anyone been able to compare the F&P Simplus with the Resmed Quattro Air?? If so which did you prefer.
10-23-2013, 08:20 AM
(This post was last modified: 10-23-2013, 11:40 AM by PsychoMike.)
Machunter, here are my initial thoughts:
Setting the two masks side by side, the Simplus looks shorter and wider (both L in my case). When you actually put them seal to seal, the Simplus is a couple mm shorter, but the widths are actually really close.
Both have very pliable, textured seals. The Quattro Air uses a shallower seal overall, but has distinct cut-outs to give more flexibility and a softer contact at the chin and nose. The Simplus uses a deeper cushion, which makes it feel wider and lead to a bit more of an initial feeling of "chipmunk cheeks"...but the sensation didn't last long. To add stability to the seal at the nose bridge, F&P have included a silicone bridge (think of the silver nose piece on a dust mask) and made the seal articulating / sliding to accommodate it.
The diffuser on the Quattro Air is a bit better if you are a side sleeper or sleep closer to your bed partner...the Simplus does a good job, but is a bit more "concentrated" to permit the use of the the ball swivel for the hose connection. It's not that it is super loud, just comparatively one has more potential to be louder if you side sleep and it gets closer to the pillow.
Headgear wise, the Simplus has an adjustable top band and slightly wider straps. I noticed a little less strap marks this morning having used the Simplus last night. Neither headgear is uncomfortable and both seem to stay in place pretty well (even for an active sleeper like me).
I'll update further as I get more experience with the Simplus. I think both "new generation" masks are a step up from the previous masks, though neither has a oxygen inlet if you need supplemental oxygen with your therapy. They are pretty close and I suspect personal preference will dictate which one people prefer.