At 8½ inches high, this pint-sized dehumidifier is the perfect size for keeping on a desk. Capable of handling up to 150 sq. ft and with a noise level that’s hardly noticeable, this will be a cool addition to any office lacking air conditioning when summer rolls around.
It will be much less useful during other months, however: the Pro Breeze 1200 doesn’t do at all well when the temperature is below 60 °F. This is typical of all dehumidifiers (except the AlorAir, which is a different kind of animal entirely), but cooler weather will definitely bring this economy option’s lethargic performance to the forefront.
It will also struggle to handle a larger room, one with lots of air coming in from outside or anywhere the humidity is constantly being raised, like a kitchen or bathroom. As long as you use it as intended, though, you will definitely notice an improvement in your comfort level.
Handy and Very Easy to Use
This is one product you won’t need to study the manual to use: a simple toggle switch and two indicator lights are all there is to the user interface. Unfortunately, this means that you can’t set a humidity level of your choice. With this dehumidifier’s low water extraction capability, this wouldn’t make much difference anyway – it gathers only about a third as much water as the Afloia.
When the 16 oz water bucket is empty, the entire unit weighs only 2½ pounds. As with the Afloia, this tank is closed except for a drain hole on top, which can be sealed with a plug attached to the tank itself. It also stops working automatically when the reservoir is nearly full, so it shouldn’t spill even if someone bumps into it. At the same time, this feature represents a hygiene issue, at least if you don’t allow it to dry out completely when not in use.
This unit runs off a 9 volt D.C. converter, so in that sense it’s ideal for use in a boat cabin or even a car to keep the windows from fogging up (with the proper voltage converter and perhaps some wiring, of course). You can also use an extension cord if you want to dry out a closet, since the Pro Breeze draws a mere 20 watts of power – you could even run it off a power bank that supports a nine volt output.
Cute, But About What You’d Expect at this Price
Some people will like the transparent tank and an appearance that shouts “I’m a gadget!”. Most, however, will probably prefer the ultra-modern styling of the Hauture Mini – another good dehumidifier. It’s similar in nearly every way: price, performance and easy of use. The Hauture, however, is somewhat quieter and much smaller. It also comes with a 2-year warranty, while the Pro Breeze is only covered for 1.
If you’re really having a problem with humidity in a particular room, or you want something you convenient for taking with you, either this or the Hauture is a good choice. You should also look at other low-cost options, though. A simple extractor fan, for instance, can do wonders even in a genuinely tropical climate.
- Runs off 9 Volts D.C.
- Only suitable for small spaces
- Mold may grow in tank
- Performs poorly in cool environments