Both machines are Fixed pressure devices. This means that the they are set to blow at a certain pressure throughout the whole night. Both machines can ramp up from a start pressure.
Set pressure machines can be set to run at anywhere between 4 and 20 CMH20.
For argument’s sake, let’s say the fixed pressure is set to 10 CMH20. With the ramp feature, this machine can be set to start at 6 CMH20 then gradually build up over a certain time. The difference between the 2 machines is that the ResMed AirSense 10 Elite will detect when you fall asleep and then gradually build its pressure up from that point.
Both machines contain a humidifier which is adjustable. The difference between the 2 machines is the ResMed device has a heated tube as opposed to the standard tubing of the BMC device. The heated tube of the ResMed device can be beneficial in providing a more humid environment and keeping water out of the tube.
The ResMed AirSense 10 Elite is noticeably smaller, lighter and comes in a more compact bag. The BMC device will still fit comfortably on a standard bedside table.
Both machines will allow remote access to compliance data for your therapist and Doctor to access. The ResMed machines are set up so changes can be made remotely to this data.
Overall, both CPAP machines will treat your Sleep Apnea. The ResMed device earns its more expensive price tag as it boasts better features with its heated tubing, ability to change settings remotely and its smaller, more compact size.
A good analogy for these machines, is that the ResMed is the Mercedes or BMW of CPAP while the BMC device is more akin to the up and coming Kia brand of cars.
Our verdict: The BMC device will get the job done at a cheaper price. With added security of a 5 year warranty, it is a good alternative if you have a tight budget. The ResMed AirSense 10 device still remains the premier piece of CPAP equipment.