Yes, it looks good. Yes, it has smart features that aren’t found on older models. And yes, it utilizes Levoit’s signature H13 True HEPA filter too. But if you want a unit that will take care of contaminants in a room any larger than a small home office, you’d be better off forking out a little extra on one of Levoit’s larger units like the Levoit Core 300S.
On the other hand, if you have a small room and want a unit that’s easy to use and looks stylish, the 200S will take care of your needs without breaking the bank.
If you look through our air purifier reviews, you’ll notice a few different models from Levoit pop up. This is no coincidence. Since 2017, Levoit has proven that high-performing air purifiers, with plenty of smart features, can be produced at a price we consumers love.
The 200S is aimed toward a new generation of mini air purifiers, a trend that was propelled by the Molekule Mini. Even though the 200S outperforms the Molekule without it even being switched on, it still doesn’t do quite enough for us.
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These are our opinions.
We don’t take bribes.
TL;DR The Low Down on the Unit
Don’t want to read the full review? Here are the main pointers to come from our performance test of the Levoit Core 200S.
What We Really Like:
👍 It’s not big so can fit snug in the corner of an office or bedroom
👍 The control panel is easy to navigate
👍 The app is simple to set up
👍 The fan sound is barely noticeable on sleep mode
👍 It’s incredibly light at just 6.6 lbs
What We Think Could Be Better:
👎 I’d like to see it with an air quality sensor
👎 Would look cool if it came in different colors
👎 There are better performing units from Levoit at a little extra cost
One reason why Levoit is one of the market leaders is because of their price point. They manage to cover all bases with units for different sized rooms whilst keeping costs down. The 200S retails at $89.99* which, compared to other units catering for the same room size like the Medify MA-15 at $129* or Blueair’s Blue Pure 411 at $119.99*, makes this unit very attractive.
|Purifier technology:||H13 True HEPA filter|
|CADR (CFM / m³/h):||118 CFM(200.6 m³/h)|
|Recommended room size:||183 sq. ft.|
|Filter life:||6 – 8 months|
|Noise level (low – high):||24 – 48 dB|
|Dimensions (in inches / in cm):||8.07L x 8.07W x 12.6H inches / 20.5L x 20.5W x 32H cm|
|Weight (in pounds / in kg):||6.6 lbs / 3 kg|
|Energy consumption (highest speed):||$62.61 per year|
It’s sleek, it’s modern, and it’s unintrusive, but it still only comes in white and can’t be disguised as anything other than an air purifier. I know it’s only a budget unit but, for me, Levoit could put a little more effort into making their units more attractive to the eye (hence why I’ve tried to be a little arty with the pictures).
It’s not a bad-looking air purifier by any means. This is only my humble opinion. But if you had a little more money to spend, and design is a key factor, I would go for BlueAir’s Blue Pure 411 or the Medify MA-25.
The 200S comes well packaged. Levoit has made sure that it won’t suffer any damage at the hands of cavalier delivery drivers when shipped. My only objection is that each component is wrapped in a lot of plastic which isn’t particularly needed. Come on Levoit, think of the turtles.
After you’ve unwrapped everything, you’re pretty much ready to go. Simply plug the 200S into a wall socket and switch it on.
The controls are really easy to navigate and setting up the app is fairly painless, but we’ll get into all that in a moment.
The filters and the fan are the key components in every air purifier, bad filters = bad air.
Each of Levoit’s units in the Core range comes equipped with a 3-stage H13 True HEPA filter to maximize the filtration of nasty airborne pollutants which nobody wants in their home.
Stage One: Nylon Pre-Filter
The pre-filter is designed to be the first line of defense. It captures the larger particles that float around your home like dust, hair, pet dander, and lint. Not only is it trapping these particles but it’s also prolonging the life of the HEPA filters allowing it to concentrate on smaller particles instead of being bombarded by everything.
Stage Two: H13 True HEPA Filter
This is where the magic happens. The H13 True HEPA Filter captures at least 99.97% of particles 0.3 microns in size (one micron is equivalent to one one-thousandth of a millimeter, so yeah, small). This takes care of fine dust, smoke particles, and pollen for all you fellow hay fever sufferers out there.
Stage Three: High Efficiency Activated Carbon Filter
This is the part of the filter that takes care of odors. To remove odors like smoke, cooking smells, and other ominous smells from your home, you’ll need an activated carbon filter that’s packed full of charcoal to adsorb those VOCs.
Levoit has shown us that they can do filters right…very right, just check out our review of the Core 600S.
The 200S contains pretty much the exact same filter as the 600S, but there is a big difference. This comes down to size rather than the filter itself. In this smaller unit, the Core filters just don’t have nearly the same cleaning ability in comparison.
I’m sure you will have worked it out, but I still need to remind you. Remember to remove all the packaging from the filter before turning the air purifier on. If you don’t, you’ll notice two things;
- The air in your home won’t get any cleaner
- After a while there’ll be a strange burning smell coming from the unit, that’s plastic your smelling… not cool
When I look at an air purifier, I’m always thinking about how easy it is to use. Not just changing the fan speed but also navigating its features. Levoit has always been great at setting out its controls to maximize space and usability.
The 200S keeps this tradition alive.
The circular touch panel is very user-friendly and is set out with clear icons for each function. There are no physical buttons that have a tendency to stick over time and each setting is spaced out enough that you’re not hitting the wrong one by accident.
Here’s what each one does:
|Turns the air purifier on/off. |
Press and hold to configure the air purifier.
|Turns on, off, or blinks to indicate configuration status.|
|Cycles through fan speeds: I (low), II (medium), and III (high).|
Tapping the Fan Speed Button while the air purifier is in Sleep Mode will exit Sleep Mode
|Turns Sleep Mode on.|
Press and hold for 3 seconds to reset the Check Filter Indicator.
|Cycles through timer options.|
|Turns the night light on/off.|
|Turns the display off (not including the night light).|
|Prevents current settings from being changed.|
Blinks when any other button is tapped to indicate that Display Lock is on.
|Lights up when the filter should be checked. |
Reset the Check Filter Indicator light by pressing and holding the Sleep Mode button for 3 seconds.
If you’re anything like me and like to use an app wherever possible, you’re in luck.
You can connect the 200S to the Levoit smartphone app using its wifi capabilities. It’s the same app Levoit uses for all their units so if you’ve already used it on a previous device, you’ll already know your way around. If you’re new, don’t worry. The app is pretty easy to navigate and doesn’t take too long to set up.
Here, you can control fan speed, set the timer, monitor the filter life, and turn the unit on/off, as well as schedule it to come on when needed. Unfortunately, as the 200S doesn’t have the AirSight Plus™ air quality sensor like the 600S, you cannot monitor the air quality in your room from another location.
After testing it with the Android version, I found it handy, but there is no real smart tech. It’s basically just a remote control you can take anywhere. Also, they do try and sell you stuff on the app which lets it down for me.
For every air purifier we buy, we put it through its paces by testing its performance. We do this so we can get accurate results of how well it performs in a real-world scenario and also so we can measure it against other units we’ve tested.
We test each unit by placing it in our 711 cubic ft home office and filling that room with pollutants. We then measure how long it takes the air purifier to clear the room of those contaminants with the unit on its highest fan speed.
Now, obviously we’re not going to fill our office with harmful pollution (we’re not that stupid) so we simulate contamination using incense sticks.
For each test, we use our trusty indoor sensor from Purpleair to provide us updates on PM1.0ug/m3, PM2.5ug/m3, and PM10.0 ug/m3.
Here’s what we found out about the 200S:
As you can see from the graph, it took 61 minutes for the Core 200S to clean the air in our testing room.
Because of the size of the 200S, we were never expecting it to outperform our top tested units like Levoits powerhouse 600S or Blueair’s Blue Pure 211+ as they’re in completely different leagues. So we would need to compare it to similar-sized units.
|Air Purifier||Performance in Test (in minutes)(711 cbft³)||Recommended Room Size|
|Levoit Core 200S||61||183 ft²|
|Blueair Blue Pure 411||68||161 ft²|
|GermGuardian AC4825e||104||167 ft²|
|Levoit Core Mini||113||178 ft²|
Looking at the 200S side by side with similar units shows that this isn’t a bad performing little unit, especially for the price.
As for noise, Levoit is pretty good at keeping their purifiers to a reasonable level. The 200S on its highest level hits 48 dB and 24 dB at its lowest. Which all in all is very… average. Which all in all is not a bad thing.
The Cost to Run
1. Electricity costs
When it comes to buying an air purifier, you have to consider the extra costs that come with it. One of those is how much it costs to plug it in and use it every day. With rising energy prices hitting households, it’s paramount that clean air in your home isn’t going to make a dent in your wallet.
Luckily, most air purifiers on the market these days are specially built to be energy efficient. Energy Star is a company that tests each unit for efficiency and offers a seal of approval to appliances that pass their tests which the 200S wears with pride.
To calculate the annual cost of using the 200S every day, we’ve developed an Air Purifier Usage Calculator.
On full power, this unit pulls 28.82 watts which will cost you around $62.61** annually. This is okay for a unit of this size but not amazing. Obviously, you’re not going to have your air purifier on full 24 hours a day, all year round so it shouldn’t end up costing you that much.
2. Filter costs
Another running cost to consider is replacing the filters in the unit.
HEPA filters work best when they are brand new. Over time they begin to get blocked with all the particles they’re trapping and become less efficient. To counter this, you need to replace the old filters with new ones to keep efficiency high.
Different units use filters with different life spans so it’s good practice to check how often you’ll need to replace them when looking to purchase an air purifier.
The filter life for the 200S is 6-8 months depending on how often you use it. Don’t worry about checking the filter every day, there’s a light indicator on the unit which will tell you when yours needs replacing.
A new filter will set you back around $25.99* which is average for purifiers of this size. You can purchase filters for this model made by different brands but we can’t vouch for their performance.
At the end of the day, Levoit are a great brand to invest in when it comes to air purifiers. They have the technology, the performance power and, to top it off, a great price point.
While the 200S showcases a lot of the things that make Levoit units great, it’s hard to see why you would choose this air purifier over their other models. I get that they want a unit in their line-up to reflect the “mini purifier” trend but looking at the performance levels, you could get so much more out of the 300S for a little extra cost.
This unit would fit your home if you have a small bedroom or office with little room to place a larger unit. It connects to the Levoit app so can be controlled from anywhere and doesn’t cause a nuisance with noise levels.
Any air purifier with these features and the reliability of the Levoit brand name at under $100 should never be sniffed at.
We calculated the monthly energy consumption costs with the help of our air purifier electricity usage calculator. We calculated daily and yearly costs associated with running an air purifier for 24hs a day in California. You can customize the result by air purifier wattage and by state.
*Prices correct as of May 2022
**Calculated using average cost of energy providers in California
Last update on 2023-01-28 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API