ResMed AirFit N30i Nasal Mask vs Philips Respironics DreamWear Nasal Mask

Nasal mask users are sure to be excited by a few new players in the market. Traditional, full-coverage nasal masks are now getting a minimalist makeover! These new masks are lightweight, sit below the nose to keep the face open, and allow for freedom of movement through the night. The most popular is the Philips Respironics DreamWear Nasal Mask, part of the DreamWear family of masks that recently hit the 10 millionth mask sale milestone. The most recent, the ResMed AirFit N30i, hopes it can attain the same status. Let’s see how they stack up against each other.

Here, Jose Acosta, CRT, on-staff respiratory therapist at The CPAP Shop does a side-by-side comparison between these two popular masks.

Headgear

Headgear for the AirFit N30i and the DreamWear Nasal masks.

The ResMed AirFit N30i Nasal Mask features a top-of-the-head tube design with a connection that rotates 360°. This allows the user to sleep in any position and move freely through the night. The headgear comes in two sizes: standard medium or small. The SpringFit frame provides a stable, personalized fit. Air flows directly through the frame for a soft and secure seal. If you sleep on one side, air will flow on the opposite side to maintain a consistent flow throughout the night.

The N30i mask is designed to slide on and off easily. The quick release elbow makes it easy to disconnect the mask from the tubing if you need to get up in the middle of the night.

Similarly, the Philips Respironics DreamWear Nasal Mask is designed with the elbow at the top of the head. This prevents the hose from being tangled and keeps it out of the way for unrestricted sleep. Users can sleep in any position—stomach, side, or back—and move freely throughout the night. The headgear comes in three sizes: small, medium, and large. In this revolutionary design, air flows directly through a soft, flexible silicone frame. Fabric wraps also provide a soft touch on the user’s cheek.

The DreamWear mask is easy to put on and take off.

Cushions

Cushions for the AirFit N30i and the DreamWear Nasal Mask

The ResMed AirFit N30i Nasal Mask features an innovatively designed curved cushion that cradle the nose. The cushion sits directly underneath the nose, not in it. This design eliminates pressure to the bridge of the nose, a common complaint with nasal mask wearers. Cushions are color-coded and available in four sizes: small, small-wide, medium and wide.

The Philips Respironics DreamWear Nasal Mask is uniquely designed to offer the benefits of a pillow mask without inserting anything into the nose. This eliminates pressure points, discomfort, and irritation in the nostrils or on the bridge of the nose. Cushions come in four sizes: small, medium, medium-wide, and large. What makes the DreamWear family of masks unique is their universal design that allows the user to quickly and easily switch cushion types without changing masks. Thus, you can change from the cushion to gel pillows which will give a slightly different feel but the same comfortable results.

Coverage

The AirFit N30i Mask versus the DreamWear Nasal Mask.

The ResMed AirFit N30i Nasal Mask is open around the eyes. This allows for an open line of sight. Users can easily wear glasses to read or watch TV while falling asleep. It is ideal for users who may have claustrophobia.

The Philips Respironics DreamWear Nasal Mask minimizes facial coverage. The mask offers a clear line of sight to read or watch TV. Again, it is ideal for users who may have claustrophobia.

Starter Pack

There are two ResMed AirFit N30i Nasal Mask starter pack options. First, pick either a standard medium or small frame. Each starter pack comes small, small-wide, and medium cushions and a fitting guide. To switch between cushion sizes, simply pull and align the arrows for the next cushion you want to try on.

The Philips Respironics DreamWear Nasal Mask start pack comes with a medium mask frame, fabric wraps, headgear, and all four cushion sizes (small, medium, medium-wide, and large). This allows a new user to test and decide which size is most suitable for therapy.

Compatibility

Both the ResMed AirFit N30i Nasal Mask and the Philips Respironics DreamWear Nasal Mask are compatible with any CPAP and BiPAP machine. No special adapters are required.

ResMed AirFit N30i vs Philips Respironics DreamWear Nasal: Which mask should you choose?

We asked Jose Acosta, CRT, an on-site respiratory therapist at The CPAP Shop for his thoughts on the ResMed AirFit N30i Nasal Mask versus the Philips Respironics DreamWear Nasal Mask.

Both masks have a similar design; they connect on top of the frame and distribute pressure down the sides. The DreamWear has three frame sizes (S, M, L) while N30i only has two (S, M). However, the N30i’s SpringFit frame allows for extra flexibility making it more universal. Both masks offer soft sleeves for comfort and to help reduce lines on the face.

ResMed AirFit N30i Nasal CPAP Mask

• Features a top-of-head swivel tube for freedom of movement, and contoured nasal cushions for enhanced comfort

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When it comes to headgear, both masks are similar and are adjustable with Velcro. They each offer four different cushion sizes: N30i (S, SW, W, and M) and DreamWear (S, M, MW, L). The DreamWear fit pack includes all the sizes so you can pick the right cushion immediately. Again, both masks are very quiet and both feature vents on the top of the frame and on the cushion.

Philips Respironics DreamWear Nasal CPAP Mask

• Minimal facial contact offers the freedom to sleep in any position without sores, red marks, or skin irritation

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The only major difference between the two masks is that with the DreamWear, you can start as a nasal mask, switch to the nasal pillows and even switch to a full face if necessary which only requires a few add-ons.

The CPAP Shop offers a 30-day money back guarantee on both the AirFit N30i and DreamWear Nasal masks. Order yours today and test it out risk-free! As always, if you have any questions, our knowledgeable staff is only a phone call away.

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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  • Jen

    Is there a way to attach a dreamwear mask to a resmed Airmini?

    • Chris Vasta

      The ResMed AirMini is only compatible with these masks: ResMed P10 Nasal Mask, N20 Nasal Air Mask, F20 Full Face Mask, F30 Full Face Mask, F20 AirTouch Full Face Mask, N20 AirTouch Nasal Mask, and the N30 Nasal Mask. It cannot be connected to a DreamWear mask.

  • Anne S Scott

    As I was doing my regular washing of the mask yesterday, the cushions came apart and I don’t seem to be able to put it back together.

  • Brad

    The Resmed Airfit N30i provides me a clearer airflow and I tend to have slightly lower events per hour with it, however it also tends to leak a little more, sometimes significantly more. I might lose 3 or 4 points in my daily score using it. I get fairly low leak rates with the Dreamwear, sometimes 0. I NEVER get very low with the Resmed. But having low events is really what it is all about and it is almost ALWAYS lower events for me and that is why I like it the best. I like them both because I am a side sleeper. It seems like I have more room to adjust the Dreamwear. I cannot put the Resmed on too tight because the hard plastic bottom of the nose piece can actually put pressure on my nose and will cause me a little pain. I always put it on just a little lose. The Dreamwear always goes on just a little tighter, in fact I get a better connection for positive airflow when it is on firmly. But for whatever reason, none of the nose pieces are perfect for me. I think it rotates outward away from my nostrils and I am fighting to have that really good connection, which is why I can have some really high event totals. I find myself having various nights where I know I am struggling to breath freely.

  • Catherine

    Is the N30i Basel mask compatible with the dream station go travel

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