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Levoit LV-H132 Review

It's quiet, well designed, and relatively inexpensive, but is suitable for smaller room sizes
Levoit LV-H132
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Price:   $90 List | $76.48 at Amazon
Pros:  Quiet, low operating costs, excellent price
Cons:  Lower power for larger rooms
Manufacturer:   Levoit
By Buck Yedor, Max Mutter, and Steven Tata  ⋅  Jun 17, 2021
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  • Air Cleaning Performance - 40% 5
  • Noise - 25% 9
  • Ease of Use - 25% 8
  • Operating Cost - 10% 8

Our Verdict

The Levoit LV-H132 is a decent product with an excellent price, though it does not offer any particularly outstanding features. It's quiet, boasts low operating costs, and works best in small spaces, which makes it ideal for bedroom use, especially at night. While there is nothing inherently wrong with this machine, others in our fleet can offer better performance, especially when it comes to air cleaning performance.

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Pros Quiet, low operating costs, excellent priceQuiet, low operating costsGood air cleaning performance, low overall costInexpensive, low operating costsNot terribly loud, compact
Cons Lower power for larger roomsMediocre power, few settingsSomewhat expensive replacement filtersPoor air cleaning performance, flimsy constructionPoor air cleaning performance, high operating costs for a machine of its size
Bottom Line It's quiet, well designed, and relatively inexpensive, but is suitable for smaller room sizesAn inexpensive, decent overall machine with few notable qualitiesA great combination of good performance and low cost make this a great budget optionA low cost model with correspondingly poor performanceA compact model with relatively poor performance and no redeeming attributes to make that up
Rating Categories Levoit LV-H132 PureZone 3-In-1 GermGuardian AC4300... Holmes HEPA Type De... Hamilton Beach TrueAir
Air Cleaning Performance (40%)
5.0
4.0
6.0
3.0
3.0
Noise (25%)
9.0
9.0
6.0
6.0
7.0
Ease Of Use (25%)
8.0
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Operating Cost (10%)
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Specs Levoit LV-H132 PureZone 3-In-1 GermGuardian AC4300... Holmes HEPA Type De... Hamilton Beach TrueAir
Dimensions 7.5" x 7.5" x 13" 10.8" x 6.9" x 12.1" 8.88" x 6.38" x 22" 13" x 10" x 5.5" 9.5" x 7" x 15"
Weight 8.45 lb 6.5 lb 9.45 lb 4.7 lb 4.9 lb
CADR 110 CFM 80 CFM 100 CFM 70 CFM N/A
True HEPA Yes Yes Yes No No
Estimated Lifetime Cost $323 $279 $495 $143 $573
Airborne Particulate Reduction After 1 Hour (%) 95.66% 93.58% 99.39% 89.49% 89.49%

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


This product is barebones, but will get the job done for a smaller...
This product is barebones, but will get the job done for a smaller area.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Air Cleaning Performance


When we filled our 150 square testing room with smoke, it took the LV-H132 thirty minutes to remove 77% of the airborne particles, and after an hour, it had achieved a reduction of 94%. For comparison, the top-performing Coway removed over 99% of particles in just half an hour. The similarly priced GermGuardian AC4300BPTCA was also able to remove over 99% of the particles, though it did take the full hour to do so. The similarly quiet PureZone was also slightly better, reducing airborne particulate by 96% over an hour.

The LV-H132 has just enough power for small rooms but may struggle...
The LV-H132 has just enough power for small rooms but may struggle in larger ones.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

This means that the LV-H132 is really only cut out for smaller rooms of around 100 square feet. If your bedroom is on the smaller side, this machine would be an excellent option.

Noise


This is the LV-H132's strong suit; we found the noise it produced to be nearly imperceptible when on its lowest setting. On medium and high, it can produce a noticeable hum, but it has a white noise kind of frequency that is somewhat similar to the sound of a normal fan. While we love this lack of cacophonous noise, the PureZone is similarly quiet and slightly more powerful than the LV-H132.

The LV-H132 is nearly silent on low, and generates only a low hum on...
The LV-H132 is nearly silent on low, and generates only a low hum on higher settings.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

User Friendliness


The LV-H132 is a barebones model. It has a very simple set of controls with a power button, a button to select between the three fan speeds, a button to turn the included LED nightlight on and off, and a light that indicates when the filter should be changed. While this is really all you need, it is sometimes nice to have a few special features like a remote control and an automatic off timer. However, it is small and light and boasts an excellent price. At just 6.5 pounds, it is easy to move around, though the cylindrical shape sometimes feels a bit difficult to grip.

The LV-H132's simple controls and optional night light.
The LV-H132's simple controls and optional night light.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Operating Cost


This is another area where the LV-H132 excels. It lists for $90, the replacement filter cost just $15, and it uses just 0.015kWh of electricity per hour. This works out to an estimated lifetime cost of just $279 (for this calculation, we assumed a five-year lifespan). This was one of the cheaper estimated lifetime costs that we calculated.

Value


The LV-H132 is fairly inexpensive and offers a decent overall value; it's the highest-scoring competitor with the lowest price. You will want to weigh its relatively average air cleaning performance alongside its low level of noise, ease of use, and price tag. If you're searching for an air purifier for a smaller room size, the H132 may be just what you're after. For just a little more money, you can get the PureZone, which is just as quiet and noticeably better at removing airborne particulates.

Conclusion


While the LV-H132 is quiet and inexpensive, its average air cleaning performance and inability to keep up with larger rooms may be a dealbreaker for some. However, if you're looking for an air purifier to clean a room size of 100 square feet or less, this is an affordable option to consider.

Buck Yedor, Max Mutter, and Steven Tata