Levoit Vital 100S vs Core 300S

In this Levoit Vital 100S vs Core 300S review, we will compare the two entry-level models of the Vital and Core series from the fast-growing American brand for small home appliances.

Both were already widely popular as non-smart versions, and have since been updated with Wi-Fi capabilities that allow them to be integrated with your smart home. But what other changes were made, and which one is the best fit for your needs?

This side-by-side comparison will help you find out.

Coverage Area

20 m² (219 ft²)

20 m² (219 ft²)

CADR (Particles)

240 m³/h (141 CFM)

240 m³/h (141 CFM)

CADR (Formaldehyde)

?

?

Working Noise

23 – 52 dB(A)

24 – 48 dB(A)

PM 2.5 Sensor

No

Yes

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Comparison: Levoit Vital 100S vs Core 300S – What are the Differences?

Coverage Area & Efficiency

With a coverage area of up to 20 m² (219 ft²) each, the Vital 100S and Core 300S are suitable for bedrooms, home offices, and other relatively small rooms. In both instances, the numbers are based on five air changes per hour (ACH) in a room with a ceiling height of 2.4 m (8 ft).

As a result, the Vital 100S and Core 300S could be used in even bigger rooms, with the amount of ACH decreasing accordingly. For example, if you live somewhere with limited air pollution and are content with two ACH, the room size would increase to 50 m² (548 ft²).

Winner: Draw

20 m² (219 ft²)

20 m² (219 ft²)

Clean Air Delivery Rate

The Vital 100S and Core 300S utilize a pre-filter to remove large pollutants including dust, hair, and pet fur (the Vital 100S one is even washable). Next, an H13 True HEPA filter captures at least 99.97% of particles and allergens as small as 0.3 µm, for example, pollen and pet dander.

In the final step of Levoit’s 3-stage filtration system, smoke, fumes, VOCs, and household odors such as cooking smells and pet odors are neutralized by a layer of activated carbon. Both the Vital 100S and Core 300S do all this at a rate of 240 m³/h (141 CFM).

Winner: Draw

240 m³/h (141 CFM)

240 m³/h (141 CFM)

Video Review of the Levoit Air Purifier Vital 100S

Working Noise

At just 23 decibels (dB) and 24 dB, respectively, you will hardly notice the Vital 100S and Core 300S when they are in night mode. Even on the highest speed setting, the two devices only operate at a noise level of around 50 dB, with the Core 300S having a slight advantage.

Both can be set to auto mode, in which they will automatically adjust their fan speed based on the detected air quality. As soon as pollution levels start to drop again after a sudden spike, their fan speed and noise level will decrease accordingly.

Winner: Draw

23 – 52 dB(A)

24 – 48 dB(A)

Sensors & Display

While the Vital 100S relies on an infrared dust sensor, the Core 300S is equipped with a high-sensitivity laser dust sensor that can detect changes in the air quality up to ten times faster. The gathered real-time updates are used as input for the automatic mode (see above).

Indicator rings found on both displays indicate the current air quality at a quick glance, with blue signifying very good and red being unhealthy. More detailed information, especially in case of the Core 300S, is available through the VeSync app (see below).

Winner: Core 300S

Infrared / Yes

Laser / Yes

Video Review including a Smoke Box Test of the Levoit Air Purifier Core 300S

Connectivity & Compatibility

You can use a Wi-Fi connection, your smartphone, and the VeSync app to monitor and control the Vital 100S and Core 300S remotely. This allows you to turn the purifier on and off, create a schedule, view the remaining filter life, and more.

An even more convenient way to interact with both of the air purifiers is by using voice control. Thanks to their compatibility with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, the Vital 100S and Core 300S can be seemingly integrated with your smart home.

Winner: Draw

Yes / Amazon Alexa, Google Home

Yes / Amazon Alexa, Google Home

Weight & Dimensions

In the final round of this Levoit Vital 100S vs Core 300S comparison, we will have a quick look at the weight and dimensions of the two devices. At just 2.7 kg (5.95 lb) compared to 3.4 kg (7 lb), the Core 300S does have the lower weight. It also takes up slightly less space.

Winner: Core 300S

3.4 kg, 321 x 160 x 406 mm

2.7 kg, 220 x 220 x 360 mm

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Conclusion: Levoit Vital 100S vs Core 300S – Which is the Better Air Purifier?

The two entry-level models of the Vital and Core series have almost similar performance metrics, making this a rather tough call. With its U-shaped air inlet for airborne pet fur and washable pre-filter, the Levoit Air Purifier Vital 100S is especially interesting for pet owners.

For most other users, though, the Levoit Air Purifier Core 300S looks like a better choice. The more advanced laser sensor allows it to detect more types of pollutants, including PM 2.5. It also operates at a slightly lower noise level on the upper end, and is easier to move around.


Find out how the successor of the Vital 100S performs against the Core 300S in our comparison Levoit Vital 200S vs Core 300S.

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