The Good / The AirStart 10 CPAP machine with HumidAir Heated Humidifier has comfort features like built-in heated humidification, expiratory pressure relief, and ramp feature. It’s also very cheap.
The Bad / The AirStart is a basic machine which lacks many of the essential features that other CPAPs and auto CPAPs have. Some people are dissatisfied about the practice of bricking.
The Bottom Line / It’s cheap, and it does it’s job. If you’re looking for a cheap and simple machine with basic features that is easy to use, the AirStart CPAP may be the machine for you.
ResMed’s AirStart 10 CPAP fixed pressure therapy device with HumidAir offers excellent value with out-of the-box simplicity and the essential features on the latest Air10 platform. Its intuitive design is quick to set up and easy-to-use. With no complicated menus or settings to navigate, your patients can simply plug in the device and press Start.
This CPAP machine can be seen as a more basic version of the ResMed AirSense 10 CPAP Machine, which is one of the best fixed pressure CPAP machines on the market along with the DreamStation CPAP Pro.
The AirStart has a LCD display designed to make the user interface experience easy to use. Settings for the Ramp feature, EPR (expiratory pressure relief), and humidity level can be controlled via the menu bar in the display, and the screen displays humidity and current pressure levels during therapy.
The machine uses Expiratory Pressure Relief technology to drop the pressure level during exhalation, to increase comfort. Also, the machine automatically ‘ramps’ the pressure level; the machine starts at a pressure that is lower than the prescribed pressure at the beginning of the therapy and then slowly increases the pressure level as the user falls asleep.
The machine has a heated humidifier built in, which makes sure the air that flows into the patient’s airways during therapy is warm and moist. The humidifier can be preheated to ensure that the therapy is comfortable from its onset, and the water chamber can easily be taken apart and cleaned.
The machine collects basic compliance data to the SD card included, which can be taken out and given to a physician to track the therapy.
As mentioned earlier, the AirStart is like the AirSense minus some features like SmartStart and Light sensor. However, the AirStart is significantly cheaper, so which machine you decide to go for depend mostly on whether you’re looking for an affordable machine or a more expensive, higher quality machine.
Again, the AirStart loses to the DreamStation. It lacks features that the DreamStation CPAP Pro has, namely Bluetooth and Flex Family Pressure Relief. Again, the AirStart is significantly cheaper, so it all depends on your budget.
A very good summary of how the AirStart compares with the AirSense. And that last bit of advice has a good point – if you’re on a budget, maybe you want to invest in a better quality mask instead of spending more than double the price on a better quality machine (when comparing the prices of AirStart and AirSense).
So there are some people who are against this machine, because they believe that ResMed released this cheaper ‘brick’ version of the AirSense 10, which lacks various features that are pretty important in the long run, to lure in lower-income people and to maximize their profits. They have a point, but if you’re strapped for cash and all you’re looking for are the most essential CPAP features, it’s still a good option.
On a more positive note, at 26.6 dBA, the machine is very quiet. So that’s one less thing you have to worry about!
More REM sleep, more sweet dreams.
|Price as Reviewed||$279.00|
|Weight (machine only)||2.45 lbs|
|Dimensions (machine w/ water chamber)||10.04 in L x 4.57 in W x 5.91 in H|
|Data Card||SD Card|
|Operating Pressure||4 – 20 cm H2O (0.2 cm increments)|
|Operating Altitude Range||Sea Level – 8500 Feet|
|Power Consumption||53W (57VA)|
So maybe ResMed can be “blamed” for bricking and making a cheaper version of the AirSense 10 with less features. But realistically, the AirStart is a more affordable machine which still has the most essential features.
Ask yourself – which one do I value more: saving money, or getting a better quality machine? If you chose saving money, this machine may be a good fit for you.
The ResMed AirSense 10 CPAP is a premium fixed pressure device with integrated humidifier, cellular connectivity and advanced event detection.
The DreamStation Go Travel CPAP has 1/3 fewer components than other travel PAPs, and at half the size of our trusted System One and DreamStation platforms, it offers the same therapy and comfort features enjoyed by over 5 million PAP users.
The DreamStation CPAP Pro is a fixed-pressure machine that includes built-in Bluetooth connectivity that connects to the DreamMapper app so that you can track your therapy. This machine is loaded with features such as mask on/off detection and mask fit check. Oh… it’s quiet too.