The study compares the sensitivities of open-circuit airgap flux (OCAF) between a surface-mounted permanent magnet (SPM) machine and a spoke-type PM machine based on variations in airgap length including additional airgaps between permanent magnets and rotor core and between segmented stator cores to achieve high quality electric machines. Analytical equations deduced from magnetic equivalent circuits (MECs) are used to directly compare natural-born characteristics of the OCAF of the two machines. First, the MEC of each machine is modeled by considering two additional airgaps between the PMs and rotor core and between the segmented stator cores. Second, the OCAF equation of each machine is derived from the MEC to analyze the effects of the design variables on the OCAF. Subsequently, the partial derivative equation of the OCAF equation with respect to the airgap length is obtained for sensitivity analysis. A comparison of the equations of the two machines indicates that the spoke-type PM machine exhibits inherently higher sensitivity and average value of the OCAF when compared to that of the SPM machine. Finally, the results are validated via a two-dimensional finite element method (FEM) by considering the variations in airgap lengths.