Review of the ResMed AirFit P10 Nasal Pillows CPAP Mask

Consisting of stretchy headgear and air diffuser among new features

Nasal pillows are one of the most popular styles of CPAP masks. ResMed, one of the major manufacturers of this equipment, offers the AirFit P10 nasal pillows with some noteworthy improvements over prior models. Review some of the pros and cons of this mask and consider whether it might be the right mask option for you.

ResMed's AirFit P10 nasal pillows are a type of CPAP mask used to treat sleep apnea.
Brandon Peters, M.D.

Air Diffuser Screen Reduces Disturbances

After using the AirFit P10 nasal pillows mask, I noted several modifications that I liked. The most apparent is the air diffuser located at the front of the mask. The exhalation port, which allows the release of air to prevent carbon dioxide accumulation, can sometimes be disruptive. In the Swift FX nasal pillows, a comparable model from ResMed, the air release was quite forceful, especially at higher pressures. This could blow air into covers or disturb your bed partner. With the AirFit P10, a plastic diffuser dissipates this airflow. It may make it slightly more difficult to exhale, but this is not particularly bothersome.

The mask itself is clearly labeled for proper placement, with the left and right nostrils and size noted on the inferior surface. The plastic pillows (the part that actually sit in the nostrils) are more firmly held in place compared to the Swift FX model. This may be more supportive, depending on your own anatomy. Alternatively, it may forcefully direct the pillows into your nostrils or nasal septum, leaving your nose a little sore in the morning. The hard plastic support piece that supports the diffuser is certainly less flexible, and it advisable to test out the fit with your equipment provider before taking it home.

Stretchy Headgear Change Adds Comfort, Leak Potential

The headgear is also a clear departure from earlier models. It is more fixed in conformation, without adjustable Velcro or plastic bands. This may make it easier to get it situated at night, especially if you wake to urinate and come back to bed. I found myself wishing for a tab on the headgear to help identify the top and bottom in the dark. (It should be noted that the pillows themselves have a small half-moon indentation on the bottom surface.)

The straps of the headgear are made of a stretchy fabric that seems appropriately sized with enough give to be “one size fits all”. Extremes of head sizes may benefit from a trial sizing to ensure it fits well. The split fabric bands can be moved around on the head to support the placement and seal of the nasal pillows.

The headgear itself does seem to stretch out over time, introducing more mask leak. It is possible to restore the original springy conformation by running the headgear under hot water, ringing it out, and letting it dry. In addition, it is possible to get plastic clips that slide into place to increase the tension on the straps when they get older. As with other masks, the entire mask can be replaced every three months with coverage by insurance.

Easy Cleaning and Assembly

The mask itself is generally easy to clean. The pillows component can be pulled apart to clean. This also introduces more parts, and the complexity may be problematic for some. It may not be critical to get in there and clean it rather than just rinsing it out. Moreover, if the nasal pillows are replaced every two to four weeks (as they can be with most insurance), it may not be necessary to fully disassemble and scrub out the pillows component.

Loss of Swivel May Lead to Mask Pulling

One negative to the AirFit P10 compared to the Swift FX nasal pillows is that the hose attachment at the front does not have a swivel. Therefore, movement is not as easily accommodated. This may make it more likely for the mask to pull, dislodge, and leak when turning in bed.

A Word From Verywell

If you prefer to use the nasal pillows style of CPAP mask, the AirFit P10 model has some nice modifications, including the front air diffuser and stretchy headgear. There are smaller sizes available with the "For Her" version of the mask. The newer AirFit P20 model offers similar benefits. With a more firm pillow support piece and lack of hose swivel compared to other models, you may ultimately decide to keep your current favorite.

This product was personally reviewed by the author and it was donated at the conclusion of the review period.

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By Brandon Peters, MD
Brandon Peters, MD, is a board-certified neurologist and sleep medicine specialist.