The CPAPfit CPAP pillow by Pur-Sleep is one of the best selling, and most highly rated CPAP pillows available on amazon.com. We thought, therefore, it is worth a closer look to give you an idea if this is the right CPAP pillow for you.
A summary of the pillow’s features is provided here, with more detail below.
- CPAPfit pillow has a shipping weight of 6.6 pounds (or 3 kg).
- The outer is material is bamboo viscoe.
- It is filled with shredded foam and buckwheat hulls
- It is manufactured in the USA.
- Fully Adjustable
Bamboo Viscoe Fabric Outer
Many of you may have heard of the benefits of Bamboo bedsets over traditional cotton and linen bedsets. Bamboo viscoe fabrics have a number of advantages over cotton, including being:
- Softer than cotton and linen.
- Cooler in summer, and warmer in summer.
- Naturally antimicrobial.
- Moisture absorbing.
- More sustainable.
This is good news if you constantly find yourself turning your pillow over trying to find the cool spot on those warm summers nights. In addition, if you sweat profusely during the night (like me) a bamboo viscoe pillow might help you avoid those awful morning pillow sweat marks.
In addition, bamboo viscoes anti-microbial properties mean the CPAPfit pillow is naturally resistant to dust mites and mould, and helps reduce allergy and asthma exasperation’s (hometownstation.com).
The outer ‘shell’ of the CPAPfit also contains foam which makes for a softer surface on which to lay your head. This does not compromise how the buckwheat filling conforms for your face, and just adds a layer of softness to the relatively-hard buckwheat filling.
Buckwheat and shredded foam fill material
The CPAPfit pillow combines buckwheat hull and shredded foam as it’s filling. This fill material means that the pillow itself is relatively firm. The buckwheat fill allows for a more breathable and supportive pillow. Buckwheat-fill pillows are often suggested for people with back or neck problems due to the sturdy support provided as well as the lack of flattening during the night. In addition, buckwheat pillow tend to last longer than traditional pillows as they do not flatten over time.
The CPAPfit pillow has combined buckwheat with shredded foam. This provides a little more comfort than a buckwheat-only pillow.
Both buckwheat and shredded foam are natural materials with antimicrobial properties, are dust-mite resistant, and hypoallergenic. So this pillow is especially good for people who suffer from allergies or are immunocompromised.
Adjusting the pillow’s height is simply done by either adding or removing the filler material. Simply open the pillow’s zipper, and add or remove the fill material until it is the height you desire.
No CPAP Mask Cutout
Although this pillow is great for those who sleep on their back, it may not be perfect for CPAP users who are side-sleepers. Unlike other CPAP pillows, it does not have cutouts where the mask can sit without fear of being ‘pushed’ and disrupting the seal. However, you can ‘burrow’ a groove for the mask when turning on your side which will help reduce the pressure put on the mask while sleeping on your side; and the pillow won’t spring back and disrupt the mask seal (due to the buckwheat filling).
So it’s possibly better than a standard pillow for side-sleeping CPAP users, but not as good as some as the others such as the CPAPmax 2.0 by Contour Products.
What others think of the CPAPfit Pillow
As expected for such a popular item, the reviews of this pillow are mostly positive. It has scored a 4.5/5 star rating from buyers on amazon.com, and most of the internet reviews have been more positive than negative.
Review on The Pur-Sleep YouTube Channel
As you would expect from a channel affiliated with the manufacturer, this review is overwhelmingly positive. However, it does answer some of the questions that you might have about the pillow. The video takes you through un-boxing the pillow, and briefly gives instructions about how to get it right. In addition, it does answer a few questions about the pillow:
- The outer case has a soft padding feel to it.
- It is a little noisy when you move it around during the night. This is largely because of the buckwheat filling, and the fact it ‘swashes around’ when the pillow is moved.
- It molds to the contours of your face; even if you turn over regularly during the night.
Heidi from PillowAnswers.com
Heidi says that the buckwheat, although being very supportive, is shape-able enough to accomodate for the CPAP mask and to avoid it being ‘pushed off your face’. She thinks that it is one of the best CPAP side-sleeper pillows out there, despite the healthybreaths.com roundup not commenting on it’s usefulness for sidesleepers.
A summary of the main positives and negatives for the CPAPfit are below.
- It is relatively affordable
- It is highly adjustable
- Breathable, hypo-allergic, and antimicrobial
- High quality
- Long-lasting (10 year warranty)
- It’s a bit of a pain/a mess to get right initially
- Straps can cause marks on your face
- Too hard
- Doesn’t ‘spring back into shape’
Who should try it?
If you are a CPAP user, this pillow is worth a try especially if:
- You prefer a medium to firm pillow.
- You suffer from neck and back issues.
Check out the price of the Pur-Sleep CPAPfit Pillow at amazon.com
Thanks for reading and I hope this helps you decide which CPAP pillow to try.