Today, we’re going to compare two popular air purifier models by GermGuardian and Levoit—the AC4825 and the Core 300 respectively. They look nothing alike and have very different air-purifying capabilities and capacities. So, which should you get? Scroll down to read our full comparison of the GG and Levoit.
Air purifiers mainly differ by how wide of an area they can clean. The GG is among the smallest air purifiers on the market despite its towering 22-inch height. With a coverage capacity of 167 square feet, the GG would fit fairly well in single bedrooms, dorms, and kitchens.
To make things even more confusing, the tinier 14-inch tall Levoit has a greater reach of 215 square feet. This cute air purifier can handle removing heavy concentration of airborne pollutants in multiple adjacent rooms at once without taking a ton of floor and air space.
We’d like to say that bigger is better, but for air purifiers, that isn’t always the case. You’ll need to measure the square footage of a room or rooms where you plan on placing the device before settling on a model. That said, the Levoit can tackle air-cleaning jobs in a wider selection of rooms compared to the large-yet-limited GG.
When shopping for an air purifier, be sure to check out its CADR (Clean Air Delivery Rate) figures (if available). They indicate how effective the device works at removing common pollutants from the air. The GG has CADR ratings of 108 CFM for smoke, 125 CFM for pollen, and 118 CFM for dust. These aren’t the best CADR ratings you’ll find, even by small-size air purifier standards, but it does a decent job.
On the other hand, we have the Levoit that scores 141, 145, and 140 CFM in the same three categories. As you can see, there’s a significant difference of between 22 and 33 CFM which, when looking at the overall picture, doesn’t actually mean much.
From a technical standpoint, the Levoit’s higher CADR figures objectively show that it is the more effective air purifier in terms of removing smoke, pollen, and dust from spacious areas. It’s worth noting that CADR ratings can affected by the type of filter the device uses. True HEPA filters, for instance, can reduce these figures by a substantial amount.
Speaking of which, the GG comes with its very own True HEPA Filter that removes up to 99.97% of airborne particles of 0.3 microns in size or larger. Translation: pollen, dust, dust mites, and dander are get trapped in the super-fine mesh. It also has a pre-filter for larger debris like hair, and an activated charcoal filter to help control odors.
The Levoit also uses a True HEPA Filter. The difference is that the Levoit offers four different types of HEPA Filters for specific tasks. In no particular order, the filter options are original (comes standard with the Core 300), pet allergy, toxic absorber, and mold/bacteria.
Even though the GG’s filtration setup isn’t customizable, the 3-stage system does the job of all four Levoit filters at once without swapping them out. As for the Levoit, unless you have a specific need to remove VOCs, mold, or pet smells, the standard HEPA filter should do the trick. Sadly, it doesn’t come with a pre-filter or deodorizing charcoal filter.
UV-C Sanitizing Beam
A UV-C beam sanitizes a room by destroying viruses and bacteria at a molecular level. The result is fresher air free of infection-causing microorganisms. The UV-C feature can be turned on and off at will and produces no lung-irritating ozone (unlike ionizers).
The Levoit comes with no such feature. No UV-C, no ionizer—just good old air purifying. Is this a deal-breaker? Not at all, but the lack of an optional virus-killing weapon can mean something to people during these trying times.
Having an optional UV-C sanitizing feature is great for most conditions. Now, they aren’t 100% foolproof, but the GG’s works well enough that viruses and bacteria are less likely to become a major problem at home.
GermGuardian AC4852 vs. Levoit Core 300: Which Air Purifier Should I Get?
After seeing what each has to offer, we feel that the Levoit Core 300 Air Purifier is the better option of the two but only by a narrow margin. The UV-C sanitizing beam in the GermGuardian AC4852 is a super-handy feature to have, but the higher CADR ratings of the Levoit are hard to ignore. The great news is that both of these devices work beautifully in small spaces.