Levoit Vital 100 Air Purifier Review 2020

No matter where you live, and no matter how often you clean, chances are that the air you are breathing in your home is not as clean and as healthy as you think.

In this day and age, and air purifier is a must not only for people with allergies, asthma, and other health problems but for perfectly healthy people too.

The Levoit Vital 100 is premium quality and highly efficient air purifier offered at a very reasonable price. It is an appliance that is suitable for anybody looking for a reliable air purifier for small and medium-sized rooms.

Read on to find out everything you need to know about this superb air purifier by Levoit.

Overview

The Levoit Vital 100 Air Purifier is a mid-range air purifying device which will help clean the air you breathe from dust, pollen, allergens, mold, dander as well as remove the unpleasant odors from pets, cooking and others.

The Vital 100 uses up very little electrical power, and will actually cost you up to $1.60 per month if run 24/7. In addition, the replacement filter will cost you under $20, and will last from 6-8 months, so this is a very wise investment to make in the long-term as well.

The console design of the Vital 100 is sleek and has a small footprint. Its controls are located on top of the unit, making them easy to access and view.

There are three fan speed options to choose from, as well as an easy to set timer, which you can set to 2, 4 or 8 hours to save energy.

The LED display on the device can be switched off, if you do not want to be disturbed when sleeping while the air purifier is running.

The maximum area coverage of this air purifier by Levoit is 300 square feet. So it is suitable for bedrooms, nurseries, kitchens, mall rooms and offices and other areas within this size range.

The appliance is capable of completely filtering the air in a room up to 300 square feet 3.3 times per hour. This means, that it is capable of purifying the air in a room of this size in just 18 minutes.

Its 3-stage filter includes a pre-filter, an activated carbon filter and a True HEPA filter.

The pre-filter traps the larger airborne particles such as hair, pet hair, or lint. The activated carbon filter absorbs the odors from pets, smoking, fire, or cooking. The True HEPA filter has the capacity of capturing and trapping 99.97% of the particles and allergens as small as 0.3 microns such as dust, dander, spores from mold, germs, pollen and others.

The unit is designed in California, and is ozone-free, UV-C-free. It is FCC and CARB certified and ETL listed.

The Levoit Vital 100 size and design

The Vital 100 has a modern console design sized 12.8 x 6.4 x 16.1 inches. The unit has a larger air outlet than other air purifiers in this range. Thanks to its sleek design and the large-sized parallel air grill, the appliance will take up a smaller space, while being able to suck in more air and filter it more efficiently.

The air purifier utilizes a bottom-to-top airflow system, with the air inlet being hidden behind the cover of the filter.

The filter replacement is simple, and only requires that the pull tabs of the new filter are facing up after installing the new filter.

The control panel is conveniently located on the top of the device.

There are only 5 buttons for all of the basic functions of the appliance – fan speed, timer, display on/off, power on/off, and filter replace indicator.

It is straightforward to set even for people who are not tech-savvy.

The weight of the Vital 100 is only 9.3 lbs. so it can be moved around the room or home easily.

The Levoit Vital 100 filtering system

Levoit Air Purifier
Levoit Air Purifier

This affordable air purifier uses a 3-stage filtering system to ensure that the air in the room is clean and healthy.

The three stages include:

  • A pre-filter – this preliminary filter captures and traps the larger particles like hair, lint, dust, fibers and others. It helps increase the efficiency and the longevity of the other more complex filters installed after it.
  • A True HEPA filter – the True HEPA filter will capture up to 99.97% of allergens as small as 0.3 microns. It will successfully trap dust, pet dander, mold spores, dust mites, viruses, germs and bacteria from the air. A True HEPA filter is a must for households where there are people with pet, dust or pollen allergies, as well as for people with respiratory problems, or weakened immune systems.
  • An Activated Carbon Filter – this third filter is highly efficient in capturing and trapping any unpleasant odors from pets, cooking, fire, smoker, VOCs, ammonia and others.

The unit is entirely ozone-free, and doesn’t have a potentially harmful UV-C light or anion purification. Ozone is known to cause respiratory problems in people suffering from asthma or bronchitis.

The filter life depends on the quality of your air, but overall, you can expect to have to replace it every 6 to 8 months.

The best news is that the replacement filter will cost you less than $20, which is a very reasonable price, as compared to many of the other air purifiers in this range.

Maximum area coverage

As mentioned previously, the maximum area coverage of the Levoit Vital 100 is up to 300 square feet.

Thanks to its three different fan speed settings, you can use it in smaller rooms efficiently as well.

At the lowest speed, the unit is capable of cleaning the air in rooms up to 140 square feet 4.5 times per hour.

At the second and third fan speed, the Vital 100 will clear the air in rooms up to 185 square feet 4 times, and 3.3 times in areas sized 300 square feet.

The Levoit Vital 100 has a CADR of 130 CFM.

So, as you can see, it is not the largest capacity air purifier on the market, but is perfect for small to medium-sized rooms up to 300 square feet.

The noise level

One of the biggest advantages of the Levoit Vital 100 is its whisper-quiet operation.

At its lowest fan speed setting, the noise level is just 23 dB, which is the sound level of whispering.

At its highest fan speed, the Vital 100 has a noise level of 50 dB which still is much quieter than the noise level of other air purifiers in this range.

With such a low noise level and a display which can be switched off completely, the Levoit Vital 100 is among the best air purifiers for bedrooms, and nurseries, and for light sleepers and people sensitive to noise.

Its power consumption

With a rated power of only 55 watts and standby power of less than 0.5 watts, the Levoit Vital 100 is one of the best energy-saving options among the air purifiers in this price range.

Levoit has calculated that at the current prices of electricity, running the Vital 100 24 hours a day every day will cost you about $1.60 per month. So, the price for having the unit switched on and running throughout the year will cost you less than $20 for electrical power bills.

Along with a filter replacement costing less than $20, every 6-8 months, the Levoit Vital 100 is one of the least expensive air purifiers to maintain in the long run.

Added features

Being a budget version of the premium air purifier Levoit LV-PUR131, the Vital 100 is stripped of the bells and whistles of the high-end model.

It notably lacks a smart sensor that allows for the device to switch itself off or turn the speed down when the air is purified to minimal and healthy levels of pollution.

Still, this affordable air purifier still has some features which many users will appreciate, including the display turn-off feature. This is an attractive added feature for light sleepers and for people who do not want to be disturbed by a bright display, especially when resting or sleeping.

Also, the timer allows for scheduling the operation of the unit to 2, 4 and 8 hours, so you can still save energy by setting the Vital 100 to run for a set amount of time, and then turn off.

Also, the Levoit Vital 100 has a filter replacement indicator which will eliminate the guesswork when it comes to maintaining the unit.

The customer service

Since Levoit has always focused on its customers and its community, you don’t need to worry about getting timely and useful customer service in regard to the Vital 100 air purifier.

The company offers a 1-year warranty for its product, but you can register online to receive an extended 2-year warranty.

You will also receive loyalty points and community rewards for any further purchases from Levoit if you choose to register.

Pros

  • A capacity of 3.3 complete air changes per hour in rooms up to 300 sq.ft.
  • A True HEPA filter which is an absolute must for people with allergies and respiratory problems
  • Whisper-quiet operation – lower than 23dB
  • Energy-saving, and inexpensive replacement systems
  • Ozone free
  • A timer function for 2,4 and 8 hours
  • LED Display for easy viewing of the real-time air quality, which can be completely turned off
  • 3-stage filtration
  • Odor control function
  • A compact size
  • Very reasonably priced

Cons

  • No auto mode and no smart sensor to automatically adjust the speed in accordance with the air quality

Final verdict

It may not have the bells and whistles of the high-end flagship air purifiers by Levoit, but the Levoit Vital 100 is an excellent air purifying device, with 3-stage filtering, including a True HEPA filter and an odor-absorbing Activated Carbon filter.

It operates quietly, has a display that can be turned off, and a nifty timer.

It is offered at a very affordable price, and its maintenance costs are very low – both for electrical power and for the replacement filters.

Overall, this is a highly recommended, well-built, and easy to use air purifier suitable for rooms and areas sized up to 300 square feet.