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Your CPAP machine is the key to a better night’s rest despite your sleep apnea. To keep your machine in good working order, you need to change the filters and other parts when required. You must also clean it often to keep bacteria and harmful microbes from growing. A CPAP cleaner is faster and more convenient than trying to clean your CPAP equipment by hand.
This buying guide will show you reviews of the best CPAP cleaners as well as factors to consider when you’re shopping. Look at the reviews below then the buying guide where we explain why you need a CPAP cleaner and features to look for while shopping for the best device to keep your CPAP mask clean and bacteria-free.
Best CPAP Cleaners of 2019
Editor’s Choice – Lumin CPAP Cleaner
Runner-Up – SoClean 2
Best Portable – SoClean 2 Go
Best Price – VirtuCLEAN CPAP Cleaner
We chose the Lumin as our Editor’s Pick because it’s extremely effective at killing bacteria in your CPAP mask. It uses UV-C, high energy light at 265 nanometers, which is lethal to most germs and microbes. The same tech used in ambulances where germ eradication is critical.
Because it relies on light waves, the cleaning process is rapid. In five minutes, your CPAP mask is clean and ready to use. Plus, the Lumin can disinfect other household items. Buyers use the UV-C process to clean CPAP mask and hoses as well as toothbrushes, hearing aids, and other items.
Anything that will fit in the drawer can be disinfected. The cost is reasonable, and they offer financing through PayPal. The Lumin has a two-year warranty, no filters to replace, and the bulb should outlast your CPAP when used twice weekly to clean your CPAP.
Our close runner-up recommendation is the SoClean 2 CPAP cleaner. It is a medical-grade device that uses activated oxygen (also known as ozone) to clean your CPAP mask without water. The same type of system is used by hospitals and water treatment plants to destroy bacteria and microbes.
You leave your CPAP hooked to the SoClean 2 so that you can just pop it into the cleaner each morning and it will be clean each night when you’re ready for bed. It is a hassle to hook and unhook the CPAP from the SoClean 2 so if you and your partner both have a CPAP device, you will likely need two of these.
There is a 30-day trial to try it out. Plus, the company offers financing through Bread on a 12-month finance plan. It fits most every CPAP device although, for some models, it may require an adapter, but this comes free when you request at the time you order.
We chose the SoClean 2 Go as our best portable CPAP cleaner because it’s affordable and extremely travel-friendly. It weighs just over one pound and takes up less than 6×6” on your nightstand (and in your suitcase). It takes eight AA batteries to operate, so it’s cordless.
Even though it’s a small device, it cleans full-size CPAP machine masks. This device has you slip your CPAP equipment into a bag rather than inside the SoClean itself. It kills germs and bacteria as well as the standard SoClean and comes with a 30-day trial.
The only mask that might not work with this on-the-go CPAP cleaner is one that covers more than just the lower half of your face. This cleaner attaches to your CPAP machine but some brands may require an adapter, but this is available free at the time that you order.
We chose VirtuCLEAN as the best low-price CPAP cleaner because it costs about half as much as other cleaning devices. It also works well as a portable cleaner because it’s so small at less than half a pound. It can fit in the palm of your hand.
The device is extremely quiet and runs on a lithium battery that lasts a decade. A bonus is that it will also clean the humidifier chamber if your CPAP has that feature. It takes 30 minutes for the cleaning cycle and requires you to slip your CPAP mask and hose inside a bag attached to the VirtuCLEAN.
The battery is rechargeable, so you will occasionally need to plug it in and allow it to boost for two hours. You can also plug the device into the wall to run if your battery is low. It comes with AC and USB charging cables. It does not require any adapters, and you never need to change a filter.
In this buying guide, we’ll explain why you need a CPAP or BiPAP cleaner, the health benefits of using one regularly, and the health risks if you do not properly clean your CPAP sleep apnea device. We will also discuss the key features of a CPAP cleaning device to make sure you make an informed buying decision to get the best results for your health and your best night’s sleep.
There are two devices to help those with chronic obstructive sleep apnea: CPAP and BiPAP. These work differently but both need to be cleaned to stay in good working condition and to ensure you’re not exposed to harmful germs and bacteria via your machine.
CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure. A CPAP machine forces air into your throat to help keep your airway from collapsing as you inhale while sleeping. There are three types of CPAP machines commonly prescribed to sleep apnea sufferers.
BiPAP is the other mask therapy for sleep apnea and stands for bilevel positive airway pressure. BiPAP uses lower pressure air than a CPAP machine. It delivers oxygen at two levels of pressure with a greater quantity of oxygen pushed during inhalation than exhalation.
As you breathe in and out, bacteria from your mouth and nose flow into the mask, nose pieces, and hoses of your device. These can fester and grow leaving an unhealthy environment where germs can flourish. An unclean CPAP may increase the risk of upper respiratory illness and other troubling health effects.
When you have a heated hose, that may increase the risk by providing a warm breeding ground for germs. Properly sanitizing your CPAP machine kills germs that might otherwise lead to illness. You can hand wash your device, but there’s no guarantee you will do it properly, plus it’s inconvenient.
With a CPAP cleaner, you can easily disinfect your sleep apnea therapy device as often as you want with no hassle and without taking up your time. Next, we’ll look at the features that differentiate CPAP cleaners, so you can choose the one that’s best for your lifestyle.
Cleaning Method – There are three primary methods for cleaning a CPAP machine. Two are more convenient and take less time plus offer better results. But any of the three are preferable to not cleaning your machine which can put your health at risk.
Time – Hand washing your CPAP is time-consuming if you do it properly and take the time to try and wash all the areas where germs accumulate. It can easily take 10-15 minutes with your hands on the hoses, mask, and hot water.
CPAP cleaner machines are usually much faster. UV-C machines are the fastest with a five-minute average run time to get your mask clean. Ozone cleaners are the next fastest method. These take 15-30 minutes, but then you must leave the mask in the cleaner without opening it for a couple of hours after disinfection to allow the ozone time to dissipate.
Compatibility – Before you buy a CPAP or BiPAP cleaner, be sure to confirm compatibility between the CPAP cleaning device and your sleep apnea therapy machine. Most websites have information that lists brands, makes, and models of CPAP/BiPAP machines and lets you know if an adapter is needed.
Machines with heat hoses and humidifiers are the ones most likely to require an adapter. Most CPAP cleaners include an adapter for free, but you need to specify that you want it when you order. If the site doesn’t have any info or FAQ page, it’s worth a call to the company before you order.
Portability – If you travel often, you may prefer a travel-size CPAP cleaner. These work as effectively as full-size cleaners but aren’t a hassle to take along. Travel CPAP cleaners run off batteries or USB, and some are as small as a half-pound and can fit in the palm of your hand.
Portable cleaners use a bag and hose to infuse the mask with ozone to purify it. You may want both a full-size model to leave at home and a travel model for when you vacation or if you’re on the road often for business to maximize convenience and ease of use.
Risk-Free Trial – Some companies will offer trials for you to test the equipment, but not all do so. If this is your first time buying a CPAP cleaner, you may want to look for a risk-free sleep trial to see how it performs. Most offer a 30 to 45-night trial, but it varies by brand.
Some are noisier, and some are not as convenient as others, so the sleep trial is critical. If you do return the device, make sure you abide by the trial conditions to get a refund. Most makers require you to pay to ship the device back. Plus, usually your original shipping charges (if any) will not be refunded.
Financing – If paying out of pocket in a lump sum isn’t your preference, some manufacturers offer financing programs. Those that do offer a six to 12-month payment plan. Some will check your credit (Bread) while others may not (PayPal).
It depends solely on the manufacturer’s finance program. Depending on the interest rates, you may be better off buying on your credit card and dealing with that interest rate rather than one from the CPAP manufacturer’s website. If it sells on Amazon, you may be able to get credit there as well.
Warranty – Most manufacturers offer a warranty on their products, but this covers only errors in the manufacturing process, structural defects, or damage during shipping. It does not cover wear and tear or satisfaction issues.
Be sure to carefully read the terms and conditions on the manufacturer’s warranty before you buy so that you go into it with eyes wide open. Typical warranties range from one to five years but vary by brand in length, terms, and how they work. Check warranty and FAQ pages on the brand’s site for more info.
Shipping – Shipping rates vary by maker. Some brands offer free shipping year-round while others offer free shipping promotions regularly. If you order from Amazon and have a Prime membership, delivery is included with your membership.
International buyers on Amazon will need to check availability on their country’s local Amazon site. SoClean, for instance, ships to the US and Puerto Rico. If the seller does ship internationally, you can expect to pay enhanced shipping rates. APO/FPO are usually covered under free US shipping policies.