Since discovering I have some seasonal allergies about two years ago, I’ve been looking for a decent air purifier. My place is a large studio, about 850 sq ft, and it’s mostly one room. I was looking for a few things:
- Capable of purifying coverage for about 700 sq ft
- Attractive—something I wouldn’t feel like I had to hide
- A smart or eco mode that prevented it from constantly running
- Quiet fans
Eventually, I stumbled upon Coway’s Airmega product line. They were highly rated and covered all of the above. More than anything the Airmega is a sleek-looking device—much more than I expected from an air purifier. The only downside is the price of the units.
So should you get the Airmega 300 or 400?
After some patience I was able to grab an Airmega 400 on sale for about $450. There were a few things that I wasn’t entirely aware of when I made this purchase. I’ve since returned it for a 300, but here are a few things I would be aware of:
Size. The Airmege 400 is huge. Really huge.
Here is a picture of it next to my IKEA Hemnes nightstand. It is about 2 inches shorter, but amlost the same width and depth. The picture here doesn’t really do it justice. It did not fit in the delivery locker at my apartment complex and I had to go pick it up from the post office.
The truth is that I had not done my homework. I thought there was a more powerful fan in the 400, but it is about an inch larger in every direction. The 300 is still big, but feels much smaller than the 400.
Filter cost difference.
- Max2 filters cost about $120/yr for the 400
- Max2 filters cost about $80/yr for the 300
The Coway Airmega 300 and 400 air purifiers were recently on sale.
Light sensor. The pretty light that helps display the air quality in your home is bright, very bright. In addition to the dust and pollution sensors the 400 has a light sensor that automatically turns the light off at night.
You can always keep the light off. That’s what I’ve done with my 300. But having it auto dim is a nice feature if you’re planning on putting it into your bedroom.
UPDATE: I may need to research this more. Perhaps the 400 does not use the light sensor to turn off the air quality indicator light.
Comparing additional specs
|Specifications||Airmega 300||Airmega 400|
|Dimensions WxHxD||13.6 x 21.2 x 13.6in||14.8 x 22.8 x 14.8in|
|Weight||21.4 lb||24.7 pounds|
|Purifying Coverage (2 ACH)||1,256 sq ft||1,560 sq ft|
|Purifying Coverage (4 ACH)||628 sq ft||780 sq ft|
|Annual filter cost||~$80||~$120|
|Noise Level||22~52 dB||22~52 dB|
|Power usage||57 W||66 W|
|Sensors||Dust / Pollution||Dust / Pollution / Light|
What about the 300s and 400s models?
There are newer, smart versions called the Airmega 300s and 400s. These versions come with an app that let you remotely see the air quality in your room and control the Airmega. Personally, I don’t see the point. I’ve just set my 300 to smart mode—it comes on when needed. Otherwise I kind of just forget about it.
The newer S models are also generally $100 to $200 more than the base models. It just doesn’t make sense to pay that much more for an air purifier app.
First month of the Airmega 300
It is probably too early give long-term notes. Smart mode seems to work well. Usually the fans are off or on low, which isn’t audible. The only times the purifier kicks into medium and high speeds is when I’m cooking something on the stove top. After about 20 minutes it winds down.
The air quality light is very bright at night. I’ve turned mine off.
That’s about all I have to report thus far.
Image from Coway