Airmega 400

Coway Airmega 400 Review: Flair without the Wi-Fi hassle!

A brand that defines modern purifier to the next level. Coway Airmega 400 is exceptional for long-haul purifying. It is the perfect choice for busy folks that use it every single day without the need to monitor. Here is what most users considering this over the basic NON-S version would think about. Should I get the basic 300 version or should I top up a little more for 400 series? Find out the answer and read more about the air purifier performance in our Airmega 400 review.
MRSP/ RSP**
± 749 p
     Annual filter ^    
± 130 p
Online price*
Latest Amazon price

Airmega 400 Specification

ProductAirmega 400
Dimension
14.8 x 22.8 x 14.8 in
(37.6 x 57.9 x 37.6 cm)
Weight24.7 lb (11.2 kg)
Fanspeed3
Coverage (up to)1560 sq. ft. (145 m2)
Airflow speed
Dust free (CADR)350 cfm (595 m3/h)
Pollen free (CADR)350 cfm (595 m3/h)
Smoke free (CADR)350 cfm (595 m3/h)
Filtration4-stage
Pre-Filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
Pre-filter (2 pack)
Permanent
+- 25
HEPA filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
Max2 (Green True HEPA filter)
1 year
Carbon filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
Max2 (Activated carbon filter)
1 year
Ionizer/ Technologies
UV-light/ PCO
-
Other filter
-
All-in-one filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
Max2 Filter
1 year
+- 129.99
Optional/ Addon
-
Noise level22 - 52 dB
Timer/ Scheduler1, 4, 8 hours
SensorsPollution sensor, Light sensor
Auto mode
Air qualityAQ indicator
Filter change indicator
More color options
Wi-Fi/ BTBluetooth
ENERGY STAR
Remote control
Child lock
Warranty5 years
Email/ Phone support
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Key features

  • 4-stage filtration
  • 2 Washable permanent Pre-filter
  • MAX2 filter (True HEPA filter + Activated Carbon filter)
  • 3 speed setting (Low, Medium, High)
  • Dual side air inlet
  • Separate Pre-filter and HEPA filter indicator based on real-time usage
  • Autonomous Smart mode - Auto, ECO and Sleep mode
  • Front AQ display indicator (Good, Moderate, Unhealthy, Very Unhealthy)
  • Adjustable pollution sensor's sensitivity (sensitive -1 bar, normal -2 bar, less sensitive - 3 bar)
  • Built-in timer (1, 4, 8 hours)
  • 5 years warranty

Airmega 400 review

  • 4-stage filtration with very wide purifying coverage.
  • Dual pre-filter that traps large particles from both sides of the air inlet.
  • Max2 filter (Green True HEPA + Activated Carbon) is great against smoke and micron size pollutants
  • Auto mode with adjustable sensitivity for more accurate detection.
  • Sleep mode that automatically adjusts the light and speed when there is no light source.
  • Pre-filter and MAX2 filter lifespan indicator is based on real-time usage and environment.
  • Clear and accurate air quality display indicator.
  • 5 years Airmega official warranty.
  • Cheaper than 400S model but still relatively expensive.
  • Expensive filter replacement cost despite only one annual filter change (Max2 filter).
  • No remote access (via app) as 400 have to do without Wi-Fi connectivity support.
  • Lacks optional Ionizer feature even though not everyone would utilize it.

The starters

Airmega 400 dimension
Dimension
14.8 x 22.8 x 14.8 in
(37.6 x 57.9 x 37.6 cm)
Airmega 400 weight
Weight
24.7 lb (11.2 kg)

A mirror to 400S, you can barely tell Coway Airmega 400 apart from its series. The “smart” exterior seamlessly blends in the air intake, it looks futuristic even from a far point. At 14.8 x 22.8 x 14.8 in dimension and 24.7 lb weight, it is not super bulky considering the 4 legs stand comes as standard. Same build materials as the Wi-Fi version so every part is solidly fitted with no uneven gap for air bypass. Up front, you will find a bright, LED air quality indicator that will show real-time indoor air quality. When air quality is good, the ring will change to Blue color. Purple when air quality is moderate. Pink when air quality is unhealthy. Red when air quality is very unhealthy. Air inlet is located on both sides of the air purifier along with the handy gripping handle.

Coway Airmega 400 Control

Big, round buttons with indicator light, the controls are spread across both sides of the top panel. On the left corner, you will find a Timer, Light, Pre Wash, and Max2 change button with a round light sensor. Timer button will cycle between 1, 4, 8 hours of pre-set setting. The light button will turn on or off the front air quality indicator light. Like 400S, both Pre Wash and Max2 Change button will show the pre-filter Lifetime cleaning cycle at 5 levels: 100%, 80%, 60%, 49%, 20%, and 0%. To reset the Pre Wash and Max2 bar, press and hold the respective button for 2-3 seconds. The light sensor works by detecting the warmth of the surrounding light. When everything is dark for 3 minutes, sleep mode will activate automatically. Moving to the right corner, there are only two functions. The big Power button and a swipeable Air speed/ mode. The power button will turn on the air purifier. Pressing and hold the power button again for 2-3 seconds will turn it off. The Air speed/ Sleep mode selection is slightly quirky to use. Either tap the curve bar on desired speed/ mode accordingly or swipe up or down for a similar result. Lastly, there is one hidden function that most people didn’t know it exists. The pollution sensor’s sensitivity can be adjusted by holding the Light button + Smart bar. Select one of the air speed from speed 1 = sensitive, speed 2 = normal, speed 3 = less sensitive.

Again, here is the recap of the air purifier spec sheet. Starting with the 4 stage filtration, 3 fan speed, timer, Smart mode (Auto/ Sleep/ Eco). Monitoring tools include 2 separate pre-filter/ HEPA filter indicator and AQ indicator. Finally, 30 days money back guarantee, and 5 years warranty comes standard.

Airflow, speed, and CADR

Airmega 400 coverage
Purifying coverage
1560 sq. ft. (145 m2)
Airmega 400 fanspeed
Fanspeed
3
Despite the lack of Wi-Fi function, Airmega 400 never skim on airflow performance. Expect the same airflow delivery and applicable area with the S variant. At a maximum of 1560 sq. ft. with 2 air charges or 780 sq. ft. with 4 air charges, the air purifier produces plentiful of airflow output. Adding an adjustable pollution sensor, Default Smart mode is there for autonomous purifying. Sleep mode will reduce noise and speed intended for night use. Speaking of night use, 400 can be used in bedroom or even living hall as it has the capacity for large room size.
Airmega 400 dust CADR
Dust CADR
350 cfm (595 m3/h)
Airmega 400 pollen CADR
Pollen CADR
350 cfm (595 m3/h)
Airmega 400 smoke CADR
Smoke CADR
350 cfm (595 m3/h)
CADR is equally powerful as the airflow delivery rate. At an overall of 350 cfm, all three dust, pollen, smoke, pollen passes our minimum benchmark. Combining the versatile Max2 filtration, the air purifier outpaces most competitor models CADR.

What’s inside count

Airmega 400 Pre-filter
Pre-filter (2 pack)
Permanent
Airmega 400 HEPA filter
Max2 (Green True HEPA filter)
1 year
Airmega 400 carbon filter
Max2 (Activated carbon filter)
1 year
^ Airmega 400 filters/ technologies/ lifespan
Airmega 400 filtration consist of dual Pre-filter, True HEPA filter, and Carbon filter. How the 4-stage filtration works is pretty straightforward. When air are sucked through either side of the air inlet, the Pre-filter will block out as many large particles as possible. This gives the Green True HEPA more freedom space for capturing micron size particles (0.3 microns). The freed Green HEPA filter would then focus on allergens without being burden by dust and hair. On the other end, Activated Carbon filter would solely focus on smoke and gas pollutants. Filter size and quality are up there but do note that this would be the end of the filtration line. No Ionizer or UV-light in the whole purification process.
The dual pre-filter with 1560 square feet coverage is very useful in reducing air dust. What's more impressive is the Green True HEPA filter capable of trapping pet dander, dust mites, pollen, mold, and mildew. The activated carbon filter is equally terrific in removing chemical vapor, pet odor, and cigarette smoke toxic.

Keep it down

Airmega 400 noise level
Noise level
22 - 52 dB
Airmega 400 power consumption
Power consumption
6 - 66 W
Noise level starts at 22 dB at low speed, and end at 52 dB at max speed. No the quietest air purifier around but is perfectly usable even in a bedroom. Given the air cleaner is Energy Star rated, expect a reasonable power usage of 6 watts to a maximum of 66 watts. For better energy management, Smart mode aka Auto/ Sleep/ Eco mode is here. Auto mode will ensure the machine conserve energy by running in optimum speed. Eco mode will stop the fan from spinning when there is fresh air in a room for at least 10 minutes.

At what cost

Airmega 400 MRSP/ RSP
MRSP/ RSP**
+- 749
Airmega 400 annual filter replacement cost
Annual Filter Cost
+- 130
^ Replacement filters/ estimated cost
Coway Airmega 400 air purifier is the non-Wi-Fi version as oppose to the Wi-Fi ready 400S. As such, pricing will be cheaper but do not expect the margin to be huge given the spec is identical. What you can expect is the same pricing for both white or graphite color variant. Expensive the air purifier may be, it does have a slight advantage in the filter change section. The Max2 filter set (HEPA + carbon) is modestly priced and only needs one change annually. So, is 400 value for your money? Yes, but there are cheaper options that provide greater price per performance ratio.
The MRSP might not be as feasible as competitor's model, you can still find plenty of great deal online. Amazon is our favorite spot as you can get Airmega 400 with 100-200 dollars knock off plus free shipping. Coway's website offers good discount and easy payment scheme but without the convenience of Amazon. There are retailers like Best Buy, Kohls, and Walmart that carries the brand but none with the promotional edge as Amazon.

Airmega 400 VS the challengers

Airmega 400S

Airmega 400S

Identical in design, airflow delivery rate, CADR and purifying coverage. Airmega 400S comes with Wi-Fi support for remote access and Amazon Alexa support. Incidentally, 400S is also the most expensive unit in Airmega lineup.
Airmega 300

Airmega 300

Cheapest Non-WiFi Airmega model but without the real-time pre-filter/ HEPA filter usage indicator. Airmega 300 weaker airflow purifying and CADR output are also expected.

Coway AP-1512HH Mighty

Don’t need the super wide coverage or limited airflow delivery rate, Coway Mighty "might" do the trick. At a fraction of the cost, you'll get decent filtration and airflow output that can cover large room size.
Rabbit Air MinusA2 SPA-780N

Rabbit Air MinusA2 SPA-780N

Rabbit Air MinusA2 is not the light to light comparison. it does well with a 6-stage filtration that adds a medium and customizable filter in the pack. Adding a wall-mountable body and interchangeable front panel into the list, the cheaper price tag might entice you to switch over.

 Good to know

Airmega 400 VS 400S

Both air purifiers share the same dimension, purifying coverage, and airflow distribution. The only thing that separates these 2 air purifiers is the price tag. 400 has a built-in timer to compensate for the lack of remote access. 400S is a Smart air purifier with Wi-Fi enabled feature for ioCare app and Amazon Alexa pairing.

Final thoughts on Airmega 400

Compiling the result of 160+ (and counting) Amazon reviews. The first thing that impressed 85% of the 4-5 stars raters is the wide purifying. Most people also agree on the True HEPA and activated carbon filters effectiveness. Design and usability are also on most users agenda. A few also praises the air purifier modern approach with features like Smart mode. A mere 12% of the 1-2 stars raters thinks this air purifier is a waste of money. They would rather go for a cheaper alternative like Winix, Honeywell. Some users also complained about the plastic smell after unboxing. In our humble opinion, 85% positive ratings is a strong indication that the air purifier works. The 12% complains can be rectified with buyer's return policy if they are not happy with the result.

Verdicts and ratings

Build quality
9
Features
6
Coverage
10
Particle Filtration
9
Smoke Filtration
9
Price
1
Upkeeping
6
8.8
Airmega 400

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