Regardless if you are new to CPAP or you have been a long time user you may not be aware of all the new cpap products available to you. Many people that are initially provided equipment from a DME (durable medical equipment) company are given the lowest costing mask because insurance reimbursement is the same regardless of make and model. What that means is they profit the same amount regardless if they give you a Kia or a Cadillac. Although the “Kia” may work for you, the “Cadillac” may make it more comfortable and tolerable. CPAP therapy is hard enough to adjust to on its own and it’s only fair that any person that wants to be compliant with therapy should be given all the tools to help them succeed without breaking the bank.
Read below for more information on the different styles and newer makes and models of masks that might make sleep with CPAP a better experience for you.
Nasal Pillow Style Masks – The most minimal interfaces on the market; most only use 1 headgear strap and a cushion seal that inserts or surrounds the nostril area. Great for people with claustrophobia, mild to moderate sleep apnea or people on a pressure setting under 12cm/H20. Recommended for use with standard fixed pressure PAP machines and Auto Adjusting PAP machines. Not recommended for mouth breathers.
AirFit P10 and P10 for Her –$98 (Part Number 62900) The newest pillow style from ResMed, the P10 only weighs in at 1.6 ounces, making it one of the lightest on the market. This is an improvement of the Swift FX series and the redesigned headgear straps make it easier to fit into place. It is available in models for him and for her. The fabric headgear eliminates the need of mask strap pads that are used on the FX series of silicone designed headgear. This product is universal to work with any make/model of CPAP therapy device.
Swift FX and Swift FX for Her –$99 (Part Number 61500 and 61540) Our all time best selling and most popular nasal pillow masks. This ResMed interface is available with multiple replacement headgear options such as standard or Bella headgear for comfort. The Bella straps around the ears whereas the standard use a 2 strap connection on top of the head and around the head. Available to include all size silicone cushions (XS-LG). This mask should be worn loosely to prevent nostril soreness. This product is universal to work with any make/model of CPAP therapy device.
Nuance and Nuance Gel –$89 (Part Number 1105160) Philips Respironics has taken the success of the ComfortGel technology and applied it to a nasal pillow style masks that offers a standard or gel framed (recommended) headgear that rests against the cheek area. Customer feedback states that the gel tipped cushion makes it feels like there isn’t anything there, a more comfortable feeling that traditional silicone. The Nuance series has replaced the GoLife series of nasal pillow masks (no longer available). This product is universal to work with any make/model of CPAP therapy device.
Pilairo Q by Fisher Paykel –$79 (Part Number 400421) One of the lightest CPAP nasal pillows masks weighing only 1.94 ounces it uses a self-inflating air pillow seal to encompass the nostril area. Unique is the one size fits all cushion seal that makes fitting a breeze. This mask includes a 30 day satisfaction guarantee that can be used for store credit. Available with 2 different style headgear straps to provide ultimate comfort. Mask is universal and will work with any make/model of CPAP.
Mr. Wizard 230 and Ms. Wizard 230 for Women by Apex- $79 (Part Number SMO3001) A great low cost alternative that is available in the models for men and women. The short tube assembly can hand down where a user can place tubing under their bed blanket or it can attach to the top of the headgear and draped behind the bed. Similar in design to ResMed Swift FX with a page taken out of the design of the Swift LT, this mask seems to be a cross breed design definitely worth trying. Mask is universal and will work with any make/model of CPAP.
Aloha Nasal Pillow by RespCare-$75 (Part Number ALO100) The Aloha offers an affordable solution to nasal pillow users shopping on a budget. It uses a ball swivel design on the short tube assembly to increase range of motion when changing sleeping positions. Available in multiple cushions sizes and uses a foam padded headgear strap for added comfort. Mask is universal and will work with any make/model of CPAP.
Full Face Style Masks-Therapy interfaces designed to cover the mouth AND nose to allow breathing through both. A great option for CPAP users that cannot tolerate solely breathing through their nose only, or those who are on pressures greater than 12cm/H20, the full face will still allow effective therapy if the pressure is blowing your mouth open. Deviated septum? No problem, the full face style is the best option for you. Recommended for use with standard and auto adjusting CPAP and Bi-level machines.
AirFit F10 Series by ResMed $149 (Part Number 63102) The newest family (P10, F10, and N10) of ResMed masks offer improved designs over the older FX series. The F10 is similar to the Quattro FX design and offers a clear field of vision to watch TV or read prior to bed. Available in models for men and women with replacement cushions and headgear available to prolong the life of the mask and save you money. This product is universal to work with any make/model of CPAP therapy device.
Quattro Air by ResMed – $159 (Part Number 62702) The original Mirage Quattro full face CPAP mask has been the all time best selling FF style offered at 1800CPAP.com and fortunately it is still available and no word of the Quattro being discontinued has been rumored. However, the new Quattro Air may just be a great successor to it. It is a much lighter mask (45%), uses a less invasive forehead support and no longer uses clips to attach the headgear but rather loops that hook around. If you are a fan of the Ultra Mirage and Mirage Quattro then this is the mask for you!
Amara Gel by Philips Respironics – $159 (Part Number 1090405) Quite possibly the best FF mask I have seen Respironics ever release. They have taken a page out of the blue cushion style of the ComfortGel playbook and applied it to a quality mask. Initially released with only a silicone cushion option it is now available in gel or silicone style. If this mask was a book it would be called 50 Shades of Blue. For those looking for a clear field of vision be sure to check of the Amara View listed below.
Amara View by Philips Respironics – $169 (Part Number 1090623) The latest and greatest full mask from Philips Respironics offers a clear field of vision and rest lower on the nose with a unique cushion design that reminds us of the OptiLife nasal pillow mask. The FullLife is a similar mask by Philips Respironics that influenced the feel of this interface. It would be nice to see a gel style cushion offered but for now it is only available with a silicone seal. The only negative comment we have heard is the velcro on the headgear straps need to provide a stronger grip.
Simplus by Fisher Paykel- $135 (Part Number 400476) Nothing too much exciting to say or point out about this FF mask from Fisher Paykel. While the Forma offered a below the chin cushion that assisted in the support of chin dropping during sleep. While it’s better than the 431 and 432 series, the Simplus is simply keeping up with the Joneses. This product is universal to work with any make/model of CPAP therapy device.
EasyFit SilkGel Full Face by DevilBiss- $109 (Part Number DV97428) Made in the USA, the EasyFit series offers quality craftsmanship, comfort, best in class warranty and the one of the lowest price points on a top shelf mask! The gel cushion provides ultimate comfort and includes a gel forehead support pad. The only downside we can see to this product is that sales are limited to U.S. customers only. A silicone cushion is also available for those that do not like the gel style. This product is universal to work with any make/model of CPAP therapy device.
Nasal Style- The most commonly prescribed style of mask, the nasal is often times the most inexpensive as well. Many variations and designs are available with this interface that simply covers the nose with it’s triangular shape. Most nasal styles use 3 to 4 headgear straps to secure the mask in place. The silicone cushion seal is replaceable and should be cleaned daily. Recommended for use with standard and auto adjusting CPAP and BiPAP machines.
Pico by Philips Respironics – $99 (Part Number 1104915)- A great new nasal style mask by Respironics, an industry leader in masks. The Pico is available in fit pack (includes all size cushions) or by individual size. One of the most lightweight interfaces available and is stated to fit 98% of all users. Say good-bye to mask marks and red irritated indentions as the Pico uses a minimal contact forehead support. Crown like headgear strap keep the mask in place throughout the night.
Swift FX Nano by ResMed – $115 (Part Number 62200) This mask plays along with the latest trend of cross breeding by combining a nasal style cushion with nasal pillow style headgear. The icing on the cake is the ability to use the Swift FX cushion or the Nano cushion. The short tube assembly connects to any standard hose and adds a little extra length which is great for people that move around the bed and don’t want to be tethered to sleeping in one spot. Comes in standard cushion size or a wide size. Universal to work with any make/model PAP machine.
N10 and N10 for Her by ResMed – $94 (Part Number 63200) This masks boasts to be 50% quieter than any mask on the market and is available in standard or wide cushion sizes. Sticking with the latest trend in sleep therapy it is also available in versions for men and women. The crown shaped headgear keeps this mask in place to avoid slipping throughout the night. Gone are the days of the heavier masks like the Ultra Mirage, Micro and SoftGel as this lightweight mask looks to take over. Can be used with any brand or type of PAP machine.
Wisp by Philips Respironics – $95 (Part Number 1094050) A very popular option among 1800CPAP customers, the Wisp offers 2 separate headgear options. A fabric headgear for those that may be irritated by the other option of a silicone headgear strap. Clear field of vision is created by eliminating the need of a forehead pad and support. The short tube adds extra length to any standard CPAP hose. This mask will work with any brand or model of CPAP or BiPAP machine.
Eson by Fisher Paykel – $79 (Part Number 400450) This isn’t so much of a new CPAP mask but we do like to include Fisher Paykel masks because of the quality. The Zest and Zest Q series of masks are still available but many F&P users are converting to the Eson because it is light weight and quiet (diffuser pad technology). With a low price point you get a lot of bang for your buck with this nasal mask. Can be used with any make and model of PAP or Bi-Level machine.
Low Cost CPAP Masks- Over the past few decades there have been 3 top manufacturers that have captured most of the market but the past few years have produced new makes and models. The “new kids on the block” offer great designs and the best part is the low price tag. Sleep apnea therapy shouldn’t cost and arm and a leg and manufacturers such as Apex, DevilBiss, and 3B are bringing innovative designs to the market. Follow the link to see these products on our site!
D100 Nasal Only $49.95
D100 Full Face Just $99
Sopora Nasal CPAP Mask Introductory Price $59.99
Aura Gel Nasal Mask Only $59.95
Wizard 220 Full Face Mask Just $89
Deluxe Full Face Mask Low Price of $99
The opinions written in this blog are intended to provide helpful guidance in CPAP mask selection. As with any medical treatment it is advised to speak with your physician prior to making any changes. Furthermore, the expressed opinions are those of the professional sleep and writing staff and not necessarily those of Ohio Sleep Awareness, LLC dba 1800CPAP.com