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Good features, quiet for a dehumidifier
on June 19, 2013
I have another dehumidifier which is also a 70-pint model, and that is a Kenmore brand unit (which in itself is something else rebranded, but not a Hisense). I'll be comparing them mostly, and trying to get some details on the Hisense.
Things that both do the same:
- Have an auto mode (defaults to 50% humidity level, just turn it on and it goes).
- Easy adjustments in 5% increments
- High/Low Speed Fan
- Both have hose attachments (and neither include the hose) to not have to use the bucket.
Now some differences:
- The Sisense is 3-4 inches taller, maybe a bit more around.
- Hisense pulls air only from the front, and exits only from the right side. The Kenmore unit pulls in from the front/back/left side and exits only from the right side.
- Hisense has a relative humidity indicator, this means you can see the current humidity of the room. Awesome.
- Hisense seems to be roughly the same loudness, however the fan is a much lower pitch and it seems like it would be less bothersome in a room, albeit still loud. Compressor noise is also much subdued, you can tell it's running, but seems more pleasant overall (at least compared to the Kenmore unit)
- Nice carrying handle to allow for easier moving of it (be warned though, this is a heavy unit, so might be just use to help in rolling around).
- A negative for the Hisense is that it seems the fan never shuts off, always runs even if dehumidification isn't needed. This could be a deal breaker for some.
I keep my units hooked up to hoses for automatic drains so I can't directly comment on speed differences between them in gathering water, and the trays, but from other reviews and from trying it out it appears that if I was trying to maneuver a full tray of water out of the Hisense it might be quite annoying.
Power usage is roughly 50 watts when only the fan is on (high I believe), and ~500-520 with the compressor on. This compares favorably to the Kenmore (62 with fan, ~480-500 with compressor on). My feeling is that the Hisense is slightly more powerful, so it probably is doing slightly more work with the compressor. However since the fan never shuts off, that may add up quickly.
Would have been 5 stars except for the always on fan.