Dehumidifiers for wet laundry?


On June 6th, the Japan Meteorological Agency announced that it was going to start raining in the Kansai, Tokai, Kanto and Kusin regions. During the rainy season it’s always hard to dry laundry and to counter this problem, I’m reviewing some dehumidifiers that can help to dry clothes.The newer models of dehumidifiers are equipped with features that focus on drying clothes and many of them are advertised as cloth drying dehumidifiers. Therefore, the rainy season is no longer a problem in drying clothes.

The Compressor Method or the Hybrid Method

Image of Panasonic’s Hybrid Model

 

There are two main types of dehumidifiers: compressor and desiccant. There is also a third type that is a combination of the above two types.These two types can be compared to the features found in washers and dryers. The compressor method is similar to the “Heat Pump” feature in the washing machine and dryer. The desiccant method is similar to the “Heater” feature in the dryer.

The compressor system compresses air and converts the internal moisture into water. In the desiccant system, the moisture is adsorbed by a desiccant material called zeolite. The moisture is evaporated by a heater and condensed in a heat exchanger that turns it into water.

The compressor method is disadvantageous in the sense that the structure is complicated and cannot be made smaller, hence the price is generally high. Another reason is that it does not use heat; when the temperature of the room is low, the dehumidification process does not kick in. Therefore it is not suitable for people who mainly use dew condensation countermeasures during the winter.

The desiccant system has a simple structure and is easy to use with smaller parts. Since it evaporates and the moisture is condensed using a heater, the power consumption is high and the room temperature increases. Therefore the recommended model for the rainy season is the compressor system.

Hybrid systems combine both, which functions by switching between compressor mode and desiccant mode.

Recommended model for smaller households

First let’s talk about models that are recommended for people with small households

1.Deodorizing function and it’s the size of a A4 Sheet paper

Sharp
Plasmacluster dehumidifier CV-H71Price about 35,760yen ($325)

This machine is equipped with air purification technology, Plasmacluster, dry dumping of room-dried clothes and removal of sweat odor.

The width is 304mm and the depth is 203 mm, compact enough to fit the size of an A4 paper so it’s easy to place in various locations where you are concerned about moisture and odor. The rated dehumidification capacity has sufficient ability, 6.3 L (50 Hz area) / 7.1 L (60 Hz area) / day and the time taken for drying clothes (about 2 kg) is about 180 minutes.

Functions other than Plasmacluster are fairly simple. The fact that the blowing port can move 90 ° above and below means, it can’t move left and right. The drying of clothes and dehumidification consumes less power at just 165W per hour. (Which is about 4.5 yen* in the case of the 50 Hz area) and 180 W (about 4.9 yen* in the 60 Hz area), so it can be used without rated capacity.

2.Compact and easy to carry with an integral handle

Delonghi
Tashugo Aria Dry Multi Clothes Drying Dehumidifier DEX16FJPrice about 22,390 yen($204)

Delonghi is famous for manufacturing coffee makers. They arrived in the Japanese market as a home consumer electronic company.

It is considerably compact with a width of 335mm and depth of 225mm, and the rated dehumidifying capacity is slightly higher than 6.5 L (50 Hz area) / 7.2 L (60 Hz area) / day.

Since the angle of the machine cannot be changed, it’s necessary to place this machine under the clothes hanger. It’s been a year since its release and is priced around 20,000 yen ($181).

To be placed under clothing that needs to be dried. The handle is integrated and it’s easy to carry

 

There can be constant discharge, if connected to a drain hose

 

Recommended models for families

Next, I would like to introduce models that are known for its dehumidification feature for larger households.

3. Air purification function and Dehumidification

Iris Ohyama
Dehumidifier with air purification function DCE-120-2Price about 34,250 yen ($311)

This model has a dehumidifier that can dry clothes as well as a air purification function. It’s equipped with a HEPA filter that can remove 99.97% ultrafine particulate matter with the size of particles that are even 0.3μm in size. It has an activated charcoal filter to absorb the smell of cigarettes and pets.

The rated dehumidifying capacity is as high as 12L / day, and the applied floor area of the air purifier is as wide as 28m² (about 17 tatami).

Although it does not have a flap that blows to the left and right, it has a swing button that makes the flap go up and down automatically. The width is 343mm and has a depth of 300mm.

It can hold up to 4L of water and when connected with a hose, you can continuously drain out the water.

A high-performing model with the “light guide”

“Room-dried 3D Move Eye” and “Light Guide” are mounted in the center part of the louver (the photo shows the conventional model with the same function)

 

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
Sarari MJ-M 120 NXActual price about 42,700 yen($388)

This dehumidifier is equipped with the Sensor Drying 3D Eye feature that identifies dry clothing and informs the user through the sensor.

The wind blows up/down and left/right to a 160° angle and a 100° angle respectively. The Sensor Drying 3D Eye feature uses an infrared sensor that constantly checks the condition of the laundry and blows dry air only at the wet areas. It’s an awesome feature that is big on efficiency.

In the latest model, the light sensor informs the user where the moistest area of the room is.

The interior of the room is scanned by the 3D Move Eye. (photographs are the same model with the same function)

 

The light guide also has a Zubato Dry Mode feature that points out the clothing that is already dry, which means you can take them out when it’s done and replace it with wet clothing.The rated dehumidification capacity is 11L (50Hz area) / 12L (60Hz area) / day, with a 3-litre water tank, with a width of 360mm and a depth of 210mm. Continuous drainage of the water from the machine can be done through a hose.

Hybrid model capable of dehumidifying up to 12.5L / day and blows wide

Panasonic
Hybrid type clothes drying dehumidifier F-YHRX120Price: about 49,600yen ($451)

A model that adopts a hybrid system that combines a compressor system that is strong in the rainy season and runs on a desiccant system in the warmer seasons.

A top feature is that the air blows wide to about 230cm and a height of about 50cm. There is a wave blowing feature that covers a wide range whereas the spot blasting feature concentrates on one spot and dries thick clothing.

It also features a “closet mode” that keeps the humidity at about 40%. This is the best model to have if you have a walk-in closet at home.

The rated dehumidification capacity is 9L (50Hz area) / 10L (60Hz area) / day, the maximum dehumidification capacity is 11.5L (50Hz area) / 12.5L (60Hz area) / day. It has a 3.2-litre water tank, with a width of 370mm and a depth of 225mm. This is also relatively compact like Mitsubishi’s MJ-120MX. This model does not have the continuous drainage feature.

If you want to dry thoroughly choose the compressor method if on a budget

We have introduced five models so far, but none of them are cheap. Nonetheless, desiccant-style models that can be bought at the 10,000 yen range are not recommended as it will be quite hot during the rainy season and the summer season.

If you dry your clothes in a narrow room such as a bedroom and if you want to dry the clothes well, I would recommend using a clothes drying dehumidifier.

If the model adopts the compressor method, it will definitely dry your clothes if your clothes are directly in the path of the wind. It’s also fine not to have a sensor feature. If the sensor function is available, it dries more reliably, but for those whose budget is tight, it isn’t an absolute requirement.

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