Fellowes AeraMax DX5/ 100 Air Purifier Quick Review

Little do most people know that Indoor air is at least 5-10 times more polluted than outdoor air. While getting good ventilation might be the quickest and cheapest solution around, it is not possible in most scenarios especially in our home. An air purifier would be the next in line solution and Fellowes AeraMax DX5/ 100 can be the link to reduce airborne pollution found in our home without costing much money.
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+- 149.99
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Fellowes AeraMax DX5/ AeraMax 100 Specification

ProductFellowes AeraMax DX5/ AeraMax 100
RSPRetail suggested cost +- 149.99
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Dimension
7.3 x 27.3 x 8.5 in
(18.5 x 69.3 x 21.6 cm)
Weight9.9 lb (4.5 kg)
Coverage (up to)100 sq. ft. (9 m2)
Dust free (CADR)65 cfm (110 m3/h)
Pollen free (CADR)75 cfm (127 m3/h)
Smoke free (CADR)68 cfm (116 m3/h)
Airflow speed
Fanspeed3
Filtration4-stage
A filterAnnual filter cost ($)+- 60
Pre-Filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
-
HEPA filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
True HEPA Filter 9287001
1 year
+- 39.99
Carbon filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
Carbon Filter 9324001 (4 pack)
3 months
+- 29.99
Ionizer/ TechnologiesPlasmaTRUE technology
UV-light/ PCO
-
Other filter
AeraSafe antimicrobial treatment
All-in-one filter
- Lifespan
- Replacement cost ($)
-
Optional/ Addon
-
Noise level37 - 51 W
Power consumption
Timer/ Scheduler
SensorsAeraSmart Sensor
More color options
Auto mode
Air qualityAQ indicator
Filter change indicator
Wi-Fi/ BTBluetooth
ENERGY STAR
Remote control
Child lock
Warranty3 years
Email/ Phone support

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Fellowes AeraMax DX5/ AeraMax 100 key features

  • 4-stage hospital-type filtration
  • Carbon filter
  • True HEPA filter (99.97% efficiency rate/ down to 0.3 microns)
  • AeraSafe antimicrobial treatment
  • PlasmaTrue Technology
  • AeraSmart Sensor (for air quality detection and Auto mode)
  • 3 fan speed with Aera+ mode (Allergy setting with 35% higher turnover rate than low speed)
  • 3 years manufacturer warranty
Fellowes AeraMax DX5/ AeraMax 100 dimension
Dimension
7.3 x 27.3 x 8.5 in
(18.5 x 69.3 x 21.6 cm)
Fellowes AeraMax DX5/ AeraMax 100 weight
Weight
9.9 lb (4.5 kg)
Fellowes AeraMax DX5/ 100 is made with white plastic housing with black vent on the top front, dual grey side vents and a modern black control panel. With a lightweight slim tower dimension, you can easily move the air purifier via the back handle or place it anywhere in the home. There are multiple air vent surrounding he air purifiers that is unfortunately not adjustable unlike the AeraMax DX55 or DX95. Build quality is standard that should last for couple of years on regular use. Other notable features you will find in Fellowes AeraMax DX5/ 100 includes a AeraSmart Sensor (Blue = good air quality, amber = moderate air quality, red = bad air quality ), Auto mode, UL listed, AAFA, AHAM and CARB certification and 3 years warranty.

Applicable area and airflow

Despite having a smaller tower body, Fellowes AeraMax DX5/ 100 is fitted with a 4-Stage purification system that consist of a carbon filter that captures odors, a True-HEPA filter that captures smaller particles at 99.97% success rate down to 0.3 microns, AeraSafe antimicrobial treatment that protects the HEPA filter from mold/ pollen browth and finally PlasmaTrue ionizer that releases ions so surrounding airborne particles can be easily capture by the filter. The downside of a slim body is the drop in performance with Fellowes AeraMax DX5/ 100 can only effectively purify air up to 100 sq. ft. (small room equivalent). CADR is not great either with dust at 65 cfm, pollen 75 cfm and smoke 68 cfm.

Final thoughts on Fellowes AeraMax DX5/ 100

Focusing on the downside of Fellowes AeraMax DX5/ 100, the lack of a dedicated pre-filter is surely the biggest miss while drop in airflow performance is also expected based on the price tag and size. Ignoring all that and you will find Fellowes AeraMax DX5/ 100 is actually not a bad air purifier for customer base that do not need something exceptional.

Fellowes AeraMax DX5/ AeraMax 100 is covered against

Fellowes AeraMax DX5/ AeraMax 100 VS Dust

Dust

EXCELLENT

Fellowes AeraMax DX5/ AeraMax 100 VS Pollen

Pollen

OK

Fellowes AeraMax DX5/ AeraMax 100 VS Hair

Hair/ Pet hair

OK

Fellowes AeraMax DX5/ AeraMax 100 VS Dust mites

Dust mites

OK

Fellowes AeraMax DX5/ AeraMax 100 VS Mold/ Mildew

Mold/ Mildew

OK

Fellowes AeraMax DX5/ AeraMax 100 VS Pet dander

Pet dander

OK

Fellowes AeraMax DX5/ AeraMax 100 VS Virus/ Germ

Virus/ Germ

OK

Fellowes AeraMax DX5/ AeraMax 100 VS Tobacco smoke

Tobacco smoke

OK

Fellowes AeraMax DX5/ AeraMax 100 VS Chemical

Chemical

OK

Fellowes AeraMax DX5/ AeraMax 100 VS VOCs

VOCs

OK

Fellowes AeraMax DX5/ AeraMax 100 VS Smoke/ Gas

Smoke/ Gas

OK

Fellowes AeraMax DX5/ AeraMax 100 VS Odor

Odor

OK

Overall Fellowes AeraMax DX5/ AeraMax 100 efficient plus 100 sq. ft. purifying coverage and airflow input/ output is terrific in capturing large airborne pollutants such as dust, hair, pet hair. pit against allergens, irritants, viruses and bacteria, Fellowes AeraMax DX5/ AeraMax 100 combined True HEPA Filter 9287001, 3 fanspeed and 4-stage filtration is at somewhat fine grade in eliminating pet dander, dust mites, pollen, mold and mildew.  On smokes and odors, Fellowes AeraMax DX5/ AeraMax 100 Carbon Filter 9324001 (4 pack) filtration is weak in handling chemicals, odors, cooking smell, fire, VOCs, tobacco smokes, cigarette, vapor, radon and ammonia.

In conclusion......

  • Slim tower profile yet manage to squeeze a 4-stage filtration.
  • Low entry-level price especially after online discount.
  • Packed with the same AeraSmart air quality sensors with indicator and Auto mode.
  • Use genuine True HEPA filter rather than lower grade HEPA-type filter.
  • Additional AeraSafe antimicrobial treatment on the HEPA filter that inhibit bacteria growth.
  • Optional PlasmaTrue technology that works exactly like an ionizer.
  • Below average CADR and purifying coverage.
  • No dedicated pre-filter to compliment the True HEPA and carbon filter.
  • Front blue indicator light is not dimmable in any ways.
  • Lacks adjustable louver and is not Energy Star rated unlike DX55/ DX95.
Build quality
6
Features
5
Coverage
4
Airflow delivery
3
Particle Filtration
6
Smoke Filtration
6
Price
8
Upkeeping
8
5.8

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