At RespShop, we encourage most of our patients to wear nasal CPAP masks if possible. We understand that some people prefer the lightweight design of the nasal pillow, and we know that patients with mustaches or problems breathing through their nose need a full face mask. For everybody else, we believe that the nasal is the most comfortable mask and that the design is optimal for successful therapy and compliance with CPAP.
For that reason, when we help patients choose the right CPAP mask for them, we usually start with the nasals. That’s what we’re going to do today, too, as we preview some of the best nasal CPAP masks on the market. Not every one of these is a perfect fit for you: you’ll need to take some to identify what you want in a mask before you choose one, but each of these designs offers its share of perks and benefits for somebody. Check out the five most comfortable nasal masks below:
The AirFit N10 is tied for the lightest nasal mask on the market (with the second mask on this list) and that’s only part of what makes it ideal for patients. The N10 also features a soft, silicone cushion that won’t rub uncomfortably against your face, and you won’t even notice the mask’s easily adjustable fabric straps. You can connect and unconnect the mask with easily applicable magnetic clips, perfect for CPAP users who get up to use the bathroom at night. Additionally, ResMed makes an N10 for her for patients with smaller facial structures and head sizes.
The Pico weighs less than two ounces and makes up the other half of the CPAP industry’s pair of lightweight nasal masks. Respironics built the Pico with minimalism in mind: there aren’t any flashy bells and whistles, just a comfortable silicone cushion, soft fabric headgear, and a small forehead pad for stability.
The Mirage FX is one of the most stable designs in the CPAP world. The mask’s large forehead pad balances the crown-shaped headgear and robust cushion design, and the pad is located high enough that it won’t block your field of vision if you’re trying to watch television or read a book. The mask has four adjustment points, perfect for creating a personalized fit. The dual-walled silicone-based cushion forms to your face as you wear it over time, enhancing the mask’s customization.
The Wisp (pictured above) boasts a unique construction. Unlike most crown-shaped headgear straps, the Wisp’s headgear straps are solid and it uses a butterfly pattern that properly balances the mask. The mask also has a flexible swivel and, without a forehead pad, offers users a wide open field of visibility.
The WiZARD mask offers all of the features you’d expect in a comfortable nasal mask: it has an ergonomic silicone cushion, effective and adjustable straps, and it comes in three sizes. Critically, the WiZARD comes free with any purchase of an APEX XT travel CPAP machine. If you’re interested in this offer, you can take a look at our line of APEX machines here.