Whirlpool Gold Dehumidifier with Heater, 50-pt
Happy with the performance/function. A bit noisy, but pulls humidity out of my basement well. In auto mode, fan runs continuously, but compressor turns on as needed. Float stops the dehumidifier when bucket gets full. Haven't bothered with direct drain, cuz i like to see how much moisture i'm removing. Down to constant 47% (from 70%+) after a couple days.
September 25, 2012
Not worth the money, poor features
I feel dumb for not having fully investigated this unit before buying. The good sale price compelled me to pick up this unit since our old, smaller dehumidifier struggles in our 1400 sqft basement. This unit is twice the size and is supposed to be a lot better and yet my old, little guy does two things better than this new expensive model.
1) The fan runs all the time on this unit! That is ridiculous. Once the unit hits the desired humidity it should shut off but it only shuts off the compressor. The fan runs ALL THE TIME unless you shut the unit off. Makes no sense. My old one new how to do this.
2) The garden hose connection is flawed. You hook your hose up to a nice spot in the back but it still leaves the hole in front to the bucket. There is a cap on the back you remove to attach a hose but why not let me put the cap on the second hole to the bucket? The dehumidifier quit because our bucket was full despite the hose. I called customer service and they have heard this many times. They said it's a bad design and that I'm supposed to use puddy, play dough or tape to block it. This is what I get for a product that retails at $329? Stupid. The best way is to jack up the front of the unit with a piece of wood to force it to drain out the back.
Lastly, I don't think the unit does that great a job. I was expecting something that could handle 3000 sqft to have no problem in my 1400 sqft basement. I set the humidity level to 45% and it never fell below 51%. It does work better than my older one but not that much better and not at this price and lack of features. This is going back less than 2 days after I bought it.
July 21, 2012
So Far So Good
I bought this about a week ago to replace an older, smaller machine which had ceased to work. I read reviews here on all the machines offered as well as Govt. of Canada websites which suggested that in general, larger is more energy efficient than smaller. To the reviewer who calls it an energy hog for using 500 watts an hour in continuous mode, I would say that if you have to run it in continuous mode for a whole year (i.e.24/365) then you have a severe humidity problem for which a more permanent and extensive solution would be less costly in the long run.
Many reviews of various machines complained that they quit after a short period of time. I will have to wait and see. So far, it is doing a great job for me. Noise level is what I would expect but its not easy to hear if the compressor is running - I wish there was an indicator light for that. I've been running in continuous mode to remove some standing water in a concrete basement. However, when that is dried up, I shall instead operate it in "normal" mode# I haven't tried the heat only option yet and don't really want to, since heating with electricity is indeed expensive# I only got that feature because this model was on sale for $200#
I also have not tried the hose-drain method of emptying water, so I can't comment on that# As for the bucket, it removes and dumps easily but I have not filled it right to the top either# I've dumped out about 75 litres so far #1 litre = 2 pints approx#. I love having the bucket on the front instead of the back. I wish the water level window was not blue-tinted as it makes it harder to see the water level in lower light.
This product is doing a fine job for me so far, and at a price that pleases me #for a larger unit#. Hope it lasts for many years.
May 25, 2012
I have run the unit with a power usage meter attached to determine how much electricity is being used. The fan runs continuously and the meter shows 53 Watts. This equates to 46 kWh per year as a minimum times your local electricity rate per kWh.
When the compressor engages the readout rises to 474 Watts on one setting and about 525 Watts on other settings. If we go with the average 500 watts on continuous operation then this equates to 4380 kWh per year. Now multiply the 4380 times your local electricity rate per kWh.
Shockingly expensive to run in continuous mode eh?
The unit also shows a maximum current draw of 12 Amps for a very short period when the compressor starts up. This suggests it would be best to put this appliance on its own fuse or circuit breaker. After a few moments the current draw drops to about 4-5 Amps.
April 20, 2012
Very Expensive Fan
We purchased this for our cottage which we use every weekend, even in the winter. I set the unit up in the sink last Sunday so we could leave it running all week. We keep the tempurature at 52 degrees. After running on continous dry for a week the indicator says the humidity is at 45% but both of the hygrometers in the house say it's 70%, it smells musty and there is condensation on the windows. Now that we are here the fan just runs and runs, the humidty doesn't change and obviously the compressor doesn't come on because after several hours there is no water in the bucket. Hopefully we can get a hassle free refund on this three hundred dollar door stop/fan because thats all it does at the moment waste hydro blowing humid air around.
January 13, 2012
I purchaed this unit about one weeks ago and it quickly removed the humidity in our home. The humidity level was high 70s and currently at 45%. The unit works and does a great job, not overly loud either. I highly recommend this unit.
August 3, 2011
I got this on sale last month, and it works great.
I run it in the basement near a return vent, and after an hour or so it gets rid of the sticky feeling in the whole house on really humid days.
It's pretty loud, and makes a fair amount of heat, but don't all dehumidifiers?
Also it would be better if it had a pump to pump the water up 4 feet into my sink, rather than dumping the water out myself after each use.
July 20, 2011
Works like a charm
I bought this unit about 3 weeks ago and it quickly removed the humidity in our basement. The humidity level is currently at 45%. The unit isn't whisper quiet, but not overly loud either. I highly recommend this unit.
May 26, 2011
Great so far
The humidity in our basement can reach up to 70% in the summer so I picked this up on sale.
So far, we have set the humidity to 50% (our has a digital display, the above doesn't for some reason) and thus far, after continuous usage it has kept our basement to our settings.
July 9, 2010
I bought this a little over a year ago. I have it set on "continuous run" as I live in a high humidity area and this machine just keeps on dehumidifying my home.
It has saved me a great deal of money on high A/C hydro rates. I offset it with a window fan in the summer to keep the house cool and dehumidified.
I recommend this to everyone. In the winter, it`s much easier to heat when the air is dehumidified, not to mention the elimination of household odors.
This machine gets a 5 star rating only because it won`t allow me to give it a 10 star rating;))
June 12, 2010
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