Levoit Vital 100: An Older Model Still Worth Considering

This is a medium-sized air purifier with some advanced features and high quality filtrationt echnology. It's an ideal fit for living rooms, kitchens, or offices.

Our Verdict





Operating cost


Value for money


Ease of use




Essentially, the Levoit Vital 100 is an interesting and powerful air purifier that was long considered one of the best choices on Air Purifier First.

However, with the arrival of new, more advanced air purifiers equipped with plenty of smart options and high-quality filtration technologies, the Vital 100 is no longer a model I often recommend to users.

Don’t get me wrong, this is still a very good air purifier, but I think there are currently many better air purifiers available on the market in the same price range.

It achieved great results in performance tests, especially in the 194 sq. ft. (18 m²) room, where it improved the air quality by an incredible 95% in just 60 minutes.

It’s also very quiet at the lowest speeds but is a bit larger power consumer and somewhat expensive to maintain.

What we really like?

  • For such a small air purifier, a room coverage of 300 sq. ft. (28 m²) is a great advantage.

  • The Levoit Vital 100 performed extraordinarily in all the performance tests. It also did very well in the smoke test.

  • It uses three-stage filtration technology consisting of a pre-filter, a main filter, and an activated carbon filter.

  • The Vital 100 doesn’t produce ozone, is CARB-certified, and is 100% safe to use.

What could be better?

  • The addition of smart features such as an air quality sensor and auto mode would be a great fit for this device.

  • It’s actually slightly louder at the maximum speed.


ModelVital 100
Dimensions (inches / cm)12.8 x 6.4 x 16.1 inches (32.5 x 16.2 x 40.8 cm)
Weight (pounds / kg)9.3 lb (4.2 kg)
Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR)130 CFM / 221 m3/h
Filtration TechnologyPre-filter, Activated Carbon Filter, and True HEPA Filter
Filter Replacement IndicatorYes
Filter Life6-8 months
Number of Fan Speeds3 – Low, Medium, and High
Air Quality Sensor No
Air Quality IndicatorNo
Auto Mode No
Smart App No
Voice Control No
Other FeaturesDisplay OffTimer
Coverage (4.8 ACH) 300 sq. ft. (28 m²)
Performance Ratings
Power Consumption 55W
Operating Costs Ratings
Noise Level (low – high)41.9 – 63.4 dBA
Noise Ratings
Best Suited For
Small Spaces

Full Review

The Levoit Vital 100 is the first air purifier in Levoit’s Vital series and the first Levoit model with a round design.

I bought this air purifier sometime in 2021 and used it for a while in my home. I even used it during my kitchen renovation, about which I wrote a lot and recorded many videos. However, as Levoit released two new models in this series, the Vital 100S and Vital 200S, the Levoit Vital 100 has somewhat faded into the background, and I now prefer the newer models.

Levoit Vital 100 Air Purifier - Review
Levoit Vital 100 is an adorable, medium-sized, and very powerful air purifier. Photo: Airpurifierfirst.com / Milan Antonic

The Vital 100 covers rooms of up to 300 sq. ft. (28 m²), with an ACH of 4.8, meaning it will clean the air in such a room 4.8 times in one hour.

It has some advanced features but doesn’t include smart ones or an air quality sensor. Let’s move on to see how well it performed in our tests.

If you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns about this air purifier, please leave a comment in the comments section at the end of the article.

How We Tested the Levoit Vital 100?

1. For the filter efficiency testing, we used the Temtop LKC-1000S laser particle meter, which measures PM2.5 (µg/m3), PM10 (µg/m3), Particles (per/L), and HCHO (mg/m3) in the air, and also calculates the AQI.

Levoit Vital 100 Air Purifier - Performance Tests
I used the Temtop particle meter to measure the Vital 100’s performance. Photo: Airpurifierfirst.com / Milan Antonic

2. We placed the Levoit Vital 100 in two separate performance tests, one in a 194 sq. ft. (18 m²) room and the other in a 320 sq. ft. (30 m²) room. Then, we recorded the initial air quality values using the Temtop laser particle meter and let the Levoit Vital 100 run at maximum speed.

3. After 60 minutes, we measured the new values using the Temtop laser particle meter and saved the data.

4. Next, we placed the Levoit Vital 100 in a glass box, which we then filled with smoke. Then, we measured how much time was needed for the air purifier to remove all the smoke from the box.

5. Using a special noise measurement tool, we tested the air purifier’s noise level at all speeds. We measured the noise level on the dBA scale.

Levoit Vital 100 Air Purifier - Noise Test
I used a specific device to measure the Vital 100 noise at all speeds. Photo: Airpurifierfirst.com / Milan Antonic

6. Finally, we measured the power usage at all speeds using an energy meter, after which we calculated how much it would cost to use the device at a particular fan speed for one month. For reference, we used an energy price of $0.12 per kWh.


Performance – Particle Removal Tests

The Levoit Vital 100 is an air purifier intended for rooms up to 300 sq. ft. (28 m²). The CADR for this model is 130 CFM / 221 m³/h, which is reasonable for such a small air purifier.

We tested this air purifier in two different rooms and measured how effective it is at improving the overall air quality over a certain period of time.

What I particularly noticed is that this model is great at neutralizing airborne dust particles, pollen, pet hair, and cooking odors but is a bit less efficient at neutralizing heavy smoke odors, VOCs, and similar gases. This surprised me, especially since it has a pellet-based carbon filter.

However, if you have a pet in your home and are mainly getting an air purifier to deal with pet hair, dander, or bad smells, a much better option would be the successor to this air purifier, the Levoit Vital 200S.

For best results, let the air purifier run at the third speed for 15-20 minutes, then change it to a slower speed.

Testing in a 194 sq. ft. (18 m²) Room

In the first test, in a 194 sq. ft. (18 m²) room, which is smaller than the recommended dimensions, the Vital 100 achieved outstanding results.

It reduced the PM2.5 particulate from 97.5 µg/m³ to 4.9 µg/m³, which is an air quality improvement of about 95%.

# Starting Baseline After 60min
PM 2.5 97.5 µg/m³ 4.9 µg/m³
PM 10 136.5 µg/m³ 6.9 µg/m³
Particles 141469 per/L 7167 per/L
AQI 128 7

This is an excellent result, even though the room is smaller than the recommended dimensions.

Testing in a 320 sq. ft. (30 m²) Room

However, in the test in a room of 320 sq. ft. (30 m²), which is similar to the recommended dimensions, the Vital 100 achieved a 3% lower result.

It reduced the PM2.5 from 94.7 µg/m³ to 7.6 µg/m³, which is an air quality improvement of 92%.

Particle Removal Test Room - Comparison

Comparison between the Levoit Vital 100 and its competitors in particle removal tests in a 320 sq. ft. (30 m²) room.

Considering its competitors, the Levoit Core 300S achieved the same result in this test (92% air improvement), but the Medify MA-25 performed 1% worse than the Vital 100.

# Starting Baseline After 60min
PM 2.5 94.7 µg/m³ 7.6 µg/m³
PM 10 132.6 µg/m³ 10.6 µg/m³
Particles 137397 per/L 11074 per/L
AQI 124 10

What’s interesting is that its successor, the Levoit Vital 100S, performed much better. It improved the air quality by 94% in the same room size, which is a great score considering that it is designed for smaller rooms than the Vital 100.

Performance – Smoke Removal Test

When compared to its top competitors, an even more evident difference is in the smoke test.

Levoit Vital 100 Air Purifier - Smoke Test
See how Levoit Vital 100 performed in a smoke test. Photo (GIF): Airpurifierfirst.com / Milan Antonic

The Levoit Vital 100 removed all the smoke from the glass box in 33 seconds, which is much slower than its top competitors.

Smoke Box Test - Comparison

In this chart, you can see how quickly the Levoit Vital 100 removes smoke from a glass box compared to its competitors.

For example, the Levoit Core 300S and Vital 100S removed all the smoke in just 20 seconds.


Noise Levels Test

Whenever I talk about an air purifier’s sound, I always mention how many speeds the air purifier has and whether it has a sleep mode.

The Levoit Vital 100 has only three fan speeds and no sleep mode. In our noise level test, it performed pretty well, especially at the first speeds.

Noise Levels Test - Comparison

This chart compares the noise levels at the minimum and maximum speeds of the Levoit Vital 100 air purifier with those of its competitors.

At the first speed, the Levoit Vital 100 produces a noise level of 41.9 dBA, which is almost in the range of its competitors (refer to the chart).

However, at the maximum speed, the situation is totally different. With a noise level of 63.4 dBA, it’s one of the quietest air purifiers among similar models.

Speed Value (dBA)
Speed 1 (Low) 41.9 dBA
Speed 2 (Medium) 51.1 dBA
Speed 3 (High) 63.4 dBA

All in all, I don’t think the Levoit Vital 100 is an overall loud air purifier; it’s actually very quiet, but I’m not sure I would consider it for my bedroom. I would rather use this one in a living room or kitchen so I can use its full potential when running at maximum speed.


Operating Costs – Power Usage Test & Filter Price

Regarding the power usage, I must say that I’m a bit surprised. Frankly, I expected this model to have a much lower-power motor.

Levoit Vital 100 Air Purifier - Engine
In the picture above, you can see how big the Vital 100’s motor is. Photo: Airpurifierfirst.com / Milan Antonic

With a motor of 55W, it will raise your electric bills almost as much as some larger and more powerful devices.

At the maximum speed, it consumes about 57.9W, meaning it will cost you $5.08 if used 24 hours daily for a month at maximum speed. This is comparable to the Winix 5500-2, which has better performance, much more power, and is generally a higher-class device.

Monthly Power Cost – Comparison

Comparison of the monthly power cost at maximum speed between the Levoit Vital 100 and some of its competitors.

Even its main competitors are much better optimized for power use. Please refer to the chart I provided above.

Fan Speed Power Usage (W) Monthly Cost ($)
Stand-by 0.2W $0.01
Speed 1 (Low) 22.1W $1.94
Speed 2 (Medium) 33.7W $2.95
Speed 3 (High) 57.9W $5.08

In addition to the electricity costs, the Vital 100 requires filter changes on average twice a year. The price of the replacement filter is in the range of its competitors, but the power usage increases the overall maintenance cost of this air purifier, which is why I think the Levoit Vital 100 could be better optimized for maintenance.

Filtration Technology

The Levoit Vital 100 uses a 3-stage filtration system comprising a pre-filter, activated carbon, and True HEPA filter.

What I really like about the Vital 100 is that the carbon filter is the second stage, and the True HEPA filter is the third stage of filtration, while other Levoit models have vice versa. I say this because many people are skeptical and will not buy a device if the carbon filter is the last filtration stage for fear that they might inhale carbon (which is absurd anyway). 

Levoit Vital 100 Air Purifier - Filtration Technology
Vital 100 uses powerful filters that are the biggest trump card of this device. Photo: Airpurifierfirst.com / Milan Antonic

The filter in the Vital 100 is rectangular in shape, located on the front and taking up almost the entire front of the device. The Levoit Vital 100 does not support essential oils, and under no circumstances should you pour them into the filter or in any way into the machine. Suppose you are looking for an air purifier with this option. In that case, I recommend looking at the Levoit LV-H128 air purifier from the same manufacturer with the addition of the Aroma Pad.

Levoit Vital 100 - Replacement Filter

Levoit Vital 100 Replacement Filter

Always buy genuine filters for the best performance. As soon as the filter reset indicator is on, you are ready to change filters. Do it as quickly as possible.

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When closing the filter cover, make sure to close it appropriately; otherwise, you will not be able to start the air purifier.


The pre-filter is the first stage of filtration in this model. It differs in many ways from the pre-filter in other Levoit air purifiers. In other Levoit air purifiers, the pre-filter is predominantly nylon mesh attached to another filter. While with the Vital 100, the pre-filter is a washable fabric hooked to the rest of the filter.

The primary purpose of the pre-filter is to stop large particles such as dust, fibers, hair, and animal fur and thus extend the life of True HEPA filters.

Activated Carbon Filter

The activated carbon filter is the second stage of filtration. The carbon filter is contained of carbon pellets. This is very good because such filters are more efficient than fibrous carbon filters. However, the amount of carbon in this filter is very small. This filter is not heavy enough, so the performance with significant smoke is somewhat weaker.

The primary purpose of an activated carbon filter is to physically adsorb smoke, odors, and fumes. It filters compositions such as gasoline, ammonia, formaldehyde, and various organic compounds. Every time I test an air purifier, I do a simple test to see if the device can neutralize a lit match’s smell. Although this is a straightforward test, believe me, many devices did not live up to this task, while the Vital 100 easily removed any odor from matches.

True HEPA Filter

The true HEPA filter is the last stage of filtration that is most responsible for the excellent performance of this model. This filter captures at least 99.97% of airborne particles down to 0.3 microns in size. A true HEPA filter efficiently filters small particles such as smoke, dust, mold, bacteria, viruses, allergens such as pollen, and others.

How to Replace Levoit Vital 100 Filter?

The Levoit Vital 100 uses a filter reset indicator that notifies you when to replace the filter. That way, you won’t have to think about when to replace the filter, and you can easily let the device notify you.

However, this does not mean you don’t need to check the filter periodically and clean the pre-filter at least once a month. Filters on the Levoit Vital 100 air purifier last, on average, between 6-8 months. However, suppose you smell unusual odors from the filter or notice that the filter is visibly filthy. In that case, you can change it before the filter reset indicator gives you a signal.

Total time: 5 minutes.

Step 1

The first thing you need to do is turn off the device and remove the cover from the front of the device.

Remove the cover from the front of the device

Step 2

The next step is to remove the old filter from the device.

Remove the old filter from the device

Step 3

After that, it would be good to vacuum the inside of the air purifier, cover, and other parts where you notice dust with a vacuum cleaner.

Use a vacuum cleaner to vacuum up any dust accumulated inside

Step 4

The next step is to unpack the new filter and insert it into the device.

uUnpack the new filter and insert it into the device

Step 5

Finally, reset the filter reset indicator by holding the finger for 3s on the check filter button.

Reset the filter reset indicator

Room Coverage and CADR

With a CADR of 130 CFM / 221 m3/h, the Vital 100 is perfect for living rooms, bedrooms, and kitchens. It can cover 500 ft² / 46.5 m² in 30 minutes and 300 ft² / 28 m² in just 18 minutes.

ConditionRequired minimum Air Changes per Hour (ACH)Suitable room sizeThe time it takes to clean the air in the room
Smoke or VOCs878 sq. ft. 8 min
AHAM standard (recommended for many conditions)4.8205 sq. ft. 13 min
Normal conditions2319 sq. ft.30 min

These calculations are based on the ideal conditions! So, please keep in mind that it is always better to use a bit larger air purifier.

Depending on the room coverage, this model ideally fits almost any room. Whether you use it in the living room, bedroom or kitchen, I am sure you will be pleased with the performance results of this model.

How does the room coverage of the Levoit Vital 100 compare to other Levoit air purifiers?

DeviceSuggested coverage (sq. ft.)
Levoit LV-PUR131up to 322 sq. ft.
Levoit Core 300up to 219 sq. ft.
Levoit Core 400Sup to 403 sq. ft.
Levoit LV-H132up to 129 sq. ft.

Installation and Setup

If you are using the Levoit Vital 100 for the first time, you need to prepare it for the initial run. 

The most important thing is to unpack the filter. To do that, you need to open the cover on the front of the device, remove the filter from the device, then remove the filter from the plastic packaging and return it to the air purifier. After that, the preparation process is complete, and all you need to do is place the air purifier in the desired spot and switch it on. 

It would be a good idea to put it at least 15 inches away from walls or other objects to ensure that the device works smoothly and has an unobstructed airflow. In addition, place the device on a firm, flat surface.


Levoit Vital 100 is a compact air purifier, rectangular in shape with rounded corners. The plastic is of excellent quality, while the build quality is top-notch. Everything is in place, and you notice a premium taste when you touch the device.

Levoit Vital 100 Air Purifier - Aesthetics
I put the Levoit Vital 100 on my office desk to show how easily it can fit almost any ambiance. Photo: Airpurifierfirst.com / Milan Antonic

Vital 100 is currently available in white or gray color. The model I have tested in this review is white, except for the top of the device, which is grey. The designers have thought about all the details, so you will find a slot on the back of the device that is used to carry the device.

The Levoit Vital 100 is a stylish air purifier that easily fits any environment thanks to its comfortable and straightforward appearance.

Control Buttons and Indicators

On top of the device is the control panel, which contains touch buttons and indicators. The touch buttons are arranged horizontally next to each other; they are sensitive enough and straightforward to use.

The touch buttons on the control panel are: on/off, speed, display, timer, and filter buttons. Above the speed button, there is an indicator to show the current fan speed. Above the timer button, there is an indicator to show the current timer setting.

Levoit Vital 100 Air Purifier - Control Panel
The control panel with buttons and indicators is located at the top of the device. Photo: Airpurifierfirst.com / Milan Antonic

What I really like about the Levoit Vital 100 air purifier is that it remembers the last used fan speed so that when you switch it off and on again, it will start at the same speed. This is very good, especially as you will be able to connect the Vital 100 to a smart plug and make it as “smart” as possible.


The filter on the Levoit Vital 100 air purifier is located at the front. The device draws air from the front, through openings at the bottom, and from the sides. The air is then filtered and exits through the grilles on the top side and moves vertically upwards.

Size and Dimensions

The air purifier weighs 9.3 lb. The dimensions of the device are 12.8 x 6.4 x 16.1 inches. The Vital 100 is a light and compact air purifier, so it can easily be moved from room to room.

What’s in the box?

When you buy the device, you get an air purifier with a True HEPA filter (pre-installed), a user manual, and a filter reminder card.

I advise you to read the preparation procedure for the device before the first start-up, which I described at the beginning of the review, and in this way, avoid any mistakes that could damage the device.

If you buy the Levoit Vital 100 in Europe, you will get an additional replacement filter included in the package free of charge.
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Features Overview

The Levoit Vital 100 is a minimalist air purifier that is not enhanced with many advanced features. This model only has the basic options with no extras, such as a smart sensor, auto mode, smart app compatibility, and more.

Levoit Vital 100 Air Purifier - On the Desk
Levoit Vital 100 has some interesting and worth-mentioning features even though it is not a smart air purifier. Photo: Airpurifierfirst.com / Milan Antonic

In the following, I will touch upon the options that the Vital 100 has and briefly describe them.

Display Off Button

In the absence of sleep mode, this button is handy. Display Off is a convenient button that turns off all the indicators on the device when pressed. A perfect option if you use the device in the bedroom and are sensitive to any kind of light at night.

Filter Reset Indicator

The filter reset indicator is located on the control panel, all the way to the right-hand side. This indicator keeps track of the filter replacement time and lets you know if you need to change the filter. This is a great option that makes the device easier to use by monitoring the filter duration.


The timer is another additional option for the Vital 100 air purifier. The timer works by setting the time when you want the device to switch off, and can be set to 2 hours, 4 hours, or 8 hours. This is a handy option, especially if there is no smartphone app compatibility.

No Ozone

Levoit Vital 100 does not use an ionizer, UV-C light, or any other filtration system that could cause ozone accumulation. In addition, Vital 100 is CARB-certified, proving that it is entirely safe and ozone-free.

CARB is a Californian law certificate known to be extremely strict. I think this is proof that this air purifier is safe.

FAQ on Levoit Vital 100

Does the Levoit Vital 100 produce ozone?

The Levoit Vital 100 is 100% ozone-free, as certified by CARB.

What is the warranty on the Vital 100?

This device comes with a one-year warranty, but Levoit offers the option to extend the warranty for another year. This essentially means that the device has a 2-year warranty.

Is the Levoit Vital 100 good for cigarette smoke?

The Vital 100 is not precisely the best solution and does not work amazingly well if you use it directly on exposure to smoke.

Is the Vital 100 filter washable?

Only the pre-filter is washable; the activated carbon and the true HEPA filters are not.

2 responses to “Levoit Vital 100: An Older Model Still Worth Considering”

  1. Chris

    Hey, thanks for posting such a thorough review!
    Just wondering if you know the weight/quantity of the activated carbon pellets and if you think it’s better to purchase something like a levoit 300s instead..
    I was looking at the Alen Breathesmart Flex – the mold/bacteria model is $250 vs $150 for the Levoit, but I dont know the difference between the Alen filters and gave up.
    I just wanted activated carbon pellets with no ionization for a bedroom/office. thanks for your opinion!

    • Milan Antonic

      Hi Chris,

      The Levoit Vital 100 filter itself (Pre-Filter + True HEPA + Activated Carbon) weighs about 0.88 lb (0,4kg).

      On the other hand, the Alen BratheSmart FLEX has a few different filter options that are consisted of different amounts of carbon pellets.

      • The Dust, Mold, Pet Odors + Smoke filter contains 0.66 lb (0,3kg) of carbon pellets.
      • The Dust, Mold, Pet Odors + Heavy Smoke filter contains 2+ lb (0,9kg) of carbon pellets.

      However, if you don’t smoke and don’t have any heavily polluted odors in your bedroom or office, you should try the Levoit Core 300S.

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