Philips Respironics CPAP Machine Reviews

Maria Christina Lalonde

One of the most respected names in the sleep disorder therapies market, ResMed has been been developing CPAP machines, masks, and in-home life support ventilators since 1989. In addition to treating sleep disorders through innovative technologies, ResMed strives to reduce its environmental impact through efforts like minimizing pollution and unnecessary waste. The company’s efforts have earned it accolades such as a rank among Citigroup’s World’s Top 50 Companies and an A- rating from the BBB.

Today, ResMed focuses its efforts on developing and enhancing products designed to manage obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and other respiratory disorders. To combat OSA, the company currently offers three models of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines: the AirSense 10 Elite, the AirStart 10 CPAP, and the AirMini.

To help sleep apnea sufferers determine the best product for their unique needs and budget, we’ve taken an in-depth look at the three models of ResMed CPAP machines. Read on to compare ResMed CPAP device specs, features, pros and con, and more.

Philips Respironics CPAP machines compared - models, pricing, specifications

 

Philips Respironics DreamStation Auto CPAPPhilips Respironics DreamStation CPAP ProPhilips Respironics DreamStation CPAPPhilips Respironics DreamStation Go
CPAP price (est.):$640$569$449$889
CPAP with humidifier price (est.): $830$758$638N/A
Dimensions (CPAP only):7.6″ W x 6.2″ L x 3.3″ H5.5″ L x 7.6″ W x 3.3″H5.5″ L x 7.6″ W x 3.3″H5.937″ L x 5.937″ W x 2.315″ H
Dimensions (CPAP & humidifier):11.7″ L x 7.6″ W x 3.3″ H11.7″ L x 7.6″ W x 3.3″ H11.7″ L x 7.6″ W x 3.3″ HN/A
Weight (CPAP only, est.):1.56 lbs 2.94 lbs2.94 lbs1.86 lbs
Weight (CPAP, humidifier & case est.):4.37 lbs4.37 lbs 4.37 lbs N/A
Hose length: 6 ft6 ft6 ft6 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 ml325 ml325 mlN/A
Sound volume: Less than 30 dbLess than 30 dbLess than 30 dbLess than 30 db
Ramp time:0 – 45 min0 – 45 min0 – 45 min0 – 45 min
Power consumption:100 – 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz, 2.0-1.0 A100 – 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz, 2.0-1.0 A100 – 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz, 2.0-1.0 A100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
Operating altitude (est.):Up to 78,000 ftUp to 7,500 ftUp to 7,500 ftUp to 7,500 ft
Automatic on/off?YesYesYesYes
Alerts:YesYesYesYes
Sleep data:YesYes Yes Yes
Warranty length: 2 years2 years 2 years 2 years
Carrying case included?YesYesYesNo

Philips Respironics DreamStation Auto CPAP

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)

Pros
  • Monitors breath during the night to automatically increase or decrease pressure as needed
  • Bluetooth connects to DreamMapper mobile app to deliver detailed data, goal-setting tools, and other handy resources
  • MaskFit system monitors sleep mask to detect leaks and other issues
  • Optional heated humidifier attaches to machine to create single unit
Cons
  • High price point

Philips Respironics DreamStation CPAP Pro

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)

Pros
  • Includes nearly all of the features of DreamStation Auto, including bluetooth connectivity, optional attached heated humidifier, and MaskFit detection
  • 30-day auto trial assesses optimal pressure based on breathing habits over month-long period
  • Lower price point
Cons
  • Ceases to offer auto-adjustment functionality after 30-day auto trial

Philips Respironics DreamStation CPAP

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)

Pros
  • Includes many of the same features of the newer models, including SmartRamp, auto altitude compensation, and bluetooth connectivity
  • Lowest price point of the DreamStation models
Cons
  • Does not include auto-adjustment or initial trial period to assess optimal pressure levels
  • Lacks extra features like CheckMask, Advanced Event Detection, and Flow Waveforms

Philips Respironics DreamStation Go

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)

Pros
  • Includes nearly all the features of the full-size models, including user-friendly color touchscreen, bluetooth connectivity, and Advanced Event Detection
  • Designed with travel-friendly innovations like built-in power supply, USB charging port, and micro flexible tubing (12 mm in diameter, compared to the 15 mm diameter of the full-size models)
  • FAA-approved for air travel
Cons
  • Most expensive model
  • Travel case not included
  • No humidifier

Which Philips Respironics machine will work for me?

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:

  • Multi-sleep position individuals. People who tend to switch positions while sleeping may need higher CPAP pressure while sleeping on their backs, but lower pressure if they switch to their side. An auto CPAP would be better able to adapt to accommodate these changing pressure needs.
  • Allergy sufferers. Sleepers who suffer from allergies or certain nasal conditions may need higher pressures during certain times of the night or during different seasons, thus making the DreamStation Auto a better choice.
  • Alcohol and medication users. You may require a higher level of pressure after drinking alcohol or sedative medications. Those who consume alcohol or take select medications may benefit from the auto-adjustment capabilities of the DreamStation Auto.

Company Information

Customer Service

8.8 out of 10 customer experiences show consumers have had a positive experience with Philips Respironics.

Company History

Philips Respironics was founded in 1976; its parent company, Royal Philips Electronics, was founded in 1891.

Corporate Address

1010 Murry Ridge Ln
Murrysville, PA 15668, USA

BBB Rating

Philips Respironics does not have a current BBB rating, but the BBB rating for the Philips Electronics North America Corporation is A+.

Physical Stores

Philips Respironics does not operate any brick-and-mortar stores or showrooms; all purchases and deliveries are offered through approved retailers.

Contact Philips Respironics
http://www.respironics.com/
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