18.11.2014
Halfway through 2013 we take a look at current CPAP products that are considered to be top rated. ResMed Swift FX and Swift FX for Her (61500 and 61540)-Still our all time best selling nasal pillow CPAP mask, the Swift FX series has seen added improvements with the option to add the Bella headgear (Swift FX Bella). Tap PAP Nasal Pillow Mask (PAP-NP-1000)-This mask is a very unique design with and without headgear options. 3B Willow Nasal Pillow Mask (W1001)-A great affordable nasal pillow mask option with a design very similar to the ReMed Mirage Swift II. ResMed Mirage Quattro (61202)-The original Quattro full face mask has been the gold standard of full face CPAP masks.
Philips Respironics Amara (1090203)- Respironics has a ton of Full Face CPAP mask options and it's hard to say if they just like having that many options available or if all other designs just didn't cut the mustard. Philips Respironics ComfortGel Nasal (Original and ComfortGel Blue) - This mask has simply made the list because it holds majority share of most prescribed and dispensed nasal CPAP mask and most people currently on it will tend to stick with it and re-order. ResMed Quattro Air Full Face Mask- a new and improved version of the original Mirage Quattro, currently available for purchase.
ResMed Swift Nano- A nasal style CPAP mask that incorporates the headgear of a Swift FX nasal pillow mask.
Devilbiss Innova with AirGel Nasal Mask-Lighweight gel style mask by Devilbiss, now available for purchase. ResMed Swift FX and Swift FX for Her (61500 and 61540)–Still our all time best selling nasal pillow CPAP mask, the Swift FX series has seen added improvements with the option to add the Bella headgear (Swift FX Bella).  Light-weight and available with multiple pillow size options, the Swift FX is the mask recommend most, especially for new CPAP users. Tap PAP Nasal Pillow Mask (PAP-NP-1000)-This mask is a very unique design with and without headgear options.
3B Willow Nasal Pillow Mask (W1001)-A great affordable nasal pillow mask option with a design very similar to the ReMed Mirage Swift II.
ResMed Mirage Quattro (61202)-The original Quattro full face mask has been the gold standard of full face CPAP masks. Philips Respironics Amara (1090203)– Respironics has a ton of Full Face CPAP mask options and it’s hard to say if they just like having that many options available or if all other designs just didn’t cut the mustard. Philips Respironics Wisp Nasal CPAP Mask (1094050)– Kris, our warehouse manager states that his fiance swears by this mask for all of her titrations (his fiance is a registered sleep technologist…shout out to all of our RPSGTs out there) Anyways, the Wisp is certainly a unique mask with it’s clear and fabric frames that somehow look like a hybrid between a nasal pillow mask and a nasal mask. ResMed Quattro Air Full Face Mask– a new and improved version of the original Mirage Quattro, currently available for purchase. ResMed Swift Nano– A nasal style CPAP mask that incorporates the headgear of a Swift FX nasal pillow mask. Regardless if you are new to CPAP or you have been a long time user you may not be aware of all the great therapy products available to you.
Read below for more information on the different styles and newer makes and models of masks that might make sleep with CPAP a better experience for you. Nasal Pillow Style Masks – The most minimal interfaces on the market; most only use 1 headgear strap and a cushion seal that inserts or surrounds the nostril area. Swift FX and Swift FX for Her –$99 (Part Number 61500 and 61540)  Our all time best selling and most popular nasal pillow masks.
Nuance and Nuance Gel –$89 (Part Number 1105160) Philips Respironics has taken the success of the ComfortGel technology and applied it to a nasal pillow style masks that offers a standard or gel framed (recommended) headgear that rests against the cheek area. Pilairo Q by Fisher Paykel –$79 (Part Number 400421) One of the lightest CPAP nasal pillows masks weighing only 1.94 ounces it uses a self-inflating air pillow seal to encompass the nostril area.
Full Face Style Masks-Therapy interfaces designed to cover the mouth AND nose to allow breathing through both. Amara View by Philips Respironics – $169 (Part Number 1090623) The latest and greatest full mask from Philips Respironics offers a clear field of vision and rest lower on the nose with a unique cushion design that reminds us of the OptiLife nasal pillow mask. Simplus by Fisher Paykel- $135 (Part Number 400476) Nothing too much exciting to say or point out about this FF mask from Fisher Paykel. Nasal Style- The most commonly prescribed style of mask, the nasal is often times the most inexpensive as well. Pico by Philips Respironics – $99 (Part Number 1104915)- A great new nasal style mask by Respironics, an industry leader in masks. Swift FX Nano by ResMed – $115 (Part Number 62200) This mask plays along with the latest trend of cross breeding by combining a nasal style cushion with nasal pillow style headgear. N10 and N10 for Her by ResMed – $94 (Part Number 63200) This masks boasts to be 50% quieter than any mask on the market and is available in standard or wide cushion sizes. Low Cost CPAP Masks- Over the past few decades there have been 3 top manufacturers that have captured most of the market but the past few years have produced new makes and models.
The opinions written in this blog are intended to provide helpful guidance in CPAP mask selection.
As the last few days of 2014 wind down we take a look back at some of the new and top rated CPAP masks that came on the market in 2014 and a look at what’s to come in 2015.
2014 brought us the Nuance Pro and Nuance Gel that offers a silicone gel style cushion insert and 2 optional mask frames, one gel and one silicone. 2013 and 2014 saw a growth of the pillow style and likewise many other manufacturers developed models to compete against some of the manufacturers listed above.
Full face style masks cover the nose and mouth of sleep apnea sufferers and are great options for a wide range of people that cannot solely breathe through their nose only.
Nasal masks were the most popular style prescribed for years but have lost market share to people that either NEED a full face or WANT the comfort of a nasal pillow.
Most everyone has seen the ComfortGel nasal CPAP mask, one of the all time best sellers (most likely because it was prescribed most by sleep doctors) however the original model was discontinued for the new ComfortGel Blue (now on the market for a couple of years) however many people that liked the original were not happy with the Blue. The Eson is the newest model and has been outperforming the sales of the Zest and Zest Q, a long time staple of the F&P line.
In order to positively affect therapy adherence it takes a lot of user feedback and cooperating research with sleep testing facilities to identify key points from initial and long term use to design masks that meet as many positive factors to assist continued use of PAP therapy.
With a lightweight design that feels like the CPAP mask is barely there and allows a line of sight to read or watch television while you fall asleep on therapy.
Ease of use is a big factor and nothing is more annoying than a CPAP mask that a user cannot figure out how to assemble and disassemble for cleaning purposes. Listen, I am a sleep technician, I am pro-sleep tech and I have been in all these situations with patients and I too had that “Go-To Mask” that I preferred to use on patients because I knew it had a great seal, was comfortable to wear and would make my titration solid.
Introducing what may be the best full face CPAP mask since the original Mirage Quattro, the Quattro Air is getting rave reviews by sleep techs, sleep doctors, and most importantly CPAP users. Philips Respironics is soon to unleash the WISP nasal CPAP mask on the market and I’m not quite sure how I feel about this mask.
We were very excited when Respironics released the True Blue nasal CPAP mask, not because of the design but more for the anticipation that they would come out with a mask that could rival the quality of the ResMed family of masks. In closing I would like to tell you to check out our mask comparison chart and reviews currently being developed, this just may help you decide which CPAP therapy interface you might want to try. Philips Respironics, ResMed, and Fisher Paykel all have versions of Nasal Pillow CPAP masks and while they are all very similar in design and functionality, modifications to their models are continually improving making CPAP use a much better experience. We are hearing a lot of good things about the Fisher Paykel Pilairo nasal pillow CPAP mask (currently only available overseas but expected to be in the U.S.


Since women tend to have smaller features, designs and sizes of CPAP masks must change to accommodate. Make sure to use light-weight tubing like the ResMed SlimLine, a heavy tube will pull down on a light-weight mask causing irritation and CPAP Mask seal break. You may be asking yourself how can something be top rated and have a con to it, well it not a perfect world and the perfect CPAP mask that works for everyone hasn't been created yet (please note the sarcasm since we often state that all faces are not created equal thus not one single CPAP mask will work for everyone), why do you think we carry so many different options.
The 30 money back guarantee makes this mask a great option to try and if you didn't like simply return it for a store credit.
A stability mouthpiece holds the mask in place and the custom fitting provides a secure fit.
ResMed updated version with the Quattro FX series of For Him and For Her has not seen as many positive reviews as the original Mirage Quattro and one can only speculate that the newest Quattro Air Full Face mask is an attempt to phase out the less than popular Quattro FX. So in 2012 Philips Respironics introduced the new and improved Comfort Gel Blue series of nasal and full face CPAP masks and the improvement to the design have taken a great product and made it better. It's 2013 release has been well received and the fit pack offers multiple cushions sizes to allow a perfect fit, a great feature when buying a new CPAP mask online and unsure of your size. You may be asking yourself how can something be top rated and have a con to it, well it not a perfect world and the perfect  CPAP mask that works for everyone hasn’t been created yet (please note the sarcasm since we often state that all faces are not created equal thus not one single CPAP mask will work for everyone), why do you think we carry so many different options.  Anyways, enjoy the reading!
I personally use this mask and haven’t found one that I like better ( I should note the disclaimer here that just because I like the CPAP mask and it works great for me does not mean it will do the same for you). The 30 money back guarantee makes this mask a great option to try and if you didn’t like simply return it for a store credit. ResMed’s updated version with the Quattro FX series of For Him and For Her has not seen as many positive reviews as the original Mirage Quattro and one can only speculate that the newest Quattro Air Full Face mask is an attempt to phase out the less than popular Quattro FX. It’s 2013 release has been well received and the fit pack offers multiple cushions sizes to allow a perfect fit, a great feature when buying a new CPAP mask online and unsure of your size.
Many people that are initially provided equipment from a DME (durable medical equipment) company are given the lowest costing mask because insurance reimbursement is the same regardless of make and model. The FullLife is a similar mask by Philips Respironics that influenced the feel of this interface.
The Zest and Zest Q series of masks are still available but many F&P users are converting to the Eson because it is light weight and quiet (diffuser pad technology). Finding the right mask for you can be a long and hard process of elimination and some people recently diagnosed with sleep apnea may still be struggling to find an interface that is comfortable to wear and effective in allowing them to sleep throughout the night.
A sleep technologist may use a wide assortment of masks during your titration and ultimately select the one that promoted the best seal and treatment results the night of the study. The pillow mask is best described as a minimal contact interface that incorporates silicone or gel inserts that seal around the nostril area and use a single or 2 point headgear strap system. This mask boasts a one size fit all replaceable cushion that eliminates the need to be fitted, however most nasal pillow style mask offer a full set of insert sizes that allow the user to fit themselves and switch between sizes as needed. Some of the different reasons someone would need to use a full face would include deviated septum, have been prescribed higher pressure of CPAP or use a bi-level (BiPAP) device, loss of muscle tone that causes mouth to fall open during the night, or feeling like your are not getting enough air when on a nasal style. These new masks offer a lighter weight frame and magnetic headgear clips that make it easier to attach and detach if you need to get up during the night. The Forma had been the most popular Fisher and Paykel full face mask for some time and though it was a popular seller, the design to fit below the chin has always had mixed reviews from users new to trying this model. Philips Respironics recognizing that the blue gel used in many of their different mask style and cushions was a visually appealing attribute that leads many people to select their products. Many of the top manufacturers are making 2 versions of the same mask with minimal changes to the color (usually pink) and sizing options that incorporate smaller options for both cushion and frame. These new interfaces complete the family and aim to challenge the market for the ultimate prize; a series of masks that improve compliance through comfort and design.
Just turning off the lights and turning on your CPAP machine doesn’t always work for everyone; most new users find it hard to achieve sleep onset because they are lying there thinking about the device they are sleeping on. CPAP mask should be wiped off or cleaned daily to avoid build up that will result in discomfort and leak.
What I have noticed is there seems to be ongoing posts where sleep techs become aggravated with patients that come in for a CPAP titration and request to start off with a full face mask.
Cue in the patient that disagreed with my choice of selection or said this mask is suffocating them; now at this point the best course of action I found was putting the patient in the driver seat to at least get the car started and out of the garage so to speak. I have seen the demos of this mask and read product specs and looked all the “catchy” images and marketing and I’m just not sure how I feel about another nasal style mask on the market. It’s not uncommon for us to see many prescriptions that are brand specific for a Respironics CPAP or BiPAP machine to be used with a ResMed CPAP mask. So I’ll give you a quick story before I begin my ramblings about nasal pillow CPAP masks and the way they have changed sleep apnea sufferer’s compliance.
The ResMed Swift series of nasal pillow CPAP masks are a perfect example of this and while the Mirage Swift II, an older model, proved far superior to the Swift LT series, the Swift FX blows them all out of the water. The nasal pillow cushions are made smaller, the CPAP mask headgear harness is made smaller and the masks have different color options, pink and powder blue. Nasal pillow masks are direct pressure into the nasal cavity which can cause the capillaries to swell.
The ResMed Swift FX series comes with this already but you can purchase Snuggle Straps to add to any mask. I personally use this mask and haven't found one that I like better ( I should note the disclaimer here that just because I like the CPAP mask and it works great for me does not mean it will do the same for you). There was a flaw to this mask that had been noticed with many of our early customers that purchased it, but we believe Fisher and Paykel has fixed it since (though it was never formally acknowledged) the Pilairo cushion would tear slightly in the same spot on the mask frame. Tap PAP offers a 30 Day money back guarantee which will provide you the comfort of knowing you can return the mask within 30 days if it does not work out. This CPAP mask is extremely affordable and has gotten many positive reviews from our current customers; though I must admit I haven't tried it yet but I was always a huge fan of the ResMed Mirage Swift II.
Hopefully ResMed continues to produce the original Mirage Quattro mask because this classic is a sure fit for comfort and effectiveness for those that must sport the full Face Mask.
In my opinion, ResMed can begin to phase out the Ultra Mirage, Mirage Micro, Activa LT, Mirage Activa, Mirage SoftGel, and any other standard nasal style mask that really has no advantage over the Mirage FX. With it's success, we expect the Respironics Comfort Gel nasal will be around for many more years regardless if there are better masks than it on the market. Not quite, but Mark comes pretty close to being the one that has tried all the masks (Pilairo and Swift II are his favorites by the way).
There was a flaw to this mask that had been noticed with many of our early customers that purchased it, but we believe Fisher and Paykel has fixed it since (though it was never formally acknowledged) the Pilairo cushion would tear slightly in the same spot on the mask frame.  Other than a minor cushion problem, this one size fits most single headgear strap mask is a great option from our customer feedback groups. This CPAP mask is extremely affordable and has gotten many positive reviews from our current customers; though I must admit I haven’t tried it yet but I was always a huge fan of the ResMed Mirage Swift II. Price point and heavy physician prescribing help the Amara make the list of Top Rated Full Face CPAP Mask however I believe customer feedback on this product is going to show it to be Full Face mask of the future for Philips Respironics. With it’s success, we expect the Respironics Comfort Gel nasal will be around for many more years regardless if there are better masks than it on the market.
The Nuance series has replaced the GoLife series of nasal pillow masks (no longer available).


Available in models for men and women with replacement cushions and headgear available to prolong the life of the mask and save you money. It is a much lighter mask (45%), uses a less invasive forehead support and no longer uses clips to attach the headgear but rather loops that hook around.
While the mask itself is only a piece of the puzzle, it is a “corner piece” and important in the overall adherence to therapy.
These masks first made their presence a few years ago to satisfy the claustrophobic and anxiety patient market. The new generation is the AirFit™ family of masks and the pillow style is the P10 and P10 for Her. The 2013 GoLife for Men and GoLife for Women masks are still a popular choice among CPAP users however many of those users are switching away from the harder plastic style frame to the softer gel frame system.
Though full masks do offer a variety of pros, there are some cons such as the fact that they cover more surface area which makes them more prone to mask leak and their cushions must be cleaned thoroughly to prevent leaks and irritation. The Wisp is the highlighted nasal mask of this category and recommended as far as nasal masks go.
The N10 offers magnetic headgear clips that secure the mask in place and has a short tube assembly that connects to any standard or heated tubing system.
From SoftEdge™ headgear to Spring Air™ cushions you are sure to bet these new features are going to influence CPAP compliance. When you can read or watch a little television while wearing the mask and the pressure is on a ramp setting, initiation of sleep when you turn the lights out is easier.
Mask leak is one of the most frustrating and annoying side effects of a poorly designed or improperly fitted mask.
Most users are not aware that components of the mask can be replaced without the need of replacing the entire mask.
Alright, enough bad mafia jokes; try the new F10 full face CPAP mask by ResMed and we are confident you will be satisfied. We all know that at some point in the night the odds are pretty good we may be swapping out the mask anyways for something more therapeutically beneficial. It’s hard to say how long they will be around but we are noticing a trend with the manufacturers to evolve into fewer platforms and designs of CPAP masks and streamline it to 3 style models; nasal, nasal pillow, and full face.
The True Blue buzz wore off quickly and it’s hard to say if it was the quality of the mask, the fact that it was not prescribed by physicians very much or that the nasal mask interface market is completely saturated by too many mask options.
I’m sure all my fellow sleep technologists out there can relate to the “Darth Vader” impression patients made when you first put one of these masks on.
I am still amazed when we receive negative feedback from a user and in this post I will address helpful tips for using a nasal pillow style mask. The Pilairo CPAP mask has only one headgear strap that tighten behind the ears and is expected to replace the Opus pillow mask. This mask is very new to the market so the jury is still out on many different questions and ratings such as the average life span of the stability mouthpiece or durability of the cushions and headgear. Most new users are intrigued by its blue cushion that has an appearance that "it just looks comfortable" however all of the masks use the same silicone materials. We should note that some users of the original ComfortGel mask are not happy with the changes that came with the ComfortGel Blue and thus have moved on to different styles and noted their feedback as being the "gel" just just feel or fit the same. Most new users are intrigued by its blue cushion that has an appearance that “it just looks comfortable” however all of the masks use the same silicone materials. We should note that some users of the original ComfortGel mask are not happy with the changes that came with the ComfortGel Blue and thus have moved on to different styles and noted their feedback as being the “gel” just just feel or fit the same. The fabric headgear eliminates the need of mask strap pads that are used on the FX series of silicone designed headgear.
Say good-bye to mask marks and red irritated indentions as the Pico uses a minimal contact forehead support. Gone are the days of the heavier masks like the Ultra Mirage, Micro and SoftGel as this lightweight mask looks to take over. Regardless of how you ended up with your original mask you may not be as happy with it as the person that selected it for you.  For this reason we provide our expert feedback about what’s new and what is worth trying. A 2 point harness system assures the mask stays in place and without the headgear slipping or riding up. Fisher and Paykel have shown little involvement in jumping in on the bandwagon and currently offer just the Lady Zest nasal style CPAP mask.  For the full face line of masks only the Quattro FX, Quattro Air and F10 offer “For Her” models. Doing that with a mask that has a forehead stability bar makes it difficult to read or watch television. A 4 piece mask system allows easily assembly, use and replacement of consumable mask parts. This mask also offers the butterfly forehead support to stabilize the mask, a component that missing from the Quattro FX which tended to slide up during the course of the night.
I speculate the market will be heavily weighted between only 2 of those options, the nasal pillow mask and the full face mask.
The lack of a less invasive and comfortable mask probably contributed to the low CPAP compliance many sleep labs faced. We haven’t heard any feedback about how well the Pilairo keeps the CPAP mask in place during the night but I’m sure the comfort of only one head strap will make this mask hugely appealing. CPAP therapy is hard enough to adjust to on its own and it’s only fair that any person that wants to be compliant with therapy should be given all the tools to help them succeed without breaking the bank. Similar in design to ResMed Swift FX with a page taken out of the design of the Swift LT, this mask seems to be a cross breed design definitely worth trying. Overall mask comfort through cushion design and weight, sealing, durability and price point. Those not tied down to major manufacturers and open to trying something new should be highly satisfied with this mask.
Remember, even the best sleep tech can only lead a horse to CPAP, not make him drink…err, something like that; you get the point. Our sleep lab feedback has been great seal, quiet, little leak, and little CPAP mask facial irritation.
In recent years the CPAP mask landscape has changed dramatically and has led to an influx of past CPAP users changing masks and new CPAP users becoming more compliant.
We have seen extremely lightweight masks released from their competitors such as the ResMed Mirage FX and The Fisher Paykel Eson, however the WISP headgear makes me wonder if it may be better (we’ll let our customers be the judge).
Philips Respironics most recently released nasal pillow mask is the GoLife for Men and GoLife for Women. While I personally have not used this mask, I do speak to many of our CPAP customers that rave about its performance.



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