Levoit Classic 200 Review
Pros: Exceptional output, low lifetime operating costs
Cons: Confusing user interface, prolonged cleaning process
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Levoit Classic 200
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|Pros||Exceptional output, low lifetime operating costs||Inexpensive, easy to clean, easy to use||Good humidifying performance||Inexpensive||Inexpensive|
|Cons||Confusing user interface, prolonged cleaning process||Not the most powerful, no advanced features||Somewhat difficult to clean||Not suitable for larger rooms||Not much humidifying power, somewhat difficult to clean, somewhat clunky interface|
|Bottom Line||With excellent performance ratings and low operating costs, this is one of our favorite models||The perfect budget model for smaller (<150 square foot) rooms||Good for mid-sized bedrooms in arid climates, as long as you don't mind a little cleaning effort||A decent choice for small bedrooms, but there are better options in the same price range||Reasonable performance all around, but can't compete with other more functional budget options|
|Rating Categories||Levoit Classic 200||Honeywell HUL520B||Ultrasonic||Crane Drop||Pure Ultrasonic|
|Humidifying Performance (35%)|
|Ease Of Cleaning (35%)|
|User Friendliness (15%)|
|Operating Cost (15%)|
|Specs||Levoit Classic 200||Honeywell HUL520B||Ultrasonic||Crane Drop||Pure Ultrasonic|
|Weight||3.5 lbs||3.0 lbs||3.3 lbs||4.5 lbs||1.8 lbs|
|Dimensions||13.8" x 7.8" x 5.8"||8.5" x 8.5" x 9.5"||13.3" x 11.4" x 6.8"||8.6" x 13.4" x 8.6"||10.9" x 9.2" x 6.9"|
|Tank Capacity||1.1 gallons||0.5 gallons||1.6 gallons||1.0 gallons||0.4 gallons|
|Estimated Lifetime Cost||$99||$56||$98||$108||$63|
|Estimated Annual Electricity Usage||87.6 kWh||43.8 kWh||65.7 kWh||87.6 kWh||21.9 kWh|
Our Analysis and Test Results
While the concept of vaporizing water to increase a room's humidity seems simple enough, not all home humidifiers are created equal. The shape and overall design play a big role in how easy they are to fill and keep clean, while their output will affect how quickly and effectively you can change the humidity in any given space.
The Levoit Classic 200 was one of the highest overall scoring humidifiers we tested. With a convenient shape that makes it easy to fill and clean and excellent performance scores, there isn't a whole lot to dislike about this product. The user interface is somewhat confusing and takes a second to learn but in general, this is one of our favorite products. Through a series of controlled tests, we measured this machine's humidifying performance, ease of cleaning, user-friendliness, and operating costs. Read on below to see the details of how the Levoit Classic 200 scored.
When it comes to pure humidifying output, the Levoit Classic 200 was unbeatable in our tests. Over the span of three hours, this unit was able to raise the humidity levels in our testing room by 145%, from 30.7% initially all the way up to 75.3%. No other unit even came close to this sort of output. The next best performer was able to raise the humidity in the test room by a 94% increase (from 30.5% initially to 59.2% after three hours). If you need to add some serious moisture to your air, this unit has what it takes.
The only thing this unit doesn't have that overall higher-ranking models have is a built-in humidistat. While this won't be an issue for most people, if you need to be fairly certain your ongoing humidity levels are consistent and accurate, you'll need to purchase a separate humidistat or choose a model with one built-in.
Ease of Cleaning
One of the biggest distinguishing features between different models of humidifiers is how easy it is to keep them clean. Warm, moist air is the perfect breeding ground for mold, and if you're not careful, humidifiers can become the ideal home for some serious spore growth. Vaporizing and sending that mold airborne is a recipe for a respiratory disaster. Fortunately, the design of the Levoit Classic 200 makes it easy to keep clean. The access hole to the interior chamber is quite large and makes it easy to fit your hand and a scrub brush inside. Additionally, the interior has mostly rounded edges, again making it easy to scrub outgrowing mold. There are a few nooks and crannies that are hard to reach but many of the interior parts are removable if you are having a difficult time reaching under them.
The included instructions call for a more involved cleaning process than many of the other models we tested. We personally don't find this to be an issue but appreciate the thoroughness the manufacturers call for. The instructions also call for a daily water change and full cleaning at least once a week. The cleaning instructions are quite detailed on how to prevent mold but don't actually dive into the process of cleaning out mold if it does happen to grow.
The one thing we didn't love about this model is its user interface. There is a touch button that lets you select what mode you want to use, with each mode having a corresponding color; blue is low, orange is medium, and purple is high. Our testers didn't find that color system to be very intuitive and somewhat frustrating to remember. The light turns red when the water is low and a feature we did appreciate is that if you hold down the central button for three seconds, the light turns off. This is a great feature for sensitive sleepers.
The water filling process is made incredibly easy by the large access port. The tank has a comfortable handle that makes removing the water tank simple and streamlined. The flat-top lets you rest it on the counter or in the sink without having to support it while filling.
With a low initial cost and not exorbitantly high annual costs, the Levoit Classic 200 scored relatively well in this metric. It isn't the most cost-effective device, but when you consider its high-performance scores, it feels worth it. Assuming you run the device for 12 hours a day, on the medium setting, you're looking at an annual operating cost of about 10 dollars a year.
With one of the lower MSRPs and excellent humidifying capabilities, this device offers a terrific value to consumers. Its lifetime costs are low, adding even more value to this high-scoring product. Ranked second in the overall combined score, it would be hard to find a better humidifier for the cost.
The Levoit Classic 200 is one the best humidifiers on the market and comes at a great price, easily earning its place as a Best Buy Award winner. With great humidifying capabilities and an easy-to-clean tank, this model covers the basics of what it takes to be a premium product. While the user interface is a little weird and the cleaning process is a bit involved, the overall usability is quite high. The only thing this device is missing is a built-in humidistat. We'd gladly recommend this device to anyone looking for a new humidifier.
— Austin Palmer and Buck Yedor