AeraMax 200 AeraMax 300
The Fellowes AeraMax 200 and AeraMax 300 air purifiers are made by the Fellowes company and contain True-HEPA filters that can remove 99.97% of air borne particles that are as small as 0.3 microns.
The AeraMax series of air purifiers are very popular and come with an impressive selection of quality and safety certifications, as well as endorsements from organisations that actively promote the interests of those who suffer from asthma and allergies.
The AeraMax 200 and AeraMax 300’s certifications and endorsements include:
- Certified by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
- Certified by AHAM, with formal CADR ratings supplied
- Certified as ozone-safe by the California Air Resource Board
The AeraMax 200 and 300 models look very similar and most of their features are exactly the same, but there are some small differences that you need to consider before deciding which one to buy for your home or office.
This is my side-by-side comparison review of the Fellowes AeraMax 200 and AeraMax 300 air purifiers and I hope that you find the information useful.
AeraMax 200 vs AeraMax 300 at a Glance
|Feature||AeraMax 200||AeraMax 300|
|Coverage Area (sq. ft.)||200 - 400||300 - 600|
|CADR Ratings (D,P,S)||129 / 124 / 126||196 / 188 / 191|
|HEPA Filter Life||up to 12 months||up to 12 months|
|Carbon Filter Life||up to 3 months||up to 3 months|
|Filter Change Indicator||Yes||Yes|
|Dimensions||20.50" x 13" x 7.13" |
|25.13" x 16" x 8.13"
|Warranty||Limited 3 Years||Limited 3 Years|
|Price||Check Latest Price||Check Latest Price|
AeraMax 200 vs AeraMax 300 – Similarities
1. The AeraMax True-HEPA & Carbon Filters
Both AeraMax air purifiers come fitted with True-HEPA filters and an activated carbon filter.
A True-HEPA filter must be able to remove at least 99.97% of airborne particles that are as small as 0.3 microns and the AeraMax 200 and AeraMax 300 air purifiers both reach those standards.
In addition to the True-HEPA filter, they also both come with a layer of activated carbon that is designed to remove some of the larger particles and gaseous odors that the HEPA filter cannot deal with.
Both machines have also been given a formal Clean Air Delivery Rating (CADR), which means that they have been tested in laboratory conditions and found to deliver the clean air rates that are specified in the comparison table above.
The CADR numbers indicate how the machines perform at removing dust, pollen & smoke particles.
The difference between the 200 model and the 300 model is reflected in the fact that the AeraMax 300 air purifier can handle larger room sizes than the AeraMax 200 (see below).
2. AeraSmart Sensors for Automated Performance
One of the best things about these air purifiers is that you don’t need to keep changing the speed settings all of the time. You can if you want but, for those of you that prefer an easy life, the AeraMax 200 and 300 both come with AeroSmart sensors.
The AeroSmart sensors measure the quality of the air in your room and will then automatically adjust the speed settings to suit those conditions. If the air quality is bad, the machine will work harder to remove those troublesome particles and if the air quality is good, it will slow down and take it easy.
Aside from saving you a job, these automatic sensors help to keep your electricity bills down and preserve the life of the filters, because you won’t be running the machine at too high a setting unnecessarily.
The light on the front of the unit will also change from green to orange to red, depending upon the air quality.
There is also an Aera+ Mode for use at peak allergy times or if you have periods of very poor air quality. This mode boosts the clean air turnover rate by 35-50%.
3. Filter Lifespan and Replacement
Air filters don’t last forever and you will need to factor in the cost of replacement filters when deciding whether or not you can afford to buy and maintain a particular air purifier.
The average lifespan of the True-HEPA filter is about 12 months and for the activated carbon filter it is about 3 months.
The 12-month durability of the True-HEPA filter is pretty standard, but the 3-month durability of the activated carbon filter is pretty short. The good news, however, is that you can buy the carbon filters in packs of 4 and they don’t work out to be too expensive if you do it that way.
Don’t worry, you don’t have to guess when the filters needs changing or keep removing them from the machine in order to visually inspect them. Both machines come with a warning light that tells you when to change the filters.
As you can see from this video, replacing the filters is a very simple process.
4. PlasmaTrue Technology
Neither HEPA filters nor activated carbon filters are designed to remove large quantities of germ particles from the air.
The AeroMax air purifiers come with the Fellowes PlasmaTrue technology, which is said to safely emit ions into the air to reduce the amount of those contaminants without emitting harmful ozone gas into the air.
Many ionizer units, and other types of purification units that are commonly added to air purifiers to improve their efficiency, emit significant amounts of ozone gas into the air. It is a well-estabished scientific fact that ozone can be harmful to humans as it is a lung irritant. There is little point in buying an air purifier to alleviate your asthma and allergy symptoms if you use a machine that emits even more dangerous particles into the air in the process.
The PlasmaTrue technology has apparently passed the fairly strict California Air Resource Board certification process upon the basis that it does NOT emit dangerous levels of ozone into your home.
If you are still worried about using any form of ionizer unit at home, you can just switch it off.
AeraMax 200 vs AeraMax 300 – Differences
1. The Size & Weight of the Air Purifiers
As you can see from the comparison chart above, there is a difference in size and weight between these machines.
The AeraMax 300 is larger and heavier that the AeraMax 200, but not by enough to make much of a difference.
2. Room Size & CADR
The main difference between the AeraMax 200 and the AeraMax 300 is the size of the room that they are designed to handle.
The AeraMax 200 is for room sizes up to 200 – 400 square feet and the AeraMax 300 is for room sizes up to 300 – 600 square feet, which is why the CADR numbers are different.
So, this should be the main issue for you to consider when deciding which of these machines to buy.
AeraMax 200 vs AeraMax 300 – Videos
This video review refers to the AeraMax DX95, which is exactly the same as the AeraMax 300.
In the UK, the AeraMax 200 is called the AeraMax DX55 and the AeraMax 300 is called the AeraMax DX95.
AeraMax 200 vs AeraMax 300 – My Verdict
Both of these machines get good user reviews and come with impressive certifications and endorsements.
If you don’t want to spend more than $200 on an air purifier, and want to avoid machines that emit harmful amounts of ozone gas into your home, the AeraMax machines are a pretty good option.
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