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A cynical piece of junk
on June 21, 2011
By way of background, I have been dealing with temp and humidity control devices for many years. Two reasons -- one, I am a lifelong asthma sufferer, and I have expensive wooden musical instruments that require constant care. I have owned many humidifiers, dehumidifiers, air cleaners and measuring devices (eg, hygrometers). I am not a technical expert on the science behind these things (although I do not think it is all that complicated). I am, however, a fairly experienced consumer of them.
I was perplexed at the dearth of real reviews of these Supentown dehumidifiers. I figured for the price I would find out for myself.
I put the thing in a room that is 15 by 10, in a basement, in Westchester County, NY. This is my home office. Due to landscape etc, we get a fair amount of humidity. No actual water in the basement, but it is often above 60% rh. In an adjacent basement room, separated by a 10 inch concrete wall, I have a large, high-end dehumidifier. During the first 24 hours after I set this thing up, the big humidifier sucked more than 2 gallons out of the air, in a comparable sized space. This thing...less a 1/4 cup. The rh in the room went from 62%...to 62%. Did not budge.
At the same time, the thing makes a ridiculous amount of noise. It is made of cheap, light plastic, and the fan is very loud and sounds...well, like a cheap fan in cheap, light plastic. By contrast, in the same room I have a Winix model 5300 air filter. This is a good quality unit. The little Supentown dehumidifier is several times as loud as the Winix on its standard setting. Really, it's much louder than it's functionality should warrant. Not that much quieter than a standard dehumidifier with a compressor (one that actually works).
1/4 cup of water in 24 hours from a 62% space, and it was actually raining outside during this time.
This is the first time in many years on amazon that I actually sent a product back solely because of it being a cheap piece of junk. Usually, I suck it up, throw it away, sell it on eBay or whatever. This one annoyed me so much, I sent it back. Don't waste your time and money. Go with a real dehumidifier.