A cylindrical, glowing creation with 3 filters, different speed settings and an attractive price tag. It all sounds great on paper, but how does it perform? Does it reduce dust and odours? Does it alleviate allergy symptoms? Is it too loud or just right? Does it require a lot of maintenance or replacements?
The Levoit LV-H132 Air Purifier gets the interrogation treatment to expose its features, flaws, strengths and reviews.
Is it for you? Let's see.
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What's Interesting about the Levoit LV-H132?
A small yet interesting detail is the night light, a blue light which illuminates the top of the machine. I found this interesting because I wondered, "who needs that?". On further thought, it could actually be very handy for dark hallways on the way to the bathroom at night. It could also be great for kids who aren't ready for total sleep-time darkness and parents who don't fear the infamous blue light.
Now for a more substantial feature of interest, the 3-stage filtration system. The first filter is a pre-filter and the second is a true HEPA (yes, it catches particles as small as 0.3 microns). The third is an activated carbon filter for the select purpose of reducing odours. In theory, this should cover all the "bits and pieces" in your atmosphere from tiny, to large to odorous. Further below we will get to the bottom of whether or not it succeeds.
Does it reduce dust and remove tobacco, pet or diaper odour?
Removing dust is one thing this filter seems to do very well. It should do, as it does have three filters after all. The pre-filter and true HEPA filter catch different-sized particles for maximum air-cleaning ability. The official Levoit website specifies that the pre-filter "helps neutralise airborne bacteria, pet dander, mold and fungi". The HEPA then catches "dust mites, large particles, and pollen".
But don't take the company's word for it, of course they'll sing its praises. The reviews are favourable in the dust-removal department. Many people have noticed a marked reduction in the dust in their house, and can literally see the dust gathered around the machine.
Now for the odours. The 3-stage filtration includes an activated carbon filter which is especially for ridding rooms of odors. The Levoit website specifies "cooking smells, pet odors, and cigarette smoke" among the key smells it targets. This sounds pretty good to me, as thick cooking smells and grubby pets do not a fresh home make. Owners of this model agree, and many of them have been delighted by the reduction in household smells.
Does it have an ionizer?
No ionizer to be seen here, which is good news. Ionizers have been proven to produce ozone in your environment...which totally negates the point of an air purifier. The goal is clean, pollutant-free air, which is the job of filters. This air purifier uses 3 filtration stages to clear the air.
What do other customers and reviews say?
It's hard not to be alarmed by furious 1-star reviews and completely second-guess your purchase. However, the Levoit LV-H132 has 71% of reviews in the coveted 5-star zone compared with 6% in the 1-star section.
Burning smell: a small percentage of reviewers have complained of a burning smell coming out of the air purifier. While there weren't a huge amount of "burning" comments, there were enough to include the issue here. The reason behind this burning issue is still a mystery to me, but I am assuming it's an unfortunate fault some people were unlucky to encounter.
Defective or sensitive buttons: some negative reviews share a common theme related to unresponsive buttons. There's not much more to it, the buttons just don't respond easily to touch and annoy the heck out of their users.
Too loud: the verdict is out on this one. Some people have said it's hands-down too loud on all settings, especially if you're trying to sleep. Others have said that while the 3rd level is very loud, the 1st and 2nd levels are fine. I think this comes down to sensitivity to noise, and personal preference. If background noise bugs you to no end, be safe and get a super-quiet model.
Blue lights disrupt sleep: while the night light can be turned off, the button lights cannot. Some people have found this to be irksome if the air purifier lives in their bedroom as the lights seem to illuminate the room. Some people have used black tape to dull the lights, which ruins the sleek white aesthetic, but it does the trick.
Reduces allergy symptoms: if your primary reason for joining the air purifier club is to reduce allergy symptoms, I think you're in luck here. If the positive reviews are to be believed, this model reduces itchy eyes, scratchy throats, heavy breathing and clogged-up morning sinuses. That triple-filter design seems to be paying off.
Reduces dust: I was happy to see that this air purifier has reduced the dust in many happy customers' homes. Many reviews state that their dusting routines have been cut down as the visible dust seems to settle far less frequently, and in smaller quantities. If there's one thing I appreciate in an appliance, it's the ability to save me a dusting session or two - I'm sure you can relate.
Cleans and freshens the air: lots of reviewers have specified that their rooms just feel fresher and cleaner. The sensation of breathing in fresh, clean air is ideal in the home, so I was impressed to see so many reviews with this common comment. Along with this comment, people have said that they can "breathe again!", or can breathe a lot more easily at the least.
Reduces odours: I'll be honest, I did notice the odd comment saying that this air purifier doesn't quite cut the mustard with reducing odours. However, these comments seemed to be referring to strong smells which should really be dealt with at the source. The good news; many more comments state that this purifier does reduce odours and neutralises the air so that only freshness remains.
Judging from the reviews, the Levoit reduces dust, helps to minimise allergy symptoms, freshens the air and reduces odours. There does seem to be a small chance of a defective machine with an odd smell and unresponsive buttons. If you are irritated by extra light, you may be averse to the illuminated buttons on the control panel.
What are the technical specifications?
|Recommended room area||Approximately 86 square feet, (small room)|
|Clean air delivery rate (CADR)||110 ft3 per minute|
The control panel is located on the top of the unit, around the edge. It's a simple set-up, nothing to confuse or frustrate you. Here's the lowdown on each button.
Nightlight: yes, it has a nightlight. While blue light has a bad rap as a sleep destroyer, the night light could save you from colliding with furniture late at night, or ease your secret fear of the dark. The light can be on full, dimmed or turned off with a few taps of the lightbulb button.
3 fan-speed buttons: when you turn the machine on, it will automatically set the speed to level 2. You can reduce the speed to 1 or increase it to 3 for more or less air flow. The fan speeds will determine the noise level too, 1 = the quietest, 2 = a little more noticeable, 3 = either too loud or pleasant white noise depending on what you like.
Filter reset: this button lights up when the filters need to be checked and/or replaced. After you've dealt to the filters, hold down the button until the light turns off, and voila, it is reset.
|Filter type||3-stage filtration; pre-filter, true HEPA filter and an activated carbon filter for reducing odours|
|Energy usage||28 watts (very energy efficient)|
|Colour||White with black accents and blue lights|
|Noise level||43 decibels on the highest setting (level 3)|
Dimensions and weight
|Size||9.8 x 9.7 x 14.6 inches|
How do you use it?
Like most air purifiers, the Levoit is easy as pie.
When you first open the box:
- Remove the plastic from the filters and slot them back into the unit
- Find a spot for the air purifier with a power outlet handy
- Make sure the unit is 15-inches away from any object
- Turn the unit on and pick your desired fan speed (1, 2 or 3)
- Have a play around with the nightlight and figure out if it's going to bug you or charm you
Keep an eye on the filter reset button. When it lights up, check the filters and replace them if need be.
How do you clean it? Is it easy to clean?
The outer unit is easy to clean, if you consider wiping it down with a cloth easy. That's basically all you need to do to keep the exterior of the unit clean and easy on the eye. When it comes to the filters - uh, no, you cannot clean them. If you really want to rid a bit of dust from the filters between replacing, you can use a vacuum cleaner hose. But you cannot wash or wet-clean the filters under any circumstances.
How Does It Compare to other models?
Levoit LV-H132 vs honeywell HPA300
The most obvious differences between these two models on first sight are the shape and colour: the Honeywell HPA300 is angular and black, the Levoit is curved and white. In terms of filtration, they are similar in style and maintenance.
The Honeywell has 2 filters (a true HEPA and a pre-filter), both of which need to be replaced as opposed to washed, just like the Levoit. The Levoit has more comprehensive filtration and does a better job at reducing dust and allergy symptoms.
Levoit LV-H132 vs molekule
The Molekule basically blows other air purifiers out of the water, in price and function. This is absolutely not to say that the Levoit and it's counterparts are not worthy, they definitely are. It's just that the differences are very stark when you analyse the Molekule. The exterior is a smooth, matte-finish silver metal with a peach-toned carry strap.
The Molekule has its own patented cleaning technology, PECO, which uses light technology as well as filters. It basically catches everything, and on a ridiculously small scale. PECO is described as catching particles 1000 smaller than those an HEPA can catch. Don't feel bad for the Levoit, it's completely worthy if you need a great air purifier.
If you want the fanciest, most innovative and sophisticated air purifier, then the Molekule is probably the one...if you have the cash.
Levoit LV-H132 vs Winix 5500-2
The Winix 5500-2 is a whole new world compared to the Levoit. This's isn't to say it's necessarily better, but it does have more features to make up for the higher price tag. Looks first: the Winix is black, rectangular, and rather tall. The Winix features fancy Smart Sensors which tell the machine which cleaning mode to use according to the state of the air.
The Winix has 4 fan speeds as opposed to the Levoit's 3. Technically, the Winix does have 3 filtration stages, but they differ. One of the filter stages is a permanent filtration device called 'PlasmaWave Technology'. It works to break down the tiniest of particles, odours and allergens. The other two filters with the Winix are: true HEPA, and a carbon filter.
Levoit LV-H132 vs GermGuardian AC4825
The GermGuardian AC4825 is very similar in price to the Levoit, but there are some key differences. Instead of 3 filters, it has 2 filters (an HEPA filter and a pre-filter with carbon) and a UV-C Light. The UV-C Light is designed to kill airborne germs and bacteria.
Both of these models have 3 speed settings, suit small rooms better than large rooms, and neutralise odours. The GermGuardian is larger in dimension (taller, especially) and has a similar weight. The Levoit is white and the GermGuardian is black, which might seem like a minor difference, but aesthetics are important to many.
What is the cost of replacement filters and where to get them?
Amazon sells a set of Levoit LV-H132 replacement filters for under $20. This set includes 1 pre-filter, 1 HEPA filter and 1 activated carbon filter. You may as well grab a couple of these sets and stash them in the cupboard so you've got a year or so covered.
How often do filters need to be changed and can’t they just be cleaned?
They cannot be washed, but they can be gently cleaned with a vacuum cleaner. However, they must be replaced to retain the effectiveness. The Levoit manual suggests replacing the filters every 6 months for the best results. However, if you've got a particularly dusty home you may be looking at more regular replacements.
I repeat, never use water on these filters, they were not made to be washed.
Are there other replacement parts, where do I buy them?
Aside from the filters, there are no replacement parts to be seen as of yet. The unit should function properly without the need of replacement parts. However, if you do run into issues and suspect the machine needs a facelift, contact the manufacturer to see what they can do.
How loud is it?
The Levoit reaches 43 decibels on the loudest setting, which is far too loud for some users. However, the two lowest levels are said to be very quiet.
How long is the cord?
Approximately 6 feet
What’s the warranty?
Levoit provides a 2-year warranty
Can I find it at other retailers like Bed Bath & Beyond, Home Depot, Walmart, Ebay?
This blue-lit wonder isn't stocked everywhere you'd think. It's Not available at Bed Bath & Beyond or at Home Depot as of now. However, you can usually pick it up at Walmart or Ebay.
What's The Best Price For The Levoit LV-H132 and where can I buy it?
Your best bet is probably with Amazon or Walmart. Make sure you check their listings frequently as prices change often.
Verdict: Is This air purifier For You?
The Levoit LV-H132 is worthy of your money and some real estate in your home if you:
- Need relief of your allergy symptoms
- Will only settle for true HEPA filtration
- Want to see a reduction in household dust
- Want to reduce pet, food and cigarette odours
- Need a small price tag
- Prefer a white design
- Don't mind a bit of constant illumination
- Like the idea of a night light
- Don't mind little white noise
However, if you need washable filters with zero need to buy replacements, this just isn't the one. You need to replace the filters to keep the machine going strong and keeping that air fresh and clean. Overall, the Levoit LV-H132 is a great air purifier with impressive cleaning abilities.