- Updated April 27, 2018
- Posted by: Shannon Ward
- Category: Amana
A dehumidifier can save you a lot of trouble when you’re facing high humidity levels; a lot of moisture in the home can not only affect your health, but it can cause the degradation of your house or apartment as well, by encouraging the production of mold and mildew, causing wood rot and many such issues. It is true that in less serious situations a normal, absorbing model can suffice, but in most instances, an electrical one is much more efficient, and usually, allows for a precise selection of humidity levels as the user desires. One such product is the Amana 70-Pint, which has been considered one of the top units on the market by numerous sources.
However, this doesn’t automatically make it suitable for any customer and any situation; it has specific features and capacities, and based on these each person must decide whether it would cater to their needs. So even if it’s not exactly what you need, reading this review may instead help you determine with more precision what it is you are looking for. As a result, you may find other Amana products who fit the description, but you shouldn’t limit yourself to just one brand, and check out our other reviews as well.
Most units don’t have any special, incredible design, and this one makes no exception. If you are interested in a designer-friendly model, you can find plenty models, but it will cost a whole lot more and you can never be too certain of its performance in dehumidifying. That being said, the Amana comes in the customary white plastic casing; it has an upright position, and in most respects, it is designed as the majority of items in its category. Its control panel is fitted on top of the device, the absorbing window is located in the front upper part, and underneath it, you find the pullout container. This design is common because it is efficient, and there wouldn’t be much room for improvement. The device is neither small nor large, measuring 12 inches in depth, 15 inches in length and 24 inches in height; it weighs about 47 pounds when empty, but it is fitted on caster wheels, so you don’t have to worry about transportation, which is done easily. What can be said about it is that it is indeed a tad smaller than other models of the kind, so it may be easier to transport or “hide” in the room.
This is a small unit, but it is by no means small in performance; although it is fitted with a container holding up to 18 pints of water, it can remove a generous 70 pints of water from the atmosphere in one day. This is quite an impressive feat, especially if you’re dealing with humidity levels over 70% – 80%; it may take some time to bring your home to regular levels, and it should be left to function uninterrupted for the first 24 hours unless you already need to empty the container. But after one day or so, you can really start to see and feel the difference.
What makes it one of the best is the fact that it has a lot of manageabilities thanks to a well-equipped control panel that allows you to customize its performance as needed. First of all, there is the On/Off button, a Fan Speed button that allows you to select between two fan speeds and two buttons that allow you to raise or lower the humidity levels you want the dehumidifier to reach. Thus, the device is fitted with a humidistat that allows you to control moisture levels with accuracy – this feature makes it practical in several situations. A LED digital display shows you the current humidity levels in the room, so you can monitor as they drop, and allows you to select the timer function. There is also a Timer button on the control panel, fit for up to 24-hour delay; thus, you can program it to start functioning at a certain hour, when you know humidity levels are too heightened, for instance. Thus, it consumes less and is more efficient; or perhaps you want it to function while you are not at home, so you can be completely undisturbed by it. Finally, there is also a button that allows you to pause functioning in case you want to check or empty the bucket. There are indicator lights that alert you when the container is full, or when the device is activating its defrost setting in order to protect its functioning.
It is also fitted with an Auto-Shutoff feature in case the container gets full and there is nobody to empty it. The same thing automatically happens when the humidity levels reach those selected by you. It also comes with a lifetime washable filter which is simply taken out and rinsed under the faucet; the filter is not efficient on a grand scale, but it does eliminate some impurities from the air, so it purifies air on some level.
|Dimensions||12” x 15” x 24”|
|Dehumidification Capacity||70 Pints|
|Reservoir Capacity||18 Pints|
|Maximum Noise Output||40 dB|
|Full Bucket Indicator/Alert||Yes|
|Warranty||1 Year|Energy Efficiency
One thing can be said for sure about and that is it is energy efficient. Not only has it been Energy Star rated, but its consumption of energy is one of the lowest in its category, and the fact that it functions at lower temperatures means it does not overheat in normal conditions; this allows it to easily adapt to a relative temperature change. The R410A refrigerant is also earth-friendly, so you don’t have to worry about a carbon footprint. Moreover, the auto-shutoff function ensures it will not function unnecessarily, and it will stop when the results are as desired.
Although it is not a quiet product, the Amana can be left on in rooms like the kitchen, living room, bathroom, basement and so on, but you will not be able to sleep with it in the same room. The noise output is probably somewhere around 40 decibels, which is lower than normal conversation but could disturb during sleep. A useful feature is that it can be connected to a continuous drainage as well, even though it doesn’t come with a special hose. It is very cheap compared to its great quality, so it stands as a real value for money that will be useful in most situations. It costs about $US 200, and it comes with a one-year full warranty.