The AIRMEGA 300S was a huge gamble from Coway, yet one that really paid off six months into our testing. A huge jump from the previous low-range air purifiers, with mid-range to high-range cost, premium design and a bunch of new Smart features. It totally replaced the Coway AP-1511FHE, which is designed to reach the high-end level, but will never achieve it. By far, we finish our AIRMEGA 300S Review to help Breathe Quality’s readers know if they should buy this air purifier or not.
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- Great air filtration process
- Premium, strong design
- Large room coverage
- Well-built than previous devices
- Smart App Features
- App receives many negative reviews
- High cost filter replacement
The air purifier giant in Korea – Coway is truly the king of East in the industry of air cleaning. Just like Samsung with Apple, Coway has everything in their hands to head on any other air purifier brands with long history like IQAir, Blueair or Austin Air. They put much efforts in the new AIRMEGA brand, both in technical features and marketing promotion. The AIRMEGA 300S is no longer the flagship of this brand, but it always is the beginning of a stunning concept. Now, you should be ready for our AIRMEGA 300S Review.
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AIRMEGA 300s Price
Coway themselves is calling it the future of the air purifiers, the embodiment of what it’s been trying to achieve for many decades. And they have good reasons to back up the ideas, as AIRMEGA 300S has an undeniable beauty, as well as lots of high-end features that will create an all-new experience for Coway fans.
And the AIRMEGA 300S is exactly the air purifier we’ve been demanding from a well-known brand for years, a world away from the increasingly-tired designs that many others keep repeating. For that change, the AIRMEGA 300S charges us a lot more for the privilege, which we have never seen in any previous Coway devices. However, we all want to know if the AIRMEGA 300S is worth having or not.
The AIRMEGA 300 (the no-app model) starts at $549, while the AIRMEGA 300S will cost you at least $649. The price of the AIRMEGA 300S is exactly the same with the next no-app model AIRMEGA 400. Although it’s expensive for sure, you can use our Amazon deal below for a great 30% OFF right now.
This price is also the region of the Blueair Classic 405 and Blueair Classic 480i. And don’t forget our champion for the best air purifier – the Rabbit Air MinusA2. All three air purifiers are the best devices you could get for the price, with unmatched performance and Smart features as well. If you demand the best customer service for your air purifier, both the Alen BreatheSmart and Alen BreatheSmart FIT50 should be your next purchase.
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AIRMEGA 300S Design and Size
As I’ve already mentioned, Coway has taken a fresh approach to design with the AIRMEGA family. An air purifier with unique design that we will definitely realize as a device from AIRMEGA.
We can’t see any familiar old parts in this AIRMEGA 300S, being the iPod-shape of Coway AP-1512HH or the traditional tower design in Coway AP-1216L. What you will sense when having an AIRMEGA 300S for the first time is that this is a premium air purifier. It feels more expensive, with a brighter tone color, as well as a intuitive light alert right at the center of AIRMEGA 300S.
Instead of using a stand, this AIRMEGA 300S has 4 legs, which give us a feeling of stable and solid build. Also, the air purifier is mostly built from metal, and I don’t feel that it could be broken by anything.
Compared with the AIRMEGA 400S, this air purifier is slightly smaller with only 21.2 inches in height and 13.6 inches in both depth and width. However, such slight changes don’t make us more difficult in using AIRMEGA 300S than its brother. In day to day use, I can easily touch the control panel on top.
Talking of the air flow design concept, AIRMEGA 300S uses a 360 Degree air intake grills. However, unlike the previous air grills of Coway, the grills of AIRMEGA 300S consists of small holes to increase the resistance against the large objects. This concept is similar to another Korean brand, with their Winix C535, but this is the only part we can compare between these air purifiers. AIRMEGA 300S is, of course, at a much higher level.
On top of this AIRMEGA 300S, this company has made a bigger air outlet grill that covers almost the whole top. There is only a small on/off button from the right and two reset buttons on the left. Coway truly wants their flagships to be easy to use.
The AIRMEGA 300S is about 21.4 lbs, which is not the kind of air purifier you can bring anywhere in the world. However, for normal day-to-day using, you can move this air purifier without any trouble.
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AIRMEGA 300S Filters
Coway is always proud of their air cleaning system, which consists of at least 4 different air filters. Normally, to decide the performance of one air purifier, we always look at the number of its air filters and the air filter types are used first. But like I said earlier, the AIRMEGA 300S is a huge gamble from this brand. Not only it has a new design concept and a brand new name, it has only an all-in-one air filter.
- Pre-filter – First, the AIRMEGA 300S still use a powerful washable pre-filter, which is available to help you capture large objects of contaminants. Remember to dry the pre-filter in the shade before re-installing it.
- Max2 filter – A combination of both Activated Carbon Filter and True HEPA filter, this filter can both capture up to 99.97% of airborne particles 0.3 microns. It also reduces more than 99 percent of volatile organic compounds and reduces fumes such as NH3 and CH3CHO.
Actually, the concept of all-in-one air filter is not new. Blueair has used in since their very first beginning, and even the new American brands like Alen and Levoit all favor using the all-in-one air filter.
Source: Coway website
Now, the flagships of Coway are using the Max2 filter, which remains the same high quality from the previous True HEPA filter of this company, as well as improves the Activated Carbon filter. On to day-to-day use of the AIRMEGA 300S, this air filter stacks up more and more impurities, and I can breathe easier thanks to it.
For a strict test, I choose the Blueair Classic 405 and Alen BreatheSmart to test the AIRMEGA 300S. Because both the non-wifi AIRMEGA 300 and wifi-enabled AIRMEGA 300S are using the same internals, I believe that the performance test can be used for both devices.
My testing conditions: A room of 400 square feet, running in one hour.
With a room coverage way much smaller than what Coway advertised, the AIRMEGA 300S scores an efficiency of 99.95% trapping any allergens as small as 0.3 microns. This is also the same efficiency I measured from the Blueair Classic 405. The Alen BreatheSmart is down to only 97.5%, and if you try the Alen BreatheSmart FIT50 in the same test, its efficiency is only 94%.
AIRMEGA 300S uses exactly the same quality air filter as its brother – the AIRMEGA 400S. Maybe this is the top reason why the air filter cost is too high, up to $99. For an air filter that is only good for one year, will you scream in pain? But wait, the Blueair Classic 405‘s filter cost is $59, but needs to be replaced after 6 months. As you can see, $99 is just $0.2 you pay per day for your cleaning air. That’s decent, right?
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AIRMEGA 300S Room Coverage
AIRMEGA 300S has larger room coverage than any previous air purifiers from this brand, with 1256 square feet to use. That’s quite large, but in a high-range level where all air purifiers are for large room, it makes sense.
Remember that the room coverage is only for 2 air changes per hour. If you use this air purifier in a room of 628 square feet, the ACH rating will double to 4X.
The CADR of AIRMEGA 300S is again not told in the manual. But through many tests, I recorded a reliable CADR of 300 Dust/ 270 Smoke/ 330 Pollen. For a room coverage of 1256 square feet, this CADR rating is quite insufficient, and the AIRMEGA 300S will need more time to clean the room.
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AIRMEGA 300S Sound
Coway has a good tradition at keeping their air purifiers operate in silence. To achieve that, this company always uses smaller fan, and sacrifice the fan power for the low noise level.
On the lowest fan speed, AIRMEGA 300S has a very low noise level of 22 decibels, which is exactly the noise level of rustling leaves. This is even better than the ultra silent operation of the Rabbit Air MinusA2.
Even if you are running on the highest speed, the noise level is only 52 decibels (db), and because the AIRMEGA 300S produces white noise, you can easily sleep while running this air purifier.
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AIRMEGA 300S Power Consumption
One of our most FAQs is “Do air purifiers use a lot of energy?” The fact is you need to use air purifier for a long time to be efficient. It is especially important for the large room air purifiers, as they always have big fan and need more energy to operate.
The power consumption of our AIRMEGA 300S is only 57 watts, which is quite reasonable to use. Actually, in this price range, others like Blueair Classic 405 and Alen BreatheSmart consume nearly the same energy as the AIRMEGA 300S.
So to say, if you run the AIRMEGA 300S 8 hours per day, it would cost you $21 each year.
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AIRMEGA 300S Additional Features
The keyword for any modern high-end air purifiers is “Smart”. AIRMEGA 300S is not an exception, as it is one of the most progressive air purifiers at the moment. And we will see if this air purifier is truly what Coway should be applauded for or not.
First is the real-time air quality monitor of this AIRMEGA 300S, which is indeed the Smart Sensor, and will detect the indoor air quality every minute. Below is all the statuses of the LED ring that Coway show you how clean or dirty your indoor air is.
Moreover, AIRMEGA 300S will switch to the Auto Mode, and automatically adjust the fan speed according to the room’s current air quality. For example, if your room’s air quality is very unhealthy, AIRMEGA 300S will run on highest fan speed to clean the room faster. Otherwise, it will keep on the lowest speed for the good air quality.
Coway also the only brand features the Eco Mode, a signature name for all Coway products. When the air quality in the room remains purified for 10 minutes or more in Eco Mode, AIRMEGA 300S will completely turn the fan off to conserve energy. This is a very smart concept, and only for the brand with a very accurate air sensor like Coway to utilize. Therefore, we can think of the Eco Mode as the unique selling point of all Coway products.
Just like any high-end devices, the Smart Wifi connectivity function is another plus for this air purifier. With the IOCare app, you will get the real-time air quality notifications, set the unit timer and even activate the air purifier remotely when connected to Wifi. Notice that the AIRMEGA 300 edition won’t have this feature.
Finally, you have a manual Sleep Mode, which is in fact running the AIRMEGA 300S in the lowest fan speed. The indicator for filter replacement works great, too.
AIRMEGA 300S Customer Service
As one of the top electronic brands in Korea, Coway is somehow as huge as Samsung. This brand not only carries out clean innovations for the customers, Coway also delivers their direction as Coway Trust. That’s why Coway always strongly focus on their customers and community. With global subsidiaries and regional dealerships that serves over 60 countries, you should believe in the 3-year warranty for every product from Coway brand.
Moreover, you can contact them via phone at 800-285-0982, or via email at email@example.com. Normally, they will try to contact you back within 24 hours.
The design of Coway AIRMEGA 300S is sleek, and the features are so, so good. This air purifier is exactly the first step Coway take into the high-range market, and that is the new standard they have set.
Should I buy AIRMEGA 300S?
Yes, the AIRMEGA 300S is the new direction of Coway air purifiers, and I think this direction has proved its best.
- If you have serious allergies or asthma to airborne pollutants: the AIRMEGA 300S is powerful with True HEPA filter.
- If you want a better performance, or better fan power to clean your room faster: you can look for the Austin Air HealthMate, Austin Air Allergy Machine, Austin Air Pet Machine or the Airpura H600 for higher CADR ratings.
- If you need an air purifier with a better room coverage: the Austin Air Pet Machine are better with 1500 square feet. The Airpura H600 and Airpura I600 can even clean a room of 2000 square feet.
- If you need a budget version of this air purifier: you can look for the Honeywell HPA250B or Winix HR1000, for both smart features and great air filtration process.
- If you need a more silent air purifier: the AIRMEGA 300S is truly silent for the price.
- If you care about the annual filter cost and energy cost: the AIRMEGA 300S is one of the most saving options for you.
- If you love the additional features: this AIRMEGA 300S has all the additional features that you would love.
- Cleaning Power
- Power Consumption
One of the most exciting air purifiers till now. If you are happy to spend for this AIRMEGA 300S, then you won’t be disappointed.