Last updated on June 3rd, 2022
Coway Airmega 250 entered the market in 2021 but the release was glossed over (even the newbie like Shark air purifier received more attention) by the consumers and the company didn’t advertise the newest model that much. And yet, it’s one of the best air purifiers released in 2021: it doesn’t have any fancy features and offers only great build quality, performance and quiet operation.
I review the Coway Airmega 250 on this page. Read on if you want to know more about the air purifier’s performance, room coverage, maintenance costs and more!
|Space Coverage||465 square feet|
|Air Changes per Hour||4 (ACH recommendations for rooms)|
|Particles Removal||99.99% down to 0.1 microns|
|Filtration Technology||3-stage: Pre-filter/Carbon/True HEPA|
|Filter Life||12 months for Max2 True HEPA Filter (check price)|
|CADR Ratings||249 (Smoke) / 230 (Pollen) / 261 (Dust)|
|Max Airflow||261.2 CFM (Smoke)|
|Speed Settings||3 manual speeds, 3 auto|
|Noise Level||22 – 54 dB|
|Power||64 Watt (How much Electricity will it use?)|
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||8.3″ x 18.5″ x 19.7″|
|Warranty||3 years on motor & electronic parts|
|Energy Star Certified|
My Coway Airmega 250 Air Purifier Review
What’s in the Box
- Airmega 250 air purifying unit w/ filters
- User manual
On the box it stated air cleaning efficiency 99.97% down to 0.03 microns. I don’t know whether it’s a mistake or something else, but it is what it is. Anyway, here’s my Coway Airmega 250 Air Purifier Review!
The Coway Airmega 250 features 3 stage air filtration system:
- Washable Pre-filter for hair, large dust particles and the like.
- Combined Max2 honeycomb-like Activated Carbon Filter for odor filtration (VOCs, gases, cigarette, pet and kitchen smells) and True HEPA filter for bacteria, virus and mold capture.
The air cleaning unit is equipped with the 2 indicators that will let anyone to know when the pre-filter needs to be cleaned (usually 2 months after the first run) and the Max2 filter to be replaced (usually after 12 months if usage).
Coway 250’s Auto-mode works as intended: increases speed when the air quality indicator shows aggravation of air quality and slows the fan when the air quality improves. At the highest speed the fan isn’t noisy at all, I must say.
Sleep mode is activated automatically in Smart mode if the air purifier detects quality as good (blue) for 3 minutes. In this case the Coway Airmega 250 relies on the in-built light sensor that checks if the room is dark enough. It is also possible to manually disable all lights. In this mode power consumption and noise are even lower than at the manually selected minimum speed. And speaking about manual speeds, there are 3 of them: low, medium and high.
Coway Airmega 250 also has an Eco mode: if the air quality remains good for at least 10 minutes the air purifier fan turns off. It will resume if the pollution sensor detects any harmful particles in the air. I did some testing: put the air purifier in my kitchen (before it was in Eco mode and shined blue for several hours in my bedroom) and started cooking. After several minutes the light turned green (meaning moderate air quality) and I instantly heard increased fan speed.
In short, the Coway Airmega 250 is on of those rare air purifiers that are equipped with the smart functions that do make the difference and really work as intended. This is a great air purifier for any small or medium kitchen, living room or bedroom: plug the unit and forget about it until the indicator turns on and you have to wash or replace filters.
What I really dislike about the Coway Airmega 250 is the filter support. Replacement filters for 250 model aren’t available on Amazon (filters from Airmega 300 or 400 do not fit) and the last time I checked official website the filters were out of stock. I do not know, maybe Coway didn’t considered the launch successful or it is something else, but if the things continue the way it is now, Airmega 250 owners might end up having an excellent air purifier that runs only for 1 year due to the unavailability of the replacement filters.
Maybe in the nearest future some 3rd-party manufacturers will produce replacement filters for the 250 model, but I personally not a fan of such idea anyway, as many non-OEM sellers often have critical flaws in their filter designs greatly reducing performance of the whole air cleaning unit and sometimes rendering it useless.
Suitable Room Size for Coway Airmega 250
Coway Airmega 250 is advertised for rooms 930 square feet in size, but in reality the air purifier must be used for smaller spaces since the number 930 achieved with 2 air changes per hour and you want 3-4 at least. Here is a table for different room sizes and how long it takes for Coway Airmega 250 to clean air (used average CADR of 248 cubic feet of air moved per minute):
|Room size||How long it takes to clean room||ACH|
|310 sq. ft.||10 minutes||6|
|465 sq. ft.||15 minutes||4|
|620 sq. ft.||20 minutes||3|
|930 sq. ft.||30 minutes||2|
|1860 sq. ft.||43 minutes||1.4|
If you want to calculate air changes per hour for your room and get a closer look what are the general recommendations, go to the ACH calculator & recommendations page on our website. To perform proper calculations use these independently tested by Energy Star CADR ratings for Airmega 250:
- Smoke-Free Clean Air Delivery Rate: 248.5 cfm
- Dust-Free Clean Air Delivery Rate: 261.2 cfm
- Pollen-Free Clean Air Delivery Rate: 230.1 cfm
Replacement Filters: $69 per year for Max2 Filter (check availability).
Electricity Costs: ~$3 per month running 12 hours per day on Maximum speed. Use our Energy Consumption Calculator to estimate electricity usage and costs of the Coway 250 air purifier based on your local electricity rates.
Coway Airmega 250 Total Yearly Operating Costs (Replacement Filters + Electricity): ~$115.
Coway Airmega 250 Pros & Cons
Coway Airmega 250 vs 250S
Coway Airmega 250S is identical to the 250 model, except for having support for the app (connects via WiFi) and scheduler for easier control.
|Model||Coway Airmega 250||Coway Airmega 250S|
|Main reason to buy||Lower Price||Easier to Control|
|Timer||1, 4, 8 Hr||1, 2, 4, 8 Hr + Scheduler|
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Coway Airmega 250 produce ozone?
No! The unit doesn’t have an ionizer and it’s completely ozone-free!
Can I wash the Airmega HEPA/Carbon filter?
No, you can’t wash the Max2 filter. It must be replaced, cleaning will destroy its ability to capture particles. You may and should wash pre-filter.
Does the air purifier has a remote?
Coway Airmega 250 doesn’t have a remote.
How often should I replace the Coway 250 filter?
On average, the air filter lasts for about 1 year before it needs a replacement. Wildfires, heavy smoking in a room can reduce its lifespan.
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In conclusions I have only one thing to say about the Coway Airmega 250: it’s an excellent air purifier that worth every penny. It’s quiet when the unit runs at the highest setting, functions that require sensor work as described and overall performance is great.
The only major downside is, as I already pointed out above in me review, a probable lack of the replacement filters. It would be a pity if Coway decides to discontinue the product in the nearest future for one reason or another.