The Best Cheap CPAP Cleaners (Under $100) on Amazon in 2018

CPAP cleaners probably aren't necessary.

If you have a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, ask your doctor how to clean it. You may learn that some machines can be cleaned with only soap, water and vinegar.

Many CPAP sanitizers use ozone or UV light. These are both effective methods for killing bacteria, but ozone is a respiratory irritant that can cause breathing problems. Meanwhile, UV light can't kill bacteria that lurks in the shadows.

The Mayo Clinic suggests cleaning a CPAP machine so that it functions properly, but the article makes no mention of health risks if you fail to do so. And even poorly-sanitized CPAP machines didn't significantly increase the risk of respiratory infections in sleep apnea patients, according to a 2016 peer-reviewed study. In the end, it's probably worthwhile to keep a CPAP machine clean, but not in an obsessive way.

If your doctor suggests purchasing a CPAP cleaner (or agrees that buying one is worth it to make life easier), here are the best-reviewed models selling on Amazon for less than $100:

Portable Mini CPAP Cleaner Disinfector CPAP Air Tubes Clean

Avg. Price: $46 | Bargain Price: $34

This is a travel-sized CPAP cleaner (case not included). Most Amazon customers were pleased with it, but some were disappointed that it does not clean CPAP masks. Others were put off by the smell of ozone.

Portable CPAP Cleaner for Mask and Equipment, CPAP Sanitizer by SolidCLEANER, Includes Sanitizing Bag, Compatible Heated Hose Adapter + Airmini Adapter

Avg. Price: $95 | Bargain Price: $90

SolidCleaner's CPAP sanitizer is simple to use, fast and effective, according to several Amazon customers who found the machine convenient. A couple of reviewers had trouble getting the sanitizer to work with their CPAP machine (or to work at all).

Denshine Portable Mini CPAP Cleaner Disinfector CPAP Air Tubes Mask Respirator Cleaning Sanitizer

Avg. Price: $48 | Bargain Price: $40

Denshine's CPAP sanitizer works well, according to several Amazon customers. Some reviewers found the smell of ozone off-putting and others complained that the machine's battery recharges slowly.

John DeFeo