I have needed to use dehumidifiers in my basement apartment for years. This is the worst one I have ever tried. It's made in China, in case you were wondering, although the quality seems to be fine.
First of all, there is no remote control as the Walmart website indicates. Which isn't really important.
What is important, is that this unit, which is not inexpensive, has no automatic shutoff when the pre-set humidity level is reached! It just keeps running and running forever until you manually turn it off. Yes, there is a digital humidity gauge and preset display, which is apparently designed to shut the compressor off when the pre-set is reached, but not the noisy fan. In my case it didn't even do that.
Further, I was not able to get it to dry the room lower than 50% humidity, and the room is not that big. It was able to pull ambient 65% down to 50% in 24 hours and maxed out at that point, even though I set the pre-set at 45%.
If you want this unit to just temporarily dry out a space to no better than 50%, it will do fine for you. If you want it for a living space or bedroom and to operate automatically, forget it. If you want to see about 45% humidity, forget it.
The fan is very noisy, more so than my previous Kenmore unit. The fan speed setting is meaningless, because the dehumidifier will periodically revert the fan to high speed, apparently to defrost the coils, and that goes on constantly and will drive you nuts.
The manual says the it shuts off when the bucket is removed. Well, no it does not. Possibly the compressor shuts off when the bucket is removed, but not the fan or the unit itself. The bucket is easily removable, but small and does not hold much water (50 pints means how much water it removes from the air, not the size of the bucket.)
Bottom line - this unit is totally unsuitable for an occupied living space, because it's too loud, and does not have automatic operation. It's incapable of easily reducing the humidity below 50%, as well.
If you know what to expect in a dehumidifier, it would be hard to believe you would be happy with this thing.
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