17 Apr Levoit Vital 100 Review
This Levoit Vital 100 review examines this Levoit air purifier in detail, laying bare all the flaws and pointing out what makes it tick. Levoit air purifiers in general are a great bet. And when it comes to performance and aesthetics, very few air cleaning devices come close. Let’s walk this journey together, and you’ll garner all the confidence you need to grab this product or pick a competing option.
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The Levoit Vital 100 True HEPA features a rectangular shape. And unlike the Vista 200, contaminated air enters the via a side vent. The long vent allows air to get in with minimal resistance. Placing this device against a wall shouldn’t interfere with air circulation. Filtered air releases via the top. That’s nice.
Both Levoit Vital 100 and Vista 200 boast similar features. A fan speed button, a 2, 4, 8 hours timer, a filter indicator light, a dimmer – everything.
The Vital 200, just like Levoit portable air purifiers in general, leverages a robust 3-in-1 True HEPA filtration technology to clean the air.
The first filter is a washable pre-filter whose job description includes trapping large-ish airborne particles. These contaminants include lint, pet fur, and tiny bits of human hair and dead skin. Yes, humans shed, too!
I don’t see any real benefit in the pre-filter being washable. I mean, the Levoit Vital 100 replacement filter (Vital 100-RF) includes a washable prefilter! Good news! The replacement filter is super affordable.
Then, the unit’s powerful motor pulls the semi-purified air moves across the True HEPA filter. Here, every large and small airborne particle the pre-filter may not have extracted gets captured. Pet dander, dust, pollen, mold spores, dust mites, bacteria — name it.
Lastly, the activated carbon odor-removal filter deals with unpleasant smells lingering in your indoor environment.
As for purification coverage area, the Vital 100 perfectly treats rooms as large as 300 square feet. Place the thing in a room that big (with windows and doors closed). It’d circulate the air at least 3.3 times every hour (ACH=Air Changes per Hour). If you react after exposure to various allergens, I recommend that you install this contraption in a smaller room, say 250 square feet.
But while the Vital 100 is more powerful than the Vista 200, it’s surprisingly quieter. At speed levels I and II, the Vital 100 produces 2 dB less noise than the Vista 200. And both purifiers consume about the same amount of power.
- Affordable 3-stage filtration system
- Large vent for maximum air intake
- Purified air shoots out via the top
- *Washable pre-filter
- Change-filter light
- No indoor ozone pollution
- Extremely quiet on low
- Virtually no smart features
- Pricier than the Vista 200
Well, the unit offers pretty much zero smart features (Alexa, Wi-Fi, particle sensor). But do these really reduce the purifier’s overall awesomeness? No!
In fact, most apps purporting to help operate air purifiers are one big pain. Why else do you think smart people keep buying the Vista 200 and Vital 100?
Levoit Vista 200 vs Vital 100, what’s better?
Here are a few differences between the Vital 100 vs Vista 200. First, the Vital 100 cleans significantly larger rooms, almost twice as much coverage as the less powerful Vista 200 offers. That is, 300 square feet for the Vital 100 vs 161 square feet for The Vista 200.
That’s mainly what accounts for the price difference. As far as coverage, the Vital 100 compares closely with the Honeywell HPA200 which cleans areas up to 310 square feet.
Second, the Vista 100 operates a bit more quietly than the Vista 200: 26 db-52 db (Vista 200) vs 23 db – 50 dB (Vital 100). Third, its pre-filter can be peeled off from the True HEPA filter.
DON’T Wash the Pre-filter with Water!
Instead, vacuum it or use a soft brush. The manufacturer says to not clean the True HEPA filter. But I wonder WHY when they say they instruct consumers to vacuum the True HEPA filter for the Vista 200! Tell you what? You can vacuum (gently) the True HEPA filter as well. But vacuuming HEPA filters has been found to degrade them to quite some extent.
Levoit Vital 100 Review
In the end, you should stop waking up with a stuffy nose with either of these two products. I recommend it. I’ll very soon publish a more comprehensive Levoit Vital 100 review. And if for some reason you this air purifier didn’t click with you, check out these Levoit air purifiers on Amazon.