Ivation are a well-regarded manufacturer of household products. Amongst these consumer products are a wide range of dehumidifiers which are perfect for any home or indoor environment. Their most popular models are their full-sized 70, 50 and 30 pint dehumidifiers which are amongst the best in the industry.
This review will be focussed on the Ivation IVALDH70PW 70 pint variant but will provide a useful point of reference even if you’re looking to purchase one of the smaller capacity models as the feature sets are broadly the same.
Features And Benefits
As with any 70 pint dehumidifier, this model is capable of removing anywhere up to 70 pints of water and moisture from the atmosphere in any 24 hour period. This translates into a level of performance that is suitable for both small and large spaces (up to 4500 sq. ft) alike, regardless of their level of humidity.
In contrast, a 30 pint dehumidifier would be suited to a smaller area.
Peltier Super Quiet Technology
Dehumidifier technology has come a long way over the last decade with many innovations which have improved the efficiency of all consumer dehumidifiers. One of these advances is the utilization of super quiet technology which is designed to make dehumidifiers less obtrusive in use.
The average sound output for this model is 56 decibels whilst on the highest of its two settings, making this dehumidifier suitable for a range of living spaces including your lounge, study and even your bedroom.
Built In RHT Meter (Digital Humidistat)
As you would expect, a digital humidistat is provided as part of the appliance which enables you to set both the level of humidity reduction required in addition to the ability to calculate the current level of relative humidity in any environment.
The level of humidity can be set to between 35% and 85% which is sufficient for any indoor space and provides you with a significant amount of flexibility and control.
As a guide, mold and mildew as well as a variety of allergens grow and spread far easier as soon as the atmosphere reaches 60% humidity. We find that most homeowners will be happy with a setting of around 45% humidity as this provides for a happy medium.
The operating temperature range for this model is specified at between 41 - 95 degrees Fahrenheit which is the same as most full-sized consumer grade dehumidifiers.
Easy Empty Reservoir
The onboard drainage bucket has a water capacity of 10 pints which equates to 1.25 gallons of water. In operation, this means that you will be required to empty the reservoir up to every 3 to 4 hours dependant on the humidity level of the space you are dehumidifying.
During testing, we were not required to empty the water reservoir any more frequently than once a day whilst being used in an average sized open lounge with a medium level (55%) of humidity.
Ivation market their water reservoir as easy empty and we would agree. Simply remove, discard the collected water and reattach to the appliance.
Optional Drain Hose Capability
As with most dehumidifiers of this size category, you are provided with the option of attaching a section of hose which will allow you to take advantage of the continuous drainage mode.
A hose isn’t supplied with this model, but a suitable length of hose can be obtained from any garden centre or DIY store.
Washable Air Filter
Increasingly common in this industry is the inclusion of a washable air filter which is designed to be removed for cleaning as required. This Ivation model is no different and its easily accessible filter can be removed whenever required.
This model has an integrated filter alert which will tell you exactly when the filter requires attention, but we would suggest washing the filter at least once a month to ensure efficient operation.
As is standard with most dehumidifiers, this model includes an auto restart function which is designed to facilitate easy restart in the event of a power cut.
If you use your device in a difficult to access location, this is a feature that you can’t do without.
Power outages can be commonplace depending on where you reside in the country. Thankfully, dehumidifiers are built with this in mind and often come fitted with a function that allows an automatic restart whenever power is lost.
Perfect if you intend to use your dehumidifier in a difficult or awkward to access location.
Energy Star Certified
An energy star certification is important for every electronic device that you use within your home if you are concerned with reducing your energy bills. Thankfully, most recently manufactured dehumidifiers are capable of meeting this certification.
The maximum power draw for this model is 6.9 amps or 720 watts which is a peak figure and is unlikely to be sustained in regular use. We find that around 600 watts of power is a typical consumption figure during normal operation.
Pros And Cons
The features that are provided with this model are fairly standard across the industry. Far more important is how a dehumidifier stacks up in real world use, so we’ve included a pros and cons section to help you decide.
- Easy to use. Ivation dehumidifiers are simple to operate via their intuitive control panels. Simply plug it in, switch it on and choose one of the available programs or set your desired humidity level.
- Quiet. There are quieter models available but this one is still quiet and better than average.
- Adaptable to any environment. This model is perfect for use within any domestic or commercial environment, regardless of the temperature due to features such as an auto defrost function.
- Powerful and efficient. As a powerful 70 pint device, this model is capable of extracting significant quantities of moisture out of the air as quickly as possible
- Portability. A set of castor wheels and a gross weight of 40 lbs makes this model easy to move from room to room.
- Some users have reported experiencing leaks with their unit. To avoid any issues, we would suggest ensuring that your device is always placed onto level ground and isn’t moved when in use.
- Some users are also reporting ‘creaks’ from their device when in use. As the cases of these devices are constructed from plastic, noises of this type are inevitable. We believe that Ivation are addressing this issue and making improvements to the devices casing.
Whilst not the cheapest dehumidifiers available, Ivation appliances are well priced and represent good value for money as referenced in our 2020 dehumidifier ratings.
The 70 pint IVALDH70PW that we have tested is both powerful and energy efficient and is more than suitable for any home. Reliability on Ivation models is also good, making this model one we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.
There are a couple of negative points which have been raised amongst consumers, but we didn’t personally encounter them when testing this device. Thankfully, retailers will offer you a warranty period which will allow you to exchange or replace your model if you do encounter any faults.
Whether you opt for the 70, 50 or 30 pint dehumidifier, we are confident that you will be happy with your purchase.