DeVilbiss IntelliPAP Standard CPAP Machine Review

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The DeVilbiss IntelliPAP Standard is a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine manufactured by Drive Medical. CPAP machines are designed for individuals with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) to ensure that they breathe properly throughout the night. 

The IntelliPAP Standard comes in a travel-friendly size and includes an automatic start system with up to 45 minutes of ramp time as well as an optional integrated heated humidifier. Sleepers can also choose to use the SmartLink Therapy Management System to access detailed information about their therapy. 

We’ll break down the machine’s performance, discuss how it compares to other IntelliPAP models, and review what factors you should consider before purchasing to help you decide whether the DeVilbiss IntelliPAP Standard is right for your needs.

Look & Feel

A white plastic case, backlit LED screen, and gray control buttons give the IntelliPAP Standard a modern appearance. The humidifier tank is positioned beneath the machine to ensure an extra-small footprint.

Ideal For

  • CPAP users who travel frequently
  • People who experience dry airways when using CPAP machines without a humidifier
  • Light sleepers looking for an ultra-quiet CPAP machine

Who Should Keep Looking

  • Customers looking for advanced features such as pressure relief during exhalation 
  • CPAP users who prefer automatic pressure adjustment
  • People who require a bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP) machine

Other Models in the IntelliPAP Series

  • IntelliPAP Standard Plus: The IntelliPAP Standard Plus includes the features of the IntelliPAP Standard as well as SmartFlex exhalation pressure relief.
  • IntelliPAP AutoAdjust: The IntelliPAP AutoAdjust is an automatic positive airway pressure (APAP) machine with all the features of the IntelliPAP Standard Plus.
  • IntelliPAP 2 AutoAdjust: The successor to the IntelliPAP AutoAdjust has an advanced humidification system, an improved algorithm, and Bluetooth connectivity.
  • IntelliPAP AutoBilevel: The bilevel version of the IntelliPAP AutoAdjust offers automatic pressure adjustment for both inhalation and exhalation.
  • IntelliPAP Bilevel S: The IntelliPAP Bilevel S includes the features of the Standard Plus while delivering programmed pressure levels on inhalation and exhalation.

What You Need to Know About the DeVilbiss IntelliPAP Standard CPAP Machine

The DeVilbiss IntelliPAP Standard is a CPAP machine that delivers a programmed level of air pressure to keep the user’s airways open during sleep. 

An optional integrated heated humidifier adds heated water vapor to the pressurized air, providing a more comfortable experience and helping to prevent next-day airway dryness or irritation. 

Those who struggle to fall asleep at full pressure can use the ramp settings, which slowly increase the pressure as the user falls asleep. The ramp time can be set in 5- to 45-minute increments. The machine also includes an automatic start and automatic altitude adjustment that works up to 9,000 feet in elevation.

Despite being compact enough for use while traveling, the IntelliPAP Standard is also robust enough for daily use. The humidifier tank fits beneath the body of the machine rather than the side, giving the IntelliPAP a smaller footprint than many of its competitors.

What Comes With It

In addition to the machine itself, DeVilbiss IntelliPAP Standard comes with an 8-foot power cord, four filters, and an expandable carry case with room for both the machine and accessories. An instruction book and informational DVD are included to help users set up and use their new machine. 

Customers can also choose to purchase the IntelliPAP Standard with an integrated heated humidifier tank. 

PAP Type: CPAP

Components:

  • Foam and ultra-fine filters
  • Expandable carry case
  • 8-foot power cord
  • Instruction book
  • DVD user guide
  • Optional: heated humidifier tank

Features You Might Like

The DeVilbiss IntelliPAP Standard has a range of programmed and optional features such as an integrated heated humidifier tank and access to Drive Medical’s therapy management system. 

Many people find it difficult to fall asleep at their prescribed air pressure level. To combat this, users can program the IntelliPAP Standard to slowly ramp up the air pressure, which allows them to fall asleep more easily while still receiving the correct pressure level during sleep. The ramp time can be set in 5- to 45-minute increments. 

The IntelliPAP Standard starts automatically when the user breathes into their mask and automatically stops when the user removes their mask. The air pressure level also automatically accounts for elevation up to 9,000 feet, meaning when the machine detects changes in elevation, it automatically adjusts to continue delivering the user’s prescribed air pressure level. 

All sleepers have access to Drive Medical’s physician-friendly SmartCode compliance tracking, which makes it easy to submit to insurance providers that require proof of compliance. Users can also subscribe to the SmartLink Therapy Management system to receive detailed information about their PAP therapy’s effectiveness. 

The IntelliPAP Standard can be purchased with an integrated heated humidifier tank that fits beneath the machine. The humidifier does not require a separate hose or power cord. 

Special Features:

  • Up to 45 minutes of ramp time
  • Automatic start and stop 
  • Automatic altitude adjustment up to 9,000 feet
  • SmartCode compliance tracking
  • The AirSense 11 AutoSet’s algorithm is able to detect breathing problems like central sleep apnea, Cheyne-Stokes respiration, and respiratory effort-related arousal.

Customization Options:

  • Can be purchased with a heated humidifier tank
  • Users can subscribe to Drive Medical’s SmartLink Therapy Management for detailed information on their therapy

CPAP Machine Size and Cost

The IntelliPAP Standard has a smaller footprint than many of its competitors, particularly those with an integrated humidifier. The unit itself is taller than it is wide, and the optional humidifier tank sits beneath the unit to avoid expanding its footprint more than necessary. However, the humidifier does add just over two inches to the unit’s width. 

The IntelliPAP Standard weighs 2.7 pounds without the humidifier tank and 4.45 pounds with the unfilled humidifier tank. While the IntelliPAP Standard is heavier than most travel CPAP machines, it is smaller and lighter than most standard models. 

The IntelliPAP Standard’s price-point is comparable to many machines with similar features and less expensive than most dedicated travel CPAP machines. However, purchasing the IntelliPAP Standard with its integrated humidifier tank will add to the overall cost, as will subscribing to the SmartLink Therapy Management system. 

Dimensions: Unit only: 4.2” x 6.5” x 6.9” / With humidifier tank: 6.4" x 6.5" x 8.4"

Weight: Unit only: 2.7 lbs. / With humidifier tank: 4.45 lbs.

Price: $545

How This CPAP Machine Performs

There are many factors to consider when determining if a CPAP machine is right for you. Different aspects of a CPAP machine’s performance may be more or less important to you depending on your needs and preferences. 

Is This CPAP Machine Easy to Use?

The IntelliPAP Standard’s backlit LED screen and large button controls make it easy to use. However, some people may need to wear their glasses in order to read the screen. The controls themselves are intuitive, and the included instruction book and DVD guide offer clear directions for using the machine. 

How Compatible Is This Machine With Other PAP Products?

The IntelliPAP Standard is compatible with all CPAP masks and headgear as well as all standard tubing. Since the machine has an optional integrated heated humidifier, it may not work with accessory humidifiers or similar products. The IntelliPAP Standard also lacks Bluetooth connectivity and will not work with accessories that require this feature. 

What Do the Pressure Settings Look Like?

CPAP air pressure is measured in centimeters of water pressure (cm H2O), and the IntelliPAP Standard has a range of 3 to 20 cm H2O. The average air pressure prescription is 10 cm H2O, so the IntelliPAP Standard’s pressure range is likely to be sufficient for most users.  

Is This CPAP Machine Noisy?

At 26 decibels, the IntelliPAP Standard is one of the quietest CPAP machines in its price range. Even very light sleepers are unlikely to be bothered by the noise, making the IntelliPAP Standard an attractive choice for users who find other CPAP machines too noisy. 

Are There Air-Temperature and Humidity Controls?

Users who choose to purchase the optional heated humidifier can control its temperature level within a 10-point range. The lowest setting is approximately 84 degrees Fahrenheit, while the highest is approximately 149 degrees Fahrenheit. The heat level also controls the level of humidity, so users should adjust the heat level depending on their room temperature and the ambient humidity level to prevent moisture buildup in the tubing. 

What Do Maintenance and Care Look Like?

Drive Medical suggests that users rinse the humidifier tank and clean the tubing daily. The tank can be deep cleaned on a weekly basis, and users should wipe down the unit as needed. The foam filter should be checked every 10 days and washed if necessary, and the optional fine particle filter should be replaced if it shows evidence of dirt or damage. 

How Portable Is This CPAP Machine?

The IntelliPAP Standard is exceptionally portable for a standard CPAP device, thanks to its light weight and small footprint. The automatic altitude adjustment works up to 9,000 feet above sea level, and the machine can be used worldwide with an appropriate plug adapter. The machine also comes with a protective carrying case that can be expanded to hold accessories. 

What Do Customers Have to Say About the DeVilbiss IntelliPAP?

The DeVilbiss IntelliPAP is popular among its users, with many reporting that it’s the first CPAP machine that worked well for them or the only machine they would consider using. Users also praise the machine’s thoughtful design, reliability, and portability. 

Those who upgraded to other IntelliPAP models stated that they were happy with the IntelliPAP Standard and only upgraded to get the features offered by the higher-end model. 

Users did report that the water tank sometimes leaks, as the design leaves more room for user error than competitor models. 

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What Do Customers Have to Say About the ResMed AirSense 11 AutoSet?

Customer reviews for the ResMed AirSense 11 AutoSet have been very positive, with many experienced CPAP users reporting that they found the AirSense 11 AutoSet more intuitive to use than their previous model. ResMed’s myAir app also earned praise thanks to its clear data visualization and ease of use. 

Although customers have reported that the humidifier tank for the AirSense 11 is easier to clean than that of the AirSense 10, some have found it difficult to know for certain whether the tank was reinserted correctly. The AirSense 11 is also a relatively new product, so there is a lack of data on how well it continues to perform over time.

Trial, Warranty, and Shipping Policies

AvailabilityDrive Medical does not sell the DeVilbiss IntelliPAP Standard directly to individuals, but it is available in both online and brick-and-mortar CPAP retailers. As CPAP machines require a prescription for purchase, the IntelliPAP Standard is not available from Amazon or other general retailers.
ShippingShipping policies differ between online retailers. Many offer free shipping for purchases above a certain cost, particularly for customers within the contiguous U.S.

If you do not want to wait to receive your machine or pay for shipping, purchasing from a brick-and-mortar CPAP retailer may also be an option.
Sleep TrialThe IntelliPAP Standard does not offer a trial period. As return policies differ between retailers, it’s important to read each retailer’s policies before making your purchase.
WarrantyDrive Medical offers a three-year warranty for both the DeVilbiss IntelliPAP Standard and the optional humidifier tank. The warranty covers defects that occur under normal use and does not cover misuse or ordinary wear and tear.

Medical Disclaimer: This content is for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice. Please consult a health care provider prior to starting a new treatment or making changes to your treatment plan.