Levoit Vital 200S review – Hands-on Review

The Levoit Vital 200S Air Purifier marks a significant upgrade in the Vital series, offering a blend of advanced features, improved design, and enhanced build quality.

In this hands-on levoit vital 200s review, we delve into the specifics of the Vital 200S, a mid-size air purifier designed to cater to spaces up to 380 sq. ft. Utilizing a three-stage filtration system, this model not only builds upon the foundation set by its predecessor, the Vital 100, but also introduces notable improvements.

As a reviewer who has personally tested the Vital 200S in a home environment, I aim to provide an in-depth analysis of its performance, features, and overall value, addressing key questions and insights for potential buyers.


  • Brand: Levoit
  • Model Name: Vital 200S
  • Size Dimensions: Approximately 15.6 x 8.5 x 19.8 inches (39.6 x 21.7 x 50.2 cm)
  • Unit Weight: 13.2 pounds (6 kg)
  • Type of Filters: Includes a Pre-filter, True HEPA Filter, and an Activated Carbon Filter
  • Expected Filter Lifespan: Roughly 12 months
  • Effective Room Coverage (at 4.8 Air Changes per Hour): Up to 380 square feet (35 m²)
  • Operational Modes: Five distinct modes – Sleep Mode, Low, Medium, High, and Turbo
  • Energy Usage: 50 Watts
  • Product Warranty: 2 years

Setup & Installation

Levoit Vital 200S

Setting up the Levoit Vital 200S air purifier is straightforward. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Unpack the Air Purifier: Take it out of the box and remove any straps that are holding parts together.
  2. Open the Front Cover: This is where the filters are.
  3. Handle the Filters: You’ll find a pre-filter and a main filter inside. Take out both filters.
  4. Unwrap the Main Filter: The main filter will be in plastic. Take off the plastic and then put the filter back in its place inside the purifier.
  5. Replace the Pre-filter: Put the Pre-filter back where it was.
  6. Close the Front Cover: Now that the filters are in place, close up the front of the purifier.
  7. Choose a Spot for the Purifier: Find a good place in your room for the purifier. It’s designed to fit well even next to a wall, but make sure you don’t block the vents where air comes in and out.
  8. Plug it in and Turn it On: Finally, plug the purifier into an outlet and switch it on to start using it.

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Controls and Display

The Levoit Vital 200S air purifier offers two convenient ways to control its functions. In this section, I’ll focus on the first method: using the control panel located on the top of the unit. Later in the review, I’ll discuss the second method, which involves using the VeSync smart application.

The control panel is designed for ease of use, featuring touch-sensitive buttons that are responsive and intuitively laid out.

Control Panel Features:

  • Auto Mode: Automatically adjust the purifier’s settings based on air quality.
  • Sleep Mode: For quieter operation during the night.
  • Fan Speed: Adjusts the speed of the fan with multiple settings.
  • Power: Turns the purifier on or off.
  • Timer: Allows you to set a specific operating duration.
  • Display Lock: Prevents accidental changes in settings.
  • Display Off: Turns off the panel lights for less disturbance, especially at night.

Each button on the panel is marked and has an indicator light. For example, the Fan Speed button has an additional indicator above it to show the current speed setting.

The control panel also includes an air quality indicator and a WiFi indicator, located in the central part of the panel. While the arrangement and functionality of these buttons are quite user-friendly, I find the VeSync smart application more convenient for controlling the purifier, which is why I seldom use the physical controls on the device itself.


The Levoit Vital 200S air purifier features a distinct rectangular design, with the front side dedicated to air intakes.

Airflow Process:

  • Intake: The front side of the Vital 200S is where the air is drawn into the device. This is a crucial part of the purification process.
  • Output: After the air is filtered, it is released through the fan grilles located on the top of the purifier.

Placement Tips:

  • Avoid Obstruction: It’s important to ensure that these air intakes and output grilles are not blocked. Keeping them clear is essential for the efficient functioning of the purifier.
  • Potential Damage: Blocking the airflow can not only reduce the effectiveness of the air purifier but also potentially cause damage to the unit.

In summary, the design of the Levoit Vital 200S, with its front air intakes and top fan grilles, is both functional and efficient. However, proper placement and care are key to maintaining its performance and longevity.

Air Quality Sensor & Indicator

The Levoit Vital 200S Air Purifier incorporates the AirSight air quality sensor, a feature shared with other smart Levoit air purifiers. However, there’s a notable distinction in the type of sensor used in the Vital 200S compared to other models:

Key Differences in Air Quality Sensors:

  1. Type of Sensor:
    Levoit Vital 200S: Utilizes an infrared dust sensor.
    Other Levoit Models (e.g., Core 300S, Core 400S): Employ laser sensors, which are generally more reliable and provide more accurate data.
  2. Accuracy and Precision:
    The infrared sensor in the Vital 200S is slightly less precise than the laser sensors in other models. It’s similar in functionality to the sensor found in the Coway AP-1512HH air purifier.
  3. Limitations:
    The Vital 200S does not offer direct readings of PM2.5 particle concentration or other specific air quality metrics.

Assessing Air Quality with the Vital 200S:

  • Control Panel and VeSync App: Air quality is indicated via the control panel display and the VeSync smart application.
  • Color-Coded Indicators: The air quality is represented through color codes:
    Blue: Excellent air quality.
    Green: Good air quality.
    Orange: Moderate air quality.
    Red: Poor air quality.
  • Continuous Monitoring: The air quality sensor remains active even in standby mode, allowing ongoing monitoring through the smart application.

Auto Mode

Auto Mode is a smart feature of the Levoit Vital 200S Air Purifier that works in tandem with the air quality sensor to adjust the fan speed based on the current air quality in the room. This mode ensures that the air purifier operates efficiently, increasing or decreasing its fan speed as needed to maintain optimal air quality.

How Auto Mode Works:

Automatic Adjustment:

  • If the air quality is poor, the air purifier automatically increases the fan speed to clean the air more effectively.
  • Conversely, if the air quality improves, it reduces the fan speed, conserving energy and reducing noise.
  • Fan Speed Settings Based on Air Quality:
  • Blue (Very Good Air Quality): The purifier operates in Sleep Mode, which is the quietest setting.
  • Green (Good Air Quality): The fan speed is set to Low.
  • Orange (Moderate Air Quality): The fan speed is adjusted to Medium.
  • Red (Bad Air Quality): The fan operates at a High speed.
  • Limitation in Auto Mode:
    The Vital 200S does not switch to the Turbo fan speed in Auto Mode.

Sleep Mode

Sleep Mode on the Levoit Vital 200S Air Purifier is specifically designed to provide a quiet and unobtrusive operation, ideal for nighttime use or any situation where minimal noise and disturbance are preferred. Here’s a closer look at how this mode operates:

Activating Sleep Mode:

  • How to Activate: You can switch the air purifier to Sleep Mode by pressing the half-moon button on the control panel.
  • Activation Delay: After pressing the button, there’s a short wait of 6 seconds before the air purifier transitions into Sleep Mode.

Light Detection

The Levoit Vital 200S Air Purifier features an ambient light sensor, a somewhat unique addition not commonly found in many air purifiers. This sensor enhances the user experience, especially in terms of adapting the purifier’s operation to the room’s lighting conditions. Here’s how it functions:

Ambient Light Sensor Functionality:

  1. Light Monitoring:
    • The sensor continuously monitors the lighting conditions in the room.
  2. Automatic Dimming:
    • If the sensor detects a dark room, it automatically dims all the indicators on the air purifier. This feature is particularly beneficial for users who place the purifier in bedrooms or areas where they prefer minimal light disturbance.
  3. Fan Speed Limitation:
    • In dark conditions, when the purifier is in Auto or Sleep Mode, the higher fan speeds (High and Turbo) are disabled. This ensures that the purifier operates quietly, avoiding disturbances during sleep or in a dark, restful environment.
  4. Reactivation of Features:
    • As soon as the sensor detects light in the room, the limitations are lifted. The Auto Mode then resumes its normal functionality, adjusting the fan speed according to the air quality without the constraints set by the dark-room conditions.

Filter Reset Indicator

The filter reset indicator on the Levoit Vital 200S Air Purifier is a practical feature that helps maintain the effectiveness and efficiency of the air purifier by reminding you when it’s time to replace the filters.

Functionality of the Filter Reset Indicator:

Indicator Activation:

When the filter reset indicator lights up in red, it signals that the filters need to be replaced.

Average Filter Life:

Typically, the filters in the Levoit Vital 200S have an average lifespan of about 12 months. This means the indicator will generally activate approximately once a year, signaling it’s time for a filter change.

Maintenance Dependency:

The frequency of the indicator lighting up can vary based on how well the filters are maintained and the air quality in your environment. Regular maintenance and cleaning can help extend the life of the filters.

Importance of Timely Filter Replacement:

Maintaining Air Quality: Regularly replacing the filters as indicated is crucial for ensuring the air purifier continues to function effectively and efficiently.

Preventing Damage: Overused filters can lead to decreased performance and potentially damage the purifier if not replaced in time.

The Levoit Vital 200S Air Purifier includes a timer function that allows you to specify how long the purifier runs before it automatically shuts off. You can set this timer for 2, 4, or 8 hours directly on the device. Additionally, the VeSync app offers a more advanced timer feature, enabling you to choose any duration between 1 and 24 hours, providing greater flexibility and control over the air purifier’s operation.

Display Off
The “Display Off” feature on the Levoit Vital 200S Air Purifier allows you to dim all the device’s indicators for a less intrusive appearance. By pressing the display off button, all indicators will dim, unless another button is pressed within 6 seconds. However, this feature does not dim the filter reset indicator when it’s active.

Display Lock
The Display Lock feature on the Levoit Vital 200S Air Purifier is designed to secure your current settings, preventing accidental changes. This is especially useful in households with young children. To activate it, simply hold the button for 3 seconds. Once engaged, the purifier will not respond to button presses, ensuring your settings (like fan speed, timer, sleep mode, etc.) remain unchanged until you deactivate this feature.


Levoit provides a two-year warranty for all its air purifiers, including the Vital 200S. To activate and validate this warranty, you must register your device on the Levoit website, ideally soon after purchase. Remember, registering on their website is the only way to extend your warranty to the full two years

Room Coverage and CADR

The Levoit Vital 200S Air Purifier’s room coverage and Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) are crucial factors in determining its effectiveness in different room sizes. Here’s a concise explanation:

CADR: The Vital 200S has a CADR of 245 CFM (416 m3/h), making it suitable for rooms up to 380 sq. ft.

Air Changes Per Hour (ACH): In a 380 sq. ft. room, it can clean the air 4.8 times per hour, which meets the recommendations of the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM).

Larger Rooms:

In a 950 sq. ft. room, it cleans the air twice per hour.

In a 1900 sq. ft. room, it cleans the air once per hour.

Usage Recommendation: While the Vital 200S can be effective in slightly larger rooms than its recommended size, it’s best not to use it in significantly larger spaces, particularly in areas with high pollution levels.

Filtration Technology

The Levoit Vital 200S Air Purifier features a standard 3-stage filtration system common to many Levoit models, but with a notable distinction in its pre-filter design and filter arrangement:

Key Features of the Filtration System:

Washable Pre-Filter:

The Vital 200S includes a washable pre-filter, a new addition in Levoit air purifiers. This feature allows for easy cleaning and maintenance, enhancing the longevity and efficiency of the filtration system.

Ozone-Free Operation:

This model does not have an ionizer or any other feature that produces ozone. This makes it a safe choice for indoor air purification.

It is CARB (California Air Resources Board) certified, ensuring compliance with strict air quality standards, particularly those set by California.

Filter Arrangement:

The order of the filters in the Vital 200S is different from its predecessor, the Vital 100.

The filters are arranged as follows: washable pre-filter, True HEPA filter, and then the activated carbon filter.

In contrast, the Vital 100 model places the activated carbon filter second in the sequence.


The Levoit Vital 200S Air Purifier features a pre-filter as its first stage of filtration, designed to capture large particles like dust, lint, fibers, hair, and pet fur. This not only prolongs the life of the HEPA filter but also enhances overall filtration efficiency. The pre-filter is particularly beneficial for pet owners, as it’s washable and easy to clean. Regular cleaning, ideally twice a month or more in homes with pets, is recommended to maintain its effectiveness.

True HEPA Filter
The second stage of filtration in the Levoit Vital 200S Air Purifier is the True HEPA filter, a key component in its effectiveness. This high-quality filter efficiently captures 99.97% of tiny particles down to 0.3 microns, including fine dust, smoke, pollen, and pet dander. Levoit is well-regarded for providing affordable yet quality HEPA filters, and this model upholds that reputation without any notable shortcomings.

Activated Carbon Filter
The final stage in the Levoit Vital 200S Air Purifier’s filtration process is the activated carbon filter, which plays a crucial role in eliminating unpleasant odors. This filter is particularly effective because it uses pellet-based carbon, which has proven to be more reliable and efficient in neutralizing odors compared to fibrous filters coated with carbon. It excels in absorbing smoke, odors, and various fumes, including harmful compounds like formaldehyde, benzene, ammonia, and VOCs. During my testing in the kitchen, the purifier’s outstanding ability to remove cooking odors was a clear testament to the efficacy of this pellet-based activated carbon filter.

Noise Test

The Levoit Vital 200S Air Purifier features a range of fan speeds, including a notably quiet Sleep Mode. Based on noise level measurements for each speed, here’s a summary of its performance:

Sleep Mode: Produces only 41.0 dBA of sound, placing it among the quietest air purifiers tested.

Other Speeds: The noise levels across various speeds are well-balanced:

Low: 44.4 dBA

Medium: 45.7 dBA

High: 57.9 dBA

Turbo: 62.2 dBA

Despite reaching 62.2 dBA at its highest setting, the Vital 200S is not excessively loud. Its noise levels are generally low, particularly at lower speeds, making it a suitable option for bedrooms and other quiet environments where minimal disturbance is desired.

Performance Tests

The Levoit Vital 200S Air Purifier demonstrates impressive performance in large rooms, suitable for spaces up to 380 sq. ft. (35 m²), with the ability to clean the air 4.8 times per hour. Its performance is on par with the Levoit Core 400S, showing similar results in tests.

Performance Test Summary:

320 sq. ft. Room Test:

Conditions Improved Significantly in 60 Minutes:

PM 2.5 reduced from 106 to 4.1.

PM 10 reduced from 148.4 to 5.8.

Particle count reduced from 153,736 to 6,025.

AQI dropped from 132 to 5.

Result: 96% improvement in air quality, an exceptional performance for a room slightly smaller than the recommended size.

560 sq. ft. Room Test:

Larger Than Recommended Room Size:

PM 2.5 reduced from 102.1 to 6.5.

PM 10 reduced from 142.9 to 9.1.

Particle count reduced from 148,102 to 9,474.

AQI dropped from 133 to 10.

Result: 92% improvement in air quality in 60 minutes, a remarkable achievement for a room larger than the recommended size.

operating costs
The Levoit Vital 200S Air Purifier stands out for its cost-effective operation, considering its motor power, energy consumption, and filter replacement costs.

Motor Efficiency: It features a 50W motor, optimized for efficiency.

Energy Consumption: At maximum speed, it consumes about 48.2W, leading to a modest increase in electricity costs. Running it 24/7 at full speed would add approximately $4.2 to your monthly electricity bill, which is quite reasonable for a large air purifier.

Power Usage by Speed:

Standby: 1.4W

Sleep Mode: 3.5W

Speed 1: 5.8W

Speed 2: 7.9W

Speed 3: 26.3W

Speed 4: 48.2W

Filter Costs: The filters are affordable and typically last about 12 months.

Overall, the Levoit Vital 200S is an economical choice for those seeking an air purifier with low operating costs.

Pros and Cons

  • True HEPA Filter
  • Pellet-Based Carbon Filter
  • Air Quality Sensor
  • Air Quality Indicator
  • VeSync Smart App
  • Auto Mode
  • Washable Pre-Filter
  • Long-Lasting Filters
  • Voice Controls
  • Impressive Air Cleaning Performance
  • Well-Optimized Motor
  • Great for Pet Owners
  • Lacks PM2.5 Readings
  • Large Footprint

FAQ on Levoit Vital 200S

Does the Levoit Vital 200S Produce Ozone?
No, the Levoit Vital 200S does not produce ozone. It lacks an ionizer or similar technologies that generate ozone, making it safe for use and CARB-certified.

What is the Warranty on the Vital 200S?
The Vital 200S comes with a two-year warranty. To activate this warranty, it’s important to register the device on the Levoit website.

Can the Filters of the Vital 200S be Washed?
Only the pre-filter is washable. The True HEPA and activated carbon filters are not washable and require replacement when needed.

How to Reset the Filter Indicator on the Levoit 200S?
To reset the filter indicator after changing the filters, press and hold the half-moon icon on the device for 3 seconds.

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The author is an Air purifier expert with overall knowledge of air and ionizers.