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Somnetics Transcend 365 Review – With Scores and Rankings

The Transcend 365 was released by Somnetics in the Spring of 2019, and has state-of-the-art features never before seen in a travel CPAP machine. Here’s just some of what this device can do:

  • Allows a Person to Use the Humidifier When Using Battery Power
  • Provides a Pulse ofHumidification Only When Breathing in, Conserving Water and Battery
  • Humidifier Connects to the Transcend 365 Magnetically
  • Lightest CPAP Machine / Humidifier Combo Available Today

We’ve reviewed the Transcend 365 and put it to the test, evaluating it for ten different factors on a sliding scale of 1 – 10. The scores for these categories are then totaled, giving a composite score out of 100. We then compared the scores to the score we gave for the Transcend 3, and the older Transcend 2 (also known as the Transcend Auto miniCPAP), to see how this device shakes out in one comprehensive review. Our ratings are below:

Our Ratings for the Transcend 365

Noise Level – 5

We gave the Transcend 365 a score of 5 because it registers 30 decibels when running. Many of the leading premium machines check in at a decibel rating of 26, which is considered whisper-quiet. While 30 decibels is pretty loud for a travel CPAP machine, it may not be that bad. The motor could have a quieter pitch, so the extra noise may not be as noticeable.

Other Machine Noise Level Scores
AirMini4
DreamStation Auto9
Transcend 35
Transcend 24

Cost – 8

Priced at around $829, the Transcend 365 is priced fairly considering all you get. You’ll get a built-in humidifier that was designed with unique cutting-edge technology. You’ll also get a decent travel machine costing less than similar competitors. For this reason, we rated cost as a fairly high score.

Other Machine Cost Scores
AirMini9
DreamStation Auto6
Transcend 39
Transcend 29

Warranty – 9

The warranty for the Transcend 365 is one of the best in the business. It protects the device for up to 3 years and covers manufacturer defects, like most warranties. Most premium machines in the same category stop covering machines at 2 years, so this is a big plus.

Other Machine Warranty Scores
AirMini8
DreamStation Auto8
Transcend 39
Transcend 29

Weight – 7

The Transcend 365 is a little heavier than other premium competitors like the Z2 travel device, but before you count it out just yet, you’d need to re-weigh all competitors with their humidifier. if you factor in the weights of these items with their integrated humidifier, all of a sudden the Transcend 365 is the lightest one on the market.

Other Machine Weight Scores
AirMini9
DreamStation Auto6
Transcend 39
Transcend 29

Size – 8

The Transcend 365 can fit easily into a purse, travel bag, or suitcase. It also features one of the smallest water-based humidification systems out there, which is why we gave it a high score.

Other Machine Size Scores
AirMini9
DreamStation Auto4
Transcend 39
Transcend 29

Pressure Relief – 9

The Transcend 365 uses Somnetic’s famous EZEX pressure relief technology, intended to make it easier to exhale by reducing the pressure when breathing out. EZEX is comparable to the pressure relief technologies found on Philips and ResMed devices.

Other Machine Pressure Relief Scores
AirMini9
DreamStation Auto9
Transcend 39
Transcend 27

Therapy Tracking – 3

This is one area where the Transcend 365 is lacking. It doesn’t have any kind of mobile app for viewing your data. The only way to access it is by using a USB connection to your Windows computer. If you use a Mac, you’re completely out of luck. By not building Bluetooth connectivity into the machine, Somnetics missed out on a big way that people use and access their data.

Other Machine Therapy Tracking Scores
AirMini9
DreamStation Auto9
Transcend 33
Transcend 23

Humidification – 9

The humidifier on the Transcend 365 is arguably the best feature of the device, with a design conserving water and energy and allowing someone to use it while connected to the optional overnight battery.

Other Machine Humidification Scores
AirMini8
DreamStation Auto8
Transcend 35
Transcend 27

Smart Features – 9

The smart features of the Transcend 365 include a 45-minute ramp, AHI, and leak detection with cloud-based compliance tracking.

Other Machine Smart Features Scores
AirMini6
DreamStation Auto8
Transcend 38
Transcend 24

Battery – 8

The P10 Integrated Battery for the Transcend 365 was designed exclusively for the Transcend 365, and will allow you to use humidification while not connected to battery power. This is a first when it comes to CPAP devices. The battery is not included and will need to be purchased separately, but is a highly recommended accessory.

Other Machine Battery Scores
AirMini7
DreamStation Auto8
Transcend 38
Transcend 28

Total Score: 75 / 100

Other Machine Total Scores
AirMini78
DreamStation Auto76
Transcend 374
Transcend 271

Conclusion

The Transcend 365 scores very well in the Cost, Warranty, Pressure Relief, Humidification, Smart Features, and Battery categories. For people that are looking for a travel machine with real water-based humidification and the ability to use it off-grid, the Transcend 365 is that machine. If you’re especially sensitive to noise, or you want to have easy access to all your data, you’ll likely need a different machine.

Don’t miss our review of the Transcend 3 where we put the other machine from Somnetics in 2019 through the same tests and came up with a composite score, you can use as you evaluate these machines.

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.

2 Comments

  1. Jeffrey bonner Reply

    Please, please, please don’t buy this cpap. The first time I used it was in Africa. It broke the second night. The error code indicated that either the motor was shot or the mother board was. After six weeks I got it back. I’m sitting in Thailand right now. It started acting up in Singapore and now it won’t even turn on. I’ve never written a review for anything in my life, but this really is too important to ignore.

    Buying this machine, especially given the cost, is something you may well regret.

    • Hi Jeffrey, i’m very sorry to hear about the troubles you are having with your Transcend 365. The experience that you are having is not our experience with the Transcend 365, so most likely the issue that you are having is isolated.

      Did you purchase your machine from CPAP.com? If so please keep in mind that your machine was sold with a a three year warranty, so please contact us at: 1-800-356-5221, so that we may resolve your concerns right away.

      If your machine was sold from a different company, please be sure to reach out to the company so that the machine can be evaluated, repaired/replaced.

      We wish you the best!

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