ResMed Swift FX Nasal Pillow Mask Review

August 5, 2016 | By Peter Stanza | Filed in: CPAP Mask Reviews.

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The Swift FX Nasal Pillow mask is a strong performer, and our pick of the nasal pillow masks. Like most nasal pillow masks, it is very easy to use straight out of the box, and easy to fit. Although it has been superseded by the AirFit P10 mask, we believe it has some features that make the Swift FX a better choice.The headgear is very easy to take on and off. Stretchy material is fine, except if your nose is in a position that requires further tightening, adjusting of loosening more than widening or narrowing the distance that the headgear split allows.
The cushions are comfortable. And the diffused air is relatively quiet. Easy-to-use, very simple to take apart and put back together.

There is no swivel where to tubing connects to the mask. Feels a little restrictive.  Use of a tube holder or draping the tubing over a headboard is recommended if using this mask whilst sleeping in supine posture.
Comfort – 8/10
Generally speaking the cushions are comfortable and soft on the nose. The ovular shape fits most noses comfortably, and the range from small to large pillows is generally sufficient. The large range of pillows available mean that a comfortable fit is possible.
Mask Seal – 9/10
We have found that the cushions on the Swift FX are the best-on-market. The double-wall nasal pillow design inflates sufficiently to provide an excellent seal; one that isn’t easily broken. We think it is the market leader here.
Stability – 8/10
Of the current range of nasal pillows on the market, we have found the Swift FX to be the most stable, and the least likely to lose it’s seal though the night, even with relatively erratic sleepers.
Vent Location and noise – 8/10
The vent location  is contained within the elbow itself. Although excellent for the user, and generally quiet, it can affect the bed partner and get a little noisy under pressure.
Headgear – 8/10
Despite the silicone straps sometimes riding up into the eyes, and the blue strap sometimes riding up the back of the head (the Nuance from Respironics seem to have ResMed’s number here), the headgear is generally stable, and easily adjustable. The straps are quite intuitive to use, and little adjustment is needed once it has been fitted. Overall, a solid performer.
Difficulty in using – 8/10
Hey, it’s not quite as easy out of the box as the AirFit P10. But it’s still very easy to use. The cushions are also slightly more difficult to change over, but this isn’t really a reason not to buy this mask. We know we’re spoilt if we’re complaining about this.
Number of parts – 9/10
With 4 parts, it’s easy to assemble and disassemble. The cushions are relatively easy to change over (but the AirFit P10 is easier, admittedly). Once again, compared to yesteryear, there really isn’t anything to complain about here.
Overall Durability – 8/10
This is where the Swift FX really shines. The silicone is durable, the single strap (which barely needs adjusting) lasts forever (and is actually very easy to patch up or emulate, and the pillows are also long-lasting. We simply cannot see the AirFit P10 (or any of the other Nasal Pillow offerings) last as long as we have seen the Swift FX’s. The one thing we have found is the short hose deteriorates, holes form, and sometimes need replacing.
Overall Score: 66/80 = 82.5%
If you think this is the right mask for you, You can purchase the ResMed Swift FX nasal pillow mask online from Amazon, or a number of other online CPAP retailers.

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ResMed Swift FX

ResMed Swift FX
8.2

Comfort

8.0 /10

Mask Seal

9.0 /10

Stability

8.0 /10

Vent location and noise

8.0 /10

Headgear

8.0 /10

Pros

  • Quiet
  • Lightweight
  • Double-walled cushion
  • Easy to use and fit
  • High manufacture quality

Cons

  • The hose is prone to breakage
  • Headgear can slip up at back of head
  • Condensation in short tube

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