The Hurricane CPAP equipment dryer by Siestamed Technologies…
If you are reading this, you probably know that the Siestamed ‘Hurricane’ CPAP equipment dryer is used to dry your CPAP equipment after it has been washed. It works by enclosing the CPAP equipment and circulating warm, dry air throughout the enclosure to dry it. The ‘Hurricane’ comes in both a commercial (sleep lab) and home version.
I have been interested in this product for a long time. At first I considered it to be another CPAP accessory that most people don’t need. Although I maintain this position, looking into the product a little further helped me realize that there may be some need for it.
Take, for example, those among us that can’t get their CPAP equipment dry during the day. You may live in a cold climate. It may be very humid where you live. Lets face it – putting a damp CPAP mask headgear on your head is almost as bad as putting wet socks on your feet. The other intended users for the Hurricane CPAP equipment dryer are the germaphobe and/or obsessive daily CPAP equipment washers among us. The hurricane CPAP equipment dryer might be particularly useful for these groups of people.
Alas, I decided that it was worth a closer look.
How does it work?
The name hurricane is a hint to how it works. The device encloses all your CPAP equipment and circulates warm air around to dry the equipment quickly and efficiently. Siestamed likens this warm air circulating to a hurricane – hence the name. Unlike a hurricane, the CPAP equipment dryer uses gentle, static air (not actual hurricane-force winds). In addition, to ensure that your tubing dry’s effectively, there is a place to ‘plug’ your CPAP tubing onto the air vent so the air flows through the tubing removing moisture. Also, there is a ‘drip tray’ which collects any excess moisture at the bottom of the machine.
It really is easy to use, and the steps are below.
- Wash your CPAP equipment as per normal
- Give the equipment a quick shake to remove excess water droplets (this will reduce drying time needed)
- Plug the CPAP tubing onto the tubing connector, and wrap it around the basket
- Place the remainder of your clean CPAP equipment in the basket
- Close the Lid
- Turn it on, and select the timer setting – 15, 30, or 60 minutes.
First of all, lets have a look at the basic specifications of the Hurricane
- Dimensions: 12.5 x 13.7 x 12 inches (32 x 35 x 30.5 cm)
- Weight: 7.48 lbs (3.4 kg)
- Operates on 120V/60Hz with power consumption of 260 Watts
- Comes with one year warranty
- Automatic shut-ff and temperature control, with three timer settings (15, 30, and 60 minutes)
- One year warranty
What others think of the Hurricane CPAP Dryer
The reviews for the Hurricane CPAP Equipment Dryer are largely positive, both from people who use it at home and health professionals.
The Lanky Lefty from freecpapadvice.com
Jason from freecpapadvice.com has a rather long-winded and in-depth review video of the Hurricane CPAP dryer. In his review of the ‘at-home’ version, he stuffs it full with three masks including three sopping wet headgear, and CPAP tubing, and the hurricane still managed to dry all of the equipment effectively well within 60 minutes. Jason believes the Hurricane is well worth the investment, especially for people who clean their equipment on a daily basis who struggle with getting their equipment dry.
Most of the other reviews have a similar impression. It drys your CPAP equipment quickly and easily without applying too much heat or blowing gale-forced winds. So, it does what it says on the tin.
- I initially was concerned that the heat from the Hurricane might shorten the life of the hose and silicone (on the mask), but it doesn’t seem to have. amazon.com
- Absolutely love this machine! It’s made it so much easier to care for my equipment. I’m much more likely to wash everything daily, and no more struggling to get my hose dry over 2-3 days. amazon.com
- It makes life a lot easier and does the job of drying out the hoses mask etc very nicely. apneaboard.com
One of the complaints from a user of the Hurricane CPAP Dryer is that where the CPAP hose connects to the air outlet can bend and put strain on the join of the hose – which can lead to it kinking eventually. This can be rectified by altering the cage that the tubing sits in, by cutting off a few links in the cage.
By far, the majority of reviews are positive. It does what it says, and will dry most peoples CPAP equipment effectively, and up to standard. Some people have incredibly lofty standards, and find it unacceptable if slight water drying marks are left on the humidifier chamber. Sorry, there is nothing can be done about these marks except wiping it out manually.
Siestamed have produced a good quality product here. Their product support by most accounts is excellent, and they are quick to respond to warranty issues. If you are looking for a product to quickly dry your CPAP equipment after it has been washed, there is no better product available (or any other at the time of writing). We think it may be worthwhile trying out.
Click here to check out the price of SiestaMed’s CPAP dryer on amazon.com.
Have you used the SistaMed CPAP dryer? Have you bought it? We are interested to hear about your thoughts below.