09 Jun Levoit Vista 200 Review
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In this Levoit Vista 200 review, I assess the air purifier Levoit Vista 200 to help you decide if it’d be a good fit for you. The purifier’s contemporary cylindrical design looks cute, and it offers an expansive air inlet. The control panel on the top of the unit is neatly designed, too. Most important, it pumps squeaky clean air, improving your room’s air quality considerably.
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Levoit Vista 200 True HEPA Air Purifier
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Here’s a brief overview before we dive into the Levoit Vista 200 review proper.
Using a powerfully propelled fan, this compact air purifier for home use pulls in air from all sides via its 360° air inlet. It purifies dirty indoor air down to 0.1 microns (more on this later). Dust mites, pet dander, dust particles, mold spores, seasonal pollen, odors, and VOCs panic real bad the moment this thing shows up.
The Levoit Vista 200 has an irresistible price-point, and its filter replacement is insanely inexpensive. Use it in small size to medium size rooms such as your bedroom, home office, or nursery.
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Dimensions: 7.9″ x 7.9″ x 12.9″
Color: A stunning matte white finish
Purification Coverage: Up to 161 square feet
Operating Conditions: 14°F – 104°F (-10°C-40°C)
Rated Wattage: 15W* (standby)
Power Supply: AC 100-240V
Frequency of the AC: 60 Hz in the U.S. and 50 Hz in other countries
Noise Levels: Lowest noise level:26 dB; Highest level: 52 dB
What’s in the Box?
Here’s what you find upon opening the box:
1. Levoit Vista 200 True HEPA air purifier
2. A pre-installed cylindrical filter
3. AC power adapter
4. A super-easy-to-follow user manual
The Levoit Vista 200 features a cute cylindrical design that incorporates a 360° air intake. It closely resembles its sibling the Levoit Core 300. I’ve written an information-rich Levoit Vista 200 vs Core 300 comparison post elsewhere on this indoor air quality improvement products site. The Vista 200 and Core 300 may look alike, but they’re not exactly the same. I’ve explained how each of these similar deals compare to the other in that article. I’d encourage you to give it a quick glance (you’ll find a pretty detailed table there) if you can.
The overall build of the Vista 200 is good, and the materials don’t look cheap. A matte white finish complete with tons of air circulation holes give the device a really nice look. But you’d not expect a 4.94 lbs product to be super sturdy, would you?
Let’s now dive into our Levoit Vista 200 air purifier review…
Here, I review the features in detail.
The Vista 200 offers a 3-stage True HEPA filtration system that hammers allergens real bad. It boasts three types of filtration media namely:
- A nylon pre-filter
- A True HEPA filter and,
- An odor filter
1. The Nylon Pre-filter
The nylon pre-filter captures relatively large particles before the air reaches the main HEPA filter. Consequently, there’s less work for the main filter. And its lifespan increases.
2. The True HEPA Filter
The main filter processes the bulk of the air purification work. It stays sandwiched between the pre-filter and odor filter. And it banishes at least 99.97% of airborne particles in the 0.3 microns range (PM2.5 particles). These fine particles are known to travel to the smallest cells causing irreparable destruction.
Now, manufacturers mainly focus on 0.3um particulates since they’re the trickiest particles to remove. But a True HEPA air purifier filters air contaminants down to 0.1 microns according to the U.S. EPA (Environmental Program Authority).
Air Pollutants Removed by the Main Filter
The main filter destroys small, fine particles such as mold spores, pet dander, pet hair, dust mites, allergens, and dust particles. It also gets rid of seasonal pollen, bacteria, and viruses.
However, the filter eliminates viruses only to a limited extent. Viruses are extremely tiny, ranging from 0.005 to 0.3 microns in size. Evidently, this filter won’t completely obliterate viruses since some are smaller than 0.1 microns.
3. The Activated Carbon Filter for Odors and VOCs
A high-efficiency activated carbon air filter addresses fumes and odors. Volatile Organic Compounds like formaldehyde and benzene are terribly dangerous. And this activated carbon filter reduces them.
According to Levoit, the gas-eating filter also eradicates ammonia and hydrogen sulfide. It should also remove cigarette smoke, cooking odors, and other similar particles. But don’t expect miracles.
Purification Coverage (Medium to Large Rooms)
The Levoit Vista 200 cleanses medium to large rooms, spaces not bigger than 161 square feet. By comparison, the Honeywell HPA100 offers more or less the same purification coverage (155 sq ft.).
Now, 161 sq. ft. would be a room measuring about 12 feet x 14 feet. A 12 ft. x 14 ft. bedroom would be considered large in American homes with a square footage of <2,500. You’d comfortably fit in a king size bed, chair, and dresser.
A ceiling-facing, feature-packed LED display control panel sits atop the Vista 200. Admittedly, the Vista 200’s panel doesn’t feel as solidly built as pricier Levoits. But then this is a budget Levoit purifier.
Here’s what the sleek control panel offers:
1. On/Off Button
The On/Off button sits at the center surrounded by all the other buttons. Pretty much like how planets surround the Sun.
Press the power button, and the device instantly begins purifying your indoor air.
2. Fan Speed Button
This fan-like symbol lets you cycle through 3 fan speeds. Between the nightlight button and the fan speed button are 3 indicators. These speed indicators are shown using these symbols: I, II, and II. I is for the lowest fan speed setting, II for Medium, and III for High.
Noise Levels of the Levoit Vista 200
Each of the 3 fan speeds operates produce a different amount of noise. But how noisy (or quiet) are these fan speeds?
Speed level 1 is incredibly quiet at just 26 dB. Speed level II gets a little louder, though. And on speed level III, the thing hums audibly but not disturbingly so(52 dB max).
Have a respiratory situation such as asthma? Run this allergen remover on High for 20 to 30 minutes first before cycling back to speed level II.
Keep the Windows Closed or Open?
Opening windows naturally ventilates the house, right? However, you may not want to throw the windows open during the winter and other cool months. Nor do you want to open your windows during the spring letting in that nasty yellow pollen storm! What about in the summer when there’s fine dust particles floating everywhere?
Interesting Findings from a New Study
A very recent study — published on 19/02/2020 in the Journal Science Advances researched the effect of opening windows on indoor air pollution. The work involved 18 volatile chemicals normally produced by regular activities such as cooking and cleaning.
The research demonstrated that keeping windows open doesn’t significantly improve indoor air pollution.
3. The Timer or Auto Shutoff Button
The timer button enables you to cycle through 3 timing selections: 2 hours, 4 hours, and 8 hours. Once the programmed period terminates, the unit automatically shuts off.
Some air purifiers have a 24-hour timer, though. I feel 8 hours doesn’t offer enough flexibility and convenience to the user. But there’s a timer.
4. Sleep Mode Button
The sleep mode button switches the sleep mode on and off as needed. When the sleep mode turns on, the display dims. Consequently, the unit automatically starts cleaning the air at speed level I.
5. Nightlight Button
Represented by an easily recognizable symbol (a light bulb), the button turns the nightlight on and off. Save your night light budget ($7?) even though it might not be much.
But Do You Even Need the Night light Button?
According to Sleep.org, having a night light on the entire night reduces the amount of sleep hormone (melatonin). And less melatonin equals disturbed sleep.
Additionally, too much exposure to night light can increase the likelihood of depression. But it gets even worse. Excessive exposure can even lead to an increased risk for cancer!
6. Display Off Button
The sun symbol on the panel is the Display Off button. Pressing this button turns off the display.
7. Check Filter Indicator
6-8 months after installing this device, the filter replacement indicator comes on. That’s when to check the filter. If it looks extremely filthy, install a new one.
Note: the indicator light coming on doesn’t necessarily mean the filters need to be replaced. It just means remove the filters and give them a thorough look and swap them out if necessary.
8. Memory Function
When you power the Levoit Vista 200 up, it automatically starts operating at the fan speed it was running at before you turned it off.
Power Consumption: 15W During Use and 0.5W on standby
Watts Law states that: Power (Watts) = Voltage (V) X Current (A). Now, the recommended voltage for the Vista 200 is 120V and its amperage is 0.5A. It follows that the Levoit Vista 200 draws a wattage of (120V/0.5A), which is 60W.
But Levoit says the device is rated 15W. So that’s the official position. As for standby power, the company says it’s just 0.5W. And that seems really good.
Vista 200 Warranty and Money-back Guarantee
Levoit offers a 1-year warranty for this product (actually for all its air purifiers). That’s pretty short. Honeywell offers a 5-year warranty for all their air cleaners! Luckily, you can extend the warranty to 2 years here: www.levoit.com/warranty.
Also, you have 30 days to love your Vista 200 or return it if it’s defective or something. That’s enough time I guess.
Note: Failure to register this product may throw a wrench in the works if you decide to return it.
Levoit’s customer support isn’t delightful. I’ve severally contacted them looking for specific product information. While they got back to me in some cases, they didn’t always respond back.
Their customer service isn’t terrible, though, but it could be better. Here’s Levoit’s customer support email address: email@example.com.
Now, I won’t conclude my Levoit Vista 200 review without explaining how to get the most out of the product.
Levoit Vista 200 Air Purifier Manual
First, I’ll describe how the purifier works and how to clean it and its filters. Next, I’ll explain how to install it. Finally, I’ll give you a step-by-step process for replacing the filter and resetting the check-filter indicator.
How the Vista 200 Works
Many air purifiers reel in contaminated air via the back and release cleaned air via the front or top. By contrast, the Levoit Vista 200 draws indoor air pollution in via a 360° inlet and pushes treated air out the top. Put it against a wall if you like, but that’s not recommended. A powerful brushless motor pulls untreated air in and passes it on to the filters for purification.
How to Use/Step Up the Levoit Vista 200 Air Purifier
Take the machine out of the box and stand it on the floor.
Flip this compact air purifier for home use over so that it now sits on its top (upside down).
Using one hand to steady the purifier, turn counterclockwise the cap in the middle of the filter cover. Don’t misplace the cap, ok?
Remove the filter cover from the base of the purifier.
Take the 3-stage filtration system out and set it aside. Then, peel off its plastic packaging. Finally, put the filter back. Don’t worry that you may insert the filter incorrectly. It’s a uniform cylinder, and either end can go in first.
Put the filter cover back on, the cap too. Then, turn the cap clockwise as many times as needed to tighten it. The cap screws onto a shaft that propels the fan.
Now, stand the purifier back up on a perfectly flat surface. That surface could be the floor in the living room, the table in the kitchen, or the nightstand in your bedroom.
Grab the adapter and connect it to the device. Then, plug the adapter into an outlet. Finally, crank it up and the thing starts filtering out tons of potentially harmful airborne pollutants from your indoor air. By the way, the Levoit Vista is the only Levoit with an adapter.
Where to Place the Levoit Vista 200 Air Purifier
Allow a clearance of at least 1.5 feet away from obstacles such as the wall, curtain, or whatever. That should prevent potentially destructive falls if you put the product on an elevated surface. Adequate clearance also ensures nothing obstructs air flow.
Don’t put this air purifier in a spaces whose relative humidity exceeds 85%. That’d be too humid, the kind of environment that encourages mold growth.
Oh, my Levoit Vista 200 review almost forgot it! Don’t use this air purifier for diffusing essential oils. That’d be a surefire way of damaging your filters. Also, avoid placing this machine in a room with another device that pushes out essential oils. I recommend the Medify MA-440 Luxury Spar 4-in-1 air purifier for diffusing sweet-smelling aromas into rooms.
When and How to Replace the Filter
The filters for this HEPA allergen remover should be replaced every 6 to 8 months. However, you can replace them earlier or later depending on a number of factors. Here’s when to replace the filters for the Vista 200:
(i) When the machine starts demonstrating a less forceful airflow
(ii) When the device starts producing too much noise during filtration
(iii) When the filters get all clogged up
(iv) If you start noticing any unusual odors
Does your area have an extremely bad air quality? If yes, you’d want to change the filters more frequently, say every 4 months?
A Step-by-step Guide for Replacing the Vista 200 Filters
Always use genuine Levoit replacement air filters. Air purifier manufacturers can void your warranty if you’ve used unauthorized parts. The correct replacement filter for the Levoit Vista 200 Vista 200-RF. Amazon and many other retailers carry these replacement filters.
Turn off your Vista 200 air purifier. Then, disconnect it from the power supply.
Do steps 2-4 as described under the section How to set up the Levoit purifier.
Get the dirty, old air filter out and dispose of it.
Get the new Vista 200 replacement filters out of the wrapping as you did when installing the device. Next, put the new filter into the housing as you did and proceed to plug the machine into the power outlet.
The purifier is now ready for use. But wait, did you reset the remove-dirty-filter indicator? You should do that now. And here’s how to do that…..
How to Reset the Check-filter Indicator
Every time you replace the filter, reset the change-filter indicator. Also, if the indicator comes on and the filters aren’t due for replacement, reset the indicator.
How do you reset the filter indicator for the Levoit Vista 200?
Follow this process if the indicator lights up:
Remove the old filter and insert a new one. Follow the guidelines outlined above to accomplish this.
Fire up the air purifier
Press hold the check-filter button for about 3 to 4 seconds until the light goes off. You’re done!
What if you’d changed the filters before the light came on? The process is somewhat different than the one described above:
Press hold the filter-replacement indicator for about 3 or 4 seconds. Once the light turns on, release the button.
Press hold the button until the light vanishes.
How to Clean the Levoit Vista 200 and Its Filter
1.Unplug the appliance.
2. Using a soft dry cloth, wipe off any dust or other kind of dirt that may have deposited on the device. And if deemed necessary, a damp cloth can be used (instead of a dry one) to clean the external surface.
3. Use a vacuum, preferably one with HEPA filters, to blow dust out of the inner parts of the air purifier. To do that, you’d have to remove the filter cover.
How frequently should I clean my Vista 200 air purifier? Levoit recommends once a month.
How to Clean the Levoit Vista 200’s Filter
There’s a question my Levoit Vista 200 review hasn’t answered yet. Is the filter for the Vista 200 washable? No. NEVER use water to wash a True HEPA filter. That’d damage it.
But you can clean it. Levoit recommends that the filter be cleaned at least once per month. Vacuum the filter or use a soft brush to remove debris and dirt. But replacing the filters is best.
Pros and Cons:
- Star rated Energy
- Comes with an AC-DC power adapter.
- Not bulky: Just 13″ tall
- Made by a great American company
- An effective budget air purifier
- Very popular online: 4.5* after 1800+ ratings
- Filter change indicator
- Remembers the last setting
- No ionizer or UV-C light: No ozone
- Filter should be vacuumed once a month
- Not Wi-Fi, Amazon Alexa, or Bluetooth enabled
- Works best in small rooms and medium size rooms
- No CADR rating provided
These cons are valid, but they’re not in my opinion serious enough to warrant a don’t-buy verdict.
Does the Vista 200 Air Purifier Produce Ozone?
No, it doesn’t. ALL Levoit air purifiers don’t emit this potentially harmful respiratory irritant.
Levoit Vista 200 Review:Final Thoughts
Now, this Levoit air purifier for small size and medium size rooms may not be 100% perfect, but it’s a pretty decent option. It does the job, and does it well. Plus, it’s Energy Star rated and doesn’t produce ozone at all. Buy the Levoit Vista 200 True HEPA Air Purifier on Amazon now if you’re ready. Everyone deserves an adequate amount of clean air in their interiors. You deserve it.