Levoit Core 300 True HEPA air purifier review

We look at how the Levoit Core 300 True HEPA Air Purifier measures up against pollutants and nasty smells in your living space

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Real Homes Verdict

A basic HEPA air purifier that packs a punch without the bulk or bank-breaking price tag.

Reasons to buy
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    Quiet

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    Affordable

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    Night mode

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    Specialised filter options

Reasons to avoid
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    Just 3 speed settings

The Levoit Core 300 True HEPA Air Purifier is a budget-friendly option for anyone looking to invest more in the air that they breathe, claiming to rid the air of everything from tobacco smoke and bad odours to mould spores and bacteria.

We tested the machine to see if its lower price tag was reflected in its functionality, and whether those looking for a slightly cheaper model should invest or save up for one of the many premium alternatives. Though we had some reservations, we came down firmly on its side, so if you’re already sold then click on one of the links below. If not, scroll down to see what we thought.

And if you want to shop around and keep your options open, take a look at our rundown of the best air purifiers you can buy right now.

Levoit Core 300 air purifier viewed from above

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Levoit Core 300 True HEPA Air Purifier: specifications

  • Weight: 3.4kg
  • Dimensions: 220 x 220 x 360mm
  • Room Size: 20m2
  • Power Input: AC 120V, 60Hz
  • Rated Power: 45W 
  • Standby Power: <0.8W 
  • Noise Level: 24–50dB 

Features and functions of the Levoit Core 300 True HEPA Air Purifier

The Levoit Core 300 air purifier uses three stages of filtration to clean the air, with a H13 True HEPA filter, ultra-fine pre-filter and activated carbon filter that work together to catch particles, pollutants and allergens in the air. It also claims to be 100% ‘Ozone free’ due to its lack of UV/Ion light cleaning.

During use we noticed that elements such as food smells were noticeably reduced and, while not whisper quiet, the small amount of white noise created by the purifier was never disturbing. 

While we only used the original filter when testing the product, one of the key things about the Levoit air purifier is the ability it gives you to choose between different filters, each catering to a specific need. Need to remove allergy-causing pet hair from the environment? Or help keep mould and bacteria from impacting your health? There are options for that.

A big drawback for some people will be its lack of speed settings or the inability to integrate it with other smart home products you might have. Other than the three speed settings and timer function, what you see is what you get – an air filter that could help you keep your environment dust and allergen-free.

Levoit Core 300 air purifier


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Why we'd recommend the Levoit Core 300 True HEPA Air Purifier

Attractive
The problem with a lot of home tech is how much it can stick out amongst other carefully-chosen décor. While the Levoit Core 300 doesn’t completely solve that problem, effort has been made for it to be aesthetically pleasing and diminutive enough to be tucked away in a corner or underneath a desk without drawing the eye too much.

Unobtrusive
On its lowest level the machine is quiet enough to sleep to – making it suitable for use in the bedroom – and won’t disturb conversation or movie watching in the living room either. It’s also easy to move, so you can set it up wherever you need to.

Budget-friendly
At full price the Levoit Purifier will still only set you back just over £100, which is quite different from the £500+ of some other top brands. While it's important to make sure the Core 300 will be powerful enough for your needs (it's suitable for rooms up to 20m2), those working with smaller spaces could save a few pennies.

How does it compare to similar products?

It's tempting to go straight for big brands like Dyson when shopping for the perfect air purifier but, while the hefty price tag can prove worth it for some, those hunting for a bargain may want to look beyond pricier models like the trendy Dyson HP04 Pure Hot + Cool Fan Heater and Air Purifier.

The closest in price on our best air purifiers roundup is the Blueair Pure 411 Air Purifier, which has similar functionality but is only suitable for rooms up to 15m2. The Homedics TotalClean PetPlus air purifier also comes in at under £200 but has a similarly limited maximum room size (17.5m2). 

The Blueair Pure scores better on noise levels, coming in at between 17–46dBs, while the Homedics TotalClean PetPlus reports a noisier 59dBs. In comparison, the Levoit Core 300 estimates noise levels to be between 24–50dBs.

The Levoit Core 300 may not have all of the specs of premium choices but, for those who want something relatively quiet, versatile, and a little less fussy, it could be a great choice. 

Our verdict

Recommended for anyone who is curious about air purifiers but doesn’t want to splash out, the Levoit Core 300 is a hard-working option for your home. 

About this review and our reviewer

Caroline Preece is an Ecommerce Editor across the homes titles at Future. She's passionate about anything that can makes our lives easier and improve the experience of being at home, and spends her days testing smart products, gadgets and other appliances. As a long-time renter, her spare time is devoted to finding new ways to make her space feel beautiful, cosy (and functional!).

As with reviews across Future and Real Homes, the Levoit Core 300 air purifier was tested at home to ensure we could provide a complete picture of its quality. This way, our readers know that they can completely trust any recommendations we make.

Caroline Preece
Caroline Preece

Caroline has been part of the Real Homes ecommerce team in the UK since the start of 2021, after working for the last decade as a journalist across publications in technology, entertainment and more. In her spare time she's usually obsessing about space-saving and DIY hacks for small spaces, and how to affordably make a rental feel like a home.