AirFit N30i VS Dreamwear: Let The Comparison Begin!
Okay, CPAP mask-shoppers, we get it! Shopping for a mask isn't easy. Not only are there a ton of options out there, but it's also hard to tell some of them apart.
Take the two top-of-the-line masks out there: The Dreamwear and the AirFit N30i. Philips Respironics makes the much-loved Dreamwear mask, which has been on the market for over a year now, while Resmed released the AirFit N30i in the spring of 2019. At first glance, both these masks look almost identical. So just how different are they? Not much.
Let's start with the similarities:
- Both feature a hollow frame for even distribution of air.
- Both offer a removable top hose connection, something most masks don't have.
- Both have soft sleeve frame inserts that make the mask more comfortable and reduce those pesky lines on your face in the morning.
- Both have adjustable velcro headgear, though it's important to mention the Dreamwear has some sticky texture on the headgear to better grip fine hair or bald users while the N30i does not.
- Both offer 'fit packs' with different size cushions to better fit your face.
- Both have air vents in the front of the cushion to remove expired air while the N30i also has expired air vents by the swivel top connector.
- Both offer some versatility allowing you to switch out the cradle style cushion to use nasal pillows.
So far, they're both pretty similar, right? Not so fast. Let's break down some of the major differences of both masks:
Though both masks have a removable connector port, they operate quite differently;
- Dreamwear: the plastic port detaches from the rubber frame by pulling the two pieces apart. Reconnect them by simply snapping them back together.
- N30i: the port swivels and has 'pinch & remove' quick release system.
Both are simple enough and let you detach from your CPAP when nature calls, but the 'pinch & remove' version may be a little easier to use.
- The Dreamwear frame is a smooth jelly hollow frame available in small, medium and large sizes.
- The N30i frame is offered only in small and medium, however, the N30i frame has a stretchy, accordion-like SpringFit portion for flexibility, comfortability and ease of sizing.
- The exterior of the Dreamwear cushions is jelly-like, soft, malleable and flexible. This material is excellent for side sleepers and it won't press the mask against your face or the pillow because of the softness of the cushion.
- The exterior cushion of the N30i is made of hard plastic. If you tap the cushion, you feel and hear the hardness of the shell. This rigid exterior of the cushion may cause issues for users in certain side positions which can cause the mask to dig into your face while you sleep.
Both Dreamwear and N30i offers 4 size cushions.
- The Dreamwear mask comes with 4 cushions included: small, medium, medium-wide and large
- The N30i comes with small, small-wide and medium-size cushions in the package. The N30i wide cushion is sold separately.
As you can see, tons of similarities, but also many differences.
So, which mask is superior, the Dreamwear or the N30i? There is no simple answer. It truly comes down to personal experience and what features are most important to you as the user. After our comparison, the Dreamwear wins for comfort with its soft exterior and it's grippy texture on the headgear to keep it in place. The N30i gets top marks for the swivel connector and bonus points for the SpringFit frame.
I guess that makes it a tie? In our book, each one wins in different categories. It all comes down to what's important to you.
We hope our comparison breakdown helps you make an informed mask selection. If you've tried both masks, feel free to chime in and let us know which you prefer.
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