15th August 2003, 08:24 AM
Dry Cabinet review (repost)
Repost - was deleted during server migration
Comparison of 3 Dry Cabinets
Toyo-Living ED-103 ($428 with free Crumpler Bag, Cathay)
Am-Pro Equator 8 ($240 Carrefour)
Bossmen SGD76 ($150 Mscolor)
Comments refer to the exact models above. Other models may differ (eg: the Bossmen cabinet is the budget series and Bossmen has a 'higher-quality' series but I don't have one). Prices of course may change.
Warranty and Service
Toyo-Living the best with 5 years warranty. If any problem, can bring down to CP which is conveniently located. Bossmen - 5 yrs dehumidifer, 1 yr - cabinet, Am-Pro - 1 yr
Temperature when operating
Bossmen runs the coolest followed by Toyo-Living. Am-pro is very warm (some say hot) when operating.
Can't really tell the difference. All are able to bring it down to 45% after 1 nights' operation (cabinet full of items).
Built-in Hyrgrometer accuracy
About 10% difference from digital hygrometer. Am-pro overstates the humidity while the others understate.
The doors on all of them open and close very well. Maybe Toyo-Living has an edge in door quality in terms of the 'feel' in opening and closing.
Toyo-living has the smallest dehumidifying unit - space saving?
I like the proportions of the Toyo-Living the best. It is shallower than the rest so easier to integrate with other furniture. But Depth is useful for storing other stuff like large books.
Am-Pro - The only one with pull-out trays. (Bossmen more expensive series has pull-out trays). Nice exterior design.
Bossmen - the LED light is ALWAYS on. I called Bossmen Asia who says this is how they are designed (if inaccurate let me know so I can get my unit fixed). For Am-pro and Toyo-Living, the light goes off when the dehumidifier shuts off.
The Toyo-Living and Am-Pro are well built. The Bossmen (budget model remember?) a bit less so. Trays also not as nice. One screw of the dehumidifying is sticking out a bit (cannot be screwed flush…)
The Toyo-Living dehumidifier was faulty on purchase (shutter couldn't open and close properly) and was replaced by CP. The others no problems yet.
I'm waiting for the next Toyo-Living sale!
15th August 2003, 02:16 PM