The Santa Fe Classic is the most powerful of all the dehumidifiers covered in our sources. Capable of removing up to 110 pints of water from the air per day, it can dehumidify an area as large as 2,500 square feet. It is also extremely energy efficient, exceeding Energy Star requirements by a significant margin. Reviewers at AllergyBuyersClub.com, a retail site that supplies products for allergy sufferers, praise this dehumidifier's two-stage filtration system with a foam pre-filter and a pleated fabric filter. Both are washable, though they will need to be replaced after a couple of years.
However, they also note that this dehumidifier is not particularly quiet, and its 110-pound weight may make it hard to carry down to the basement. Two other drawbacks are the Classic's lack of a water-collection bin -- it must be hooked up to a floor drain by means of a hose -- and the fact that it cannot run at temperatures below 53 degrees Fahrenheit. If either of these problems is a deal breaker for you, consider the 70-pint Danby DDR7009REE (*Est. $210), which costs much less and gets excellent reviews for its performance and reliability.
The most thorough review of the Santa Fe Classic is at AllergyBuyersClub.com, where editors discuss its various features in detail. We also found more than 200 user reviews for this dehumidifier at Sylvane.com, DehumidifierExperts.com and AllergyBuyersClub.com. The Energy Star website run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy provides useful information about this dehumidifier's energy efficiency.
The Santa Fe Classic receives a 5-star rating (out of 5) from reviewers who call it a "workhorse" with tremendous capacity, low energy use and easy-to-use controls. They also note the dehumidifier's two main drawbacks: its weight and noise level. The handful of users who review the Santa Fe Classic on this site also give it a perfect 5-star rating.
Review: Santa Fe Classic Dehumidifiers, Editors of AllergyBuyersClub.com
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency measures dehumidifier efficiency in liters of water removed per kilowatt-hour of energy consumed. Testing shows the Santa Fe Classic has an energy factor of 2.65, much higher than most indoor dehumidifiers.
Review: Dehumidifiers for Consumers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy, Last updated March 16, 2012
We found more than 125 user reviews for the Santa Fe Classic at this retail site. Owners give the dehumidifier an overall rating of 4.7 stars out of 5, with praise for its performance, efficiency and quiet operation. Only a few complain that it is too noisy, too expensive or too slow-working.
Review: Santa Fe Classic Basement & Whole House Dehumidifier (4029700), Contributors to DehumidifierExperts.com
The Santa Fe Classic receives an overall rating of 4.6 stars out of 5 from more than 80 users at Sylvane.com. Owners find this dehumidifier effective and easy to install, but they are divided over whether its noise level is acceptable. A couple of users complain that getting repairs is difficult.
Review: Santa Fe Classic Dehumidifier, Contributors to Sylvane.com