Austin Air HealthMate Jr Review

The smaller version of the HealthMate series, Austin Air HealthMate Jr. HM200 is the leading overall protection air purifier catered for people with everyday air quality concerns. Equipped to deal with air contaminants from surrounding air in reasonable area (compared with HM400), The Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200 is capable of handling virtually all types of household contaminants through its 4-stage filtration system that could alleviate common symptoms notably dry mouth, coughing and runny nose while boost your immune system. See below for our full review.
MRSP/ RSP**
± 375 p
     Annual filter ^    
± 33 p
Online price*
Latest Amazon price
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Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200 Specification

ProductAustin Air HealthMate Jr HM200
RSPMRSP/ RSP +- 375
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Dimension
11 x 16.5 x 11 in
(27.9 x 41.9 x 27.9 cm)
Weight24 lb (10.9 kg)
Coverage (up to)700 sq. ft. (65 m2)
Dust free (CADR)
Pollen free (CADR)
Smoke free (CADR)
Airflow speed48-200 cfm (82-340 m3/h)
Fanspeed3
Filtration4-stage
A filterAnnual filter cost ($)+- 33
Pre-Filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
Large Particle Pre-filter
5 years
HEPA filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
30 sq.ft. True Medical Grade HEPA Filter
5 years
Carbon filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
6.5 lbs. of Activated Carbon and Zeolite
5 years
Ionizer/ Technologies
UV-light/ PCO
-
Other filter
Medium Particle Pre-filter
5 years
All-in-one filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
Austin Air HealthMate Jr Filter
5 years
+- 165
Optional/ Addon
-
Noise level40 - 65 dB
Power consumption80 W
Timer/ Scheduler
Sensors
More color options
Auto mode
Air qualityAQ indicator
Filter change indicator
Wi-Fi/ BTBluetooth
ENERGY STAR
Remote control
Child lock
Warranty5 years
Email/ Phone support

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Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200 key features

  • 4-stage filtration
  • 360° progressive filtering Intake System
  • [STAGE 1] Large particle pre-filter
  • [STAGE 2] Medium particle pre-filter
  • [STAGE 3] 6.5 lbs of solid activated carbon and zeolite filter
  • [STAGE 4] 30 ft. Medical Grade HEPA filter
  • 3 fan speeds
  • 5 years pro-rated filter lifespan
  • 5 years mechanical warranty

The starters

Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200 dimension
Dimension
11 x 16.5 x 11 in
(27.9 x 41.9 x 27.9 cm)
Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200 weight
Weight
24 lb (10.9 kg)
Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200 is a very practical size air purifier (11 x 16.5 x 11 in ) built in a premium powder coated steel exterior rather than typical plastic housing. At 24 lb weight, it not easy to move the steel air purifier around and does not help with the lack of casters (optional addons). Usability is a mix bag with Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200, the front dial knob is very easy to use with only 3 fanspeed to go for however, there is no air quality sensors, digital information, auto/ sleep mode, timer and filter replacement indicator. Other notable features includes the powerful 4-stage filtration, all-in-one filter up to 5 years lifespan, 360° progressive Intake System, no ozone emitted, CSA (Canadian Standards Association), NRTL (Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory) and CE (Conformité Européenne) recognized, 30 days money back guarantee and 5 years warranty.

Airflow, CADR and everything in between

Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200 coverage
Purifying coverage
700 sq. ft. (65 m2)
Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200 airflow speed
Airflow speed
48-200 cfm (82-340 m3/h)
Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200 fanspeed
Fanspeed
3
Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200 wide 700 sq. ft. purifying applicable area is great on all types of bedroom and even studio equivalent size living hall. Thanks for the 3 manual fanspeed, expect consistent airflow between 48-200 cfm distributing via its 360° progressive system. As there are no CADR figures released, click on the compare button above to compare Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200 with other Austin Air Jr purifiers.

What’s inside count

Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200 Pre-filter
Large Particle Pre-filter
5 years
Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200 HEPA filter
30 sq.ft. True Medical Grade HEPA Filter
5 years
Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200 carbon filter
6.5 lbs. of Activated Carbon and Zeolite
5 years
Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200 other filters
Medium Particle Pre-filter
^ Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200 filters/ technologies/ lifespan
Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200 is powered by 4-stage filtration that provides comprehensive protection against household allergens and irritants. The front mesh grille would cover typical large particles such as hair follow up by the combination effort between pre-filter and medium filter on smaller sized particles. On gases and odors related irritants, the 3-stage 6.5 lbs Activated carbon zeolite filter would effectively trap it without piling up on the last-stage HEPA filter that would concentrate on uncapture micron size viruses.

Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200 is covered against

Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200 VS Dust

Dust

EXCELLENT

Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200 VS Pollen

Pollen

EXCELLENT

Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200 VS Hair

Hair/ Pet hair

EXCELLENT

Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200 VS Dust mite

Dust mites

EXCELLENT

Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200 VS Mold/ Mildew

Mold/ Mildew

EXCELLENT

Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200 VS Pet dander

Pet dander

EXCELLENT

Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200 VS Virus/ Germ

Virus/ Germ

EXCELLENT

Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200 VS Tobacco smoke

Tobacco smoke

GOOD

Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200 VS Chemical

Chemical

GOOD

Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200 VS VOCs

VOCs

GOOD

Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200 VS Smoke/ Gas

Smoke/ Gas

GOOD

Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200 VS Odor

Odor

GOOD

Acclaimed Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200 4-stage filtration is tremendously efficient when fight against typical and micron size particles, irritants, allergens, bacteria and viruses. Rely upon substantial 48-200 cfm airflow distribution and wide 700 sq. ft. purifying coverage, Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200 included Large Particle Pre-filter 30 sq.ft. True Medical Grade HEPA Filter filtration is outstanding in wiping out dust, hair, pollen, mold, mildew, fungi and spores.  As for odors, fumes and smokes, Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200 6.5 lbs. of Activated Carbon and Zeolite is also remarkable in wiping out chemicals, diaper odors, cooking odors, cigarette odors, VOCs, tobacco smokes, radon and ammonia.

Keep it down

Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200 noise level
Noise level
40 - 65 dB
Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200 power consumption
Power consumption
80 W
Similar with other Austin Air purifiers, Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200 40 - 65 dB noise level is far from silent but still acceptable to be use in night time if the air purifier is placed at a optimal distance. Power consumption is standard at an average of 80 W that would not cost you a lot in long-run.

At what cost

Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200 MRSP/ RSP
MRSP/ RSP**
+- 375
Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200 annual filter replacement cost
Annual Filter Cost
+- 33
^ Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200 replacement filters estimated cost
Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200 price tag is reasonable in its large purifying range segment air purifier, the lack of bells and whistles might be the biggest stumping block in purchasing this air purifier. On the other hand annual filter replacement is close to dirt cheap thanks to the 5 years filter lifespan that is highly achievable on regular use. Replacing the filter is not easy but you will only need to do it every 3 -5 years. To sum up if your requirement is a basic air purifier that has excellent filtration, this is it.

The challengers

Austin Air Allergy Machine Jr

Uses HEGA carbon filter that is supposingly more effective against tobacco smoke, chemical vapors and bacteria.

Austin Air HealthMate HM400

Standard version with stronger airflow, bigger filters, wider purifying coverage and of course a pricier price tag.

In conclusion......

  • Wide purifying applicable area.
  • Durable and sturdy powder coated steel exterior.
  • Capture large to medium size particles via its 2 pre-filters + medium filter.
  • Effective Activated Carbon and Zeolite filter on gases and odors.
  • High performance| 30 sq.ft. HEPA filter.
  • Long-lasting all-in-one filter that has a lifespan up to 5 years.
  • 5 years manufacturer warranty.
  • Noisy at most speed.
  • Heavy with no casters support (requires additional purchase).
  • Hassle filter replacement that requires unscrewing instead of easy pop out cover.
  • Lacks convenience and practicality features such as auto mode, digital screen, sensor, filter replacement indicator.
Build quality
9
Features
3
Coverage
9
Airflow delivery
9
Particle Filtration
9
Smoke Filtration
8
Price
5
Upkeeping
9
8.1
8.1

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)FAQ

Where is Austin air made in?

Austin Air purifier is made in Buffalo, New York.

How tough and reliable is Austin Air build quality?

The entire body of is Austin Air is constructed in solid steel and fully welded together to prevent any rattles. The only plastic components you would find is the fan blade, control knob, casters (standard model) or legs (junior model) in the air purifier. Austin Air purifier color paint is powder coated, baked at 375 degrees Fahrenheit (191 Celsius). Rather than spray paint, the powder coated method eliminates any toxic off-gassing while enhancing the body durability.

Is it difficult to replace the filter in Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200?

Is not difficult to replace Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200 filter but certainly not as straightforward as it could be. First unplug the air purifier from the power source, turnover the unit and unscrew the 4 screws at the bottom. Second remove the used cartridge from the machine and replace it with the new cartridge. Remember to remove the plastic wrap on the cartridge. Third redo the steps by screwing back the screws and turn back the machine. Congratulations you have now replaced Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200 with a new set of filter and should not have to repeat the steps for at least 3 – 5 years.

Is Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200 air purifier wall mountable?

No Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200 is not wall mountable.

Does Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200 comes with all the filters to use straight out of the box?

Yes you can use Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200 straight away as the filter cartridge is bundled in the package.

How do I maintain Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200? Is the filter washable?

There is no need to wash or vacuum Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200's cartridge filter (including True Medical Grade HEPA Filter and carbon filter) as it is designed to be maintenance-free for up to 5 years. The only maintenance you need to do is the 4 sides of the exterior air ventilation that in time will be covered with large particles like dust or hair.

Where do I find Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200’s replacement filter?

Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200 replacement filter is available from their official website, dealer or at Amazon website. Remember not to buy a junior cartridge filter on a non-junior model or vice versa.

Can you use an extension cord on Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200?

Yes you can as long as the extension cord is not damaged, tampered or over plugged with too many appliances. Inappropriate use of extension cord could cause Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200 to malfunction and even fire to break out.

What is there between junior and standard Austin air purifier other than the different sizes?

Austin Air Healthmate, Healthmate Plus and Allergy Machine purifiers all have standard and junior sizes. The key differences between them is standard Austin Air model can cover up to 1,500 sq. ft. of space while Jr model can only cover up to 700 sq. ft. Standard model also comes with faster fan speed, larger filters and 4 casters by default.

What is the most popular color for Austin Air purifier?

Standard model is available in black, midnight blue, sandstone or white while Junior model is available black, midnight blue, sandstone or white. Baby's Breath series comes in Breath Blue or Breath Pink. According to Sylane, the most popular color is sandstone (light tan).

What is the main cause of Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200’s filter to fill up in less than 5 years?

Owning more than 1 pets, new carpeting or furniture, recently renovated home or repainting, heavy smoking, urban pollution, unique environment such as wedding studio, beauty salon, art shop would rapidly use up Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200’s filter.

What are carbon and zeolite filter used for?

Zeolite is a natural mineral that has the capability of adsorbing chemicals and gas molecules including the commonly found formaldehyde, ammonia and carbon monoxide. Austin Air uses Carbon and zeolite mixture filter to remove indoor gases, odours and chemicals.

What is the mixture ratio of carbon to zeolite in Austin Air HealthMate?

Approximately 10-1 (10 parts carbon, 1 part zeolite).

What is the perma filter pre-filter made of?

The perma filter pre-filter or Permafilt is made of cotton and wrapped around the cartridge filter.

How often do I need to clean and maintain Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200’s filter?

You will need to clean the 4 sides of external case periodically or once a month to remove dust from congesting the air inlet. Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200’s cartridge filter are designed to last up to 5 years under normal residential use without the need of cleaning or vacuuming.

How do I know when Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200’s filter is full as there is no filter replacement indicator?

If you notice the significant drop in airflow performance and filtration or there is an unpleasant odor coming from Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200’s purifier, it is time to replace your filter.

Why Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200’s purifier does not have a filter indicator light to aler you when filter requires replacing?

Because of the inaccurate filter usage measurement does not justify the cost of the addon on Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200’s purifier. There are 3 options of calculating the filter lifespan. First and the most common option is a simple timer to keep track of the length of time the filter is used. Highly inaccurate as the medium particle pre-filter, activated carbon and medical grade HEPA filter have different purpose so their usage lifespan would vary too. The second option is to measure the pressure drop across the filter until certain pressure of drop is reached. Again, this method is inaccurate as the filter is often more dirtier to the point it is unusable then the pressure drop suggested. Third option is to monitor the vapor pollution level of the air until it exceeded a certain level. This method is the most accurate and unfortunately it is the costlier that if implemented, it will push the selling price much higher and is no good news to the purchaser.

Austin Air HealthMate Jr HM200 Troubleshooting

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More on Austin Air HM200

Do not underestimate the performance of Austin Air HM200 on its smaller dimension, it is still very capable of handling everyday air quality troubles. At half the weight of its older brother, there is no built-in casters to support the movement as it is an optional purchase). Build in high quality powder coated steel, Austin Air HM200 all-round airflow distribution is very comprehensive at all corners thanks to its top 360° air inlet and outlet. Same as its series, the 3 fan speeds dial knob is easy to use but lack options to play around with. Inside the core of the HEPA air purifier is powered by the superior 4-stage filter that can address a wide range of airborne particles, chemicals and odors. The outer cover is the first stage pre-filter that handles large particles such as hair/ dust, second stage medium pre-filter handle smaller particles such as mold/ pollen, third stage 6.5 lbs of solid activated carbon and zeolite filter handle any gases/ odors and lastly 30 ft. medical grade HEPA filter handles all the micro-size particles.

Applicable area, airflow, noise level and power consumption

No doubt Austin Air HM200 will lose out in this segment as it is meant for a smaller capacity compared with HM400, it still manage to score an impressive 44m2 (469 sq. ft.) of air purifying coverage. With its strong fan and combination of true medical HEPA filter, Austin Air HM200 can release a great deal of airflow delivery rate on a consistent basis. Noise level is not at the most ideal level, scoring between 39.8 dB to 64.5 dB. On another hand, the power consumption level is reasonable at only 80 watts average.

Final thoughts on Austin Air HM200

Austin Air purifier is a reputable brand known for their durability and reliability. No exception with Austin Air HealthMate Junior HM200 as it is another good example of a reliable air purifier in dealing with common household allergens, chemicals and odors at a reasonable price. Its 5 years assurance on the machine and filters further stamp the minimal routine maintenance plus economical factor of the unit. One can’t help wonder if Austin Air HM200 would include all the neat features from other competitors air purifier e.g. timer, filter change indicator, air/ odor sensor etc, this air cleaner would be perfect for most users dare I say.

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