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Ionmax 612 Desiccant Dehumidifier $369 Delivered @ Appliances Online

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Normally in the low to mid $400's. Though this is a pre order as they don't have stock.

Dessiccant type dehumidifier. These are good in cool weather to dry out your room which can minimise condensation (and mould growth). I have the Ionmax612 and use it in a room about 4x7m which seems a good match. Much bigger a space I'd go for a bigger one. This brand is a Choice pick (not that I put much faith in Choice). Uses about 200-400 watts. On high is about as loud as a pedestal fan on medium/high. On low you can watch tv fine.

There are a few on this link
https://www.appliancesonline.com.au/filter/heating-and-cooli...

To help you pick between desiccant or compressor type:
https://www.andatechdistribution.com.au/blogs/news/desiccant...

My experience is I had a persistent cough that I just couldn't clear up over months (this was a year or so ago). I bought a humidifier thinking steam was the thing to do (like a Vicks steamer, which I also tried). Nope. My GP said his kids had the same issue and he spoke to a respiratory specialist who said in a heat pump heated home he should try a dehumidifier. It worked for him - and for me.

It also makes the room feel warmer (and can help dry out clothes on a rack).

Also a possible option would be the Breville All Climate (desiccant type) at $359 that mangalossi linked to in the comments. It does use more power and has fancier air filters - I always wonder about cost and future availability of filters for machines like this.

The Ionmax has a basic flat polyester (?) gauze type filter which looks washable. I don't think it'd ever need to be replaced.

I also recommend getting a simple indoor/outdoor temperature & humidity monitor so you know when to turn it on and when to air the house with fresh outside air (about $20-25).

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  • +3 votes

    Breville The All Climate Dehumidifier is also on sale, $10 cheaper than this and slightly better spec. I just bought one the other week and have no problems with it with reducing humidity in the room, especially in winter weather as the room can get below 10ÂșC.

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      I can't see to find a reason why this one https://www.amazon.com.au/Breville-Smart-Dehumidifier-White-... is different. Seems to be cheaper and handle bigger rooms? Perhaps a compressor instead as it doesn't specify.

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        The Smart dehumidifier is refrigerant based, it may not work well in winter. The All Climate is desiccant and is ideal for winter.

        I did my research before buying and saw both products in the shops, I found the Smart one felt cheaply made and the water tank was quite flimsy. The All Climate felt more sturdy and well built.

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          I'm surprised they don't say this on their site. That's a good option, though uses more power. Breville make decent products. Choice did pick the Ionmax range over a Breville, but that was a few years ago. The Breville ones could have changed and Choice are a bit light weight anyway.

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      How good is this one for dust etc?

      • +1 vote

        It's a dehumidifier, not an air purifier. It's likely got a filter but won't serve the same purpose as a purifier.

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    Thanks OP

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    I've had the Ionmax 610 for a few years and it worked as expected without any problems. This is a decent price for its bigger brother.

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    These units are great, I bought one last winter from Kogan for 299(!), and another this winter from Appliances Online for 369, same price as this post.

    Very reliable and efficient at reducing humidity in cold rooms, I bought the second to dry clothes on laundry mode, it really works well.

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    What do you think of the Ionmax brand as opposed to other big name electronic brands that also make dehumidifiers (e.g Breville, LG, Samsung, etc)?

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      I have a few Ionmax products - humidifier (which as it turns out was the wrong thing to buy for my use), a FAR Infrared radiator and this dehumidifier. They all seem quality products. I think they only sell online. I've never seen them in shops (mind you I hardly ever go into a shop nowadays).

      I've never had a warranty issue so don't know what their support is like. I'd have no problem with Ionmax or Breville. Often with brand names it's just badge engineering and you can tell the underlying product comes from the same source. This seems the case with dehumidifiers as a lot seem to have identical controls, just different buttons and plastic casing.

      The most important thing seems to pick between desiccant or compressor depending on how you want to use it. I wouldn't consider any air filtering to be important as it's only going to be cursory. Even a lot of supposedly proper air filters are rubbish.

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      Desiccant dehumidifiers are basic devices - a slow rotating desiccant disc (a honeycomb-like made of zeolite), a small heater to dry the desiccant (this is what accounts for most of the wattage), and a large fan behind a filter. I don't think the brand matters much. I'd make the comparison based on the power consumption (W) and water extraction (L/day).

  • +1 vote

    Compressor dehumidifier is a must have in QLD
    Don't even bother with dessicant if you don't wanna heat up your room

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      I suspect that is correct as I'm using it in Tasmania in winter. It does produce heat. Although the Breville is 'All Climate' and would work in summer (as would any desiccant type) - as skid describes above, they work by heat, which you probably wouldn't want if using it in summer.

      However if you have both winter and summer humidity issues and can't justify one of each type - the desiccant type would be the best one. Maybe use the air con on Dry mode instead (or as well) in summer?

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        Winter never gets cold enough for compressor dehumidifiers to become inefficient enough to warrant a dessicant model, plus they're more energy efficient Vs dessicant, remove A LOT more water per kWh in warmer climates.

        The real tradeoff is noise. Compressor for bigger models is always loud as (profanity)

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          Maybe your winter doesn't, but according to the link in the OP anywhere it gets below 15 degrees desiccant is better. It seems it's really down to which season you most need it and where in Australia you live.

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            @wfdTamar: You're exactly right, it's completely dependent on where you live and when you need it. Neither are superior but have their own use applications.

  • +1 vote

    This post is timely as I just started looking into a dehumidifier to reduce condensation. Do you know how this might compare with the Ausclimate NWT models?

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      That's a compressor model (from my reading of the specs - it says 'rotary'). If you're in a colder area, or specifically want it for winter use, you should get a desiccant type.

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        Thanks for the advice and your link regarding the difference between a desiccant and compressor was really helpful. Yes only needing it during the winter months in VIC.

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      I have two ausclimate nwt's, they're great.
      But I live in QLD so compressor one is perfect

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    I was thinking of getting my linked one or its smaller sibling from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com.au/Dehumidifier-Compact-Portable-Mois...

    I assume its not in the same class as the OP one but if there anything particularly bad with it?

    Background: Sydney climate, will use in a damp room at our place, 4m x 5m, which is usually a few degrees below ambient and humidity around 70% on average

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      Honestly that is a waste of money. It can only do 750 pls in 24 hours. That might be enough for a toilet, but will be useless in any habitable room. My Ionmax612 takes about 4-6 hours on high to get 2 litres (though I'm just guessing from memory. I've never timed it - and it probably depends how humid the room is). I would go for an entry level compressor model, say the cheapest on this page (as an example) - $172:

      https://www.appliancesonline.com.au/filter/heating-and-cooli...

      Note also there are two measurements used. I see a lot of the ones on Amazon are using the capacity of the 'waste' tank in the title, but more important is the extraction rate per day. So those cheap ones are sub 1 litre - pathetic. I have a 7 litre per day in a room about 4 x 7 metres and I wouldn't go for a machine much smaller than that or you'd have to run it all the time.

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