"Hot spell coming up and the fan I had was just blowing hot air around. Filled the tray with water on this machine, turned it on--cool air !!--Excellent Cant wait to drop some ice blox in the water tray for a supper cool (small) office. Recommended highly"
"I bought this when the weather turned hot. My workshop was 40 degrees. Production was zero. This little unit has changed that. It wont cool the whole area down but it does the bit I work in. Not noisy and very efficient. If I were you I would buy it and then get more ice blocks. The ones it comes with are fine but in hot conditions they last about 2hrs so you need some more. WELL WORTH THE COST. Hope this review helps."
"We have had 2 of these for over a year and overall have found them very efficient. However, we have also had problems with getting the cooler function to stay on at times, but by a process of trial and error, we have found it is best not to fill right to the max. We have been doing this for a while now and the problem appears to have gone away!"
"Don't kid yourself that this is an Air Conditioner but in the right environment it works very well at a very cheap cost. I use it during the day in a 3x4m office where installation of AC would be impractical or at least very expensive. Main thing is to ensure you have adequate ventilation in the room unless you like sitting in a sauna. Would have been useful if it had a top filling mechanism and a low water level indicator."
"It is important to realise that this is an evaporative cooler, not an air conditioner. But having said that, it work brilliantly and was great value at less than £90. To use it, pour water into the tray at the back and switch on. Press the cooling button (far left) to get it to use the cooling function, otherwise it runs as a fan only. The swing button makes the louvers on front swing from side to side. It can also ionises the air, which seems to help in a stuffy office, and comes with ice packs which if dropped into the water drawer make the cooling more effective."
"Needed something quickly to sort out issue with a small damp room. Ordered lunchtime received same time next day. The machine done what I needed it to do but I should imagine you would need something bit more beefy for a larger room. Would recommend for small office etc."
"I was stuck for a cooling solution in a busy sales office after an AC failure in the summer (remember that day?). After looking at a number of expensive alternatives (including hiring in units) I finally went with this piece of kit. To be honest I didn't expect miracles for the money. Remarkable! Got a condensing cooler for under £100, with features that wouldn't have been out of place on a unit three times the price. The addition of ice pack options (included) and a remote control made this a no brainer. For an office environment and as an emergency solution it's a worthy addition to any FM's tool kit. Nice one Screwfix!"
"This is nice item, well built with some good features. There is a remote control, a sleep timer, a "natural" mode (varies the speed of the fan), and it can waft left to right. So far, so good...
But, and it's a big butt. Go to Wikipedia, search for "evaporative cooler", scroll to "performance", scan down to the end of the section. Summary, these are great with low ambient humidity, but with UK humidity - they do very little.
For its fan features, its great - but too big and too expensive. As a cooler, in the UK it doesn't cool. I really wanted it to cool, but it (and the science agrees) doesn't."
"Bought this unit as a quick fix for a temporary office space.
This really does not do what it is supposed to do. Using Ice blocks and water to make the air cooler by humidifying in the air - in principle should work but in an room 3m x 5m this unit did not cool the room at all. In fact it just made it warmer.
It is very noisy and really a pain to have to fill with water and ice.
Returned the unit and went for a condensing unit which costs about 20% more but works extremely well and cools areas much larger than this unit in much less time. OK - you have to empty water from these but its not every few hours maintenence as with this unit for the ice trays.
Putting mositure into the air isn't the best idea to be honest especially in offices and areas where you need to not have too much humidity (computer spaces etc).
In humid conditions (such as warm british summers) it will perform very badly.
I'm sure in some circumstances it works fine but for the majority of the time this unit will take a long time to work and need to be on much longer than a dehumidifying cooler type product - which means longer running time and much higher electricity bills.
The fan on this unit was very poor also compared with other units I have tried. I have used 4 different units and all outperform this one - they are slightly more expensive but certainly worth the extra investment."
"I wanted a portable air conditioning unit and purchased this cooler for a bedroom that is located in a loft conversion and is therefore subjected to relatively high temperatures in the summer. This unit was too noisy to leave on all night and even after 7 hours had little effect on the room temperature. It is far more efficient to leave the windows open to cool down the room prior to retiring to bed. I therefore cannot recommend this cooler for a room such as the one described. It simply is not as efficient as a purpose designed air conditioning unit."
"Reading the other reviews I was keen to buy this unit to help cool a room during the hot spell we are having. I was very disappointed to find it less effective than a fan I already had. Maybe because there is no out flow pipe the heat it generates negates the cool air it blows out but the rooms I used it in actually got warmer. Screwfix however were very efficient in organising a return and refund."