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CPAP Machines Reviews 2013-2014

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.

Standard CPAP Machine Reviews

(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.

Standard
CPAP

Starting
Cost

Cost With
Humidifier

Available
Shipping

Warranty

Special Feature
Highlights

Size & Weight

1800CPAP Ranking

ResMed
S9 Escape

$694

$754

Free U.S.
International
Available

2 Years

Pressure Relief
Heated Tube Option
LCD Display

12 x 5.7 x 3.4
1.9   lbs
3.4   lbs

★★★★

ResMed 
S9 Elite

$745

$804

Free U.S.
International
Available

2 Years

Pressure Relief
Heated Tube Option
Full Data Reports

12 x 5.7 x 3.4
1.9   lbs
3.4   lbs

★★★★★

PR System One
REMstar Plus

DS260

$445

$634

Free U.S.
International
Available

2 Years

Pressure Relief
Heated Tube Option
Compliance Reports

14  x 5.5 x 4
2.25
4.15   lbs

★★★★

PR System One
REMstar Pro

DS460

$565

$719

Free U.S.
International
Available

2 Years

Pressure Relief
30 Day Auto Mode
Heated Tube Option

14  x 5.5 x 4
2.25
4.15   lbs

★★★★★

PR 60 Series SE
DS220
(Sleep Easy)

$339

$528

Free U.S.
Shipping

2 Years

Low Price Point
Heated Tube Option

14  x 5.5 x 4
2.25
4.15   lbs

★★★

Fisher & Paykel
ICON Novo Plus

$599

$599

Free U.S.
Shipping

2.5 Years

Heated Tube Option
Alarm Clock
Built In Humidifier

6.3 x 6.7 x 8.7
4.8   lbs

★★★

Fisher & Paykel
ICON Premo Plus

$725

$725

Free U.S.
Shipping

2.5 Years

Heated Tube Option
Alarm Clock
Built In Humidifier

6.3 x 6.7 x 8.7
4.8   lbs

★★★★

3B RESmart
Standard CPAP

$325

$355

Free U.S.
International
Available

2 Years

Exhalation Relief
Low Price Point 

12 x 7.5 x 4.5
3.75   lbs &
5.4   lbs

★★★★

Devilbiss
Standard CPAP

$325

$395

Free U.S.
Shipping

5 Years

Compliance Reports
Bottom Humidifier
Extended Warranty

6.4 x 6.5 x 8.4
2.75   lbs &
4.5   lbs

★★★★

Devilbiss
Standard
CPAP
 Plus

$395

$470

Free U.S.
Shipping

5 Years

Full Data Reports
Bottom Humidifier
Extended Warranty

6.4 x 6.5 x 8.4
2.75   lbs &
4.5   lbs

★★★★★

Breas
iSleep 20

$449

$449

Free U.S.
International
Available

2 Years

Power Fail Restart
Small Size
LED Display

6.8 x 6.8 x 7.9
4.4lbs

★★★

Breas
iSleep 20+

$649

$649

Free U.S.
International
Available

2 Years

Full Data Reports
Power Fail Restart
Small Size

6.8 x 6.8 x 7.9
4.4lbs

★★★

Transcend
Travel CPAP

$449

$589

Free U.S.
International
Available

2 Years

Smallest CPAP Unit
New Humidifier
Light-weight

6.1 x 3.5 x 2.8
0.9   lbs

★★★★★

 

 

 

The Upsides to These CPAP Models

The Downside to These CPAP Models

ResMed S9 Escape
Fixed Pressure CPAP Machine

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.

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.

ResMed S9 Elite
Fixed Pressure CPAP Machine

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.

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.

Philips Respironics 60 Series System   One REMstar Plus
DS260

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.

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.

Philips Respironics 60 Series System   One REMstar PRO
DS460

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 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.

Philips Respironics 60 Series System   One SE DS220

Low price point for a basic CPAP machine. Offers option for standard   tube humidifier or heated tube humidifier.

Limited compliance and data reporting. Bulky platform for a basic standard CPAP machine.

Fisher & Paykel ICON Novo Plus

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

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.

Fisher & Paykel ICON Premo Plus

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.

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.

3B RESmart Standard CPAP Machine

Low priced CPAP machine platform. Basic CPAP machine that does the job. Offers pressure relief with RESlex™ and data reporting through iCode™

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.

Devilbiss Standard CPAP Machine

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.

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.

Devilbiss Standard Plus CPAP Machine

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.

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.

Breas iSleep 20 CPAP Machine

Upright CPAP design takes up less space on your night stand. Unique   “snooze” function prevents waking your bed partner when getting up during the night and leaving the machine on.

Does not offer heated CPAP tubing 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.

Breas iSleep 20+ CPAP Machine

Everything listed in the highlights of the iSleep 20 with the addition of reporting features for a more detailed compliance report.

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.

Transcend Travel CPAP Machine

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.

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.

 

Auto CPAP Machine Reviews

(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.

Auto CPAP
(APAP)

Starting
Cost

Cost With
Humidifier

Available
Shipping

Warranty

Special Feature
Highlights

Size & Weight

1800CPAP Ranking

ResMed
S9 AutoSet

$820

$879

Free U.S.
International
Available

2 Years

EPR Pressure Relief
Heated Tube Option
Full Data Reports

12 x 5.7 x 3.4
1.9 lbs
3.4 lbs

★★★★★

ResMed 
S9 Escape Auto

$750

$809

Free U.S.
International
Available

2 Years

EPR Pressure Relief
Heated Tube Option
LCD Display

12 x 5.7 x 3.4
1.9 lbs w/o
3.4 lbs with

★★★★★

PR System One
REMstar Auto

DS560

$635

$824

Free U.S.
International
Available

2 Years

Pressure Relief
Full Compliance
Heated Tube Option

14 x 5.5 x 4
2.25
4.15 lbs

★★★★★

Fisher & Paykel
ICON Auto Plus

$825

$825

Free U.S.
Shipping

2.5 Years

Heated Tube Option
Alarm Clock
Built In Humidifier

6.3 x 6.7 x 8.7
4.8 lbs

★★★

3B RESmart
Auto CPAP

$430

$495

Free U.S.
International
Available

2 Years

Exhalation Relief
Low Price Point
Ships International

12  x 7.5 x 4.5
3.75 lbs &
5.4 lbs

★★★★

Devilbiss
Auto CPAP

$490

$550

Free U.S.
Shipping

5 Years

Compliance Reports
Bottom Humidifier
Extended Warranty

6.4  x 6.5 x 8.4
2.75 lbs &
4.5 lbs

★★★★

Breas
iSleep 20i
Auto CPAP

$900

$900

Free U.S.
International
Available

2 Years

Power Fail Restart
Small Size
LED Display

6.8 x 6.8 x 7.9
4.4lbs

★★★

Transcend
Auto CPAP

$640

$760

Free U.S.
International
Available

2 Years

Smallest CPAP Unit
New Humidifier
Light-weight

6.1 x 3.5 x 2.8
0.9 lbs

★★★★

Apex XT Auto
CPAP Machine

$365

$575

Free U.S.
International
Available

2 Years

Low Price Point
Light-Weight
Built-in Humidifier

7.8 x 6.5 x 6.9
2.5 lbs

★★★

 

 

 

The   Upside To These Auto CPAP Machines

The   Downside To These Auto CPAP Machines

ResMed
S9 AutoSet
Auto Adjusting CPAP Machine
36005
36015
36025

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.

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

ResMed
S9 Escape Auto
Auto Adjusting CPAP Machine

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.

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.

Philips Respironics System One  60 Series REMstar Auto CPAP Machine 
DS560S
DS560HS
DS560TS

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 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.

3B RESmart Auto CPAP Machine

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.

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.

Fisher & Paykel ICON Auto

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.

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.

Devilbiss
Auto CPAP

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.

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.

Breas
iSleep 20i
Auto CPAP

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.

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.

Transcend
Auto CPAP

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.

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.

Apex XT Auto
CPAP Machine

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.

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.

 

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