When you first get diagnosed with sleep apnea, chances are that if you suffer from moderate to severe apnea your recommended treatment option will be a CPAP machine. There are simply so many CPAP machines on the market, it can seem incredibly difficult to find a machine that will suit you. I try to make your choice a little bit easier for you and point you in the direction of some of the most popular and highly-rated CPAP machines on the market.
SleepEasy II CPAP Machine with Built-In Heated Humidifier and C-Flex
Philips Respironics are a very well-respected sleep apnea medical brand and their machines are always very well-received. This machine has a built-in heated humidifier, which you can use as a normal heated humidifier or as pass-over humidification. It also has flex technology which is a technology that provides the therapy that is needed with minimum pressure for the patient. C-Flex also gives pressure relief at exhalation at three different levels.
The machine also has an on-screen report for the user to track their hours of use and other important bits of data.
S8 Escape II CPAP Machine
ResMed are one of the most popular CPAP machine manufacturers on the market. This machine in particular has a number of different technologies to provide optimum comfort to the patient, including expiratory pressure relief which drops the pressure of the machine upon exhalation so that the patient feels more comfortable. It also has a pressure ramp, which increases the pressure of the machine gradually as the patient falls asleep so that it is more comfortable for them. It’s also incredibly quiet, compact and robust, and it’s fully customizable.
IntelliPAP Standard Plus CPAP Machine with SmartFlex
Another highly-rated CPAP machine, the IntelliPAP combines a number of new technologies, including advanced therapy reports, automatic altitude adjustment to up to 9,000 feet, an automatic on/off mode that starts the CPAP once you breathe into the mask and stops when it is not in use.
It’s also really simple to use and is very user-friendly whilst also being very quiet and compact. It has a built-in heated humidifier, SmartFlex technology which provides pressure relief on exhalation at three different levels, and the capability for giving out detailed reports. It also has a tracking capability for you to track various parts of your therapy over time.
The machine is available for $349.95, which makes it one of the cheapest high-end machines on the market. It also has an average of 4.9 stars out of 19 reviews, which makes it really well-received.
Fisher & Paykel
SleepStyle 233 CPAP Machine with Built-In Heated Humidifier
Fisher & Paykel are another fantastic CPAP machine brand. This machine in particular isn’t one of the newest machines, but it’s built to be reliable and to last. It has a number of user features, including a pressure ramp to gradually increase pressure as you fall asleep, an integrated humidifier, manual altitude adjustment, a large pressure range and a new feature called Ambient Tracking Plus. This feature automatically adjusts the heater plate in the machine according to the temperature of the room which really minimizes the risk of rain-out problems.
The machine comes with a 6-foot hose, a travel bag, two humidifier chambers, 2 disposable filters and a funnel. It’s available for $399.95, which makes it very reasonably priced. It has an average of 4.9 stars out of 50 reviews, making this machine one of the most highly rated on the market.
For more information on popular CPAP machines, go to www.cpap.com and search for top-rated machines.