If you're in the market for a home oxygen concentrator or a portable model, the array of choices you have might be a little overwhelming. We carry some of the best brands of oxygen concentrators and accessories, but you're probably wondering which is right for you. We're here to help you in any way we can, with our informational pages on our website and our sales representatives that are there to help you make the right selection.
Here is a comparison of two such brands – Invacare and Respirionics – comparing things like battery duration on portable models, electrical usage of home oxygen concentrators, flow rates at LPM (Liters Per Minute) and other important specifications. We want to help you make an informed decision on which brand and model is best for your needs.
Home Oxygen Concentrators
Invacare Perfecto 2V – Very small and sleek, at just 13 by 11.5 inches and 43 pounds. It uses 280 on the flow setting of 3 LPM, and the oxygen flow ranges from 0.5 LPM to 5 LPM. It's very easy to maintain and quiet, at 43 decibels.
Respironics EverFlo Q – This home concentrator has the same flow settings as the Perfecto, but it only weighs 31 pounds and is 23 inches high, by 15 inches wide. It also uses a maximum of 350 watts. The only maintenance you will need to do, is replace 2 filters every 2 years.
Invacare Platinum 10 – A high flow concentrator, which goes from 2 LPM to 10 LPM and uses an average of 585 watts. It has 2 cabinet filters, which will need to be replaced within 2 years, and even though it puts out more oxygen, it's not much bigger than the Perfecto.
Respironics Millennium M10 – This is just a little taller than the Invacare Platinum 10, but thinner. It uses the same amount of electricity, but ranges from 1 LPM to 10 LPM of oxygen, in 1 liter increments.
Portable Oxygen Concentrators
SimplyGo – With this Respirionics portable model, you get pulse dose settings between 1 and 6, in 12 mL increments, with continuous flow settings between 0.5 and 2 LPM in 0.5 increments. It weighs 10 lbs (including the battery). On the highest continuous flow setting, the battery will give you 1.3 hours of 100% mobility.
Solo – This Invacare portable concentrator also accommodates for continuous flow patients, with 1 to 3 LPM of continuous flow and settings of 1 through 5 pulse dose. This portable concentrator is also a little bigger and heavier, at 20 lbs with the battery, but it has more features. If you need oxygen therapy while you sleep, the SensO2 oxygen monitor makes this model a better choice. It also has around the same battery duration as the SimplyGo.
EverGo – This pulse dose only concentrator by Respirionics weighs 10 lbs, but the battery duration makes up for this, with up to 4 hours of 100% mobility on the setting of 2.
XPO2 - Invacares's pulse dose only portable model, with settings from 1 to 5 at 7.3 lbs. This concentrator uses a supplemental battery pack, instead of a battery that you can remove and charge outside of the concentrator.