Lately, I have tested many new air purifiers, including the Levoit Core 600S. It is a Smart, highly effective, and very competitive air purifier. In this article, I will compare it with the Winix 5500-2, a well know air purifier with outstanding filtration technology, and actually one of the best I have tested so far.
Table of Contents
- Levoit Vs Winix Specifications
- Features Overview
- Filtration Technology
- How To Replace Filters on These Devices?
- Performance Tests
- Noise Test
- Operating Costs
- Which One Does It Better?
The Levoit Core 600S is suitable for rooms up to 635 sq. ft., while the Winix 5500-2 covers much smaller rooms up to 360 sq. ft. Not only does the Levoit cover larger rooms, but it also has much more features to show off. The ones I like the most are the air quality sensor, auto mode, and a Smart App. The Winix also has some great features, such as an air quality sensor, air quality indicator, light sensor, remote control, and more.
The most important fact regarding filtration technology is that both air purifiers use high-quality filters and are CARB certified. Both air purifiers use a pellet-based carbon filter and a pre-filter in addition to the True HEPA filter as their main filtration layer. However, the Winix air purifier has an extra layer, the PlasmaWave technology, as a fourth filtration stage.
What do these air purifiers have in common, what are their performances, and which is quieter? Answers to these, and many other questions, will be given in the following lines, so keep reading!
Levoit Vs Winix Specifications
|Dimensions||12.3 x 12.3 x 23.6 inches (31,3 x 31,3 x 60 cm)||15 x 8.2 x 23.6 inches|
|Room Coverage (4.8 ACH)||635 sq. ft.||360 sq. ft.|
|Filtration Technology||Pre-filter, True HEPA Filter, and Activated Carbon Filter||Washable Pre-filter, Washable AOC Carbon Filter, and True HEPA Filter|
|Filter Replacement Indicator||Yes||Yes|
|Filter Longevity||up to 12 months||up to 12 months|
|Operating Costs Ratings|
|Fan Speeds||5 – Sleep Mode, Low Mode, Medium Mode, High Mode, and Turbo Mode||5 – Sleep Mode, Speed 1, Speed 2, Speed 3, and Turbo Mode|
|Air Quality Sensor||Yes||Yes|
|Air Quality Indicator||Yes||Yes|
|Noise Levels||43.9 – 68.5 dBA||40.6 – 66.4 dBA|
|In-Depth Review||Levoit Core 600S||Winix 5500-2|
|Price||Check Price on Amazon||Check Price on Amazon|
The two comparing air purifiers have opposing ways of utilizing the control board. On one side, Winix 5500-2 has five main buttons that actually need to be pressed to start/set the desired function. There are Power, Mode, PlasmaWave, Fan Speed, and Timer buttons that enable you to use your air purifier the way you want.
On the other side, Levoit Core 600S has touch screen buttons by which you can completely control your air purifier, even though at times it can be challenging to recognize the function due to the silver color of the control panel. At the same time, you will most probably be using the VeSync app so the Control panel won’t be a problem.
Air Quality Sensor and Indicator
The thing that distinguishes the Levoit Core 600S air purifier from the Winix model is a built-in AirSight Plus laser particle sensor. It is positioned on the back side of the unit, detecting the real-time quantity of PM2.5 particles. As air pollution changes, the air quality indicator switches colors. Going from blue, to green, orange, and red, it displays various colors pointing to the current air pollution level.
Contrary to what many users might expect, Winix 5500-2 does not have a regular type of air quality sensor. No traces of dust, pollen, or any other pollutant can be detected. However, this air purifier’s sensor can only detect odor pollutants like fire or cigarette smoke. As for the Air quality indicator, it will inform you of the real-time pollution by turning from blue to red color and vice versa, all depending on the current pollution status.
Another important feature that distinct Levoit from Winix is the ability to connect the Core 600S to the VeSync smart app, so you can monitor the air quality at any time and get more precise information.
As I mentioned previously, the Winix air purifier has much simpler air quality monitoring. Thus, it is no surprise that the Auto mode works jointly with the air quality sensor and indicator. With a simple press of the Mode button, you can turn on the Auto mode. In case you really like to cook, or are a heavy smoker, simply turn this mode ON and enjoy the magic.
Working jointly with the AirSight Plus air quality sensor, the Auto mode within Levoit Core 600S is far more complex. Once the Auto mode is ON, the air purifier will be set to a specific fan speed depending on the current pollution rate. If the pollution is high, it will increase the speed to the maximum, but never to a Turbo fan speed. In addition, if you connect your device to a VeSync app, you will be provided with more auto-mode settings. By settings, I am referring to Quiet, Efficient, and ECO versions of Auto mode. In case you wish to know more about it, go and check it out in my in-depth Levoit Core 600S review.
Having a Sleep Mode can be of great help if you wish to use the air purifier in your bedroom during the nighttime. Both air purifiers have this feature and you can set it manually on the control board. While Levoit Core 600S has a Sleep Mode button, the Winix 5500-2 has one button for setting different modes.
By pressing the button on Levoit, the sleep mode will activate within 6 seconds. As for the noise, you won’t have any trouble falling asleep, because the device will not produce too much noise while in this mode.
However, the Sleep Mode that the Winix has is equally easy to set, but even more quiet. So much, you won’t even notice it’s running. That being said, turning ON this air purifier will most definitely interfere with your sleep.
Now, this is the feature that only Winix 5500-2 owns, and it works jointly with the Auto and the Sleep Mode. Here is how it goes. This sensor activates once you switch the air purifier into Auto mode.
Once the room gets dark, the sensor triggers the sleep mode, and all of the sensors on the front panel turn off. The room atmosphere turns to ultra-quiet, perfect for a good sleep.
Screen Off / Lock Screen
One of the features that Winix is missing, and Levoit owns, is the screen lock. For whatever reason it may be, you can lock the screen with a single button press, and you will be sure that nothing nor anyone will interfere with your air purifier operating normally.
Also, Screen off is reserved only for Core 600S, and it serves to dim all the sensors on the air purifier. Practically, you get the same results as if you activated the Sleep mode.
Filter Reset Indicator
Having a reminder in your daily life is always a good thing. Well, a filter reset indicator is just that, a reminder that your old filter is running out of function and needs to be replaced. You will find this indicator on both Levoit and Winix air purifiers. It takes about 12 months before it lights up.
The only difference between these two products is that once you replace the filter within Winix 5500-2, you will need to reset the indicator with a needle. Not a hard thing to do.
Nowadays all kinds of appliances have pre-designed smart app connectivity, which is why many users rely strictly on this type of use of all the available options. Such as the Timer. Still, you can use this feature the old-fashioned way, by setting it to a desired time interval.
If you decide to use the Control panel, Levoit 600S will allow you to pick any time within a 1-12h frame. However, if you wish to use the App, you will get a 1-24h time range.
On the other hand, the Winix 5500-2 does not have a Smart app connectivity which is why you only get to pick between 1h, 4h, or 8h.
Some may call it the old-fashioned way, but remote controllers are still a good gadget to have. In this case, only the Winix air purifier comes with the remote control option which makes it so easier to use.
All it takes is a single button press to turn the device on/off or to switch between modes. You can practically use almost all the features that Winix has to offer.
Smart App (Ve Sync)
The Ve Sync smart app, developed by Levoit, is specifically designed to simplify the operation of their air purifiers. This versatile application is compatible with all of Levoit’s appliances, and is available for iOS and Android devices.
At first, you might use it as a remote control app. Once you get used to it, you will start noticing the variety of information and notifications that are available and useful to make your air purifier more approachable.
If you took a closer look at the Winix 5500-2 air purifier, I am sure you have noticed a PlasmaWave logo/indicator. It’s an advanced technology that helps remove harmful airborne pollutants and is CARB certified, which means no harm will be done to your health.
It starts automatically once you turn ON the air purifier, but you can also shut it ON or OFF via the control panel. Either way, this is a good feature, but only Winix has it.
Although both air purifiers are rectangular, their shapes are very peculiar. The main distinction has to do with the placement of the air inlets. Since Levoit Core 600S has its motor located in the upper section, the air inlets are in the lower part. Actually, all over it. That way air gets drawn in from all sides of the device before it runs through filter layers and gets released through the grills on top.
On the other hand, Winix 5500-2 has air inlets positioned frontally, with suction holes on both sides. Once filtered, the air gets out on top of the device.
As a user, there is no place for concern whether you will be protected if you decide to purchase any of these products. Both Levoit and Winix manufacturers offer a 2-year warranty. Trust me, it is a long enough period to assure you of each product’s quality.
Levoit Core 600S and Winix 5500-2 air purifiers use a basic three-stage filtration technology, with the additional Winix fourth stage in the form of the PlasmaWave technology. As obvious as it is, different appliance shapes mean different shapes of filters. While Levoit has a cylindrical filter located in the bottom part, Winix has flat filters placed frontally.
It is important to highlight that Winix 5500-2 has washable (pre-filter and activated carbon), while Core 600S has non-washable filters.
Although the filters of both air purifiers are arranged in the opposite order, their purpose is pretty much the same. Let’s get into the details.
The first level of filtration belongs to the pre-filter. While Levoit Core 600S has a sort of nylon mesh attached to the True HEPA filter, the Winix 5500-2 has a filter that looks like a mosquito net attached to a window. The purpose remains the same: to capture all the large particles such as dust, human and pet hair, pet dander, lint, etc.
As mentioned earlier, Levoit pre-filter can only be vacuumed or wiped, while Winix can be washed.
As I said, the order of filters is different with these two air purifiers. That means the Core 600S has a True HEPA filter as a second stage, while Winix has an AOC carbon filter.
By removing 99.97% of airborne particles, such as fine dust, smoke particles, pollen, and so on, a True HEPA filter is one of the main reasons why the Levoit Core 600S has shown excellent results.
As for the Winix 5500-2, the second filter in a row is responsible for remarkable results in removing all types of odors, all thanks to being a pellet-based carbon filter. Also, a great advantage is it can be washed.
Contrary to Winix, the Core 600S has an activated carbon filter as a third stage of filtration. This filter uses exclusive ARC formula that gets the credit for neutralizing cooking and pet odors. Being made of carbon pellets, this filter can neutralize severe compounds such as formaldehyde, benzene, ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), according to the manufacturer.
On the other hand, it is the True HEPA filter that comes as a third stage in the Winix air purifier filtration process.
As an additional filtration stage, Winix 5500-2 air purifier uses PlasmaWave technology which I have previously discussed in this article.
How To Replace Filters on These Devices?
Replacing the filters at any air purifier most of the time isn’t that big of a deal. What matters the most is that you maintain it properly, starting day one. According to the manufacturer, Levoit Core 600S requires a filter replacement between 6 and 12 months of usage. Mainly because its filters cannot be washed, and if used daily, this air purifier will need a filter replacement sooner than expected. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t wipe it off once or twice a month.
On the other hand, Winix 5500-2 has filters that can last up to 12 months, plus you can wash them and subsequently prolong the last.
Needless to say, in each case you will be reminded by the filter reset indicator if it is time to change filters.
First of all, I must point out that it was quite a challenging situation comparing the performances of these two air purifiers. Levoit Core 600S has a motor power of 49W, designed to cover up to 635 sq. ft. room size. On the other hand, Winix 5500-2 uses a fairly more powerful motor of 70W and, yet, can cover up to 360 sq. ft.
As you can see, it would be ungrateful to compare the performance of both air purifiers in equal room sizes. For the same reason, I carried out separate tests to evaluate the individual performance of each air purifier.
320 sq. ft. Room Tests
Considering that this room size is just a little smaller than a manufacturer’s maximum, I wasn’t surprised to get a 96% air improvement rate with the use of Winix 5500-2.
560 sq. ft. Vs 720 sq. ft. Room Test
As you can see, I have chosen one smaller and one larger room to see the real performance of the Levoit Core 600S. The smaller room got me results in a 96% of air improvement rate, while in the larger room, Core 600S has reached 93% cleaner air.
Even though the performances of these two air purifiers seemed incomparable, I must admit that each air purifier has done its best job in conditions predetermined by the manufacturer. Anyhow, I give a slight advantage to the Levoit Core 600S due to its outstanding performance.
Speaking of noise, it is by far easier to make a comparison when two air purifiers have the same number of speeds. In this case, it is five of them. Besides having three regular speed levels, both Core 600S and Winix 5500-2 have Sleep and Turbo mode.
As I was writing about the Sleep mode feature, I mentioned that both air purifiers are silent enough to be held in a bedroom through the night. However, I must admit that the 40.6 dBA produced by Winix is far more silent than Levoit’s 43.9 dBA. I cannot help but love the barely there atmosphere that Winix creates.
As the speed rises, both air purifiers become louder, with Levoit still being a little louder than the Winix. As expected, being the highest speed level, the Turbo mode provides the best airflow. Still, Winix remains less loud than Levoit, and it’s quite noticeable throughout the purifying process.
|Product||Noise Range (dBA)|
|Winix 5500-2||40.6 – 66.4 dBA|
|Levoit Core 600S||43.9 – 68.5 dBA|
For the records, I don’t think Levoit Core 600S is much too loud, but Winix 5500-2 can’t be beaten in this duel.
Making the right decision about the rentability of a device can often be quite challenging. There are a lot of facts that need to be taken into consideration.
First, the initial product price usually gives the first punch. The Winix 5500-2 is a bit cheaper option than Levoit Core 600S, but not that much.
Second, it’s the filter price that also counts. Let’s say the replacement rate is the same (about every 12 months for both), and you’ve taken good care of your air purifier. Changing the filter on a Levoit Core 600S air purifier will cost you less annually compared to changing the filter on a Winix 5500-2 air purifier. It will cost you less annually to change the filter on Levoit than to change the filter on Winix.
If you keep each air purifier running continuously at maximum speed for an entire month, the Levoit will incur slightly lower costs compared to the Winix. It’s 4.20$ compared to 5$ for the electricity bill.
|Product||Wattage Range (W)|
|Winix 5500-2||1.2 – 57.9W|
|Levoit Core 600S||1.2 – 48.2W|
Overall, I believe that Levoit Core 600S is a less expensive solution in this battle.
Which One Does It Better?
Even though the Winix 5500-2 is one of the best air purifiers I have tested so far, I believe it is a bit outdated, and in this time of modern technologies, it needs some refreshments features-wise.
Actually, there are a few reasons I chose the Levoit Core 600S as a better buying option rather than the Winix 5500-2. It covers larger rooms, has plenty of Smart features, makes an outstanding performance, and is slightly more affordable for maintenance.
The Winix, on the other hand, is quieter and also performed well in all performed tests, but the Levoit has much more to offer, and it definitely deserved to win this comparison.
Let’s say I would prefer the Winix over the Levoit if you have a situation where you need an air purifier specifically for neutralizing unpleasant odors, VOCs, and similar because the Winix has a high-quality washable carbon filter.
Please use the comment box below the article if you have questions about this comparison or these two air purifiers.
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