I purchased my LG/Goldstar DH404E dehumidifier at Walmart, a little more than a year ago (Summer 2005). I believe I paid about $135.
Recommend this product?
I purchased this unit to replace a similar unit (Maytag M7DH65), whose fan blades broke when something fell into it (my fault). The first time I emptied the Goldstar, I immediatley noticed how awkward the bucket is to manipulate, compared to the Maytag's bucket, which is ergonomically superior, sturdier, and easier to remove and insert.
The DH404E's bucket is awkward to remove and handle when full. It is impossible to remove it from the unit and carry it 20 feet without a spill. -and I am a very able-bodied 40 year-old. The bucket is also a bit difficult to align and reinsert properly.
The unit is supposed to shut itself off when the bucket is full. However, it only did so less than half the time. All too often, starting with the second day of use, I would go to check the bucket only to find water overflowing all over my cellar floor, while the unit continued to run. Not a safe situation, not to mention inconvenient and messy.
It dehumidified the air very effectively, and the bucket would typically fill sooner than 24 hours. I needed to check it often, to prevent overflow.
I used the unit for the Summer of 2005 (about 3 mos) and then not again until the following summer. After just a week or so of use this year (summer 06), the unit stopped
condensing water. It runs, the fan runs, but the bucket remains empty.
Although (when it works) it seems to dehumidify a little bit more effectively than the Maytag, I cannot recommend the LG/Goldstar DH404E. It worked for less than 4 months, and for the short time that it *did* work, the overflow feature didn't, and the bucket was awkward and flimsy.
Since I've had it a year, and the price is fairly low (so I didn't sign up for any warantee), I have not attempted to repair or return it. I will, however, attempt to replace the fan blades on my old Maytag!
Amount Paid (US$): 135
Battery Life: N/A
Noise Level: Average