[SIPC_Content]CPAP masks seem to come and go, and with the introduction of newer models; forgotten about.
At least, this is the case with the majority of masks. The reason? Significant improvements on design, performance, and comfort come with the newer mask models.
This is not so much the case with ResMed’s Mirage Quattro Full Face Mask. ResMed have released three full face masks since the Mirage Quattro, and each seems to fall short in some manner.
The Mirage Quattro remains most sleep professionals go-to mask. It is still the mask we reach for when someone is having mask difficulties and needs a full face mask.
But why is this so? What makes it such a standout?
Well… It just works.
There is no one magic part that makes this mask work. Like the planeteers on captain planet, it is with the component parts powers combined that makes it a winning package.
First of all, let’s look at the mask as a whole. Yes, compared to the newer masks it is heavy (it looks it too). In addition, it has many more parts to it than its newer cousins.
First of all, the silicone cushion. ResMed changed the shape of the silicone cushion for the Quattro, notably making it narrower across the bridge of the nose. With the Quattro, Resmed perfected their dual wall cushion design. The firmer inner silicone mould provided a solid foundation for the soft, flexible and durable outer silicone cushion. Other manufacturers have tried to emulate this cushion design, but have never quite got it right; either failing to produce an adequate seal, or causing injury to their users. The reason these double walled cushions work so well is they create a vacuum effect of sorts, effectively sucking the mask onto the face. This allows the mask the be worn looser, and allows some mask movement without losing its seal.
Not that the Mirage Quattro moves much at all.
To this day, I would consider the Mirage Quattro the most stable Full Face Mask around. The forehead support is contoured to the forehead perfectly, providing a surprisingly stable yet comfortable platform. Where other masks get pushed and pulled by pillows and CPAP hoses, the Mirage Quattro largely stays put.
Other features of the Mirage Quattro include:
– The ‘MicroFit’ dial
– Integrated oxygen entrainment ports
– Easy to use headgear clips
– and Hose connection
Pulling it apart
Admittedly, the Mirage Quattro has a lot of parts. Especially in comparison to the Quattro Air and F10 AirFit (ResMed’s most recent Full Face options).