Levoit Air Purifier Reviews and Buying Guide 2019

Levoit recently introduced several new air purifier models and now offers 4 series. Like many brands, Levoit air purifiers combine several filter types.

  • The main filters are True HEPA filters.
  • Carbon filters reduce odors
  • Pre-filters catch pet hair and large particles that might otherwise clog the HEPA filter

What’s In This Guide?

We start with our list and the reviews of the best Levoit models before offering a buying guide that will assist you in making your choice.

We’ve produced comparable Buying Guides for Dyson, Honeywell, Winx, Holmes, Molekule, NatureFresh and other top air purifier brands. They make it easy to compare brands and specific air purifiers head to head.

Best Levoit Air Purifier Models

Here are the top Levoit air purifiers in popular categories.

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Levoit LV-PUR131 True HEPA

  • Pre-filter for Pet Hair
  • True HEPA
  • Activated Carbon
  • 3-stage Air Cleaning

Best for Allergens and Pets

LV-H133 Tower HEPA Air Purifier

  • Activated Carbon
  • True HEPA
  • Cleans Air Fast
  • Traps Odor Particles

Best for Smoke and Odors

Vista 200

  • 3 Filters with HEPA
  • Very Quiet (26db)
  • Sleep Mode
  • Excellent for Allergies
  • Timer

Best for Small Rooms

Core 300

  • Premium Filtering w/ HEPA
  • Powerful Fan for Fast Cleaning
  • Just 24db Sleep Mode
  • 5 Air Changes/Hr

Best for Medium Room

Levoit-H134 Air Purifier

  • Up to 710 square feet
  • Triple-cleans Air
  • Great for Allergies
  • Traps Super-fine Particles

for Large & Extra Large Rooms

Levoit Air Purifier Reviews

Our quick reviews above provide an overview for busy readers that want to read a professional opinion and make their purchase.

If you prefer more detail in reviews, this section has them.

We’ll tell you upfront: Most of the Best Levoit air purifiers have the same Overall Rating. This is because they have the same filters, features and quality.

Best for Allergens and Pets

1. Levoit LV-PUR131 True HEPA Air Purifier

This Levoit air purifier puts the air you breathe through three cleaning stages perfect for pet owners and those with allergies.

They are: 1). Fine pre-filter for large particles like pet hair and dander, 2). True HEPA for 99.97% of smaller particles and 3). activated carbon for odors.

Reason for the Choice: It effectively removes pet dander, pet smells and the most common allergens – dust, pollen, smoke, mold spores and more.

Room Size: Rated for 322 square feet. If you have bad allergies, put this unit to work in a smaller room for very thorough air cleaning.

CADR: 135 for Smoke.

Features: Auto Mode is driven by a sensor that monitors air quality and choose the optimal fan/cleaning speed. Extra-quiet Sleep Mode. Infrared dust sensor. 1-12Hr Timer.

Features Rating: 4 – No means of remote operation. Otherwise, a 5 rating. There was a WiFi version of this unit, and at this writing it is still available from Amazon and other sellers, but at more than twice the cost.

Filter Rating: 5 – HEPA and carbon plus a pre-filter are the best defense against a range of airborne pollutants and allergens.

Efficiency Rating: 5 – Energy Star

Quality Rating: 4 – Good quality and a 2-year warranty. Many leading brands have longer warranties.

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Best for Smoke and Odors

2. LV-H133 Tower HEPA Air Purifier

This is a full-featured air purifier that is ideal for smoke and odors.

Reason for the Choice: We chose a high-capacity (538 square feet) model for the best Levoit air purifier for smoke and odors.

If someone is smoking indoors or does a lot of fry cooking, then going bigger than needed on an air purifier is the right choice. Besides, at 25 decibels (on low), it is much quieter than cheaper air purifiers with far less capacity to remove smoke and odors.

Room Size: Up to 538 square feet.

CADR Score: 235

Features: 360-degree filtration. 1-12Hr timer. Sleep mode. 3 fan speeds. Dirty filter light.

Features Rating: 4 – If it had a remote, Bluetooth or WiFi, the features rating would be 5.

Filter Rating: 5 – 3 proven stages including HEPA.

Efficiency Rating: 5 Energy Star certified.

Quality Rating: 4 – An air purifier this expensive should have a warranty longer than 2 years.

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Best for Small Rooms

3. Vista 200  

One of Levoit’s newer models, the Vista 200 has the features most users want. It is thoughtfully designed.

Reason for the Choice: It has the best air filtering and features of the small room air purifiers made by Levoit.

Room Size: Up to 161 square feet. It’s a good size for nurseries, bedrooms, offices, dens and TV rooms.

CADR Score: 50 for Smoke.

Features: 3-speed fan is very quiet. Push-button controls. Sleep Mode. Low/High brightness levels. 2/4/8Hr timer.

Features Rating: 3 – This unit is pretty basic, which keeps costs down. There’s no filter notification light or remote way to operate the unit.

Filter Rating: 5 – HEPA, carbon and a pre-filter are the three essentials of good air filtration, and it has them all.

Efficiency Rating: 5 – Energy Star certified.

Quality Rating: 4 – Decent quality, but just a 2-year warranty. By comparison, Honeywell backs all its air purifiers with 5-year warranties.

Overall Rating: 4.25 out of 5

Best for Medium Size Rooms

4. Core 300

This newly designed Levoit air purifier shows upgrades in design and the ability to clean a large amount of air.

Reason for the Choice: Three stages of cleaning and 3-speed fan allow you to customize the air purification you need in rooms medium to large.

Room Size: Up to 215 square feet.

CADR Score: 130 for Smoke.

Features: 3-speed fan/cleaning levels. 2/4/8Hr timer. Sleep Mode for very quiet 24dB cleaning/white noise, “cyclone” type motor creates improved airflow and cleaning power.

Features Rating: 4 – Good features, but no remote and the timer is just 8 hours. Some models have a 12-hour or 18-hour timer.

Filter Rating: 5 – True HEPA, Carbon and a fine pre-filter.

Efficiency Rating: 5 – Energy Star certified.

Quality Rating: 4 – Decent quality, but just a 2-year warranty.

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Best for Large & Extra Large Rooms

5. Levoit Levoit-H134 Air Purifier

This is a large-capacity air cleaner with the features most homeowners want.

Reason for the Choice: The H134 has tremendous air purification capacity for allergens, pets, odors, smoke and more. And it cleans the air quietly.

Room Size: Up to 710 square feet, so it is ideal for average-sized apartments.

CADR Score: 312

Features: Air quality sensor and Auto air cleaning. 360-degree air intake. 1-12Hr timer. Sleep Mode. 3 fan speeds. Display light can be turned off for sleeping. Casters.

Features Rating: 5 – Everything but remote/Bluetooth.

Filter Rating: 5 – HEPA, pre-filter and activated carbon are the industry standard for effective air purification.

Efficiency Rating: 5 – Energy Star

Quality Rating: 4 – The quality is good, but the warranty is just 2 years. There are better warranties from Honeywell and other manufacturers.

Overall Rating: 4.75 out of 5

Guide Section

There are 4 Levoit air purifier series, though only one has multiple models.

Here they are with pros, cons, best use for each and more.

But first, a few remarks about what the four series have in common.

Overview of Levoit Filtration Features

Rather than redundantly list these features for all series, they are discussed here.

True HEPA

Like all good air purifiers, Levoit uses HEPA-certified filters in all units. The filters must be tested to demonstrate that they trap 99.97% of all particles down to 0.3 microns.

This level of filtration is compared with “HEPA type) filters used on inferior models from other brands that trap only about 99%, allowing many of the smallest and most dangerous/irritating particles to get through.

Carbon Filters

Activated carbon, sometimes called activated charcoal, is the best way to absorb and stop odor-causing molecules of smoke and cooking smells.

When you want to quickly clear a room of odors, turn the unit to its highest cleaning speed. The fan will run on high to pull in stale, polluted air and push out purified air.

High fan speeds from any brand air purifier are noisy, but you shouldn’t have to run it on high for long. Or leave it on high while you’re out of the house. You should enjoy better indoor air when you return.

Pre-Filters

A variety of washable and replaceable pre-filters are used. Their purpose is to stop large particles like pet and human hair, clumps of dust and similar.

Without a pre-filter, those debris would go straight to the other filters and shorten their effective live. Pre-filters are relative cheap, especially if they are washable and don’t need replacing. Main HEPA filters cost up to 50% of the entire price of a new air purifier, so getting the most life from them is important.

Zero Ozone

No Levoit models produce ozone, so there are no worries. See our Holmes Review and Winix Review for more information on ionization and ozone dangers.

Levoit Air Purifier Series Pros and Cons

Here are more details about each series that should assist in your buying decision.

But first, an overview table for comparison. We’ve created these tables for all the brands we review.

Series

Filter Types

Room Sizes

CADR 

Cost

Warranty

Core 300

HEPA & Carbon

215 s.f.

130

$100 - $115

2 years

Vista 200

HEPA & Carbon

161 s.f.

50

$80 - $100

2 years

LV-PUR Series

HEPA & Carbon

322 s.f.

135

$170 - $185

2 years

LV-H Series

HEPA & Carbon

86-710 s.f.

40-312

$48 - $300

2 years

*All Levoit air purifiers offer 99.97% filtration of particulates .3 microns and larger.

CADR is Clean Air Deliver Rate. We list the CADR for Smoke removal.

Cost covers all model sizes in the series.

This is a tower air purifier in a single size – covering up to 215 square feet – a room about 12x18 or 14x15.

Filtration: A Cyclone Technology, the idea perhaps borrowed from Dyson, creates stronger air intake, and that’s one of the keys to good filtration.

It has the 3 key filters you should look for in any quality air purifier:

  • Mesh pre-filter that removes large particles so they don’t clog other filters
  • Activated carbon filter ideal for absorbing odor-causing chemicals and VOCs
  • The main True HEPA filter

The 3 filters are built into one replacement filter for easy changing every 6-12 months.

Features:

  • Cyclonic air draw
  • 3-in-1 filter
  • Upgraded AC capacitor motor for durability
  • 2/4/8Hr timer
  • Dirty filter indicator light.

You have filter replacement options:

  • Original – HEPA with 99.97% effectiveness.
  • Pet Allergy – Uses a mesh pre-filter for big stuff and an activated carbon filter for odors.
  • Toxin Absorbing – Best for smoke, vehicle exhaust and VOCs.
  • Mold & Bacteria – The filter neutralizes these pollutants, so they won’t grow within the filter.

This link takes you to the page where you can select and view the features and price of each option. 

Pros: Good quality and air cleaning for $100. Improved airflow cleans the air more quickly. Quiet operation compared with cheap brands like Holmes. The ability to choose the best replacement filter for your purposes is a plus. Compact size and contemporary style.

Cons: This might not be a problem at all – but this is a very new unit, so there is no track record or reviews. We expect it to be a durable, high-performance machine, but the verdict is still out. Carriers just a 2-year warranty. That’s below average for quality units.

Best Use: The quiet, powerful cleaning makes it a good choice for a bedroom or office, den or other location where you want clean air with little noise.

This unit is compact, light at 3.3lbs and as quiet as 26db in Sleep Mode. But it still has the right features for good air purification.

Filtration: Mesh pre-filter for pet hair and large debris. High-efficiency activated carbon for odors and VOCs. True HEPA with sealing gaskets to prevent the escape of trapped pollutants.

It’s a 3-in-1 filter, round, so it takes in pollutants from 360 degrees.

Features:

  • 3 fan/cleaning speeds. Put in on high to quickly remove cooking odors or bathroom or nursery smells.
  • 2/4/8Hr timer.
  • Gentle night light.
  • The button light can be turned off.

Pros: 360-degree filtration. Easy filter replacement.

Cons: You have a single filter replacement option, unlike with the Core 300. It is the Vista 200-RF.

A few users complain it doesn’t clear cooking odors. But remember that the air purifier must be properly sized for the room. For example, the Vista 200 is right for up to 160 square feet. It won’t remove smells from an entire home or apartment.

Best Use: Bedrooms and nurseries. Offices. It has a dim light option for nighttime, and the lighted button can be turned off. This makes it great for light-sensitive sleepers of any age. Its size and features make it right for a small bedroom, office or den.

This series offers a WiFi version, which is still available on Amazon and highly rated. It works with Alexa and Google Assistant. The Levoit website says it is “Sold Out,” and that might indicate it will be discontinued.

The standard Levoit-PUR131 is available in one size to serve up to 322 square feet. That’s a good-size room of about 15x21.

Filtration: 3 framed screens:

  • Nano-Silver pre-screen for bacteria, pet hair and dander, mold and fungus
  • True HEPA for dust, dust mites, pollen and other allergens
  • Activated carbon for odors, smoke, cooking smells

Features:

  • Air quality monitor and sensor.
  • Auto Mode that uses data from the sensor to determine fan and cleaning speed.
  • LED display and easy touch-control buttons.

Pros: Good value for the money – excellent air purification with good performance.

Cons: Some might prefer a 360-degree air purifier that pulls in air from every horizontal direction and dispels cleaned air out the top.

Best Use: Living rooms, TV rooms when you want clean air with little noise, kitchen, large bedrooms and mid-size offices.

Will this series entirely replace the LV-Pur Series? It looks that way.

It is produced in four sizes. Three of the models are towers that pull air in from 360 degrees, and that can be a definite upgrade.

Filtration: Three levels – Washable pre-filter, true HEPA and activated carbon.

Levoit claims it filters pollution down to pm 2.5 (particulate matter 2.5 micrometers in size)

Features:

  • Cyclonic technology for 40% better airflow and faster air cleaning.
  • 360-degree intake. Intelligent air quality sensor.
  • Auto Mode automatically adjusts cleaning speed (3 fans speeds) to the right cleaning level.
  • The H-132 is available in black and white. The others are white.

Pros: Excellent filtering and features.

Cons: Higher cost than the PUR series and a warranty that is just 2 years long. As you’ll see next, there is no unit serving rooms between 130 all the way up to 538 square feet. We suspect that in time a model H-131 will replace the PUR-131 and fill that niche.

Best Use: Pick your size. The various models serve square feet of 86, 130, 538 and 710 square feet.

Comparing Levoit Air Purifiers to Other Top Brands

Levoit makes entry-level and mid-grade air purifiers.

The “pro” for Levoit is that all the main filters are true HEPA. That puts Levoit in the same category as Honeywell, Winix and Dyson. And Levoit air purifiers cost much less than Winix, Dyson and top-of-the-line Honeywell.

If there is a “downside,” it is that Levoit doesn’t offer the premium features other brands give you. For example, Winix uses PlasmaWave hydroxyl production and Molekule uses patented photo electrochemical oxidation (PECCO) technology. However, both still rely on True HEPA filtration for the main filter. We think Levoit is a better value than Winix or Molekule.  

Our pro opinion is that using a True HEPA filter is the best way to purify air. The air purifier features – timers, dirty filter notification, multiple fan speeds, dimmer lights and other extras – aren’t as important as how well the unit cleans the air you breathe.

The Bottom Line

Levoit makes hard-working, HEPA-filtered air purifiers. Prices are fair. Levoit is a good value. 

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