The Levoit LV600HH is a high-end ultrasonic humidifier with a strong initial effectiveness that drops over time. This unit is programmable for humidity level, run timer, and auto shutoff with a digital user interface that is fairly intuitive. The Levoit has a tank with a large opening and stands on its own to fill. This unit has several parts and pieces with lots of nooks and crannies where mold and bacteria can hide. It comes with a small brush to help you with cleaning, but you'll need a bottle brush and disinfectant as well. While this humidifier works well enough and we like the programmability, it creates more noise than much of the competition and it sports the second highest price making it a poor choice for most families.
Levoit LV600HH Review
Pros: Easier to clean and use
Cons: More noise and less effective, expensive
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|Pros||Easier to clean and use||Very effective, high quality, limited parts, fill from the top||Easy to use, programmable features, humidistat||Cute, easy to clean base, filterless, large tank||Price, easy to clean|
|Cons||More noise and less effective, expensive||Expensive, louder, some parts are hard to clean||Somewhat louder, price||Mist output varies, larger footprint||Small capacity, limited features, louder|
|Bottom Line||More expensive option that is somewhat noisy and less effective||Highly effective option that is easy to use but some parts are hard to clean and it is expensive||Easy to use option with a digital interface and humidistat but it costs more than average||Cutest package with high mist output and a family-friendly price||Budget-friendly compact choice with basic features and super easy to clean parts|
|Rating Categories||Levoit LV600HH||Boneco U300||PureGuardian H1250||Crane Adorable||Honeywell HUL520|
|Ease Of Cleaning (40%)|
|Ease Of Use (10%)|
|Specs||Levoit LV600HH||Boneco U300||PureGuardian H1250||Crane Adorable||Honeywell HUL520|
|Mist Type||Cool Warm||Cool||Cool||Cool||Cool|
|Tank Capacity||1.5 gal||1.3 gal||1.5 gal||1 gal||0.5 gal|
|Visible Water Reservoir||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Room Humidification Area (Sq Ft)||285 sf||540 sf||Medium Rooms||250 sf||Small Rooms|
|Max Run Time||Up To 20 hrs||Not Specified||Up To 100 hrs||Up To 24 hrs||Up To 20 hrs|
|Humidity Output Control||Variable Mist Control Humidistat||Variable Mist Control||Variable Mist Control Humidistat||Variable Mist Control||Variable Mist Control|
|Empty Tank Auto-Shut Off||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Dimensions (BGL)||7.6"W x 11.2"H x 12"L||12.3"W x 12.7"H x 6.6"L||10"W x 12.7"H x 7.5"L||9.5"W x 12"H x 9.5"L||8.1"W x 9"H x 8.1"L|
|Empty Weight (BGL)||5 lbs||6.5 lbs||3.7 lbs||4 lbs||2.6 lbs|
|Max Operation Noise Level in dB (BGL)||44 db||47 db||43 db||>40 db||46 db|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Levoit lacks a company "about us" web page on their site so it is difficult to see who they are or determine their background. The website boasts health and wellness with products ranging from humidifiers and air purifiers to salt lamps and yoga essentials. They are located in California and they strongly encourage becoming part of their online "community."
The Levoit LV600HH earned an average overall score for the group but it sports the second highest price.
This combination of price and mediocre performance with disappointing effectiveness left us wanting more.
Ease of Cleaning
The Levoit earns a 7 of 10 for ease of cleaning thanks to a large opening you can fit your hand inside and small brush that is included for reaching those nooks and crannies where bacteria and mold can hide.
This humidifier has more parts than most of the competition with lots of items you need to remove for cleaning and more things you could forget to clean. It needs to be regularly disinfected and descaled if minerals build up on interior surfaces. There are some places in the base that are small and hard to clean (above left) but the mist tube is not part of the tank and is removable from the base for easy cleaning. You'll need a bottle brush to clean the tube making your cleaning toolkit for this unit one of the largest in the group. Don't forget the diffuser pad area (above right) also needs to be cleaned if you choose to use it.
This unit is not as effective as much of the ultrasonic competition earning only a 5 of 10. The Levoit is relatively strong in the beginning creating more humidity at the start than some of the other options. However, as time went on, it wasn't able to keep up and after an hour it had the 4th lowest amount of humidity in the air out of the ultrasonic products we tested.
The Levoit is on the louder side when compared to the competition with a 6 of 10 for this metric. It registers 44 decibels with several other ultrasonic options coming in with sound below 40. The loudest ultrasonic product is 47 decibels, the Boneco U300.
Ease of Use
This humidifier has several features to customize your experience which helped it earn a 7 of 10 for ease of use. While the user interface is digital and not as straightforward as a single dial adjustment, it does mean you have more control over your environment and you don't need to tend to the machine as much as you would a dial product. The Levoit has an auto shutoff, a humidistat to program humidity levels, and warm or cool mist options. It also comes with a remote for easy adjustments from the doorway so you don't need to enter the nursery to make changes.
The tank on the Levoit is easy to fill with a large opening and the ability to stand on its own in the sink. It doesn't have a carry handle, but not many do.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD and Bob Wofford