Portable vs Stationary Concentrators: Which is Right for You?

When you’re considering which kind of concentrator is right for you, oxygen output is a big determining factor. The more oxygen you require, the bigger the tank you may need. The amount of oxygen you need is usually prescribed by your doctor and measured in liters per minute. After determining the amount of oxygen output you’ll need, there are other things to consider before making your decision.

Your Lifestyle

Examine your lifestyle, weigh the pros and cons of getting the portable machine, the stationary machine, or both. How will you be using your concentrator? How do you want it to improve your life? Where do you spend most of your time? These are all questions you should be asking yourself.

Oxygen machines do require some financial investment and should be carefully researched and fully understood before purchasing. You may want to talk with others in a similar situation to yours. What has worked well for them? Getting firsthand knowledge of how a machine works and fits into certain lifestyles could help you determine which is best for you and your lifestyle.

Portable Oxygen

A portable oxygen concentrator or POC offers users more freedom and flexibility. These machines are light, battery changed and designed to be easy to carry around. Because these concentrators are small and lightweight, they do not always offer the same level of oxygen flow as stationary concentrators.
Smaller machines are a great choice for your if mobility is your goal and they meet your oxygen needs. Discuss your specific needs with your doctor before committing to any machines. POCs do fit well into a more active lifestyle.

Exercise has proven to improve COPD patient’s breathing. They allow you to leave the house, exercise and even travel while still breathing easy.
Some POC machine may have a limited amount of oxygen they can deliver, while others take from the oxygen around them and thus have an unlimited supply. This is another important determining factor to consider before purchasing.

At Home Oxygen

At home oxygen may be the right choice for you if you require a heavier dosage of oxygen therapy. Stationary concentrators are typically heavier but still can allow portability within a home. You don't need to feel tried down to a specific spot or room. Though they are not as mobile as POCs, they are not bulky or entirely immobile. These machines are designed for practical and comfortable use.

At home concentrators are reliable, a well-maintained machine can last a long time with little, if any, problems. Stationary machines are very safe to use and can last for decades.


You may find that both a POC and a stationary machine are best for you. The combo can give you the reliability and accessibility to oxygen you need at home, while the POC can give you the freedom and flexibility you need when you leave the home. Consider when and how often you would use both before purchasing.