Sunpentown offers a variety of dehumidifiers to help keep your home dry and free of mold, dust mites and mildew, particularly during the more humid months of the year. We've
selected three models that represent the best that Sunpentown has to offer. Each model is suited for different sizes of rooms or spaces but each has a variety of features to
make it an ideal machine to keep your humidity in check and the excess moisture out of your home.
As the most compact, the Sunpentown 30 pint is the smallest unit we offer and
is best suited for medium to smaller rooms and living spaces. It is lighter, more compact and can remove 30 pints of water per day while providing two ways to remove the water,
continous drain or the integrated water bucket. The next two models, the Sunpentown 50 and 70 pint dehumidifiers offer coverage of a larger area and more water removal per day, but
also come equipped with an integrated condensate pump. So when a floor drain isn't handy, you can still port your dehumidifier and push the water vertically, all without
having to empty a water bucket. With the Sunpentown 70 pint dehumidifier (SD-72-PE) in hand, we tested this model to see how it would perform, and to see just how well
the integrated condensate pump works. Here is what we found.
What I like about the Sunpentown Dehumidifier
Water Removal - One thing I noticed about the Sunpentown dehumidifiers is that they seem to be rated, in terms of coverage area, much
more realistically than most other manufacturers. Rated for 550 Sq. Ft., the Sunpentown 70 pint works well in most large bedrooms, living rooms, or larger open spaces in the
home. From 65 to 32 pints of water removed, extraction varied as we tested in a living room and basement. Neither were terribly damp, but during the spring months when rain can
seem to drag on for days and days, indoor humidity levels tend to spike. In both instances, we were able to lower the relative humidity to 42% and 48%, respectively. Both
of these fell within our target range of 40-50% indoor relative humidity, and with use in the basement, there was a noticeable reduction in the mildew odor that has
plagued this space, and the moisture extraction is right in line with comparable room dehumidifier models.
Energy Star Qualified - Running a room dehumidifier all summer long has its benefits. From reducing moisture and keeping mold
at bay to making your indoor environment more comfortable, dehumidifiers can do a great deal of good. One downside, though, is the cost to run a dehumidifier. This is why
selecting one that is Energy Star qualified is important. Energy Star rated appliances, like Sunpentown dehumidifiers, mean lower annual operating costs, and this can mean
more in your pocket for that summer vacation. Each Sunpentown dehumidifier is Energy Star rated.
Drain Options - Most people have indoor relative humidity levels that make emptying the bucket fairly simple and not too much
of a chore. Once the humidity is driven down to where you want it, it is often easier to maintain this than to get you to this point in the first place. For other homes,
humidity is a constant source of irritation, and this is where a direct drain option is ideal. Each of the Sunpentown dehumidifiers gives you the ability to connect a
hose and allow the condensate to flow directly into a floor drain. This means no more heavy buckets of water to empty! In some spaces there may be no floor drain, and
when this is the case, you have two options. Either elevate the unit so that water can be directly drained from a hose to a sink or even out a window, or purchase
a condensate pump. With the Sunpentown 70 pint dehumidifier, the condensate pump is already in the unit!
Condensate Pump - First a note on setting up the condensate pump. It is not the easiest of tasks. While the Sunpentown 70 and 50 pint
dehumidifiers allow you to use the bucket, use a continuous drain feature or use the condensate pump, set up for each of these is different. Pay particular attention to
the user manual though, and you should be fine. Once we had the pump feature correctly set, we turned the unit on, set our humidity level and pressed the pump/continuous
drain button, and we were all set. With this option some water will collect in the bucket, but after it reaches a set point, the pump kicks on then ejects the water out
the drain hose. Take note that when setting it up or when just using the water bucket to collect condensate. The condensate pump can drop down some, so before use of when
simply putting the bucket back in place, reinstall the pump. I cannot say that setting up the pump was the easiest of tasks, but once it was all in place, it worked well, and
best of all it meant no more full buckets of water to empty!
Cost - The cost of the Sunpentown home dehumidifiers is pretty much right in line with other popular brands. Though, the addition of the
condensate in the 50 and 70 pint models make this price even more attractive. A quality condensate pump will typically cost $70-120, so in getting the dehumidifier AND the pump, the
price of these dehumidifiers is really a good one.
What I did not like about the Sunpentown Dehumidifier
We found two drawbacks with the Sunpentown dehumidifiers, first, these models have a lower CFM than many other room dehumidifiers you can find that offer the same water
removal capacity. That might not seem like much, but it is the reason why Sunpentown dehumidifiers tend to cover less area than other models. Secondly, while the pump is
certainly handy, it can sometimes be a hassle to get situated correctly. If you are simply using the water bucket, you have to keep and eye on it to make sure it doesn't drop down
and reposition it when necessary. Overall, the pump is a great idea that could have been executed a little better.
Despite any hassles with the pump model or slightly smaller coverage area, Sunpentown dehumidifiers remain an economical, effective and practical way to keep your home feeling
comfortable while reducing the chances of problems with mold, mildew or insects. The larger models work well is basements and can help to prevent wood from swelling, and help
your air conditioner by removing that cool, sticky feeling that occur even when the A/C is on. The performance is right on par with comparable room dehumidifiers, and the features
are practical, without any needless fluff. So, whether it is for use in a living room, bedroom, laundry room or basement, there is Sunpentown dehumidifier that can help you with
your home drying and moisture removal needs.