Levoit Core 300 Air Purifier Review for Home Allergies
Levoit makes some of the most innovative home-wellness products on the market. The Core 300 is one of Levoit’s latest air purifiers. Designed for those who have allergies or asthma, the Levoit Core 300 boasts an above-average air-change rate thanks to, in part, a full-surround intake and a cylindrical HEPA filter.
A touch panel allows you to change the fan speed and set a timer. You can enjoy ultra-quiet filtration at night by putting the Core 300 in sleep mode. The filter is easy to change and lasts 6 months or longer. With its clean white finish, the air purifier creates an attractive display in any setting.
Consolidated HEPA Filter Set
For the Core 300, Levoit chose a Japanese-made HEPA filter that includes a nylon pre-filter layer and an activated carbon layer. Collectively, this filter-set traps 99.97 percent of dust, pollen, mold, smoke and odor-causing particles. Sealed with an airtight rubber gasket, the Core 300 is able to achieve CADR ratings in the 140s.
Although this air purifier comes with a general 0.3-micron filter, Levoit also offers filters that target pet-related allergens, VOCs and bacteria. All the filters last up to 8 months and changing it is incredibly easy. Flip the purifier, twist off the cover, pull out the old filter, insert the new filter in either direction and secure the top.
You can run the fan on low, medium or high speed. Although the centrifugal fan creates a powerful cyclonic airflow, it’s quiet on any speed. Sound-dampening technology keeps the noise level at 24 decibels on low speed and 50 decibels on high speed.
Solidly built bearings on the Core 300’s AC capacitor motor ensure efficient fan performance from the moment you turn on the air purifier. When running, the air purifier only consumes 45 watts of electricity. It’s also covered under a 1-year warranty, which extends to 2 years if you register the air purifier with Levoit.
Five Air Changes Per Hour
The Levoit Core 300 easily meets the demands of almost any bedroom or an enclosed living room of 215 square feet. In a space this size on high speed, the purifier can circulate all the air five times, which is more than the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers recommends for patient rooms in hospitals.
Over one dozen air deflectors inside the purifier provide an even distribution of clean air throughout the room. As long as the Core 300 has 15 inches of open space around it, the wrap-around intake and 360-degree outlet help the purifier reach maximum airflow efficiency.
Measuring 14.2 inches from top to bottom and 8.7 inches in diameter, the Levoit Core 300 is small enough to put on a table. However, its weight of 7.5 pounds gives it the sturdiness that’s necessary for on-the-floor placement. Since the air purifier is a cylindrical tower, there are no sharp edges that could hurt small children.
In the center of the outlet, a touch panel gives you full control over the air purifier. You can put the Core 300 on low-fan sleep mode and turn off the display lights if they bother you. It also has an 8-hour timer and a screen lock. When the filter needs to be changed, an indicator light will illuminate.
Efficient Allergy and Asthma Relief
The Levoit Core 300 proves beneficial to asthma and allergy sufferers. Its HEPA filter and high air-change rate promise efficient airborne particle reduction within 215 square feet. The fan is quiet and well-built, and the touch panel is easy to use. For a smaller or larger space, check out these other air purifiers by Levoit.
Levoit Core 300 vs. Vista 200
Judging by shape, there’s no difference between the Levoit Core 300 and Vista 200. Both are white and cylindrical. They’re also CARB-compliant and covered under a 2-year warranty. However, the Core 300 is about an inch taller and wider, and it weighs twice as much as the Vista 200.
The filters in both air purifiers consist of a true-HEPA, a nylon pre-filter and an activated carbon media. Since the pleated filter comes in one piece, filter changes are easy. However, the filter-replacement process for the Core 300 is more streamlined with the inclusion of one twist-off top instead of a screw cap plus a filter cover.
Air enters the Core 300 and Vista 200 via an efficient encircling inlet. After the air passes through the filter, it’s released through a 360-degree outlet. For small rooms, the Vista is your best bet as it’s rated for spaces of 161 square feet. The Core 300 is better suited for rooms up to 215 square feet.
With either purifier, you can choose from three fan speeds by pressing the fan button on the touch panel. No matter the speed, you’ll never be disturbed by an overpowering mechanical noise. The sound level of the Vista 200’s fan ranges from 26 to 52 decibels, which is just a hair above the Core 300’s sound output.
Sleep mode and an 8-hour timer are two more control options available on their respective touch panels. While the 45-watt Core 300 has functions that prevent accidental setting changes and turn off the light, the 15-watt Vista 200 embraces the nightlight concept by offering two illumination levels for its orange light if you decide to use it.
Levoit Core 300 vs. LV-H133
Levoit keeps with the cylindrical tower design. Each air purifier is primarily white; however, the LV-H133 model has touches of black on its edges. While the Core 300 can be placed on a table or the floor, the LV-H133 is a floor-only model since it’s almost twice as tall and wide and three times the Core 300’s weight.
Filter changes are headache-free. Each air purifier combines three filtration layers into one HEPA unit. Due to the difference in size, the LV-H133 has a filter access door in the rear instead of a screw-off top on the bottom. The Levoit LV-H133 is also able to operate in higher humidity levels, and it has a higher CADR rating.
Although their inlets cover all sides, the LV-H133 has small gaps between each quadrant; the Core 300’s inlet is a true 360-degree design. Still, the LV-H133’s outlet fins protrude slightly, giving it more air-push power than the Core 300’s recessed outlet. It’s also able to cover a lot more square feet – 538 to the Core’s 215.
You can manually change the fan’s speed to low, medium or high. Despite the LV-H133’s larger size, its highest fan speed is only 4 decibels louder. The LV-H133 also offers an automatic fan-selection mode. When chosen, the fan changes speed according to the air-quality indicator’s reading, which is made visible with a color-coded ring.
Both of these Levoit air purifiers are equipped with a sleek touch panel that displays filter-change and fan-speed indicators as well as a sleep-mode and a lights-off function. They also have a timer, but the 33-watt LV-H133’s timer can go 4 hours longer than the 45-watt Core 300’s, and you can see a countdown on the LV-H133’s control panel.
Levoit Core 300 vs. LV-H132
These two rounded towers are similar in height and width; however, the LV-H132 is about a pound lighter. Both come in a white finish, and they’re warrantied for 2 years. If you prefer sophisticated over contemporary, Levoit also makes a black version of the Levoit LV-H132.
Each air purifier is equipped with a long-lasting group of filters. While twist-off covers make their filters easy to access, the Core 300’s pre-filter, HEPA filter and carbon filter are fused together, making filter changes less of a hassle than the LV-H132’s two-piece setup. The Core 300’s cylindrical filter is also more efficient than the LV-H132’s disc filters.
On both purifiers, the air inlet surrounds the entire circumference of their bottom half. The outlet is located on the top plate and goes in a complete circle. Therefore, the Core 300 can circulate the air in a 215-square-foot room five times, and the LV-H132 can change the air in a 129-square-foot room four times.
The three-speed fan in these air purifiers runs quietly, generating a mere 25 decibels on its lowest setting. On high speed, the LV-H132’s fan is 4 decibels softer; however, only the Core 300 offers a sleep mode. The LV-H132 and Core 300 are also energy-efficient at 45 watts and 28 watts, respectively.
A series of touch buttons gives the air purifiers’ high marks in the usability category. The Core 300’s controls are more robust and offer functions the LV-H132 doesn’t have, such as an 8-hour timer and panel lock. On the other hand, the buttons alongside the LV-H132’s rim include a two-level blue nightlight.