Eva-Dry 2200 Review

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Before you jump at the dehumidifier with the lowest price tag, pay close attention to the capacity. This unit won't clear the moisture out of a large area. It doesn't have a compressor, so it's quiet, but it's also not very effective, some consumers say. Reports of the power adapter overheating also raise red flags.

The relatively inexpensive Eva-Dry 2200 (starting at $79, Amazon) is meant for smaller areas of the home, such as bathrooms and bedrooms, and many consumers who have posted Eva-Dry 2200 reviews on Amazon seem to find it adequate for those spaces. This dehumidifier has no compressor, relying instead on thermoelectric Peltier technology. It absorbs about 20.5 ounces of water per day, or a little more than a pint and a quarter -- a small fraction of the capacity promised by the conventional dehumidifiers we researched. Some reviewers who have tested this model report that a regular mechanical dehumidifier with a compressor removes far more moisture from the same room in far less time. While users see little to no increase in their electric bills, according to reviews on Amazon, this model is less efficient than the others on our list. Unlike our top picks, it does not earn an Energy Star designation.

Another complaint that pops up frequently in Eva-Dry 2200 reviews, even from satisfied customers, is that the power supply brick gets very hot. One consumer posting on Amazon reports that it actually burned a hole in the carpet.

One advantage of this dehumidifier's design is it can reportedly work at temperatures down to 34 degrees. It's also much lighter and more compact than a conventional dehumidifier, at only 7 pounds and 8 1/2 by 14 inches, so it's easy to carry from room to room as needed. The noise level is minimal, according to many Eva-Dry 2200 reviews, thanks to the small size and the absence of a compressor. The dehumidifier shuts off when the 2-liter bucket fills up. This model can't be hooked up to a hose for continuous drainage, but we saw few complaints in reviews about emptying the bucket. There is no built-in humidistat.

The Eva-Dry 2200 comes with its share of comments from users about a lack of longevity. While a report at Home Depot about a unit that was dead on arrival seems to be an anomaly, there are some Eva-Dry 2200 reviews on Amazon from consumers whose dehumidifiers died within a year. Like most other low-cost models, the Eva-Dry 2200 comes with a one-year limited warranty.

Elizabeth Sheer

Elizabeth Sheer is a Brooklyn-based writer and researcher. In addition to researching and writing about household appliances and other consumer items, Elizabeth draws on her history of preparing cooking-related articles to conduct taste tests on all things delicious.

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