can you buy cpap machines online

Can You Buy CPAP Machines Online?

August 28, 2023 | |

Home medical devices, such as CPAP machines, are an important part of everyday life for a number of people. The ability to purchase that equipment quickly and conveniently is important. That is why a number of retailers offer the ability to buy a CPAP machine online.

A variety of CPAP machines, including home and travel machines, auto machines, and BiPAP machines can be found from trusted online retailers. Detailed video tutorials and extensive customer reviews make purchasing a CPAP machine online easier than ever. 

Benefits of Buying a CPAP Machine Online

Purchasing a CPAP machine online has a lot of similar benefits to other online shopping. Individuals are able to compare all of the various CPAP machine types from the comfort of your own home. Products can be compared based on important features, prices and reviews without ever having to go from store to store. Many online retailers even have mobile apps or websites optimized for smartphones.

Is it Illegal to Buy a CPAP Machine Online?

It is not illegal to purchase a CPAP machine online. However, it is legally required to have a prescription from a licensed physician prior to buying a CPAP machine. This requirement is part of the FDA classification of CPAP/BiPAP machines as Class II Medical Devices.

Things to Consider Before Buying Online

Do your homework before making a CPAP machine purchase. Speak to your doctor about your prescription and what CPAP machine they recommend. Read reviews to see what other users have experienced. 

Additional questions you may want to ask yourself about your CPAP use: 

  • Will I be traveling with my machine, or will it just be for home use? 
  • Will I need accessories, such as batteries or a heated humidifier?
  • Do I want wireless connectivity so I can share data with my doctor?
  • What are ramp and flex features? Will I need them?
  • Does my doctor recommend a BiPAP machine instead?

Are there Cons to Buying a CPAP Online?

The biggest difficulty with buying anything online is to make sure you are purchasing from a reputable vendor. When it comes to CPAP machines or supplies, double-check that the site has an actual address and you can call and reach live customer support. You want to make sure that the products you purchased are new and not refurbished. This is imperative for your own health.  

Do Online Sellers Have the Same Expertise as a Brick and Mortar?

With a well-educated customer support team, The CPAP Shop offers the same expertise as any brick and mortar CPAP machine supplier, but with the convenience of shopping at home. We can help match up your prescription to the correct machine, and suggest products to use based on your needs. We are prepared to answer all your questions before, during and after the purchase process to help lead you to successful CPAP compliance.

The Benefits of Buying from The CPAP Shop

The CPAP Shop is an authorized seller of CPAP equipment and works closely with manufacturers like Philips Respironics, ResMed, and Fisher & Paykel to provide the newest, most innovative sleep solutions. We currently have 900+ products in-stock and offer patients a variety of CPAP masks, machines, and accessories to accommodate their specific lifestyle needs. Because we stand behind our products, we also offer risk-free trials on several of our items, including all our CPAP masks. We’re committed to helping you find the right mask to fit your needs.

As an online retailer, The CPAP Shop offers promotional pricing during sales. For the best deal, sign up for our newsletters.

We also offer free US shipping on orders over $99, an opportunity to earn rewards on each purchase, and monthly financing options through Bread. 

Lastly, we offer a comprehensive blog and video library with tips and tools from our on-staff respiratory therapist and other sleep experts. These resources are designed to give our customers the proper foundation for better adherence to sleep therapy. 

If you have questions about selecting the right CPAP machine for you, our expert customer care team is available to help! Give us a call at 866-414-9700 or email us at

This post was originally published on June 26, 2020 and updated on August 28, 2023.

Chris Vasta

Chris Vasta is the president of The CPAP Shop and an expert in sleep and respiratory therapy. He often provides insights on product design and functionality on various manufacturers’ prototypes and is frequently tapped to provide reviews on new releases.