Fellowes 9320401 AeraMax 200 Review
The new Fellowes 9320401 AeraMax 200 HEPA air purifier brings 4-stage filtration and smart features, which make it a good option for small rooms up to 200 square feet. But how does this filter work and what makes it special, if anything? For this and much more information, including what others are saying about it and how it compares to similarly-rated units, please keep reading.
Fellowes 9320401 AeraMax 200 Specifications
The AeraMax 200 is designed for rooms up to 200 square feet in area and uses 4-stages of filtration to purify room air.
The first stage uses a typical activated carbon media that absorbs fumes, smoke, pet/cooking odors, and a variety of volatile compounds. The second stage uses a “true” High Efficiency Particulate Arresting (“HEPA”) filter media that captures 99.97% of particles 0.3 microns or larger. These particles include the very fine and deleterious airborne allergens that cause so much respiratory discomfort, like fungal spores, bacteria, viruses, pollen, and dust.
The third stage is based on an antimicrobial treatment added to the HEPA media. This kills and deactivates bacteria, mold and fungi that are trapped in the media, and in turn prevents them from growing on the medium. The fourth and final stage utilizes an ionic field – the “PlasmaTRUE” feature – to further pull down and neutralize fine particles and allergens, adding a nice “polished” touch to room air.
Beyond combining 4-stages of filtration with an emphasis on killing pathogens in the air stream and in the air cleaner itself, the AeraMax 200 uses a state-of-the art “AeraSmart” sensor that continually monitors pollutant levels and then self-adjusts the unit’s fan speed setting to ensure that the proper power is applied to maintain air quality. This automatic mode is a wonderful thing, and not only provides set-and-forget convenience, but also allows the unit to run more efficiently, with no more power than is needed to clear the air.
Other nice features include filter replacement alerts; a sleek and contemporary control pane with indicator lighting; and a low-noise fan with (4) manual fan speeds, including a “turbo” function to tackle and correct particularly bad air quality, quickly.
The AeraMax 200 has garnered impressive recognition and certifications from air quality agencies and associations, including the Home Appliance Manufacturers (“AHAM”); Energy Star (for efficiency); the air California Air Resource Board (“CARB”); and is certified as asthma & allergy friendly.
Fellowes 9320401 AeraMax 200 Reviews & Ratings
Although this is a relatively new model, so far the AeraMax 200 is off to a great start with an average user satisfaction rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars based on 4 reviews. Users reported that this air cleaner worked as advertised, and did so with minimal sound. They also commented on the ease of assembly and appreciated the automatic mode. Given that there were no reviews less than 4-star, there were no “negative” comments to speak of; however, one reviewer noted that replacement media can get costly over time (something applicable to virtually all HEPA units) and another commented that the design was a bit odd and felt plastic.
Concluding Thoughts & Opinions
We like the Fellowes 9320401 AeraMax 200 air purifier for combining relatively standard activated carbon and true HEPA filtration along with an ionizer function and an antimicrobial aspect to the HEPA media. As such, we think that this is a fantastic filter for small rooms (up to 200 square feet) and users who are particularly concerned about pathogens, like viruses, bacteria, mold, and fungi. We also like the smart-sensor technology that allows the unit to run automatically and vary power depending on particulate levels.
Nevertheless, there is a lot of competition in the small-room HEPA air cleaner market right now. For instance, both the Coway AP-1012GH Smart Air Purifier and Oreck AirInstinct 75 are very powerful HEPA units that are similarly-priced, have a larger coverage area (250 square feet), and offer the same outstanding level of air purification, but the Coway and Oreck come with longer-life HEPA media (3-year HEPA media for the Coway and 2-year for the Oreck), thus requiring less frequent replacement. In any case, we think all three of these make excellent room air purifiers that will meet or exceed most users’ expectations.