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Five stars from HonestJohn for Meaco Zambezi!

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honest john meaco zambezi

According to the car advice web site HonestJohn the Meaco DD8L Zambezi is “our pick of the best all-round dehumidifiers you can buy.

The DD8L Zambezi was recently reviewed by Georgia Petrie, extremely timely with the cold weather finally arriving. “This dehumidifier is better for colder environments – which makes it ideal for use in the winter when people crank up the temperatures at home and humidity levels rise. It’s also useful for car owners who don’t want humid air in the garage causing their pride and joy to go rusty, or the seats to go mouldy.”

Georgia tested it out in different locations, most notably upstairs; “While we don’t have a damp problem in our house, the steam from the shower often makes our bathroom feel stuffy in winter – but the DD8L has left a noticeably fresher feeling to the air in the bathroom.”

Ideal for drying washing indoors

She also tried it out near her washing; “Our washing machine is in a little room on the back of our house, which means it gets very cold. This type of dehumidifier is perfect for that kind of environment. Usually, when we hang our washing on the radiator, the windows steam up – but using the Zambezi meant that didn’t happen. This is very useful because it means mould won’t begin to grow where the condensation builds up in the corner of the windows.”

Meaco DD8L Zambezi

She was impressed with the range of features that come with the DD8L Zambezi; “the DD8L Zambezi is arguably the most feature-packed, advanced desiccant dehumidifier around. Meaco claims the Zambezi offers more functionality and control than other domestic dehumidifiers on the market. And, from our testing of the unit, the Meaco Zambezi sure does do a lot.”  These include:

  • The 20+ logic system which detects if the humidity rises 20% above what you’ve set it to and then temporarily boosts the fan speed to bring the humidity under control
  • The child lock on the unit’s display screen
  • The anti-mould coating on the water tank and an anti-blockage system
  • Its sterilising ioniser technology gets rid of bacteria, dust and mould, essentially removing the germs that lead to health issues
  • The Turn Me On feature means that the Zambezi will also ask you to turn it on in order to bring the humidity back down to a more comfortable level if it rises above 70%
  • It isn’t much heavier than a bag of shopping

Helping save orphaned elephants

She also gave a mention to the David Shepherd Foundation that Meaco support. Zambezi refers to a baby elephant that was rescued in by the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation in Zambia. Meaco donates £2 from every sale of the Zambezi to this foundation.

Finally, 4-5 stars was awarded for every category – click here to read the review.

To find out more about the award winning Meaco DD8L Zambezi click here.


Evening Standard recommends Meaco DD8L Zambezi as the ideal gift for motorists

The Evening Standards Motoring Correspondent David Williams has solved the question of what present to get motorists this Xmas.

The Meaco DD8L Zambezi features in his top three choices. David said its a”very impressive” solution to counter rust when storing vehicles during winter.

You can see for yourself what else he had to say about it by clicking here or reading the extract below. To find out more about our award-winning Zambezi DD8L dehumidifier click here.


DD8L Zambezi dehumidifier digital displayIt’s strange how you can become obsessed with something you didn’t even know you needed. Meaco’s smart, cleverly-designed new DD8L ‘Zambezi’ Dehumidifier is such a product. Why would motorists want one? The answer is rust… feared enemy of anyone who keeps a car or two in a garage or small barn. Rust is caused by moisture and boy, does this unit, costing £234.94 – drink it up, especially in the winter. Known as a ‘dessicant’ dehumidifier, it is capable of removing eight litres of moisture a day from the atmosphere, storing it in an easily removed and emptied compartment at the bottom.

In practice it is very impressive, efficiently removing litre after litre of water – helping keep windows, window frames, walls, wardrobes and – of course – your car or bike, bone dry. It’s fascinating to watch it extract up to three litres of water (the capacity of the compartment) in just a few hours, from thin air and it saves time spent with a chamois or squeegee.

It has a laundry setting for drying out damp clothes indoors, can be set to a timer and you can set your target humidity too. It has an anti-bacterial and anti-virus ionizer, a useful carry handle, even a programme it to switch itself on and off at pre-arranged intervals. Ingenious, highly effective and – as you watch the water level creep up – slightly addictive. It’s said to cope with houses of up to five rooms, so should easily sort your garage or damp caravan out too.


Going the extra mile for Meaco customers.

The customer experience is pivotal to everything we do here at Meaco. We pride ourselves on our commitment to providing a premium service and products which will help support consumers in achieving the most comfortable home environment. With this in mind, we are always delighted to receive feedback from happy customers. Just last week, we were contacted by Mr and Mrs Frost, who had mistakenly purchased a product which didn’t quite fulfil their expectations.

The Meaco team worked with the customers to understand their requirements, providing details of alternative models which would better ‘fit the bill’.  The couple decided upon the DD8L Junior, which better suited their needs.

The DD8L Junior is no stranger to great feedback, winning both the Practical Boat Owner and the Sailing Today dehumidifier tests. Whilst the unit is perfect for use on boats, it is also great for domestic home use too (up to five bedrooms) and garnered exceptional feedback from the Frosts.

Meaco DD8L Junior Award Winning dehumidifier

Meaco DD8L Junior

“ Last night we tested our new dehumidifier and it was terrific. Really it works exceptionally well in just the way we need it to …you have all been extremely helpful, knowledgeable and efficient.”

The DD8L Junior provides both energy and cost efficiency, as well as innovative features which ensure your target humidity is achieved to stabilise the surrounding environment.

The focus which was placed on ensuring that Mr and Mrs Frost were provided with a product which would provide the best experience is something which we take great pride in and seems to have been very well received by the couple.

“I don’t think we have ever experienced such a high level of Customer Service. Meaco is not a brand we have purchased previously but we can assure you it will be at the top of our list from now on and we will definitely be recommending you to all our friends and fellow sailing people down at the marina.

Thank you once again and best wishes for future success – you deserve it.!”

We like to think that this perception of the Meaco approach is comprehensively echoed amongst our customer-base and we wish Mr and Mrs Frost the very best with their DD8L Junior – just one of the many great Meaco products available.

For more information on the DD8L Junior please click here. If you’d like to discuss your requirement, please

pick up the phone and talk to us on 01483 234900 or if you prefer email us via sales@meaco.com.


Why boatowners should use a dehumidifier over winter

Image of All At Sea MagazineMeaco MD Chris Michael’s expert advice featured in “All at Sea”. 

Dehumidifiers are especially popular with boatowners to help protect their boat and belongings during the damp and cold winter months. However, not all dehumidifiers work well in the cold which is why it’s important that boatowners carry out research to find the best appliance for their needs.

Meaco’s Managing Director Chris Michael has been in the dehumidifier business since 1989 and his expert advice to boatowners was recently published by “All At Sea”, a print and online publication which is “Britain’s most read waterfront newspaper.”

In the article Chris provides buying advice, tips on using dehumidifiers on boats and how keep your costs down. Here are some of the highlights:

  • “Organic material in particular is prone to damage from excess moisture which explains why cushions and bedding often smell musty when you return to your boat in spring.”
  • “If your boat is still on the water then avoid a dehumidifier with castors as it will roll around.”
  • “A desiccant dehumidifier operates well in cold conditions, so choosing a desiccant rather than a compressor dehumidifier is best for boats. A desiccant dehumidifier also has a heater inside it as part of the desiccant regeneration process.”
  • “Place the dehumidifier on a level surface, the galley side.”
  • “Use an RCD because you are using an electrical appliance on your boat and it will be unattended most of the time.
  • “Drain the water away using a hose into a sink (otherwise the dehumidifier will turn itself off when it is full and you will need to go back to the boat every
    day to empty the tank).”
  • “Do not use a plug-in timer switch with your dehumidifier. This is like giving your appliance a power cut twice a day and will damage it in the long run.”
  • “Leave the internal doors open so that the damp air in the boat can migrate towards the dehumidifier and be dried.”
  • “When you do visit the boat clean your filter; this will increase the lifespan of the dehumidifier and will keep it efficient ensuring that your running costs are reduced.”Meaco DD8L Junior Award Winning dehumidifier

From the Meaco range of dehumidifiers Chris recommends the Meaco DD8L Junior which is perfect for unmanned boats, has no castors (so it won’t roll), emits heat and extracts high volumes of water.

He also recommends the Meaco DD8L Zambezi, a Which? Best buy for three years in a row, that has a daily run timer to restrict hours of operation and is extremely safe for use on boats, with every attention given to maintaining electrical and corrosion standards. It features a three-litre tank, which can be partnered up with a hose so that it can drain into a sink or bathtub. The Zambezi also has several world “firsts”, such as being the first domestic desiccant dehumidifier to have a digital display dashboard and the first to have a sterilising ioniser.

Both the DD8L Junior and the DD8L Zamebzi have been extensively reviewed and come highly recommended in the boating and yachting press.

To read the full article in “All at Sea” click here


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Practical Boat Owner reviews new ABC Dehumidifer

Fantastic to see our new “ABC” range of dehumidifiers in Practical Boat Owner magazine, who described dehumidifiers as “great for keeping the interior of a boat dry during Autumn and Winter”.

Practical Boat Owner is a publication focusing on the boating community, providing a source of information for boat owners, that’s been successfully running for over 50 years. You can read the full article in this month’s edition.

Many people like to use a dehumidifier to protect their boat and belongings over winter. Organic material in particular is prone to damage from excess moisture which explains why cushions and bedding often smells musty when you return to your boat in spring.

Two years of research was spent developing the MeacoDry ABC, resulting in an ultra-quiet, low-cost product. According to Practical Boat Owner “ many dehumidifiers are noisy, which is an issue if you’re spending more than a few hours on board”. At just 35 decibels (db) in low fan speed and 40db in high fan speed, the MeacoDry ABC pushes the boundaries for low noise levels, and will ensure you get a good night’s sleep. Available in two sizes, 10 or 12 litres, they are small and lightweight, important when carrying a dehumidifier between a car and the boat. It also has easy to use controls and display. The MeacoDry ABC is low on energy consumption with running costs of just 2.45p per hour based on 15.2p/kWh, making it a cost-effective and practical solution to help remedy ongoing moisture issues

Shop the full range here:
MeacoDry ABC 10 Litre
MeacoDry ABC 12 Litre

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