Medify MA-14 vs. LEVOIT Core 300: Air Purifier Comparison
We spend at least one-third of the day in our bedrooms. Naturally, you want the air you breathe in your bedroom to be as clean as possible. Finding an air purifier that lives up to your performance expectations and looks aesthetically pleasing can be difficult, particularly if you want one safe enough to use in a child’s room.
Medify’s MA-14 and Levoit’s Core 300 have a contemporary design that works well in most bedrooms. Each one meets HEPA requirements with the MA-14 exceeding that filtration rate. The Core 300 is equipped with a panel lockout mechanism, and the MA-14 offers a nightlight option. Both complete multiple air exchanges per hour without making a ton of noise.
Tabletop-Sized and HEPA Filtration
This all-white mini-tower measures 8 by 8 inches and stands 12 inches tall, making it perfect for placement on a nightstand or dresser. Although it’s ultra-lightweight at a mere 4.4 pounds, the air purifier’s wide base gives it stability. Since the edges are rounded, it’s safer to use around young children than purifiers with 90-degree edges.
Behind the rear access panel, you’ll find a cylindrical filtration media, which consists of a pre-filter and the main filter. The main filter is an H13 HEPA media; therefore, its pleats trap 99.97 percent of 0.3-micron allergens and 99.95 percent of 0.1-micron particles. While the filter’s lifespan depends upon several factors, you can expect it last about 4 months.
Levoit Core 300
The lack of any sides on the 14.2-inch-tall cylinder means you don’t have to worry about sharp edges injuring your child. Like the Medify MA-14, the Levoit Core 300’s white finish makes it the perfect neutral for any bedroom. The 9-pound air purifier measures 8.7 inches wide, so it won’t take up much space on a bedside table.
For the Levoit Core 300, Levoit chose an air-tight cylindrical filter. This filter consists of a true-HEPA filter, a nylon pre-filter and an odor-fighting carbon filter. This filter set lasts 6 to 8 months, and the screw-off cap on the bottom makes for easy access. You can even interchange the standard HEPA with one of Levoit’s specialized media.
Conclusion: Both air purifiers contain a pleated filter combo that includes a pre-filter and a HEPA filter. Levoit takes it a step further by adding odor-neutralizing activated carbon and offering the option to use one of its targeted filters. While the Core 300’s filter set is easier to access and lasts longer, the Medify MA-14’s HEPA filter is more efficient.
Variable-Speed Fan and Multiple Air Changes
Inside the MA-14, there is a fan that runs at three speeds without generating any lung-damaging ozone. We’ve found three-speed fans to be the industry standard for air purifiers. At its highest fan speed, the Medify MA-14 only produces 55 decibels of sound, which is akin to the hum of a refrigerator.
Air enters the MA-14 via the intake on the front panel and moves through the air purifier at a rate of 120 cubic feet per minute. Once filtered, it’s released from the 360-degree outlet on top. In a room 235 square feet in size, the MA-14 can change the air two times.
Levoit Core 300
An AC capacitor drives the Core 300’s three-speed fan with no harmful ozone created in the process. When set to the highest fan speed, the Levoit Core 300 generates 50 decibels of sound. On its lowest speed, the noise production is cut in half with the sound level hovering at 24 decibels, which is quieter than a whisper.
One of the Core 300’s best features is its full-surround air inlet. With an airflow of 135 cubic feet per minute and a cyclone-style 360-degree outlet, the Core 300 boast an air change rate of five times per hour. Fifteen air deflectors guarantee even air distribution, and certified CADR rates between 140 and 145 indicate the purifier’s effectiveness.
Conclusion: Neither one of these air purifiers is loud, but the Levoit Core 300 is the quietest of the two, and each one provides complete coverage in a 200-plus square-foot room. While both have a three-speed fan and a well-designed outlet, the Core 300’s intake and deflectors enhance the airflow, contributing to its superior air change rate.
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Touch Controls and Warranty Coverage
The 26-watt Medify MA-14’s control panel is super user-friendly, consisting of just three flat buttons aligned in a vertical row on the front of the housing. These buttons allow you to control the power to the MA-14 and toggle between the three fan speeds or choose sleep mode to create a restful ambiance.
Also on the control panel is a nightlight function, which creates a blue ring around the base. Four indicator lights correspond to the fan speed of your choice, and another indicator pops up when it’s time to change the filter. No matter how long you own the MA-14, you are covered under Medify’s lifetime warranty.
Levoit Core 300
Due to the Core 300’s shape, Levoit put the control panel on top. The panel has an array of touch buttons that let you choose a fan speed or set the purifier to sleep mode. There are also three indicator marks for the fan’s speed level and a cylinder-shaped indicator that illuminates when the filter is dirty.
It’s even equipped with premium functions like a display lock that prevents curious children from changing the settings. You can turn off the display lights and set a timer for up to 8 hours. The 45-watt purifier comes with a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty, but you can get an additional year of coverage by registering the Core 300 with Levoit.
Conclusion: Although both air purifiers are easy to navigate, the Medify MA-14 is simpler, offering fan speed control and filter-change notification. You even get the option of turning on a soothing blue nightlight. On the other hand, the Levoit Core 300 is loaded with controls, including a timer and a display lock. However, Medify’s lifetime warranty surpasses Levoit’s 2-year coverage.
Air Purification You Can Count On
The Medify MA-14’s smaller size makes it well-suited for placement on slim nightstands. Its H13 HEPA filter offers additional protection against allergens, providing value to those who have a weak/underdeveloped immune system. Although it has a nightlight that kids and adults will both enjoy, it consumes less power than the Core 300. Plus, it comes with a lifetime warranty.
Levoit’s Core 300 air purifier has a layer of activated carbon to keep foul odors from penetrating the air. The filter set lasts longer, and the three-speed fan runs quieter. A display lock prevents setting changes, and a timer helps save energy. The Core 300 also has a much higher ACH, which benefits those who suffer from asthma.
Despite their many differences, both of these tabletop air purifiers are ideal for use in small to average-size bedrooms. The lack of sharp edges makes them safe to use around children. You don’t have to worry about exposure to ozone, and three fan speeds offer the ability to customize the level of airflow.