ResMed vs Respironics CPAP Comparison

dreamstation vs airsense

Respironics DreamStation by Philips and AirSense 10 by ResMed are two of the most popular CPAP devices available on the market. They are quite similar in function and somewhat the price range, yet there are quite a few differences between them. Let’s check out a thorough comparison between these two highly popular CPAP devices- so that you can make a well-informed decision before purchasing your device.

Philips Deamstation

Both the DreamStation and the AirSense devices have in common the following:

  • Swivel style connections for the heated humidifier system
  • Both devices come with a heated humidifier for maximum comfort during therapy
  • DreamStation and the AirSense come equipped with power input for AC/DC sources

The DreamStation CPAP is 3.3” tall and 11.7” long, while the AirSense 10 CPAP is 5.91” long. When put side by side, it is easily noticeable that the AirSense device is taller with the humidifier attached, while the DreamStation has a longer body. These are only details concerning overall design, but for some patients, these details might be important concerning available space on their nightstand for example.
Both devices offer easy access for filter replacement, and also both devices allow for an easy and quick removal of the water chamber. The DreamStation even has a quick release button, and when you push it you can effortlessly remove the heated humidifier + water chamber. DreamStation can easily function without the humidification system attached (ideal for patients who do not always require humidification for therapy).

Operating the menu is quick and easy on both machines. Both the AirSense and the DreamStation come with a “dial” style button that you can operate to manage your menu functions, and both CPAP devices are automatic which means they do offer reports on compliance data such as leaks, AHI, apnea events or real usage hours. Both devices allow connection through an App which will send all important therapy information from the main machine to your computer/smartphone. The DreamStation compatible app is called DreamMapper, while the AirSense app is called MyAIR.

Resmed Airsense

Manufacturers offer 2 years warranty for their products, but there is a slight difference in their price tag. For example, the AirSense 10 is available starting at a price of $830, while the DreamStation is cheaper with a starting price tag of $630. As you can easily note, the machines have many similarities, but there is a notable difference in pricing.

There is also an extremely slight difference in the noise output levels- the DreamStation operates at 26dB while the AirSensre has an output of 25.8 dBs

Main Features & Functions

Both the DreamStation and the AirSense 10 have two operation modes: Fixed or Auto CPAP. Other therapeutic related features of both devices:

  • Pressure range operation – between 4 and 20cm3
  • Pressure relief- offering relief upon exhalation
  • Ramp feature- allows patients to fall asleep on a gentler, comfortable pressure. When the Ramp Time is up, the CPAP will revert to the higher, prescribed levels of pressure
  • Both CPAPs can be operated from external battery & both offer altitude adjustment
  • Heated tubing option available on both- for greater comfort during therapy & mask leak compensation feature

The main difference regarding their air filter: the DreamStation uses both an ultra-fine + pollen filter, while the AirSense has only an ultra-fine filter. Patients with severe allergies might want to take into consideration this detail.

What users say

Some patients find it easier to remove ResMed’s humidifier than the humidifier of the Respironics CPAP
The LCD screen of the ResMed device is much smaller and less bright than the screen of the DreamStation. However, patients who are visually impaired find the DreamStation screen much brighter, easier to read and larger- more efficient to read.
There is almost no difference that can be sensed regarding the noise levels of the CPAP devices. Both of them run quietly, without disturbing your bed partner.

The Ramp time button is located on the top of the device at the DreamStation unit. Patients might unintentionally activate the ramp feature when they do not want to use it. The Ramp feature on the AirSense 10 can only be activated from the user settings, so there is no risk of accidentally turning it on.

Some patients like more the color of the DreamStation which is a pure “medical” white, while others like to opt for a less medical feel with the AirSense which is available in black + brown tubing system, making it easier to blend in any environment (especially your bedroom).
If you find it extremely difficult to choose between the two, a good suggestion would be to rent each type of CPAP in order to test it. This would help you get a sense of the comfort/benefits each unit can offer you on an individual basis and then you can make a more personalized and efficient choice.