TaoTronics TT-AP001 Vs Levoit LV-H132 – In-depth Comparison

In this comparison, I will test and compare TaoTronics TT-AP001 and Levoit LV-H132 air purifiers. These are two very similar devices, so I think this comparison will be of great help to many users who doubt which product to choose.

Both devices use 3-in-1 filtration, which is placed on the bottom of the device. The TaoTronics TT-AP001 is designed for rooms of 161 sq. ft., while the Levoit LV-H132 is intended for rooms of 129 sq. ft.

TaoTronics TT-AP001 Vs Levoit LV-H132 - Comparison
Photo: Airpurifierfirst.com / Milan Antonic

As you can notice, TaoTronics is intended for slightly larger rooms; whether that means better performance, we will see in the comparison below. The dimensions of the device are almost identical. Both devices are available in white and black colors.

Specs: TaoTronics TT-AP001 Vs Levoit LV-H132

Product ImageTaoTronics TT-AP001Levoit LV-H132
ManufacturerTaoTronicsLevoit
ModelTT-AP001LV-H132
Dimensions (inches / cm)8.5 x 8.5 x 13.54 inches (21.6 x 21.6 x 34.4 cm)8.5 x 8.5 x 14.5 inches (21.6 x 21.6 x 36.8 cm)
Weight (pounds / kg)--
Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR)--
Coverage (4.8 ACH) 161 sq. ft. (15 m²)129 sq. ft. (12 m²)
Performance Ratings
Filtration TechnologyPre-filter and Activated Carbon Filter, True HEPA FilterPre-filter, True HEPA, and Activated Carbon Filter
Filter Replacement IndicatorYesYes
Filter Life3-6 months6-8 months
Power Consumption 12W28W
Operating Costs Ratings
Number of Fan Speeds4 – Speed 1, Speed 2, Speed 3, and Speed 43 – Speed 1, Speed 2, and Speed 3
Air Quality Sensor NoNo
Air Quality IndicatorNoNo
Auto Mode NoNo
Smart App NoNo
Voice Control NoNo
Other FeaturesN/ANight Light
Noise Level (low – high)41.6 – 54.6 dBA43.1 – 57.7 dBA
Noise Ratings
Warranty1-year2-year
In-Depth ReviewTaoTronics TT-AP001Levoit LV-H132
PriceCheck Price on AmazonCheck Price on Amazon

Features Overview

The TT-AP001 and LV-H132 use some identical options, such as night light and filter reset indicator. TaoTronics uses sleep mode, but when in sleep mode, the device does not reduce the motor speed further but only decreases indicator brightness.

TaoTronics TT-AP001 Vs Levoit LV-H132 - Comparison
TaoTronics TT-AP001 Vs Levoit LV-H132 – Positioned on the Desk. Photo: Airpurifierfirst.com / Milan Antonic

The Levoit LV-H132 and TaoTronics TT-AP001 use a blue night light, which lights up as needed and can be adjusted on both devices.

Filter Reset Indicator

This is a great option; thanks to it, you don’t need to keep track of when it is time to replace the filter. The device will notify you when it is time to replace the filter.

TaoTronics TT-AP001 Vs Levoit LV-H132 - Side-by-side
TaoTronics TT-AP001 Vs Levoit LV-H132 – Side-by-side. Photo: Airpurifierfirst.com / Milan Antonic

Both devices have this option. I advise you not to rely entirely on the filter reset indicator and to check the filters periodically. Sometimes it may be necessary to change the filters even before the filter reset indicator notifies you.

Device Control

The device control buttons are located on the top. TaoTronics has a few more buttons because it has some options that Levoit doesn’t have. 

TaoTronics TT-AP001 Vs Levoit LV-H132 - Touch Buttons
TaoTronics TT-AP001 Vs Levoit LV-H132 – Touch Buttons. Photo: Airpurifierfirst.com / Milan Antonic

The TaoTronics TT-AP001 uses 4 fan speeds, while the Levoit LV-H132 uses 3 fan speeds. The control buttons are sensitive to touch on both devices.

Airflow

With both devices, the filters are located on the underside. The TaoTronics TT-AP001 draws air through openings on the underside; the air is then filtered and exits through grilles on the device’s top.

TaoTronics TT-AP001 Vs Levoit LV-H132 - Air inlets on the bottom
Air inlets on the bottom. Photo: Airpurifierfirst.com / Milan Antonic

The Levoit LV-H132 works identically, except that the air intake is much smaller than with the TaoTronics. Levoit draws in air at the bottom, filters it, and expels it through openings in the top of the device.

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Filtration Technology

Both devices use 3 stage filtration, namely pre-filter, true HEPA filter, and carbon filter. The difference is that the pre-filter in Levoit is separated from the other two filters, while the TaoTronics air purifier uses a 3-in-1 filter.

TaoTronics TT-AP001 Vs Levoit LV-H132 - Filtration
TaoTronics TT-AP001 Vs Levoit LV-H132 – 3-in-1 Filtration. Photo: Airpurifierfirst.com / Milan Antonic

Besides, Levoit uses carbon pellets, and TaoTronics uses a fibrous filter coated with carbon. In my opinion, the carbon filter in Levoit is much more efficient and turned out to be a much better choice.

The TaoTronics filter is very small, and it seems to be smaller than the filter in Levoit. It is difficult to measure the dimensions accurately and calculate the area due to the filters’ different shapes.

How to replace filters on these products?

With the Levoit LV-H132, the filter is changed on average every 6 months.
With the TaoTronics TT-AP001, the filter needs to be changed between 3 and 6 months on average.

Levoit LV-H132 Vs TaoTronics TT-AP001 - Filters comparison
Filters comparison. Photo: Airpurifierfirst.com / Milan Antonic

Both devices use a filter reset indicator, so you won’t have to worry about when it’s time to replace the filter. The device will let you know.

How to replace TaoTronics TT-AP001 filter? How to replace Levoit LV-H132 filter? Filter replacement

Noise Test

The TaoTronics TT-AP001 and Levoit LV-H132 are very small devices that also have small motors. That is why the loudness of these devices is so small.

TaoTronics TT-AP001 Vs Levoit LV-H132 - Noise test
Noise test. Photo: Airpurifierfirst.com / Milan Antonic

However, when we compare these two devices’ general volume, we can say that TaoTronics is a somewhat quieter device. Both devices have a night light. At first speed, these devices are not loud, so they will fit perfectly in the bedroom.

TaoTronics has a sleep mode, which does not further reduce the speed but only switches the mode to speed 1. At the highest speed, both devices are a bit louder, but the noise is bearable. The table below shows the volume ranges of both devices.

Product Noise Range (dBA)
TaoTronics TT-AP001 41.6 – 54.6 dBA
Levoit LV-H132 43.1 – 57.7 dBA

Performance Tests

I tested these two devices in various rooms. TaoTronics TT-AP001 is designed for rooms up to 161 sq. ft., while the Levoit LV-H32 is designed for rooms up to 129 sq. ft.

TaoTronics TT-AP001 Vs Levoit LV-H132 - Performance tests
Performance tests. Photo: Airpurifierfirst.com / Milan Antonic

Since the devices are intended for rooms of almost identical dimensions, I have made nearly similar tests whose results you can see below.

120 sq. ft. Room Tests

I tested both devices in a 120 sq. ft. room, which is less than the recommended dimensions for both products.

The TaoTronics TT-AP001 lowered the AQI from 122 to 21 in 60 minutes, improving air quality by about 83%. Levoit LV-H132 in the same room, at the same time, improved air quality by about 88%.

Air Quality Improvement In 120 sq. ft. Room
TaoTronics TT-AP001
83%
Levoit LV-H132
88%
0% 100%

120 sq. ft. Room

* Data measuring time is 60 minutes.

In this test, Levoit performed slightly better than TaoTronics.

194 sq. ft. Room Tests

I then tested the devices in a 194 sq. ft. room. This room is slightly larger in dimensions than recommended for both products. Both machines worked at the highest speed all the time.

TaoTronics improved air quality by about 76% in 60 minutes, which is a slightly weaker result than I expected. Levoit made a solid result in this test as well, improving the air quality by 87% in 60 minutes.

Air Quality Improvement In 194 sq. ft. Room
TaoTronics TT-AP001
76%
Levoit LV-H132
87%
0% 100%

194 sq. ft. Room

* Data measuring time is 60 minutes.

Levoit did not do much worse than in the previous test, and this time it did much better than TaoTronics.

Operating Costs

These two air purifiers are powered by slightly weaker motors. TaoTronics has a 12W motor, while Levoit has a 28W motor.

TaoTronics TT-AP001 Vs Levoit LV-H132 - Motors comparison
Motors comparison. Photo: Airpurifierfirst.com / Milan Antonic

As you can guess, TaoTronics uses slightly less electricity, so if you leave it running 24 hours a day for a month, it will cost you around $ 0.5. In comparison, Levoit will cost you about $ 1.9 in the same conditions.

Product Wattage Range (W)
TaoTronics TT-AP001 0.2 – 5.7W
Levoit LV-H132 0.2 – 22.7W

However, when I compare maintenance costs, I always calculate the price of a replacement filter. The TaoTronics filter is a little cheaper, but it needs to be changed more often, so Levoit is a little more cost-effective to maintain if we take a period of one year, although it’s a bit stronger and uses a little more electricity.

TaoTronics TT-AP001 Vs Levoit LV-H132 Video Comparison

Final Thoughts: Which one is the Winner?

This comparison was quite tense, and I think I could have ended it as a draw. However, in order to make the decision easier for potential buyers, based on some preferences and personal experience, I made a clear decision.

TaoTronics TT-AP001 is a slightly newer model, which gained immense popularity and many sales in a very short time. It has four speeds and is extremely quiet. However, the Levoit LV-H132 has made better performance. It is more favorable in terms of maintenance on an annual basis, mainly because the filter at Levoit lasts a bit longer.

Also, I prefer the carbon filter at Levoit because it is more efficient. Therefore, my recommendation is to buy a Levoit LV-H132 air purifier.

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