Levoit Classic 300S Ultrasonic Smart Review
Pros: User-friendly interface, control through smartphone, easy to clean
Cons: Expensive, average performance
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|Pros||User-friendly interface, control through smartphone, easy to clean||Powerful, accurate humidistat prevents over-humidification, convenient remote control, easy to clean||Inexpensive, easy to clean, easy to use||Exceptional output, low lifetime operating costs||Easy to clean, self-regulating evaporative humidifying|
|Cons||Expensive, average performance||Somewhat on the expensive side||Not the most powerful, no advanced features||Confusing user interface, prolonged cleaning process||Requires replacement filters, filter can get moldy if left unattended for too long|
|Bottom Line||Extensive controls, smart home integration, and easy operation provide a trouble-free humidifier experience||A powerful model with all the bells and whistles you could want, perfect for those looking for high-end performance||The perfect budget model for smaller rooms (less than 150 square feet)||With excellent performance ratings and low operating costs, this is one of our favorite models||This is a good choice if you appreciate the simplicity of evaporative humidifying|
|Rating Categories||Levoit Classic 300S...||Levoit LV600HH||Honeywell HUL520B||Levoit Classic 200||Honeywell HCM-350|
|Humidifying Performance (35%)|
|Ease of Cleaning (35%)|
|Operating Cost (15%)|
|User Friendliness (15%)|
|Specs||Levoit Classic 300S...||Levoit LV600HH||Honeywell HUL520B||Levoit Classic 200||Honeywell HCM-350|
|Weight||4.3 Ibs||4.9 lbs||3.0 lbs||3.5 lbs||9.6 lbs|
|Dimensions||9.6" × 7.5" × 13.4"||11.3" x 7" x 10.5"||8.5" x 8.5" x 9.5"||13.8" x 7.8" x 5.8"||18.6" x 10.4" x 13"|
|Tank Capacity||1.2 gallons||1.6 gallons||0.5 gallons||1.1 gallons||1.0 gallons|
|Estimated Lifetime Cost||$119||$159||$56||$99||$203|
|Estimated Annual Electricity Usage||65.7 kWh||65.7 kWh||43.8 kWh||87.6 kWh||87.6 kWh|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Levoit Classic 300S Ultrasonic Smart offers multiple features enhancing the user experience and providing consistent performance. When it comes to convenience and usability, this model is one of our top choices, and has one of the highest overall performances model in our comprehensive testing process. However, other similarly priced options performed better at a high-end price point, although these may sacrifice ease of operation or cleaning. Read on to see where it shined in each of our individual test categories.
The Levoit Classic 300S Ultrasonic Smart maintained a standard performance in our humidifying tests, with its mediocre maximum output balanced by a high consistency rating. It brought our 150 square foot (the size of an average bedroom) testing room to the ideal 45% relative humidity in 90 minutes. It reached a maximum humidity of 50.3% at the end of our testing period, placing it near the middle of our humidifier lineup. This model boasts many features common among other premium models, including a self-regulating humidistat that enables set-it-and-forget-it usage, without risk of oversaturating the air. You also have the option to add essential oils to an included aromatherapy pad, enabling it to perform as a double-duty diffuser.
According to manufacturer instructions, the Levoit Classic 300S Ultrasonic Smart should be placed at least 12 feet from walls to avoid issues with the built-in humidity sensor. Our testers noticed a slightly higher reading from the built-in humidity sensor when compared to the industrial humidity meter used in our testing process.
Ease of Cleaning
The Levoit Classic 300S Ultrasonic Smart was a standout performer in its hassle-free cleaning, which earned it high marks thanks to a removable lid on the water tank that provided unfettered access to clean all areas of the tank with ease. The advantage of a removable lid enabled our testers to see and reach in and clean all the corners and crevices of the tank. Even our testers with larger hands had no issues reaching inside the tank for cleaning. This model was also the only one we tested that included a cleaning brush in the package, adding the ability to clean the tank more thoroughly.
The manual recommends never using a dishwasher, detergents, or immersing the base of the unit in water when cleaning. Instead, it instructs users to follow a detailed process involving swirling water in the tank and soaking components in a white vinegar solution for a total of 30-40 minutes. It took our testers a full 45 minutes, including the soaking time, to follow the instructions step by step. However, the fully accessible water tank and removable parts make it easy to access all areas that need to be cleaned.
Again, the Levoit Classic 300S Ultrasonic Smart distinguished itself from competitors in its usability. It had near-perfect marks in our interface and controls evaluation and perfect marks in our refilling and emptying test.
The body of the Levoit Classic 300S Ultrasonic Smart has four buttons controlling the power, sleep, light (two brightness settings), and intensity (auto, low, medium, and high). A digital screen in the center of the device displays the current humidity level, device settings, and, if empty, a no-water indicator.
While this model does not come with a remote control, you can pair it to your smartphone via the VeSync app. The app is downloadable for free from your phone's app store. The app is straightforward to use, and after connecting to your Levoit Classic 300S Ultrasonic Smart, you can control the light, intensity, timer, and scheduler, as well as view the current settings and humidity percentage from your smartphone. If enabled, the app will also send notifications to your phone when the device needs to be cleaned or refilled. If you're looking to expand your range of smart home devices, you will be pleased to find that the Levoit Classic 300S also pairs with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, enabling you to control humidifier settings with your voice.
Filling and cleaning the 300S is easy, thanks to several key features and a unique design element. While the 1.2-gallon and 7.5-inch high water tank is larger than others, two recessed handles located on either side of the tank make carrying and holding it easy, even when full. Furthermore, thanks to the completely removable tank lid that yields a 6-inch opening at the top of the tank, it's easy to fill from most sinks. The top-filling nature prevents the need to ever flip the tank for filling or installation, and our testers were pleased to note no spills or splashes when carrying the full tank or reinstalling it on the base of the unit.
The Levoit Classic 300S Ultrasonic Smart is on the more expensive side of most models in our review.
Its power consumption is average and economical, using 0.03 kWh per hour — a middling performance for our annual electricity usage test.
Its higher than average list price is the main contributor to its overall operating cost performance, with an estimated lifetime cost of $119. In our opinion, this feels rather steep for a humidifier unless you don't expect to use it very often.
Should You Buy the Levoit Classic 300S Ultrasonic Smart?
Offering premium and ergonomic features, we feel the Levoit Classic 300S Ultrasonic Smart is a top choice for users who want a stress-free humidifying experience. If you're looking for an option that takes as little time as possible away from your day for programming, filling, and cleaning, this is the model for you.
What Other Humidifiers Should You Consider?
You might consider another model if you're shopping on a budget or are in the market for the most powerful version out there. This model is one of the more expensive that we tested and is less powerful than other products in our comparison. For a truly powerful and high-end humidifier, the Levoit LV600HH offers many of the same features with higher performance. For those on a budget, the Levoit Classic 200 is a full-sized model that will meet your needs and go easy on your wallet. For those who only need light humidification for a small area, the Honeywell HUL520B is a great choice that offers high performance in a smaller package at a smaller cost.
— Genaveve Bradshaw and Hale Milano
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