Best CPAP Machines of 2020 – Which Is the Right One for You?

As 2020 surpasses the halfway point, The CPAP Shop looks at some of the top-selling products of the year. For this article, we will be looking primarily at CPAP machines. We’ve examined sales data as well as customer reviews to provide the most accurate information and ensure a confident purchase process. 

Criteria We used to Find the Best CPAP Machine for You

The CPAP Shop looked at the most important CPAP features according to users. Those features are:

Noise Level. Noisy CPAP machines can keep you and your bed partner awake. For this list, we’ve compiled some of the quietest machines we have.

Humidifier Option. The option for a humidifier is essential for those who suffer from dry nose or throat from CPAP therapy. 

Portability. Smaller, more compact machines are always ideal. This list features some of our smallest CPAP options available

Battery Power. Battery power is an important feature for portable CPAP machines. These CPAP machines are versatile enough for home use or on-the-go.

Cost. Our customers cite cost as one of the most important factors when selecting a CPAP machine.

Each criterion was scored on a scale of 1 to 10, with each machine able to earn a total possible score of 50.

What are the Best CPAP Machines of 2020? 

While some machines scored highly for multiple factors, it is clear that each device was more popular for certain features. We’ve broken down the results below:

Customer Favorite CPAP: Philips Respironics DreamStation Auto
Best All-in-One CPAP: Philips Respironics DreamStation Go Auto
Battery Friendly CPAP: ResMed AirSense 10 Auto
Most Portable CPAP: ResMed AirMini
Most Affordable CPAP: DeVilbiss IntelliPAP 2 Auto

Philips Respironics DreamStation Auto

dreamstation cpap machine

Total Score: 43

One of the most-trusted names in sleep therapy, the Philips Respironics DreamStation is compact, whisper-quiet, and offers a number of features that help enhance the user’s therapy. Flex comfort settings allow the user to comfortably exhale against the provided therapy pressure. The DreamStation also provides advanced event detection, mask fit checks and daily progress feedback so you can ensure you are getting the most effective therapy possible.

Additional Key Features

  • Sleep Coach is an optional, free service offered with the DreamStation, connecting users to a coach who works with them to initiate therapy and increase compliance
  • Bluetooth connectivity and the DreamMapper mobile app allow users to access additional insights and sleep reporting, providing more control over therapy
  • The optional humidifier and heated tubing provide additional comfort for users who may be experiencing dry mouth or dry nasal passages

Specifications

  • Size: 7.6″ x 6.2″ x 3.3″ (CPAP only)
  • Weight: 1.6lbs (CPAP only)
  • Warranty: 2 Years
  • Pressure Range: 4 – 20 cm H2O

Benefits

  • Front facing user-friendly display
  • Adjusts intuitively to user’s natural breathing for customized therapy
  • DreamMapper mobile app offers additional therapy insights, as well as troubleshooting and motivational alerts

Ratings

FactorRatingRationale
Noise Level10Exceptionally quiet performance at 26 dBA
Humidifier Option8An optional humidifier is available, which will raise your overall cost
Portability7Small footprint without optional humidifier, and weighs less than 2lbs
Battery Power8The DreamStation Auto has an available travel battery pack option
Cost10Starting at $495

User Reviews

“I have tried just about every machine ever made. This one is so light and quiet that I can’t believe it. Also, it is so easy to use with the little customer screen in color! And it connects to my smartphone via Bluetooth too! Review by BB

“The machine is extremely low profile and easy to navigate through the various screens. This is an intelligent CPAP machine that provides you with a detailed log of your sleep sessions so that you and your doctor can evaluate the effectiveness of the CPAP treatment.” Review by Nicholas

“I have been using a CPAP for over 10 years. During this time period I did a lot of travel. I’ve owned 3 different machines and this one is by far the best. It is easy to travel with and set up. The auto start works great and my doctor can read the information off the chip without taking it out and sending it to him. I highly recommend this machine. It is a high value for the dollars.” Review by Marshall

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Philips Respironics DreamStation Go

Dreamstation Go CPAP machine.

Total Score: 41

Since its debut, the Philips Respironics DreamStation Go has remained one of the most popular portable CPAP machines on the market. Its small footprint makes it easy to use anywhere. With additional accessories, such as the overnight battery and optional humidifier, the DreamStation Go has become one of the top choices for both home and on-the-go CPAP therapy. As part of the DreamStation family, the DreamStation Go offers optional Sleep Coach support.

Additional Key Features

  • Easy to read touch screen display for effortless on-the-go operation
  • Built-in USB port as a charging option for mobile devices
  • FAA-approved for in-flight use

Specifications

  • Size: 5.9” x 5.9”x 2.2” (CPAP only)
  • Weight: 1.86 lbs (CPAP only)
  • Warranty: 2 Years
  • Pressure Range: 4 – 20 cm H2O

Benefits

  • Easy to use
  • Quickly and easily charge the battery anywhere
  • Smaller 12mm tubing provides less bulk and more comfortable therapy

Ratings

FactorRatingRationale
Noise Level7This unit operates around 30 dBA
Humidifier Option8A heated humidifier is optional, making this unit ideal for home and on-the-go use
Portability10The small, compact size makes the DreamStation Go ideal for use anywhere
Battery Power9An optional overnight battery is available, offering up to 13 hours of power
Cost7Starting at $729

User Reviews

“I have used a CPAP device for a while. As a pilot my job depends on it. This new state of the art DreamStation gives me the control of my data. No more “Oops” by third party providers erasing my data. I can show and print my data with DreamMapper.” Review by Robert

”Being a frequent traveler, I decided to get this smaller machine. Yes, it’s expensive but takes up less room and much easier to travel with.” Review by Henry

“Haven’t seen a flaw. Easy to operate, easy to travel and works like home unit. Would recommend for travel. Works for me.” Review by bring it on

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ResMed AirSense 10 AutoSet

ResMed AirSense 10 CPAP Machine

Total Score: 44

An integrated humidifier and advanced event detection makes the ResMed AirSense 10 one of the most popular CPAP machines on the market. In addition to these benefits, the AirSense 10 is compatible with a number of batteries that make it ideal to transport anywhere.  

Additional Key Features

  • Easy-Breathe motor 
  • Easy-to-read display 
  • Integrated humidification 

Specifications

  • Size: 4.57” x 10.04” X 5.91”
  • Weight: 2.75lbs
  • Warranty: 2 Years
  • Pressure Range: 4 – 20 cm H2O

Benefits

  • AutoRamp eases you asleep with automatically adjusting air pressure
  • Ambient light adjusts screen light to the brightness of the room 
  • Connected Care captures all your sleep apnea therapy data 

Ratings

FactorRatingRationale
Noise Level9The AirSense 10 operates at roughly 27 dBA for very quiet therapy
Humidifier Option10While most other units offer humidifiers at additional cost, the AirSense 10 has integrated humidification 
Portability7The larger size is a compromise for the integrated humidifier
Battery Power9This CPAP machine is compatible with the ResMed Power Station, Freedom Battery and Medistrom Pilot 24
Cost9Starting at $598

User Reviews

Have been a ResMed fan for years. Products are well made and last. Great product, even better customer interaction!” Review by Gordon

“What attracted me first was the price. It works great, quiet and easy to use. Good service , good unit, good price. 5 stars says it all” Review by Cecil

“I’ve been using this for almost a month and am very happy with it. After many years on a standard CPAP, it’s nice to have one that will adjust automatically to my needs. It’s also very helpful to have a machine-generated sleep report. I’d gladly buy this again if I had to.” Review by Guitarguy069

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ResMed AirMini Auto Travel

ResMed AirMini CPAP Machine

Total Score: 40

The ResMed AirMini Auto Travel CPAP machine offers truly on-the-go CPAP therapy as the smallest CPAP machine currently on the market. Weighing less than 11oz, the AirMini provides features like waterless humidification with HumidX and smartphone functionality. The AirMini app provides in-depth reports and advanced insights to help you learn more about your therapy.

Additional Key Features

  • World’s smallest CPAP machine
  • FAA-approved for use in-flight
  • Bluetooth connectivity & AirMini smartphone app

Specifications

  • Size: 5.4″ x 3.3″ x 2.1″
  • Weight: 10.6 oz
  • Warranty: 2 Years
  • Pressure Range: 4 – 20 cm H2O

Benefits

  • The most travel-friendly CPAP machine
  • Compatible with four ResMed AirFit masks for a fully customized fit
  • SmartStart and SmartStop enhance the comfort and ease of therapy

Ratings

FactorRatingRationale
Noise Level9Operates between 25 and 27 dBA, depending on mask interface
Humidifier Option6HumidX waterless humidification increases comfort but is only compatible with 2 out of 4 masks
Portability10The palm size design makes the ResMed AirMini easy to pack and take along on any trip
Battery Power7The AirMini can connect to DC power from a cigarette lighter in a car or boat
Cost8Starting at $659

User Reviews

“What a tiny machine that does a big job. It fits the bill with both size and operation. Easy to use and provides the necessary therapy.” Review by Jeff

“I’ve been using a CPAP machine for the last 6 years and I’m very impressed with the size of this one, the setup was very easy with the AirFit F30 full face mask I can read a book that’s a big plus, excellent for traveling.” Review by Tiredtrucker

“So glad I purchased the ResMed AirMini for my recent trip! The price was amazing, far better than any other price I had found previously. So far, I have used it for about 2 weeks and am very happy with it! Lightweight and easy to pack. I loved traveling with it!” Review by Jayne

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DeVilbiss IntelliPAP 2 AutoAdjust Auto CPAP Machine

IntelliPAP 2 CPAP Machine

Total Score: 40

The DeVilbiss IntelliPAP 2 Auto CPAP machine is an appealing option for a number of reasons. An intuitive, user-friendly interface makes changing comfort settings and getting sleep reports easy. Thanks to the unique stacking design of the humidifier, this unit takes up minimal space on the nightstand.

Additional Key Features

  • 3 levels of SmartFlex pressure relief
  • Auto adjusting pressure
  • Quiet performance offers a peaceful sleep

Specifications

  • Size: 5.9” x 6.1” x 3.7″ (CPAP only)
  • Weight: 1.93 lbs (CPAP only)
  • Warranty: 2 Years
  • Pressure Range: 4 – 20 cm H2O

Benefits

  • Bluetooth capability lets you link data with your smartphone
  • SmartLink app offers additional insights including mask leak alerts and replacement reminders
  • PulseDose rainout reduction helps prevent tube condensation

Ratings

FactorRatingRationale
Noise Level826 dBA CPAP only
28 dBA when using humidifier 
Humidifier Option8PulseDose humidification is optional but effectively manages rainout if needed
Portability8This small machine takes up minimal space on a nightstand
Battery Power7Users get approximately 2 full nights of sleep on lower CPAP settings
Cost9Starting at $599

User Reviews

“Have had 4 breathing machines in the past from all manufacturers, this is by far the best one available that I have used. Compact footprint, clock, alarms and over-all looks make this a winner.” Review by BobbyD

“Easy to use, has all the best features plus. Has great reporting via quick view, SMART Codes app plus desktop software and less expensive than the 2 leading brands.” Review by Dave

“Easy to use very quiet, lots of reporting options, flex plus flow curve adjustments. Built in Alarm clock, Pulse dose works, no rain out.” Review by dfstarman

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Which CPAP Machine Is Right for You?

Each of the machines in this list have been selected based on the benefits they provide to our customers. Use the charts and descriptions above to compare key features and help you decide which machine best fits your personal needs.

Be sure to read our blog to read more in-depth reviews on machines, as well as masks and other products. 

If you have any additional questions when selecting your CPAP machine, don’t hesitate to reach out to The CPAP Shop. Our knowledgeable customer care team is standing by and ready to help you take the next step to better rest. Give us a call at 866-414-9700 or email us at questions@thecpapshop.com.

Chris Vasta CPAP Expert & President at The CPAP Shop

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Chris Vasta

Over a 10+ year career at PHH Mortgage managing a $100 million portfolio, Chris Vasta learned the ins and outs of the business world. He learned how to establish business relationships, lead a multi-prong team, and implement strategies for long-term growth. In 2007, Vasta used that experience to transition his role into president of The CPAP Shop. Over his tenure, Vasta has been involved in everything from website design to warehouse layout. His hands-on approach with customers has evolved into an in-depth understanding of the challenges of beginning and adhering to sleep therapy. He often provides his insights on product…


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