Whereas the TDC 100 is a compressor unit the TDZ80 is a desiccant unit and this is the type of dehumidifier that we prefer.
The benefits of desiccant dehumidifiers over compressor models are many and include:
- Quieter operation
- Lighter weight
- No CFC gas
- Can operate in lower temperatures
- Best for outdoor use
The key difference between the two types of model is that if you want to use a dehumidifier in temperatures of over 20°C then use a compressor dehumidifier (as these type of dehumidifiers extract better at higher temperatures). Conversely if you are looking to use a dehumidifier in temperatures of below 20°C then a desiccant model should be best for you.
Toyotomi is a large Japanese brand which is yet relatively unknown in the UK. However over time, given the quality and efficiency of Toyotomi dehumidifiers, we can see Toyotomi becoming a force in the UK dehumidifier market.
So let’s check out the features of the Toyotomi TD-Z80 dehumidifier.
Features of the TD-Z80
- Laundry Mode
- Auto Louvre
- Anti-Bacterial Filter
- 8 Litre Extraction
- 2.2 Litre Water Tank
- Continuous Drainage Option
- Fuzzy Logic Control (Saves 40% Energy)
- 2 Year Warranty
- Weighs 6.1kg
- Measures 32 x 21.2 x 47.6cm
- Operating Temp. Range 1°C – 40°C
- Sharp, Modern Look
Extraction Rate of the Toyotomi TDZ80
The TDZ 80 boasts an extraction rate of 8 litres per day according to the instruction manual. Amazon however states an extraction rate of 9 litres. Either way this extraction rate is very large for a domestic dehumidifier and as such the unit would be suitable for use in a large house or small office.
Desiccant dehumidifiers extract near their stated extraction rate this is due to the fact that desiccant units are very suitable for UK weather and also because their test temperatures are often lower than that of compressor units.
Compressor units are often tested in temperatures of 30°C and 80% relative humidity. Obviously we don’t get these temperatures in the UK so compressor dehumidifiers don’t extract anywhere near their stated extraction rate when used in the UK or Ireland.
The testing climate for the Toyotomi TDZ80 was 20°C and 60%RH so the actual extraction for this unit will be close to the stated extraction.
The filter of the Toyotomi TDZ80 is a nano silver antibacterial filter as such the unit is ideal for those suffering from hay fever, asthma or other respiratory problems as the filter kills bacteria in the air.
Those with pets will also find this filter very effective for cleaner air.
As per usual the filter is located in the rear of the unit and can be removed and replaced very easily for cleaning. For optimum performance it is necessary to clean the filter regularly as this will ensure uninterrupted airflow.
Important: a clogged filter can shorten the life of a dehumidifier considerably so make sure your filter gets cleaned often.
The water tank is a nice size at 2.2 litres and complements the 9 litre extraction rate very well.
The tank is easy to remove and to insert after emptying.
All dehumidifiers have a build in safety feature that turns the dehumidifier off once the water tank is full. This feature prevents spillage and other related accidents. Once the water tank has been emptied the dehumidifier will resume operations.
Continuous Drainage Facility
A great feature of the Toyotomi TDZ 80 is that is contains a continuous drainage facility (CDF).
The CDF allows you to use the unit in rarely visited places such as garages, sheds, boats and caravans etc.
The way the CDF works is that you simply connect a supplied hose to the dehumidifier as per guidelines in the supplied instruction manual. You then place the dehumidifier above your drain or sink and the collected water will flow down into the drain.
The Toyotomi TDZ 80 control panel is situated on top of the unit for easy access and operation. The soft touch panel is laid out in a column with corresponding indicator lights laid out to the right of each main control.
Starting from the top and working our way down we find:
The timer button with the 3 settings being 2, 4 and 8 hours in length.
Next is the swing button which sets the angle of the movable louvre. The available angles are 50°, 100° and 150°. The louvre can be pointed at laundry so that it can dry faster.
Laundry mode can be chosen if you would like to dry laundry indoors. There are 2 settings:
Turbo Mode: This places the unit into full power for maximum drying ability.
Saving Dry Mode: This mode may be chosen if less laundry needs to be dried.
Auto Dry Modes
With the auto dry modes you can set the dehumidifier to work away in order to reach a humidity level.
There are 3 modes:
Auto Mode: Brings the humidity down to 45%-50% (recommended range) toggling automatically between the high or low fan speed as required.
Low Mode: In low mode the dehumidifier operates in low fan speed only.
High Mode: This mode brings the relative humidity down to a dry 35%-40% and helps prevent condensation in the room.
As the name implies this button turns the dehumidifier ‘on’ or ‘off’.
The best dehumidifiers are automatic dehumidifiers which means that the operator does not have to constantly change the controls. Rather the changing of settings etc is done automatically by the dehumidifier itself.
Toyotomi uses an energy-saving technology they call Fuzzy logic Control. Other good dehumidifier brands use similar technology. Ecoair, for example, calls theirs E7 Technology while Meaco calls their technology Control Logic.
You can easily see the savings the unit makes by picturing a manual dehumidifier which blasts away in the high-speed fan setting as the humidity level falls. At a certain point it becomes more efficient to use the low fan speed setting.
The operator might not realise when the fan setting should change or they could be too busy. Therefore the dehumidifier is wasting energy by running in the higher setting.
Fuzzy Control Logic ensures that the dehumidifier changes fan setting exactly when it needs too saving the user up to 40% running costs.
Power usage for the Toyotomi TDZ80 is on par with other larger desiccant dehumidifier models. Power of around 350 Watts is used in the low fan setting while just over 600 watts is used at maximum power (ie in laundry mode).
Operating volume is around 37 db(A) in low setting to 47 db(A) in high setting. This is a standard range for this type of dehumidifier and should not be too distracting (apart from trying to fall asleep for some people).
It is important to note that the Toyotomi TDZ80 comes with a European plug which either needs to be changed to a UK plug or you need a plug converter which are very cheap to buy.
The Toyotomi TD-Z80 comes with a standard 2 year warranty.
As always we are impressed with Toyotomi dehumidifiers. The Fuzzy Logic Control will save you bundles of money and the desiccant unit is ideal for UK temperatures.
The unit comes with all the bells and whistles as expected (laundry mode, adjustable louvre, continuous drainage, energy-saving technology etc) the only additions we would like to see is a LED display panel on top of the unit which shows both the current temperature and humidity as well as an ioniser (which would complement the anti-bacterial filter perfectly).
We are happy to recommend the Toyotomi TDZ80 as a great buy.
Don’t just take our word that the Toyotomi TDZ80 is a great dehumidifier. At time of writing there are only 5 reviews on Amazon but each review rates the unit 5 / 5.
Here is what they say:
- “Really quite and good quality piece of kit”
- “Quiet, simple to use and smart looking, very pleased”
- “I’m very pleased with the quality and efficiency of this particular brand”
- “Easy to use and does the job. Very pleased with it”
- “I am very happy with this unit”