Many people are waiting for the Airsense 11 but let’s see how the older Airsense 10 compares to the new Philips Dreamstation 2
Shopping around for the perfect CPAP device can be quite difficult. However, comparing some important features will make everything so much easier. Both Philips Respironics Dreamstation and ResMed AirSense 10 are highly popular and reliable CPAP machines, but let’s check out some of the similarities and differences between the two. This will help you make a wise decision when it comes to buying the type of CPAP that best suits your personal needs and requirements.
DreamStation vs ResMed AirSense 10 Noise Levels
Patients typically use the CPAP while sleeping, so ensuring the machine has a comfortable noise level is quite important. At times, your bed partner may complain because of a noisy machine, and at times even you can find it difficult to fall asleep because of the noise. Both devices are qualified as having whisper-quiet noise levels. However, DreamStation 2 is a little noisier at 27dB than AirSense 10 at 26.6. The differences in sound levels are so small that it is not even worth considering noise level as a main deciding factor.
DreamStation vs ResMed AirSense humidification systems
When it comes to comfortable sleep apnea therapy, humidification is an important factor. When selecting the perfect CPAP machine, please keep in mind that some devices come with built-in humidifiers, while others allow you to attach the humidifier externally. AirSense 10 comes with such an in-built humidification system that many patients find extremely practical. You do not have to buy/ attach any external humidifiers, simply start the machine and enjoy humid air without the hassle of external water tanks.
Thanks to this humidification system, you can keep at bay issues such as dry nose or a dry throat. You can easily adjust the temperature and humidity that you want, but the machine also adjusts these factors on an automatic basis. DreamStation 2 also comes with an integrated humidification system. The device has adaptive humidification, meaning that the humidifier heater plate adjusts the temperature automatically in order to ensure a constant level of humidity at the mask. With DreamStation 2 the adjustments can be made extremely easily during air therapy, and there is also a water-saving option available. This is quite a helpful option when traveling for example.
Which is heavier? Which is best for travel?
If you travel a lot or you need to transport your CPAP often, the overall weight of the machine plays a major role. AirSense 10 weighs 2.75 pounds with the integrated humidifier, while DreamStation 2 weighs 2.29 pounds, being somewhat lighter than AirSense 10. Considering these details, both CPAP machines are listed in the lightweight section, and there is very little difference when it comes to weight. When choosing between the two, it really comes down to preferences such as the main design of the machine, general layout, main menu, and so on. DreamStation 2 is an extremely simple, intuitive, and personal-looking device. The machine also comes in a stylish black color, giving it an overall non-medical look.
What about the size?
AirSense 10 measures 10.04” x 5.91” x 4.57” , while DreamStation2 measures 10.78” x 6.24” x 3.34. As you can easily note, they are quite similar in size.
DreamStation 2 is approximately 2/3 the size of the original DreamStation, and up to 16% lighter than other CPAPs in the same range. The machine comes with a highly intuitive touchscreen, with easy-to-navigate controls and you get sleep performance feedback right at your fingertips.
You can also access the Ramp Plus function through the touchscreen button (you can set it on or off, depending on your preference). With Ramp Plus, you can begin therapy at a much lower pressure setting, then gently increasing to your prescribed pressure over the course of up to 45 minutes. In case you fall asleep before the device reaches full pressure and the machine detects an event, RampPlus will adapt automatically.
DreamStation 2 is also compatible with all types of masks manufactured by ResMed, Fisher & Paykel and Philips Respironics.
ResMed AirSense 10 is a fixed-pressure device with an integrated humidifier. The device also comes with built-in cellular technology, so that you can get instant access to accurate therapy data and also remote access to different settings. AirSense 10 also has AutoRamp with sleep onset detection. The feature helps delivering therapy at lower pressures in the beginning of your therapy and then ramps up the pressure gently to reach prescribed levels. The device is equipped with EasyBreathe motor, which ensures a peaceful and quiet environment for both patient and bed partner.
Instead of having to press the Start burton, you can start therapy by breathing into the mask, thanks to the SmartStart feature. You can also easily navigate the menu and customize preferred comfort settings using the intuitive LED screen.
- AirSense 10 features pulse oximetry monitoring
- EPR- Expiratory Pressure Relief feature- reduces pressure levels during exhalation to ensure higher comfort during therapy
- Built-in ambient light sensor- this helps adjusting the brightness of the screen based on the light in the environment. It will also turn off automatically when it senses no lights in the room.
- Access quickly therapy data using AirView app. You can also troubleshoot remotely and even change the device settings remotely.
Both DreamStation 2 and AirSense 10 are highly technologically advanced CPAP machines. They are both highly reliable, efficient and they offer truly the best for sleep apnea treatment. Each of the devices comes with plenty of comfort features such as ramp, auto air pressure, humidification options, Bluetooth connectivity and so on. All these features help you enjoy the best air therapy at home or on the go.
There are a few slight differences between them, as they have been noted above. When you try to make a decision as to which one to purchase, make sure to check closely the features each of them offers. You can make your selection based on aesthetics, pricing, or based on certain features that you are interested in.