Bemis 447-301 4-Speed Evaporative Console Humidifier and Air Cleaner
List Price: $169.99
Our Price: $169.99
It's big and it's boxy, but this humidifier is designed to humidify an entire house--up to 2,500 square feet. Using an evaporative system and unheated, natural, evaporated water, it requires less energy than warm mist or steam units. You also won't have to deal with white dust, spray, or mist on furniture or floors. Other benefits of the evaporative system include: relief from symptoms of dry skin, itchy eyes, chapped lips, and scratchy throat; it prevents plants and furniture from becoming overly dry; and reduced static electricity protects computers and electronics. This humidifier's water bottles hold 5 gallons and disperse up to 12 gallons of water per day, refilling easily and neatly in the sink via an included hose. Cleaning the rest of the appliance is just as simple: the power unit lifts off the top of the humidifier for easy cleaning and servicing, while an evaporative wick, which filters out mineral deposits, also lifts out for replacing. This humidifier also offers air cleaning capabilities, and has a replaceable air filter to maintain indoor air quality. Controls are hidden behind a panel on the top of the unit. Select a preferred humidity from the humidistat dial, and this model will automatically turn itself on and off to maintain the chosen humidity level. In addition, this humidifier's fan offers four settings. This humidifier measures 28 by 13-3/4 by 22 inches, with casters on the bottom for easy rolling from room to room. Bemis covers this unit under a one-year limited warranty. --Cristina Vaamonde
Humidifies 2,500 square feet; 12 gallons of output per day
Evaporative system uses natural humidity; no white dust
Replaceable air filter; high-output evaporative wick
Exclusive comfort sensor humidistat; 4-speed fan
Rolling casters; 1-year limited warranty
Mediocre I bought this unit because, with hot water base board heat, it seemed the best way to add moisture to the air in my home. I have a two story house, just a bit more than 2000 square feet. When I first started using this unit, it was the middle of winter and my house had dried out considerably. An independent gauge measured the relative humidity level at less than 20%. I ran my Bemis unit at full fan but was never able to have it use up the 5.5 gallons onboard in a 24 hour period. To me, the claims of 12 gallons per day are a real stretch.
OK, that aside, here are the pros: The unit seems well made and assembles easily. For the rated output, the overall size seems compact.
Now the cons: Output seems to fall short of claims. The replacement air filter seems very expensive. The highest speed of the fan is very loud and, for me, only to be used when no one is at home.
My two biggest gripes have to do with filling. The water tanks do NOT have a fill cap on their top surface, therefore you MUST remove the tanks to fill them. I would have liked the option of filling them inside the console. When you fill the tanks, they wobble on whatever surface you place them on because there is a seam running right down the middle of the bottom of the tanks making a raised area. This is a pain when you try to get the sink faucet to flow into the small hole used for filling. To be fair, Bemis supplies a fill tube which could be used, but only on small diameter faucets.
Before buying this unit, I searched a reasonable amount and could not find anything better, therefore I intend to keep it since having any humidifier is better than being without one....more info