I took the Airsense 10 back today and swapped it for the Dreamstation. Last night was terrible got to sleep around 3pm; the amount of Apnoea was around 12.6. I still found it hard to exhale naturally. It wasn’t switched onto RAMP at all so that was some of the issue, so hence long time to get to sleep. It was on level 3 for exhale so that shouldn’t be a problem. Also the technician said they both have a exhale function up to 3 cm and another sales rep said the Philips has a slightly smoother more natural breathing rhythm.
I tried the Philips Dreamstation and for about 10 minutes in the clinicians shop and then for 10 minutes at home. Straight away I felt I could breathe out (exhale) smoother and more naturally but the real test will be the next couple of nights before my final decision.
So my initial impressions between the two models, but this may change
Positive: Prefer its size and look, Ease of use, very quiet, a little more solid machine.
Negative: No ramp button, hard to exhale naturally, water tank emptied quickly
Positive: Water tank seems larger, quiet, easier for more natural breathing, Separate Ramp button, cheaper than Airsense
Negatives: Larger footprint, maybe very slightly nosier, slightly more technical settings.
If it turns out I can breathe slightly better with The Dreamstation and have a better sleep then that will be the decider for me.