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Philips Respironics is a subsidiary of Royal Philips Electronics, a Dutch multinational tech company that has been around for more than a century. Philips acquired Respironics Inc., a Philadelphia-based manufacturer specializing in sleep therapy devices, in 2007. As a part of the Philips Electronics North America Corporation, Philips Respironics is associated with a A+ Rating from the BBB.
Today, Philips Respironics has become a leader in therapy for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), a sleep disorder that causes breath to continually stop and start during sleep. The company manufactures CPAP machines in addition to sleep therapy masks and accessories.
CPAP — or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure — devices are a considered the most effective tools for treating OSA. Philips Respironics offers four models of CPAP machines, including the Philips Respironics DreamStation Auto, Pro, Original, and Go. All are four are powerful technologies, but each DreamStation model comes with different features, special considerations, and price points.
A CPAP machine represents an important and costly investment, so — as with any major purchase — it’s essential to familiarize yourself with the brand and model before making a buying decision. If you are considering purchasing a CPAP device from Philips Respironics, this guide will walk you through the details of the different options to help you determine which model is best for you.
|Philips Respironics DreamStation Auto CPAP||Philips Respironics DreamStation CPAP Pro||Philips Respironics DreamStation CPAP||Philips Respironics DreamStation Go|
|CPAP price (est.):||$640||$569||$449||$889|
|CPAP with humidifier price (est.):||$830||$758||$638||N/A|
|Dimensions (CPAP only):||7.6″ W x 6.2″ L x 3.3″ H||5.5″ L x 7.6″ W x 3.3″H||5.5″ L x 7.6″ W x 3.3″H||5.937″ L x 5.937″ W x 2.315″ H|
|Dimensions (CPAP & humidifier):||11.7″ L x 7.6″ W x 3.3″ H||11.7″ L x 7.6″ W x 3.3″ H||11.7″ L x 7.6″ W x 3.3″ H||N/A|
|Weight (CPAP only, est.):||1.56 lbs||2.94 lbs||2.94 lbs||1.86 lbs|
|Weight (CPAP, humidifier & case est.):||4.37 lbs||4.37 lbs||4.37 lbs||N/A|
|Hose length:||6 ft||6 ft||6 ft||6 ft|
|Operating Pressure range:||4 to 20 cm H20, 0.5 increments||4 – 20 cm H20, 0.5 increments||4 – 20 cm H20, 0.5 increments||4 – 20 cm H20, 0.5 increments|
|Humidifier capacity:||325 ml||325 ml||325 ml||N/A|
|Sound volume:||Less than 30 db||Less than 30 db||Less than 30 db||Less than 30 db|
|Ramp time:||0 – 45 min||0 – 45 min||0 – 45 min||0 – 45 min|
|Power consumption:||100 – 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz, 2.0-1.0 A||100 – 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz, 2.0-1.0 A||100 – 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz, 2.0-1.0 A||100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz|
|Operating altitude (est.):||Up to 78,000 ft||Up to 7,500 ft||Up to 7,500 ft||Up to 7,500 ft|
|Warranty length:||2 years||2 years||2 years||2 years|
|Carrying case included?||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
The newest addition to the DreamStation line, the DreamStation Auto CPAP sets itself apart from the other DreamStation models with its auto-adjusting functionality. During the night, the DreamStation Auto automatically adjusts to your optimal pressure based on your breath throughout the night, as opposed to sticking to a single pressure setting like a fixed machine would.
Tuck customer satisfaction score: 97% (96 customer reviews)
In terms of tech, features, and functionality, the DreamStation Pro and the DreamStation Auto are virtually identical — aside from one key difference. Unlike the Auto, the DreamStation CPAP Pro is a fixed pressure machine, which means it will remain at a set pressure rather than automatically adjusting pressure according your to breath during the night. However, it does include a 30-day trial when it functions like an auto CPAP, monitoring and adjusting to your breathing while you sleep. At the end of the trial, the device will tell you the pressure level you used for the majority of the 30 days, allowing you to fix the pressure on the recommended level moving forward.
Tuck customer satisfaction score: 86% (13 customer reviews)
The original DreamStation CPAP is the original and least expensive of the DreamStation line. The original Dreamstation CPAP machine boasts similar capabilities as the later editions, minus a few features like CheckMask and Advanced Event Detection.
Tuck customer satisfaction rating: 92% (35 customer reviews)
Just under two pounds, the DreamStation Go is designed to be a compact, travel-friendly CPAP machine that doesn’t sacrifice power or special features. The DreamStation is available in both auto or fixed pressure-adjusting models.
Tuck customer satisfaction rating: 90% (19 customer reviews)
If you tend to travel a lot, the powerful, portable DreamStation Go is an obvious choice. Otherwise, as the four DreamStation CPAP models offer much of the same features and technology, budget may be biggest factor when determining the best Philips Respironics device for you. The more you’re able to pay, the more advanced functions — like self-adjusting pressure and mask fit detection — you’ll enjoy.
Wondering whether the DreamStation Auto or DreamStation Pro is right for you? Because studies have found no significant clinical benefits of using an auto-adjusting CPAP over a fixed CPAP, choosing between the two may come down to your sleep habits and preferences. An auto CPAP may be more suited to those whose pressure needs vary more often throughout the night, such as:
8.8 out of 10 customer experiences show consumers have had a positive experience with Philips Respironics.
Philips Respironics was founded in 1976; its parent company, Royal Philips Electronics, was founded in 1891.
1010 Murry Ridge Ln
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Philips Respironics does not have a current BBB rating, but the BBB rating for the Philips Electronics North America Corporation is A+.
Philips Respironics does not operate any brick-and-mortar stores or showrooms; all purchases and deliveries are offered through approved retailers.