Different CPAP Mask Types – Sleep Apnoea therapy

Last updated on October 3rd, 2022 at 10:26 am

Several different types of CPAP masks

There are several types of CPAP masks to choose from, and it’s worth noting that each CPAP mask can work with any CPAP machine.

Here we explain the differences between each type, who they benefit, who should avoid them, and the most popular CPAP masks in that category.

If you need further advice about how to choose a CPAP mask, then please click here. Or contact us, and one of our sleep specialists will help you.

A quick look at the options available, but below, we go into much more detail. Click the link of the type of CPAP mask you’re interested in learning about and jump to the relevant part of this post.

Nasal Cushions CPAP Mask, Nasal Pillows CPAP Mask, Full-Face CPAP Mask, Hybrid CPAP Mask Skin-Friendly CPAP Mask and Oral CPAP Mask.

CPAP Mask Sizing

All different CPAP masks have different measurements; a size medium in one mask may not be your size in a different mask.

Some of our masks come in fit packs; these include multiple mask sizes within. You can find some of these options in our risk-free selection.

However, if you choose a single-size CPAP mask, we advise you to always use the CPAP mask sizing guide. You can find the sizing guide if you scroll down to the ‘downloads‘ tab on the product page. In the downloads tab, you will find the ‘sizing guide’; simply print this out to scale to find your size.

CPAP mask comfort is key to successful CPAP therapy. If your mask does not fit correctly, you could struggle with CPAP air leaks, red marks or a dry mouth.

Mask-Fit Insurance

Many of our CPAP masks have an option to add ‘mask-fit insurance‘.

What is mask-fit insurance?

Adding mask-fit insurance allows you to try your CPAP mask for 28 days, and if you find it unsuitable, you can return it for a refund.

Please note that you must notify us before the 28 days are up that you wish to return your mask.

It can take a few weeks to get used to your CPAP mask. If you have any queries, please contact us so we can offer our expert knowledge.

Nasal Cushions CPAP Mask

Nasal cushion CPAP masks are used by around 60% of our customers.

What are they?

A Nasal Cushion Mask uses a cushion that sits around the perimeter of the nose.

Who are they suitable for?

A Nasal Cushion Mask is a good option for nasal breathers, provided they exclusively breathe through their nose at night and their mouth does not drop open.

However, a CPAP chin strap prevents your mouth from dropping open if you wanted to use a nasal cushion mask.

Who are they not suitable for?

Mouth breathers, those with severe sinus issues (although the SinuPulse Elite may help with this), and those with a deviated septum.

Active sleepers and those who find this style of mask claustrophobic or uncomfortable may wish to try a Nasal Pillows Mask instead (see below).

Popular Nasal Cushion Choices:

Philips Respironics DreamWear

ResMed AirFit N20

Fisher & Paykel Eson 2

Nasal Pillows CPAP Mask

Nasal Pillows CPAP masks are used by around 15% of our customers.

What are they?

Nasal Pillows use small silicone cones that sit on the perimeter of the nostrils. There is usually no contact with the face itself (they are sometimes referred to as “minimal-contact masks” for this reason).

They are for those who would otherwise use a Nasal Cushion mask but find it uncomfortable or claustrophobic.

Who are they suitable for?

Those who require a nasal mask but find a nasal cushion mask uncomfortable or claustrophobic or are active sleepers (i.e. somebody who changes position frequently during sleep).

Who are they not suitable for?

Nasal pillow CPAP masks are for those sufferers with nasal issues such as a deviated septum or mouth breathers. Some may also find the “jets” of air uncomfortable, particularly if using pressures higher than about 12cmH2O.

Popular Nasal Pillow Choices:

Fisher & Paykel Brevida 

ResMed AirFit P10

Philips DreamWear Nasal Pillows

ResMed AirFit N30

Full Face CPAP Mask

Full-Face CPAP masks are used by around 25% of our customers.

What are they?

A Full Face Mask uses a cushion that sits around the perimeter of the mouth and nose. The cushion is usually either silicone or gel material, and these are the most commonly used type of CPAP masks.

Who are they suitable for?

Mostly these masks are for mouth breathers or those unsure how they breathe. They are also often used by those with sinus or nasal issues and by those who are unsure what type of mask would be most suitable.

Who are they not suitable for?

Side sleepers, those with claustrophobia, active sleepers.

Read our blog on CPAP masks for side sleepers if you’re an active side sleeper.

Popular Choices:

Philips Respironics Amara Gel

Philips DreamWear full face

ResMed AirFit F20

Fisher & Paykel Simplus

Hybrid CPAP Mask

Hybrid masks are used by around 3% of our customers.

What are they?

A Hybrid Mask combines an oral mask with nasal pillows. These masks are designed for users who require a Full Face CPAP Mask but find them claustrophobic or that a Full Face CPAP Mask causes discomfort on the nasal bridge.

Who are they suitable for?

Those who require a Full Face Mask but find a regular one claustrophobic or causes discomfort on the nasal bridge. Suitable for those who look to read in bed.

Who are they not suitable for?

Those with noses that are notably unsymmetrical may find the air “jets” from the nasal pillows uncomfortable.

Popular Choices:

Philips Respironics Amara View 

ResMed AirFit F30

SleepWeaver Skin-Friendly CPAP Masks

The SleepWeaver CPAP mask range is within our risk-free selection (apart from the SleepWeaver Elan Skin-Friendly CPAP Mask single size). They all come in multiple sizes, so you should be able to find a size suitable for your face. And if you cannot find a suitable size that is comfortable, you can return it for a refund within 28 days.

The skin-friendly range is made from soft, breathable fabric cloth – To keep the area between your skin and mask dry.

The soft fabric allows you to move during sleep, to sleep on your side or face down. There are no pressure points; therefore, you won’t find yourself with red marks and skin irritation from your CPAP mask.

SleepWeaver CPAP masks are lightweight, designed to be 50% lighter than usual CPAP masks.

You have the choice of full-face or nasal masks in the SleepWeaver range.

Who are they suitable for?

SleepWeaver masks come in a range of styles, fit for any CPAP user.

These masks are specifically good for those with a silicone allergy as they are silicone free.

Oral CPAP Mask

Oral CPAP masks are used by around 1% of our customers.

What are they?

Oral Masks sit between the gums and the lips. An oral mask should only be considered as a last resort if every other mask type has been unsuccessful.

Who are they suitable for?

Sufferers who have tried full face, nasal cushion and nasal pillows masks without success.

Who are they not suitable for?

An Oral CPAP Mask is suitable for any breather or any physical requirement. Generally, people breathe through their noses; breathing exclusively through the mouth while sleeping bypasses many of the body’s natural defence systems, leaving you more prone to contracting illnesses.

Popular Choices

Fisher & Paykel Oracle 452

If you need any further guidance or have any questions, please contact us.

Author Jenny Hall