Rated 3.8 out of 5 by 14
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Larjan Champion Evaporative Cooler
While the purchase and price of this unit was very good, we were told at the store that we would receive three estimates for installation. We received only one estimate and to say the least it was quite a shock as to the amount being quoted for installation. The unit itself cost approximately $450, the estimate for installation was $1,050. More than double the cost of the unit. The installer advised that their company charged their cost and Home Depot had to get their cut. Really, you received the purchase price of the unit. Very disappointed in this aspect of the purchase. We installed the unit ourselves, and am sure that any time of warranty for the unit will be void.
August 30, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by unhappy I ordered this cooler as a replacement for one I had that was rusted out. It is the same model #. When I received the new one it was smaller than the one I replaced. Also it was made of lighter metal. The panels with the fiber material were screwed on instead of having clips which makes removing them more of a hassle. don't know how well it will function as it is to cool now to really test it.
October 26, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by MrPaslow Quality is lacking, workmanship has suffered.
Compared to a similar unit that was purchased 5 years ago, this unit's quality has gone down. One nut had come loose and fallen out, a bolt was missing and shipping screws leave holes in the unit that are potential rust spots.
Louvers are hard to remove and reinstall, electrical connection panel is held on with two screws. There are four holes but only two screws were supplied.
If the unit wasn't up on my roof, I would have taken it back and demanded a refund.
Overall, if I replace another swamp cooler, I will look for a better built unit.
July 12, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Larry Using as Garage cooler
using it as a cooler in my garage. so far so good. The cooler takes a minute to get going but definately glad we put it in. good on dry hot days but not so well on humid days.
August 16, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Rob Works as expected, Great customer service as there was damage in shipping, the customer service staff worked diligently to have the reorder expedited
This product performs as expected. When I ordered it, the first unit came to the store damaged. So the store staff worked very hard for me to get the next unit expedited to me and I had it a few days later.
April 19, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Brewster Works well, could use modernization
If you are buying a swamp cooler, you already know that they only work with low humidity. That aside, Champion Coolers have been making this same cooler for decades, and they always self destruct after a reasonable service life. Rust is their enemy. Why not use a plastic pan that won't rust out and require tarring every season? Can't you make the water gutters that wet the pads out of something that wont rust out? (think stainless steel or fiberglass/pvc). The squirrel cage housing could also use better rust protection.
July 7, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by MrFixIt Very Low Quality
I've had this unit for just over a year now and I can say it's been disappointing since the start. The quality is very low, the sheet metal is so thin it can be easily bent by hand.
Like others I've found loose 'extra' hardware floating around inside from lazy people on the assembly line just grabbing new stuff when they've dropped what they were threading on.
Since the sheet metal is so thin the screws that hold the sides in strip out on first install if they're not already stripped when you remove them.
Nuts with shoulders were used for assembly, some are installed upside down.
Squirrel cage is crazy out of balance, you can watch it wobble back and forth.
And for costing nearly $500 it doesn't come with a motor!!! Would you buy a new car with no motor??
And after only a year of use it has some pretty serious rust issues. The unit it replaced was in use here for over 30 years and was used when we installed it. Even in its advanced age it's still more solid then this Champion unit. I seriously doubt I'll get five years out of this.
Complete garbage with no quality control standards in place at the manufacture.
The ONLY thing I can say in its favor is that it cools very well. But obviously it won't be doing it for a long time.
July 18, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Rayj Well built cooler
This cooler feels solid and made of quality metal. Put together well and feels solid and strong. This is a replacement cooler for one that was similar in design and weight. That cooler lasted about 7 to 8 years with min. care. I would expect this cooler to also last as long by looking at the design and materials used to make it.
April 28, 2015