The AeraMax 200 is a valuable upgrade and it offers the unbelievable Smart Sensor and still manages to tick off all the other aspects you’d want from a fantastic budget air purifier. Problem is, you either want the AeraMax 300, or pay less with the AeraMax 100. That’s why the AeraMax 200 is the most unpopular one of the three, and you will find out the reason in our AeraMax 200 Review.
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- Great performance
- Better room coverage
- Accurate Smart Sensor
- Slightly quiet
- Quite high power consumption
- Not a worthy upgrade from AeraMax 100
AeraMax is the air purifier brand name of Fellowes, an American family business that exists for more than 100 years, with advanced technology in not only the air purifier industry, but also many important office accessories. Their name even reaches outside of border of the U.S, with 17 subsidiaries worldwide. All of their air purifiers have achieved the Asthma and Allergy Friendly Certification, from Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America organization (AAFA). So, get ready for the AeraMax 200 Review.
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AeraMax 200 Price
If you are looking for an air purifier that doubles the suggested room size of the well-known AeraMax 100, this air purifier is for you. The AeraMax 200, right at its name, is capable of dealing with 200 square feet. But this room coverage puts the AeraMax 200 in a ridiculous situation, as it is too excessive for the normal personal bedroom use, and is too small for a standard living room.
To solve the problem, Fellowes has reduced the price of this AeraMax 200 a lot, from the original of $269, to somewhere near $189. Also, you will always find a better deal in our link below.
The AeraMax 200 is still a formidable air purifier, but only for the very old products like Blueair Classic 203, Honeywell HPA160 or Honeywell HFD-120-Q. Seriously, if you know the presence of something like Coway AP-1216L, Winix C535, Winix 5300-2, or Winix 5500-2, the AeraMax 200 simply has no choice to compete against.
As deep as the price of AeraMax 200 has dropped down, it is a more viable option to buy. But will you spend $30 more just for a quicker cleaning process?
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AeraMax 200 Design and Size
The international name of AeraMax 200 is AeraMax DX55.
Generally, an air purifier with more fan powerful will need more space inside, to both keep the bigger fan as well as broader air filters. To achieve the necessary size, Fellowes approaches in a new direction for the design concept, which is more similar to the usual concept of portable air purifier, rather than the tower concept of AeraMax 100.
Most air purifiers under $200 don’t have a full metal body, and this is also the case of this AeraMax 200. Other people who see you using this air purifier, won’t find any difference than the Levoit LV-PUR131 or GermGuardian AC5900 at all.
With a height of 20.5 inches, the AeraMax 200 is shorter than its brothers. However, with the width of 13 inches, we will have a feeling that it is bigger than the previous AeraMax 100 a lot. But this is only a matter of perspective, as the AeraMax 200 is not heavier than AeraMax 100. It weighs only 9.9 lbs, such weight that you can pick it up easily.
The air flow system concept of AeraMax 200 switched to the common bottom-to-top. That said, this air purifier will pull in the polluted air from both sides, and release the fresh air on top outlet air vent. Because the AeraMax 200 is quite short, this concept is the most proper way to direct the fresh air toward the user. It is also the most popular air flow system, widely used from the Honeywell HPA300, Coway AP-1512HH to Blue Pure 211.
You can also find the usual control panel on front of this AeraMax 200.
The AeraMax 200 is the name of the White version. If you prefer the Black color option from AeraMax, you should look for the AeraMax 190, which is available both in Amazon and the original website of Fellowes.
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AeraMax 200 Filters
When we decide to buy an air purifier, we need to know about the filtration process and what types of air filters are used. The AeraMax 200 continues the tradition in AeraMax family, with the typical 4-stage air cleaning system as below.
- Activated Carbon Filter – First, AeraMax 200 uses an Activated Carbon filter to act as a pre-filter, and can capture both large particles and household odors, pet odors, cooking odor and cigarette smoke.
- True HEPA filter – Next, all airborne contaminants must rest in the True HEPA filter of this air purifier, with a high efficiency of trapping 99.97% of any particles as small as 0.3 microns like pollen, ragweed and other allergens, viruses, germs, dust mites, mold spores, and pet dander.
- AeraSafe Antimicrobial Treatment – The built-in protection right in the surface of its True HEPA filter, to prevent the growth of odor-causing bacteria, mildew, and fungi.
- Plasmatrue Technology – This is one kind of ionizer, which creates an ionized field to help safely remove airborne pollutants. Can be switched on/off.
With a bigger-sized True HEPA filter, what could we anticipate from the next-gen AeraMax 200? Well, I have experienced many True HEPA filters, and sometimes they are just for marketing purpose. The True HEPA filter from AeraMax 200 is good, but it is just exactly the kind of AeraMax 100. However, it is still one of the best True HEPA filter you could get for the price, with an antimicrobial treatment. It helps the AeraMax 200’s filter to last up to 12 months.
For the Plasmatrue Technology, it is just another ionizer to improve the performance of AeraMax 200. Like many air purifiers in the budget segment, the combination of both True HEPA and ionic filters is the selling point of this AeraMax 200. You know, two is always better than one, right?
There are many studies show that the ionizer is a main reason for emitting ozone, which can irritate asthma and many other breathing issues. The AeraMax 200 is certified both by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, to comply the standard ozone emission concentration of less than 0.05 ppm. You still can turn off the Plasmatrue function anytime you like.
The AeraMax 200 is supposed to be better than the previous AeraMax 100, so I put in a much larger room – up to 150 square feet. This air purifier needs to clean more spaces, in only the same 1 hour. I added many air purifiers to compare with the AeraMax 200, like the GermGuardian AC5250PT, SilverOnyx, PureZone Elite, Honeywell HPA200 and of course, the Coway AP-1512HH. As you can see from the chart below, the Coway AP-1512HH is truly the best air purifier, with an absolute efficiency of trapping 99.97% for any particles as small as 0.3 microns. Our today AeraMax 200, falls deeply below the race, with only the efficiency of 99.8%.
For the filter cost, AeraMax 200 is still the best bang for buck you can get. It is only $42 for a True HEPA filter with antimicrobial treatment, something the Winix WAC9500 will charge you for $80 or more.
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AeraMax 200 Room Coverage
Like any others in the AeraMax family, the name of AeraMax 200 implies that it can clean a room of 200 square feet. In fact, the manufacturer suggested that you can use this air purifier for a room size of up to 400 square feet.
The ACH of AeraMax 200 is 3X – 5X. If you use the AeraMax 200 in exactly 200-sq-ft room, this air purifier can clean your room every 12 minutes.
The CADR of AeraMax 200 is 129 Dust/ 126 Smoke/ 124 Pollen (cfm). The CADR rating of this AeraMax 200 is even weaker than the Levoit LV-PUR131, so you can’t expect this air purifier to clean your room very fast.
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AeraMax 200 Sound
The AeraMax 200 is quite better than the previous AeraMax 100 in terms of the noise. But this is mostly for the first use test, and I have read a lot of negative reviews for the unbearable sound. Some people even called it “the whining noise”. So far, I need to use this air purifier for at least one month, and I will update my review as soon as possible.
The range of noise level for this AeraMax 200 is measured from 35 decibels to 55 decibels (db), which is quite normal for a portable air purifier. Even on highest fan speed, the noise level is just like the normal conversation at home, and you won’t be annoyed with that sound.
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AeraMax 200 Power Consumption
One of our most FAQs is “Do air purifiers use a lot of energy?” In fact, air purifier must be used for a long time to be efficient. And power consumption is one important criteria to review if this air purifier is good or not.
The AeraMax 200 can reduce the power rated to only 6 watts for the lowest setting, which really impresses me. However, if you run this air purifier on highest speed, you will experience the power consumption to be 62 watts. This is still lower than how Winix 5500-2 or Honeywell HPA200 will cost you, though.
If you use the AeraMax 200 8 hours per day, you need to pay $0.2 to $23 annually. This is a fair maintenance fee for purifying your indoor air, right?
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AeraMax 200 Additional Features
With so many surprises for the previous AeraMax 100, I don’t expect much from this AeraMax 200 to bring more additional features to use. So far, you still have this kind of Smart Sensor, to automatically adjust the fan speed that meet the required indoor air quality. For an air purifier that cost you nearly $200 (see the original price), the Smart Sensor is really popular and thus, not a selling point for the AeraMax 200 anymore.
AeraMax 200 has an unique Aera+ Mode, which is the only button that you need to increase the air turnover rate, and clean your room much faster. This function is somehow like the Turbo Mode from Honeywell HPA200, or Quick Clean Mode in Sharp FP-F50UW or Sharp FP-F60UW.
You will also have one filter replacement indicator, to tell you exactly when you need to change your True HEPA filter.
AeraMax 200 Customer Service
Fellowes is a long-history brand in the U.S, and one of the most reasons for their popularity is the great customer service. You can expect the full support from Monday to Friday, via phone at 800-955-0959 or via live chat in their FAQ page.
They don’t provide Free Shipping, but the ship will only be within one to two business days of being placed. You can return or exchange your air purifier within 14 days of receipt. Orders may be subject to a 20% restocking fee and all shipping and handling charges are the responsibility of the customer. If you discover what you believe is a product defect, you need to contact the support within 48 hours of delivery. Fellowes will investigate the claim and notify the freight company of the damage, then they will process the the replacement if possible.
About the warranty, all AeraMax air purifiers are covered by a 3-year warranty. It is enough for you to trust in the name of AeraMax.
AeraMax 200 is a decent performer for the price, and it seems the air purifier can easily be broken after extensive use. Right now, I can only suggest you to upgrade to the AeraMax 300 for a real performance.
Should I buy AeraMax 200?
Maybe, but if you need a better performance, the AeraMax 300 will suit you more.
- If you have serious allergies or asthma to airborne pollutants: the AeraMax 200 is powerful with both the high-quality True HEPA filter and the ionizer.
- If you want a better performance, or better fan power to clean your room faster: you should look for the Winix C535, Winix 5300-2 or Winix 5500-2. The Winix WAC9500 and Honeywell HPA200 also have better fan than this AeraMax 200.
- If you need an air purifier with a better room coverage: you can choose the SilverOnyx, Alen Paralda or Alen T500 with manufacturer’s suggested room size of 500 square feet. Or you can buy the Blue Pure 211, as it can clean a room of 540 square feet.
- If you need a budget version of this air purifier: you should opt in for the AeraMax 100, or search for the Honeywell HFD-010.
- If you need a more silent air purifier: the AeraMax 200 is quite noisy with the ionizer on, so you should buy the Levoit LV-PUR131 or InvisiClean Aura instead.
- If you care about the annual filter cost and energy cost: the Coway AP-1512HH is a better option for you.
- If you love the additional features: you can select between the GermGuardian CDAP5500BCA, Honeywell HPA250B, Levoit LV-PUR131S and Blueair Sense+ for both the Smart Wifi connectivity and Smart Sensor functions.
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- Power Consumption
Only buy this AeraMax 200 if you find a better deal for it, otherwise skip it.