The Best CPAP Masks of 2021 - And How to Choose the Right One

CPAP masks may just be the most important part of your sleep therapy. Don't believe it? Spend a night with a leaky mask or your headgear on too tight and you'll understand.

Wearing the wrong mask can lead to skipping your sleep therapy, slipping your mask off in your sleep, or even giving up on your CPAP machine altogether.

But with all of the different choices, it's easy to get overwhelmed. How do you know which CPAP mask will work best for you? We've put together a list of this year's most popular CPAP masks from several categories to help you decide. Afterwards, keep reading to learn what to look for when choosing the right CPAP mask.

The Best CPAP Masks of 2020

Best Masks by Category
Best Full Face CPAP Mask
Best Nasal CPAP Mask
Best Nasal Pillow CPAP Mask
Best CPAP Mask for Side Sleepers
Best CPAP Mask for Active Sleepers
Best CPAP Mask for Beards


How to Choose Your CPAP Mask
Types of CPAP Mask
What Is Your Breathing Style?
What Is Your Sleeping Position?
What Is Your Pressure Setting?


Best Full Face CPAP Mask - ResMed AirFit F30


resmed airfit f30 full face cpap mask

If you need the coverage of a full face mask, but want the comfort and convenience of a smaller mask, you’ll absolutely love the ResMed AirFit F30. It’s unique for a full face CPAP mask in a number of ways:


  • The low-profile shape doesn’t cover the bridge of your nose, so it’s awesome for CPAP users who wear glasses or like to watch TV before bed.
  • The minimal-contact shape and ultracompact cushion are designed to reduce red marks and irritation.
  • Its small profile makes it wearable for side-sleepers who need a full face mask.

The quick-release elbow makes it easy to get out of bed at night without having to keep removing and refitting your mask. But when you are ready to take it off (or put it on) the magnetic quick-clips make this one of the easiest masks to use.

The elbow also features a QuietAir vent, which disperses the airflow for a quieter sleep therapy, so you can be a more considerate partner! 

Sleeping Position: Back sleepers, Side sleepers

Best For: Glasses wearers, people who like to read or watch TV before bed, side sleepers who need a full face CPAP mask

Feature Highlights:

  • Magnetic quick-release clips for easy on-and-off
  • Quick-release elbow for getting in and out of bed
  • QuietAir for quieter sleep therapy and lighter exhale

 Shop the ResMed Airfit F30


Best Nasal CPAP Mask - Fisher & Paykel Evora


If you’ve ever struggled with putting a CPAP mask on, you owe it to yourself to try the Fisher & Paykel Evora. F&P have invented CapFit headgear, which means that it’s designed to be put on as if you were putting on a baseball cap! 

The floating cushion rests under your nose for minimal facial contact, and when you combine that with the simple headgear and soft stitching it’s as close as you can get to CPAP therapy without a CPAP mask.

Continuing the theme of minimal contact, the Evora features radial exhaust holes so it distributes the airflow when you exhale to make it whisper quiet. This has the added bonus of reducing the draft when you breathe out, so you can maximize contact with your sleeping partner. 


Sleeping Position: Back sleepers, Side sleepers, Active Sleepers

Best For: Claustrophobic CPAP users, active sleepers who toss and turn


Feature Highlights:

  • CapFit headgear that goes on and off like a ballcap
  • Radial exhaust holes for quieter and softer exhalation
  • Soft stitching for reduced irritation and red marks

Shop the Fisher & Paykel Evora


Best Nasal Pillow CPAP Mask - Fisher & Paykel Brevida


If you like a minimal design, but are tired of masks that slip off your face while you slip off to sleep, then you should give the F&P Brevida a test-drive. Their unique AirPillow inflates against the nostrils like an ordinary nasal pillow CPAP mask, but also gently seals around the sides of your nose for a secure fit. There’s also a swivel connector that you’ll appreciate if you’re the toss-and-turn type. 

One of the best features is a washable, reusable diffuser that acts like a silencer for your CPAP mask! The diffuser uses filter technology to dissipate air pressure when you exhale, so it’s quieter and softer when you breathe out.

The Brevida also features F&P’s unique VisiBlue highlights, which make matching connection points easy to spot, so assembly is fast and simple. 

Sleeping Position: Back sleepers, Side sleepers, Stomach Sleepers, Active Sleepers

Best For: Active sleepers, CPAP users with facial hair, people who prefer less headgear

Feature Highlights:

  • Unique AirPillow design provides the pressure relief of a nasal pillow with the security of a traditional nasal CPAP mask.
  • Reusable diffuser reduces noise and air draft, and washes easily.
  • VisiBlue highlights make assembly a breeze. 

Shop the Fisher & Paykel Brevida


Best CPAP Mask for Side Sleepers - ResMed AirFit P10


If you’re a side sleeper you’ll want the smallest and lightest mask possible, and that’s where the ResMed P10 nasal pillow CPAP mask comes in. At only 1.6 ounces it’s one of the most lightweight sleep apnea masks available.

The P10 features woven-mesh vents (ResMed calls them QuietAir vents) that reduce the sound of the mask to only 21 decibels– so it’s literally quieter than a whisper! The vents also direct exhaled air away from your face and, more importantly, away from your sleep partner. 

The split-strap headgear design keeps the mask from shifting while you lay on your side, but with only two soft straps that actually touch your face. And since the whole mask has only 3 pieces assembly, fitting, and cleaning are super simple.  

Sleeping Position: Back sleepers, Side sleepers, Stomach Sleepers, Active Sleepers

Best For: Active sleepers, Glasses wearers, light sleepers, CPAP users with sensitive skin

Feature Highlights:

  • Only weighs 1.6 ounces.
  • QuietAir vents reduce sound and direct air away from your face.
  • Split-strap headgear keeps the mask secure, but with only 3 points of contact on your face.

Shop the ResMed AirFit P10


Best CPAP Mask for Active Sleepers - ResMed Airfit N30i


If you toss and turn, or like to sleep on your stomach, look no further than the ResMed N30i.

This mask features a top-of-the-head tube connector that swivels a full 360 degrees, so you never have to worry about getting tangled in your tubing. The air then flows through the mask’s hollow frame, so if one side is squished against your pillow the airflow simply reroutes through the other side of the mask!

The best part of this mask? Snuggling is back on the menu! The N30i keeps your tube out of the way, and directs your exhaled air away from your partner, so you can be a more considerate cuddler!

Sleeping Position: Active Sleepers, stomach sleepers, side sleepers, back sleepers

Best For: Cuddlers, active sleepers, glasses wearers, TV watchers

Feature Highlights:

  • Quick-release elbow so you can get out of bed without having to refit your mask each time.
  • SpringFit frame adjusts easily to stay secure on any face shape.
  • Top-of-the-head 360 degree tube connector and hollow frame.

Shop the ResMed AirFit N30i


Best CPAP Mask for Beards - respironics dreamwear nasal mask

If you have facial hair then you know how difficult getting a proper seal can be. The DreamWear nasal CPAP mask gets around this by cradling under your nose. 

The nasal cushion, hollow frame, and top-of-the-head swivel connector are all designed to reduce contact with your face. And the tube-like hollow frame is made from a soft silicone that won’t grip your facial hair like fabric straps can. 

If you’re not sure whether you’d rather use a nasal mask or a nasal pillow mask, the DreamWear is a great choice for you. In addition to the standard mask fitpack, this mask is also compatible with DreamWear gel pillows, so you can try out both styles without buying another frame!

Sleeping Position: Active Sleepers, stomach sleepers, side sleepers, back sleepers

Best For: CPAP users with facial hair, glasses wearers, readers, and light sleepers

Feature Highlights:

  • 360 degree swivel connector attaches at the top of the head for greater freedom of movement.
  • Compatible with DreamWear silicone nasal cushions or gel nasal pillows.
  • Hollow frame design for a lighter, minimal contact feeling.

Shop the Respironics DreamWear Nasal fit pack or DreamWear Gel Nasal Pillows


How to Choose the Best CPAP Mask for You

Choosing the right mask is a personal decision, but there are some common factors that can help you quickly narrow down your search. To help you find the best comfort and the most effective therapy, consider the following areas.

Types of CPAP Mask

Though there are hundreds of different styles and configurations, there are essentially only three main types of CPAP mask–  full face, nasal, and nasal pillow.

You may also come across some alternative mask styles, which– while less common– deliver the same CPAP therapy with some unique features.

Full Face CPAP Mask


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Full face CPAP masks seal around both your nose and mouth. This makes it an excellent choice for mouth-breathers, or people who have difficulty breathing through their nose.

Breathing Style: Mouth breathers, Nose breathers, CPAP users who experience frequent allergies or nasal congestion

Sleeping Position: Back sleepers, some side sleepers

Pressure Allowance: Any

Pros:

  • Distributes airflow to make high-pressure settings easier to tolerate
  • Good choice if you switch between mouth and nose breathing, or don’t know which you prefer

Cons: 

  • May include a forehead pad that may irritate claustrophobic sleepers
  • May limit field of vision for people who like to watch TV or read before bed

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Nasal CPAP Mask


Nasal CPAP masks cover only the nose, and their smaller profile makes them popular with side sleepers and sleep apnea patients with facial hair. Nasal masks can accommodate a higher pressure setting than the nasal pillow.

Breathing Style: Nose breathers only

Sleeping Position: Back or side sleepers

Pressure Allowance: Any

Pros: 

  • Takes up less space than a full face CPAP mask but can accommodate similar pressures
  • Can be combined with a chinstrap to prevent dry-mouth and sore throat for mouth-breathers who can still breathe through their nose

Cons:

  • May include a forehead pad that may irritate claustrophobic sleepers
  • May not be ideal for stomach sleepers

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Nasal Pillow CPAP Mask


Respironics DreamWisp Nasal Mask

Nasal pillow CPAP masks rest just under your nose, and seal only around the nostrils. Instead of a cushion, they feature individual pillows of silicone, gel, or memory foam. Nasal pillow masks are the smallest and lightest mask style, and their minimal design makes them excellent for active sleepers, or CPAP users who like to read or watch TV before bed.

Breathing Style: Nose breathers only

Sleeping Position: Active sleepers; Back, side, or stomach sleepers

Pressure Allowance: Low to Medium Pressure

Pros:

  • Light weight and flexibility makes them great for CPAP users who toss and turn
  • Minimal design is ideal for glasses wearers who like to watch TV or read a book before bed
  • The widest field of vision available

Cons: 

  • Not suitable for CPAP users who require high-pressure CPAP therapy
  • Some models may require more frequent replacement for pillows and headgear

Shop All Nasal Pillow CPAP Masks


Hybrid CPAP Mask


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Hybrid CPAP masks combine a nasal pillow with an oral mask, sealing over the mouth and under the nose. 

Breathing Style: Mouth breathers, Nose breathers, CPAP users who experience frequent allergies or nasal congestion

Sleeping Position: Back sleepers, side sleepers

Pressure Allowance: Any

Pros: 

  • Offers the versatility and coverage of a full face CPAP mask but with a more open field of vision
  • Full face coverage without a forehead pad

Cons:

  • Bulkier than nasal or nasal pillow CPAP masks

Shop All Hybrid CPAP Masks


Oral CPAP Mask


Oral CPAP masks cover only your mouth, so they're also a great choice for mouth-breathers but with minimal headgear.

Breathing Style: Mouth breathers only

Sleeping Position: Back sleepers, side sleepers

Pressure Allowance: Any 

Pros:

  • Ideal for mouth-breathers who want less bulk and a wider field of vision than full face CPAP masks

Cons:

  • If you switch between breathing through your nose it will interrupt your CPAP therapy

Shop All Oral CPAP Masks


Nasal Prong CPAP Mask


Nasal prong CPAP masks insert into your nostrils without cradling under or around your nose. Their minimal design allows for a greater freedom of movement, but they're not designed for CPAP users who need high pressure.

Breathing Style: Nose breathers only

Sleeping Position: Back, side, or stomach sleepers.

Pressure Allowance: Low to Medium Pressure

Pros:

  • The minimal cushion design is ideal for CPAP users who experience red lines and facial marks

Cons: 

  • The prongs sit inside your nostril, which may be uncomfortable for some CPAP users.

Shop Nasal Prong CPAP Masks

What is Your Breathing Style?

You've already got obstructive sleep apnea, so we don't have to tell you how important breathing in your sleep is, but this question can very quickly narrow down your mask options.

Mouth Breather: If you’re a mouth breather because of nasal congestion, allergies, or other difficulty breathing through your nose, you’ll want to try out a full-face CPAP mask first. Or if you would prefer less headgear or a wider field of vision, try an oral CPAP mask.

If you sleep with your mouth open, but don't have issues breathing through your nose, you may want to test the combination of a nasal mask or nasal pillow mask and a chin strap. This can help reduce dry-mouth or sore throat that are occasionally associated with CPAP therapy.

Nose Breather: Great news! Nose breathers can use just about any CPAP mask style other than oral masks.

Both/Unknown: You’ll want to stick with a full-face CPAP mask or a hybrid CPAP mask for the best versatility in airflow.



What Is Your Sleeping Position?

Back Sleeper: Lucky you! Back sleepers can use any kind of CPAP mask.

Side Sleeper: This position is the best for snoring, but bulkier mask styles may shift against your pillow and break your seal. The slimmer profile of a nasal CPAP mask or nasal pillow mask will help keep a proper seal, so you can maintain your airflow all night.

Stomach Sleeper: As someone with sleep apnea you should try to break this habit, but as far as CPAP masks go you’ll want a minimal design, such as a nasal pillow CPAP mask. Look for one with a mask cushion made of gel or memory foam since it will be pressed against your skin.  

You may also wish to try a CPAP pillow to help prevent mask shift or getting tangled in your tubes!

Active Sleeper: Look for a mask with a hollow frame and a hose connector that attaches to the top of the head. The top-mount CPAP hose will keep you from getting tangled in your tubing as you toss and turn, while the hollow frame provides flexibility without interrupting your sleep therapy.

What Is Your Pressure Setting?

Low to Medium: You’ll be safe with any style sleep apnea mask.

High: Both full face and nasal CPAP masks can accommodate high pressure settings; however, full face CPAP masks may be more comfortable since they distribute the airflow over a larger area.

You’ll likely need to avoid nasal prong or nasal pillow CPAP masks.

30-Day Mask Guarantee

Even after you've narrowed down your options, there's bound to be a bit of trial-and-error in finding what works for you. That's why CPAPSupplies.com offers a 30-day guarantee on all of its masks; so you can try out new styles and give plenty of time to adjust to your new mask. 

You can reach out to us at any time to discuss mask fit tips with a sleep specialist. If you still decide it's not the mask for you, you'll receive credit for your full purchase towards a different mask. And if the price of your new mask is less than the original, we'll send a refund for the difference.

Now that you know what to look for, check out our selection of CPAP masks today and find the perfect mask for you!


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