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Santa Fe Classic

*Est. $1,600
Reviewed
July 2013
by ConsumerSearch
Santa Fe Classic

Pros
  • Large capacity
  • Energy efficient
  • Two-stage filtration with washable filters
Cons
  • Heavy and noisy
  • No water receptacle
  • Will not run below 53 degrees Fahrenheit
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Bottom line

The Santa Fe Classic is a compact dehumidifier that's ideal for use in basements and crawl spaces up to 3,000 square feet. An optional duct kit allows this unit to direct dry air through ductwork to other areas of the home. There are a variety of optional features available, such as a noise reduction kit and remote humidistat, both of which enhance the versatility of this dehumidifier.

Performance

Packed with options for versatility. The Santa Fe Classic will maintain relative humidity of about 50 percent at temperatures of 53 degrees Fahrenheit or higher and can maintain areas of up to 3,000 square feet. According to Sylvane.com, this unit will remove about 110 pints of excess moisture per day under ideal conditions (80 degrees Fahrenheit and 60 percent relative humidity).

There are a number of optional add-ons for the Santa Fe Classic, including a remote humidistat and duct kit, which makes it possible to access tight areas like a crawl space. There's also a switch on the unit for continuous blower operation independent of the dehumidifier.

Editors at DehumidifierExperts.com say this unit "can operate as a 'stand-alone' dehumidifier; simply plug it in, route the condensate hose to a drain, and set the dehumidistat." They also note that it's ideal for crawl spaces and basements thanks to its ability to operate at lower temperatures (down to 53 degrees Fahrenheit). However, other models, such as the Frigidaire 70-Pint Dehumidifier FAD704DUD (*Est. $250) can operate at temperatures as low as 37 degrees Fahrenheit.

Ease of use

Easy setup, little maintenance. The Santa Fe Classic has a 10-foot power cord, an 8-foot drain hose and caster wheels for convenience. Editors of AllergyBuyersClub.com commend the Santa Fe Classic's drainage system operation, including ease of the hose attachment. They also appreciate its easy filter access for cleaning, removal and re-installation.

Setup is easy, according to editors of Sylvane.com, who say, "Simply plug it into a standard 15-amp 115-volt grounded outlet, attach the supplied drain hose, and route it to a nearby floor drain." The controls are simple, with an easy-adjust knob for humidity control and a single switch to operate the fan. Moreover, because this unit sets up to drain automatically, there are no collection canisters to empty.

Noise

Optional noise muffler. Editors of Sylvane.com say the Santa Fe Classic dehumidifier has a noise level between 58 and 62 decibels at a distance of about 6 feet from the unit, which is about the same level as quiet to normal conversation. However, when judged as background noise in a living area, some users complain that it's too loud. An optional noise reduction kit is beneficial when using the unit in living areas where you want to keep noise to a minimum.

Cost of ownership

Expensive, but performance is worth it. The Santa Fe Classic is one of the most expensive dehumidifiers on the market. However, owners at AllergyBuyersClub.com say it's worth the cost, and reviewers at DehumidifierExpert.com offer high ratings as well. One owner says, "I am so happy we decided to invest in this dehumidifier. It was not cheap, but we had already gone through four cheap ones in the past with unacceptable results, so it has definitely been worth the price and then some. I highly recommend it." The Santa Fe Classic is backed by a one-year warranty and a five-year warranty on the refrigeration system.

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Our Sources

1. AllergyBuyersClub.com

The Santa Fe Classic receives a 4.5-star rating (out of 5) from editors 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 10 users who review the Santa Fe Classic on this site give it an average 4.8-star rating.

Review: Santa Fe Classic Dehumidifiers, Editors of AllergyBuyersClub.com, As of July 2013

2. ENERGYSTAR.gov

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 3, much higher than most indoor dehumidifiers. No feedback on performance or other factors is included, however.

Review: Dehumidifiers for Consumers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy, Updated June 10, 2013

3. DehumidifierExperts.com

We about 140 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. There are more than 70 questions with accompanying answers that provide more detailed information on the Santa Fe Classic's features and functions.

Review: Santa Fe Classic Basement & Whole House Dehumidifier (4029700), Contributors to DehumidifierExperts.com, As of July 2013

4. Sylvane.com

The Santa Fe Classic receives an overall rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 from more than 110 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, As of July 2013

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