The ResMed AirSense 10 is one of the most well-loved CPAP machines to date and is the quietest CPAP on the market. Unfortunately, due to a shortage of semiconductor chips needed to produce the cellular modem that gives the device wireless capabilities, the original AirSense 10 model has been in short supply.
To respond to the growing market and customer needs, ResMed has introduced an SD card version of the AirSense 10 that doesn’t have wireless capabilities but is the exact same AirSense 10 model we’ve all come to know and like. To reflect this change, we’ve decided to update our review of the ResMed AirSense 10 AutoSet (Card-to-Cloud) to help you decide on the best CPAP machine for your sleep apnea therapy.
Let’s take a quick look at how it compares to the competition.
Introducing AirSense 10 (Card-to-Cloud)
This new version is called AirSense 10 AutoSet Card-to-Cloud—or “C2C” for short—and is now available at CPAP.com. The C2C is the same AirSense 10 AutoSet that’s helped tens of thousands of people successfully treat their Obstructive Sleep Apnea—it just won’t be able to connect to the internet or pair with ResMed’s MyAir mobile app.
Quick Comparison–ResMed AirSense 10 Specs and Features
|Specs and Features||AirSense 10 (C2C)||AirSense 11 (NEW!)||Luna II APAP (Out of Stock)||DreamStation 2 (Out of Stock)|
|Sound Level||26.6 dBA||27 dBA||28 dBA||27 dBA|
|Weight||2.75 lbs||2.5 lbs||4 lbs||2.3 lbs|
|Warranty||2 Years||2 Years||2 Years||2 Years|
|Auto Altitude Adjustment||✓||✓||X||✓|
|Max Operating Altitude||8500 Ft||9870 Ft||—||7500 Ft|
|Tracks Therapy Data||Via SD Card (Included)||Wirelessly or Via SD Card (Not Included)||Wirelessly or Via SD Card (Included)||Wirelessly Via Bluetooth or SD Card (Not Included)|
|Battery Backup Available?||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Integrated Heated Humidifier||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|MyAir App||X||✓||Not Compatible||Not Compatible|
|Easy-navigation LCD menu||✓||✓||✓||✓|
The AirSense 10 Auto boasts a number of desirable features and the AirSense 10 Card-to-Cloud is no different in that regard. You’ll find the same capabilities that made the original AirSense 10 successful, including a color LCD with an integrated light sensor, a SmartStart™ feature that automatically delivers therapy air as soon as you put on the mask, AutoRamp, which waits until you fall asleep to ramp up to your prescribed pressure, and a pressure relief feature that makes it easier to exhale against your therapy pressure. It also allows you to choose from nine different levels of humidification and even offers Automatic Climate Control for those that opt for the ClimateLineAir Heated Hose.
Let’s take a closer look at the features behind this popular and powerful CPAP machine.
ResMed AirSense 10 Card-to-Cloud In-Depth Features Review
What Comes With This Machine?
Your purchase of an AirSense 10 AutoSet Card-to-Cloud includes a carrying case for your machine with designated spaces for a mask, tube, and power supply. In addition to the machine itself, you’ll also receive:
- Standard Humidifier Chamber
- 15mm Slim Line Tubing
- Preinstalled SD Card
- SD Card Envelope for Transporting Your Card to and From the Doctor’s Office
- Power Supply
- Power Cord
- Preinstalled Standard Air Filter
- Plastic Filter Cover
- User Manual
- 90-Degree Hose Elbow
- Card-to-Cloud Addendum Explaining How Your Machine Differs From the Original AirSense 10 AutoSet
Integrated Humidifier and Optional Heated Tube
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 originally designing and improving the AirSense 10 CPAP Machine over its predecessor. 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 you prefer humidification with your CPAP therapy, we can’t recommend the ClimateLineAir Heated Tube enough. 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 both the humidification delivered to the mask as well as the temperature of the tube itself.
ResMed knows that every person has different moisture and heating needs depending on factors like climate, cold or allergy symptoms, and personal comfort preference, which is why the AirSense 10 features 9 different levels of humidification. When paired with the optional heated tubing, you’ll be able to consistently dial in the perfect humidification settings for your needs.
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 ResMed S9. The footprint has been reduced, and the weight is 23% lighter.
While it isn’t nearly as small as a dedicated travel CPAP machine, it’s still perfectly capable of going just about anywhere with you and is much more powerful than the average travel CPAP. Thanks to its unique triangular-prism design and taller humidifier chamber, it packs and travels better than most full-sized CPAP machines and is FAA-approved for all stages of air travel.
“Super Quiet” CPAP Machine
AirSense 10 owners have consistently been impressed and surprised by the noise level of this machine, which runs at a whisper-quiet 26 decibels.
CPAP Tip: If you don’t use the humidifier and find the machine to be a bit noisier than expected, there’s a side cover door available that closes the machine up and removes the sound of air flowing through the empty humidifier chamber.
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.
Improved LCD Display
The AirSense 10 also features a full-color LCD that uses colors to identify the different stages of therapy. As your therapy progresses, a blank circle fills with green until you ramp up to full pressure. The LCD also utilizes an integrated light sensor to adjust the screen brightness based on the light levels of the room to provide a less strenuous viewing experience in low-light conditions.
If you’re new to CPAP therapy, the green and red faces on the AirSense 10 LCD indicate whether or not your mask is fitting properly or if the humidifier is working as it should. There’s even a Mask Fit feature you can run to check your mask and hose for leaks before you begin therapy each night!
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’re looking to travel with your CPAP machine, however, the included travel case makes it easier. Remember, your CPAP doesn’t count as a carry-on, and you’re encouraged to board with it in addition to your designated carry-on bag.
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. There are also some reports that the humidifier chamber needs to be replaced more often than on other machines they’ve owned.
Lastly, some AirSense 10 owners have noted that while the auto-dimming display works most of the time, the machine lacks the ability to manually adjust screen brightness.
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!
Frequently Asked Questions About the AirSense 10 Card-to-Cloud
Will My Current Mask/Hose Work With This Machine?
There are three hose types compatible with the AirSense 10 Card-to-Cloud. They are:
- Standard Tubing – Any standard-sized tubing with 22mm rubber ends will work with the AirSense 10.
- ResMed SlimLine Tubing
- ResMed ClimateLineAir Heated Tubing for AirSense 10
So long as you use one of the three compatible hose styles listed above, you will be able to use any mask with this machine.
How Does This Compare to My Current AirSense 10?
The only significant difference with the Card-to-Cloud model is that it does not include a wireless modem. The modem is what gives the standard AirSense 10 the ability to wirelessly transmit therapy data and connect to the MyAir app. Outside of that, this model features all of the same comfort features, replacement parts, and capabilities as the original AirSense 10 Auto.
How Can I Track My Data?
The AirSense 10 AutoSet Card-to-Cloud tracks therapy data on the included SD card instead of wirelessly reporting to the MyAir app. In the Sleep Report menu, you’ll be able to access a comprehensive view of your therapy data on an adjustable timeline ranging from the last 24 hours to the previous six months of usage.
All-in-all, the AirSense 10 is a solid option whether you’re just beginning your CPAP therapy or you’re looking to replace an existing machine. Thanks to the automated comfort settings and easy-to-use display, the AirSense 10 has served tens of thousands of happy customers. With the release of the new AirSense 10 AutoSet Card-to-Cloud, ResMed aims to help thousands more.
If the AirSense 10 sounds like your ideal machine, don’t wait to take your therapy to the next level. If you need assistance or want to discuss more options, our expert customer service team is ready to take your call at 1-800-356-5221 to help you take the next step in your therapy journey.
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