Choosing the right CPAP mask for you - ResMed-Master

Start your therapy with the right CPAP mask

A man and women examining a ResMed CPAP mask and reading the user guide while leaning on a kitchen counter.

Choosing a mask that’s comfortable and effective for you is an important first step on your CPAP therapy journey. We’ve divided our masks into three categories, Minimalist, Freedom and Versatile Fit, to help guide you to a CPAP mask that suits your needs.

Are you a reassurance seeker? You want a CPAP mask that:

Fits your face easily, provides an effective seal, and is compatible with silicone and AirTouch foam cushions for when you need extra comfort or want to limit red facial marks. Our Versatile Fit mask category features masks designed to meet those needs.

«I need a mask that doesn’t leak.»*
A patient wearing the ResMed AirFit N20 nasal mask.
«I’d like a mask that fits me easily.»*
A patient wearing the ResMed AirFit F20 full face mask.

Are you a simplicity lover? You want a CPAP mask that:

Helps combat claustrophia with an under-the-nose cushion, makes you feel less self-conscious and allows you to wave goodbye to red marks on the bridge of the nose. Our Minimalist mask category features masks that are designed to meet those needs.

«I want to be able to feel good around my partner.»*
A women wearing a ResMed AirFit P10 nasal pillows Minimalist mask while sleeping close to her partner.
‘‘Felt as if wasn’t wearing a mask at all.”**
A woman wearing a ResMed AirFit F40 full face Minimalist mask while sitting up in bed, showing her partner something on her phone.
«The quieter the mask, the better.»*
A man with glasses reading in bed while wearing a ResMed AirFit N30 nasal Minimalist mask, as his wife sleeps beside him.

Are you an active sleeper? You want a CPAP mask that:

Eliminates red marks on the bridge of your nose and lets you move as you please with a tube-up design and 360◦ elbow, keeping belly sleeping an option throughout the night. Our Freedom mask category features masks are designed to meet those needs.

«I’m used to sleeping on my stomach.»*
A patient wearing a ResMed AirFit N30i nasal mask while sleeping on their front.
«A tube that stays out of the way helps me feel free.»*
A patient wearing a ResMed AirFit P30i nasal pillows mask.
«I like to try different positions before falling asleep.»*
A patient wearing a ResMed AirFit F30i full face mask.

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  • Understand how to use your therapy equipment correctly and resolve common problems

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CPAP mask FAQs

The design of a CPAP mask affects where the pressurised air is delivered and how the mask sits on your face:

Different mask styles can offer different benefits. For example, a full-face mask can be a good option if you breathe through your mouth at night, if you suffer from allergies or if you have a deviated septum or another condition that blocks the passage of air through your nose.

Some people prefer the smaller size of nasal or nasal pillows masks, while others appreciate the reassuring coverage of a full-face mask. Even something as simple as having a moustache can affect how a mask feels and fits.

If possible, try on different styles of CPAP mask. To help make choosing a little easier, our CPAP mask categories show how different masks can meet your sleep habits or preferences. These mask categories comprise full face, nasal and nasal pillows mask designs.

Each of our masks has a dedicated web page featuring support videos and advice on sizing.

Many of our masks have a printable sizing template. Simply print out the template and hold it to your face to identify a cushion size that should suit you. Click on the links to download sizing templates for the following masks:

Minimalist masks:

Freedom masks:

Versatile Fit masks:

Each of our masks has a dedicated web page featuring support videos and advice on getting a good fit.

A well-fitting mask will feel comfortable and provide a stable seal so that air does not leak out. If air leaks out of your mask (mask leak) or your mouth (mouth leak), you won’t receive the full benefits of CPAP therapy.

A poorly fitting mask can be uncomfortable and won’t work so well, so spend some time learning how to put your mask on properly. Take a look at the user guide and fitting videos for your mask. You might find it helpful to use a mirror or ask someone to check if the cushion/pillows are positioned properly.

  • Fit your mask before connecting the tubing or turning on your therapy device. Each mask type has a specific fitting sequence, so it’s best to follow the steps in the user guide or fitting videos.
  • Try not to over-tighten your mask. People often think that a tight mask will provide a good seal, but over-tightening can actually result in leaks as well as being uncomfortable.
  • Once your mask is correctly positioned on your face, turn the air flow on. You may need to make minor adjustments to the cushion and/or the headgear once the device is turned on and the cushion has inflated.

You can also download the myAir app for free. It’ll provide you with personalised coaching and support based on your specific sleep apnoea machine and mask type, such as tips to help you correct mask fit issues.

If you’re still having difficulty fitting your mask, ask your care provider to help you.

Air leaks can occur for a number of reasons. Please see the following FAQs for information on identifying and resolving leaks caused by:

  • Poor fit or over-tightening: ‘How do I fit my mask?’
  • Tube drag: ‘How can I prevent tube drag?’
  • Mask style: ‘What’s the difference between full face, nasal and nasal pillows masks?’ and ‘How can I prevent mouth leak?’
  • Mask size: ‘How do I choose the right cushion size?’

If you have ‘mouth leak’, air is escaping from your mouth during therapy. You might be opening your mouth during sleep out of habit or because your nose is blocked. As well as being noisy and uncomfortable, mouth leak can leave you with a dry mouth.

You can download the myAir app for free. It’ll help you to manage leaks by sending you alerts when leak thresholds are exceeded and give you tips to help you correct leaks and mask fit issues.

If you experience mouth leak occasionally, for example when you have a cold, try wearing a chin strap/chin restraint at those times to keep your mouth closed.

If you experience mouth leak often, you may need to use a full-face mask. Full-face masks deliver air through your nose and mouth, so you’re covered whether you end up breathing through your nose or your mouth.

We have a full-face mask in each of our mask categories: AirFit F40 minimalist mask, AirFit F30i freedom mask, AirFit F20 versatile fit mask.

All CPAP masks make some noise as exhaled air goes out through the vent. However, if your mask is making burping sounds, you probably have a leak.  If you are experiencing leaks, it could be a good idea to work on your fitting technique. Please refer to your mask user guide, fitting videos and the ‘What causes leaks?’ question above for assistance. If your mask continues to leak, you should contact your homecare provider as you might need a different mask style or size.

If it is simply noise from the mask’s air vent that is bothering you or your bed partner, you might appreciate the QuietAir vent that features on our Minimalist masks. (N30, P10, F40). It gently diffuses exhaled air and is designed to help keep noise disruption to a minimum.

‘Tube drag’ occurs when your CPAP tubing pulls on your mask and affects the seal, causing leaks. If you don’t realise it’s happening, you might think your mask is leaking due to a problem with the the style or fit, or end up over-tighting your mask and causing more leaks.

Many masks are designed to manage a certain level of tube drag. With the device turned on, pull gently on the tube to find out what tube drag feels like. Lie on your bed and roll around a bit to see if your tube gives you enough room to move. If you think you would benefit from longer tubing, check out the additional tubing options on this page.

If you are an active sleeper, sleep on your stomach or try different positions before falling asleep, you might appreciate the design of our Freedom masks (N30i, P30i, F30i). Their top-of-the-head ‘tube-up’ design lets you move around without getting tangled in your tubing.

ResMed mask cushions are made from silicone, which is a hypoallergenic material used in medical appliances and devices. If you don’t tolerate silicone, an AirTouch F20 or AirTouch N20 versatile mask could be a good alternative. These masks have a breathable memory foam cushion that is designed to adapt to your face.

Our Versatile Fit category could be a good choice if you have sensitive skin, thick facial hair or simply appreciate extra comfort. The frames of these masks are compatible with our classic silicone AirFit mask cushions and our AirTouch memory foam mask cushions, allowing you to switch between the two as you please.

If you only experience skin irritation on the bridge of your nose, you might appreciate one of the small, under-the-nose silicone masks in our Minimalist and Freedom mask categories.

Please refer to the user guides for relevant information related to any contraindications, warnings and precautions to be considered before and during use of the products.

* Any quotations appearing on this page are creative works inspired by patient feedback and are not verbatim.

** This testimonial is a genuine and documented account of the individual’s response to treatment. Outcomes and results may vary, and this individual’s response does not provide any indication, warranty or guarantee that other people will have the same or a similar experience. Talk to your healthcare professional for further information.


  1. Weight AirFit P10 mask assembly, including headgear, excluding packaging: 46g. ID A3056947
  2. Sound power level of 21 dBA – refer to AirFit P10 and AirFit P30i user guides
  3. ResMed’s smallest nasal mask as of 15, November 2019
  4. Sound power level of 25 dBA – refer to AirFit N30 user guide
  5. ResMed external clinical study of 18 patients for 7 nights, conducted between 12/02/2019 – 25/05/2019 for AirFit N30, Data on file; ID A4547452.

Content last updated: 05/2024