Best Travel CPAP Machines in 2024: A Complete Guide

Dec 01, 2023
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Ensure restful sleep while traveling with our comprehensive guide to choosing the best travel CPAP machines.
Written by: Lauren Sherman, MS
Medical Reviewer: Elizabeth U. Lyda, RRT
Editor’s Pick
ResMed AirMini Autoset Travel CPAP Machine
Bluetooth connection to user-friendly app
Built-in waterless humidification
30-day risk-free trial
Best Lightweight
Transcend Micro Auto CPAP Machine
Smallest and lightest machine on this list
Multiple power source options
Free shipping
Best Value
Breas Z2 Auto CPAP Machine
Compatible with any mask
Affordable price
Free shipping
Least Expensive
Apex XT Auto CPAP Machine
Quiet operation
Built-in power supply
Auto-adjusting technology for in-flight use
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If you’re one of the roughly 30 million people with sleep apnea,1 you may use a CPAP machine at night. These machines work with a CPAP mask and use gentle air pressure to keep breathing passages open while you sleep. But what should you use when you travel?

Travel can bring culture and adventure to people of all ages and provide numerous physical, mental, and emotional benefits that contribute to healthy aging. Recent research highlighted how tourism can enhance cognitive function and improve mental health in older adults.2  Still, lugging your CPAP machine along on your trip might seem inconvenient. That’s where travel CPAP machines come in.

These portable models are smaller and lighter than standard CPAP machines, and they’re often designed with extra features to ensure you get the most out of your travel experience, whether you’re traveling by car, train, or plane. When our Reviews Team surveyed 600 CPAP users in July 2023, 30% of respondents reported using their regular CPAP machine when they travel, while just over 21% said they use a travel CPAP machine.

Quality sleep is essential for our overall well-being, which is why our Reviews Team researched the best travel-friendly CPAP machines, so you can prioritize your health and well-being during your adventures.

The best travel CPAP machines of 2023

  1. ResMed AirMini Autoset Travel CPAP Machine: Editor’s Pick
  2. Transcend Micro Auto CPAP Machine: Best Lightweight
  3. Breas Z2 Auto CPAP Machine: Best Value
  4. Apex XT Auto CPAP Machine: Least Expensive

The best CPAP machines for travel

ResMed AirMini Autoset Travel CPAP Machine

Editor’s Pick
Price: $773.50
Noise level: 30 decibels (dB)
Weight: 10.6 ounces (oz)
Warranty: Two years
Why we chose it

Weighing less than a pound, the ResMed AirMini is highly portable. We chose it as our “Editor’s Pick” CPAP machine for travel due to its compact size, advanced features, and positive reviews.

Pros and cons
Pros Bluetooth connection to user-friendly app Built-in waterless humidification 30-day risk-free trial Free express shipping FAA approved Cons Relatively higher price Must be plugged in (no battery) Only compatible with ResMed masks

During our research, we found most users were happy with their purchase and the therapy they received from the ResMed AirMini, especially due to the features that enhance its usability and convenience:

  • Bluetooth connectivity: With Bluetooth, you can connect your machine to the AirMini app on your smartphone or tablet, enabling you to track your therapy data (time of use, number of apnea events, and mask seal strength), adjust pressure and mode settings, and receive feedback with a nightly sleep score.
  • Pressure modes/range: The ResMed AirMini offers a wide pressure range, which accommodates a variety of therapy needs. It can deliver continuous positive airway pressure, as well as auto-adjusting pressure (APAP) based on the user’s breathing patterns and prescription. APAP mode was designed for people whose sleeping patterns change during sleep and delivers lower pressure upon exhalation, often making it more comfortable for the user.
  • AutoRamp technology: This technology can help you fall asleep easier because it starts out at a lower, more comfortable pressure while you’re awake and adjusts up to prescribed levels once you have fallen asleep.
  • Waterless humidification: HumidX keeps your airways from drying out without adding water. It’s achieved by inserting special filters into the mask and is available with four of the five mask kit options offered by ResMed.
  • In-flight use: The ResMed AirMini is FAA-compliant for use on airplanes. Since this model requires a power source, consider requesting a seat near an outlet. If you’re traveling internationally, ask your airline in advance if you should bring an adapter.
Additional information

At $999–$1,349, this is the most expensive machine we reviewed, with the price depending on the mask you select. It’s important to note only ResMed masks are compatible with this machine. The five kits to choose from all come with humidification cartridges, tubing, and a mask. If you’re unhappy with your purchase, ResMed offers a rare 30-day, risk-free trial.

Customer reviews

ResMed has 4.3 out of 5 stars on Trustpilot with more than 4,500 reviews, as of December 2023. Customers repeatedly mentioned excellent customer service and quick attention to repairs or replacements when necessary.

On Google, the AirMini specifically has 4.5 out of 5 stars, with positive reviews praising the quality of therapy, quiet function, and the convenience of the waterless humidifier component. One reviewer noted how it fit in his shirt pocket, making it an effective travel machine. Complaints primarily focused on masks from other brands not being compatible, and while some people thought the machine was quiet, others complained it was louder than other machines they’ve used.

Customer service

To reach ResMed customer service, call 800-424-0737 Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. PT, or use the “Contact Us” form to submit your inquiry.

Transcend Micro Auto CPAP Machine

Best Lightweight
Price: $860
Noise level: 27 decibels (dB)
Weight: 7.7 ounces (oz)
Warranty: Two years
Why we chose it

The Transcend CPAP machine takes the title of “Best Compact” travel CPAP machine due to its incredibly small size and lightweight design—it’s the approximate size and shape of a baseball. This machine is specifically built for travel, making it exceptionally portable and easy to pack. Despite its compact size, it offers a wide pressure range of 4–20 centimeters of water (cmH20) This is the unit of pressure based on the pressure head of water. It’s most commonly used to measure breathing on respirators and ventilators.. , allowing for personalized therapy. Plus, its multiple power-source options make it ideal for use on an airplane.

Pros and cons
Pros Smallest and lightest machine on this list Multiple power source options Add-on accessory for quiet operation Compatible with any mask Drying mode Free shipping FAA-approved Cons Limited built-in features compared to larger CPAP machines Requires additional accessories for humidification or battery operation No trial period

The Transcend Micro Auto CPAP comes with the following features:

  • Portable power options: The optional battery pack and solar charger make this machine versatile for use in different travel settings, especially where you may not have access to an AC outlet. The P8 battery lasts for two nights and costs an additional $319. You can also purchase a solar charger for $250 that will charge the P8 battery with the sun (even in low-light settings), so it’s great for weeklong camping trips or other extended time away from electricity.
  • EZEX Pressure Relief: During exhalation, this function provides automatic reduction in pressure, which may make it more comfortable. This is a similar feature to the APAP mode setting on the AirMini.
  • Gentle rise: This is an auto ramp feature, which lets you fall asleep to a lower, more comfortable pressure that ramps up gradually once you’re asleep. You can also adjust this feature, so you can set specific ramp times or even turn it off.
  • Bluetooth connectivity: The MySleepDash app offers guided setup, setting adjustments, and records data, allowing users and health care professionals to monitor therapy progress.
  • Drying mode: You can remove built-up moisture inside the machine and tubing by activating a 30-minute “drying mode” cycle in the morning. This helps it stay dry and can reduce contamination.
  • WhisperSoft Muffler: This is an accessory placed in line with the tubing, so it functions like a muffler and reduces the sound of air passing through the tubing.
Additional information

This machine does not come with waterless humidification, like the AirMini, but you can add the Transcend AirMist accessory for $18.95 for the same result.

Customer reviews

As of December 1, 2023, customer reviews for Transcend are minimal. The brand isn’t rated by Trustpilot and can’t be found on the BBB.

On Google, the machine has 4.3 out of 5 stars, with users praising how small it is and generally agreeing it’s an efficient machine for travel. It was also noted how quiet it is, even without the muffler. One negative review complained they didn’t like the fact you have to buy the humidifier separately.

Customer service

To reach Transcend customer service, call 866-978-9481, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT. You can also visit the “Contact Customer Care” section to fill out an online inquiry form.

Breas Z2 Auto CPAP Machine

Best Value
Price: $799
Noise level: 26 decibels (dB)
Weight: 10.5 ounces (oz)
Warranty: Two years
Why we chose it

We gave the Breas Z2 Auto CPAP Machine the title of “Best Value” due to its affordability and helpful features. This machine provides exceptional value for those seeking a cost-effective yet high-quality CPAP solution.

Pros and cons
Pros Affordable price Q-lite muffler included to decrease noise Compatible with any mask Voltage converter unnecessary for international travel FAA compliant Free shipping Cons User interface is less intuitive compared to other models Bulkier compared to other compact travel machines No free trial period Not approved for use with supplemental oxygen

The Breas Z2 Auto CPAP comes with the following features:

  • Bluetooth connectivity: The Nightlog app lets you adjust settings on your machine and view and download sleep-tracking data to share with your physician.
  • Auto-adjusting pressure: This function uses advanced algorithms (a Breas algorithm called Z-Breathe) to automatically adjust the pressure based on the user’s breathing patterns. It will reduce pressure upon exhalation in order to be more comfortable for the user. This APAP functionality is in all of the machines in our review. Additionally, this machine can also be used with fixed pressure (standard CPAP) settings.
  • In-flight pressure adjustment: The Breas Z2’s auto-adjusting pressure has you covered on land and in the air. On airplanes, it automatically adjusts to the cabin’s pressure.
  • Auto start/stop: The machine detects when you put on or remove your mask and starts or stops accordingly.
  • Ramp feature: Like the other machines in this review, the Breas Z2 allows the user to fall asleep at a lower pressure setting, then gradually ramps up the pressure once you have gone to sleep.
  • Waterless humidification: Similar to how the AirMini has waterless humidification, this machine comes with a humidifier cartridge, allowing users to enjoy the benefits of added moisture during therapy without needing to search for water.
  • Rechargeable battery option: When fully charged, the rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides one night’s use.
  • Ultra-quiet operation: At 26 decibels (for reference, 30 decibels is like a whisper), the AirMini is the quietest machine on our list.
  • Automatic voltage conversion: The power supply converts any voltage ranging from 100–240 volts; you just need the proper plug for the country you visit.
Additional information

This machine is not quite as tech-savvy and easy to use as the first two on our list, with some reviewers complaining the interface isn’t always user-friendly. It’s also larger than both the AirMini and Transcend Mico, but it still offers a well-reviewed portable option for a decent price.

Customer reviews

Since the company is not profiled on Trustpilot or BBB, online reviews are hard to find.

On Google, the Breas Z2 Auto has 4.1 out of 5 stars. Reviewers liked its portability, with some even commenting how they could use it every day, while negative reviews were primarily about it being a noisier machine (despite it being a low-decibel machine) and with some complaining functionality could be better.

Customer service

Call 855-436-8724 for sales or technical support, or email sales at or technical support at

Apex XT Auto CPAP Machine

Least Expensive
Price: $449
Noise level: 28 decibels (dB)
Weight: 28.2 ounces (oz)
Warranty: Two years
Why we chose it

We ranked the Apex Medical XT Auto Portable CPAP Machine as the “Most Affordable” on our list because it’s a cost-effective and versatile solution for your sleep apnea therapy while traveling. In our Reviews Team’s CPAP survey, price was one of the top five considerations when purchasing a CPAP machine for over 60% of respondents.

Pros and cons
Pros Affordable price Auto-adjusting technology for in-flight use Quiet operation Built-in power supply Cons Heavier than other travel models Humidification attachment is bulky No DC converter or battery option No app

The Apex XT Auto comes with the following features:

  • Pressure Variation Algorithm: Designed to relieve discomfort during exhalation, it works by automatically reducing pressure, making it easier to breathe out, similar to other APAP operation modes.
  • Built-in power supply: With this model, you don’t have to deal with an external power brick. While this means you don’t have to carry around an extra accessory to power your CPAP, you do have to plug it into the wall, so make sure to have an extension cord if needed.
  • Ramp feature: Like the other options on this list, this model offers a ramp feature that gradually increases pressure after falling asleep to prescribed levels over a 45-minute duration.
  • Automatic altitude adjustment: If you need to use your CPAP on a plane, this feature will adjust pressure for different altitudes.
  • Optional heated humidifier: Designed to prevent dry mouth and throat, this accessory comes as a tank that attaches directly to the machine. Unfortunately, it requires the addition of water and adds quite a bit of bulk.
Additional information

While this machine collects data, it does not have an app, so your information is stored on an SD card, which can be inserted into a computer. For some, the lack of an app could be a deal-breaker.

Customer reviews

Apex has limited reviews online and doesn’t have a presence on BBB or Trustpilot.

On Google, the Apex Medical XT has 4.2 stars out of 5. While most reviewers found it a suitable machine for travel with good function, negative reviews centered on the humidifier being bulky and the pressure being too high at times.

Customer service

Apex doesn’t offer many ways to contact them for assistance. You can visit the brand’s website and fill out an online request form, or you can message the company through LinkedIn. No phone number or email address is provided on the website.

The company is in the midst of a merger with Wellell, which has its own website. Wellell can be contacted by calling 714-671-3818 or filling out an online request form.

How to choose a travel CPAP machine

When choosing a travel CPAP machine, there are several things you should take into account to ensure you find the right fit. Here are some important factors to think about:

How to purchase a travel CPAP machine

Do I need a prescription?

It’s required to have a prescription for a CPAP machine, including travel CPAP machines. A prescription ensures the machine is set to the appropriate pressure levels for your specific needs. Consult with your health care provider to obtain a prescription for a travel CPAP machine.

Will insurance cover the cost of a travel CPAP machine?

The coverage of a travel CPAP machine by insurance varies depending on your insurance provider and specific plan. Some insurance plans may cover part or all of the cost of a CPAP machine, including travel models if it’s deemed medically necessary. In our survey, 56% of respondents reported using Medicare or private health insurance to help pay for their CPAP machines. It’s advisable to contact your insurance provider directly to ask about coverage and any necessary documentation. If you already own a standard-size CPAP machine, insurance companies are unlikely to also cover an additional travel model.

Read our full guide to learn more about Medicare coverage of CPAP machines.

Where can I buy a travel CPAP machine?

You may purchase a travel CPAP machine at a medical supply store or online through the manufacturer’s website or a medical supply retailer. Here are three reputable medical supply websites:

  1. Oxygen Concentrator Store
  2. RespShop
  3. Apria Direct
  4. SleepDoctor

Payment options

ResMed, Transcend, and Apex accept all major credit cards, and both ResMed and Transcend accept PayPal as well. Those three brands also offer financing. Breas doesn’t sell its CPAP machines on its website and instead refers customers to online and local retailers.

Medicare and some private health insurance policies may cover a portion of your CPAP machine. CPAP machines are always eligible for payment through FSA/HSA accounts.

Comparison of best travel CPAP machines, as of December 2023

Provider Price Weight Dimensions in inches (L x W x H) Noise level (decibels) Warranty (years) Visit Site
$773.50 10.6 oz 5.4 ″ x 3.3″ x 2.1″ 30 2 Check Price
$860.00 7.7 oz 3.6″ x 3.6″x 2.4″ 27 2 Check Price
$799.00 10.5 oz 6.5″ x 3.3″ x 2.0″ 26 2 Check Price
$449.00 28.2 oz 5.7″ x 5.1 ″x 3.9″ 28 2 Check Price

How to travel with a CPAP machine

Traveling with a CPAP machine requires some preparation and adherence to certain guidelines. Here’s a guide on how to travel with a CPAP machine and the essential items to bring along:

By following these guidelines and ensuring you have the necessary items and accessories, you can travel with your CPAP machine comfortably and maintain your sleep therapy routine while away from home.

Bottom line

Travel is important to the health and happiness of older adults, many of whom require the use of a CPAP machine to treat sleep apnea. We know untreated sleep apnea leads to many negative health effects. It has been linked to high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack/stroke, obesity,4 and dementia.5 Fortunately, there are several well-reviewed, affordable options for travel-specific models.

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Frequently asked questions

Generally, a CPAP machine does not count toward your carry-on limit when flying. It’s considered a medical device and allowed as an additional carry-on item. When traveling, make sure to carry your CPAP machine in a case. You can store it in the overhead bin or below your seat.

Yes, travel CPAP machines are designed to work as effectively as standard CPAP machines. They provide the necessary therapy and pressure settings to treat sleep apnea while offering a more compact and portable design for travel convenience.

Many travel CPAP machines can be used daily, despite being made for travel. Like standard CPAP machines, they are designed to provide consistent and reliable therapy for sleep apnea patients. But some travel CPAP machines may lack certain features, like humidifiers. Depending on your needs and preferences, it may be best to use your portable CPAP machine only when you travel.

The lifespan of a travel CPAP machine can vary depending on usage, maintenance, and the specific model. On average, travel CPAP machines can last five years with proper care and regular maintenance.

In most cases, you can use your regular CPAP mask with a new travel CPAP machine. But it’s important to ensure compatibility between the mask and the specific model of the travel CPAP machine. It’s recommended to consult the manufacturer or your health care provider to confirm compatibility or consider purchasing a mask specifically designed for travel CPAP machines if needed. Not all machines accommodate all masks.

In general, you can use a travel CPAP machine on a plane if it’s FAA-approved for in-flight use. Check to see if your model uses FAA-compliant rechargeable lithium batteries as well. Keep in mind that different airlines may have specific requirements, so it’s best to check with your airline before arriving for your flight.


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  2. CPAP Survey. 600 respondents. Conducted using Pollfish. Launched July 25, 2023.
  3. Berg, Sara. What Doctors Wish Patients Knew About Sleep Apnea. American Medical Association. April 1, 2022. Found on the internet at
  4. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Certain Philips Respironics Ventilators, BiPAP Machines, and CPAP Machines Recalled Due to Potential Health Risks: FDA Safety Communication. June 2, 2023. Found on the internet at
  5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sleep and Chronic Disease. Last Reviewed: Sept. 13, 2022. Found on the internet at
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Lauren Sherman, M.S., is a health content writer with a master’s degree in human genetics from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center, laboratory experience from National Jewish Health, and clinical experience from Children’s Hospital Colorado.
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Elizabeth U. Lyda Medical Reviewer
Elizabeth Lyda, RRT, holds a bachelor of science degree from Empire State College and associate of science degree with a certificate in Respiratory Care from Mansfield State University, and has been a respiratory therapist since 1983. She was named Respiratory Therapist of the Year in 2007 from the University of Rochester and remains licensed in the state of New York.
Kathleen Cameron
Kathleen Cameron Reviewer
Kathleen Cameron, BSPharm, MPH, has more than 25 years of experience in the health care field as a pharmacist, researcher, and program director focusing on falls prevention, geriatric pharmacotherapy, mental health, long-term services and supports, and caregiving. Cameron is Senior Director of the NCOA Center for Healthy Aging, where she provides subject matter expertise on health care programmatic and policy related issues and oversees the Modernizing Senior Center Resource Center.
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