The Eson 2 mask is the most recent nasal mask offering from Fisher and Paykel.
The Eson mask from Fisher and Paykel was popular in Australia, and was in fact the favourite for many CPAP suppliers and patients alike. Despite it’s excellent results here down under, it didn’t correspond to a large international market share.
The Eson 2 is better again.
Fisher and Paykel have left many of the features the same on the Eson 2, and have fixed many of its shortcomings when designing the Eson 2.
The cushion shape is pretty much the same as the original Eson. This is a good things, as it was a little bit excellent. The Eson cushion was simple (no need for double-walled cushions here folks), long-lasting, comfortable, and provided an excellent fit for most people. In addition, the sizing for the small and large cushions is spot-on for most patients. However, it doesn’t really cater properly for patients with broad noses; they will most likely need to try a different brand.
One big advantage of the Eson cushion is how easy it is to clean. There are no nooks and crannies in the mask cushion (such as with the other manufacturers) meaning it is very easy to make sure the inside of the mask is cleaned properly.
It may be simple, but it just worked.
The headgear on the original Eson was prone to deteriorate over time. It would literally start to fall apart on the edges. It wasn’t as light and breathable as the updated ResMed headgear.
The headgear supplied with the Eson 2 changes that. It is comparable to the newest headgear from ResMed (the industry standard in our opinion) and looks considerable more durable and long-lasting than the Eson headgear. An advantage over the ResMed headgear is the adjustable top strap. This makes it much easier to customize the fit, and get the headgear fitting just right for you. Only time will tell, but we are pretty sure it’s a winner.
Furthermore, the new clips are much easier to use. The new design guides the clips into the grooves easily, and makes it easier for patients with limited dexterity to use the mask.
The Eson was likely the quietest nasal mask around. This was due to the disposable air diffuser that attached to the exhalation port.
This was also dissapointing, as these ‘filters’ had to be changed regularly. Testament to our throwaway society; this just seemed wasteful.
Fisher and Paykel have replaced this disposable filter with a reusable, washable filter. Damn straight Fisher and Paykel, good move!
The mask is still super quiet, and I can guarantee that it will be one of the quetest masks you will try. Especially good for people who are very sensitive to noise, or have bed partners who are very sensitive and easily aroused by noise.
Big ticks here!
All in all, the Eson 2 is a well featured, easy to use, ultra quiet and comfortable looking mask. Price-wise, it is generally slightly cheaper than the ResMed and Respironics offerings; so it represent excellent value for money.
By all means, give it a go if you are in the market for a new mask.