I have just received a Pilairo Q to test and review.
The pillows mask comes with quite a few extras over the standard model. The items included in the package are : stretchwise headgear, a new adjustable headgear, a revised mask support that includes a diffuser, and diffuser filters.
The first night
The mask stays on securely with the new adjustable headgear which can be adjusted for a wide variety of head sizes. It has Velcro straps at both sides of the mask for adjustment as well as a head top Velcro to adjust the angle of the mask. Very large heads like mine, may require some additional tweaking. but overall a very nice option.
My wife already loves the mask because of the diffuser, she was not woken up when I rolled over because she did not get a cold blast of air on her neck. Also the whistle noise from the vent is much reduced.
I will continue the review later as I spend more time using the mask.
I’ve been on CPAP for 16 years, last 6 with Swift FX.
The way the nose connectors push up and back is accelerating the unfortunate ‘‘growing nose’’ syndrome that we will all face with age.
So the pilairo concept is perfect to counteract this phenomenon.
• Feather lightweight although the few grams difference makes it a non-issue.
> Part of this weight loss comes from a very short front tube:
half the length (17,5 cm vs 34,5 cm) of the Swift FX
> this means that your main connecting tube, which is heavier,
has more leverage and tends to pull the pilairo down.
• Pillow is soft and prevents leaks
• Very quiet ++ I am asleep but my girlfriend is appreciative
• Stylish and sturdy frame
• One size fits all head strap is a fallacy. it was so tight It irritated my nose and upper lip.
I created an ‘‘in-house’’ solution by cutting the strap and sewing in an elastic extension
and a velcro tensor.
• One size fits all nose connectors is another atrocity. By the fourth incomfortable night,
my nose bled and I was left with bleeding then scabs on each side of my central septum
To think that I paid good money for this !
If it works for you... excellent, but my personal discussion with ORL and sleep specialists has clearly shown that most people who require a CPAP, are on the upper third in weight and height. Somebody in market research dropped the ball with this absence of adaptable hardware.
• I contacted F&P and even offered to beta test their next upgrade... not even an ackowledgment
F&P is sitting on a gold mine with the ‘‘pillow concept’’. I am having a thought or two about creating a new well adapted product based on that ‘‘yet unpatented’’ concept...
If you are a real user (i.e. not a writer paid to spruce up blogs and reviews)
here is the person you need to send your grievances to:
Mr. Lewis Gradon, Director - Product development
Lewis.Gradon (at) fphcare.co.nz
Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
15 Maurice Paykel Place East Tamaki, Auckland 2013
PO Box 14 348 Panmure, Auckland 1741 New Zealand
TEL +64 9 574 0100
Customer service !
Miss on the second.. and you’ll lose the first
I’m back on Swift FX.
Francois, in Montreal
187 cm 109 kg (for the market research people...)
This is a review of the Pilairo Q not the Pilairo. I am a Nuclear Operator in Ontario not a paid writer of anything, I am an inventor but in air and water purification systems but that does not have anything to do with this.
The Q has two sets of headgear, the original (which you are describing) and a fixed type adjustable (Velcro) which is new.
I agree with many of your comments on the Pilairo (but you can look at that review in the thread for the Pilairo) and will comment on the differences as the trial commences.
As for the Swift FX, It is a nice mask but unfortunately causes my nose significant pain due to it being broken in the past.
The support that is given by the expandable billows on the outside of the Pilairo spreads the force over the entire nose which helps. But the Pilairo had the unfortunate effect of causing a square indentation on the tip of my nose. I am hoping that the Q will not continue that problem but either way this is the second and third masks that I have used that work with my facial features.
It appears from your comments that you also have a very large head and I hope that all of the manufacturers will realize that not everyone is a medium.
Andrew, in Oshawa
189 cm and I could only wish