be caused by the inlet seal being torn or warped – have you checked there? I’m sorry to hear that your having this problem. Your machine would have come with a warranty and that leaking is something we can address. Did you purchase your machine from CPAP.com? If not please follow up with the company that the machine was purchased from, but if you purchased from CPAP.com, please reach out to us at 1800-356-5221 and ask for Carol – or by emailing us at cpap@cpap.com attention Carol so we can do some troubleshooting with you or set you up for a warranty evaluation.

      We hope to hear from you soon, have a great day!

  3. My wife has had a Res Med air sense 10 for approx 7 months. It has started to be very noisy at night. She called customer service and the gentleman told her to use vinegar on a q tip to clean the seals inside the unit. She did this as directed but it still makes even more noise. Is there something else we can try or should we return the unit for a replacement.

    • Hi Steve, my apologies for the delayed response. I’m sorry about the noise issue with your wife’s machine. Did she purchase the machine from CPAP.com? If so, please give us a call so that we can try to resolve your concerns.

      Is the sound on inhale/exhale? If the sound is on exhale, please confirm if the relief setting is enabled and if so, reduce it to see if that helps.

      Is the sound coming from the machine, hose, or mask? Pinpointing the source of sound, helps us understand the issue better as it could be a simple fix like replacing the supplies.

      Things that can cause noise issues: old filters, filters not being used, higher pressure, pinhole leaks in hose, not having a secure seal w/mask (old cushions), humidifier gaskets, etc.

      Please feel free to contact us at: 1-800-356-5221 for over the phone troubleshooting, or you may e-mail further questions to: cpap@cpap.com.

      We wish you the best!

  4. Joseph Specht Reply

    My machine uses a lot of water . About 5 to 6 hours is all I get out of 1 fill . I have the Resmed Airsense 10 My humidafer level is 4 .

    • Hi Joseph, i’m sorry to hear that your machine is using so much water. Usually, one tank of water will last for at least one night. There are multiple factors that could be contributing to the water use. Are you using a heated hose? If so, please decrease the heat setting. What type of mask are you using (full face, nasal, nasal pillow)? If you are a mouth-breather, you should use a full face mask, or use the nasal/nasal pillow in conjunction with a chinstrap.

      Also, please check your therapy data for your leak rate. If you have a high leak rate, this could be a reason your machine is using a lot of water. Is your pressure setting high? The higher the pressure setting, the more water the machine will use.

      To speak with us further, please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221, or you may e-mail questions to: cpap@cpap.com.

      Best Wishes!

  5. Hi! I have the Resmed AirSense 10 Autoset. The nosle that fits in the mask has holes in it that blows air out. This stream of air blows in the face of my wife and into her neck when she turns around. Why is the stream of air necessary? Will it do anything if I cover the holes? Please let me know. Thank you. Kind regards. Christo Bloemfontein South Africa

    • Hi Christo,
      The air you are referring to is from the exhalation ports on your mask. Please don’t cover the holes as they allow the CO2 to escape and this is very necessary.

      For further questions, or concerns, please feel free to reach us at 1-800-356-5221 and we’ll be happy to see if there is a mask available, that fits your needs, with exhalation ports blowing air away from your wife.

      Have a great day!

  6. I’ve been using the ResMed Airsense 10 for over three months. It was newly issued by the VA as a replacement of an older model ResMed CPAP which I had used without issues for over five years.
    This machine has consistently caused dry mouth issues even after multiple humidifier and climate adjustments made by myself and my healthcare provider. I have addressed air pressure with my healthcare provider because of a bloated feeling and difficulty maintaining proper breathing rate. I am told that the current settings of 5/15 which are done remotely, are the lowest setting available in this machine. No one is able to tell me why my older ResMed model didn’t produce this pressure problem even as I used it without the humidifier attached. Furthermore they don’t seem to acknowledge that the problem is a pressure issue, claiming I may be opening my mouth. I am using a chin strap with nasal pillows and have not changed sleeping patterns over the last five years. My wife has noticed air noise and machine noise that never occurred with the older model.
    I would appreciate any advice you may offer to correct a suspected pressure problem.

    • Hi William, i’m sorry to hear that you’re having a tough time with your therapy dealing with dry mouth.

      With your older ResMed machine, do you know what your pressure setting was? Was your older machine set to a constant pressure?

      If so, maybe you should speak with your doctor about going back to the single pressure setting instead of the auto setting of 5-15.

      Whereas, the dry mouth concerns you have are most likely, not related to your pressure setting, if your pressure mode changed it could take time to become acclimated with the fluctuating pressure. Not only that, but you mentioned bloating, so pressure change exploration is definitely, worth a try.

      I would like to advise 5-15 isn’t the lowest setting your machine can go to, but that may well be the lowest setting your doctor feels you may benefit from. The machine can be set anywhere from 4-20.

      You mention you’re using a nasal pillow mask with a chinstrap. Is this the exact same mask you were using with the old machine? If so, have you changed your mask cushion within the last 30 days and your complete mask within the last 6 months? If not please do so.

      The airsense 10 is usually a very quiet machine. The noise that your wife is hearing is more than likely due to an air leak coming from either your mask, or hose, which may be contributing to your dry mouth.

      There is a simple test you can do to confirm if there is a mask leak. Please turn your machine on, remove your mask from your hose and cover the end with your hand real tight. Do you still hear noise? If not, please change your mask.

      If the noise is still present, please turn your machine on, remove your hose from your machine, cover the end that you removed the hose from with your hand real tight. Do you hear noise? If not please change your hose.

      If the noise is still present in both cases, please make sure you are using the new hose that came with your machine, please make sure your disposable filter is installed properly, also, please be certain that your water chamber is installed properly.

      Are you using any ozone cleaner such as a so clean? If so, we recommend you discontinue the use of this cleaner, as it has been proven that it causes noise and other problems with your machine.

      Please continue to follow-up with your doctor regarding the issues you’re having.

      For further questions, or concerns, or troubleshooting over the phone, please reach us at: 1-800-356-5221.

      We wish you the best!

  7. This machine is an engineering marvel and I’m totally pleased with it.

  8. I have an Air Sense 10. Could you please tell me where the air filter is?

  9. My tube temp does not get warm it stay gold has a snow flake on how do i take it off

  10. Cecilia LaPorta Reply

    My Res Med Air Sense 10 machine does NOT shut off when I wake in morning and remove mask. Why is that? I wait and an hour later air is still coming out. c.laporta@att.net

    • Hi Cecilia,
      I’m sorry you’re having problems with your machine. Your machine usually goes through a cool down period of about 20 minutes, but shouldn’t be an hour.

      Have you confirmed that your SmartStart feature is enabled? If not please do so. Also, please keep in mind, per the manufacturer, the SmartStart™ technology may not function as intended when used with a nasal pillow mask and a pressure setting of 7 cm H2O or less. If the feature does not appear to be functioning, this comfort feature can be turned off.

      If you need assistance with confirming your settings, please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221, you can ask to speak with Carol M.

      Best Wishes!

  11. Jeremy stevens Reply

    ResMed tells you every few months you get free filters and mask replacements fthen they send your insurance company a bill for the free extras. They lie and try to put fake bills through to your insurance company this is fraud

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