This post was updated: 2/7/2020
Well, 2019 has wrapped up and I think we can all agree that it's be one crazy year, even in the oxygen industry... We've seen some groundbreaking technology get released, we've seen a couple of brand new concentrators get released, and that's just the tip of the iceberg when we look forward to 2020.
With the new units being released and the new technology being released, we want to take a look back on 2019 and look forward to 2020 with a review of the best portable oxygen concentrators on the market.
In this post we will cover the best overall pulse flow portable oxygen concentrator, the best overall continuous flow portable oxygen concentrator and then some "best in-class" units as well.
Here are the best portable oxygen concentrators for 2019-2020:
Best Overall Pulse Flow Portable Oxygen Concentrator: Inogen One G5
The Inogen One G5 was released in mid 2019, it has been a staple in the portable oxygen community since it hit the market. That's partly attributed to the Inogen name, but in all honesty, this portable oxygen concentrator is well built and extremely reliable.
What Makes the Inogen One G5 the Best Pulse Flow Portable Oxygen Concentrator?
The Inogen One G5 is almost in a class all of its own when comparing it to other units. It's small and light weight, it gets great battery life, and it's easily one of the most reliable portable oxygen concentrators on the market.
In fact, the Inogen One G5 is both smaller and lighter than the Inogen One G3 oxygen machine.
The single most important factor to consider when purchasing or renting a portable oxygen concentrator is the oxygen ouput of the machine. The Inogen One G5 offers the highest oxygen output of any pulse flow only portable oxygen concentrator.
It offers pulse flow settings 1-6 and it's equipped with intelligent oxygen delivery to ensure the machine detects your breath. This means the G5 will accommodate more oxygen patients with its large range of oxygen settings and it can also be used for nighttime oxygen delivery as long as you don't use a CPAP or BiPAP machine.
Size and Weight
The Inogen One G5 is one of the smallest and lightest units on the market today. With the single 8-cell battery the G3 weighs a mere 4.7 pounds and stands just 8.15" H x 7.19" L x 3.26" W.
When you're battling a respiratory disease like COPD or cystic fibrosis, the size and weight of your oxygen concentrator can make a huge difference on a daily basis. Larger, heavier concentrators can be difficult to transport and may require a lot of your energy, but not with the Inogen One G5. Weighing less than 5 pounds, the G5 requires very little energy from you to carry and it won't wear you out as easily as a 10 pound concentrator.
The G5 comes with a custom carrying case that is equipped with shoulder and handle straps for easy and convenient transporting. However, it also has an optional custom backpack available that can make using and transporting your concentrator more comfortable.
Battery life tends to be one of the most important deciding factors for our patients and the Inogen One G5 gets some of the best battery life on the market. It has two different battery options available, the single 8-cell battery and the double 16-cell battery.
The single 8-cell battery gets up to 5 hours of use on a single charge on a setting of 2 and keeps the Inogen One G3 at a true 4.8 pounds.
While the double 16-cell battery gets up to 10 hours of use on a single charge using a setting 2 and only adds 1 pound to the total weight of the machine.
With multiple battery options and up to 10 hours of use on a single charge, the Inogen One G3 is perfect for anything from everyday tasks to traveling across the country.
There were a couple other concentrators that came close to being named the best pulse flow portable oxygen concentrator, but the Inogen One G5 is the total package. Here are the two other concentrators that the G3 beat out for the title of "Best Pulse Flow Portable Oxygen Concentrator"
2nd Place- Inogen One G3
3rd Place- Respironics SimplyGo Mini
Best Overall Continuous Flow Portable Oxygen Concentrator: SeQual Eclipse 5
When it comes to continuous flow portable oxygen concentrators, they all have similar features and the unit specs are comparable across the board. So picking the top unit in this category wasn't easy, but the SeQual Eclipse 5 barely edged out its competitors.
What Makes the SeQual Eclipse 5 the Best Continuous Flow Poratble oxygen Concentrator?
The SeQual Eclipse has quietly risen to the top of our list this year. Mostly because of the SeQual Eclipes 5 being a true Personal Ambulatory Oxygen Sytem. Specifically, it has a high oxygen output in both pulse and continuous flow settings, it comes with an adjustable travel cart with a telescoping handle, offers CPAP & BiPAP functionality, and it's extremely durable concentrator that will meet your oxygen demands.
CPAP & BiPAP Compatible
Are you one of the many oxygen users who also leverages a CPAP or BiPAP machine?
Well with the SeQual Eclipse 5 you nightly routine will be simplified, thanks to SeQual making it extremely easy for you to use your CPAP or BiPAP machine in congruence with your oxygen therapy.
The SeQual Eclipse 5 offers both continuous flow oxygen delivery and pulse flow oxygen delivery meaning it can accommodate the majority of oxygen patients 24/7/365.
It offers continuous flow settings 0.5-3.0 LPM and pulse flow settings 1-9 making it perfect for everyday use, traveling, and anything in between! As stated above, you can use this machine 24/7/365 as long as you can plug it into the AC or DC power supply or as long as you have charged batteries.
When the SeQual Eclipse 5 is plugged into the AC or DC power supply it can provide you with an endless supply of oxygen, making it the perfect unit to use for your nighttime oxygen.
Size and Weight
When it comes to continuous flow units, the majority of them weigh over 15 pounds. This is because a larger compressor and motor are needed to produce a continuous flow of oxygen.
With that being said, the SeQual Eclipse 5 isn't the smallest or lightest continuous flow portable, but it's very similar in size to most continuous flow units.
Standing 19.3" H x 12.3" W x 7.1" D , the Eclipse 5 can fit underneath the seat on an airplane to make traveling as easy as possible. The included adjustable travel cart makes it so you never have to deal with the hassle of carrying your oxygen concentrator. And the foldable handle makes storing the Eclipse 5 on the cart a breeze.
The SeQual Eclipse can operate using one battery at a time. With the battery installed, the Eclipse 5 weighs in at 18.4 pounds.
With continuous flow portables you have two different battery ratings; one for pulse flow settings and one for continuous flow settings. When using the machine on continuous flow, the compressor and motor are constantly running, which uses more battery life.
The SeQual Eclipse 5 is one of the top continuous flow portables in terms of battery life. Here is a chart with the expected battery life of the SeQual Eclipse 5:
|Flow Rate||Pulse Flow Battery Life||Continuous Flow Battery Life|
|1||Up to 5.4 Hours||Up to 3.7 Hours|
|2||Up to 5.1 Hours||Up to 2.0 Hours|
|3||Up to 4.9 Hours||Up to 1.3 Hours|
|4||Up to 4.0 Hours||N/A|
|5||Up to 3.7 Hours||N/A|
|6||Up to 3.5 Hours||N/A|
|7||Up to 2.5 Hours||N/A|
|8||Up to 2.0 Hours||N/A|
|9||Up to 1.7 Hours||N/A|
Although there aren't as many continuous flow portables as there are pulse flow units, this was still a hard decision to make. Here are the two other machines that were in contention for the "Best Overall Continuous Flow Portable Oyxgen Concentrator":
2nd Place- Respironics SimplyGo
Best of the Rest!
Those are just two of the many portable oxygen concentrators that are available. And this post isn't meant to knock the other concentrators on the market. With that being said, here is a short list of portable oxygen concentrators that deserve consideration when you are in your decision making process:
- Best Overall Pulse Flow Portable Oxygen Concentrator:
- Best Overall Continuous Flow Portable Oxygen Concentrator:
- Smallest Pulse Flow Concentrator:
- Smallest Continuous Flow Concentrator:
- Pulse Flow Concentrator w/ Longest Battery Life:
- Continuous Flow Concentrator w/ Longest Battery Life:
- Pulse Flow Concentrator w/ Highest Oxygen Output:
- Continuous Flow Concentrator w/ Highest Oxygen Output:
Even though this post highlights the best portable oxygen concentrators of 2019-2020, you should be extremely objective when deciding which unit will work best for you. Your primary use of the concentrator should play a major role in your decision making process. Whether you plan to use your concentrator every day, for traveling only, or for special occasions you need to find the one that will best suit your needs.
We also have a couple different blog posts you can check out to help make it easier to find the best unit for you:
You can download our FREE portable oxygen concentrator comparison cheat sheet and easily compare every concentrator side-by-side. Or you can always give us a call and speak with a respiratory specialist to get all of your questions answered!