In this comparison post, we’re reviewing two air purifier and humidifier units – the Boneco W200 vs. the Venta LW25. Both purify & humidify the air but each has its own unique, natural way of doing it by using water as the main component to their purification system!
Here’s how we’ll break down this article:
First, you’ll read two in-depth reviews for the Boneco W200 and the Venta LW25. Each review will include a list of specifications, pros, cons, and other useful information.
Then we’ll do a head-to-head comparison of the most important specifications.
And lastly, we’ll wrap it up with our final recommendation on which one is right for you!
Sound good? Great! Let’s get into it!
- Boneco W200 Review
- Venta LW25 Review
- Boneco W200 vs. Venta LW25 – A Head to Head Comparison
- HomeAirHelper’s Recommendation
Boneco W200 Review
The Boneco W200 is a small yet sleek air purifier and humidifier. Measuring just over a foot tall, it’s quite the compact little machine.
Paired with its minimal size, it’s got the minimalistic look to boot! With a simple rectangular shape and a clean white outer, the W200 will fit in almost every home-decor setting.
With a coverage area of 540 square feet, this unit will get the job done in every small & medium-sized house. For larger houses, I’d still recommend it but you may need a second one for other open-areas of the house.
The W200 has two operating modes – a day mode and a night mode. Night mode turns off all the LEDs on the machine and sets it to the lowest setting, making the least amount of noise possible. On the lowest setting, the W200 produces 32 dB of sound which is about as quiet as a whisper!
On top of being a quiet air purifier and humidifier, the W200 is incredibly energy efficient. Its power consumption ranges from 12.2 – 22.8W depending on the mode it’s in. Annually, this means this machine will cost you less than $20 to run!
(Pictured right is the calculated cost to run the Boneco W200 for 8 hours a day at the highest power consumption mode. 13.31 cents per kWh is the average price a United States citizen pays for electricity.)
How It Works
The Boneco W200 uses a unique, patented evaporative mat and water basin to create optimal humidification and purification levels.
The way the mat and water basin work together to purify the air is very fascinating. Here’s an explanation and diagram of how this unit works:
- The Boneco W200 draws in air from the top of the unit.
- The air gets spun around the evaporative mat, which is constantly rotating in the water basin.
- The water in the basin washes the air of impurities (like dust and pollen), leaving the impurities in the basin.
- Through self-regulating evaporation, the air will draw moisture from the mat.
- The clean, moisturized air exits out of the sides of the Boneco W200.
As you can see, the way the Boneco W200 purifies and humidifies the air is a very natural and thorough process.
While the W200’s purification system is interesting, it’s definitely not the only selling point of this unit. Let’s move onto the convenient features this machine has!
The first and most convenient feature of the Boneco W200 is the evaporative mat being dishwasher safe! The evaporative mat can be hand-washed in a sink or put in your dishwasher and it’ll come out good as new!
This is beneficial in 3 specific ways:
- It makes maintenance and cleaning a breeze.
- You’ll be saving a good chunk of cash not having to purchase replacement filters every 6 months!
- Because you’re not constantly buying new replacement filters and throwing out old ones, you’re reducing your carbon footprint and being eco-friendly!
Easy to Refill
When the water basin becomes empty, the W200 will automatically shut off and a red LED light will turn on to let you know it’s time for a refill.
How to Refill the Boneco W200
To refill the W200 simply take off the top half of the machine, lift the evaporative mat, and pour water in until it hits the marked fill line. (The max capacity of the water base is 4.5 liters if you want to measure it out before filling). It couldn’t be easier!
Choose Your Favourite Fragrance
This feature isn’t anything crazy but it’s underappreciated so I chose to highlight it. The Boneco W200 has a fragrance container for you to put your favorite essential oils in! Not only are you getting clean & moisturized air, but you’re also freshening up the house!
Being able to put your favorite essential oils into the air purifier means you’ll want to have this thing on all the time! And thanks to its low power consumption, it won’t cost you more than a few dollars a year to do it!
In summary, the Boneco W200 is an excellent choice if you’re looking for something simple and efficient. It’s two operating modes let you use it day or night, without even noticing it’s there. Maintenance and cleaning on this unit are a breeze as well thanks to the easy disassembly of this unit!
Boneco W200 Pros & Cons
|- Evaporative mat gets rid of filter replacements costs|
- Mat is dishwasher safe
- Simple water refill process
- Compatible with essential oils
- Great design, fits in most home decor settings
- Energy efficient
|- Mid-high tier price point|
Now let’s move on to the other side of this comparison – the Venta LW25.
Venta LW25 Review
The Venta LW25 is an air purifier and humidifier that’s a good fit for small-medium sized houses.
Being about a foot in all dimensions and weighing less than 10 pounds, the LW25 can be moved around the house with relative ease.
Although it’s got an industrial look to it, what it lacks in looks it makes up in function. With filterless air purification technology, the LW25 uses moving disks and water to purify and humidify your air.
Drawing in dirty dry air the constantly-moving disks dip in and out of the water, cleaning and moistening the air, which is then released back out into your home.
When compared to the Boneco W200, the water tank inside the LW25 is almost 2 times bigger. The LW25’s water tank carries 7.5 liters whereas the W200 carries 4.5 liters. This means you won’t have to refill the LW25 as often as you would for the W200.
Just like the W200, the LW25 also has an auto shut-off feature and refill light for when the water tank gets empty. This ensures you won’t waste electricity keeping it on when it’s not working.
Quiet as a Whisper
One of the biggest talking points about the LW25 is how ridiculously quiet it is.
Depending on the operating mode, the Venta LW25’s noise level will be:
- 24 dB (Low)
- 34 dB (Medium)
- 44 dB (High)
At its lowest setting, 24 dB is extremely quiet.
To put it into perspective – 20 dB is the same noise level as your house in the middle of the night or the sound of leaves blowing in the wind.
If you have anything else in the same room that makes noise, I can almost guarantee you won’t hear the LW25 over it.
Kudos to Venta on this, they did a really good job here by creating such a quiet air purifier & humidifier.
It’s not the only thing they did a really good job on though…
Paying For Purification? No Thanks!
The last thing I want to mention that stood out to me with the LW25 is its ridiculously low power consumption. Even more so than the W200.
Even though the W200 only consumes an already low 12.2 – 22.8 watts, the LW25 consumes even less! A jaw-dropping 3 to 8 watts.
This air purifier & humidifier uses less power than a lightbulb. Yep, you read that right.
In terms of real $$$, the LW25 will cost you less than three dollars and fifty cents ANNUALLY to run for 8 hours a day.
It’s mind-boggling how Venta managed to create an air purifier & humidifier that’s so energy efficient.
It’s Not All Sunshine & Rainbows
Unfortunately, there are two flaws with the LW25 that are very hard to ignore.
The first problem is that mineral buildup can happen over time. Now this problem alone isn’t that big of a deal, it’s actually quite normal.
By the nature of these products – using water to filter out small particles – there’s bound to be some leftovers that will need to be cleaned up inside the water tank. What I’ve just told you I’m sure you already know, and as I said earlier, this problem isn’t a super big deal.
So what is the big deal?
The big problem is how hard the LW25 is to clean. Seriously, it’s a massive pain in the ___. I know you might be thinking: “well if it’s just the water tank that’s a pretty easy rinse right?” Well… yes but if only it was that easy. Accessing & removing the water tank is difficult, finicky and frustrating.
The good news is once you do get it out, then it’s a simple rinse with soap. You can also put it in the dishwasher if you’d like (rinse cycle only though).
But it’s not the only thing you have to clean.
You also have to clean the moving disks that capture the air. Those are a completely different type of beast. Since they capture dirty air and are constantly being dipped in and out of the water, they collect a not-so-pleasant layer of germs/particles.
Because of the design, it’s very difficult to clean these disks thoroughly. Some users recommend using a toothbrush, dish detergent, and some good old elbow grease, but that could take you up to an hour to clean, and not everyone’s got that kind of time!
The only other option is buying Venta’s cleaning agent which is a cost that will quickly add up. (It’ll end up costing you way more to clean it than to run it!)
I wanted to add this section to keep the review of this product honest. While this may not be a big deal for some of you, this could be a dealbreaker for others.
Pros & Cons
|- Filterless air purification removes filter replacement costs|
- 7.5 liter water tank means less frequent refills
- Light weight machine, can be moved around the house
- Nearly silent on lowest setting
- Ridiculously low power consumption
- 10 year warranty coverage
|- Industrial looking |
- Can have mineral buildup over time
- Very hard to clean
Now that both products have been looked at, let’s move on to the comparison part of this review.
Boneco W200 vs. Venta LW25 – A Head to Head Comparison
This part of the review is straightforward. You’ll get to see how each of these units does against each other on a wide variety of factors.
|Boneco W200||Venta LW25|
|Coverage Area||540 sq ft.||400 sq ft.|
|Noise Level||30-44 dB||24-44 dB|
|Water Tank Capacity||4.5 liters||7.5 liters|
|Power Consumption||12.2 - 22.8 watts||3 - 8 watts|
|Dishwasher Friendly?||Yes||Only the water tank, disks need to be hand cleaned|
|Easy to Clean?||Yes||No|
|Warranty||5 years||10 years|
This head to head is pretty close, it’s pretty even between the two units!
What I’d like to highlight before moving on to my final recommendation is where each of these units excels.
With the Boneco W200 – although it’s not as strong as the Venta LW25 when it comes to performance specs like noise level, water tank capacity, and power consumption. (It’s still not that far off!) It makes up for that in ease of use, convenience, and aesthetic.
While the LW25 is technically the better unit from this head to head, you want to consider what you’re looking for as a buyer. Consider things like convenience, budget, and even interior design before making your purchase.
If you don’t have the time every week to clean the LW25 for an hour, then it’s not the right purchase for you, even if it is a little bit better!
The last thing I’d like to mention before moving on to the final recommendation – neither of these units has a True HEPA filter. This means there is no guarantee they will purify the air to a certain standard. If you’re looking for an air purifier & humidifier combo that has a True HEPA filter, I’d recommend checking out this article.
These are the things I want you to be aware of before buying so you can make a well-educated decision! With that being said, let’s move on to the final recommendation.
After extensive research and comparison, my final recommendation is the Boneco W200.
This might come as a shock because of how I just stated the Venta LW25 is technically superior in specs. However, because of the ease of use, cleaning, and overall design of the Boneco W200, it outweighs the slight advantage the LW25 has spec-wise.
While the LW25 is slightly better, the Boneco W200 is still very close to it in specifications while still being a user-friendly machine and that’s why it takes the #1 spot.
If the LW25 blew the W200 out of the water when it came to performance then my verdict would be different.
However, considering that the LW25 just barely beats the W200 on specs – while having nowhere near the same easy cleaning & gorgeous design, that’s not as appealing in my opinion and I think you’d feel the same.
Not to mention the possible extra money you could be forced to cough up to buy the cleaning solution for the Venta LW25.
I can’t speak for everyone but the ease of use and low-maintenance are a huge factor when buying and I think the Boneco W200 nailed it in those areas without sacrificing performance.
Did you enjoy reading this article? Is there anything you’d like to add? Do you disagree with anything? Feel free to let me know in the comments and I’ll get back to you! Thank you so much for reading and have a wonderful day! 🙂