Respironics Dreamstation Vs ResMed AirSense 10 Auto CPAP Machine

Sometimes it helps to see two CPAP machines compared side by side. In this video Chris Vasta, CEO of the CPAP Shop aligns the Philips Respironics DreamStation compared to the AirSense10 Autoset CPAP by ResMed.

To Compare Dreamstation vs AirSense, let’s start with design. 10 Both machines have swivel connections for heated tubing, and both machines have heated humidifiers. Both machines accept power input from both AC and DC sources.

When both machines are next to each other, it is readily apparent that the DreamStation is a little bit longer (3.3 inches tall and 11.7 inches long). The AirSense10 (5.91 inches tall and 10.5 inches long) is a little bit taller if you attach their humidifiers.

Chris demonstrates how easy it is to remove the water chamber on the AirSense10, to open it and clean it. Similarly, he shows how the DreamStation water chamber is easy to open and clean. And, it also has a button that, when pressed, completely disengages the water chamber and heated humidifier, so that the machine can operate without it. Once removed, the DreamStation is very small, even smaller than the AirSense10 without its water chamber. Both machines have easy access to filters for replacement.

Both machines are automatic with the power button located on the top. They both have a dial that the user can turn and push to scroll through user menus on a color screen. Both machines are automatic so they both record and report on compliance data. Data such as AHI, leak rate, average usage, and events per hour are all reported. They each also have pre-installed easily accessible SD cards.

The AirSense10 uses a programming app called MyAir to provide support therapy. It sends information from the CPAP machine to a computer or smart phone. The DreamStation has a mobile app called DreamMapper to provide therapy feedback and track progress.

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Some additional comparisons between the two machines include:

Warranty: both machines come with a standard 2 Year Warranty.

Sound Level: AirSense10 is marginally louder at 26 dBa compared to the DreamStation at 25.8 dBa.

CPAP Size: AirSense10 is slightly bigger at 4.6 x 10.0 X 5.91 compared to the DreamStation at 7.6 x 6.2 x 3.3.

CPAP with Humidifier: The AirSense10 remains the same size but the added humidifier on the DreamStation makes it almost the same size: 11.7 x 7.6 x 3.3.  The AirSense10 only operates with a humidifier while the DreamStation can operate as just a CPAP without a humidifier, presumably while traveling.

Features: Both machines can operate as an Auto or Fixed CPAP. They also have a pressure range of 4-20 cm H2O, offer exhale pressure relief, and ramp features to make it easier to fall asleep.  Both machines can be operated from battery power and work on a voltage of 100 – 240 VAC. They both have automatic altitude adjustment for pressure settings, compensate for mask leaks, and have optional heated tubing.  The AirSense10 machine uses ultra fine filters, while the DreamStation uses both ultra fine and pollen filters.

Reviews: Our clients have awarded the AirSense10 a 4.5 star (out of 5) review. The DreamStation has a comparable 4.2 rating.

You can find a lot more information about The DreamStation Auto CPAP machine and the AirSense10 Autoset CPAP machine on our website.’s knowledgeable staff will be happy to answer any questions via phone or chat.

Chris Vasta


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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  • Jim Macchia

    SD cards are a mystery. When I get my CPAP machine fixed can I use the same card for the loaner machine and then the same card for my repaired machine? Can I use the same card for my old machine and then a new one? How does the doctor know the date ranges if I just bring him 2 or 3 cards? I gave the doctor an empty card once. What happened with that? Is there a good manual for SD card usage? I am having a hard time finding anything on this subject!!!

  • Sandy Dobbins

    I have a resmed airsense 10 auto cpap machine and just bought a Philips resperonics dreamware full face mask. I assume I use the full face setting and it will work just fine for the dreamware full face mask. I can’t seem to find info on this any where.

    • Chris Vasta

      Hello, Sandy. YOu can use any mask with your Airsense10 Auto machine. The cuff of the tube to your machine is universal and will fit onto the elbow of any mask. Indeed, that is the setting you would want to select.

    • Ken

      Yes, same setup here and the full face setting is what I use. Works ok

  • Dianne Lowe

    I am new to sleep apnea. First PSG showed mild CSA. Second one 7 years later showed moderately severe OSA w/hypoxemia, occasional CSA. Titration PSG was done and CPAP was set to 8 cm H20. After 3 weeks CPAP report showed 29 AHI index i.e. no improvement. BiPap was tried at 5/15 also w/no improvement. CPAP pressure was increased to 13 cm H2O –again without improvement. I live in a remote area. CPAP guy said I needed to go back to the sleep lab. I have a DreamStation CPAP. Is there some other model that might help? Also, oxymetry at night shows frequent desaturation to 60s at times.

    • Chris Vasta

      Hello, Dianne.
      I hope you find a solution soon regarding your sleep apnea. However, I am no qualified to advise on a specific type of machine you may need. There are more advanced machine models for more sever types of sleep apnea, but your doctor would have to be the one to prescribe that type of machine.

  • RC

    I’ve been on CPAP therapy for over 20 years now and I’m on my fifth or sixth machine now. The technology has improved leaps and bounds. As far as I know, I’ve always had ResMes machines abs have always been very happy with each one, at the time. The last machine I just came off of is a ResMed AirCurve 10 BIPAP. With auto on/off and remote access to my doctor, I’ve loved it.

    Unfortunately, my SA has turned mostly into CSA-Central Sleep Apnea, so I’ve been prescribed to use a BIPAP ST with backup rate. To keep this entry shorter, research these things online, if you’re interested.

    So, after speaking to my doc’s office and doing extensive research online, I decided to go with the Phillips Respironics Dreamstation. The comparison review between AirCurve 10 and the DS looks accurate enough, when different modes are needed, such as adding the ST with backup rate are needed, I’m returning the Dreamstation and going back to a ResMed AirCurve10.

    The reason for my decision rests mainly one one feature. Both of these machines are considered to be “non-invasive ventilators,” why, I don’t exactly understand. But, since I need the Spontaneous-Timed (ST) delivery mode WITH a backup rate, for my CSA, Respironics has not included an automatic on/off feature on their Dreamstation models with backup rates. Apparently, this is the feature mode, which Respironics considers my version of their Dreamstation a non-invasive ventilator. The theory is that if your mask leaks during the night, the machine could turn off, causing the “ventilator” to stop. In my particular case, this is not an issue. However, for those dependent on ventilators, I can understand this line of thinking.

    However, ResMed makes the AirCurve 10 BIPAP ST with back up rate with the “SmartStart” auto on/off feature. For this reason alone, I’m going back to ResMes. The other thing I’ve noticed is that the response rates when changing screens and turning on and off the Dreamstation is much slower than my ResMed products. The AirCurve 10s have smaller footprints, though, as stated,they have a higher profile. As far as the humidifier reservoir goes, the ResMed can be a bit tricky getting out, but the DS latch can stick, so to me, it’s a wash.

    Outside of these points, I believe the two machines do the same things and have the same capabilities. For those going to high altitudes, I believe,ResMed can handle up to 8,500 elev. and Respironics up to 7,500 elev. Other than these points, I believe it’s a matter of personal style and choice.

    My DME didn’t even know the auto on/off feature was not available on backup rate BIPAPs and neither did Mr doctor’s office. So, I hope this helps someone in the same situation as me. But, from what I’ve seen, ResMed is the way to go!

  • Roy

    I would like to read the reviews of both machines. How can I find them

    • Chris Vasta

      Hi Roy,
      We plan to ask some of our customers who recently bought the machine to provide testimonials next week. It’s bee a few weeks and they should have some feedback by now. We will encourage them to go to our site and provide their feedback in their own words.

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