SoClean 3 versus SoClean 2 – Side by Side Comparison

  • By Clay Rollyson
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So many CPAP users have used the SoClean 2 CPAP sanitizing system for years. It was the most simple and automatic method for keeping germs, bacteria, mold and other harmful things out of your CPAP Equipment. Now the SoClean 3 has launched and promises to be the new best option. In this blog we will compare and review the differences and similarities between the two systems. Additionally, we have some very informative links about the safety of Ozone and what the FDA has said about the use of SoClean at the bottom of this article.

Similarities of SoClean 2 and SoClean 3:

SoClean boasts that they have a safe and effective method for sanitizing your CPAP Equipment if used properly. Both the 2 and the 3 have features that ensure you are connected correctly, and that the Ozone is ventilated properly. This is important because ozone (ionized oxygen) can be harmful. Both SoClean models also allow you to run the ozone throughout the internal portions of the mask and tubing. This ensures that none of the bad stuff can hide in the crevices. Both are designed for the nightstand, and both connect directly to your CPAP Equipment.

Similarities Breakdown:

  • Nightstand location– Both are designed to be connected beside your CPAP Equipment. They both also need to be connected to power.
  • Ozone– The SoClean 2 and 3 both use ionized oxygen to kill the bad stuff.
  • Safety Features– The safety features of both are designed to keep the ozone where it is supposed to be.
  • Works internally– They both push the ozone through the internal components of the mask and tubing.

Differences of SoClean 2 and SoClean 3:

Obviously, since both models are in circulation there are reasons why CPAP users might choose one or the other. The differences between these two models will likely be the reason why you choose one or the other. For instance, SoClean 2 is the only one that moves ozone through the water chamber internally. While the SoClean 3 only does the mask and tubing. On another note, SoClean 3 is smaller and will take up less space on the nightstand. We all know how tight the nightstand can get.

Differences Breakdown:

  • Full ozone intrusion– The SoClean 2 connects to the CPAP humidifier. This allows the ozone to circulate from the water chamber all the way through the mask and tubing. The SoClean 3 only moves the ozone through the mask and tubing.
  • Dimensions– The SoClean 3 checks in at 7.5″ tall x 9.5″ wide x 7″ deep footprint. The SoClean 2 is 8.75″ tall x 7.25″ wide x 7.75″ deep.
  • Progress bar– You can see how far along the SoClean 3 is in its cleaning cycle visually on the top with the progress bar.
  • Safety lock– The SoClean 3 will not allow you to open the lid until the ozone has been reverted. Even if you stop the cleaning cycle.

Can Ozone be bad?

You do not want to breath in ozone. It can be harmful to you physically as well as to CPAP parts over time. However, SoClean stands behind the safety of their devices as long as you use them correctly. This means that you should only use their SoClean parts and follow proper setup and use instructions. However, with the SoClean 2 you will likely have ozone intrusion into the internal components of your CPAP machine. This may cause corrosion or early breakdown of plastic and metal parts. Likely causing a shorter lifespan for your CPAP device. In fact, most manufacturers do not recommend using ozone on their CPAP equipment. They typically recommend mild soap and water. The SoClean 3 does not allow ozone into the CPAP and does not cause this issue.

Click here to read the FDA warning on Ozone CPAP Cleaners

Click here to view FDA voluntary recall notice for SoClean

Click here to read about the use of Ozone on Food and water by NIH