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 CPAP mask 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 that you will notice most between these two CPAP masks. Here is our list of the features that you’ll find on both masks:
So far, they're both pretty similar, right? Not so fast. Let's break down some of the major differences between both masks.
Though both masks have a removable connector port, they operate quite differently. For the Dreamwear, the plastic port detaches from the rubber frame by pulling the two pieces apart. You can then reconnect them by simply snapping them back together.
The port on the AirFit N30i, however, swivels and has more of a ‘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.
When it comes to frame design, the Dreamwear offers a smooth jelly hollow frame that is available in small, medium and large sizes. So, adaptable to all shapes and sizes. On the other hand, the ResMed N30i frame is only available in a size small and medium but has a stretchy, accordion-like SpringFit portion for flexibility, comfort and ease of sizing.
Cushion material is an important aspect of CPAP masks to consider especially when it comes to comfort. Between the N30i and the Dreamwear, we noticed the following differences between cushion material:
Finally, the last difference we found between the Dreamwear CPAP mask and the ResMed AirFit N30i was cushion sizing. Both Dreamwear and N30i offers 4 size cushions.
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. However, 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 review and breakdown helps you make an informed CPAP mask selection. If you've tried both masks, feel free to chime in and let us know which you prefer.
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