CPAP Mask Spending – Cheap vs. Expensive
Are you new to the CPAP therapy world? If so, making the proper mask selection is crucial for your therapy. It will be the difference between having successful and compliant therapy, or not. As you come to the choices for a mask, cost can be a factor.
Do I buy the cheapest CPAP mask?
If you have a good fit, the mask is comfortable, and you have no leaks with the cheapest mask, this could be the right choice for you. But, as with many things, quality could also prevail. What is the material? Does it have a warranty? Has the mask been discontinued? These are questions you will need answered to determine if the cheapest mask is for you.
It’s important to understand your own medical limitations on materials. Your face will be in contact with them items for a good portion of your life. If you have allergies, you will need to determine if the product is made with latex or silicon. Ascertaining where the mask was manufactured will give some insight on whether it contains PVC or phthalates such as DEHP, DBP or BBP. You can read where they are manufactured by reading our blog on CPAP Mask Manufacturers. If the mask is being discounted because it has been discontinued, you will not likely find replacement parts once you need them.
So, do I buy the more expensive CPAP mask?
Using the same logic as before, if you have a good fit, the mask is comfortable, and you have no leaks with the more expensive mask, this could be the right choice for you.
This is assuming the price does not take a primary role in your decision. If price is no issue, you are fortunate enough to purchase a high end quality mask from manufacturers like Resmed or Philips Respironics that use non latex materials which are free of PVC and phthalates. They have quality control at a local level and are established leaders in the CPAP industry. They both also have generous warranty policies and outstanding customer service. If these aspects are important to you as a Consumer, you can also take our quiz Find the Right CPAP Mask to help in your selection.
Whether you are on a budget or have a limitless end of cash to spend, considerations should be given on the CPAP mask you plan on using every night.