Top Rated CPAP Masks

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3 CPAP Mask Types

ResMed's AirFit Line

1. Full Face Masks  – Full face masks cover the nose, mouth and part of the face with side straps that keep the mask in place. Some hybrid face masks cover the mouth but also have nasal prongs that fit into the nostrils like a nasal pillow.

2. Nasal MasksNasal masks, which are triangular in shape and fitted over the nose, cover the areas from the bridge of the nose down to the upper lip. They are popular among CPAP wearers because of the wide range of sizes and fits.

3. Nasal Pillow MasksNasal pillow masks, which are the smallest of the CPAP masks and rest on the user’s upper lip, have two soft nasal tubes that go into the nostrils as well as straps that go around the head. It’s the most popular mask choice because of their minimal design.

Pros Cons
Full Face Masks  
  • Good for mouth breathers
  • Good for those with dry mouth in the morning
  • Prevents mask leakage from the mouth for those who sleep on their back.
  • Good for patients with higher CPAP pressure levels (due to larger mask surface area)
  • Good for patients who are claustrophobic – full-face mask touches the outside of the face instead of the upper lip and/or the bridge of the nose.
  • Higher chance of air leakage (due to larger mask surface area)
  • May cause dry, irritated eyes
  • Difficult to watch TV, read, or wear glasses while wearing the mask
  • Not good for stomach sleepers
Nasal Masks  
  • Good for nose breathers
  • Good cushion seal around your nose
  • Masks come with forehead support for extra stability and support for mask
  • More natural airflow – delivered pressure isn’t as direct as nasal pillow masks
  • Better for higher-pressure settings than nasal pillows
  • Flexible fit – many styles
  • Not a good option for mouth breathers
  • May cause red marks around the nose due to tightening the mask too much
  • May cause extra discomfort for those with sinus issues
Nasal Pillow Masks  
  • Fewer sleep interruptions
  • More openness/freedom
  • Keeps your field of vision clear – good for those who wear glasses, read, or watch TV before going to bed
  • Less air leakage due to direct airflow into the nasal passages
  • Good for patients with a lot of facial hair
  • Minimal coverage of face reduces claustrophobic feeling
  • Causes discomfort when used under higher-pressure due to direct airflow into nostrils.
  • May cause nosebleeds and dryness of the nose.
  • May develop allergic skin reaction to plastic for those with sensitive skin
  • Using ill-fitting nasal pillows could lead to pressure ulcers within the nostrils.

Full Face Masks

ResMed AirTouch F20
ResMed AirTouch F20 

Overall Score: 93%

Design 95%
Features 90%
Comfort 100%
Price 85%
Quality 95%

Featuring a light, breathable UltraSoft memory foam cushion, this mask is easy to maintain and has magnetic headgear clips.

The Good: The AirTouch F20 is a full face mask that places emphasis on comfort. The UltraSoft memory foam cushion ensures a nice seal seal, the mask is easy to clean, and the magnetic headgear clips make it easy to take off and put on.

The Bad: Because the AirTouch F20 is ResMed’s newest full face mask and a step up from the AirFit F20, the mask is pretty pricey. Also, the cushion has to be replaced every 30 days.

Conclusion: Although the AirTouch may be a little hard on the wallet, it’s a worthy investment – if you’re looking for a high quality full face CPAP mask and you’re not on a tight budget, we would highly recommend this product.

Fisher & Paykel Simplus

Overall Score: 88%

Design 85%
Features 85%
Comfort 85%
Price 90%
Quality 95%

The Simplus incorporates three key components, the RollFit Seal, ErgoForm Headgear and Easy Frame, to give users a simple, innovative experience.

The Good:  The Simplus full face CPAP mask has features like RollFit Seal, ErgoForm Headgear, and frame with ‘easy clip’, which are all designed to increase comfort. The air diffuser also keeps the mask quiet.

The Bad:  A couple of people have complained on forums online that the mask hurts the bridge of their nose, and the Simplus has relatively high air leakage rates.

Conclusion:  A pretty good mask, at a pretty good price. There are some newer masks (like the AirTouch F20) which seem to have more comfort features, but those products come with a much higher cost.

Nasal Masks

ResMed AirFit N20

Overall Score: 94%

Design 95%
Features 95%
Comfort 100%
Price 85%
Quality 95%

Featuring a light InfinitySeal cushion, this mask is easy to maintain, has magnetic headgear clips, and provides a proper seal to users of all facial features.

The Good: The AirFit N20 comfortably moves with you throughout the night regardless of your sleeping position. The adaptive InfinitySeal cushion is paired with the soft and flexible frame that includes integrated padding, magnetic clips, and quick-release elbow. It’s intuitive to use and easy to reassemble after cleaning.

The Bad: Along with ResMed’s other lines, the AirFit N20 is also quite pricey. Also, the cushion has to be replaced every 30 days.

Conclusion: The AirFit is expensive compared to other brand models, but given the features and technology integrated into its simple design, it can be a worthy investment.

Philips Respironics DreamWear

Overall Score: 94%

Design 100%
Features 95%
Comfort 100%
Price 80%
Quality 95%

The DreamWear allows you to sleep in comfort in any position with its unique, minimal design.

The Good: The breakthrough top of the head design allows you to sleep in any position. The innovative design prevents red marks, discomfort, or irritation in the nostrils or on the nose bridge. You also have unobstructed view with its minimal design.

The Bad: Although this model claims that you can sleep on any sleeping position, a couple of users have noted that sleeping on the side loosens the seal.

Conclusion: Although overall a solid mask, with a very simple design and soft nasal cushion, some do complain about the loosening of the seal when on the side.

Nasal Pillow Masks

Design 95%
Features 100%
Comfort 95%
Price 90%
Quality 95%

Featuring gel pillows, a hollow frame with fabric wraps, non-invasive design, and swiveling top-of-head connection, the DreamWear Gel is the only pillows mask that provides the freedom of movement to sleep the way you want.

The Good: The DreamWear Gel Nasal mask combines the innovative hose on the top of your head design with a gel pillows cushion that gives you a great, comfortable seal. Its minimal design gives you a full field of vision to read or watch TV before falling asleep, and you can also comfortably wear your glasses. This mask gives you a right fit that works with almost any nose shape.

The Bad: A couple of users complain that the gel pillows don’t fit well, thus not forming an effective seal.

Conclusion: The DreamWear Gel has an overall simplistic, innovative design with soft gel pillows, but keep in mind that some people have a hard time getting a good fit of the pillows.

Fisher & Paykel Opus 360

Overall Score: 88%

Design 90%
Features 90%
Comfort 85%
Price 85%
Quality 90%

The Opus 360 gives you “360 degrees” of freedom with its pivoting ball-and-socket, silicone pillows, and a facially contoured mask frame for extra stability.

The Good: With its simple, slim-line design, you can sleep in almost any sleeping position without mask displacement. The pivoting ball-and-socket elbow provides greater versatility, and the silicone pillows and facially contoured mask frame gives extra stability.

The Bad: Some users say that the pillows do not fit well and that the foam pads irritate the skin.

Conclusion: The Opus 360 is an overall simplistic, functional mask and is worth a try, given the affordable price. However, take into account what other users have said about it.

Whether it’s the full face, nasal, or the nasal pillows mask, it’s important to find the right fit for your mask to stay compliant in your therapy. It can be uncomfortable and even embarrassing to have to wear a mask to sleep for therapy, but the designs have become innovative nowadays to implement style along with giving users maximum comfort in their sleep. No matter what, you must focus on the big picture that this is to help you sleep and breathe well. Therefore, read about each mask carefully before choosing the one for you, and always keep in mind the health benefits of these masks!

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