Since its founding in 1934, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare has risen to become a top manufacturer in the realm of respiratory care and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) therapy. The New Zealand-based company distributes CPAP machines, humidification systems, and other respiratory care equipment to hospitals and individual consumers in more than 120 countries.
Striving to improve patient lives through thoughtful design, Fisher & Paykel engineers CPAP machines to be straightforward for both sleep specialists and everyday patients to operate. The company currently offers three different CPAP machines: the ICON + Auto, ICON + Premo, and ICON + Novo. All ICON+ devices feature built-in humidifiers with heated tubes, and utilize an advanced ThermoSmart Technology algorithm to minimize condensation while optimizing humidity levels.
Fisher & Paykel’s ICON+ CPAP machines are all sleek, compact, and user friendly, but are differentiated by performance features. This guide will delve into the differences between the three Fisher & Paykel machines, comparing specs, discussing pros and cons, and offering advice on choosing the right machine for you.
The ICON+ Auto is an auto-titrating CPAP device, which means it self-adjusts in reaction to varying pressure needs caused by events like apnea, hypopnea, and flow limitations. In addition to its unique auto-adjusting function, the ICON+ includes much of the innovations included in the other three ICON+ devices, including ThermoSmart humidity technology and thorough data tracking.
Automatically decreases and increases pressure as needs change throughout the night
ThermoSmart technology delivers condensation-free humidification at consistent, custom level as you sleep
SensAwake detects and responds to wakings by promptly reducing pressure, promoting comfort and allowing you to resume sleep easier
Tracks therapy progress and provides detailed reports you can share with healthcare provider
Attached humidifier can’t be removed
May be difficult to travel with
Fisher & Paykel ICON+ Premo
Unlike the ICON+ Auto, the ICON+ is a fixed-pressure CPAP machine, meaning it stays as a preset pressure throughout the night. Aside from its fixed-pressure setting, the ICON+ Premo is virtually identical to the ICON+ Auto in terms of advanced features like data-tracking, ThermoSmart humidification, and SensAwake pressure relief.
Includes ThermoSmart, SensAwake, and data tracking
No auto-adjusting mode
Fisher & Paykel ICON+ Novo
Compared to the previous two models, the ICON+ Novo is a sturdy, but more basic model. The fixed-pressure machine includes a humidifier with ThermoSmart Technology, but is missing other key features like SensAwake and leak compensation.
Does not include SensAwake, leak compensation, or efficacy reporting
Pressure must be adjusted manually when travelling to different altitudes
Which Fisher & Paykel CPAP machine will work for me?
To choose the right ICON+ CPAP machine for your needs, your biggest consideration should be whether you’re better suited to a auto-adjusting or fixed-pressure CPAP machine. The primary difference between these two types of CPAP machines is the flow of pressure. While fixed-pressure CPAP devices provide continuous airflow at a single pre-fixed pressure throughout the night, auto-adjusting CPAP machines (sometimes called APAP devices) automatically adjust to your breathing patterns and fluctuating factors throughout the night.
An auto-adjusting machine like the ICON+ Auto CPAP is ideal for sleepers who may experience changing pressure needs as they sleep. You may benefit from an auto-adjusting CPAP if you often shift positions during the night, as you’re pressure needs may vary depending on whether you’re lying on your back or your side. You may also be a good fit for an auto-adjusting CPAP if you suffer from seasonal allergies, as you may require higher pressures during times of night or seasons when you are more congested. Finally, you may want to consider an Auto CPAP machine if you take certain medication or drink alcohol, as this can cause variations in your pressure needs.
If you prefer a traditional, fixed-pressure CPAP, you have a choice between the ICON+ Premo and the ICON+ Novo. Because the ICON+ Novo is missing many of the handy features of the Premo and Auto for a very small cut in price, we generally recommend paying a little more for the advanced functions of the Premo if you’re looking for a fixed-pressure CPAP.