Whether you’re newly diagnosed with sleep apnea or simply want to switch up your current mask set-up, it can be overwhelming to think about all the options on the market. When shopping for a new CPAP mask, there are several sizes, types, and price points to consider. You may be looking for the smallest CPAP mask or a mask with all the bells and whistles, and on CPAP.com, you have hundreds of choices to choose from—which means there’s a CPAP mask for almost everyone.
If you’re looking for the smallest CPAP mask with minimal bulk that prioritizes comfort, there are plenty of nasal, nasal pillow, and full face mask options—and we’re reviewing several of them!
What Are the Benefits of the Smallest CPAP Mask?
Small CPAP masks can be beneficial for people who experience claustrophobia, have sensitive skin, or travel often. Smaller CPAP masks can feature an open-line-of-sight design, which lets you read a book or watch TV before bed, and includes fewer touchpoints, which minimizes the interaction between the mask and your skin. Most compact masks are ultra-portable, too, so you can pack them in your carry-on or luggage for your next adventure.
Additionally, if you have a smaller face or small facial features and you’ve previously experienced issues with compliance, know that wearing a mask that fits correctly can alleviate skin irritation, overnight leaks, and general discomfort that can occur with an ill-fitting mask.
A smaller mask size doesn’t indicate a compromise with comfort, functionality, or quality. Here’s our top picks for those searching for the smallest CPAP mask.
Small Nasal Pillow CPAP Masks
Nasal pillow masks are the least invasive mask option, but they aren’t for everyone—people who suffer from nasal allergies or who are prescribed high pressure settings will benefit more from a different mask type. Nasal pillow masks are popular because their minimal design provides a clear line of vision, which lets you keep up with your favorite nighttime routine like watching a show before bed.
Opus 360° Nasal Pillow CPAP Mask
The Opus 360° Nasal Pillow CPAP Mask features a slim design and lightweight feel, and is best-loved for its ability to be used in almost any sleeping position without impacting the seal thanks to its innovative 360° pivotal ball and socket elbow connection. Other features of this barely-there mask include its quiet air diffuser system, anatomically-shaped pillows, contoured mask frame, and newly-redesigned headgear. This mask weighs right under two ounces and includes three nasal pillow sizes so you can find a fit that’s just right.
If you’re looking for a nasal pillow CPAP with a specific functionality, like flexibility or easily adjustable, it’s worth checking out our guide to the Top Nasal Pillow Masks of 2021.
Not sure if a nasal pillow mask is right for you? There are plenty of small-sized masks to choose from. Keep in mind that there is a difference between nasal pillow masks and nasal masks.
Small Nasal CPAP Masks
Think a small nasal CPAP is the best pick for your lifestyle and needs? There’s lots of choices to pick from across varying budgets. The top smallest CPAP mask options in the nasal mask category include:
Pico Nasal CPAP Mask
The Pico Nasal CPAP Mask is a lightweight, minimal-contact nasal mask outfitted with basic adjustable headgear and a dual-wall cushion. The mask’s low-profile frame and headgear loops eliminate the need for bulky forehead support without impacting the seal. Its unique forehead connection and slim frame make it easy to remove and reapply the mask without affecting the headgear settings, should you need to use the restroom or get a drink of water overnight. Those new to CPAP may especially favor this mask because it’s intuitive to use and ultra-comfortable.
Like the Pico Nasal CPAP Mask, the lightweight Wisp Nasal CPAP Mask features a minimalist cushion design built to reduce contact with your face. Other stand-out features include its clear line of sight—which lets you watch TV before bed—and its ability to position the short, flexible tubing system for maximum movement. The Wisp also features differently-sized cushions so you can find your best fit and magnetic headgear clips so you can put on and take off your mask with ease. This mask lets you choose a fabric or clear silicone frame, too, to further enhance your comfort.
DreamWear CPAP Mask
The DreamWear Nasal CPAP Mask is another smallest CPAP mask option, and it’s also designed to minimize contact with your face which helps eliminate minor discomfort or even skin irritation. This mask features a unique tube-style frame design that helps deliver airflow directly to the nasal cushion, which sits under the nose and provides a stable seal for the nostrils. For your comfort and convenience, the cushions are available in small, medium, medium wide, and large. Restless sleepers particularly like this mask since it can accommodate almost any sleeping position while maintaining a strong seal.
If you are a CPAP mouth breather and need some assistance keeping your mouth shut while you snooze, consider a CPAP chinstrap. Designed to produce just enough tension to keep your mouth closed, this flexible elastic strap covers the bottom of your chin and the top of your head and is commonly worn with a nasal CPAP mask. Primarily breathing through your mouth can pose a variety of health risks ranging from headaches and gum disease to digestive issues and heart disease, so it’s important to find a solution that helps correct mouth breathing. Using a chinstrap can help, or a full face mask may be the best option for you.
Small Full Face Masks
Full face masks are designed to seal around your nose and mouth, and typically feature a triangle-shaped cushion held in place by four-point headgear. This mask style is ideal for those who breathe through their mouth but don’t want to use a nasal mask with a chinstrap.
The AirFit F10 For Her
The AirFit F10 For Her is an excellent small-sized full face mask option. Most masks labeled “for her” are available in smaller sizes, like extra-small and petite, and are CPAP masks for small faces in particular. (Women who are recently diagnosed with sleep apnea may find the information in this post helpful.)
Like many other popular small CPAP masks, the AirFit F10 For Her is lightweight and designed without bulky forehead support, reducing contact with your face and opening up your view while providing a stable seal. Designed with SoftEdge headgear, AirFit F10 For Her wearers get a flexible, breathable fit (and pink accents along the mask, too). This mask features a circular vent at the elbow, as well, which quietly directs air away from you and your partner.
Perhaps you don’t feel like any of these options are best for you, and you’re looking for something even more minimal. There is a strapless CPAP mask option called the Bleep DreamPort CPAP Mask, which is a lightweight option that doesn’t use headgear and is made for use for almost everyone.
Each of these masks is lightweight and designed for reduced or minimal contact, maximizing your overall comfort and providing a solid CPAP mask option for those who experience claustrophobia, have sensitive skin, or travel often.
Still looking? Browse our extensive online catalog to find other small CPAP mask options!