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hOmeLabs 70 Pint Dehumidifier Review: HME020031N Version

We're a big fan of hOmeLabs products. No exception with hOmeLabs 70 Pint Dehumidifier. The ideal model to deal with damp basement and garage infested with mold. It is designed to be user-friendly, reliable, and will dehumidify the air as intended. But what exactly is HME020031N selling point? Why should you pick this over the other 70-pint model? Should you step down to the 50-pint version to save some money? All of your questions shall be answered in our hOmeLabs 70 Pint review below.
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^ Annual filter cost is calculated based on filter price and 12 hours of usage. Pricing could vary depending on air quality, usage frequency, and speed.

hOmeLabs HME020031N 70-pint Specification

ProducthOmeLabs HME020031N 70-pint
Dimension
15.4 x 24.3 x 11 in
(39.1 x 61.7 x 27.9 cm)
Weight40 lb (18.1 kg)
Fanspeed2
Coverage (up to)4500 sq. ft. (418 m2)
Airflow speed
Capacity70 pints (45 pints DOE 2019)
Water tank1.8 gallon (14.4 pints)
Noise level
Power consumption
Timer/ Scheduler24-hour
FilterYes
Auto shut offYES
Continuous pumpVARY
Gravity drainageYES
DefrostYES
CastersYES
More color options
Wi-Fi/ BTBluetooth
ENERGY STARYES
Remote control
Child lock
Warranty2 years
Email/ Phone supportYES

Highlights

  • 2 Fan speeds (Normal, Turbo)
  • Digital Humidistat with filer change reminder
  • Automatically shut-off, restart, defrost
  • Continuous mode
  • Washable air filter
  • 14.4 pint water tank
  • 24-hour timer
  • Casters

Usability

Infused with a clean and modern look, the hOmeLabs 70 Pint dehumidifier will fit well in any home decor design. At 15.4 x 24.3 x 11 in and 40 lb weight, the white color housing will take up a large chunk of living space. Moving the dehumidifier around is not hard thanks to the side grabbing handles, heavy-duty casters, and the slightly lighter bodyweight. With air inlet and outlet tuck away from the eye-view, you will only find a water level window prominently display upfront. Speaking of the bucket, removing and reinserting the bucket is dead-easy. The deep 1.8 gallons will hold a high volume of water even if you leave it on 24×7. On normal use in a wet humidity room, you will only have to do it every 1-3 days.

Moving to the back, the air intake is located behind the big air filter grille. The air filter can be easily taken out for cleaning, unlike some models that require removing the whole panel. Below the grille, there is a drain hose slot that you can connect to a garden hose for a gravity pump. Right below it is the power cord bucket slot that is unique in hOmeLabs. It is there to prevents other people from tripping on the cord by wrapping around it.

hOmeLabs 70 Pint controls

Let’s jump to the controls. Starting from the left, you have the comfort button that will automatically set a comfortable and healthy level based on the ambient temperature. Example: <65 ˚F 6 (55%), 65 -77 ˚F (50%), >77 ˚F (45%). The filter button is only used to reset the check time after you have clean the filter. When the clean filter light starts flashing, it is time to clean the filter. Next, pressing the continuous button will activate/ deactivate the continuous dehumidifying operation. Pressing the Turbo button will cycle between normal and high fan speed. Left/ Right buttons has 2 distinctive functions. It can deactivate continuous mode and set a specific humidity level between 35-85% relative humidity level with +-5% increment. By pressing the timer button, it can set a time on when to turn on or off the dehumidifier. You can refer to the LED display during adjustment or check on the current humidity level.

Overall we are happy with hOmeLabs 70 Pint dehumidifier build quality and the extended 2 years warranty is the perfect icing on the cake. With proper care and maintenance, hOmeLabs will last for many years to come.

Dehumidification Technology

Breathe and sleep better with no allergies like cough, sneeze, itchiness to irritate you. hOmeLabs 70 pint capacity dehumidifier is great at reducing indoor dampness and musty odor. Normal airflow speed is at 165 cfm speed to a max 188 cfm airflow speed. At full speed, the dehumidifier can remove moisture up to 4500 square feet of room space. You can easily place hOmeLabs in the living room, basement. garage, lounge, and even multiple rooms with doors wide open. For long-hour operation, there is a 24-hour timer standing by even when you are away for work. In short, if you want a 70-pint dehumidifier that delivers stable and punchy airflow, this is the right model.

hOmeLabs dehumidifier refrigerative technology helps remove airborne allergens like mold, mildew that thrive in wet conditions. It also protects the home furniture from water damage and rust. Through its built-in pump compressor, the damp air will first be cleansed by the filter. With most particles like dust, hair, pet dander, mold removed, the clean air will then pass through the refrigerated coils. After going through condensation, water will be extracted out and drip down to the bucket or direct drainage. The now dry air will then disperse out as vapor and the dehumidification process will start all over again until a humidity point is reached (under 50 percent).

Despite being a 70-pint model, hOmeLabs HME020031N can be pretty silent at low speed with only mild humming fan noise. If you enjoy sleeping with mild background white noise, hOmeLabs HME020031N will do just fine. At high speed though, it is considerably loud thus not suitable for night use or during work. As for power consumption, hOmeLabs is Energy Star Certified but energy usage is very much a 70-pint model. expect relatively high power consumption if you operate at high speed for more than 12 hours.

Price Guide

There's a price for everything and that's certainly the case for hOmeLabs 70 Pint dehumidifier. The exceptional build quality and performance push the price close to 250 before any discount. You can find a cheaper, less-known 70-pint model out there if you don't mind sacrificing on quality. Nevertheless, what you paid is a one-off fee so why not invest in a quality product. I would highly recommend you to stick with hOmeLabs but downgrade to a 50-pint model if you want to spend less on a dehumidifier.
As mentioned earlier, hOmeLabs 70 Pint Dehumidifier comes with great online discounts that you can easily find on Amazon with free shipping. You can also try your luck on the official website but you will lose out on the hassle-free shopping experience on Amazon. We manage to find some attractive deals in Walmart and Target as well but the pricing still falls short compare to Amazon's price.

Alternatives

Friedrich D70BPA 70 Pint Dehumidifier

Friedrich D70BP 70-pint

Around the same price but comes with a smaller bucket and without the comfort mode. Instead, it comes with a built-in pump that is useful to automatically flush out the water.
Danby 70 Pint Dehumidifier

Danby 70-Pint

A different brand with identical specifications but at a much higher price. Go with this if you want the Danby logo.

Pros

  • Modern design with built-in handles, wheels, drain hose outlet, and filter.
  • Stop microorganisms' growth and odor by removing moisture between 3,000 to 4,500 square feet of coverage.
  • Adjustable humidity with dedicated timer, continuous mode, filter, and turbo mode.
  • Large water tank with indicator and automatic shut-off.
  • Support direct hose/ gravity drainage mode.

Cons

  • Bulky and heavy body.
  • The pump is not included in the package. Requires external garden hose.
  • Slow in defrosting with a slightly flimsy drain hose part.
hOmeLabs 70 Pint Dehumidifier HME020031N

Kingston Kay

Growing up in New Orleans; one of the highest relative humidity in the United States, Kingston Kay knows a thing or two about humidity. Besides reviewing dehumidifiers for living, you will find him gyming in the basement.

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