Buyer’s Comparison Guide to CPAP & Auto CPAP Machines
Two years ago we brought you a CPAP education page that offered to compare all the different brands CPAP machines and Auto CPAP machines (APAP) and for new users it provided a great starting point when evaluating which CPAP machine to purchase. Well, 2013-2014 brings the new CPAP user and those looking for a replacement CPAP machine a whole new selection of positive airway pressure units that offer more features, lower prices and smaller platforms. We’ll take a look at the CPAP blowers that may be best suited for you and your wallet.
The best of class are still available, although updated a bit with some new model features, are still on top such as ResMed, Philips Respironics and Fisher Paykel. But coming on strong with new technology are brands such as Devilbiss, Transcend (a CPAP machine that needs a category of its own), ReSmart, Apex, and Breas. While some will stay loyal to their brand, others will find that the Affordable Care Act (referred to as Obamacare) will dictate what they will get with what they can afford.
Buying a new CPAP machine can be scary and a bit confusing regardless if you are a long time CPAP user or new to CPAP therapy. With so many different machines and options to choose from, even the long time user might need some help picking out the right CPAP machine. If you need assistance understanding the information listed below in our CPAP machine review analysis, please feel free to contact our trained staff at 1-800-274-1366. Still not sure which machine you may need? Our independent and unbiased CPAP reviews may help you decide which CPAP machine is right for you.
(APAP Auto Adjusting CPAP Pressure) Auto CPAP machines go by many different names such as APAP, AutoPAP, Auto CPAP and Auto Adjusting CPAP. These devices are CPAP machines that offer variable pressures that increase and decrease throughout sleep when apneas, hypopneas, snoring and flow limitation are detected. Most commonly prescribed for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and sleep hypopnea syndrome. Every night of sleep can be different for sleep apnea sufferers; during different stages of sleep and in certain sleep positions like on your back, you may require more CPAP pressure to keep your airway open. Other occurrences such as use of alcohol, medication or altitude and season change may require more or less CPAP pressure. These models are most commonly ordered now and widely used versus the old traditional fixed pressure CPAP machines prescribed before this technology was accepted or used.
++Please note all CPAP models have self converting power supply for international use; however an international plug adaptor may be required.
The Upsides to This CPAP Model: Offers expiratory pressure relief (EPR), making it easier to breathe against the pressure. Auto adjust mode and fixed pressure mode of operation. Full CPAP compliance reporting. Sleek design with a nice travel case. On screen info displays to you how you slept the night before. Available with cleanable water chamber and heated hose tubing for humidifier. Voted overall best Auto CPAP by 1800CPAP customers.
The Downside to This CPAP Model: It’s hard to make an argument about an Auto CPAP machine that is our all time best seller and rated by our customers as the best CPAP machine on the market. I guess one could argue that a negative about this unit would be the higher price tag. You can get a run of the mill auto CPAP machine for a fairly low price but always be aware that you get what you pay for. The customer reviews on this product are outstanding and this is the most recommended Auto CPAP machine recommended by the staff at 1800CPAP.com.
The Upsides to This CPAP Model: EPR technology (expiratory pressure relief) makes it easier to breathe against the pressure. Portable unit makes it easy for travel. Same design and most features as the S9 AutoSet but without the higher price tag. Heated CPAP tubing option available.
The Downside to This CPAP Model: Nothing bad to say about this quality auto CPAP unit. It’s just as functional as the AutoSet (minus full reporting) and it has a lower price tag. The Escape Auto does have the bulky external power supply but other than that it is highly recommended.
The Upsides to This CPAP Model: All new heated tube humidifier option puts this unit back on the same playing field as the ResMed and Fisher Paykel models. The most popularly prescribed CPAP brand by U.S. physicians, the Philips Respironics 50 and 60 series offer reliability, durability and comfort. CFLEX and AFLEX (pressure relief) come standard as well as full compliance reporting. Assembled in the U.S.
The Downside to This CPAP Model: The second most popular selling Auto CPAP machine, it’s difficult to find a bad thing to say about it. It is more of a box shaped unit so the travel case is not a sleek and streamlined as the S9 AutoSet. If you wish to use the heated tube option it requires a separate humidifier and power supply as opposed to other models where the same humidifier works with heated and non heated tubing.
The Upsides to This CPAP Model: Customers rave about the low price point of this unit (about 50% less than the premium brands). Offers a pressure relief feature that makes it easier to breathe against the higher pressures. Available with or without heated humidifier.
The Downside to This CPAP Model: Lacks a heated tubing option, a necessity for people that require more humidification for therapy. Bulky design, however similar in weight and dimension to some of the top manufacturers.
The Upsides to This CPAP Model: Offers a 2.5 year warranty that’s 6 months longer than the 2 top manufacturers. Built in power supply. SenseAwake technology reduces pressure when it detects your awake. Built in consumer products such as alarm clock and MP3 player.
The Downside to This CPAP Model: Confusing dial and icons may make it difficult for less tech savvy CPAP users to use. The built in humidifier makes you use it, so regardless if you use a humidifier or not, you are stuck with one built in on this model. Higher price tag versus other models makes this unit less attractive to purchase.
The Upsides to This CPAP Model: Low price point for a brand considered to be reputable and premium. Offers a 5 year warranty compared to all others that are only 2 year. Devices are made in the USA. Humidifier sits below the device.
The Downside to This CPAP Model: Sale of device limited to U.S. only; prior policy allowed sales to all North America. Does not offer a heated CPAP tubing option that its top competitors offer. SmartLink accessory can be confusing to end users.
The Upsides to This CPAP Model: Comes with a 2 year manufacturer warranty. Offers a unique humidification design that is more upright and takes up less space on your night table. Backlit LED display allows you to navigate menu in the dark.
The Downside to This CPAP Model: Availability from manufacturer has harmed its selling power. It is higher priced than most comparable models. Heated humidifier comes packaged separately regardless if you order it with or without it. If you are willing to wait on them to be in stock and you don’t mind paying a higher price, then this is the model for you.
The Upsides to This CPAP Model: Without humidifier this Auto CPAP unit is by far the smallest device on the market. The auto technology has been highly anticipated. New EZEX pressure relief technology and humidifier option give the necessary comfort updates needed to be on a level playing field with the other big name suppliers.
The Downside to This CPAP Model: New product to the market so very little feedback of it use and functionality available. Currently the heated humidifier is on back order, which should have been released when they released the new model series. A very important issue to note is that without the hose adapter (included) this unit and all of their other models blow out a pressure that people cannot tolerate. Be sure the hose adapter is in place prior to use.
The Upsides to This CPAP Model: Small platform makes this unit great for those that travel and need something light-weight. With a small price tag many new users or users looking for a second unit are purchasing this model.
The Downside to This CPAP Model: Manufacturing has limited the release of this model and its humidification systems making it difficult for people to get this unit in a timely fashion. Does not offer heated tubing option; however an external heated tube option can be purchased separately and used with this model.
(Delivers One Set Therapy Pressure) CPAP, an acronym for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, is a respiratory therapy device most commonly prescribed for the treatment of OSA (obstructive sleep apnea). Standard CPAP machines generate one fixed pressure that is delivered throughout the night, meaning if you are prescribed CPAP of 12 cm/H2O, your CPAP will only produce that much pressure throughout the night. This excludes ramp pressure; all variations of standard CPAP and Auto CPAP machines have the function to ramp which is a setting that will “ramp up” from lowest pressure to therapy pressure over a given time frame (i.e. 45 minutes). This is a comfort setting that allows the user to fall asleep at a mild pressure and build up to therapy pressure. This should not be confused with auto adjusting CPAP since it only does it at the initiation of use. Please Note: All brands of CPAP masks are compatible with All brands of CPAP machines; meaning you can use a ResMed CPAP mask with a Philips Respironics CPAP machine as well as any other brand.
++Please note all CPAP models have self converting power supply for international use; however an international plug adaptor may be required.
The Upsides to This CPAP Model: The S9 series is a very quiet platform with a sleek design. Known as the premier brand of CPAP and Auto CPAP machine, the S9 Escape is the entry level model however it is loaded with every feature except full data reporting.
The Downside to This CPAP Model: This is the ResMed basic CPAP model platform however it has the same design and comfort features such as EPR (expiratory pressure relief) and optional ClimateLine (heated CPAP hose tubing). It does not offer AHI reporting or view, a compliance feature to view events during use.
The Upsides to This CPAP Model: An information button that details your sleep quality from the previous night and actually shows your apnea/hypopnea index (AHI). Sleek design and loaded with comfort features such as EPR and heated CPAP hose option.
The Downside to This CPAP Model: Very few negatives to say about this unit other than the higher price tag than most CPAP machines on the market. Few customers have noted that the EPR feature creates an increase in noise when breathing in and out. For new CPAP users this would not be too noticeable but for older users may notice it.
The Upsides to This CPAP Model: Simplistic design makes this unit easy to navigate through the menu. Offered at a great price point for a premium brand and loaded with comfort features. New heated tube option puts Respironics on equal playing field with ResMed and Fisher and Paykel models.
The Downside to This CPAP Model: Larger CPAP unit with an external power supply. This model offers a semi limited compliance report. The auto on/auto off feature sometimes confuses users. The use of a heated tube feature requires a different humidifier model and power supply unlike the ResMed brand that uses one standard humidifier for both heated and non heated CPAP tubing.
The Upsides to This CPAP Model: Unique auto-mode technology allows a 30 trial in auto adjusting mode to establish best fixed pressure setting. For its price, this unit cannot be beat. Full AHI, leak and compliance reporting gives this device superior marks.
The Downside to This CPAP Model:The auto on/ auto off feature sometimes confuses users. The use of a heated tube feature requires a different humidifier model and power supply unlike the ResMed brand that uses one standard humidifier for both heated and non heated CPAP tubing.
The Upsides to This CPAP Model:Low price point for a basic CPAP machine. Offers option for standard tube humidifier or heated tube humidifier.
The Downside to This CPAP Model: Limited compliance and data reporting. Bulky platform for a basic standard CPAP machine.
The Upsides to This CPAP Model: Built in internal heated humidifier reduces the size of this unit. Power supply is built in to the unit so there is not an additional power supply that needs to be connected. Alarm clock technology built in to this unit.
The Downside to This CPAP Model: A Dial knob for navigation of the settings can be confusing to the CPAP user. On screen icons may be difficult for the user to understand which function they are changing without using the owner’s manual. Built in power supply is underneath the humidifier so when left plugged in, it gives the impression that the humidifier is still on because of the heat it creates.
The Upsides to This CPAP Model: Senseawake technology decreases the fixed CPAP pressure when it detects the user has awoke from sleep, allowing the user to fall back to sleep at a lower pressure. Sometimes referred to as “auto ramp”. It also offers a 2.5 year warranty. Full compliance reporting.
The Downside to This CPAP Model: A dial knob for navigation of the settings can be confusing to the CPAP user. On screen icons may be difficult for the user to understand which function they are changing without using the owner’s manual. Built in power supply is underneath the humidifier so when left plugged in, it gives the impression that the humidifier is still on because of the heat it creates.
The Upsides to This CPAP Model: Low priced CPAP machine platform. Basic CPAP machine that does the job. Offers pressure relief with RESlex™ and data reporting through iCode™.
The Downside to This CPAP Model: Not a very “flashy” machine. You get what you pay for, a bulkier unit. Lacks some of the trendy bells and whistles like heated tubing and such.
The Upsides to This CPAP Model: Offers the longest warranty on the market at 5 years! Has optional humidifier that sets below the CPAP unit, which transportation professionals have stated this is a blessing because it reduces the risk of it tipping over and water damaging the unit.
The Downside to This CPAP Model: Very hard to find negative things to say about this unit other than the Devilbiss policy that limits the sale of their equipment to only the United States. The data reporting program and software not as favorable as the Encore from Philips Respironics and RESscan from ResMed.
The Upsides to This CPAP Model: Made in the USA. Full compliance and data reporting option. 5 year warranty for replacement. Optional humidifier that sets below the CPAP unit reduces the risk of it tipping over and water damaging the unit. Small travel case makes it very portable.
The Downside to This CPAP Model: Pretty much the same cons as the standard CPAP machine, it’s hard to find negative things to say about this unit other than the Devilbiss policy that limits the sale of their equipment to only the United States. The data reporting program and software not as favorable as the Encore from Philips Respironics and RESscan from ResMed.
The Upsides to This CPAP Model: Everything listed in the highlights of the iSleep 20 with the addition of reporting features for a more detailed compliance report.
The Downside to This CPAP Model: No heated CPAP tube option. Their products always seem to be on back order. Breas offers a quality device, however it takes weeks to months to get them in stock.
The Upsides to This CPAP Model: Smallest CPAP on the market make this unit very portable and convenient. Various options to use such as wearable on your head or placed on the night stand with a docking station. Can also us a dry humidification system to assist with dryness.
The Downside to This CPAP Model:When not connected properly, the hose adapter (included with purchase), the pressure will seem overwhelming and user believes the unit is not functioning correctly. This is resolved by simply connecting by the hose adapter. New humidifier option can make the unit “bulky” and the size of all other CPAP units. Unit must be connected to software to change pressure setting.
Please note the views and expressions outlined in this article do not represent statements or claims from the manufacturer and are solely opinions and data models collected from staff at 1800CPAP.com