Sunpentown SD-65E Dehumidifier Review

Written by Shannon Ward on . Posted in Sunpentown

If you're a regular on our website, you know by now that Sunpentown is one of the most reputed brands in dehumidifier making; several of their products are rated as some of the best on the market, and one of them was even reviewed here. As such, we thought it was the time we introduced a new product, which promises the same qualities and reliability, but which caters to different needs, and that may be just what you were looking for. If you are determined to purchase one, you are probably aware of the multiple benefits it can bring, the…

Sunpentown SD-65E

Design - 85%
Features - 85%
Energy Efficiency - 90%
Safety - 72%
Ease of Use - 88%

84%

VERY GOOD

We recommend this product because it is efficient and reliable; it can absorb 65 pints of moisture per day and can be connected for continuous drainage, thus being fit for unsupervised functioning.

User Rating: 2.49 ( 10 votes)

If you’re a regular on our website, you know by now that Sunpentown is one of the most reputed brands in dehumidifier making; several of their products are rated as some of the best on the market, and one of them was even reviewed here. As such, we thought it was the time we introduced a new product, which promises the same qualities and reliability, but which caters to different needs, and that may be just what you were looking for. If you are determined to purchase one, you are probably aware of the multiple benefits it can bring, the most important of which is the protection of your health. As such, it can even function for disease protection against airborne viruses, even if we’re talking about the seasonal cold or flu.

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The Sunpentown SD-65E is a practical and efficient device that will eliminate excess moisture from the air, leaving you with a cleaner, more comfortable atmosphere in the house. It will prevent the apparition of new mold and mildew, thus protecting the integrity of your home as well. Running a quiet operation that will not interfere with your relaxation or work, it can improve your lifestyle; the information below will clear any questions or doubts related to it.

Design

Most dehumidifiers have a rather disappointing design, and unfortunately, this one is no exception; although its functionality far surpasses the importance of an aesthetic design, you can’t but feel a little disappointed that they haven’t come up with more solutions by now, such as adding a bit of color to those common white carcasses, for instance. Most dehumidifiers of this kind have a similar, upright, freestanding position, covered with a bulky white carcass and some holes for the fans and filters to work through. Of course, with a bit of research, you should be able to find some designer models that blend better with normal interior decor and colors, but those aren’t so bright when it comes to functionality, and will cost a pretty penny. Now that we’ve cleared that off, the item doesn’t look so bad, does it? In fact, it is quite appealing. The bottom part of the front side comes with a very capacious container that features a small transparent window that allows you to see when it gets full. The simple and efficient control panel is located on top for easy reach and a more efficient industrial design result.

Features

As its name suggests, the Sunpentown SD-65E has the capacity of absorbing an astounding 65 pints of moisture per day; it has been specifically designed to solve humidity problems in very large areas, which is why it is efficient in spaces of up to 500 square feet. The control panel features a small LED digital display that informs you of the current humidity levels in the room; two Plus and Minus buttons allow you to select the levels of humidity you want to obtain in the room; this is done in increments of 5% between the values of 35% and 80%. This means it is not perfectly accurate, but it should be sufficient for most general needs; moreover, it has a minimal limit, so you don’t risk over-drying the atmosphere and reaching the opposite extreme. A Fan button allows you to select between two fan settings (Normal and Turbo), depending on how much humidity you need to eliminate, or on how fast you need it to perform its duty. The control panel also features a defrost option that is activated automatically when the room temperature becomes too low, and a full bucket indicator with LED lights that notifies you when the container is filled to capacity.

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Speaking of capacity, this dehumidifier’s container has a maximum capacity of about 21 pints, so it if needs to remove a lot of excess moisture, it will have to be emptied several times a day. Nevertheless, it features an auto-shutoff setting that commands it to turn itself off when the container is full, so as to avoid any spilling. You can also use the drain function for continuous drain if you wish to use it in a very humid area and leave it unsupervised. While it doesn’t come with its own hose, finding an appropriate one and point it to the nearest drain hole shouldn’t be too complicated. The device has a filter to block some of the pollutants in the air, but don’t expect much efficiency in that area; it is a lifetime washable filter, but there is no indicator to let you know when it needs to be washed. You will need to rely on your own common sense for this task.

It also has a memory function, which means it will retain its last settings whether it is restarted by a power outing, or simply turned off by you. As for its size, it measures 18 inches in width, 15 inches in depth, and 26 inches in height. It weighs a bit too much at its 45 pounds, but it is fitted on resistant caster wheels that allow you to push or drag it around in any direction.

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Energy Efficiency

This is definitely an energy efficient, Energy Star rated product; it consumes the least amount of energy for a maximum of potential. Its two fan speed settings allow you to set it according to specific needs and conditions, so it doesn’t have to consume the same every time; after it brings down home humidity to more regular levels, you will rarely have to use it on Turbo mode, which is also noisier.

Other Considerations

Overall, this item is quite easy to use; in all respects, it functions just like any other dehumidifier. The control panel allows you to set it to the limits you prefer, you can adjust humidity levels with a fair degree of accuracy, and you have a bucket full indicator that eliminates spillage risks. What makes it a little less convenient is the noise output, which ranges between 56 and 59 decibels depending on fan speed. However, its price is quite reasonable in comparison to its performance and to other similar products; thus, you should be able to purchase it for about $250 – $300 depending on your location and the retailer. The manufacturer also offers a one-year warranty that covers manufacturer defects and other damages.

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Comments (5)

  • Robin

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    I have a Sunpentown SD-65E myself. The overall performance is great, but it’s very annoying that I have to empty the reservoir about 2-3 times per day, this being the reason why I’m considering to connect it to a drain.

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  • Randal

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    How do I figure out when it’s time to wash the filter?

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    • June Spencer

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      Unfortunately, this model doesn’t feature an indicator that announces you when it’s time to wash the filter. What’s best for you to do is to wash it about once every 3-4 weeks to ensure that it doesn’t get clogged up.

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  • Lyle

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    I want to use it in an apartment and I am afraid it will be too loud and that my neighbors will be disturbed. Can you tell me how loud it is on the highest level? Thanks.

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    • Walter

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      I can’t tell you the exact noise level but what I can say is that I have mine in the basement and I can’t hear it from the living room. As such, I don’t think it will be disturbing for the other apartments.

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