Levoit LV-H132 Vs Vista 200 Air Purifiers: Don’t Make A Buying Mistake!

Levoit LV-H132 vs Vista 200 air purifier comparison featured image

Thinking about picking up a nice new air purifier? Figuring out all the gritty details can be tough and takes a lot of time. I’d love to help make it easier.

In this detailed post, I’ll compare the Levoit LV-H132 vs Vista 200 air purifiers and tell you which is a better buy. Following my hands-on testing & daily use, I’ve found out a few things that will save you from making a bad buying decision!

Don’t spend a cent until you find out why I recommend one over the other (and an even better option, too!).

Contents

Getting to know the Levoit LV-H132 and Vista 200 air purifiers

Levoit Core 300 vs LV-H132 vs Vista 200 air purifier comparison image

The family of Levoit air purifiers includes the best-selling LV-H132 and 2 newer models: The Vista 200 and the Core 300. All feature low-noise operation, a short and compact design, and a true HEPA filter. They also include features not found on competing products in their price range.

One of the leading manufacturers of air quality products today, Levoit has been a long-time producer of some of the best-selling air purifiers today. Their popular LV-H132 has been one of the top sellers – and best-rated – models for years now.

What’s different about Levoit air purifiers is their distinctive style, engineering quality, and features that separate them from the competition.

There’s a very unique look, feel, and design approach that gives them a very classy and distinguished appearance that’s a winner with many consumers.

Some of the common characteristics you’ll find in the Levoit purifiers are:

  • Distinctive circular design
  • Electronic touch controls
  • True HEPA filter with 99.97% efficiency for elements down to 0.3 millionths of a meter (0.3 microns)
  • Prefilter with activated charcoal for odor & volatile organic chemical (VOC) absorption
  • Low-noise operation with some of the quietest operation available
  • White satin finish
  • Nice convenience features
  • Clear, simple instructions & customer support information
  • Very simple and easy-access maintenance
  • Readily available replacement filters

While the LV-H132 has been a top seller for years, it’s a bit mature at this point. Recently 2 newer models were introduced that follow in its footsteps: The Core 300 and the Vista 200.

In this post I’ll focus on the LV-H132 and Vista 200 in great detail and compare them to show you some interesting differences you’ll want to know before buying.

What’s included with each purifier?

LV-H132 packaging & items

Product image and included items for the Levoit LV-H132 air purifier

The LV-H132 arrives well-packaged and includes the following:

  • The owner’s manual
  • Product extender warranty & registration information

The 3-stage filter is already installed but you’ll need to remove it from its sealed plastic bag (provided for filter freshness) before use.

It’s a simple process getting it ready to go and you’ll have it up and running in seconds. Mine looked great and the packaging is very good too in my opinion.

Additionally, customer support contact information is provided an easy-to-find spot on the box and in the included documents too.

Vista 200 included items

Image showing items included with the Levoit Vista 200 purifier

After unpacking the Vista 200 you’ll find the following included:

  • An AC/DC 12V power supply
  • Owner’s manual
  • Quick start instruction sheet
  • Optional extended warranty insert

Just like the LV-H132, customer help information (both by phone or email) is printed right on the box flap so you’ll see it when unboxing it. Additionally, there’s customer support information printed in the manual for when you run into a problem.

NOTE: Before using either of the purifiers be sure to open it and remove the filter from its plastic bag. They’re sealed from the factory to keep them fresh & ready for use before purchase.

(There’s a note about this in the instructions also).

Differences that stand out right away

Levoit Vista 200 AC-DC 12V adapter image

Shown: The AC-DC 12V adapter used to power the Vista 200 purifier. Unlike other purifiers including those from Levoit, this model is different in that the power supply is outside the chassis – there’s not a standard AC power cord. Instead, an external AC-DC adapter is used.

Obviously, the Vista 200 is different in appearance from the LV-H132, but it’s quite similar in style to the Core 300 model.

One thing that stood out right away to me was both how light it feels in the hand but especially the power supply.

While other models use an internal supply and a standard AC power cord, the Vista 200 uses an external AC-DC 12V adapter that plugs into a jack on the rear.

Checking out the build quality & fit and finish

LV-H132

Close up images of the Levoit LV-H132 air purifier body

The Levoit LV-H132 model has a “classic” modern appearance and style. It’s well-made and parts line up perfectly. There’s a nice satin white finish contrasted by the glossy black control panel insert. It’s a nice looking unit!

As I mentioned at the beginning of my post, Levoit’s styling elements are unique and stand apart from other brands. It’s also a well-made unit with a “classic” Levoit style that’s easy to notice but looks good anywhere it’s used.

Inspecting the LV-H132 up close I found it to be well-made with quality fit and finish. No defects or cheap-looking body sections. It feels solid and good in the hands, too, weighing at around 5.25 lbs.

The satin pure white finish is offset by a nice black trim ring near the lower half. The clearly labeled control buttons are surrounded by a classy looking gloss black inset.

It gives a good impression and right away it’s easy to tell this is a good one. 

Vista 200

Close up images of the Levoit Vista 200 air purifier

Following the newer, more rounded style of the most recent generation of air purifiers, the Levoit Vista 200 features rounded air passageways unlike the more “squarish” ones found on the LV-H132. A satin white/off-white color looks nice.

Likewise, the Vista 200 is well put-together with a nice off-white satin finish but will a more “rounded” style found in the Core 300 also.

A few things stood out to me right away: Although it looks good, it’s much lighter than the LV-H132 and honestly feels much cheaper to me.

The control panel design is a cheaper looking one and uses a thin plastic panel unlike the other model. It’s not a bad looking air purifier by any means – but I could tell right away that it’s designed with a budget approach.

Levoit LV-H132 vs Vista 200: Comparing specifications

Here’s a detailed listing of the specifications for both models. Be sure to note the room size coverage,  weight, and features as they’re different from each other.

Don’t worry if it seems like a lot of information! I’ll give you a simplified comparison of the most important things to know as we go.

Levoit LV-H132 Specifications
  • Room size rating: 129 sq. ft (small or medium room)
  • 3-speed fan control
  • 2 level night light feature
  • True HEPA filter
  • Activated carbon pellet section
  • Very low noise operation (< 50dB)
  • Prefilter can be cleaned or replaced separately
  • CADR (Clean Air Delivery Rate) ratings: Dust (110), pollen (110), smoke (110)
  • AHAM Verified, Energy Star Verified, FCC certified, ETL listed, CA PROP 65 certified
  • Electronic touch controls
  • Control lighting on/off feature
  • Memory feature retains last setting used
  • Filter replacement reminder (~6 mos.)
  • Twist-open filter cover with handle
  • Simple filter replacement (drop in)
  • 2 year warranty
  • Replacement filter: LV-H132-RF
  • Power use: 28.3W (max. fan speed)
  • Weight: 5.25 lbs (2.38 kg)
  • Cord length: 6 ft.
  • Size: 7.5 x 7.5 x 12.5″ (19 x 19 x 31.75 cm)
Levoit Vista 200 Specifications
  • Room size rating: 161 sq. ft (small or medium room)
  • 3-speed fan control
  • Whisper-quiet Sleep mode w/ air cleaning
  • True HEPA filter w/ activated carbon filter
  • Prefilter can be cleaned
  • CADR (Clean Air Delivery Rate) ratings: [Not provided]
  • AHAM Verified, Energy Star Verified, FCC certified, ETL listed, CA PROP 65 certified
  • Simple, clear electronic touch controls
  • Control lighting on/off feature
  • 2-level night light feature
  • Memory feature retains last fan setting used
  • Filter replacement reminder (~6 mos.)
  • 1 year warranty (extended coverage available)
  • Replacement filter: Vista 200-RF
  • Power use: 10.3W (max. fan speed)
  • Weight: 3.3 lbs (1.5 kg)
  • Cord length: 6 ft.
  • Size: 7.5 x 7.5 x 13″ (19 x 19 x 33 cm)

Air filter details & performance notes

LV-H132

Levoit LV-H132 purifier filter sections close up diagram

The LV-H132’s 3-stage filter assembly is made up of 3 sections:

  • A mesh prefilter
  • True HEPA filter section
  • Activated carbon filter

As I mentioned in the beginning a true HEPA filter can trap airborne particulates as small as 0.3 microns (.3 millionths of a meter) in size – much smaller than the human eye can see. The filter isn’t washable but is easily replaceable at maintenance time.

Additionally, a mesh prefilter is used to trap larger elements like hair, dust, and lint. One thing I really like about it is that you can remove the prefilter to vacuum it for extended performance. 

Note: While the prefilter can be removed to be cleaned for long-term performance, it shouldn’t be exposed to water or washed.

Unlike many air purifiers, the activated carbon filter uses solid pellets (and not just a coating) for better odor trapping performance.

On the other hand, one disadvantage is that the HEPA filter section has a smaller surface area than other purifiers in its price range use.

Vista 200

Levoit Vista 200 HEPA filter sections close up images

Likewise, the Vista 200 uses a 3-stage filter as well although the design is a bit different:

  • A true HEPA filter with a 360° (cylinder) design
  • Activated carbon filter (located inside)
  • Prefilter mesh material covering the HEPA filter

Unlike the LV-H132, you won’t get the same odor-absorbing performance. A standard activated carbon coating is used instead of the solid pellet design the LV-H132 uses.

On the other hand, the HEPA filter has a larger useable area. 

How’s the performance?

As I’ve mentioned in the comparison details, the Vista 200 has a cheaper, weaker fan and is less effective at cycling air in a room.

Because of that, it’s less effective at air cleaning. By comparison the LV-H132 despite being very quiet moves more air in the same amount of time and is a better choice. While it’s not quite as effective as larger (and noisier) models out there it’s a good performer and does well in my experience.

Additionally, the Vista 200’s “bigger brother”, the Core 300, has better performance as well as features the LV-H132 doesn’t offer.

Control panel details & functions

Levoit LV-H132 vs Vista 200 air purifiers top view comparison

Top view of the control panels on the LV-H132 and the Vista 200.

LV-H132 controls

Image of Levoit LV-H132 air purifier controls with illustrated text

Shown: The LV-H132’s control panel with electronic touch button controls. Unlike the Vista 200, all functions are placed right at the front. It’s an easy to use control layout and works great.

The LV-H132, as it has fewer features than the Vista 200 (like the auto-off timer) only has 4 buttons/lights in the control layout:

  • Power on/off
  • Night light on/off
  • Check filter reminder/reset button
  • Fan speed control

Controls work great and I have absolutely no complaints! The functions are simple, easy to learn, and become second nature in a matter of seconds.

However, unlike the Vista 200, the buttons beep when touched. Unfortunately, there’s no way to switch this off.

While it’s not obvious, the LV-H132 does have a control panel lighting on/off feature. To use it, push and hold the power button.

Touch any button besides the power button to turn the lighting back on.

Vista 200 controls

Levoit Vista 200 illustrated control panel diagram

Illustrated top view of the Vista 200 control panel layout. As more features are featured there’s a lot more space used for the design. Additionally, unlike the LV-H132 the panel lighting on/off control is now a dedicated button.

As I mentioned, the Vista 200 offers some features the LV-H132 doesn’t. Here’s a list of the control buttons & features:

  • Fan speed button (low, medium, and high)
  • Night light on/off
  • Check filter indicator
  • Control lighting on/off button
  • Timer function/hour select (2, 4, & 8 hours selectable)
  • Sleep mode
  • Power on/off

The controls are nice and work well – they’re not too sensitive, and don’t need a hard touch, either. I found them reliable, clear to see, and I got the impression the design work behind them is solid and well-planned.

Unlike the LV-H132 model, the Vista 200 doesn’t beep when you touch the control buttons. It’s completely silent.

Night light feature differences

Levoit LV-H132 vs Vista 200 night light comparison images

Shown here is a comparison of the night light provided by both models. Note the difference in color between the two.

Both models offer a 2-level night light feature that works great and it’s a nice touch I like.

The biggest change here is that the LV-H132 uses a light-blue night light color while the Vista 200 provides a “soft white” (soft yellow/amber) color instead.

Brightness levels are about the same for both high and low settings in my experience.

Noise level comparisons (and something I found!)

dB noise level meter measurement image

I measured volume levels for both models using a nice little digital decibel sound level meter I picked up at Amazon at 1 meter (3.28 ft) from the purifier.

LV-H132 vs Vista 200 noise measurements

MeasurementVista 200LV-H132
Off (room noise)4040
Sleep40.3N/A
Low40.540
Medium42.843
High56.247.9

Sleep mode is incredibly quiet – so much my ears can’t even detect it’s on.

Low is extremely quiet as well – essentially impossible to hear. Medium and high noise levels for both models are very good, with the high setting about the same as other purifiers like the GermGuardian AC4825.

However, the Vista 200 measures about 9 dB louder than the LV-H132’s high setting which is a fair amount louder than the LV-H132. However, measurements don’t tell the whole story – there’s another noise problem I found with the Vista 200.

Sound problems with the Vista 200

While I’ve been very happy with the LV-H132 and Core 300’s quiet sound levels and pleasing, smooth “white noise” sound during use, in this area the Vista 200 is a disappointment.

The sound tone produced when in use isn’t nearly as pleasing – or easy to overlook – as the LV-H132. 

Because the purifier has a lower-cost build and less mass (less weight & a less substantial build), there’s an odd “hollow” sound produced that I really don’t like. It’s annoying, unpleasant, and not at all what I expected from the standard set by the LV-H132.

In this area again the LV-H132 is a better performer.

Power use comparisons

I measured power use (in Watts) for both units. There was a big difference! Here’s what I found.

LV-H132 power use measurements

Levoit LV-H132 air purifier power use measurements images

I measured power use, in Watts, for 4 modes of the LV-H132: Off + the 3 fan speeds. (Not shown: The night light used so little power it was negligible and not enough to measure).

I measured power draw in Watts with my trusty Kill-A-Watt power meter. It turns out the LV-H132 uses less power than most competitors in its price class:

Levoit LV-H132 power use table

ModePower (Watts)
Off0-0.8
Low11.8
Med.19.3
High28.3

Low and medium settings are what most people are likely to use as they’re far quieter than the high speed.

However, despite being a bit louder, high still draws about 1/2 the power at a similar setting when compared to rivals like the GermGuardian AC4825 at about 55W.

For all power measurements recorded, I switched the button lighting off as well. The difference was so small it couldn’t be measured.

Vista 200 power use measurements

Levoit Vista 200 power measurements diagram

Measuring power use for the Vista 200. I used my power meter to record 5 modes (Off, Sleep, and 3 fan speeds) as well as the night light’s high & low settings alone.

Levoit Vista 200 power use measurement table

ModePower (Watts)
Off0.3
Sleep0.9
Low1.3
Med.2.1
High10.3
Night light high1.6
Night light low0.8

I have to say I’m pretty darn amazed at how low the power consumption is! For example, many air purifiers in the price range of the Levoit small-medium room purifiers use up to about 55W on the high speed.

Comparing the Vista 200 to the Core 300, for example, when set the high the Vista 200 uses the same amount of power as the Core 300’s super-low speed Sleep mode!

While it may seem like the Vista 200 is incredibly energy efficient, with a range of power use from less than 1W to 10.3W, that’s the wrong idea to get. It’s not.

The reason is that the Vista 200 uses a much weaker & lower-speed fan that draws much less power than its siblings. You’re using less power, sure – but at the price of a weak fan that can’t circulate air nearly as well as its siblings.

Sleep mode & the auto-off timer (Vista 200 only)

Levoit Vista 200 sleep mode and auto off timer use examples

Sleep mode is a low-noise setting that can be entered or exited any time you like by touching the moon-shaped button. It puts the purifier in a whisper-quiet low fan mode to avoid disturbing you at night.

For once, it really is amazingly quiet as advertised! In fact, during testing, I couldn’t even tell it’s running while in Sleep mode.

Additionally, Sleep mode dims the button lighting to avoid disturbing you while you’re sleeping.

The auto-off timer feature

One added feature I really like is the ability to choose an auto-off timer so the purifier will turn itself off automatically. Just touch the button to rotate through 4 settings: 2, 4, or 8 hours of run time.

Oddly enough, while its “bigger brother” the Core 300 also offers a 6 hour option, the Vista only offers 3 options with 2, 4, and 8 hour settings.

However, in my experience, that’s fine for most people.

The Vista 200’s biggest weakness!

Comparison of the interior view of Levoit LV-H132 vs Vista 200 air purifiers

Above: The LV-H132 features a much more robust and powerful fan motor than the Vista 200. There’s also a larger area for air movement which draws air through the HEPA filter. Unfortunately, that’s the weakness I discovered with the Vista 200. It doesn’t live up to the LV-H132’s legacy.

As I mentioned earlier, I discovered that the Vista 200 has a cheap, lightweight, budget feel. It’s much less substantial in the hands than the LV-H132.

One reason is that the LV-H132 has a much heavier and more powerful fan motor than the Vista 200. Sadly, upon opening the Vista 200 I quickly noticed it uses a low-cost brushless DC motor that’s not a specially designed motor fan.

It’s why the Vista 200 suffers from lower air cleaning performance and worse noise levels, too.

Image showing the fan used in the Vista 200 air purifier

The Vista 200 disappointed me a lot with its low-cost fan, average fan. Similar to the inexpensive brushless DC powered fans found in personal computer cases for cooling, it’s basically just a bigger version. It has a disappointing airflow rate when compared to the LV-H132.

Have you ever seen the cooling fans used in personal computer cases for cooling the case? That’s essentially what’s used in the Levoit Vista 200 – but a bigger version. These types of fans are not high-speed, high airflow fans like you’d expect the company to use.

Instead, they’re very basic, low-cost units used for generic applications. The LV-H132 and the newer Core 300, however, use a much more substantial – and powerful – fan motor with far better performance.

I’m not surprised the Vista 200’s noise levels aren’t good – the fan sure doesn’t help!

Simplified comparison table & what to know

Levoit LV-H132 vs Vista 200 air purifiers front view comparison

Above: The Levoit LV-H132 (left) is one of the best-selling air purifiers of all time and set the bar high for what a compact air purifier should be. The Vista 200 (right) offers many similar features but also adds an auto-off timer as well.

As I promised earlier, here’s a simplified comparison table showing the biggest differences between the two models.

LV-H132 vs Vista 200 comparison table

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LEVOIT Air Purifiers for Home Allergies and Pets Hair, H13 True HEPA Air...
Model
LV-H132
Vista 200
Filter type
3-stage/HEPA w/carbon pellet odor control
3-stage/HEPA
Room sq ft
129
161
Warranty
2 years
1 yr (extended optional)
Night light
Sleep mode
Beep sounds
Auto-off timer
Noise levels (dB)
40/43/47.9
40.3/40.5/42.8/56.2
Current price
$69.99
$89.99
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LEVOIT H13 True HEPA Filter Air Purifiers for Allergies and Pets, Smokers,...
Model
LV-H132
Filter type
3-stage/HEPA w/carbon pellet odor control
Room sq ft
129
Warranty
2 years
Night light
Sleep mode
Beep sounds
Auto-off timer
Noise levels (dB)
40/43/47.9
Current price
$69.99
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LEVOIT Air Purifiers for Home Allergies and Pets Hair, H13 True HEPA Air...
Model
Vista 200
Filter type
3-stage/HEPA
Room sq ft
161
Warranty
1 yr (extended optional)
Night light
Sleep mode
Beep sounds
Auto-off timer
Noise levels (dB)
40.3/40.5/42.8/56.2
Current price
$89.99

(Current pricing updated on 2020-10-24 at 16:00 via Amazon)

To keep it simple, the most notable differences are:

  • The LV-H132 has a room size coverage of 129 sq feet vs the 161 sq ft of the Vista 200.
  • The LV-H132 also has a night light as does the Vista 200, but with a blue color
  • The LV-H132 provides a prefilter with real carbon pellets (better) for odor absorption while the other uses a standard activated carbon coating
  • The Vista provides 3 fan speed + an ultra-quiet Sleep mode. No sleep mode is provided with the LV-H132
  • No auto-off timer on the LV-H132
  • Controls on the LV-H132 produce a beep while the other’s do not
  • 2 yr warranty included (LV-H132) vs a 1 yr warranty with the option to extend by 1 more year
  • The LV-H132 features better airflow and air cleaning performance as it uses a more advanced & higher-quality fan
  • The LV-H132 is a more solid, heavier build than the Vista 200
  • While the LV-H132 is available in a black version the Vista 200 is only sold in one color

Ultimately, while the Vista is listed as providing larger room size coverage (161 sq ft) it’s simply not as good of an air purifier as the LV-H132 with its proven track record.

Filter replacements are about the same price, so that’s not an issue.

Which one should you buy? Here’s the truth.

Choosing between the LV-H132 and the Vista 200

The Vista 200 isn’t by any means a bad choice – if it were priced for the budget quality you get. As it stands now, however, what you get just isn’t worth the price.

I have to say I’m disappointed with the budget feel and cheap design that results in a lower airflow rate (meaning weaker air cleaning). I’m also not happy with a noisier operation than I’ve come to expect from the other very nice Levoit purifiers. It’s a bit annoying to hear while it’s running unlike the others.

Ultimately, when it comes to value and performance it simply doesn’t make sense to buy this at full price vs the LV-H132.

While the LV-H132 is a bit dated at this point and doesn’t have the same features or room size coverage as the Vista 200, it’s still a solid choice and a better buy for your money.

Black and white version of Levoit LV-H132 air purifier product examples

Head over now to see why thousands of happy buyers left great reviews for the LV-H132 at Amazon.

Your best choice is actually a 3rd option!

Based on my testing and ownership of all 3 models, the truth is that your best choice isn’t either one of these but instead the new Levoit Core 300.

Why, you might ask? Several reasons:

  • Better air cleaning performance
  • Solid build quality and design
  • Sleep mode & 4-option auto-off timer
  • Offers even more room size coverage at 215 square feet
  • It’s just as quiet as the LV-H132, and pleasant to hear!
  • Upgraded pet & odor control filter options are available
  • It’s only a few dollars more than the other models

The only thing you’ll give up is the night light feature. If you’re trying to decide between the LV-H132 and Vista 200, you’d be smart to have a look.

Your best choice

Levoit Core 300 review editors choice badge product image

My recommendation is to spend just a few dollars more and get a much better performer – and value – for your dollar. I’m a happy Core 300 owner I’m sure you’ll love it, too!

Find out now why the Core 300 is one of the best new air purifiers at Amazon.

Levoit Vista 200 Air Purifier Review – Find Out The Honest Truth Before Buying!

Levoit Vista 200 air purifier review featured image

Looking for a compact air purifier that’s easy to use? Levoit is one of the top manufacturers of air quality products today. The newly introduced Vista 200 now joins the product family and offers another buying choice for a slightly lower price.

However, what are the strengths and weaknesses? And how does it compare to the existing super-popular LV-H132 model as well as the new Core 300 model?

In my detailed Levoit Vista 200 air purifier review I’ll tell this and much more – including if it’s a good buy or not.

Contents

Getting to know the Levoit Vista 200 air purifier

Levoit Core 300 vs LV-H132 vs Vista 200 air purifier comparison image

The family of Levoit air purifiers includes the best-selling LV-H132 and 2 newer models: The Vista 200 and the Core 300. All feature low-noise operation, a short and compact design, and a true HEPA filter. They also include features not found on competitors in their price range.

Levoit has been a long-time popular choice for well-made air quality products. Their LV-H132 is one of the all-time best selling compact air purifiers ever sold, in fact!

What’s different about Levoit air purifiers is their distinctive style, engineering quality, and features they offer while their competition doesn’t.

Some of the common characteristics you’ll find in the Levoit purifiers are:

  • Distinctive circular design
  • Electronic touch controls
  • True HEPA filter with 99.97% efficiency for elements down to 0.3 millionths of a meter (0.3 microns)
  • Prefilter with activated charcoal for odor & volatile organic chemical (VOC) absorption
  • Low-noise operation with some of the quietest operation available
  • White satin finish
  • Nice convenience features
  • Clear, simple instructions & customer support information
  • Very simple, easy-access maintenance

While the LV-H132 has been a top seller for years, it’s a bit mature at this point. Recently 2 newer models were introduced that follow in its footsteps: The Core 300 and the Vista 200.

Let’s dig in and find out more about what makes the Vista 200 different, what you can expect, and if it’s a good choice for your money.

Unpacking & first impressions

Packaging

Levoit Vista 200 air purifier unboxing images

Unboxing my Vista 200. Like so many other quality Levoit products, my purifier arrived well-packaged and with helpful customer support contact information clearly presented on one of the box flaps when I opened it. Nice! Additionally, the purifier was neatly packaged along with the instruction manual and Quick Start Guide for getting it going easily.

Much like other Levoit purifiers I own and have tested, the Vista 200 arrived well-packaged and safely supported inside.

Upon opening the box you’ll find clearly labeled customer support contact info right on one of the box flaps. That’s always a great sign of things to come and good customer service.

Placed on top of the first recycled cardboard insert is a bag containing the owner’s manual, a Quick Start Guide with basic set-up and operation information, and an insert about the optional warranty extension.

It’s well-packaged and my impression so far was good. However, immediately when removing the purifier from the box I noticed how it’s much lighter than the sibling models.

What’s in the box?

Image showing items included with the Levoit Vista 200 purifier

After unpacking the purifier you’ll find the following included: The AC/DC 12V power supply, owner’s manual, quick start instruction sheet, and optional extended warranty insert.

Right away I noticed the Vista 200 has a much lighter & cheaper “feel” than both the Core 300 and LV-H132 which are both solid, well-made models. However, I prefer to stay open-minded and not draw any conclusions too soon.

One thing that’s very different about the Vista 200 is the use of an external AC-DC adapter. None of the other Levoit purifiers at this time use that design.

NOTE: Be sure to open the purifier and remove the filter from its plastic bag before use. They’re sealed from the factory to keep them fresh & ready for use before purchase.

Differences that stand out right away

Levoit Vista 200 AC-DC 12V adapter image

Shown: The AC-DC 12V adapter used to power the Vista 200 purifier. Unlike other purifiers including those from Levoit, this model is different in that the power supply is outside the chassis – there’s not a standard AC power cord. Instead, an external AC-DC adapter is used.

It’s important for me to clarify before we go further that the Vista 200 looks very similar to the Core 300 model but is very different in both performance and design.

As I mentioned above it’s very lightweight and simply doesn’t feel as solid in the hand. I’ll explain what I mean as we go.

While other models use an internal supply and a standard AC power cord, the Vista 200 uses an external AC-DC 12V adapter that plugs into a jack on the rear.

The quick start guide is good!

Levoit Vista 200 quick start guide page example image

One thing that I really like is the quick start guide included in addition to the owner’s manual. It’s a very short 2-page set of instructions & diagrams to help you get the purifier up and running quickly.

It’s clear, easy for anyone to understand, and saves the trouble of having to hunt for the facts you need when getting started.

Build quality and fit & finish

Close up images of the Levoit Vista 200 air purifier

The Vista 300 features a matte white finish and looks nice – and well put-together. Parts are tight, aligned correctly, and altogether it looks well-made. It’s obviously another quality model just like the others before it.

After opening and unpacking it I moved forward with my first inspection before powering it up and testing it for a few weeks.

The Vista 200 has a nice matte white body with a smart, modern design throughout. However, it’s easy to see that a few compromises were made to make this a budget product unlike its siblings.

Overall impressions and manufacturing quality

The good news is that it’s well-made: No defects, gaps in body panels, or cosmetic flaws to mention. It’s well put-together and the body itself feels good in the hand.

However, the center control panel uses a thin plastic insert and not the thicker, more attractive gloss or satin black insert used on other models. Immediately I picked up on this clue about it being a more budget, basic design.

As I’ll show you later, there’s more to the story than just cosmetics – in fact, the air cleaning performance has been greatly compromised as well, sadly.

Checking out the controls

Levoit Vista 200 illustrated control panel diagram

Diagram showing the Levoit Vista 200 touch control functions & features. It’s very simple to use and a snap to get accustomed to quickly. Select a fan speed or super-quiet Sleep mode, turn the illumination on/off, select an optional auto-off timer choice. Turn the night light on or off any time you like as well.

I have to admit it – just like the other purifiers in the Levoit family, it’s really easy to use! In the picture above, you can see the touch controls, each with a symbol:

  • Fan speed button (low, med, and high)
  • Night light on/off
  • Check filter indicator
  • Control lighting on/off button
  • Timer function/hour select (2, 4, & 8 hours selectable)
  • Sleep mode
  • Power on/off

The controls are nice and work well – they’re not too sensitive, and don’t need a hard touch, either. I found them reliable, clear to see, and I got the impression the design work behind them is solid and well-planned.

Unlike the LV-H132 model, the Vista 200 doesn’t beep when you touch the control buttons. It’s completely silent.

Fan speeds & modes

The fan controls are really simple to use: Just push the fan symbol to rotate through the 3 main speeds.

What I like about Levoit purifiers (and that you won’t find on many competitor models) is that they ramp up (or down) gracefully when changing speeds.

There’s no harsh, abrupt fan that “jumps” to a much faster setting, for example.

Sleep mode function

Levoit Vista 200 sleep mode and auto off timer use examples

Sleep mode is a low-noise setting that can be entered or exited any time you like by touching the moon-shaped button. It puts the purifier in a whisper-quiet low fan mode to avoid disturbing you at night.

For once, it really is amazingly quiet as advertised! In fact, during testing, I couldn’t even tell it’s running while in Sleep mode.

Additionally, Sleep mode dims the button lighting to avoid disturbing you while you’re sleeping.

The auto-off timer feature

One added feature I really like is the ability to choose an auto-off timer so the purifier will turn itself off automatically. Just touch the button to rotate through 4 settings: 2, 4, or 8 hours of run time.

Oddly enough, while its “bigger brother” the Core 300 also offers a 6 hour option, the Vista only offers 3 options with 2, 4, and 8 hour settings.

However, in my experience, that’s fine for most people.

Other features

There are a few more features worth noting:

  • Filter reminder: When lit (after around 6 months) it’s time to check your filters and replace if needed. You can reset the reminder by pushing and holding it for 3 seconds.
  • Control lights on/off: Switches off ALL control panel lighting completely (great for sleeping or light-sensitive people like me!)
  • Power on/off: Switches off the purifier completely.
Note: The sibling Core 300 replaces the night light button found on the LV-H132 & Vista 200 models with the control lock button. Be aware of this if you’re comparing the different models while shopping.

Understanding the fan setting memory feature

One feature I really like is the control memory feature. At first I didn’t think it would matter to me, but in fact in daily use it’s really convenient.

The built-in memory feature recalls the last used fan mode settings you used and restores them at the next power-up and use.

Unfortunately, the memory feature does not turn the night light back on if you turned the purifier off when it was in use.

Regardless, it’s a great little touch also found on other Levoit models. I’m very happy to see they didn’t remove it despite the obviously lower-cost design.

Using the night light

Levoit Vista 200 night light brightness examples

As the night light is a cool feature you don’t see in many products I’ve decided to cover it in a bit more detail here.

Two brightness levels are provided: High and low. Just touch the light bulb symbol (night light button) to rotate through high, low, and off settings.

Unlike the LV-H132 model, a “soft white” (soft yellow/amber) light color is provided instead of blue. During testing I found the night light to be a nice little feature I enjoyed.

When set to high it’s not super-bright; it’s enough light for comfort and enough for going to the bathroom late at night.

The low setting is similar but with about 1/2 the brightness of high. Both modes draw a tiny amount of power (1.6W and 0.8W), so feel free to leave it on all the time if you like.

Note: The night light can be operated anytime – regardless if the power is off. Just touch the button to switch it on.

Specifications & CADR ratings

Levoit Vista 200 Specifications
  • Room size rating: 161 sq. ft (small or medium room)
  • 3-speed fan control
  • Whisper-quiet Sleep mode w/ air cleaning
  • True HEPA filter w/ activated carbon filter
  • Prefilter can be cleaned
  • CADR (Clean Air Delivery Rate) ratings: [Not provided]
  • AHAM Verified, Energy Star Verified, FCC certified, ETL listed, CA PROP 65 certified
  • Simple, clear electronic touch controls
  • Control lighting on/off feature
  • 2-level night light feature
  • Memory feature retains last fan setting used
  • Filter replacement reminder (~6 mos.)
  • 1 year warranty (extended coverage available)
  • Replacement filter: Vista 200-RF
  • Power use: 10.3W (max. fan speed)
  • Weight: 3.3 lbs (1.5 kg)
  • Cord length: 6 ft.
  • Control location: Top
  • Size: 7.5 x 7.5 x 13 in (19 x 19 x 33 cm)

If you’re not already familiar with it, it’s helpful to understand more about the Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) standard used by the industry. This is a voluntary lab-tested rating of an air purifier’s cleaning ability.

Example of a Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) ratings label

An example of a Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) label. Shown are the 3 air quality performance ratings for the Levoit Core 300 for example purposes.

The AHAM is an organization that verifies the testing results of home appliances & perform lab testing for appliance manufacturers although it’s not required by law.

In simple terms, it’s a rating used to help you know before buying an air purifier’s effectiveness. The rating numbers mean “higher is better” as they’re lab tested using a series of test to find out their air cleaning effectiveness.

Basically, when shopping for a purifier it’s helpful to have an air cleaning performance rating to compare different models. In the case of the CADR rating, just remember that higher is better.

The Vista 200 and CADR rating problem

While CADR ratings are voluntary, the biggest manufacturers of today’s top products often provide these ratings to buyers.

However, with the Vista 200, that’s not the case. Sadly, for some reason, no CADR ratings are provided.

That makes it much more difficult to compare it to other products on the market. I’ll comment more on this subject below (see the section about air filter & performance further below).

Comparing the Levoit compact purifier vs tower models

Image showing height measurement of the Levoit Vista 200 air purifier

The purifier is fairly short unlike some popular competitors such as the GermGuardian AC4825 which is 22″ tall. Measuring slightly under 13.5″ tall, the Vista 200 is pretty compact and fits in many areas bigger models can’t.

At around 13″ in height, it’s pretty small in height (the companion Core 300 is close, within 1″ also).

While most “tower” air purifiers tend to be rather tall at 22″ to 28″ or so (such as the popular competitor the GermGuardian AC4825) that makes the Levoit model a refreshing change if space is tight.

Be sure to give it enough room for airflow (about 15″ from each side) as it needs space to circulate air efficiently. You don’t want to restrict airflow in your room as circulation is important for proper air cleaning.

Weight

One thing I’ve learned is that shorter purifiers are harder to tip over by accident.

However, there’s something that really bugs me: Unlike the Levoit LV-H132 and new Core 300, the Vista 200 weighs less than half of those models and can be knocked over much more easily by accident.

That’s not a “real” issue to worry about in everyday life, but it’s something I noticed right away and that’s an unfortunate side effect of a more cheaply designed product.

At a mere 3.4 lbs in weight (the Core 300 is 7.5 lbs, by comparison) it’s just too light in the hands in my opinion. I miss the solid feel and weight of its sibling models.

Image showing the fan used in the Vista 200 air purifier

Unlike other similar models, the Vista 200 uses a much cheaper – and lightweight and weaker – fan to circulate air. While the LV-H132 and Core 300 models use a far more powerful – and substantially built – fan to give a good air cleaning rate, the Vista 200 isn’t even in the same ballpark.

There are several reasons why this purifier feels cheap and – as I discovered later – has weak airflow and air cleaning ability.

The reasons are:

  • The fan used is a low-cost unit that’s substantially weaker than the fans used in the LV-H132 and Core 300 models. It’s not only far lighter in weight but simply can’t give anywhere near the same airflow rate.
  • As the electronics are simplified and the power supply is now located outside the body, this contributes to the lack of weight and a much less substantial “feel” than other models.

While the LV-H132 and Core 300 use far more solid & specialized fan assemblies the Vista doesn’t. Instead, I could clearly see a standard off-the-shelf brushless fan mounted inside the body.

Right away that’s a clue this isn’t the value performer I had hoped for. Think of the little DC cooling fan you’ll find inside desktop computer cases, but a bigger version. That’s what I mean.

Carrying the purifier

Much like other Levoit purifiers, one drawback is that there’s no provision for carrying it more easily.

Unlike competing models from Honeywell and GermGuardian, there isn’t a built-in carrying area to put your hand in. You’ll need to use 2 hands in this case.

Not a big deal by any means, but it’s something to be aware of.

Levoit Vista 200 power use measurements

Levoit Vista 200 power measurements diagram

Pictured: I measured power use in Watts for 7 settings: 4 total speeds/modes, power off, and the 2 night light settings.  I recorded power meter readings both with and without the night light featured switched on until I simply recorded each setting separately for best results. (Note: The night light can be used when the fan is off)

How many watts does the Vista 200 use?

While the owner’s manual does specify the largest power draw it uses, it doesn’t give power use measurements for the other settings and modes available.

Rather than guess, I measured power use in Watts for all fan modes as well as the off state and the night light feature, too.

Levoit Vista 200 power use measurement table

ModePower (Watts)
Off0.3
Sleep0.9
Low1.3
Med.2.1
High10.3
Night light high1.6
Night light low0.8

I have to say I’m surprised at how low the power consumption is! For example, many air purifiers in the price range of the Levoit small-medium room purifiers use up to about 55W on the high speed.

Comparing the Vista 200 to the Core 300, for example, when set the high the Vista 200 uses the same amount of power as the Core 300’s super-low speed Sleep mode!

While it may seem like the Vista 200 is incredibly efficient, that’s the wrong idea. It’s not.

Core 300 & LV-H132 power use

For comparison purposes, have a look at the power use I measured for the LV-H132 & Core 300 models.

LV-H132: 11.8W, 19.3W, 28.3 [Low, med., high]

Core 300: 10.4W, 26.7W, 30.3W, 43.3W [Sleep, low, med., high]

The reason why is because the Vista 200 uses a much weaker & lower-speed fan that draws much less power than its siblings. You’re using less power, sure – but at the expense of a weak fan that can’t circulate air nearly as well as its siblings.

Air cleaning ability & performance

Comparison of Levoit Core 300, LV-H132, and Vista 200 HEPA purifier filters

Shown: A comparison of Levoit true HEPA filters for 3 models. While the LV-H132 offers a better odor-capturing prefilter containing carbon pellets, its HEPA filter size is less than half that of that found in the Core 300 & the Vista 200. Right: The new Core 300 and Vista 200 models share a nearly identical style of filter assembly aside from their size and minor details.

The slightly older model LV-H132 used a very compact filter with real carbon pellets for trapping additional odor and volatile organic compounds (VCOs) from the air. Unlike it, however, the Core 300’s filter uses a standard coated prefilter with activated carbon substance.

While that is a disadvantage, the design does have an interesting benefit: The HEPA filter size is slightly more than twice that of the LV-H132’s filter area. This means a longer filter life capacity.

Levoit Vista 200 square feet coverage and room size

As it’s rated for up to 161 square feet by the manufacturer, it’s well suited for medium-sized rooms, although there’s absolutely no reason you can’t use it in small bedrooms.

161 sq ft is roughly a 10 x 16 ft room. Bear in mind that this is an approximate size used – it doesn’t have to be used in a room exactly that size.

The thing to remember is that air purifiers work by cycling air in a room and it takes time to cycle & filter the entire room’s air.

In the case of the Vista 200, however, the low airflow rate means its cleaning efficiency is lower than most competitor’s products in its price range.

Filter ability

Levoit Vista 200 HEPA filter sections close up images

The Vista 200 HEPA filter section is made of a folded, dense fiber material. A second section, the pre-filter/activated carbon filter is responsible for trapping larger particles as well as odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the air. It’s capable of excellent filtering ability and works well. The filter can capture nearly 100% of all particulates in its airflow down to 0.3 microns in size.

The high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter is good for removing the most common air quality issues (especially those that cause allergies and even sickness!)

Here’s the basic list of air contaminants the Vista 200’s filter can remove:

  • Pet dander
  • Pet hair (thanks to the pre-filter)
  • Dust mite allergens
  • Pollen
  • Dust
  • Home construction particles
  • Smoke residue
  • Smoke odors
  • Chemical and organic odors
  • Chemical vapors

What is the 3-stage filter?

Levoit Core 300-RF true HEPA filter sectional diagram labeled

Essentially, it’s a 2-stage filter assembly made up of 2 major sections with 3 total stages: The pre-filter/activated carbon filter, an activated carbon filter coating, and finally the HEPA filter.

The pre-filter section is a less dense & thin section covering the active carbon filter. Its job is to first capture larger items in the air like pet hair, dust, and so on. The active carbon filter coating traps odors and other chemical substances in the air.

Finally, the HEPA filter captures a whopping 99.97% of particles passing through it down to 0.3 microns in size. That’s less than 1 millionth of a meter in size.

How effective is the Vista 200’s air cleaning?

During testing I sadly did not find the purifier’s cleaning performance to be as good as other Levoit products and its competitors.

It’s a decent air purifier – don’t get me wrong. However, it’s simply not on par with the likes of its siblings and other competitors in its price range. A good example is the GermGuardian AC4825 I tested and wrote a detailed review about here.

Ultimately, the biggest issue is the weak airflow rate and less effective cycling of air in the room that you’ll want for efficient air cleaning.

It does provide basic air cleaning with a true HEPA filter, but it’s simply not a good performer for what I paid for it. For that reason, I can’t support you paying what I did for mine (around $80).

Additionally, there are no optional filter upgrades available for pet dander problems or odors & toxins like the Core 300 offers.

Does the Vista 200 produce ozone?

As I explain more in this post, as it’s a filter-based air cleaning purifier it doesn’t produce byproducts in the air around you.

The Vista 200 is perfectly safe and healthy as it does not produce any ozone. There’s no need to worry about that unlike some other products on the market today (no very high-quality air purifier would be producing noticeable ozone, anyway!)

Filter replacement indicators & maintenance costs

Replacement indicator light

Diagram showing filter reminder light on the Levoit Vista 200 air purifier

Example image showing the filter replacement feature which lights after 6 months.

Approximately every 6 months the filter check reminder will light indicating it’s time to check it and replace as needed.

Note that the company recommends you replace the filter sooner under especially heavy use – the filter reminder serves as a general guideline.

Additionally, a nice feature is that you can brush or vacuum the prefilter to extend its life & cleaning efficiency. That’s especially great to see considering how not everyone will completely use up the HEPA filter for a long time.

Filter life, replacement options, and cost

Vista 200-RF replacement HEPA filter example

For lighter use, the life can be extended by vacuuming the prefilter and you might be able to exceed 8 months, although I’d still recommend replacing it after 6 to 8 months of use.

You’d be surprised how much nastiness the filter will trap and that will build up quickly!

A typical life expectancy for the HEPA filter can be around 8 months or so and in some cases even as much as 12 months, although that’s unusual. Expect to replace it after around 6-8 months or so as a rule of thumb.

Replacement filters cost around $16 for the original replacement which is quite affordable in comparison to other brands which may cost up to twice as much (or more!).

How hard is it to replace the filter?

Diagram showing how to remove HEPA filter from the Levoit Vista 200 purifier

Removing & replacing the filter is super easy and one of the simplest I’ve seen yet. You’ll need to turn the purifier upside down, then simply unlock the cover by twisting it then pull the filter out by the handle.

Filter replacement is very easy and only takes a few seconds. Honestly, it’s one of the best designs I’ve seen yet, and I’ve used many few different purifiers.

Basically, it’s just a few simple steps:

  1. Turn the purifier upside down (carefully to avoid scratching it).
  2. Twist off the cover retaining knob until it’s fully off. Remove the cover.
  3. Pull the filter out.

Replacement is the exact reverse and just as fast, too. While not quite as easy as the other Levoit models I’ve mentioned, it’s still super-easy and a snap to do.

Owner’s manual quality

Levoit Vista 200 owners manual inside examples

The owner’s manual is clear, easy to read, and full of helpful instructions anyone can understand. It’s an excellent example of a well-done instruction manual and one of the best I’ve come across. (Click to enlarge)

I reviewed the instructions and found the owner’s manual to be very clear, helpful, and it really helps you get started quickly.

In the owner’s manual you’ll find:

  • How to best use your purifier
  • The control panel operation
  • Filter maintenance and replacement information
  • Basic specifications and square feet coverage
  • Troubleshooting for various performance or functional problems that could arise

It’s very well-done and makes using the purifier an easy task, unlike some lesser brands & products I’ve tested. I’m pretty darn happy with it, honestly.

Noise levels during use

The company advertises it as having low noise operation and in my experience, while it’s true, it’s not as pleasant as its sibling models. In terms of only the volume level, it is in fact very quiet in fact.

  • Sleep mode is incredibly quiet – so much so you can’t tell the fan is running
  • Low speed (#1) is extremely quiet and not easily detectable to the human ear
  • Medium (#2) is very quiet and has a very low operational noise but has a bit of a “hollow” tone to the sound, likely due to the lightweight body and the fan used.
  • High (#3) has a fair amount of sound but is still easily covered by the sound of the radio, TV, or music in many cases. However, it’s not pleasing to the ear like other models I own & tested.

The high setting is especially helpful for the quickest cleaning of contaminated air.

According to the owner’s manual when air quality is poor it’s best to run it at the high setting for a while then turn it back to the low or medium setting.

While I’ve been very happy with the LV-H132 and Core 300’s quiet sound levels and pleasing, smooth “white noise” sound during use, in this area the Vista 200 is a disappointment.

The sound tone produced when in use isn’t nearly as pleasing – or easy to overlook – as the LV-H132 & Core 300. 

Because the purifier has a lower-cost build and less mass, there’s an odd “hollow” sound produced that I really don’t like.

Volume measurements

dB noise level meter measurement image

I measured volume levels using a nice digital decibel sound level meter at 1 meter (3.28 ft) from the purifier.

MeasurementVolume (dB)
Off (room noise)40
Sleep40.3
Low40.5
Medium42.8
High56.2

Sleep mode is incredibly quiet – so much my ears can’t even detect it’s on.

Low is extremely quiet as well – essentially impossible to hear. Medium and high noise levels are very good, with the high setting about the same as other purifiers like the GermGuardian AC4825, but around 9 dB louder than the LV-H132’s high setting.

Although it has nearly the same volume on high as the Core 300, somehow that model was less noticeable to my ears – likely due to the “smoother”, more gentle sound the Core 300 produces.

Night brightness

I checked the purifier’s brightness in a dark room and found it to be very good – not bright enough to cause sleep problems overnight. Even so, thanks to the built-in light control feature you can turn off all button lighting any time you like.

If you’re a light sleeper light me you’re always having to worry about little things that make it tough to sleep and can even wake you up later. That’s why I always check the night brightness of products with electronic panels with illumination.

When testing the Vista 200 I found it to be pretty good in a darkened room and the brightness isn’t really a concern. However, if you want it perfectly dark that’s not a problem!

You can completely switch off control button lighting by using the lighting on/off button. I like it!

Don’t forget that the almost silent Sleep mode darkens the button lighting as well.

Levoit LV-H132 vs Vista 200

Levoit LV-H132 vs Vista 200 air purifiers front view comparison

Above: The Levoit LV-H132 (left) is one of the best-selling air purifiers of all time and set the bar high for what a compact air purifier should be. The Vista 200 (right) offers many similar features but also adds an auto-off timer as well.

While they share a few similarities, the older LV-H132 and Vista 200 do have a few differences worth mentioning.

Here’s a helpful comparison table to cover the basics first:

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LEVOIT H13 True HEPA Filter Air Purifiers for Allergies and Pets, Smokers,...
LEVOIT Air Purifiers for Home Allergies and Pets Hair, H13 True HEPA Air...
Model
LV-H132
Vista 200
Filter type
3-stage/HEPA w/carbon pellet odor control
3-stage/HEPA
Room sq ft
129
161
Warranty
2 years
1 yr (extended optional)
Night light
Sleep mode
Beep sounds
Auto-off timer
Noise levels (dB)
40/43/47.9
40.3/40.5/42.8/56.2
Current price
$69.99
$89.99
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LEVOIT H13 True HEPA Filter Air Purifiers for Allergies and Pets, Smokers,...
Model
LV-H132
Filter type
3-stage/HEPA w/carbon pellet odor control
Room sq ft
129
Warranty
2 years
Night light
Sleep mode
Beep sounds
Auto-off timer
Noise levels (dB)
40/43/47.9
Current price
$69.99
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LEVOIT Air Purifiers for Home Allergies and Pets Hair, H13 True HEPA Air...
Model
Vista 200
Filter type
3-stage/HEPA
Room sq ft
161
Warranty
1 yr (extended optional)
Night light
Sleep mode
Beep sounds
Auto-off timer
Noise levels (dB)
40.3/40.5/42.8/56.2
Current price
$89.99

To keep it simple, the most notable differences are:

  • The LV-H132 has a room size coverage of 129 sq feet vs the 161 sq ft of the Vista 200.
  • The LV-H132 also has a night light as does the Vista 200, but with a blue color
  • The LV-H132 provides a prefilter with real carbon pellets (better) for odor absorption while the other uses a standard activated carbon coating
  • The Vista provides 3 fan speed + an ultra-quiet Sleep mode. No sleep mode is provided with the LV-H132
  • No auto-off timer on the LV-H132
  • Controls on the LV-H132 produce a beep while the other’s do not
  • 2 yr warranty included (LV-H132) vs a 1 yr warranty with the option to extend by 1 more year
  • The LV-H132 features better airflow and air cleaning performance as it uses a more advanced & higher-quality fan
  • The LV-H132 is a more solid, heavier build than the Vista 200

Levoit LV-H132 vs Vista 200 air purifiers top view comparison

Top view of the control panel on the LV-H132 vs the Vista 200.

Ultimately, while the Vista is listed as providing larger room size coverage (161 sq ft) it’s simply not as good of an air purifier as the LV-H132 with its proven track record.

Filter replacements are about the same price, by the way.

Levoit Vista 200 vs Core 300

Levoit Vista 200 vs Core 300 comparison

Although they look very similar, there are some differences to know below the surface. These two models may share the same design style but they’re built very differently.

Despite (at the time of this post) only a small difference in price, these two models have significant differences in performance and how they’re built. In my opinion the Core 300’s quality and air cleaning performance are far above that of the Vista 200.

Here’s a simple comparison table to highlight some of the biggest differences:

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LEVOIT Air Purifiers for Home Allergies and Pets Hair, H13 True HEPA Air...
LEVOIT Core 300 Air Purifier, white
Model
Vista 200
Core 300
Sleep mode
Auto-off timer
Timer choices
2, 4, 8 hrs
2, 4, 6, 8 hrs
Filter type
3-stage HEPA
3-stage HEPA
Warranty
1 yr (extended optional)
1 yr (extended optional)
Night light
Filter upgrades
Fan speeds
3 + Sleep mode
3 + Sleep mode
Room sq ft
161
215
CADR rating
(Not provided)
141/140/145
Current price
$89.99
Price not available
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LEVOIT Air Purifiers for Home Allergies and Pets Hair, H13 True HEPA Air...
Model
Vista 200
Sleep mode
Auto-off timer
Timer choices
2, 4, 8 hrs
Filter type
3-stage HEPA
Warranty
1 yr (extended optional)
Night light
Filter upgrades
Fan speeds
3 + Sleep mode
Room sq ft
161
CADR rating
(Not provided)
Current price
$89.99
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LEVOIT Core 300 Air Purifier, white
Model
Core 300
Sleep mode
Auto-off timer
Timer choices
2, 4, 6, 8 hrs
Filter type
3-stage HEPA
Warranty
1 yr (extended optional)
Night light
Filter upgrades
Fan speeds
3 + Sleep mode
Room sq ft
215
CADR rating
141/140/145
Current price
Price not available

To keep it simple, the biggest differences are:

  • The Vista 200 has 161 sq ft coverage vs the 215 sq ft you’ll get with the Core 300.
  • The Vista 200 offers a 2-level night light option. The Core 300 does not (replaced with a control lock feature).
  • The Core 300 draws up to 43W while the Vista only 10W maximum.
  • The Core 300 offers more effective air cleaning with both a larger true HEPA filter, good CADR rating, and good airflow rate. The Vista 200 doesn’t have CADR ratings provided (I estimate it’s around 100 for each or less) and air flow is mediocre at best.
  • Upgraded filter options are available for purchase for the Core 300; No such options exist for the Vista 200.
  • The Core 300’s sound levels are not only comparable but are much more pleasant to hear. The Vista 200 produces an unpleasant, coarser “hollow” sound due to its design.
  • The Core 300 has a much heavier, solid feel and a much better fan motor is used.

Ultimately, when comparing everything the Core 300 is a better buy and a more effective air purifier for the money.

Internal view of the Levoit Core 300 air purifier

The Core 300 has a much more powerful fan motor than the very low-cost, lightweight one found in the Vista 200. It’s also a much more solid and heavier unit. I’m a fan of the Core 300, but not the Vista 200 after using both. Also, the Core 300 is simply much more pleasing to the ear when the fan is working!

At this point, I’m honestly confused as to why the company brought the Vista 200 to the market.

If the retail price is almost the same as the older, but better, LV-H132, and within a few dollars of the new and better-built, more powerful Core 300, why buy it?

In my opinion, the Vista 200 is overpriced at this time and I wouldn’t pay above $50-$55 for it. I’d gladly spend more to get the Core 300 as I enjoyed it much and it’s more effective, too!

Alternatively, the good old standby GermGuardian AC4825 is a great choice as well, although you won’t get the same compact size and modern features like Levoit offers.

Review summary & score

The Vista 200 isn’t by any means a bad choice – if it were priced for the budget quality you get. As it stands right now, however, what you get just isn’t worth the price.

I have to say I’m disappointed with the budget feel and cheap design that results in a lower airflow rate (meaning weaker air cleaning). I’m also not happy with a noisier operation than I’ve come to expect from the other very nice Levoit purifiers. It’s a bit annoying to hear while it’s running unlike the others.

Ultimately, when it comes to value and performance it simply doesn’t make sense to buy this at full price vs the LV-H132 or the new Core 300. I enjoyed my Core 300 so much I gave it a good score in my detailed review here.

Those two models are better performers, offer more pleasing noise levels, and are much more solidly built. It’s critical I tell you the truth so you get the best for your money, after all!

Levoit Vista 200 product image in review summaryWant to read more about the Vista 200? Head over now to see the current buyer Vista 200 reviews and more details at Amazon.

 

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My recommendation is to spend just a few dollars more and get a much better performer – and value – for your dollar. I’m a happy Core 300 owner I’m sure you’ll love it, too!

Find out now why the Core 300 is one of the best new air purifiers at Amazon.

Overall
7.4/10
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  • Quality - 7.5/10
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  • Value - 6.1/10
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  • Ease of use - 9/10
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  • Air cleaning ability - 7/10
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  • Features - 8/10
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  • Noise levels - 7/10
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An overpriced, basic air purifier with good features but budget-level design & performance. You've got better choices for nearly the same price.

After owning & testing both the LV-H132 and new Core 300 purifiers from Levoit, the Vista 200 is a let-down. Despite a price close to similar models (and better competitors), the performance is mediocre, the feel is cheap, and it’s clearly not designed at the same level. Features are good and it’s well-made; however, fan airflow & air cleaning is average at best.

Unlike other Levoit models, a cheaper fan is used resulting in disappointing noise & a low-end feel. If you can pick one up for a steal, it’s a good basic purifier. Otherwise, the value simply isn’t there. You’re better off spending just a few more dollars for the newer (and better) Core 300 model. Alternatively, pick up the older but proven LV-H132 for about the same price.

Pros

  • 161 sq ft coverage
  • 2-level night light
  • Ultra-quiet Sleep mode
  • Compact design
  • 1 yr warranty, optionally extendable
  • Good, simple electronic controls
  • Fan setting memory feature
  • Extremely low power use
  • Lighting on/off control
  • Good night time brightness
  • Quiet noise levels
  • Low cost replacement filters
  • Filter check reminder
  • 3-level auto-off timer

Cons

  • Poor value for the price
  • Cheap fan & overall build quality
  • Low fan performance, low airflow rate
  • External power supply unlike others
  • Low weight is easier to tip over
  • No upgrade filter options
  • No CADR ratings provided
  • Core 300 model is only a small price difference
  • Quality is below LV-H132 example

Levoit LV-H132 Air Purifier Review – Hands On Details & All The Facts

Levoit LV-H132 air purifier review featured image

Compact. Solid. Quiet. These are some of the words that come to mind when I think the Levoit LV-H132 purifier I own & tested.

But is it really worth the money? And how does it compare to come of its rivals – including new model like the Levoit Core 300? Find out all of this and more in my detailed, hands-on review of the Levoit LV-H132 air purifier.

There’s a lot of info to cover so let’s get started right away!

Contents

Getting to know the Levoit LV-H132 air purifier

Levoit Core 300 vs LV-H132 vs Vista 200 air purifier comparison image

Levoit’s family of air purifiers include the best-selling LV-H132 and 2 newer models: The Vista 200 and the Core 300. All feature low-noise operation, low height, and round design with a true HEPA filter.

One of the best-selling air purifiers of all time, the LV-H132 offers a long list of features & air quality functions that have made it one of the most popular products you’ll find. 

Levoit’s line of air purifiers have some unique features not found in others:

  • Compact circular & modern design
  • Electronic touch controls
  • True HEPA filter with 99.97% efficiency for elements down to 0.3 millionths of a meter (0.3 microns)
  • Prefilter with activated charcoal for odor & volatile organic chemical (VOC) absorption
  • Low-noise operation that’s one of the quietest in any purifier available
  • White low-gloss finish
  • Nigh light feature (model-specific option)

The LV-H132 is now a bit more mature & older when compared to the most recent models recently released by the company. However, it’s definitely still a very good choice and a competent air purifier.

Read on to find out why.

Unpacking & first impressions

Packaging

Image of unboxing the LV-H132 air purifier from its packaging

I got my own LV-H132…finally! I carefully took it out of the shipping box. It’s well-packaged and the owner’s manual is placed where it’s easy to find. There’s also a customer service phone number clearly placed where you’ll see it upon opening the box. Well done!

Having owned & tested so many different kinds of air purifiers you’d think this wasn’t a big deal. Just the same, I’ve always been curious to try out the popular Levoit for myself and see what all the fuss is about!

The LV-H132 came well-packaged with soft closed cell foam inserts to hold it steady. Overall my first impressions were good as I’ve come to expect from the company.

Example of a new HEPA filter in bag in the Levoit LV-H132 air purifier

When getting started with your LV-H132 purifier, you’ll need to remove the protective plastic cover from the air filter, already installed inside the unit. There’s also a plastic protective layer covering the controls to remove as well.

After unboxing the purifier I began inspecting the quality, learning the controls & features, setting it up, and testing it.

To set up your new purifier you’ll need to remove the filter from its plastic bag before use.  That’s done to preserve the HEPA filter inside as well as prevent the active carbon filter from losing life before you get it.

Build quality and fit & finish

Close up images of the Levoit LV-H132 air purifier body

The LV-H132 has a nice, modern-looking satin white finish. Parts are tight, aligned correctly, and altogether it looks well-made. That’s one of the characteristics of the company’s line of air quality products.

After opening and unpacking it (which consisted of removing the corrugated cardboard inserts – styrofoam isn’t used with this one) I finally got to check it out and turn it on!

The LV-H132 features an attractive satin white body that looks nice and can fit in just about anywhere you put it. The control panel features a good-looking gloss black inlay with contrasting button symbols.

In the center of the top portion of the unit is a “grill” which is where light is generated when the night light feature is used..+

Overall impressions and manufacturing quality

After giving the purifier a close looking-over I’m happy to say it passes with flying colors – absolutely no signs of poor design, assembly issues, or defects. The purifier feels solid and well-made in the hands, weighing several pounds (

It’s definitely not an “el-cheapo” product here – it’s the same great Levoit build quality I’ve experienced while testing the super-selling LV-H132.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s that gaps and misaligned parts are a sign of build issues. I’m happy to report you won’t find that here – only a well-made purifier that looks great right from the get-go!

Checking out the controls

Image of Levoit LV-H132 air purifier controls with illustrated text

Diagram showing the Levoit Core 300 touch control functions & features. It’s super-easy to use the purifier: Turn the power on/off, select a fan speed, turn the night light on or off, or optionally turn off all control panel illumination (see below for details).

Using the purifier is really easy. In the picture above, you can see the touch controls, each with a symbol:

  • Fan speed button (low, med, and high)
  • Check filter indicator
  • Night light control
  • Power on/off

The controls are nice and work well – they’re not too sensitive but don’t need a hard touch, either.

I found them to be reliable and using them became natural after only a few uses. Obviously, some very good engineering work has gone into this model.

One feature I really like is the setting memory feature. When switching the unit back on after earlier use, the last settings used are restored including the night light. Very nice!

Does the LV-H132 beep?

Yes, touching any of the controls causes a very short beep to show you’ve touched one of the controls. Additionally, the same is true for power up or down when the power button is pushed or when the unit is plugged into an outlet.

Unfortunately, there’s no way to turn off the sound. If that’s a particular issue for you, consider the sibling models the Vista 200 and the even better Core 300 I reviewed here.

However, the beeps aren’t too loud and aren’t an issue in my opinion.

Fan speeds & modes

The purifier’s fan controls are really very straightforward: Just touch it to rotate through the 3 speeds.

What I like about Levoit purifiers (and that you won’t find on many competitor models) is that they ramp up (or down) gracefully when changing speeds.

There’s no harsh, abrupt “jumping” to a much faster setting. Instead, you’ll hear and feel the fan gently increase or decrease in speed until it reaches the next speed.

Additional features

Image showing examples of extra features on the Levoit LV-H132 air purifier

Reset the filter reminder anytime (for example in the case of early maintenance) by pushing and holding the reminder button. Another nice feature is the all-off illumination control: Push and hold the night light button to turn off all button backlights if you like.

There are a few more features worth noting:

  • Filter reminder: When lit (after around 6 months) it’s time to check your filters and replace if needed. You can reset the reminder by pushing and holding it for 3 seconds. Additionally, you can do so any time so there’s no need to wait until the button lights to carry out filter maintenance.
  • Control lights on/off: Switches off ALL control lighting completely (great for sleeping or light-sensitive people like me!) You can do so by pushing and holding the night light button.

I was happy to find out that if you’re sensitive to light you can switch off all control panel lights by using the night light/dimmer button. That’s a nice option I rarely see on these types of products.

Note: The LV-H132’s sibling the new Core 300 replaces the night light feature with a control lock option. If having a night light is of interest to you be sure to consider this when shopping.

Specifications & CADR ratings

Levoit LV-H132 Specifications
  • Room size rating: 129 sq. ft (small or medium room)
  • 3-speed fan control
  • 2 level night light feature
  • True HEPA filter
  • Activated carbon pellet section
  • Very low noise operation (< 50dB)
  • Prefilter can be cleaned or replaced separately
  • CADR (Clean Air Delivery Rate) ratings: Dust (110), pollen (110), smoke (110)
  • AHAM Verified, Energy Star Verified, FCC certified, ETL listed, CA PROP 65 certified
  • Electronic touch controls
  • Control lighting on/off feature
  • Memory feature retains last setting used
  • Filter replacement reminder (~6 mos.)
  • Twist-open filter cover with handle
  • Simple filter replacement (drop in)
  • 2 year warranty
  • Replacement filter: LV-H132-RF
  • Power use: 28.3W (max. fan speed)
  • Weight: 5.25 lbs (2.38 kg)
  • Cord length: 6 ft.
  • Control location: Top
  • Size: 7.5 x 7.5 x 12.5″ (19 x 19 x 31.75 cm)

If you’re not already familiar with it, it’s helpful to understand more about the Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) standard used by the industry. This is a voluntary lab-tested rating of an air purifier’s cleaning ability.

Levoit LV-H132 CADR ratings label

The Levoit LV-H132 CADR ratings are shown here.

The AHAM is an organization that verifies the testing results of home appliances & perform lab testing for appliance manufacturers although it’s not required by law.

In simple terms, it’s a rating used to help you know before buying an air purifier’s effectiveness. The rating numbers mean “higher is better” as they’re lab tested using a series of test to find out their air cleaning effectiveness.

Basically, when shopping for a purifier it’s helpful to have an air cleaning performance rating to compare different models. In the case of the CADR rating, just remember that higher is better.

The LV-H132 purifier’s CADR rating is not the highest in its class, but that’s a trade-off due to the lower fan speed used for low-noise operation (more about that later). You’ll find that some competitor models, as well as the larger LV-H133 model, offer a higher airflow rate.

This comes with a cost, however: Larger size, louder operation, and sometimes higher cost too.

Comparing the Levoit compact purifier vs tower models

Image showing the height of a Levoit LV-H132 air purifier measurement

It’s very short unlike some popular competitors like the GermGuardian AC4825 that’s 22″ tall. Measuring only 12.5″ tall in height (31.75 cm), it’s compact and can fit into many smaller areas. It’s also tip-over resistant, too, unlike much taller models.

At only 12.5″ in height, it’s fairly compact. Although most “tower” air purifiers tend to be rather tall at 22″ or even more (for example the popular rival competitor, the GermGuardian AC4825 purifier) it’s a nice change in that it opens up more options for floor or shelf placement.

There’s another advantage there, too: It’s nearly impossible to tip it over by accident. In my experience, tall tower purifiers are easy to bump into and knock over accidentally sometimes.

Much like any other purifier, you shouldn’t place it very close to walls or other large objects.

You’ll need to give it enough room for airflow (about 15″ from each side) as it needs space to circulate air efficiently. You don’t want to restrict airflow in your room as circulation is important for proper air cleaning.

Weight

At about 5.25 lbs (2.38 kg) in weight, it feels solid in my hands and doesn’t have a light, cheap feel like with other brands I’ve tested.

Because of the weight, however, you’ll have to avoid placing it on frail surfaces that can’t support a few pounds of weight.

Carrying the purifier

One thing that’s lacking is a carrying handle. That’s not unique to the LV-H132 though as the other Levoit models don’t offer it either.

Unlike some models from rival companies Honeywell and GermGuardian, there isn’t a built-in carrying area to put your hand in. You’ll need to use 2 hands in this case which makes it slightly less convenient when carrying it.

Not a big deal in my experience since it’s pretty small but it’s something to be aware of.

Levoit LV-H132 power use measurements

Levoit LV-H132 air purifier power use measurements images

Pictured: I measured power use in Watts for all 4 settings (3 fan speeds + the off state).  I recorded power meter readings both with and without control lighting switched on and I wasn’t able to measure any noticeable difference. It’s an efficient air purifier and you won’t have to worry about driving up your power bill – even if you let it run all day, every day! In fact, it uses less power than the newer Levoit Core 300.

How many watts does the LV-H132 use?

Like many other products out there, although the owner’s manual specifies the power use on the highest setting, it doesn’t say anything at all about power use for the other fan speeds.

To get accurate, real numbers I measured power use in Watts for all speed settings with and without the lighting switched on.

(Note: There’s so little power used in standby (off) mode my meter was not able to record it very well. See my notes below.)

Levoit LV-H132 power use table

ModePower (Watts)
Off0-0.8
Low11.8
Med.19.3
High28.3

As you can see the power draw is very low – in fact, these are some of the lowest measurements I’ve seen yet! Levoit recommends using the high-speed setting for a period of time when air cleaning needs are demanding then switching to a lower fan speed.

Low and medium settings are what most people are likely to use as they’re far quieter than the high speed.

However, despite being a bit louder, high still draws about 1/2 the power at a similar setting when compared to rivals like the GermGuardian AC4825 at about 55W.

For all power measurements recorded, I switched the control lighting off as well. The difference was so small it couldn’t be measured.

Lighting power draw

When switching the night light on and off power draw was very small! So much so that the lowest brightness could not be measured by me instrument:

  • Night light 1st setting (bright): 0.1W
  • Night light 2nd setting (low): ~0.05W

Likewise, switching off the control panel backlighting doesn’t offer any worthwhile power savings as LEDs are used to provide light. In case you weren’t aware, LEDs use only a fraction of the electrical power compared to traditional bulbs.

Air cleaning ability & performance

Comparison of Levoit Core 300, LV-H132, and Vista 200 HEPA purifier filters

Comparing the Levoit true HEPA filters for 3 models including the Core 300. While the LV-H132 offers a better odor-capturing prefilter containing carbon pellets at no extra charge, its HEPA filter size is less than half that of that found in the Core 300. Right: The lower model, the Vista 200, has a very similar filter design but is smaller. 

While the LV-H132 uses a very compact filter with real carbon pellets for trapping additional odor and volatile organic compounds (VCOs) from the air, it’s total filter size is considerably smaller than the newest additions to the product line the Vista 200 and Core 300.

Despite that, one advantage of buying the LV-H132 is that you’ll have better odor control performance at no extra cost. While the Core 300 does offer upgraded filter option with a better odor control prefilter section, that’s an added expense and you’ll have to find the filter (Core 300-RF-TX) too.

Levoit LV-H132 square feet coverage and room size

Recommended for up to 129 square feet size rooms, it’s well suited for medium-sized rooms but it’s well-suited for small rooms too.

129 sq ft is roughly a 12.9 x 10 ft room. Bear in mind that this is an approximate size used – it doesn’t have to be used in a room exactly that size.

The thing to remember is that air purifiers work by cycling air in a room; it takes time to cycle & filter the entire room’s air.

Filter ability

LV-H132 used dirty prefilter and HEPA filter examples

Shown: My purifier’s prefilter did a great job of trapping nasty, bothersome dust in the air. As you can see, after some use the HEPA filter had built up a fair amount of microscopic particulates which shows up as a slightly darkened area between in the filer folds. The filter’s capable of excellent filtering ability and works well. It can trap nearly 100% of all particulates in its airflow down to 0.3 microns in size!

The high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter worked very well for removing the most common air quality issues (especially those that cause allergies and even sickness!)

However, the more limited airflow rate means it took longer to complete a full circulation & filtering of the room’s air when compared to other models with stronger fan speed.

Here are some of the most troublesome problems the filter can help with:

  • Pet dander
  • Pet hair (thanks to the pre-filter)
  • Dust mite allergens
  • Pollen
  • Dust
  • Home construction particles
  • Smoke residue
  • Smoke odors
  • Chemical and organic odors
  • Chemical vapors

What is the 3-stage filter?

Illustrated diagram of the Levoit LV-H132-RF 3 stage HEPA filter

Levoit’s true HEPA filters use a 2-stage filter assembly made up of 2 major sections with 3 functions: The pre-filter/activated carbon filter, an activated carbon filter coating, and the HEPA filter.

The pre-filter section is a less dense & thin section covering the active carbon filter. Its job is to trap larger items in the air like pet hair, dust, and so on. This helps extend the life of the larger HEPA filter and provides a way to clean out the larger airborne particulates collected.

The active carbon filter coating traps odors and other chemical substances in the air like chemical vapors or pet smells.

Finally, the HEPA filter captures a whopping 99.97% of particles passing through it down to 0.3 microns in size. That’s less than 1 millionth of a meter in size.

It’s made of an extremely dense fibrous material which prevents microscopic particles from escaping as they’re carried in the air passing through.

How effective is it?

In my testing I found the air cleaning ability to be good. Due to the limited airflow rate (because of the low-noise design) it does take longer to effectively clean a room than other products, however.

While I didn’t get the high fan operation as some competing models have, it’s much more pleasant to use on an everyday basis because it’s so darn quiet!

I have a huge problem with dust where I live and the purifier started capturing a large amount immediately. It did well for light odors too.

Odor control

As I mentioned earlier, the main advantage of the LV-H132 is that you’ll get better odor & airborne chemical vapor absorption.

That’s because while most products on the market use an activated charcoal (carbon) coating on the prefilter section, the Levoit LV-H132 uses real, solid miniature carbon pellets for the most effective odor & vapor absorption.

Does the Levoit LV-H132 produce ozone?

As I explain more in this post, as it’s a filter-based air cleaning purifier it can’t create byproducts that are released into the air for you to inhale.

The LV-H132 is perfectly safe and healthy as it does not produce any ozone. There’s no need to worry about it unlike other products on the market today (no very high-quality air purifier should be producing noticeable ozone, anyway!)

Filter replacement indicators & maintenance costs

Replacement indicator light

Example of the filter reminder light on a Levoit LV-H132 air purifier

Example image showing the filter replacement feature which lights after 6 months.

About every 6 months the filter check reminder will light to let you know it’s time to check both the prefilter and HEPA filter. It’s also a great opportunity to clean the prefilter as you can brush off or vacuum dust and hair buildup to extend its life and keep the cleaning efficiency up if you like.

However, note that the company recommends you replace the filter sooner under especially heavy use – the filter reminder serves as a general guideline. The manufacturer recommends replacing the filter assembly every 6-8 months.

The ability to clean the prefilter is an especially good one because the HEPA filter typically far outlasts the prefilter – so you don’t want to have to replace it sooner than necessary.

After checking the filters you’ll want to reset the reminder indicator by pushing and holding the button for 3 seconds. The timer will reset and the light will turn off.

Filter life, replacement options, and cost

LV-H132-RF replacement HEPA filter example image

Replacement filters can be bought separately for the purifier in packs of 1, 2, and 4. One thing I like about this model is that the replacement cost is very reasonable.

The company recommends replacing the filter after about 6-8 months; however, this depends greatly on use.

For example, if you’re a smoker or have indoor pets you should expect to replace the filter sooner. On the other hand, if you have much less demanding needs the filter will take longer to build up particulates, dust, and other nasty particles.

Getting the most life out of your filter

For lighter use, the life can be extended even further and you might be able to exceed 8 months, although I’d still recommend replacing it after 6 to 8 months of use. You’d be surprised how much nastiness the filter will trap and that will build up quickly!

Always check the filter periodically to see if you’ll need to clean the prefilter.

Note: The HEPA filter cannot be washed so don’t submerge it in water. You may vacuum it if desired but never expose it to water.

Maintenance costs

Replacement filters cost about $15 or so for a single filter replacement pack. You can also order packs of 2 and 4 as well. They’re very reasonably priced in my opinion.

Unfortunately, while the new Core 300 from the company offers 2 more upgraded filters you can buy there’s no such option for this model.

The good news is that there are aftermarket companies who sell replacement filters so you’ll get an even better deal when shopping for a new filter (for example less than $20 for a 2 pack, which is a really good deal).

How hard is it to replace the filter?

Image showing filter removal for the Levoit LV-H132 air purifier

Removing & replacing the filter is super easy and one of the simplest I’ve seen yet. You’ll need to turn the purifier upside down then unlock the cover by twisting it. Next, remove the prefilter screen then pull the HEPA filter assembly out by one of the tabs provided.

Filter replacement is a breeze and takes just a moment, just like their other products I’m very happy to say.

It’s just a few simple steps:

  1. Turn the purifier upside down (be careful to avoid scratching it).
  2. Twist open the cover using the handle. The cover will unlock.
  3. Remove the prefilter mesh material then pull the filter assembly out by one of the 2 tabs provided.

Replacement is the exact reverse and just as fast, too. Most air purifiers are easy to work but it’s one of the easiest I’ve used yet.

Owner’s manual quality

Levoit LV-H132 owners manual example pages

The owner’s manual is clear, easy to read, and full of helpful instructions anyone can understand. It’s an excellent example of a well-done instruction manual and one of the best I’ve come across. (Click to enlarge)

After unboxing my new purifier I reviewed the instructions and found the owner’s manual to be very clear, helpful, and it really helps you get started quickly.

In the owner’s manual you’ll find:

  • How to best use your purifier
  • The control panel operation
  • Filter maintenance and replacement information
  • Basic specifications and square feet coverage
  • Troubleshooting for various performance or functional problems that could arise

It’s very well-done and makes using the purifier an easy task, unlike some lesser brands & products I’ve tested. I’m pretty darn happy with it, honestly.

Noise levels during use

The company advertises it as having low noise operation and without a doubt it’s true. Hands-down the LV-H132 is one of the quietest units I’ve had the pleasure to own.

  • Sleep mode is incredibly quiet – so much so you can’t tell the fan is running
  • Low speed (#1) is extremely quiet and not easily detectable to the human ear
  • Medium (#2) is very quiet and has a very low operational noise with a very pleasant light white noise tone
  • High (#3) has a fair amount of sound but is still easily covered by the sound of the radio, TV, or music in many cases

The high setting is especially helpful for the quickest cleaning of contaminated air.

According to the owner’s manual when air quality is poor it’s ideal to run it at the high setting for a while then turn it back to the low or medium setting.

When compared to other models from GermGuardian (like their best-selling AC4825 and AC500) or Honeywell there’s a big difference in the noise volume. Also other products have a far less “gentle” sound when running than the Levoit model.

Volume measurements

dB noise level meter measurement image

I measured volume levels using a nice digital decibel sound level meter at 1 meter (3.28 ft) from the purifier.

MeasurementVolume (dB)
Off (room noise)39.3
Low40
Medium43
High48

On the lowest setting it’s nearly impossible to even know it’s running – that’s how quiet it is! Medium is also very pleasing at only 43 decibels which is barely noticeable. 

When set to high, at only 48 dB it’s a good 10dB less than the GermGuardian AC4825. 10dB is a significant amount in terms of volume. The “tone” of the airflow produced by the fan is less harsh in my opinion as well.

If sound levels are a worry for you (like they are for me, as I’m a light sleeper) this one’s a great choice.

Night brightness

Example images of Levoit LV-H132 air purifier night light in a dark room

I tested the night light feature in a dark room and found it to be very good. 2 brightness settings are provided, with enough to dimly light a room or enough to let you see your way to the bathroom at night.

I’m a light sleeper so the light produced by electronics can be a concern for me. One thing I always do is test products in the dark as well so I can report to you what I found.

Ultimately, here’s my experience with the purifier’s light brightness:

  • The control lighting isn’t too bright, but that’s not really an issue since there’s an all-off option
  • The night light low setting is a light glow and is probably good for most people
  • The highest night light setting is enough light the ceiling and is good for making you way to the restroom etc.

All in all, I’m pleased with it and don’t have any complaints.

Levoit LV-H132 vs Core 300

Levoit LV-H132 vs Core 300 comparison image

The Levoit LV-H132 (left) is an all-time best-selling purifier that’s been copied but never duplicated. It shares many similarities with the Core 300 but has a few differences you’ll want to know about when shopping.

While you can think of the recently introduced Levoit Core 300 as an improved version of the LV-H132, that’s not exactly the case in all areas. There are a few things you’ll want to know before deciding on one vs the other.

Here’s a simple comparison chart to help:

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LEVOIT H13 True HEPA Filter Air Purifiers for Allergies and Pets, Smokers,...
LEVOIT Core 300 Air Purifier, white
Model
LV-H132
Core 300
Night light
Sleep mode
Control beeps
Auto-off timer
Filter type
3-stage HEPA
3-stage HEPA
Prefilter
Real carbon pellet
Activated carbon coating
Room sq ft
129
215
Warranty
2 years
1 year
Current price
$69.99
Price not available
Image
LEVOIT H13 True HEPA Filter Air Purifiers for Allergies and Pets, Smokers,...
Model
LV-H132
Night light
Sleep mode
Control beeps
Auto-off timer
Filter type
3-stage HEPA
Prefilter
Real carbon pellet
Room sq ft
129
Warranty
2 years
Current price
$69.99
Image
LEVOIT Core 300 Air Purifier, white
Model
Core 300
Night light
Sleep mode
Control beeps
Auto-off timer
Filter type
3-stage HEPA
Prefilter
Activated carbon coating
Room sq ft
215
Warranty
1 year
Current price
Price not available

To keep it simple, the biggest differences are:

  • The LV-H132 has a room size coverage of 129 sq feet vs the 215 sq ft you’ll get with the Core 300.
  • The LV-H132 offers a 2-level night light option. The Core 300 does not.
  • The Core 300’s HEPA filter has a larger surface area for more filter life & better performance.
  • The LV-H132 provides a prefilter with real carbon pellets (better) for odor absorption while the Core 300 uses a standard activated carbon coating (better filters are optional)
  • The Core 300 provides 3 fan speed + an ultra-quiet Sleep mode. No sleep mode is provided with the LV-H132 (3 speeds only)
  • No auto-off timer on the LV-H132
  • Controls on the LV-H132 produce a beep while the Core 300’s controls are silent.
  • 2 yr warranty (LV-H132) vs a 1 yr warranty (Core 300) provided.
  • The Core 300 offers more effective air cleaning with both a larger true HEPA filter, higher CADR rating, and slightly better fan rate.

When looking at the big picture when comparing, when offered at the same price the Core 300 is a better value. However, the LV-H132 is still a solid choice and you won’t regret purchasing it – especially if you prefer the night light option.

Additionally, the better odor control prefilter is included and replacement filters are affordable.

You can always upgrade the filter in your Core 300 for better odor control (Core 300-RF-TX option) for a few dollars more, plus it’s simply a better purifier altogether.

Which should you buy?

You should pick the LV-H132 over the Core 300 when you’re considering several reasons:

  • When the LV-H132 costs less/you’d like to save money
  • You need better odor control performance without the need to pay for an upgraded filter like the Core 300 requires
  • The night light feature is important to you
  • Prefer an included 2 yr warranty vs the 1 yr for the Core 300
  • You’d like an extra color choice

All in all, it’s a good choice and won’t let you down. I do personally prefer the better cleaning power of the Core 300 myself, but it comes with compromises like a weaker activated carbon prefilter section.

Levoit LV-H132 black model

The LV-H132 is also now available in a black version as well. The Core 300 currently is not.

One of my long-standing complaints about the LV-H132 was the lack of an alternate color. Fortunately, the company released a new black version of the model as well. At this time Core 300 doesn’t offer a similar buying choice.

Levoit LV-H132 Vs GermGuardian AC4825

Levoit LV-H132 Vs Germguardian AC4825 comparison image

Both models look very different from the outside but in fact share a lot of common features, performance, and build quality. Obviously, there are significant size & styling differences to consider. But not to worry – both are great at what they do! I’m sure one will find a great place in your home.

As far as air purifiers sold today go, two of the best-selling are without a doubt the LV-H132 and the popular GermGuardian AC4825. both occupy one of the most popular price segments over at Amazon and normally sell for under $100.

Both models are HEPA filter-based models that work with a pre-filter and active carbon filter to trap air contaminants, odors, and dust and hair. 

Functionally they’re very similar but have some differences in terms of features and how they work. Additionally, both are really easy to use so there’s no noticeable difference there either.

In case you’re interested, I’ve written an extensive review of the GermGuardian AC4825 I own here.

Measurement/SpeedLV-H132 Vol. In Decibels (dB)AC4825 Volume (dB)
Off (room noise)39.339.3
Low4042.5
Medium4350.5
High4858

As you can see, the LV-H132 is considerably quieter than the GermGuardian. That’s one of its strong points – although it can’t match the fan speed of the AC4825 you’ll get much quieter operation. (A whopping 10dB of difference on high in fact).

Which is best? Choosing the right one for your needs

FeatureLevoit LV-H132GermGuardian AC4825
 
Room size coverage129 sq. ft. (small room)167 sq. ft (medium-large room)
Night light?Yes (2 levels)No
Size7.5 x 7.5 x 12.5″ (19 x 19 x 31.75 cm)6.75 x 10.25 x 21.5″ (17.1 x 26 x 54.6 cm)
Filter reminder?YesYes
Control typeElectronic touch buttonsManual controls (rotary switch)
Germ killing feature?NoYes
Noise levelsUltra quietQuiet/normal
Warranty2 years3 year limited
Current price$69.99$89.99

As you can probably tell by now it’s not really fair to say one is “better” than the other.  The LV-H132 offers a better activated carbon filter. However, the AC4825 has a larger filter size meaning you’ll get slightly better HEPA performance and filter life.

Additionally, the LV-H132 is more compact and won’t get knocked over by accident like the other one. The LV-H132’s memory feature is one of my favorites too – I just turn it on and it automatically recalls the last settings I used…including the night light!

You should pick the LV-H132 if:

  • You have a small room or office
  • Like the night light feature
  • Prefer a better odor control filter
  • Want almost-silent operation
  • Are ok with electronic controls & the beeping on touch
  • Need a more compact air purifier
  • Don’t need a germ killing feature
  • Prefer touch controls

You should pick the AC4825 if:

  • You have a medium to large sized room
  • Want a purifier with higher fan speed/flow rate
  • Don’t mind the tall size (~22″)
  • Want a germ killing feature
  • Don’t need super-quiet operation
  • Want more value (more room coverage for the same price range)
  • Don’t like touch controlst

Review summary & score

After owning & testing the Levoit LV-H132 I can honestly say I like it! It’s well-made, super quiet, and there’s no question why it’s been copied but never duplicated – it’s very good.

If you’re looking for high-speed air cleaning this isn’t what you need. However, if you’re looking for a high-quality purifier that’s well made, offers affordable maintenance, and a good compromise between air cleaning and low noise, it’s a great choice.

Black and white version of Levoit LV-H132 air purifier product examples

Head over now to find out more and read the great buyer reviews at Amazon.

Levoit Core 300 with new product badgeNote: Want the same great quality with more features and better air cleaning performance but don’t need a night light? Check out the new Levoit Core 300 now being sold at Amazon.

Overall
9/10
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  • Quality - 9.4/10
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  • Value - 8.5/10
    8.5/10
  • Ease of use - 9.5/10
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  • Air cleaning ability - 8.5/10
    8.5/10
  • Features - 8.6/10
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  • Noise levels - 9.5/10
    9.5/10

Not the fastest, but one of the best and still a good choice. Quiet quality that's reliable and compact. Often copied but never duplicated!

Even today, the Levoit LV-H132 is still a best-selling compact air purifier that won’t let you down. While the airflow rate is slower than many rival products, it makes up for this with its biggest advantage: super-quiet operation. Controls work well and offer reliable, simple operation. The night light and backlighting off features add great options for those using it overnight.

The activated carbon prefilter section uses real pellets vs the coating on most products for better odor control. Maintenance costs are very low and the filter reminder makes it simple. With a smaller HEPA filter size, it can’t match the filter life & performance of some larger models. (Room air cleaning isn’t as fast) However, for small to medium-sized rooms it’s a smart buy if you want high-quality & quiet operation in a small package. For better performance and overall value, however, the new Core 300 as an option to consider too.

Pros

  • 129 sq ft room coverage
  • Super quiet operation
  • 2 year warranty
  • 2-level night light
  • Electronic touch buttons
  • Setting memory feature
  • Black color available
  • Effective odor control (real pellets)
  • Prefilter material can be cleaned
  • Filter check reminder
  • Affordable replacement filters
  • Easy filter access (very simple)
  • All-off light control feature
  • Compact size won’t tip over

Cons

  • Lower airflow rate/room cleaning than others
  • Touch beep cannot be disabled
  • Smaller HEPA filter size
  • No upgrade filter types available
  • No auto-off timer
  • Carry handle feature not offered

Levoit Core 300 Air Purifier Review – Real-World Test & Details To Know

Levoit Core 300 air purifier review featured image

Levoit produces some of the best air quality products around and it’s easy to see why they’re so popular. They’re well-made, have great buyer reviews, and deliver on the promises the company makes.

Now there’s a new purifier on the market! In my Levoit Core 300 air purifier review I’ll tell you the results of my hands-on testing. I’ll dig deep into the features and how it compares to other products, too.

Find out if it’s a good choice, the pros & cons to know before buying, and everything else in between.

Contents

Getting to know the Levoit Core 300 air purifier

Levoit Core 300 vs LV-H132 vs Vista 200 air purifier comparison image

The family of Levoit air purifiers includes the best-selling LV-H132 and 2 newer models: The Vista 200 and the Core 300. All feature low-noise operation, low height, and round design along with a true HEPA filter.

Following on the footsteps of one of the best-selling air purifiers of all time the LV-H132, the Core 300 features many similarities. The Core 300 is a “bigger brother” to the lower-budget design of the Vista 200.

The Levoit product family provides some common features and design style cues:

  • Circular build design and electronic touch controls
  • True HEPA filter with 99.97% efficiency for elements down to 0.3 millionths of a meter (0.3 microns)
  • Prefilter with activated charcoal for odor & volatile organic chemical (VOC) absorption
  • Low-noise operation that’s one of the quietest in any purifier available
  • White low-gloss finish

Additionally, it’s important to know a few differences between the two with regard to specific features as well as the prefilter section.

Like the LV-H132, it’s quite solid in the hand and has a substantial weight, making it unlikely to tip over. However, unlike the LV-H132 it gives up one feature but adds another.

I’ll cover those all in more detail later.

Unpacking & first impressions

Packaging

Image of unboxing of Levoit Core 300 air purifier

Finally, my Levoit Core 300 arrived. After removing it from the shipping box, inside was a great little product I’d soon enough come to love. It’s well-packaged and the owner’s manual is placed where it’s easy to find. There’s also a customer service phone number clearly placed where you’ll see it upon opening the box. Well done!

If you’ve been on my site a few times, you probably figured out by now that I’m no stranger to air purifiers.

Even so, getting a new Levoit air cleaner product got my curiosity up and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it! There’s a good reason for that, too: Its predecessor, the Levoit LV-H132, is still a super-popular seller and a great example of what a good air purifier can be.

The Core 300 came well-packaged with soft closed cell foam inserts to hold it steady. Overall my first impressions were good as I’ve come to expect from the company.

Image of removing protective plastic from Levoit Core 300 purifier top

After unboxing the Core 300 purifier, you’ll need to remove the protective plastic cover from the touch control panel. However, if you’d prefer to leave it there the controls will still work fine.

After unboxing the purifier I began inspecting the quality, learning the controls & features, setting it up, and testing it.

To set up your new purifier you’ll need to remove the filter from its plastic bag before use.

Build quality and fit & finish

Close of Levoit Core 300 purifier body

The Core 300 features a matte white finish and looks nice – and well put-together. Parts are tight, aligned correctly, and altogether it looks well-made. It’s obviously another quality model just like the others before it.

After opening and unpacking it (which consisted of removing the corrugated cardboard inserts – styrofoam isn’t used with this one) I finally got to check it out and turn it on!

The Core 300 is made with an attractive matte white body that looks nice nearly anywhere. There’s a handsome gray trim ring near the lower half. A gloss black electronic touch control panel is in the top center and adds a classy touch to the top.

Overall impressions and manufacturing quality

I didn’t get any kind of impressions of it having any poor-quality construction or production-related flaws. It looks good and honestly, I’m very happy with it. The purifier feels solid and well-made in the hands, weighing several pounds.

It’s definitely not an “el-cheapo” product here – it’s the same great Levoit build quality I’ve experienced while testing the super-selling LV-H132.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s that gaps and misaligned parts are a sign of build issues. I’m happy to report you won’t find that here – only a well-made purifier that looks great right from the get-go!

Checking out the controls

Closeup labeled image of Levoit Core 300 air purifier controls

Diagram showing the Levoit Core 300 touch control functions & features. While it might look like a lot at first, it’s super-easy to use the purifier: Select a fan speed or super-quiet Sleep mode, turn the illumination on/off, select an optional auto-off timer choice, or lock the touch controls if needed. It’s a snap to use.

Operating the Core 300 is very easy. In the picture above, you can see the touch controls, each with a symbol:

  • Fan speed button (low, med, and high)
  • Control panel lock on/off
  • Check filter indicator
  • Control lighting on/off button
  • Timer function/hour select (2, 4, 6, & 8 hours selectable)
  • Sleep mode
  • Power on/off

The controls are nice and work well – they’re not too sensitive, and don’t need a hard touch, either. I found them reliable, clear, and I got the impression the design work behind them is solid and well-planned.

Note that unlike the LV-H132, this unit doesn’t beep when buttons are touched. It’s silent.

Fan speeds & modes

The purifier’s fan speed is very straightforward: Just touch it to rotate through the various speeds. What I like about Levoit purifiers (and that you won’t find on many competitor models) is that they ramp up (or down) gracefully when changing speeds.

There’s no harsh, abrupt fan that “jumps” to a much faster setting, for example.

Sleep mode function

Levoit Core 300 sleep mode and auto off timer use examples

Sleep mode is a low-noise setting that can be entered or exited any time you like by touching the moon-shaped button. It puts the purifier in a whisper-quiet low fan mode to avoid disturbing you at night.

In fact, it’s so quiet you won’t be able to hear it! (See my sound measurements below)

The auto-off timer feature

One added feature I really like is the ability to choose an auto-off timer so the purifier will turn itself off automatically. Just touch the button to rotate through 4 settings: 2, 4, 6, or 8 hours of run time.

Many other purifiers, if they offer this at all, are limited to only 3 options.

Other features

Labeled example of the display lock button on Levoit Core 300 purifier

A feature unique to the Core 300, by pushing and holding the display lock button for 3 seconds all other controls cannot be changed or tampered with. The button will light to show the control lock is active. Push & hold it again to undo it.

There are a few more features worth noting:

  • Filter reminder: When lit (after around 6 months) it’s time to check your filters and replace if needed. You can reset the reminder by pushing and holding it for 3 seconds.
  • Control lights on/off: Switches off ALL control lighting completely (great for sleeping or light-sensitive people like me!)
  • Display (control) lock on/off: Push and hold to prevent controls from being changed accidentally – the touch panel will ignore push button use. Push & hold again for 3 seconds to return to normal.
  • Power on/off: Switches off the purifier completely.

During testing, however, I never found the display lock feature useful. For those of you with young children it could be helpful.

Note: The Core 300 replaces the night light button found on the LV-H132 & Vista 200 models with the control lock button. Be sure to consider this at purchase time if the night light feature is important to you.

Specifications & CADR ratings

Levoit Core 300 Specifications
  • Room size rating: 215 sq. ft (small or medium room)
  • 3-speed fan control
  • Whisper-quiet Sleep mode w/ air cleaning
  • True HEPA filter w/ activated carbon filter
  • Prefilter can be cleaned
  • CADR (Clean Air Delivery Rate) ratings: Dust (141), pollen (140), smoke (145)
  • AHAM Verified, Energy Star Verified, FCC certified, ETL listed, CA PROP 65 certified
  • Simple electronic touch controls
  • Control lighting on/off feature
  • Control lock option to prevent settings change
  • Memory feature retains last setting used
  • Filter replacement reminder (~6 mos.)
  • 1 year warranty (extended coverage available)
  • Replacement filters: Core 300-RF, Core 300-RF-PA, Core 300-RF-TX
  • Power use: 43.3W (max. fan speed)
  • Weight: 7.5 lb (3.4 kg)
  • Cord length: 6 ft.
  • Control location: Top
  • Size: 8.7 x 8.7 x 14.2 in (22 x 22 x 36 cm)

If you’re not already familiar with it, it’s helpful to understand more about the Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) standard used by the industry. This is a voluntary lab-tested rating of an air purifier’s cleaning ability.

Levoit Core 300 air purifier CADR ratings label image

The Core 300’s CADR ratings are shown here.

The AHAM is an organization that verifies the testing results of home appliances & performs lab testing for appliance manufacturers although it’s not required by law.

In simple terms, it’s a rating used to help you know before buying an air purifier’s effectiveness. The rating numbers mean “higher is better” as they’re lab tested using a series of tests to find out their air cleaning effectiveness.

Basically, when shopping for a purifier it’s helpful to have an air cleaning performance rating to compare different models. In the case of the CADR rating, just remember that higher is better.

The Core 300’s is good for its size and you’ll find that many similarly priced models have a rating of around 100 or so, if it’s even provided at all.

Comparing Levoit compact purifier vs tower models

Image showing the height measurement of the Levoit Core 300 purifier

The purifier is fairly short unlike some popular competitors such as the GermGuardian AC4825 which is 22″ tall. Measuring slightly under 14 1/2″ tall, the Core 300 is compact in my opinion.

At only 14.2″ in height, it’s a pretty small model. While most “tower” air purifiers tend to be rather tall at 22″ to 28″ or so (such as the popular competitor the GermGuardian AC4825) which makes the Levoit model a nice change if space is a concern.

There’s another advantage there, too: It’s nearly impossible to tip it over by accident. In my experience, tall tower purifiers can be a bit easy to bump into and knock over accidentally.

Be sure to give it sufficient room for airflow (about 15″ from each side) as it needs space to circulate air efficiently. You don’t want to restrict airflow in your room as circulation is important for proper air cleaning.

Weight

At about 7.5 lbs (3.4 kgs) in weight, it’s definitely a very solid-feeling product. Unlike some cheaper competitors I’ve tested and found lacking, there’s a better feel in the hand.

On the other hand, you’ll need to be sure to place it on a solid surface to avoid problems because of it.

Carrying the purifier

However, one thing that’s lacking is a carrying handle. That’s not unique to the 300 as other Levoit models are similar in this regard.

Unlike competing models from Honeywell and GermGuardian, there isn’t a built-in carrying area to put your hand in. You’ll need to use 2 hands in this case.

Not a big deal by any means, but it’s something to be aware of.

Levoit Core 300 power use measurements

Levoit Core 300 power measurement wattage images

Pictured: I measured power use in Watts for 5 settings: 4 total speeds/modes plus the off state.  I recorded power meter readings both with and without control lighting in use and didn’t measure any measurable increase with the lighting on. It’s an efficient air purifier and you won’t have to worry about driving up your power bill – even if you let it run all day, every day!

How many watts does the Core 300 use?

Like many other products, while the owner’s manual does specify the largest power usage, it doesn’t provide it for the other modes & settings available.

Rather than guess, I measured power use in Watts for all speed settings with and without the control lighting switched on. Note that there’s so little power used in standby (off) mode my meter was not able to record it.

Levoit Core 300 power use measurement table

ModePower (Watts)
Off0-0.8
Sleep10.4
Low26.7
Med.30.3
High43.3

Overall, it doesn’t use much power at any setting and efficiency is about the same for all speeds (aside from Sleep mode). For medium & high speeds the fan is running faster and you’ll get faster air cleaning.

The drawback is that the highest speed is very noticeable in volume while all the others are very quiet.

For all power measurements recorded, I switched the control lighting off as well. The difference was so small it couldn’t be measured.

Sleep mode puts the unit in a super-quiet mode in which the fan continues to run but a greatly reduced rate. It’s a good option to keep the purifier running while sleeping but avoid bother noise (not that it would, as even low & medium are very quiet!)

Air cleaning ability & performance

Comparison of Levoit Core 300, LV-H132, and Vista 200 HEPA purifier filters

Comparing the Levoit true HEPA filters for 3 models including the Core 300. While the LV-H132 offers a better odor-capturing prefilter containing carbon pellets, its HEPA filter size is less than half that of that found in the Core 300. Right: The lower model, the Vista 200, has a very similar filter design but is smaller. 

The slightly older LV-H132 uses a very compact filter with real carbon pellets for trapping additional odor and volatile organic compounds (VCOs) in the air. Unlike that, the Core 300’s filter uses a standard prefilter coating containing the activated carbon elements.

While that may be a bit of a weakness when comparing the 2 models, one area where the Core 300’s HEPA filter really stands out is that the filter is more than twice the size of its predecessor.

Levoit Core 300 square feet coverage and room size

As it’s rated for up to 215 square feet by the manufacturer, it’s well suited for medium-sized rooms, although there’s absolutely no reason you can’t use it in small bedrooms.

215 sq ft is roughly a 10.75 x 20 ft room. Bear in mind that this is an approximate size used – it doesn’t have to be used in a room exactly that size.

The thing to remember is that air purifiers work by cycling air in a room and it takes time to cycle & filter the entire room’s air.

Filter ability

Levoit Core 300 true HEPA filter and prefilter close up views

The Core 300 HEPA filter section is made of a folded, dense fiber material. A second section, the pre-filter/activated carbon filter is responsible for trapping larger particles as well as odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the air. It’s capable of excellent filtering ability and works well. The filter can capture nearly 100% of all particulates in its airflow down to 0.3 microns in size!

The high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter is pretty darn good for removing the most common air quality issues (especially those that cause allergies and even sickness!)

Here’s the basic list of air contaminants the Core 300 can remove:

  • Pet dander
  • Pet hair (thanks to the pre-filter)
  • Dust mite allergens
  • Pollen
  • Dust
  • Home construction particles
  • Smoke residue
  • Smoke odors
  • Chemical and organic odors
  • Chemical vapors

What is the 3-stage filter?

Levoit Core 300-RF true HEPA filter sectional diagram labeled

Essentially, it’s a 2-stage filter assembly made up of 2 major sections with 3 total stages: The pre-filter/activated carbon filter, an activated carbon filter coating, and finally the HEPA filter.

The pre-filter section is a less dense & thin section covering the active carbon filter. Its job is to first capture larger items in the air like pet hair, dust, and so on. The active carbon filter coating traps odors and other chemical substances in the air.

Finally, the HEPA filter captures a whopping 99.97% of particles passing through it down to 0.3 microns in size. That’s less than 1 millionth of a meter in size.

How effective is it?

In my testing I found the air cleaning ability to be very good, actually, as I had hoped. While I didn’t get the super-speed fan operation as some competing models have, it’s much more pleasant to use on an everyday basis because it’s so quiet.

I have a huge problem with dust where I live and the purifier started capturing a large amount immediately. It did well for light odors too.

My only real complaint is that a filter version with a more powerful odor control section with real carbon pellets (as the LV-H132 model provides) should be included. However, a more powerful odor & toxin absorption model is available as the Core 300-RF-TX replacement filter upgrade.

Does the Core 300 produce ozone?

As I explain more in this post, as it’s a filter-based air cleaning purifier it doesn’t produce byproducts in the air around you.

The Core 300 is perfectly safe and healthy as it does not produce any ozone. There’s no need to worry about that unlike some other products on the market today (no very high-quality air purifier should be producing noticeable ozone, anyway!)

Filter replacement indicators & maintenance costs

Replacement indicator lights

Core 300 air purifier filter check reminder example

Example image showing the filter replacement feature which lights after 6 months.

Approximately every 6 months the filter check reminder will light indicating it’s time to check it and replace as needed.

However, note that the company recommends you replace the filter sooner under especially heavy use – the filter reminder serves as a general guideline.

Additionally, a great feature is that you can brush or vacuum the prefilter to extend its life & cleaning efficiency. That’s especially great to see considering how not everyone will completely use up the HEPA filter for a long time.

Filter life, replacement options, and cost

Levoit Core 300-RF replacement HEPA filter options diagram

Unlike most products, the Core 300 purifier offers not just 1, not 2, but THREE options for replacing the original filter assembly. Shown: The original replacement filter (Core 300-RF), a pet allergen version (Core 300-RF-PA), and an enhanced odor and toxin version (Core 300-RF-TX).

The company recommends replacing the filter after about 6-8 months; however, this depends greatly on use.

For example, if you’re a smoker or have indoor pets you should expect to possibly need to replace the filter sooner. On the other hand, if you have much less demanding needs the filter will take longer to build up particulates, dust, and other nasty particles.

Getting the most life out of your filter

For lighter use, the life can be extended even further and you might be able to exceed 8 months, although I’d still recommend replacing it after 6 to 8 months of use. You’d be surprised how much nastiness the filter will trap and that will build up quickly!

Replacement filters cost around $20 for the original replacement which is actually very affordable for the quality of the purifier. Many other models sold today cost much more, in fact.

If you’d like to upgrade to one of the enhanced filters you’ll pay somewhere around an extra $10 or so over the original.

Core 300-RF replacement filter options

Currently, 3 filter options are available and I’m happy to see that. Your options are:

  1. Core 300-RF 3-stage original filter
  2. Core 300-RF-PA upgraded filter for pet allergens
  3. Core 300-RF-TX upgraded filter with enhanced odor and toxin absorption

That’s an unexpected benefit I didn’t think I’d see as very few companies offer more options you can buy. The 2 other models offer strengths more suited to the most common and difficult air quality needs.

Here’s how they’re different from the original filter option:

  • The pet allergen model (Core 300-RF-PA) uses a specialized filter material
  • The enhanced odor & toxin model (Core 300-RF-TX) uses a better activated carbon filter section (“Air Reborn Odor Removal Formula” and customized high-grade granular carbon) for stronger vapor & smell removal

How hard is it to replace the filter?

Core 300 air purifier filter removal steps illustrated

Removing & replacing the filter is super easy and one of the simplest I’ve seen yet. You’ll need to turn the purifier upside down, then simply unlock the cover by twisting it then pull the filter out by the handle.

Filter replacement is very easy and only takes a few seconds. Honestly, it’s one of the best designs I’ve seen yet, and I’ve used many few different purifiers.

Basically, it’s just a few simple steps:

  1. Turn the purifier upside down (carefully to avoid scratching it).
  2. Twist open the cover using the handle. The cover will unlock.
  3. Pull the filter out by its handle.

Replacement is the exact reverse and just as fast, too. Most air purifiers are not hard, but hands-down this is one of the best designs I’ve seen.

Unlike like others there’s a handle on the filter itself which eliminates any struggle you might have trying to get the old one out.

Owner’s manual quality

Levoit Core 300 owners manual example image

The owner’s manual is clear, easy to read, and full of helpful instructions anyone can understand. It’s an excellent example of a well-done instruction manual and one of the best I’ve come across. (Click to enlarge)

After unboxing my new purifier I reviewed the instructions and found the owner’s manual to be very clear, helpful, and it really helps you get started quickly.

In the owner’s manual you’ll find:

  • How to best use your purifier
  • The control panel operation
  • Filter maintenance and replacement information
  • Basic specifications and square feet coverage
  • Troubleshooting for various performance or functional problems that could arise

It’s very well-done and makes using the purifier an easy task, unlike some lesser brands & products I’ve tested. I’m pretty darn happy with it, honestly.

Noise levels during use

The company advertises it as having low noise operation and in my experience it’s definitely true!

  • Sleep mode is incredibly quiet – so much so you can’t tell the fan is running
  • Low speed (#1) is extremely quiet and not easily detectable to the human ear
  • Medium (#2) is very quiet and has a very low operational noise with a very pleasant light white noise tone
  • High (#3) has a fair amount of sound but is still easily covered by the sound of the radio, TV, or music in many cases

The high setting is especially helpful for the quickest cleaning of contaminated air. According to the owner’s manual when air quality is poor it’s ideal to run it at the high setting for a while then turn it back to the low or medium setting.

Just like its counterpart the LV-H132, it’s one of the quietest purifiers you can buy today. It’s not just that it’s quiet, but the fan sound, when it can be heard, is pleasant and not a “harsh” sound like many produce.

In other words, most of the time you can’t hear it running…but when you do, it sounds good!

Volume measurements

dB noise level meter measurement image

I measured volume levels using a nice digital decibel sound level meter at 1 meter (3.28 ft) from the purifier.

MeasurementVolume (dB)
Off (room noise)40
Sleep40.3
Low43
Medium47.3
High57.1

Compared to other air purifiers I’ve tested it’s well below their noise levels even on the low setting. Needless to say, many competitors are very noisy on the highest fan speed and in fact can be downright annoying.

If you’re easily distracted, lose concentration, or just hate unpleasant sounds, you’re going to really like this one.

Night brightness

Image of Levoit Core 300 air purifier in a dark room

I checked the purifier’s brightness in a dark room and found it to be very good – not bright enough to cause sleep problems overnight. Even so, thanks to the built-in light off feature you can turn off all control lighting any time you like.

If you’re a light sleeper light me you’re always having to worry about not just sound but light, too, overnight.

Levoit LV-H132 vs Core 300

Levoit LV-H132 vs Core 300 comparison image

The Levoit LV-H132 (left) is an all-time best-selling purifier that’s been copied but never duplicated. It shares many similarities with the Core 300 but has a few differences you’ll want to know about when shopping. Don’t worry, though, as both are some of the best for your hard-earned dollar!

Before the Core 300 was introduced one very special model set the bar very high for home air purifiers: The LV-H132 true HEPA purifier with 3-stage air cleaning.

Although it shares many similarities in both design & performance with the Core 300 there are some details you’ll need to know before buying. Especially since both are in the same general price range.

Here’s a simple comparison chart to help:

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LEVOIT H13 True HEPA Filter Air Purifiers for Allergies and Pets, Smokers,...
LEVOIT Core 300 Air Purifier, white
Model
LV-H132
Core 300
Night light
Sleep mode
Control beeps
Auto-off timer
Filter type
3-stage HEPA
3-stage HEPA
Prefilter
Real carbon pellet
Activated carbon coating
Room sq ft
129
215
Warranty
2 years
1 year
Current price
$69.99
Price not available
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LEVOIT H13 True HEPA Filter Air Purifiers for Allergies and Pets, Smokers,...
Model
LV-H132
Night light
Sleep mode
Control beeps
Auto-off timer
Filter type
3-stage HEPA
Prefilter
Real carbon pellet
Room sq ft
129
Warranty
2 years
Current price
$69.99
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LEVOIT Core 300 Air Purifier, white
Model
Core 300
Night light
Sleep mode
Control beeps
Auto-off timer
Filter type
3-stage HEPA
Prefilter
Activated carbon coating
Room sq ft
215
Warranty
1 year
Current price
Price not available

To keep it simple, the biggest differences are:

  • The LV-H132 has a room size coverage of 129 sq feet vs the 215 sq ft you’ll get with the Core 300.
  • The LV-H132 offers a 2-level night light option. The Core 300 does not.
  • The LV-H132 provides a prefilter with real carbon pellets (better) for odor absorption while the Core 300 uses a standard activated carbon coating.
  • The Core 300 provides 3 fan speed + an ultra-quiet Sleep mode. No sleep mode is provided with the LV-H132
  • No auto-off timer on the LV-H132
  • Controls on the LV-H132 produce a beep while the Core 300’s controls are silent.
  • 2 yr warranty (LV-H132) vs a 1 yr warranty (Core 300) provided.
  • The Core 300 offers more effective air cleaning with both a larger true HEPA filter, higher CADR rating, and slightly better fan rate.

Ultimately, when comparing everything the Core 300 is a better buy and a more effective air purifier for the money.

Although you might find the LV-H132 for less money now that it’s older, and despite the real carbon pellet prefilter for better odor control, I recommend the Core 300 purifier.

You can always upgrade the filter in your Core 300 for better odor control (Core 300-RF-TX option) for a few dollars more, plus it’s simply a better purifier altogether.

Both are solid choices and won’t let you down, but the Core 300 is a newer, updated design that’s a better option when you look at the big picture.

Review summary

I have to say I had big expectations for the Core 300 air purifier – and I wasn’t disappointed! It’s super-quiet just like its older sibling the LV-H132, but offers even better air cleaning performance, room size coverage, and features.

Not only that, but I really like the updated styling. I do miss the night light feature offered by other models but that’s a minor complaint. The addition of the auto-off timer and the ability to upgrade the replacement filters affordably really convinced me it’s a winner.

Ready for a super-quiet, well-made air purifier that you’ll love? It’s here!

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Overall
9.3/10
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  • Quality - 9.4/10
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  • Value - 9/10
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  • Ease of use - 9.6/10
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  • Air cleaning ability - 8.9/10
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  • Features - 9/10
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  • Noise levels - 9.9/10
    9.9/10

The Core 300 is a quality, well-designed air purifier and a smart choice for most air cleaning needs. Quiet, good-looking, and super easy to use.

Following in the footsteps of the best-selling LV-H132, the Core 300 offers an updated air purifier with not just more features but improved air cleaning, too. While the night light is gone (and missed) the addition of an auto-off timer is a welcome feature still not offered by many competitors.

Offering bigger room size coverage, a higher Clean Air Delivery Rate, an ultra-quiet sleep mode, and updated styling, it’s a well-rounded package and good value. While the prefilter lacks the odor effectiveness of the older model, upgraded filters are available for a little extra cost if that’s a concern. With very quiet operation and an on/off light feature it’s great for even the most sensitive buyers. Maintenance & operation are a breeze. A smart buy!

Pros

  • Good CADR rating vs competitors
  • Very quiet operation
  • Ultra-quiet sleep mode
  • Filter check reminder
  • Display lock feature
  • Fan speed adjust gracefully
  • Setting memory feature
  • Illumination on/off control
  • Auto-off timer w/ 4 settings
  • 215 sq ft room coverage
  • Very easy maintenance
  • Filter upgrades available
  • Great owner’s manual
  • Well-built, sleek design
  • Extended warranty option
  • Very reasonable maintenance costs
  • Prefilter can be cleaned
  • Low-profile design won’t tip over
  • Good customer support

Cons

  • Uses standard prefilter odor coating vs pellets
  • No night light offered
  • No additional color options
  • Carrying handle not provided
  • No auto-sensing features
  • Fan speed/air flow can’t match some others
  • Germ killing feature not included

Levoit LV-H132 Vs GermGuardian AC4825 – Which One Should You Buy?

Levoit LV-H132 Vs Germguardian AC4825 featured image

When it comes to the Levoit LV-H132 and the GermGuardian AC4825 it’s not as simple as asking which one is “best” – both have their pros and cons. Additionally, both have excellent buyer satisfaction ratings making it even harder to decide.

In my detailed Levoit LV-H132 vs. GermGuardian AC4825 comparison, I’ll tell you what you need to know before buying. I own and have personally tested both!

Which one is right for you? Read on and I’ll help you decide.

Contents

Getting to know the Levoit LV-H132 and GermGuardian AC4825

Levoit LV-H132 Vs Germguardian AC4825 comparison image

Both models look a bit different from the outside but in fact share a lot of common features, performance, and build quality. There are significant size & styling differences to consider too. But not to worry – both are great at what they do! I’m sure one will find a great place in your home.

As far as air purifiers sold today go, two of the best-selling and most popular are without a doubt the Levoit LV-H132 and the GermGuardian AC4825 both occupy one of the most popular price segments over at Amazon. Both normally sell for below $100.

I’ve owned and have tested many air purifiers and still use my AC4825, but I’ve always been curious about the LV-H132 and wanted to compare the two.

Both models are HEPA filter-based models that work with a pre-filter and active carbon filter to trap air contaminants, odors, and dust and hair.

Additionally, both are pretty simple to use I’m happy to report.

In case you’re interested, I’ve written an extensive review of the GermGuardian AC4825 I own here.

However, there are definitely some important differences between the two to be aware of. This is not a case of “one is better than the other.” Both have strengths and weaknesses, meaning one will be a better fit in your home than the other.

Let’s dig into the specifics, shall we?

Specifications comparison – Levoit LV-H132 vs GermGuardian AC4825

Here are the specific differences to know between both models. Note that the LV-H132 has a lower Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) and doesn’t feature a UV-C germ killing feature, both of which I’ll cover in more detail later.

LV-H132 Specifications
  • Room size rating: 129 sq. ft (small or medium room)
  • 3-speed fan control
  • 2 level night light feature
  • True HEPA filter
  • Activated carbon pellet section
  • Very low noise operation (< 50dB)
  • Prefilter can be cleaned or replaced separately
  • CADR (Clean Air Delivery Rate) ratings: Dust (110), pollen (110), smoke (110)
  • AHAM Verified, Energy Star Verified, FCC certified, ETL listed, CA PROP 65 certified
  • Electronic touch controls
  • Control lighting on/off feature
  • Memory feature retains the last setting used
  • Filter replacement reminder (~6 mos.)
  • Twist-open filter cover with handle
  • Simple filter replacement (drop-in)
  • 2 year warranty
  • Replacement filter: LV-H132-RF
  • Power use: 28.3W (max. fan speed)
  • Weight: 5.25 lbs (2.38 kg)
  • Cord length: 6 ft.
  • Control location: Top
  • Size: 7.5 x 7.5 x 12.5″ (19 x 19 x 31.75 cm)
AC4825 Specifications
  • Room size rating: 167 sq. ft (medium room)
  • UV-C germ killing light
  • Titanium Oxide odor molecule remover
  • 3-speed fan control
  • True HEPA filter w/ activated carbon filter
  • CADR (Clean Air Delivery Rate) ratings: Dust (118), pollen (125), smoke (108)
  • Low-noise fan setting
  • Replaceable UV bulb
  • Dual-section blower fans
  • Simple rotary control
  • Pushbutton on/off UV switch
  • Filter replacement reminder
  • UV bulb replace indicator: Illum. trim
  • 3-year limited warranty
  • Replacement filter: FILTER B (FLT4825)
  • Carrying handle
  • Weight: 8.65 lbs (19 kg)
  • Cord length: 6 ft.
  • Control location: Top
  • Size: 6.75 x 10.25 x 21.5″ (17.1 x 26 x 54.6 cm

Levoit LV-H132 overview

Levoit LV-H132 front image with box

The Levoit LV-H132 is a compact and good-looking model with top-mounted controls. Unlike the GermGuardian AC4825, the filter is located on the bottom (as opposed to the rear). It’s well-made and looks great. Note that No products found.

The Levoit LV-H132 is a HEPA filter purifier with the following features:

  • Electronic touch controls
  • HEPA 3-in-1 filter
  • Night light feature
  • Activated carbon section is real pellets, not a coating
  • 3-speed fan
  • VERY quiet operation
  • Memory feature for power-on
  • Now available in black

Replace filters by turning the unit upside and removing the bottom cover (see below for more details) and are normally replaced by inserting a new all-in-one filter cartridge.

The Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) is lower than that of the GermGuardian AC4825, but one reason for that it’s a quieter fan that has a lower airflow rate. As its recommended room size is smaller than that of the GermGuardian that’s to be expected as well.

It’s a compromise you live with given the low-noise advantage it provides.

Levoit LV-H132 black model

Finally! I’ve admired the LV-H132 for a long time and while I love my white one, the newly available black version is even better looking!

One of my long-standing complaints about the LV-H132 was the lack of an alternate color. It’s a great-looking purifier – don’t get me wrong, but I love an alternate color choice.

The great news is that Levoit now offers the same model in black too.

Ideally targeted at small to medium-sized rooms, it’s a great choice for a bedroom or any other small room. The air purification effectiveness is very good in my experience. It also has one of the best carbon filter sections I’ve seen.

A good active carbon filter is effective at trapping odors as well as volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) in the air you can potentially inhale.

There’s a handy filter replacement reminder built-in as well.

Compact size, hard to tip over

At about 14.5″ (36.8 cm) tall, it’s still very compact and quite a bit shorter than the GermGuardian model. I like the compactness, but it comes with a trade-off as I’ll tell you later.

One great advantage, however, is that it’s not going to get tipped over like taller tower purifiers.

One advantage you’ll have with the Levoit is the memory feature. Unlike the AC4825, turning it back on restores it to its earlier settings for both the fan speed and night light. That’s a nice touch I really like!

Build quality

I’ve had some time to test and try the LV-H132 and I have to say it’s very well-made. The fit and finish are excellent. Undoubtedly some great thought was put into its design.

Build quality is good, with solid construction and great fit and finish. All around, it gives off a great impression of a great purifier that’s a quality contender.

Night light feature

Levoit LV-H132 night light feature image

The LV-H132 has a night light button with 2 brightness levels to choose from.

While it’s a nice feature to have (it definitely provides lots of light in the room) my gripe is that the low setting is still very bright.

If you’re sensitive to light when sleeping that may be a deal-breaker like it is for me. In that case, I had to leave it turned off.

However, for parents and others who can really use the soft lighting effect, it’s a great option to have at your disposal.

GermGuardian AC4825 overview

GermGuardian AC4825 review featured image

The popular Germ Guardian True HEPA Filter Air Purifier with UV Light Sanitizer,... is a 22″ tall unit containing not one but two fan assemblies. It’s rated at a higher Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) of 100+ and is recommended for up to 167 sq. feet.

The AC4825 also uses a 2-stage true HEPA filter assembly, but the similarities with the Levoit model end there.

It uses manual (top-mounted) controls via a 3-speed rotary fan switch. However, it does have a distinct advantage over the LV-H132: it’s one of the several GermGuardian models featuring a germ-killing ultraviolet light (UV-C) feature that’s optional.

It’s very simple to use by engaging the push button control on top. When turned on, the purifier indicates this by illuminating the trim ring around the edge of the top section with a nice blue glow.

For those who want extra protection against airborne illnesses, it’s a great feature to consider. I’d like to add it’s especially a great idea for those with babies or people prone to sickness, colds, and more.

Tip: The HEPA filter is replaceable both separately from the pre-filter or as a single filter assembly, so it’s possible to save a few dollars.

If the HEPA filter section isn’t completely blocked up with captured particles you can simply replace only the prefilter as needed.

It also has a handy filter replacement reminder right on top where it’s easy to see.

The AC4825’s stylish twin, the GermGuardian AC4900CA. It’s the same in performance and is essentially the same purifier in a different body. 

While the AC4825 isn’t available in an alternate color like the Levoit air purifier, it is available in another version called the AC4900CA. That’s a great model I also own, and it features a stylish brushed metal appearance finish and front-mounted controls.

Both are identical in performance and operation.

(If you’re interested in much more detail, check out my excellent AC4825 review here)

Ideally, the AC4825 is well best for medium-sized rooms. However, it’s fine in small rooms if you’ve got the space. At about 22″ (~56 cm) in height, it definitely won’t fit in as many areas as the LV-H132). So bear that in mind when comparing.

Build quality

As I’ve owned my AC4825 for some time now, I can tell you it also has good quality construction and is well-made. The finish is a great-looking satin black with a matte silver trim on top.

Body parts line up well with no gaps or defects. It doesn’t feel cheap like some other products I’ve owned, and you’ll see what I mean when you get one in your hands, too.

I’ve never had a problem or complaint with the build quality and I’m very satisfied with it!

Night light…sort of!

Image of GermGuardian AC4825 in dark

When in use, the AC4825’s UV-C germ killing feature produces a lovely, gentle glow through the translucent trim around the base of the control top section.

It’s not exactly a night light, but it does produce a small glow that provides a bit of light, so it’s still somewhat useful in that regard.

If you’re like me and are very sensitive to light when sleeping, you’ll have to turn it off before bed. However, others may appreciate the other benefit: not just killing germs and microbes in the air, but also a cool-looking glow at night!

Filter replacement comparisons

But how hard is it to check or replace the filter in both? Let’s have a look.

Levoit LV-H132 filter replacement image example

Accessing the filter assembly on the LV-H132. Note that the filter shown (in a plastic bag) is what you’ll see when buying new. You’ll need to remove it from the bag before use, as it’s stored for safekeeping to the carbon filter portion fresh for use.

The LV-H132 isn’t hard to deal with: turn the unit upside down and twist to unlock the cover using the handle (top), then pull it out to reach the filter assembly (bottom). It’s not hard, but when replacing the cover you’ll need to twist it the opposite direction and lock it back in place

All in all, I found it pretty simple and straightforward, so no complaints here!

GermGuardian AC4825 filter removal image

The AC4825 has a simple rear cover with a locking tab to open when you want to check or replace the filters. It’s very straightforward and works well.

Likewise, the AC4825 is really simple as well. If anything, it may be just slightly easier to do, but it’s nothing significant.

To remove the rear cover, push down on the release tab at the top, then lean the cover down. Two bottom-mounted tabs keep it aligned. Simply pull the cover out and up, and it’s free.

The filter assembly also leans out easily and is really simple to replace. Just pull out the old one and re-insert the new one. That’s it! You’re done.

I don’t see any big advantages in one model over the other, so again there they’re quite similar, just different in design.

Controls comparison

Levoit LV-H134 vs GermGuardian AC4825 controls comparison

Controls comparison for the LV-H132 and AC4825 models. The Levoit (left) uses touch-sensitive electronic controls which are a nice touch and work very well, if a bit sensitive. The AC4825 (right) has simple but good-feeling manual controls. It’s also extremely simple to use and I definitely suggest it for those who aren’t comfortable with electronic controls.

There aren’t any major advantages between one or the other when it comes to controls. In my experience, they’re both great at what they do.

Levoit LV-H143 controls

Honestly, I feel like it comes down to personal preference in this category. The Levoit’s controls are clear and easy to use – very intuitive. They’re touch controls, so it’s easy to make a mistake and change a setting by accident, but in my experience that didn’t happen often.

The fan speed control simply rotates through the 3 settings (low, medium, and high) so you just keep touching the fan symbol button until it’s where you need it to be.

The night light feature (shown above as a light bulb symbol) rotates through the high, low, and off settings.

One thing to note: the LV-H132 makes a beeping sound each time a button is touched. You can’t disable the beeping sound. That’s one drawback you need to be aware of.

While it isn’t an irritant for many, for those who will be using it in a baby’s room or another quiet area it’s something to consider.

GermGuardian AC4825 controls

I also found the AC4825 extremely easy to use. It’s an especially great choice for the elderly or others who prefer the touch and “feel” of a manual rotary controller. It feels solid and works well.

Likewise, the push button germ killing switch is a “soft button” and works great with good feedback for your fingers.

I can’t find any faults here either as well. The simplicity of the 3-speed fan control I’m sure will be appealing to both those who like more advanced controls as well as people who prefer uncomplicated products.

It’s cheaper to manufacturer basic controls which I’m sure contributes to the AC4825 being an overall good value (along with having more square foot coverage than the LV-H132.

Maintenance cost differences

Piggy bank image with money

Expect to replace filters around 6-8 months after use, although that time varies greatly by use and the condition of the air in your home. For some, the HEPA filter’s life can be extended as long as a year!

Both models have a separately replaceable pre-filter section, although for the LV-H132 that doesn’t include the active carbon section as well, which for the AC4825 it does.

Expect to pay around $15-$25 for a complete filter replacement for the LV-H132 and around $27-$30+ for the GermGuardian model. Note that prices always vary from time to time and seller to seller.

That being said, the Levoit does have an advantage here as far as filter costs go. You can shop around and find 3rd party brands for less money for the GermGuardian, however. I’ve seen a few in my research.

AC4825 UV bulb costs

One thing to bear in mind is that owners (like me) of the AC4825 will eventually have to replace the UV-C bulb as well.

LB4000 UV replacement bulb

Shown: LB-4000 UV replacement bulb for the GermGuardian AC4825 air purifier’s germ killing feature.

Rated life is about 12 months and you can expect to pay near $25. You’ll need to remove the rear metal cover (located internally in front of the filter) using a Phillips head screwdriver.

It’s fairly simple to do and the owner’s manual provides clear & detailed instructions which I like.

LV-H132 vs AC4825 noise levels

To have some solid facts to share with you, I measured the noise levels I heard. Using this great little digital sound level meter I bought at 1 meter (3.28 ft) from the purifiers I recorded the real noise levels produced.

SpeedLV-H132 Vol. (dB)AC4825 Vol. (dB)
Off (room noise)39.339.3
Low4042.5
Medium4350.5
High4858

What does this mean? The basic result is that the Levoit model is significantly quieter during operation. As a matter of fact, on low and medium settings, it has to be one of the quietest air purifiers I’ve ever heard!

Don’t get me wrong: the AC4825 is quiet and the many happy buyer reviews back up my statement. However, the Levoit was even more quiet than I could have imagined.

When it’s in use, it’s so amazingly quiet that sometimes you can’t even tell it’s on! For those who hate annoying noise, that’s a definite plus.

The GermGuardian isn’t bad by any means. The biggest difference is that the ultra-quiet noise level of the LV-H132 comes with a price. Because the fan speed is low for low noise, the air flow rate is lower than the AC4825. Hence, the room size coverage recommendation is only 129 square feet.

The AC4825’s design is a bit different

The AC4825, however, has two internal fan sections that can move more air much more rapidly (and hence are better for larger rooms) but produce a bit more noise.

Additionally, due to its design, the AC4825’s electronics produce a small amount of “whirring” noise from how it drives the internal electric motor when in use. It’s a very minor detail, but I like people to be aware before buying.

As I’m very picky and have good hearing I can hear the difference. However, I’m still very happy with my AC4825. It produces a nice, steady sound like white noise that’s hardly noticeable in practice.

I did notice that you need to give it some time in use before it breaks in and can become more pleasant-sounding.

Pros and cons comparisons

Here’s a pretty good summary of the fundamental pros and cons of both models. Take what you will from it – it’s not a perfect list, but I’ve tried hard to include everything you should know before making a buying decision.

Levoit LV-H132

PROS:
  • Compact size (only about 14.5″ tall)
  • Electronic touch controls
  • Ultra-quiet operation
  • Better activated carbon filter (real pellets)
  • Beautiful appearance
  • Simple operation
  • Great owner’s manual
  • Good customer support
  • 2-level night light
  • Memory feature
  • Great quality
  • Excellent purifier performance
  • Reliable
  • No motor noise like AC4825
  • Available in black
CONS:
  • No carry handle built-in
  • Lower room coverage than AC4825
  • No germ-killing feature
  • Beeping cannot be switched off
  • Shorter warranty (2 vs 3 years)
  • Cannot disable beeping sound for controls
  • Low setting for night light isn’t low enough
  • Single fan design
  • No auto mode or auto-off timer feature
  • Quiet operation comes at the cost of lower air flow rate

GermGuardian AC4825

PROS:
  • 167 sq. ft. room coverage (medium-large)
  • Very easy to use
  • Available in AC4900CA version
  • UV-C germ killing feature
  • Carry handle built-in
  • Dual-fan design
  • Filter replacement reminder
  • UV bulb replacement reminder
  • 3-year warranty
  • 3-in-1 air cleaning design
  • Maintenance is easy to perform
  • Low operational noise
  • Reliable
  • Highly effective & true HEPA level filtering
  • Well-built
  • Available in twin AC4900CA model
  • Prefilter/carbon filter section can be replaced separately from HEPA section
  • Nice design & weight won’t tip over easily
CONS:
  • UV-C feature must be turned on manually after power off then on
  • No auto mode or auto-off timer feature
  • Uses an activated carbon coating vs real pellets like the LV-H132
  • Blue glowing trim could be noticeable to some with high sensitivity
  • Tall height is not suitable for all users
  • Rotary manual control fan speed switch
  • Slight (very minor) motor noise when running
  • No other color options available (aside from AC4900CA)
  • You’ll need to buy 3rd party filters to save money as originals are more expensive

Levoit LV-H132 vs GermGuardian AC4825 comparison table

FeatureLevoit LV-H132GermGuardian AC4825
Room size coverage 129 sq. ft. (small room) 167 sq. ft (medium-large room)
CADR ratings 110/110/110 118/125/108
Night light? Yes (2 levels) No
Filter reminder? Yes Yes
Control type Electronic touch controls Manual rotary switch
Germ killing feature? No Yes
Noise levels Ultra quiet Quiet/normal
Warranty 2 years 3 year limited
Size 8.5 x 8.5 x 14.5″ 6.75 x 10.25 x 21.5″
Current price $69.99 $89.99

(Current pricing updated on 2020-10-24 at 16:00 via Amazon)

Which should you buy?

I totally understand how hard it is to decide. After all, they’re nearly priced the same and if you’re new to buying an air purifier, you might not even know which is best for you.

Here are my recommendations for deciding:

You should pick the LV-H132 if:

  • You have a small room or office
  • Like the night light feature
  • Prefer a better odor control filter
  • Want almost-silent operation
  • Are ok with electronic controls & the beeping on touch
  • Need a more compact air purifier
  • Don’t need a germ killing feature
  • Prefer touch controls

You should pick the AC4825 if:

  • You have a medium to large sized room
  • Want a purifier with higher fan speed/flow rate
  • Don’t mind the tall size (~22″)
  • Want a germ killing feature
  • Don’t need a super-quiet operation
  • Want more value (more room coverage for the same price range)
  • Don’t like touch controls

My final advice

Ultimately, they’re both excellent air purifiers backed by thousands of happy buyer reviews. As I own both of them and have personally tested each, I’m confident you’d be happy with either one. Have look for yourself!

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sample-table__imageLevoit LV-H132
  • Ultra-quiet operation. Smart touch panel controls
  • 2-level night light option. Memory feature for last fan speed used
  • Great for rooms up to 129 sq. ft. Excellent for bedrooms!
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sample-table__imageGermGuardian AC4825
  • A super-popular purifier that's a best buy, too!
  • Easy 3-speed fan controls. Up to 155 sq. ft coverage
  • Built-in germ killing feature. High speed dual fan design
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Additional reading

If you’re seriously considering the AC4825, read my detailed and honest review of it here before spending your money!

You can also find out more about the AC4825’s twin, the AC4900CA, here in my AC4825 vs AC4900CA detailed comparison.