Posted on by Sam Singh

So whats the deal?

We all face this choice from time to time whether to purchase the factory original or an aftermarket equivalent product. You probably already knew this, but there is an important difference between both.

The difference between the two is that OEM part is often times made by and for the manufacturer of the CPAP, BIPAP, or sanitizer machines, and the aftermarket equivalent parts are similar, but they are not made by the OEM manufacturer.

OEM parts are the exact same parts that come with your machine and are sold under the OEM brand name. Aftermarket parts, however, are designed by a third-party and sold under different brand names.

The aftermarket parts can function better than OEM parts in some cases when the aftermarket manufacturer improves the design in some aspect. Another benefit of the aftermarket is that they are often sold with price savings over the OEM version.

Research into the aftermarket manufacturer is very important. For example, Profoam sells an aftermarket cartridge filter compatible with the Soclean 2 machines. These filters on average sell for 1/3rd the price of the OEM equivalent filter. We at CPAPfix believe the Profoam is an extremely high-quality replacement part. 

The pros and cons of OEM vs Aftermarket CPAP products are clear:

OEM

 

Aftermarket

 

Pros

Cons

Pros

Cons

  • Easy and Simple Choice
  • Higher Costs
  • Lower Costs
  • Potentially worse product
  • Quality Guaranteed

 

  • Potentially a higher quality product

 

 

So whats the deal?

We all face this choice from time to time whether to purchase the factory original or an aftermarket equivalent product. You probably already knew this, but there is an important difference between both.

The difference between the two is that OEM part is often times made by and for the manufacturer of the CPAP, BIPAP, or sanitizer machines, and the aftermarket equivalent parts are similar, but they are not made by the OEM manufacturer.

OEM parts are the exact same parts that come with your machine and are sold under the OEM brand name. Aftermarket parts, however, are designed by a third-party and sold under different brand names.

The aftermarket parts can function better than OEM parts in some cases when the aftermarket manufacturer improves the design in some aspect. Another benefit of the aftermarket is that they are often sold with price savings over the OEM version.

Research into the aftermarket manufacturer is very important. For example, Profoam sells an aftermarket cartridge filter compatible with the Soclean 2 machines. These filters on average sell for 1/3rd the price of the OEM equivalent filter. We at CPAPfix believe the Profoam is an extremely high-quality replacement part. 

The pros and cons of OEM vs Aftermarket CPAP products are clear:

OEM

 

Aftermarket

 

Pros

Cons

Pros

Cons

  • Easy and Simple Choice
  • Higher Costs
  • Lower Costs
  • Potentially worse product
  • Quality Guaranteed

 

  • Potentially a higher quality product

 

 

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