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Topic # 85776 24-Jun-2011 21:15
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Anyone own one of the $120 redstamp ones? Not worried about the small tank capacity, as thats solvable with a drill and some hose and a tank fitting, but as its about 1/3rd the price of any others, and is only 250 watt I dont know how well it will work.

So anyone have one? Does it work?

My woods one has shat itself with a bad smell and now trips the breaker :(




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  Reply # 485615 24-Jun-2011 21:19
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I wouldn't bother.

My parents had one, and it was next to useless at actually pulling moisture out of the air. They bought a Mitsubishi one which works very well (but also comes with the pricetag)

You really get what you pay for, the last thing you want is a Dehumidifier finding some way to explode into flames and doing so, those things are rather cunning imo.




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  Reply # 485617 24-Jun-2011 21:24
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Ok, seems that the others are a little disprortionatly expensive for what they are really.




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  Reply # 485618 24-Jun-2011 21:30
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richms: Ok, seems that the others are a little disprortionatly expensive for what they are really.


That's true indeed, a fridge with a fan and a drip tray. 




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  Reply # 485622 24-Jun-2011 21:50
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michaelmurfy:
richms: Ok, seems that the others are a little disprortionatly expensive for what they are really.


That's true indeed, a fridge with a fan and a drip tray.?


Fridges aren't exactly cheap either though. I have a Goldair dehumidifier that I paid about $350 for a couple of years ago and I'm definitely glad that I didn't spend any less.

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  Reply # 485631 24-Jun-2011 22:52
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DeLonghi CF08M are recommended by Consumer and also by all the subscribers posting comments because they do a good job removing water, but also because they are much quieter than other brands. Mitsubishi MJ-E16VXA1-W isn't much louder and is slightly more energy efficient, but is significantly more expensive.

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  Reply # 485662 25-Jun-2011 08:31
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I have one of the Evantair 20L ones, I bought in 2008, and it has had extensive work and always performed well. I believe it uses about 350 Watts. I can feel warm air coming out the output side - so as well as dehumidifying it also adds to the heating.

It extracts a lot of water even at less than optimal temperatures. Whereas my mothers 10 litre, non warehouse one is completely useless.

The downside to my one is it is really noisy. Like several orders of magnitude noisier than a fan heater.

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  Reply # 486712 28-Jun-2011 08:33
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Skolink: DeLonghi CF08M are recommended by Consumer and also by all the subscribers posting comments because they do a good job removing water, but also because they are much quieter than other brands. Mitsubishi MJ-E16VXA1-W isn't much louder and is slightly more energy efficient, but is significantly more expensive.


I can attest to these.  Actually we got the CF08E which the electronically controlled version (can set the amount of humidity you want and the speed of the fan).  But the CF08M is supposed to be pretty much just as good.

We ended up getting a second one when the children started arriving!  Do a great job of keeping the air dry and warm.  And yes they're quiet.  But yes they come with the price tag to match.

If one were to "die" I'd be hunting out these to replace it immediately.

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  Reply # 486750 28-Jun-2011 10:11
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I had one a few years back (before I loaned it to someone) that was adequate. I now have a portable heat pump (OK so it cost more) which effectively does the same job.

I found the less you pay the noisier the units are... In a large showroom/warehouse you won't notice this, but in your home it will become significant.

Otherwise effectiveness varies with location and environment (as I've used them in a couple of houses), where they performed quite differently.

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  Reply # 486769 28-Jun-2011 10:38
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The interesting thing about dehumidifiers is that you do get some 'free' heat.
They make your house warmer for 3 reasons:

-Waste heat from the compressor and fan
-Dryer air takes less energy to heat (your heater/heatpump uses less power)
-Latent heat from condensation: 0.63kWhr per litre of water you collect.

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  Reply # 486770 28-Jun-2011 10:38
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er...
I am using a Delonghi one from Harvey Norman
I dont trust The Warehouse for expensive electronics




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  Reply # 486781 28-Jun-2011 11:13
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IlDuce: I have one of the Evantair 20L ones.
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Warehouse but the White with Clear Blue coloured drip tray.

As mentioned above, any dehumidifier will work better if you have a warm environment, so best to target when you put it on.  Put it in a room when it's warm during the day and shut the door.  Noise doesn't matter too much then hopefully.  If you use it overnight then noise will possibly be more of an issue and if it's cold then a heating element will need to come on (cost you more money) to heat the air/defrost the element as well.

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  Reply # 486806 28-Jun-2011 11:49
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Consumer rates the warehouse models as being pretty poor. I suspect most will work if your house is warm enough, but in low temperatures you want a good brand.




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  Reply # 486809 28-Jun-2011 11:56
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We got a cheap Suki brand one from Bunnings 4 years ago, and it is still going strong. I think we only paid ~$130 for it at the time. It is only a 10litre one.

It can get a bit noisy, but we don't use it in the bedrooms overnight (dry horrors anyone!)

What are your plans for it? Drying out the whole house, or only certain rooms? We use ours to dry clothes (seperate room)

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  Reply # 486832 28-Jun-2011 12:44
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nzkc:
Skolink: DeLonghi CF08M are recommended by Consumer and also by all the subscribers posting comments because they do a good job removing water, but also because they are much quieter than other brands. Mitsubishi MJ-E16VXA1-W isn't much louder and is slightly more energy efficient, but is significantly more expensive.


I can attest to these.  Actually we got the CF08E which the electronically controlled version (can set the amount of humidity you want and the speed of the fan).  But the CF08M is supposed to be pretty much just as good.

We ended up getting a second one when the children started arriving!  Do a great job of keeping the air dry and warm.  And yes they're quiet.  But yes they come with the price tag to match.

If one were to "die" I'd be hunting out these to replace it immediately.


I also have the DeLonghi, on the advice of Consumer, and its a fantastic unit.  Last year during winter we hardly needed to use a heater (Auckland, old house but insulation under the floor and in the roof) and relied mainly on the dehumidifier.

It does seem to be able of creating quite warm air, and has even stood up to being knocked over and still runs like a champ! (but it has a bit of fan noise now)

Definately recommended

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  Reply # 486838 28-Jun-2011 12:51
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Any device that uses power creates heat. Open your fridge door and it'll warm the room up overall, though depending on the room layout and insulation it might make little difference.




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