If you or someone you love has recently been diagnosed with sleep apnea, the next step in the journey to more restful sleep is likely to obtain a CPAP unit. If you’re still unsure about what a CPAP machine is, or how to use it, we recommend checking out our What is CPAP article. If you’re here because you’d like to learn about CPAP machine prices, keep reading below!
How Much Does a CPAP Machine Cost?
CPAP cost estimates vary significantly based on the model and on your insurance plan. It’s also important to consider that you’ll need more than just the CPAP itself – you’ll need a tube, mask, filters, etc.
To give you an idea of CPAP machine prices, here are some guidelines:
- For a CPAP unit without accessories, expect to pay between $600 and $1200+
- For a CPAP unit with all necessary accessories, expect to pay between $800 and $1500+
- For a high-end CPAP unit with high-end accessories, you can expect to pay up to $3,500 or more.
To give you an example, here’s a sample cost for the ResMed S9, a very popular CPAP machine (see our ResMed S9 AutoSet review for more info).
ResMed S9 AutoSet CPAP with Humidifier – ~ $800
Heated Tubing – ~ $40
AirFit P10 Nasal Mask w/ Headgear – ~ $100
Total cost: ~ $940 + tax
Keep in mind that these prices do not factor in insurance, so you’re unlikely to pay these high of out-of-pocket costs if you have decent insurance.
Also, keep in mind that these prices are for CPAP units, not BiPAP, which are generally more expensive. See our CPAP vs BiPAP article for more info.
How Much is a CPAP Machine Without Insurance?
If you are uninsured or under-insured, you might be worried about not being able to afford a CPAP. The prices above can seem intimidating, but keep in mind that the CPAP itself will last for many years, and will potentially improve your life drastically.
For patients without insurance, a good CPAP cost to budget for is $800-$1200 for a mid-range setup. You may be able to find used equipment for cheaper, as well. Speak with your doctor about your options. For example, my first CPAP unit I bought used from the medical facility that conducted my sleep study. For around $600, I was able to get a (used) ResMed S9 with new accessories – a humidifier, heated tubing, mask, etc. This saved me around $300 over the full CPAP machine cost at retail.
If you’re really on a tight budget, you may be able to rent a unit. Many online CPAP retailers also provide financing options.
Does Insurance Cover CPAP Units?
Generally speaking, if you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and your doctor has recommended CPAP therapy, then yes, insurance should cover a CPAP unit for you. That said, each provider and plan has different rules, so it can be somewhat complicated.
For instance, some insurers require you to rent a unit for a designated period of time before they will let you buy one. Others will cover machines, but only up to a certain cost. The best way to get the exact details of what your plan will or will not cover is to call your insurance provider. Alternatively, if your sleep doctor also sells equipment, you can speak with their billing staff, who should be able to look up insurance pricing for you if you provide them with your insurance card.
Where is the Cheapest Place to Buy CPAP Units?
In general, buying from online retailers is cheaper than buying from brick-and-mortar businesses. With that said, each method has pros and cons. Online you’ll get better prices, but often you’ll have to bill your insurance provider on your own, whereas a full-service medical shop might do that for you.
Regardless of where you buy from, make sure it’s from a reputable company and from an authorized reseller of the CPAP equipment.
We hope you now have a better idea of CPAP machine costs, and can start budgeting for your unit. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!