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Mirage Activa Nasal Mask Review

Mirage Activa

Mirage Activa

Rating Price Manufacturer
5/5 $100 RedMed

Summary

Another excellent mask from ResMed-a bit expensive-but it’s received well by users, especially for active sleepers. To support active sleepers the mask uses a forehead support which gets in the way using glasses or watching TV/reading books. It’s also not suitable for claustrophobic users.

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Easy Life CPAP Nasal Mask Review

Easy Life CPAP Nasal Mask

Easy Life CPAP Nasal Mask

Rating Cost Made By
5/ 5 $53! Philips Respironics

Summary

Pros Cons
– Autoseal technology – Not good for low pressures (<8)
– Easy to adjust – Seal can fail quickly (in some cases after 2 days)
– Forehead adjusts automatically – Velcro which can stretch weakening facial contact
– Petite size available: suitable for children – Not good for silky hair
– Lightweight – Tough to read or watch TV
– Copes with high pressures – Difficult to size: there’s an inner mask size and outer mask size.
– Side sleeper friendly – Tough to assemble
– Facial hair works well.

This mask is all about the auto-seal technology. And it’s pretty phenomenal. The cushion is made of an inner and outer cushion.

The inner cushion rests against your face creating the seal. The outer mask fills up air and pushes the inner mask down to firm up the seal!

The outer cushion acts as a damper – it protects the seal against bumps and jarring.

The air-bumper makes the mask suitable for active sleepers, side sleepers, even stomach sleepers.

If you have a beard or moustache you’ll also get a good seal.

Because the air-bumper needs a good amount of air this mask isn’t suitable for low pressures (<8 cmH2O). It is however effective at higher pressures (>15cmH2O).

To get a good seal on the bridge of the nose the mask uses a forehead pad which adjusts automatically to give a little more pressure on the top of the cushion.

Unfortunately this forehead pad makes reading in bed or watching TV more difficult. Definitely hard to wear glasses with this mask.

Not suitable for claustrophobic users

The inner mask comes in four different sizes:

  • small
  • medium-wide
  • medium or
  • large.

The outer cushion comes in two sizes:

  • small or
  • large.

The mask also comes in petite making it suitable for children.

The exhaust ports are very small and don’t whistle which means they are quiet, even at higher pressures. They are directed away from you and your partner so their sleep won’t be interrupted.

There aren’t a lot of complaints about this mask. The main 3 are:

  • inner seal wears down quickly
  • difficult to size, and
  • silky hair slippage.

Inner Seal

Some people found a great seal but after a short amount of time (from a few days to a couple of weeks) they could never get a good seal again.

This is normally caused by not putting the mask together properly. It’s not the easiest mask to take apart and put back together again.

For this reason I suggest the SoClean sanitizing system. You can put your mask in the machine without taking it apart and the system will clean your mask and hoses to be ready for the next evening.

Difficult To Size

With five inner cushion sizes (small, medium, medium wide, large and petite) and two outer sizes (small or large) the permutations of mask configuration is very large.

The sizing chart though is pretty accurate but make sure you purchase return insurance. Most stores won’t accept a return with the insurance.

Silky Hair

Those with fine, silky hair report that the headgear slips. Just be aware of this problem.

Summary

A very competent mask suitable for all types of sleepers. Must only be used for higher pressure users (>8 cmH2O) or else you won’t get a good seal.

Resources

Brochure

http://www.healthcare.philips.com/asset.aspx?alt=&p=http://www.healthcare.philips.com/pwc_hc/main/homehealth/sleep/easylife/pdf/EasyLife_Sales_Aid.pdf

Sizing

http://www.healthcare.philips.com/asset.aspx?alt=&p=http://www.healthcare.philips.com/pwc_hc/main/homehealth/sleep/easylife/pdf/EasyLife_Sizing_Gauge.pdf

ComfortGel Blue CPAP Nasal Mask Review

ComfortGel Blue CPAP Nasal Mask Review

ComfortGel Blue CPAP Nasal Mask Review

Rating Cost Made By
3 / 5 $51 Philips Respironics

Summary

Pros Cons
– Dual gel cushion with silicone flap – can cause pain under the nose and above the lip
– Premium forehead pad – larger and easier to fit – straps are hard and tight, difficult to click
– Stability selector swivel-able pad to adjust the forehead pad – snaps break and you can’t buy replacements
– Angled exhalation micro-ports
– Comfortable to use
– Petite sizes available

The ComfortGel mask supersedes the ComfortClassic mask. And it also makes many much-needed improvements.

This is a particularly popular mask and rightly so: a lot of users report success with this mask and at $51 it doesn’t break the bank too.

It won’t blow you away but it should be one to try when first looking for a suitable mask.

Although it only scores a 3/5 a LOT of users really like this mask. I’ve rated it down because of some stupid design flaws but it’s a very livable mask to have.

Personally I found the blue gel too stiff to fit around my face. The latest version apparently has softer blue gel but I’ve not tried that one out yet.

Remember that there is no one mask that fits all faces. Which mask doesn’t fit me, may be the perfect fit for you.

The most central feature of this mask is the Blue Gel. It moulds to your face like Play-Doh and gives you a good seal around the nose.

The mask also has a secondary silicone flap that inflates and seals. I.e. you have to mask seals on your face.

To get a good seal on the bridge of the nose this mask makes use of a forehead pad. It’s also improved from the ComfortClassic in both comfort of the material and the size. (It’s bigger and less prone to leaving red pressure marks.)

The head is also swivel-able and you can generally find a good fit on your forehead.

However some users do complain of painful red marks. This is caused by having the mask on too tight, and that’s because this mask can leak, so you tighten the mask… a vicious circle.

Because the mask is ‘air’ pressure sealed it’s generally better to loosen the mask if you don’t have a good seal. This allows the mask to mould around your face.

Also, because of the forehead pad, this mask is difficult to wear glasses, watch TV or read a book.

The mask features re-engineered exhalation ports that are still quiet but now no longer blows air on your partner.

The main complaint about this mask is the headgear. Users find the strap too hard, difficult to adjust and hard to clip on.

The headgear clips also break too easily. And shame on Philips Respironics — replacement clips cannot be bought without rebuying the complete mask.

ComfortGel Blue CPAP Nasal Mask Details

ComfortGel Blue CPAP Nasal Mask Details

ComfortClassic Nasal Mask Review

Comfort Classic Mask Review (Nasal Mask)

Rating Cost Made By
2 / 5 $ no longer available Philips Respironics

Summary

Pros Cons
– Gel spacers replace fragile foam spacers – no longer being made
– Quiet Air Vent : flows downward – no large headgear
– 2 Headgear sizes (Small and Medium) – new cushion design is not as good as Comfort Gel mask
– New cushion design – tough to adjust mask
– Supplemental oxygen port – forehead cushion leaves marks
– 360 degree swivel – not for hairy faces
– bottom of the headgear can be routed under the ear

This is an old mask that has been superseded by the ComfortGel Blue mask. Indeed many places have sold out but you may still be able to find one second hand or make one up with individual parts available on Amazon.

Resources

Brochure: http://www.healthcare.philips.com/pwc_hc/main/homehealth/sleep/comfortclassic/pdf/ComfortClassicSalesAid.pdf

Sizing Guide: http://www.healthcare.philips.com/pwc_hc/main/homehealth/sleep/comfortclassic/pdf/GaugeComfortClassicSM.pdf