New for this year, Soleus is in the process of revamping their entire line of home
dehumidifiers, and as the first model out, the Soleus 95 pint is one powerful,
impressive dehumidifier. With a full 95 pints of water removal per day, this Soleus is built for
severe indoor moisture problems. But what else makes this home dehumidifier a great way to
control humidity, mold and insects. With our sample model in tow, this is how the Soleus 95 pint
What I liked about the Soleus Dehumidifiers
There is a lot to like about this model, and first and foremost is the size/water removal
capacity. At 95 pints, this Soleus dehumidifier will remove more moisture per day than another other
residential dehumidifier built for living spaces. So while it may not be as powerful as some crawlspace models, the
95 pint dehumidifier is by far the most powerful of models built for use in living rooms, bedrooms, etc. For this type of
drying performance, you could easily expect this dehumidifier to be much larger and several hundred dollars more expensive than
what it is.
The digital features and controls on this model are truly impressive. Like others, there is an LED readout of the
current relative humidity level in the room as well as a digital humidistat that allows you to set your desired humidity level. So,
instead of a dial, you can see and set actual percentages. This helps because it largely eliminates the need for a separate
hygrometer to monitor the relative humidity level.
When it comes to digital features, the Soleus HCB-D95-A goes further. If the power fails, the automatic restart feature will remember you last settings and turn the dehumidifier
back on when power resumes. If the temperature dips and the coils begin to freeze, the auto defrost will thaw the unit and return it to
proper working condition, and when you need a delayed start or need it to turn off after a specified time, the timer feature works wonders! Still, the
Soleus 95 pint goes further. It features a child lock setting to keep small children from resetting or turning off the unit. It also has indicator
lights that let you know when the tank is full, when the air filter needs to be cleaned and what the current fan speed is. Still, the Soleus
95 pint dehumidifier goes further! With a unique HomeComfort setting, you can select the type of space where the unit is being used then it
will select a fan speed and humidity setting best for the space. It takes the guesswork out!
The coverage area is one of the last, best features of note. While dehumidifier manufacturers will often list coverage areas that are typically higher
than what can be covered under real world conditions. The Danby 70 pint, for instance, lists 2000 sq. ft. as the effective coverage area, but in reality, when
you take into account total air volume, 1000 sq. ft. is likely the largest space you'll see decent results in. The Soleus 95 pint dehumidifier is similar, in
this regard, but better. Soleus lists an effective area of 1800 sq. ft. In reality, you likely won't find ideal conditions for this size of space to operate
this model effectively in. However, the 95 pint can cover about 1500 sq. ft. with no problem. This is due in large part to the powerful fan/motor of the
unit. Pushing up to 400 CFM of air, the Soleus HCB-D95-A can cycle through 24,000 cubic feet of air in one hour. This means if you have a space with a standard 8'
ceiling, you could cycle through all the air in a space up to 3000 sq. ft. Ideally, you would want to cycle through all the air in a room at least
a couple times per hour, which is why I generally see 1500 sq. ft. as the max for this dehumidifier. Still, pretty impressive!
What I did not like about the Soleus Dehumidifiers
It is heavy! At nearly 60 pounds, the Soleus HCB-D95-A dehumidifier is almost a full 60 lbs. While it does have built-in
handholds and casters, it is not the easiest dehumidifier to move about.
The lack of an included hose is a bit of a hassle. Yes, it comes with an adapter that will allow you to connect a standard garden hose to the back of the unit
and allow direct draining of water. Other dehumidifiers will include a small section of hose, and while it is generally not long, it is usually long enough to use with a
nearby floor drain.
Soleus dehumidifiers only carry a one year manufacturers limited warranty. This is the minimum amongst room dehumidifiers, and while it is not unusual
for a room dehumidifier to have a one year warranty, I hoped for a longer warranty period, based on the price.
Overall, the Soleus HCBD95A 95 Pint Dehumidifier is one of, if not the most, robust room dehumidifier available for your home today. It's powerful
enough to work in any room in the home, including your basement. The controls are sophisticated, practical, but fairly easy to figure out, and the
additional features are useful, without a great deal of "fluff". The performance is one par with dehumidifiers that cost twice as much or commercial
units built for drying out heavily flooded spaces. While the cost may be higher than what you are used to, this model far
surpasses traditional expectations of
a room dehumidifier. If you have a very large indoor space or severe moisture and indoor humidity problems, the Soleus 95 pint is a great fit.