Search
Shopping Cart
Your cart is empty.


Browse by Manufacturer

CPAP Part Finder Link


Secure Shopping

Payment Processing




Compare & Review: A Buyers Guide To The Best CPAP & Auto CPAP Machines

1800CPAP.com takes an inside look at "Best in Class" CPAP and Auto CPAP machines 2012.

Purchasing a new CPAP machine can be confusing. Regardless if you have been a long time user or just recently diagnosed, it seems there are many different machines to choose from and technology has changed so much that even the long time user needs help picking out the right one. If you need help understanding any of the information listed in our CPAP machine review, please feel free to contact us at 1-800-274-1366.

Let our independent and unbiased reviews of the latest in CPAP and sleep apnea technology from leading manufacturers help you decide which CPAP machine is right for you. While we understand the needs of different CPAP functions will vary from patient to patient, our clinical technologists have taken the information they have collected from person to person CPAP set up feedback and that of our online customers and delivered a formula to help you understand which CPAP machine may benefit you the best.

In our review, we take a look at 3 of the major manufacturers of these devices and offer you an understanding of which of these machines may be right for you. Please note this is not an industry sponsored review and the opinions and views are solely those of our staff.

CPAP Machines

Also known or referred to as Fixed Pressure CPAP or Standard CPAP

CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machines are the most commonly recommended devices for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea/hypopnea syndrome. Standard CPAP machines generate one fixed pressure during therapy, meaning if you are prescribed CPAP of 12 cm/H2O, your machine will continue to produce that much pressure throughout the night (excluding ramp mode).

Philips Respironics System One CPAP Machines ResMed S9 CPAP Machines Fisher & Paykel ICON CPAP Machines

CPAP

Starting

Cost

Warranty

Data Reporting

Integrated Humidifier

Special Features

Ramp

Size & Weight

1800CPAP Rating

ResMed S9 Escape™

$758

2 Year

Usage

 

Yes, Added Cost

 

EPR™

ClimateLine™

LCD Display

Yes

0 – 45 minutes

12" x 5.7" x 3.4"

3.3 lbs

★★★

ResMed S9 Elite™

$805

2 Year

Usage

AHI

Leak

Yes Added Cost

 

EPR™

ClimateLine™

LCD Display

Yes

0 – 45 minutes

12" x 5.7" x 3.4"

3.3 lbs

★★★★

PR System One REMstar Plus DS250

$609

2 Year

Usage

Yes Added Cost

 

CFLEX

LCD Display

Yes

0 – 45 minutes

14" x 5.5" x 4”

5.3 lbs

★★

PR System One REMstar AutoIQ DS450

$669

2 Year

Usage

AHI

Leak

Yes Added Cost

 

CFLEX

AutoIQ™

LCD Display

Yes

0 – 45 minutes

14" x 5.5" x 4”

5.3 lbs

★★★★

Fisher & Paykel ICON Novo

$875

2.5 Year

Usage

Yes, Built In

FREE

ThermoSmart

Alarm Clock

MP3

Yes

6.3" x 6.7" x 8.7"

4.8 lbs

★★

Fisher & Paykel ICON Premo

$925

2.5 Year

Usage

AHI

Leak

Yes, Built In

FREE

ThermoSmart

Alarm Clock

MP3

Yes

6.3" x 6.7" x 8.7"

4.8 lbs

★★★

 

 

Things We Like Most About It…

Things We Like Least About It…

ResMed

S9 Escape™

 

 

Very sleek design and travel case make this CPAP machine seem even smaller than the so called “travel CPAP machines”. Same platform as the S9 Elite™ and S9 AutoSet™

This is ResMed’s entry level CPAP machine so it lacks certain bells and whistles that we like on the S9 platform like the AHI and leak reporting. SlimLine™ tubing seems a bit fragile and doesn’t have that durable feeling. ClimateLine™ is an optional add-on but can be costly.

ResMed S9 Elite™

 

 

The info button shows you the very next day how well you did the night before. Want to know if your mask was leaking? You get a smiley face or sad face. Want to know if your apnea/hypopnea index was high? It will tell you how many times per hour you quit breathing last night

It is one of the higher priced CPAP machines on the market. Outside of the cost, there is very little that we can say about this CPAP machine that would keep us from purchasing it. It does have a “bulky” external power supply but most units do these days to keep size down (kind of like laptops).

PR System One REMstar Plus

DS250

 

Simple design makes this unit VERY easy to understand and operate. This is an upgrade from the DS150HS model and offers CFLEX technology.

Bulky external power supply. Limited compliance reporting data. Lack of heated CPAP tubing feature.

PR System One REMstar AutoIQ

DS450

 

Brilliant Technology. This CPAP machine offers a 30 day auto CPAP mode that helps establish an optimal pressure. For its price, this unit cannot be beat. Full AHI, Leak and Compliance reporting gives this device superior marks.

The only thing we dislike about this unit is it can only stay in auto mode for 30 days. We would like to see it able to stay in auto mode for longer periods. It still uses the same bulky external power supply as the other Philips Respironics System One platforms.

Fisher & Paykel ICON Novo

 

 

Integrated humidifier makes this unit seem much smaller and the design looks like it would be an alarm clock on your night stand. In fact, this CPAP machine DOES have an alarm clock feature. There is not a bulky external power supply; it’s built in to the machine.

Dial turning can be tricky unless the user is “tech savy”. It is easy to get lost in the settings while searching for something and can be difficult to understand what each of the icons mean when you are on a setting. The power supply is underneath where the humidifier sets so when left plugged in, it gives the impression that the humidifier is still on because it’s warm.

Fisher & Paykel ICON Premo