Resmed Airfit F20 Mask Review: My Honest Personal Experience

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Resmed Airfit F20 Mask Review: My Honest Personal Experience

July 7, 2017 Reviews 14
Resmed Airfit F20 Review Rested Life

I ordered the Resmed Airfit F20 during a pretty bad period in my life in terms of sleep apnea. I was regularly dozing off at work while sitting in the office and at presentations. I’d go through the day actually feeling angry at how sleepy I was.

By this time, I had tried 5 different CPAP masks and they all caused some nose bruising or leaked. 

I was honestly starting to feel like there wasn’t a CPAP mask that would work for me. 


 

I spent a long time searching and comparing various masks online. Through my research, I stumbled across the Resmed Airfit F20 Full Face Mask. The mask manufacturer, Resmed, claimed that the mask would fit 97% (add link) of all users. I decided to try it from thecpapshop.com, knowing that if I didn’t like it, I could return it within 30 days for my money back. 

I noticed the improvement from the first night I wore the mask. This was the first mask that easily fit my face and didn’t leak or leave bruises on my nose. I felt more rested than I had in a long time after I started using the Airfit F20. 

The mask has a lot of great things going for it. The design is smart and very practical. However, the mask does have a few things that I didn’t like. I’ve prepared this Resmed Airfit F20 Mask Review to give you my honest experience with the mask and help anyone that might benefit from it. 

 

Check my video review of the Resmed Airfit F20 Full Face Mask below

 

 

Ratings

Comfort:   94/100

Sleep Mobility:   90/100

Mask Fit:   95/100

Durability:   96/100

Overall:   94/100

 

Cost

Standard Retail Price: $149.00

Get the Resmed Airfit F20 with a 30-day money back guarantee on CheapCPAPSupplies.com

 

Pros and Cons

Pros

 

1. Fits most face shapes

2. No nose bruising

3. Magnetic clips for easy mask removal

5. Small and compact design

6. Mask does not shift around throughout the night

8. Anti-leak cushion

9. Extremely easy to take apart

10. Easy to separate from CPAP tubing, convenient for night-time restroom trips

11. Comfortable and effective headgear design

 

Cons 

1. Ball joint makes the mask relatively loud when in use

2. Not perfect for side sleepers, but definitely better than any other full face mask I’ve tried so far

3. Pieces holding the headgear and mask together do not seem to be tear proof and look a bit brittle

 

Comfort

When it comes to comfort, the Airfit F20 is king. The mask features what Resmed calls “Infinityseal Cushion Technology”. Without going into the technical specifics, the cushion is basically made from a polymer with different levels of thickness throughout the padding. The result is a mask that feels soft yet well sealed on your face. 

The Airfit F20 doesn’t cause you to feel claustrophobic. If you do feel itchy and decide to take the mask off at at any point throughout the night, you can remove it from your face in less than 2 seconds. All you have to do is either un-clip the mask from the tubing or pop out the magnetic clips, thus giving you access to your face. 

The mask attaches to the CPAP tubing through a ball joint. The ball joint area also serves as mask exhale vent. The ball joint is nice in that it helps make it easier to move around while sleeping. great because it helps makes it easier to sleep on your side and move around while sleeping. On the other hand, having the exhaust vent at the ball joint makes the mask noisy compared to other full face masks that I’ve experienced. If you’re curious to hear what noise levels the Airfit F20 might produce, I try to give you a sample in my review video above. 

 

Sleep Mobility

The Resmed Airfit F20 lets you move around while sleeping more so than most CPAP Full Face masks in the market right now. If you checked out my Resmed Mirage Quattro CPAP mask review, you may have noticed that the mask was too bulky to sleep on the side with it. The Airfit F20 is more compact and better than the Mirage Quattro in this respect. 

That being said, sometimes small leaks in certain parts of the mask cushion may develop while sleeping on the side. The mask doesn’t allow you to move your face around too much when you’re sleeping on the side because of the possibility for leaks. Though the mask is more suitable for side sleeping than other full face masks, it’s not as good in this respect as nasal CPAP masks such as the Respironics Dreamwear. 

If you normally sleep on your back, you won’t have problems with moving your head around while wearing the Airfit F20. The ball joint makes it easier to move around without having to worry about moving the CPAP tubing away. I generally prefer sleeping on my back and with my head turned slightly to the side; the Airfit F20 allows me the comfort and mobility to do that.

The piece connecting the mask and tubing features an easy press-and-go soft clip that you can press to take the mask off. This is perfect for night-time bathroom runs or to remove the mask from the tubing to allow you to scratch your face without having to take the mask off and re-adjust it. Major plus.   

 

Mask Fit

The Resmed Airfit F20 has fit me the best out of any CPAP mask I’ve tried so far. Part of this is due to the cushion’s shape and the way it curves around the face to maximize comfort. This makes wearing the mask feel more like a pillow making contact with your face rather than a piece of rubber.

Hands down, my favorite thing about this mask is how well it avoids nose bruising. The Airfit F20 is designed so that the top part of the cushion does not place too much pressure on your nose bridge as you tighten up the mask. Four out of the five masks I tried before using the Airfit F20 leaked, so it’s pretty impressive that Resmed managed to accomplish a great mask fit while avoiding mask leakage.

Like most CPAP masks, the Resmed Airfit F20 allows for 3 mask sizes: small, medium, and large. If you decide to purchase the Resmed Airfit F20, make sure you take a look at the sizing guide here. Print it out and measure it against your face to find the size that fits you best.

 

Durability

Despite the cushion material being very soft and comfortable, it’s durable and resistant to tear. The shell parts and headgear part are also tough and resistant. Overall, the mask is made from high quality materials.

One complaint is that the small joints connected to the hard shell of the mask do seem to be a bit brittle. I haven’t had these small joints break on me, even after cleaning the mask multiple times, so I’m not sure whether they would break or not. I don’t expect these small parts to tear up unless they are purposefully messed with (I go into more detail on this and show you what I mean in my review video above).  

The mask may look a bit futuristic and complex, but don’t be fooled. It was definitely designed with simplicity as a priority. This is evident in how easy the mask is to disassemble and clean. The whole mask can be taken apart in less than 3 seconds to clean.


 

Overall Summary

When designing the Resmed Airfit F20, Resmed set out to create a CPAP mask that fit all patients.

Prior to the Airfit F20, I tried five different CPAP masks. The Airfit F20 was the first mask that fit and did not leak for me. Based on my personal experience and other reviews I’ve read, I’d say Resmed has come pretty darn close to their goal. 

The mask is also very easy to remove and easy to move around the bed with. I was able to sleep on the side to a much greater extent with this mask than I have been able to with the other CPAP masks I’ve tried. 

In addition, the mask is suitable for a wide range of pressure settings. My prescription pressure is between 10 – 20 and the mask felt great nonetheless. The cushion adapts to your face and makes sleeping with a mask on feel more natural.

My one gripe about this mask is that the ball joint could’ve been done better- sound dampening around this area would have been great. The sound of air coming out of a CPAP mask can be a bit annoying and makes it harder to fall asleep.  

 

Overall, I give the mask a well deserved 94/100.

The Airfit F20 is a great mask choice if you’ve had trouble finding a fit that works and/or a mask that doesn’t cause nose bruising. If this is your first CPAP mask, I highly recommend it because it works for such a wide range of face shapes and nose sizes. 

The Airfit F20 is currently my primary mask, with the Resmed Mirage Quattro as my secondary.

 

 

Try out the ResMed AirFit F20 here with a 30-day money back guarantee!

 



 

If you have any questions about my Resmed Airfit F20 Mask Review or would like any kind of help with the mask, please leave a comment below and I will try to answer it asap. 

 

Stay Rested

Juan

 

14 Responses

  1. Garry says:

    As much as i mostly agree with your review, my experience is that it DOES tear (i once coughed with my mask on and it ripped the silicone).

    I can also confirm that i DO get marking on the bridge of my nose. I also have to have it fitted so tight that it gives me a headache! Any looser and the air leaks from the seal… sounds like my cheeks are farting!

    It is a good mask but i am hoping that the new F20 memory foam is better.

    I totally agree with the noisy elbow vent though. I also can’t sleep facing towards my wife as it blows air on her. Would love to see a directional vent or at least one that is angled – and less noisy!

    • Juan Avila says:

      Thanks for the input Garry! I’ve coughed and sneezed with this mask on in the past and have always wondered if something like that would happen. It’s good to know that’s a possibility. And yes, the elbow vent can get pretty annoying. I try to tune it out by turning up my fans to drown out the noise.

  2. Rick Thompson says:

    i agree with Garry and Juan…..i find my complaint with the Airfit F20 is the elbow air vent makes enough noise to wake me when my cpap is at full pressure. Just breathing with the mask on at full pressure makes enough noise to wake me. I kind of regret spending the money for this mask when I should have bought another Mirage full face. Problem with this industry…..there are no returns. You’re stuck with what you have. Sorry about your luck. Makes it hard to step out and try something new.

    • Juan Avila says:

      It’s definitely a pain that very often CPAP mask purchases are nonrefundable. One of the biggest perks of buying online is that often times you can buy through websites that offer refunds on CPAP masks. I used to try out masks by buying them from TheCPAPShop and then returning them for full refund if they didn’t work out.

  3. Steve Bindley says:

    I have just had my third F20 mask tear on my in less than 12 months. I will be going back to the older F10 as I am sick of these tears reoccurring.

  4. I have not had great luck with nasal masks (Mirage FX Wide) because I open my mouth while sleeping. I have not found a chin strap that works as they either slip out of position or pull my chin backwards that causes more throat narrowing problems. I recently resorted to taping my mouth shut, but I didn’t look at that as a long term solution. I just got a Resmed Airfit F20 two nights ago. First night did not go well as the mask leaked at my cheeks and made a flapping sound that would wake me up. I cranked down on the straps but that did not seem to cure the leak problem.

    Last night I did something that I have never done before. I removed the mask in the middle of the night because I could not stand messing with it and nothing that I tried helped. I started with the mask as loose as possible without leaking at 12 inches . Soon after I fell asleep my cheeks started vibrating again. If I don’t have any luck tonight I guess that I will have to try the foam F20. I had used a full face for about five years with excellent results but they discontinued it (forgot what it was).

    • Gary Leigh says:

      This might not be for everyone, but this works amazingly well for me. (I’ve this for years).

      Putting a couple of Listerine strips on your lips and moisturizing them until they make a tacky seal is extremely effective in sealing your mouth.

  5. Neil Stubbs says:

    In my opinion – based upon my experiences so far, which closely align with one of them above, that silicone border/cushion is a BIG problem for anyone who has chronically dry, itching skin like I do. The further drying action of the CPAPmachine air pressure dries my skin out so bad that I am plagued many times through a night, with not just mild itching but that awful burning itching that can drive someone nearly insane. In desperation I have sometimes reached up under the mask with my finger to scratch the awful itch(occasionally the itch isn’t so burning and I can exercise enough mind control to actually outlast the itch without resorting to scratching it ). So I’m on my 2nd F20 mask and just yesterday it developed a minute tear that you had to look really close to even notice it – but the problem is, they don’t stay that small – even with great care a tear in the silicone gets longer without any more incidents, and I wish that wouldn’t happen. My face dries out so badly and this takes my peace of mind away about getting to sleep easily, so one thing leads to another. I detest the fact that these things are so expensive to replace. So, does anyone have any suggestions on any face creams/lotions that might work? The CPAP therapy stuff in the tube doesn’t work very well in my experience. Or, is there a way to repair the tear in the silicone before it gets too long?

    • Juan Avila says:

      I can’t really speak to repairing the tear in the mask cushion. But I did go through a period of time where itching was a huge issue for me. I’d wake up in the morning to find that I had taken the mask off during the night and thrown it accross he room unknowingly.

      I did the following things to fight off the itchiness:

      1. Increase the humidity of the cpap machine
      2. Clean the tubing, water bowl, and mask with warm water and a mild detergent. Allow them to air dry.
      3. I would always wash my face with my facial cleanser (Noxzema) every night before going to sleep and that would help remove any oils from my face that might cause itchiness.
      4. After cleaning your mask cushion at night, avoid contacting it with carpet or placing it near towels, as tiny cloth fibers can get in the mask and cause itchiness later in the night.
      5. I’d sometimes apply a little bit of regular body lotion around my face. Just a little bit to help with the dryness.

      Itching used to be a HUGE problem for me last year. Nowadays, I get some initial itching at the beginning of the night and then it quickly goes away. Let me know if that helps.

  6. BobMarwood says:

    I find this mask to be so good in every way except for the cushion. It only lasted about 6 months before it tore during the night at the chin area. Why do they make it so thin here?I don’t see any benefit in that whatsoever. At $95 Australian, I’m not at all impressed.

    • Juan Avila says:

      My cushion hasn’t torn but over time it has lost some of its stickiness. I recently purchased an airtouch f20. During the first week I absolutely hated it, but eventually, I learned to correctly adjust it and now it’s the best mask I’ve used so far. I’ll be doing a review soon.

  7. John Humber says:

    I have used my F20 for 15 months and it has been good, I am about to change for a new one as the elastic head gear is loosing its spring and the mask probably is getting a bit tired. Mind you I wash my mask a every day with velvet soap and wash everything else each week with velvet soap, I dont know what others do but you must care for it!

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