The Best Cheap CPAP Cleaners of 2019

CPAP cleaners probably aren't necessary.

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

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 that have sold for $200 or less in the past 12 months:

Buyer Beware

Amazon stopped selling many CPAP cleaners and sanitizers, including every model that I originally mentioned in this article. One of these delisted CPAP machines has reappeared for sale under various brand names like Moocoo and Denshine. The reviews for these units appear to be legit, but Amazon may be purging all CPAP cleaners that use ozone. 

Good Price: $190 | Great Deal: $144

Many Amazon customers are confident that Sani Bot's sanitizer is effective at cleaning their CPAP apparatuses. Some reviewers wish that the machine had a bigger wash basin (so that masks and hoses could be washed at the same time). Unhappy customers didn't like how much time it took to wash every piece of their machine.


John DeFeo