Ebac are a best-selling British-made brand that designs dehumidifiers to work under the mild British climate. This particular model is part of the 2000 line of Ebac dehumidifiers, which are not new to the market but still holding strong against the competition.
In essence, the Ebac 2250e offers the same features (energy saving smart technology, condensation cure guarantee, powerful laundry boost, air purification mode, etc) as its 2650e and 2850e siblings. The latter models also feature larger capacities of 18 & 21 litres respectively.
The reason why we chose to include the Ebac 2250e in our list of the best dehumidifiers is that it stands as the brand’s budget dehumidifier. It actually sits at the bottom of Ebac’s range of dehumidifiers only beating the likes of the Ebac 12 & 15 models.
Ebac dehumidifiers, however, are not cheap. So although tagged as a budget-friendly unit, the Ebac 2250e is still a little pricier than most standing in the same price range such as the DeLonghi DEX12.
The other Ebac 2000 and 3000 series models will set you back around £200 or more (at the time of writing). Therefore, if you want to enjoy the legendary prowess of Ebac dehumidifiers at extracting moisture in British conditions, this is arguably the cheapest way to go about it. So, let’s dive into the finer details of the 2250e Dehumidifier.
Ebac 2250e – Product Specifications
Comparing the Ebac 2250e with what we have looked at so far, the dehumidifier is not the most portable unit around.
With its 26.5 x 34 x 54.5cm dimensions, the 2250e is 5cm taller and 10+ cm wider than the compact Finether 12L Dehumidifier. Its weight of almost 12kgs, on the other hand, is a little on the heavy side, but definitely not the heaviest we’ve seen.
Ordinarily, the extra weight and bigger size would not be a big issue on their own. But when you add the lack of castor wheels at the bottom and the fact that a hole at the back of the unit is all that makes up this dehumidifier’s carry handle, then you can see how transporting the Ebac 2250e demands a good deal of effort from your part.
Ebac, however, does provide you with the option of buying a castor kit (which costs £14.99 – at the time of writing) to make it easier to move the dehumidifier. Which is a shame as we feel these really should be included with the unit.
While the portability of the 2250e dehumidifier is disappointing, the appearance of the unit certainly is not. Straying away from the usual box-like design of dehumidifiers, this 2250e model sports a curvy top with recesses over half of the unit’s front that give it a non-industrial modern look. The tank is hidden inside the dehumidifier’s body giving the whole unit a neat streamlined look.
For controls, the Ebac 2250e features a cute little LED screen with an integrated huge round button that divides into 3 mini-buttons. The top half of this round button features a small fan icon for selecting low/quiet fan speed on one end and a bigger icon on the other for choosing full fan speed.
The bottom half button (labelled MAX) sets the dehumidifier to its ‘boost mode’ (maximum performance). Lastly, at the centre is a Mode button that activates the dehumidifier’s Smart Control System (i.e. auto setting).
The rest of the LED screen panel features light indicators for all functions of the dehumidifier. At the far end of the screen is a right-angle triangle shaped symbol that glows amber when the unit is on standby and green when it is running.
Underneath that is a similar looking light indicator that emanates a red glow when the tank is full.
The other indicators include a green rotating fan symbol, which flashes on to indicate fan speed or air filtration is activated; the word SMART (followed by LOW or HIGH) which flashes when the unit’s Auto setting is in use; and the word MAX for showing the dehumidifier is running on boost mode.
Water Extraction Rate
When it comes to extracting moisture from the air, not many dehumidifiers do as fine a job as the Ebac 2250e. It has an impressive extraction capacity of 15 litres a day – a rate that was recorded under the rather tropical conditions of 32°C and 90%RH.
With UK weather falling down to one-digit figures in winter and rarely going above 30°C in summer, this number can drop down to as little as under 3 litres of moisture a day. This kind of scenario is, however, not uncommon, and many dehumidifier manufacturers quote the maximum performance of their units in conditions rarely found within the UK.
Like most dehumidifiers, this 2250e Ebac unit has an adjustable humidistat. However, there is no way of knowing exactly what level of relative humidity you have set. Instead of offering options in set figures like 50% RH, moisture adjustment with this Ebac dehumidifier is attained by selecting in-built presets.
For instance, the Full Fan Speed setting extracts more moisture from the air than its Low/Quiet counterpart does. The unit’s boost mode, in turn, is the most powerful moisture extraction setting.
There is also the option of Ebac’s patented Smart Control function that serves as the dehumidifier’s economy setting. On this auto setting, the unit senses the ambient temperature as well as your daily habits (when you shower in the morning, the times you usually cook, the stretches of time the house is empty, etc) and then adjusts itself accordingly to achieve maximum moisture extraction while saving on energy.
The dehumidifier sets a target humidity level, gets to work, and then automatically switches to fan-only once the target is reached. If humidity levels rise, the humidifier automatically switches back on, and the cycle repeats.
Emptying the Ebac 2250E
With many dehumidifiers, the water tank is usually slid or pulled out of the machine. The Ebac 2250e dehumidifier, however, takes on a different design that resembles a front load washing machine.
The water tank sits at the front of the dehumidifier unit right behind a pull-down door that makes it easy to get to the tank. The tank itself is ergonomically designed in a jerry can style (complete with handle and small round opening) that enables you to simply lift it from its storage place thereby minimizing chances of spilling. Thanks to the tank’s small mouth opening, spilling water while emptying the container is also unlikely.
You will know when to empty the tank because the units ‘full tank indicator’ illuminates red and is easy to spot even from a distance. And the best part is that you will not have to empty the too tank often (depending on usage and temperature/humidity conditions) since it has a decent capacity of 3.5L.
On the downside, there is no hose provided for continuous drainage. To enjoy this privilege, you will have to buy a separate kit, which will cost you about £13 (at the time of writing).
I) Elimination of Condensation
Another Ebac patented feature delivered by this 2250e unit is the promise of eliminating condensation. While scooping out moisture from the air, Ebac dehumidifiers also suck up condensation from windows (as well as dampness from walls), removing the need to wipe condensation from your windows every morning during cold seasons.
II) Super-Charged Boost Setting
Since the 2250e is an older dehumidifier, it does not have the laundry setting you’ll find in more recent models. But, it does offer a ‘boost mode’, which is comparable in performance. While in boost mode, the dehumidifier runs for 8 hours straight at maximum power while utilizing the higher fan speed.
The boost mode can also be used to do much more than just dry laundry indoors. It can also be used when you want to get rid of a sudden increase in moisture. This can be when outdoor weather takes a turn for the bad or after having a bath, ironing clothes, or cooking.
III) Air Purification Mode
Another area where the 2250e dehumidifier excels in is making the air in your home cleaner and healthier. The unit has a carbon air filter that not only collects the usual dust and allergen particles but also eliminates smoke and other odours. As per the dehumidifier’s manual, the filter should be cleaned once a month and replaced with a new one every 3 months.
You should know that the air purification does not run simultaneously with the dehumidifying process. Once the filter is activated, any dehumidifying taking place stops automatically. So it is wise to run the filter at a time when humidity levels are low.
IV) Intelligent Defrost Function
Ebac say the 2250e dehumidifier can function down to temperatures of 3°C albeit at a lowered efficiency. However, for a refrigerant dehumidifier to run let alone do a good job at a temperature of below the 10-15°C mark, some form of anti-freeze protection is necessary. This is provided in the form of an intelligent defrost function.
The defrost function is automatic and kicks in when the dehumidifier detects that the coils are about to freeze. As freezing starts, the refrigeration part of the dehumidifying process automatically stops, causing the coils to warm up and consequently thaw out.
The switch-off mechanism of the refrigerant helps in speeding up defrosting while the automatic nature of the defrost function helps in preventing energy wastage.
V) Adjustable Fan Speed
If you have a baby at home or are a light sleeper, you will likely appreciate the relatively quiet nature of the Ebac 2250e.
Running at a noise level of 44dB, it is reasonably quiet for a dehumidifier. Users say it sounds like a fridge or a desktop computer when running.
What’s more, this dehumidifier has 2 fan speeds, which means it can be set to run even more quietly on the lower fan speed setting. So, you can run the dehumidifier on full speed at other times to ensure maximum moisture extraction and then lower it at night or when you simply want some quiet around the house.
The Ebac 2250e seems to garner a positive reception by customers.
On one end, the majority of users love the dehumidifier and attest that it is a solid unit, which does a great job without making too much noise.
On the flip side, a few buyers have complained of issues like the dehumidifier springing a leak, stopping to work abruptly, or arriving with damaged parts. Since only a few customers seem to be experiencing these issues, the odds are stacked in your favour. It seems more likely that you will get your money’s worth with this dehumidifier than face disappointment.
Although the Ebac 2250e has its faults, it is a good example of what a quality-built dehumidifier should offer. Compared to newer models it does lack in features. But we suspect the reason this dehumidifier is still on sale after over 10 years on the market it because it was built to be a solid workhorse, rather than provide every bells-and-whistle available, in which it excels.