While its performance and design won’t blow away users of high-end air purifiers, the AeraMax 300‘s high quality air filtration system and specs make it a compelling option for users on a budget. Not all its features are immediately competitive against other brands, which holds the air purifier back from greatness. Today, we are happy to introduce to you the AeraMax 300 Review.
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- Great performance
- Better room coverage
- Accurate Smart Sensor
- Slightly quiet
- Quite high power consumption on highest fan speed
AeraMax is the proud child of Fellowes, an American family business that exists for more than 100 years in inventing 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). The AeraMax 300 is their flagship personal air purifier, and it has a very comfortable price tag to pay for. If you are interested, continue with our AeraMax 300 Review.
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AeraMax 300 Price
The international name of AeraMax 300 is AeraMax DX95.
AeraMax personal series of air purifiers may not have all the bells and whistles of top-range air purifiers, but they don’t have the price tag of a Rabbit Air MinusA2 or AIRMEGA 300S either. Each member of this family designed to meet the needs of particular room size, without breaking the bank, and in this regard they’re attractive devices.
AeraMax 300 is – the clue’s in the name – all for a large room of at least 300 square feet. It’s able to clean quicker than both the Levoit LV-PUR131 and Honeywell AirGenius 5, and in that regard it feels reminiscent of a old classic air purifier with core of fan power, rather than the flashy additional features.
But the AeraMax 300 is not just an air purifier that emphasizes in only the room coverage. That said, the AeraMax 300 has enough fancy features to please even the hardest person to buy it. It also has an air filtration system is nothing to turn the nose up at, and on paper it is impressive for a budget air purifier.
It is on sale worldwide, and you can find the AeraMax 300 with only $249 in Fellowes official website. The AeraMax 300 is just $30 higher than the AeraMax 200, and with nearly double the fan power, you will be more happy to buy this air purifier.
However, it doesn’t have such performance to compete with the trio of Winix, in the name of Winix C535, Winix 5300-2, or Winix 5500-2. They all have better fan power, while remain the powerful air filtration process and an attractive price tag. There will be the Coway AP-1512HH, AIRMEGA 200M and Honeywell HPA300, that always stay high in our list of best air purifiers. The list of competitors will go on forever, as this is the most aggressive segment in air purifier market.
So, why you should buy the AeraMax 300, if not only for the price? We will find out soon.
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AeraMax 300 Design and Size
Quick comparison for design of AeraMax 300 with AeraMax 100 and AeraMax 200.
|AeraMax 300/290/DX95||AeraMax 100/90/DX5||AeraMax 200/190/DX55|
The AeraMax 300 is a bulky device, especially when compare with the previous AeraMax 100 and AeraMax 200. Its 25-inch height and 16-inch width make the AeraMax 300 at least 1.5 times broader than the little brother, and that’s why it feels a lot more durable and sturdy. And yes, it’s important to have that feeling, especially when there are more and more negative reviews for the weak and low durability from AeraMax 200.
But this is still the core of the predecessor with a bigger size, in other words, the AeraMax 300 needs more material to build up. Here you are with the same plastic body, unmistakable base and an intuitive touch screen for controlling the air purifier. The plastic body still doesn’t feel as impressive or protective as the metal in Honeywell HPA300 or Blueair Sense+, but at least it feels solid enough to be in no danger if you drop it.
For the airflow concept, AeraMax 300 will stay for the classic bottom-to-top. You can find the intake air grill from both sides of this AeraMax 300, which is hidden behind the front plate. The outlet air grill, just like many common air purifiers like Honeywell HPA300 or Blue Pure 211, is on top of this AeraMax 300.
Also, the touch screen control panel is located on front of this air purifier.
The AeraMax 300 is the name of the more popular White version, and if you prefer the Black version, you should search for the AeraMax 290, or grab our link below.
The AeraMax 300 weighs 13.5 lbs, which is still lightweight enough to pick it up and move around your home.
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AeraMax 300 Filters
To decide the performance of one air purifier, the air filtration system is the most important factor. Generally, we will check both the quantity and quality of the air filters to decide its air purifier against the airborne pollutants. We also take the air filter types into account. The AeraMax 300, being the flagship of AeraMax personal air purifier family, uses the traditional 4-stage air cleaning system as below.
- Activated Carbon Filter – First, AeraMax 300 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.
The AeraMax 300 still brings the powerful True HEPA filter to the table, coupled with an antimicrobial treatment and of course, the PlasmaTrue technology. The materials to make this air purifier’s True HEPA filter are being the same with the previous AeraMax 100 and AeraMax 200, which is high-quality and dense enough to filter the tiniest particles. The antimicrobial treatment is comparable to what you get from the more expensive devices like Winix WAC9500 and Winix HR950.
In real-world conditions, the performance of this AeraMax 300’s ionizer is great, and there is very little difference between the AeraMax 300 and the famous Coway AP-1512HH, especially when they both share nearly the same fan power.
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 300 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.
I have higher expectation for this AeraMax 300. This time, I pushed the limit of this air purifier in a room of 200 square feet, and let it run continuously in 1 hour. I also made a comparison with the Honeywell 50250, Levoit LV-PUR131S, Blueair Sense+ and Coway AP-1512HH. The result, the Coway AP-1512HH was the best performer, with an efficiency of trapping 99.95% any airborne particles down to 0.3 microns. The AeraMax 300 and Honeywell 50250 were only 99.93%, and the Levoit LV-PUR131S dropped to only 99.7%.
The AeraMax 300, however, doesn’t have the best bang for buck when mentioning the air filter cost. You need to pay $53 for a True HEPA filter that lasts 1 year, while the Coway AP-1512HH is only $45 and the Honeywell AirGenius 5 costs you only $17 for a permanent air filter.
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AeraMax 300 Room Coverage
Quick comparison for room coverage of AeraMax 300 with AeraMax 100 and AeraMax 200.
|AeraMax 300/290/DX95||AeraMax 100/90/DX5||AeraMax 200/190/DX55|
|Room coverage (sq ft)||600||100||400|
|CADR – Dust (cfm)||196||65||129|
|CADR – Pollen(cfm)||191||68||126|
|CADR – Smoke (cfm)||188||75||124|
The AeraMax 300 stands out from the rest of the AeraMax personal family for its massive room coverage. The manufacturer is confident to suggest the room size for this air purifier from 300 square feet to 600 square feet. This is even larger than the Blue Pure 211 or Honeywell HPA300 could do, but is that really true?
The ACH of AeraMax 300 is 3X-5X. The AeraMax 300 can clean a room of 300 square feet 5 times per hour, meaning it will exchange the air every 12 minutes at the maximum.
The CADR of AeraMax 300 is 196 Dust/ 191 Smoke/ 188 Pollen (cfm). The CADR rating of this AeraMax 300 has improved a lot from the predecessors, but it is still weaker than air purifiers from other brands. To achieve the rate of 99.97% performance, you need to run this air purifier for a longer time.
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AeraMax 300 Sound
The AeraMax 300 is quite better than the previous AeraMax 100 in terms of the noise. And from the Amazon reviews’ perspective, I can believe we finally have one silent air purifier from the brand of AeraMax and Fellowes.
The range of noise level for this AeraMax 300 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. At the lowest setting, this is only the noise level of the library, and I bet that you can hear any sound from this AeraMax 300.
So to say, I suggest using this AeraMax 300 in any places that you demand the silence, may it is your office, or your bedroom.
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AeraMax 300 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 300 can reduce the rated power to only 6 watts for the lowest setting, which impresses me exactly like how low the power consumption of AeraMax 200 is. However, if you run this air purifier on highest speed, you will experience the power consumption to be 86 watts, which is even higher than the Winix 5500-2 or Honeywell HPA200. I recommend you to always set the Smart Sensor on, as it will help keep the air purifier run mostly on low speed, and reduce the overall power consumption.
But for many people who don’t look much in the specifications, you should know that the AeraMax 300 gained Energy Star rating for being energy efficient.
For running the AeraMax 300 8 hours per day, you need to pay $0.2 to $31 annually.
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AeraMax 300 Additional Features
AeraMax 300 is an air purifier with lots of additional features. It is reasonable, as in low-range segment, all air purifiers must use their selling points to compete against each other. The AeraMax 300, staying in the $200 range, does not surprise me with just exactly the same features like a $100 AeraMax 100.
Undoubtedly, you still have the Smart Sensor, named AeraSmart, of this brand in the AeraMax 300. In the end, this is one of the signature names that Fellowes set for their products. The Smart Sensor is always necessary in either the low-range devices or even the most high-end air purifiers. It automatically detects the current indoor air quality, then adjusts the fan power to match the situation the most. This functions is featured in many Asian air purifier brands, like Winix, Coway or Sharp.
AeraMax 300 also features the 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 HPA300, or Quick Clean Mode in Sharp FP-A80UW 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 300 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.
Though the AeraMax 300 can’t be sold for attractive design, its biggest selling point is also its finest feature: the fan power that is better than the predecessors. You may think it isn’t enough to match other popular air purifiers in the world, right? But the AeraMax 300 provides such high-quality air filtration system, and to be honest, the anti-microbial coating is truly precious in this price range. So to say, this air purifier is still a great option to think about when you need a cleaning solution for a much large room.
- Cleaning Power
- Power Consumption
With more than 675 reviews on Amazon, the AeraMax 300 is a credible option with 73% of 5-star ratings.