Essick Air ED11 800 Euro Console-Style Humidifier, White
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- Console-style humidifier for a whole house up to 2300 square feet
- Easy-to-fill 3-gallon water tank; output of 11 gallons per day; uses high-quality wicks
- Built-in hygrometer; automatic humidistat; variable-speed motor with quiet nighttime setting
- Digital control panel; replaceable Super Wick model 1041 included
- Measures 15 by 24-1/2 by 18 inches; 1-year limited warranty; 2-year motor warranty
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First of all, upon assembly, I noticed how flimsy some of the parts are, like the float, the reservoir door, and the chassis itself. It feels like if you're not careful handling it, you'll end up with something broken in no time. The casters can be useful, but only if you use them on a hard surface because on plush carpet they're far too small and they make it difficult to move the unit, which can cause you to spill water. Since I wasn't planning on moving mine around I decided to forgo the casters altogether.
The second problem I noticed with the unit when I started using it was how loud the fan is. Initially, I thought it started at the fastest speed and all I needed to do to make it quiet was to dial down the fan speed, but to my surprise (and my wife's immediate complaints) it was already at the slowest speed! Messing with the fan speed button increased the noise level unacceptably high. For me this is a show-stopper. If you're like me and you like your home quiet you will NOT like the amount of noise this humidifier makes. In contrast, a bedroom unit we have is whisper quiet in the low setting and fairly loud in the high setting.
Another issue I found unacceptable was the built-in hygrometer gave completely inaccurate readings, verified by a standalone device I own and by the second bedroom humidifier I have. This makes it impossible to dial in your preferred moisture level on the humidistat and use the Essick Air ED11 as it was intended (in automatic mode), since the unit will either run continuously or turn on or off too often.Read more ›
Secrets to making it work: I use the 1041 wicks. Every two weeks or so, I take it into the bathroom, pull out the wick and using a hand held shower, spray off the wick thoroughly. This helps lower the mineral build-up and the wick lasts longer. Also I change wicks about every two months. So I need about three for the heating season.
Yes the electronic "humidistat" doesn't work. Simple, I set the unit to a higher humidity than what is displayed. When I want to run it, I turn the unit on. When I want it off, I turn it off. And I use a separate humidity gauge. This one works wonderfully:
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As for noise, I only run it on the 2, 3 or 4 level. Yes, you can crank it up, but just like any fan, the more you crank it the louder it gets... and I can hear the TV just fine even when this is running...
It's much easier to carry a bucket of water to this unit to fill it up than clumsy bottles to drag out and carry elsewhere.
GREAT humidifier and I've had this one for several years and if I need another one, I'll hope to get another one of these.
Here's another hint. Don't mount it on the wheels that come with and then put the entire unit on a towel or carpeting scrap. Also helps if you spill a bit of water when filling.
Do NOT forget the bacteriastat either, but be careful when using this additive, as always. And yes, it is normal for the wick itself to be about half dry (at the top) and half wet (at the bottom). The entire wick does NOT need to be saturated soaking wet for this to work as the "well" of water is only the few inches at the bottom...
I like having some white noise in the background when I sleep - not loud, about the noise level of my oscillating fan when I have that on in the summer. I keep the fan set to 1 and it's fine. It's even right at the end of my bed.
BUZZING NOISE ISSUE: I did have to fix the constant buzzing that started after about a month of use. They zip tied a cable to the fan casing so after a while it started buzzing. I took the thing apart, cut the zip tie and fasted that cable to another cable to keep it from touching the fan casing. Problem fixed! Obviously this is at my own risk but it was also past the warranty/return policy at the time so why not? I emailed the company about this issue so hopefully they can fix it.
I had a humidifier that held 5 gallons in the reservoir so this needs filled more often, though it's an easy pour in design rather than having to drag canisters to the sink and use a hose to fill it.
I think it's equally constructed as the humidifiers I have seen everywhere else. It's not meant to be moved a lot or set things on top of. It just needs to support the weight of the fan so I'm unsure why others are complaining about it being "flimsy".
I knocked it down a star simply because I had to take it apart. The reservoir size and everything was known before I bought it, can't blame them for that!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It works very well and keeps the condo nicely humidified. It is pretty loud, but so was the last one we had. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Anne McClanahan
When receiving this I had a minor glitch with it working. Customer service at Essick Air worked it out in no time. Works well, and calls for humidity when needed for my setting. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Barbara J. Wathen
It puts a lot of moisture into the air but it is too noisy. Overall, I like it but the noise is irritating.Published on January 9, 2014 by Sally Uhl
We really like this pour-in style, but couldn't handle the noise of this particular unit. Maybe it would be ok in a basement.Published on November 3, 2013 by Dc
This is a good product. Just a little hard to setup. But once it starts it is worth the trouble.
The filters fall apart, it's loud, people won't stand behind them either. Would never have spent that kind of money if I knew what I knw now.Published on March 25, 2013 by Dennis D Osmond
t very onynying dont buy it..on for 15 second and off and come one like a lightswick .please dont buy it.it hard to aline the top panel to thefloat for it to work it a puzzle.. Read morePublished on March 20, 2013 by Jason L. Ryder
Living in New Mexico, leaves humidity levels in the single digits sometimes, and I was tired of getting 'sparked' every time I touched a light switch, or opened a door, or just... Read morePublished on March 19, 2013 by Deborah Benitez
If I could give no stars I would. This was a huge waste of $100+. The humidity level indicator is not accurate. It constantly turns off and on. Read morePublished on February 18, 2013 by Katie Hamlow