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70 Pt. Dehumidifier, Black
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- Room dehumidifier removes up to 70 pints of moisture from the air per day
- Designed to dehumidify a room up to 4500 square feet
- Electronic controls with LED Display and 24-hour timer
- Auto-restart saves your settings during a power outage
- Settings include Normal, Turbo and Auto-Defrost
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The Keystone 70-pint dehumidifier removes up to 70 pints of moisture from the air per day in a room up to 4500 square feet. Features include electronic controls with LED display, a 24-hour timer, a transparent water level indicator, and a full bucket alert with automatic shutoff. Continuous draining option is available using a low-level drain and a standard garden hose (garden hose not included). It also has a removable, easy-cleaning dust filter with a clean-filter alert. The auto-restart saves your settings during a power outage and the omni-directional caster wheels make the unit easy to move to another location.
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Full review: I've been using the Frigidaire FAD704DWD 70-pint dehumidifier and have been hugely impressed with its performance and design. So, I was interested to see if this model from Keystone (a brand I'm not familiar with) would knock the Frigie off its pedestal.
At first glance the two units look pretty similar. Both offer a top mount control pad with a digital readout for relative humidity (both what it's set for, and the actual RH of the room). Both have a front-mount collection bin with the usual auto-off capability, a washable filter to trap dust, and casters for mobility. Also, both can be plumbed to a drain for continuous operation.
The RH accuracy is good for both units. When set to the same RH level in the same room, both cycled on/off for roughly the same amount of time. Their respective RH readings were very close to one another, and matched the RH reading I took using a separate device (one of those wall-mount clocks that also provide temp and RH readings).
Both can be positioned with the back of the unit close to the wall. However, the Keystone has a side airflow discharge path, whereas the Frigidaire has a top air path. I like the top path better since it means I can put the unit in a corner without the airflow being constricted, plus it does a better job circulating air in the room. A side air path is not a huge problem, but something to be aware of.
What is a more significant issue is the build quality, especially the catch bucket. The Keystone bucket is flimsy - the plastic is thin and bends easily. It made me very nervous to carry it when it was full since the carry handle was visibly bending and straining against a pretty thin support bracket. More significantly, the bucket top is open on the Keystone. In contrast, the Frigidaire has a plastic plate across most of the top, with just the end points open for pouring the water out. In addition to preventing spills, the top plate makes the catch bucket much more rigid.
I have carried a full Frigidaire bucket up from my basement to water plants outside without any concern about spills or bucket breakage. I wouldn't even think of doing that with the Keystone bucket. It flexed so much when full that I was worried that I would not make it to the sink that was about 15 feet away from the unit. I also had to carry it much more carefully since the open top means that water could splash out.
Pouring water out of the Frigidaire bucket is very easy even when it's 100% full. The Keystone was messy - it's best to dump it out at about the 50% full point to prevent spills/splashes.
Replacing the bucket is simple on the Frigidaire. I had to fiddle with the Keystone to get it to fit back in. It fits into place, but it takes more effort.
The bucket issues may not be deal-breakers since the unit can be plumbed to a drain to avoid the issue entirely. However, operating sound is a deal-breaker for me. I can't provide decibel readings since I don't have a sound meter, but the Keystone has a considerably louder compressor. It also vibrates far more than the Frigidaire, which translates into noise as well (I have both units on a tile floor).
The Keystone is just a bit louder than the Frigidaire when just the fan is running. But when the compressor kicks on it really ramps up the noise.
Both units have the ability to run at a low or high fan speed which can be set on the control panel.
In summary, the Keystone is worth considering only if you are looking for a unit that you'll plumb to a drain (and not deal with the bucket issues) and locate in a far corner of the house where the operating noise won't be a bother. Otherwise, the Frigidaire FAD704DWD is the better option. It's more expensive but will give you a better design, better build quality, and quieter operation. Frigidaire FAD704DWD Energy Star 70-pint Dehumidifier
This unit is a good value for the money. Some people don't like the position of the air flow output. They prefer units that blow the air out the top instead of the side, thinking that is more efficient. Not me. This unit draws the air in from the front and blows it out the side, at an upward angle. It doesn't effect the efficiency, but it makes cleaning the filter easily. On this unit I just lift the filter up out of the top of the unit, no covers to move, easy access, and I don't have to move the unit. With other units I owned previously I had to move tools out of the way or roll the unit out to where I could access it better, remove the tank, then remove the filter from inside the tank opening, what a pain.
This is the second unit like this I purchased. The first one died after about 10 months, like I said before it is just the luck of the draw. I contacted the warranty people, they were friendly and easy to reach. They had me cut the last 6 inches off the power cord and snail-mail it to them along with the labels off the back of the unit, and sent me a check. I couldn't expect it to be any easier. I really like this unit and would buy it again.
Okay, for those of you "handy" people who want to know how, the only complaint I have seen about using this with a condensate pump is that if the pump stops working the dehumidifier will keep filling it until it overflows. I solved this easily. The dehumidifier has a float switch to turn it off if the bucket is full. The pump has a 'safety float switch' that can be wired to an alarm. If you take the back off the dehumidifier you can remove the wires from the float switch, extend them, and plug them into the safety switch of the pump (not the regular float switch). If the pump stops running, when the water in the pump gets high enough it activates the safety switch. Since that is now wired to the dehumidifier, the dehumidifier thinks it's tank is full and turns off. Now all I ever have to do is occasionally clean the dehumidifier filter, the rest takes care of itself.
About the pictures: As you can see, access in my shop isn't great. The gray bar on top of the unit is the filter, just pull it straight up. Behind the unit is the condensate pump. The drain hose from the dehumidifier empties (by gravity) into the condensate pump tank. The pump has a hose that goes to a pipe and out through the wall into my yard, the other hose attached to the pipe is my compressor drain. The black power cord is for the drain pump, the gray cord is the dehumidifier, and the brown speaker wire connects the safety switch in the pump to the dehumidifier, in place of it's own float switch. The brown mess on the floor is from a recent compressor oil leak I haven't cleaned up yet, not related to the dehumidifier or pump.
Update: this unit lasted 16 months, like I said before, it's a crapshoot. But the 2 year extended protection plan I bought for under $20 paid for itself. I called Asurion, told them it broke, they credited me $190.79, that is full price even after 16 months of use! I didn't need to send them anything or prove it was broken, they sent me an Amazon gift card credit by email in under 30 minutes! You can't beat that with a stick.... Just used my gift card to order another identical unit.