When talking about PAP machines, 2 companies are the top choice, ResMed and Phillips Respironics.
The history of ResMed is linked to the beginnings of CPAP therapy… Baxter International was the first company that licensed Dr. Sullivan’s CPAP patent and developed a commercial CPAP machine, released in 1988. After that, the company ResCare acquired Baxter International, and in 1995. changed the name to ResMed. With the wide variety of products and PAP machines, it is easily the most influential company in the sleep apnea therapy industry.
Phillips Respironics is part of the huge Phillips family. Focused on sleep apnea therapy, it is offering high quality and familiar brand name. As their main competitor, they also offer a wide variety of products for different needs and occasions.
Even though there are quite a few companies by now that produce PAP machines, it is very few that can be named next to ResMed and Phillips Respironics…but there are a few good manufacturers worth mentioning: Somnetics, Fisher & Paykel, DeVilbiss, Apex Medical…
Maintenance Of PAP Machines
With their simple design and use, PAP machines require very little maintenance.
As mentioned before, every PAP machine contains 3 main parts: a motor (the machine itself), a hose, and a mask. Other parts are air filter(s), humidifier, mask straps, tube connectors (some of the other parts might not be listed with all machines, but mostly it is the 4 we mentioned).
Most PAP machines, from the certified manufacturers, come with the 2-5 years warranty for the machine (motor and electronics), while hose/tubing, mask, filters, should be changed on a monthly or yearly basis and are considered as expendable parts. While it mostly depends on the manufacturer, in general mask and tubing should be replaced on yearly basis, while the filters on every 3-6 months (depending on the filter).