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Levoit Vital 200S Air Purifier Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed May 13, 2024 at 01:24 pm
Latest change: Writing modified May 14, 2024 at 03:41 pm
Levoit Vital 200S Picture
8.5
Pets
8.6
Bedroom
8.5
Air Purification

The Levoit Vital 200S is an air purifier intended for medium-sized spaces. It's specifically marketed towards owners of heavy-shedding pets, with a U-shaped air inlet that's intended to resist clogs from large amounts of hair. Compared to models in Levoit's Core lineup, like the similarly-sized Levoit Core 600S, which use cylindrical filters, the Vital 200S uses rectangular ones. However, the underlying three-stage filtration system is very similar in design.

Our Verdict

8.5 Pets

The Levoit Vital 200S is an amazing option for pet owners. It does a fantastic job of capturing small particles like dog or cat dander, and its U-shaped air inlet is designed to purposely reduce the chances of hair from clogging the system. The manufacturer also offers a specially designed filter that's meant to provide additional protection against pet allergens and minimize pet odors. It even operates fairly quietly, which is good if your pet is sensitive to loud noises.

Pros
  • Built-in air quality sensor.
  • Great overall filtration performance.
  • Can be operated remotely using the VeSync companion app.
Cons
  • Bulky design isn't suited for tight spaces.
8.6 Bedroom

The Levoit Vital 200S is excellent for use in bedrooms. It might be a little on the bulkier side, but it does offer great overall filtration performance. It also runs quieter than most of its peers, even at higher fan speeds. You can also set schedules through the VeSync companion app to have it run at lower speeds at night. It also has a built-in light sensor that automatically turns off the display in dark rooms, so you won't have to turn off its display yourself.

Pros
  • Relatively quiet operation.
  • Built-in air quality sensor.
  • Great overall filtration performance.
  • Can be operated remotely using the VeSync companion app.
Cons
  • Bulky design isn't suited for tight spaces.
8.5 Air Purification

The Levoit Vital 200S is great for general air purification. While it has a somewhat large footprint, it operates impressively quietly and has low and medium fan speeds. It offers impressive overall performance, as it does a fantastic job of sealing in even the smallest particles and can quickly clean larger rooms. It also provides a wide range of smart features, including a built-in air quality sensor that automatically changes fan speeds as required. You can also operate the device remotely through the VeSync companion app.

Pros
  • Built-in air quality sensor.
  • Great overall filtration performance.
Cons
  • Bulky design isn't suited for tight spaces.
  • 8.5 Pets
  • 8.6 Bedroom

Performance Usages

  • 8.5 Air Purification
  1. Updated May 14, 2024: We've made some slight in-text adjustments throughout the review that more accurately convey how this air purifier performs in relation to its peers.
  2. Updated Apr 22, 2024: Review published.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Levoit Vital 200S is available in three color variants: 'Black,' 'White/Black,' and 'White/Gray.' We tested the 'White/Black' model.

Let us know in the comments if you come across another variant of this air purifier.

Compared To Other Air Purifiers

The Levoit Vital 200S is a mid-range air purifier. While its bulky size can make it a hassle to squeeze into tight spaces, it has much to offer. It boasts impressive air purification performance and has a wide range of smart features that allow for practically hands-free operation. While it isn't quite as efficient at cleaning the air in larger rooms as the pricier Levoit Core 600S, it gets pretty close and has the added benefit of quieter operation.

Levoit Core 400S

The Levoit Core 400S and Levoit Vital 200S are somewhat evenly matched machines, though we'd give the edge to the Vital 200S for most uses. Both machines deliver near-identical air purification performance and have similar smart features, but only the Vital 200S has a washable pre-filter and a U-shaped air inlet that's intended to resist clogs from pet hair.

Winix 5500-2

The Winix 5500-2 and Levoit Vital 200S are evenly-matched air purifiers. Both appliances deliver near-equal particle filtration performance and a sufficiently high clean air delivery rate for larger spaces. That said, there are a few differences. Only the Levoit is Wi-Fi enabled, allowing you to pair the device with your smartphone, allowing for full remote operation and live monitoring of current air quality. Conversely, unlike the Levoit, the Winix has an ionizer, which produces negatively charged ions that ultimately cause small particles to be attracted to one another and form large, easily-cleaned clumps. That said, ionizers produce ozone, a potential respiratory irritant as a byproduct - while Winix claims their iteration of this technology doesn't produce harmful levels of ozone, you can always turn it off anyway.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Body
Height 19.8" (50.3 cm)
Width 15.6" (39.6 cm)
Depth 8.5" (21.7 cm)
Weight
13.8 lbs (6.3 kg)
Power Cord Length 72.8" (185.0 cm)
Wheels
No
Design
Display And Control
Filter Change Indicator
Yes
Air Quality Sensor Auto Mode
Yes
Remote Control
No
App
Yes
Display On/Off
Yes
Timer Function
Yes
Number Of Fan Speeds
5

The ring of lights around the power button changes color based on current air quality:

  • Blue: Very good
  • Green: Good
  • Yellow: Moderate
  • Red: Bad

Tapping the 'Display Off' button turns off all of the device's indicator lights and the night light. On that subject, the night light features two levels of brightness. The 600S also has a light sensor, which automatically triggers the Display Off function if it detects that it's been put in a dark room. The device's lights will also automatically illuminate if you turn the lights on in a dark room. However, it's important to note that you have to enable this function through the VeSync smartphone app.

The VeSync companion app also allows you to remotely adjust the device's fan speed, set operating schedules, and send filter replacement reminders. You can also use it to view a real-time estimate of air quality.

Design
Filter Configuration
Filtration Layers
3 Stage
Activated Carbon
Pellets

This air purifier has a three-stage filter system comprising a pre-filter for trapping larger airborne particles and a combined H13 True HEPA and Activated Carbon filter for trapping mold and dust and minimizing odors. You'll only need to clean the pre-filter with a soft-bristle dusting brush or a vacuum every two to four weeks.

You'll need to replace the H13 True HEPA/Activated Carbon filter every 12 months.

The manufacturer offers several replacement filters intended for more specific kinds of particles:

  • Smoke Remover Carbon Filter: The manufacturer advertises this filter to reduce the amount of smoke particles in the air. You can buy this filter here.
  • Toxin Absorber Carbon Filter: The manufacturer advertises this filter to trap dust and allergens. You can buy this filter here.
  • 3-Stage Pet Allergy Carbon Filter: This filter is designed to better trap dander and cut down on pet odors. You can buy this filter here.

Performance
8.5
Performance
Particle Filtration
Air Cleaning Rate
630 m³/Hour
Average Final 0.3 µm Concentration
13 particles/L
8.6
Performance
Noise
Noise @ Lowest Fan Speed
32.7dBA
Noise @ Highest Fan Speed
55.6dBA