Product Type: Argos heaters
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Remove moisture build up!
Argos 10 Litre Dehumidifier
Member Name: daniella2202
Argos 10 Litre Dehumidifier
Advantages: Removes excess moisture and condensation building up on windows
Disadvantages: It is slightly noisy and makes my room quite hot but most of all the price is excessive!
In November last year I had been in halls at university for 1 month. I was very fortunate to get the halls of my choice with an en-suite. However this did create problems. I was on the ground floor of the block of halls so I rarely opened my windows just because we had been warned many times about people having all their items stolen from their rooms for leaving their windows open. I am one of those people that if I have used the iron or my hair straighteners that when I leave the house I get paranoid that I have left them on or forgotten to lock the door. Therefore I thought I don't want to open my window and be paranoid that I've forgotten to shut it.
The problem that this created was that after having a shower it steamed up my room and a lot of water vapour started to appear on my windows which would be there all day. Most people on the same floor as me had this same problem. Plus to top it off I did a lot of washing by hand to prevent having to lug all my washing to the nearest washing machines on campus which was quite far away. So this posed more problems with condensation as some of my clothes would dry in my room.
This problem always reminds me of what my driving instructor said to me which made me feel very uncomfortable with him being a good 40 years older than me... he said if the car ever gets a moisture build up or it gets steamed up by goodness knows what you might be doing on the backseat with your boyfriend then just press this button to remove it. Yes cringe! But I can assure you the moisture build up in my room was not due to hot steamy sex... just the mundane things like a shower!
So one day when I was walking through town with my dad (he had come up to visit me at uni for the day) we walked past Argos. He stopped and said he just wanted to check out dehumidifiers to prevent the condensation build up in my room. I have never bought one before and thought they would perhaps retail at around £30 to £40. But then in the Argos catalogue we came across the Argos value range dehumidifier which was a pricey £89.99. My dad very kindly (knowing I was already struggling with money at uni) asked me if I wanted him to buy it for me. I instantly said no way at that price. But he said if it does the job it's worth it. So he bought it and I got it back to my room at uni.
It was much smaller than I thought it would be. It measures height 42cm, width 33cm and depth 26cm and it is a 1.5 litre tank. It was slightly noisy when switched on but this didn't bother me because it either drowned out the noise of other people either side of me in my halls or I left it on when I was at a lecture. It is white and blue in colour and I put it just by my window. It has a simple on/off switch and a long cable with a plug on the end. What I liked about it was when it was full with water it automatically turned itself off and you could see how much water it had taken in with a visible water level section at the front of the dehumidifier.
It was very easy to remove the tank of water just by pulling it out of the side and I poured the water down the toilet each time but as my dad warned me I should put the toilet seat down afterwards so as the water didn't go straight back into the air of my bedroom and back onto my windows as condensation, or else it is a losing battle.
In one day I managed to empty around 4 or 5 full tanks, which in my opinion is quite a lot of water! The instructions for the dehumidifier states that it will remove up to 10 litres of water/moisture per day. After half a day of use the condensation on my windows cleared quite rapidly. The main downfall of this product for me was that the mechanism of it somehow made my room boiling hot.
***My overall verdict***
If I had to buy a dehumidifier and it hadn't have been my dad who had bought it at the time, I don't think I could ever allow myself to pay nearly £90.00 for this item. To me that is just a bit too pricey and I am sure if we had shopped around online we would have found a cheaper one. To be honest though I was shocked that it was this price especially with it being in the Argos value range which is like the Tesco Basics range (slightly cheaper). But I have to review it fairly and despite the price it does its job of removing moisture in my room very well. I was impressed with how much water it removed per day. Also it is not the ugliest looking appliance either which is always a positive sign. All in all I will give it 4 out of 5 stars, 1 star lost purely on the price, I cannot fault the actual appliance.
Summary: A great appliance to remove moisture build up in small rooms