Respironics DreamStation vs Resmed AirSense 10

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Picking the perfect auto adjusting CPAP machine is difficult. Currently, the Phillips Respironics DreamStation Auto and the Resmed AirSense 10 Autoset are the two dominant CPAP machines in the market.

While both the DreamStation and AirSense can be purchased as BiPAP machines, this product review guide will focus on the features of the Respironics DreamStation Auto and the Resmed AirSense 10 Autoset CPAP machines, so that you can make a confident decision in choosing the best CPAP machine for your sleep therapy.

Phillips Respironics DreamStation Auto CPAP Machine
Resmed AirSense 10 Autoset CPAP Machine

Sound Level

Getting a good night’s rest could be limited by the sound of your CPAP machine. Who wouldn’t want that cricket quiet noise level to get that peaceful sleep you deserve?

Fortunately, both the AirSense 10 and DreamStation are both considered whisper quiet machines. The AirSense 10 clocks in at 26.6 decibels while the DreamStation has been recorded at a max 27.9 decibels. This 1.3 decibel difference between the AirSense 10 and DreamStation is small and will most likely not be the deciding factor in choosing between the two CPAP machines.


CPAP machines are certainly not cheap, but we can help you make the right financial decision based on your needs. The prices of the AirSense 10 Autoset and DreamStation Auto CPAP vary depending on the additions of heated tubing and humidifiers.

Health Sqyre sells the Resmed AirSense 10 AutoSet CPAP Machine with HumidAir Heated Humidifier and SlimLine tubing for $679. If Heated Tubing is part of your wishlist, the AirSense 10 with heated tubing is $699.

The Respironics DreamStation Auto CPAP Machine sells for $639. If you only need the humidifier add-on, the price for the DreamStation is $828. However, if a heated humidifier and heated tube is a must, the price jumps to $868.

Only need a base-line auto CPAP machine? The DreamStation Auto CPAP is your budget-friendly option; however, if heated humidifier and heated tubing is part of your preferences, then the Resmed AirSense 10 makes financial sense because of the significantly lower price point.

In addition, both CPAP machines have a 2-year warranty, giving CPAP users the long-term guarantee they need for their purchase.


Whether it be for travel or simply convenience, your CPAP machine’s size and weight may play a significant role in choosing between the Respironics DreamStation and the Resmed AirSense 10.

The Resmed AirSense 10 is 4.6 x 10.0 x 5.91 inches which equates to a size of 271.9 cubic inches. In contrast, the DreamStation without a humidifier is a more compact 7.6 x 6.2 x 3.3 inches, 155.5 cubic inches. Although the DreamStation is clearly the smaller and more portable machine, it is important to consider the fact that the AirSense 10 already has the built-in humidification system which adds to its larger size. If a humidifier is a must for your CPAP machine, then the DreamStation is a much larger 11.7 x 7.6 x 3.3 inch, 293.4 cubic inch size.

In terms of weight, the Resmed AirSense comes in at 2.75 lbs while the DreamStation without a humidifier only weighs 1.56 lbs. Once again, if you need the humidification system the DreamStation is now heavier, coming in at 3.16lbs and may not be your ideal travel CPAP.

AirSense 10


DreamStation w/ Humidifier


You may want to consider the looks of your trusted CPAP machine. Which machine will blend in well with room walls, bed, or bookshelf? Maybe you want a machine that is low profile and does not stand out while traveling.

The Resmed AirSense 10 is a taller, sleek black machine with a front-facing LCD screen. In stark contrast, the Respironics DreamStation is a glossy white machine, coming in a rectangular shape. Both machines fit a modern profile, but the color difference is the most distinctive quality to consider when picking between the two CPAP machines.

As a bonus, the Resmed AirSense 10 also comes in AirSense 10 for Her edition, which is finished with a muted silver, linen color. The for Her edition is patterned with a floral design around the edges.

Which CPAP machine will accommodate my CPAP mask? Both the AirsSnse 10 Autoset and the DreamStation auto CPAP are compatible with most CPAP masks.

Humidifier / Heated Tubing

Some of you may need hot/cold air humidification for your sleep apnea therapy. The AirSense 10 has a built in HumidAir Humidifier that allows you to adjust the humidity level to suit your preferences.

The Dreamstation does not come with a humidifier, but a humidifier can be purchased as an add-on, giving it the same humidifying capabilities to enhance your therapy and alleviate any dryness during your therapy.

Still struggling with dryness and irritation? The AirSense 10 and DreamStation can be equipped with heated tubing that maintains warm air as it travels from the CPAP machine. Heated tubing for the Resmed AirSense 10 is priced at $29.00 while the heated tubing for the DreamStation is priced at $32.00.

Data Collection

Viewing your CPAP data such as breathing rates, leak rates, ahi, and hours is essential in improving your sleep apnea therapy.

All of Philips Respironics DreamStation auto cpap machines come with built-in Bluetooth that can be easily connected to the Philips Respironics’ DreamMapper app. The application provides data that allows you to monitor your sleep therapy progress and trends.

Similarly, the AirSense 10 can connect to the application myAir via Bluetooth to deliver sleep treatment data and feedback to improve your experiences.



Technological Advantages

At the end of the day, you want the CPAP machine that fits your preferences and has the latest technological functionality to perfect your CPAP therapy.

The AirSense 10 auto is equipped with Resmed’s latest Autoset algorithm that monitors air pressure settings to deliver air flow that is comfortable and gentle. Also, the Resmed autoset machine uses AutoRamp technology to sense when the user is asleep and auto adjust the air pressure accordingly. Coupled with the AutoRamp, the AirSense 10 has an Expiratory Pressure Relief (EPR) function that reduces air pressure during exhalation that makes your CPAP therapy even more comfortable.

While the AirSense 10 contains numerous features that makes it a hot product, the DreamsSations stands its ground with features of its own. Respironics’ SmartRamp technology monitors the patient’s breathing and adjusts air pressure when you fall asleep. Additionally, the DreamStation features an “Optistart” mode that analyzes your treatment data to adjust the starting air pressure for your sleep therapy.

Both machines feature the latest “smart” CPAP technology that will make your CPAP therapy more comfortable and manageable.

Specifications Chart

MachineAirSense 10DreamStation
Sound25.0-30.0 (dBA)25.0-30.0 (dBA)
Dimensions4.6 x 10.0 x 5.91 inches7.6 x 6.2 x 3.3 inches
Pressure Range4-20cm H2O4-20cm H2O
Altitude Range0-8,500 feet0-7,500 feet
Built-in HumidifierYesNo
Warranty2 Years2 Years

So Which CPAP Machine?

Picking the right CPAP machine all depends on the priority of your preferences. Both CPAP machines are equipped with the best technological features to monitor and improve your sleep therapy. The biggest differences you should consider between the machines are the price point, your preference for heated tubing and humidification, and the overall design of the machines. At the end of the day, your sleep therapy will improve drastically with either the DreamStation or the AirSense 10.

Check out the Respironics DreamStation

Check out the Resmed AirSense 10

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