Rated 3.7 out of 5 by 7
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by incognitp does a great job
The cooler works great. the reason I marked it down is champion does not box the coolers so they do not get damaged in the shipping. This is the 3rd or 4th champion that I have bought and all of them came damaged. With a hammer I got it to work, although the doors will always be difficult to take on and off
June 30, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by AVDesertRat Poor Pump
I just replaced 2 champion swamp coolers that I've had for 10 and 15 years. They simply rusted away which was expected. I always recommended champion swamp coolers to everyone.
Both of the new units have very poor pumps in them and I'm very disapointed. If it were not such a huge amount of work to remove them, I would return them.
I pulled the pumps out of the old ones to get my unit working again, but I realy would like to make my feelings known because I cannot find any place to complain to.
So, you may want to upgrade the pump right off, because otherwise you will be blowing hot air and wasting your money.
July 19, 2009
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Boater Quality
I normally do not write reviews but I felt inspired this time. Purchase the Champion 5500 side draft swamp cooler. After 1 month the pump motor went out. The side panels are very hard to remove especially the side where the electrical box is located inside the unit - door rubs the electrical cords - no way around it. I have a feeling that if I get 5yrs out of this one I will be lucky. Not sold with a motor - what is up with that? Certainly not worth the $500 I spent for the thing but could not find anything much better in my area. Fortunately Home Depot normally is good about exchainging bad parts and that is why I shop there. If you can find a different brand - check it out !
June 19, 2010
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Robert Made in USA does not really mean well made!
They need to hire some quality control inspectors or torque assembly tools...It always comes from the top down, the construction implies Champion has sloppy management.
It will be fine and do the job but craftsmanship might be better from overseas.
Lots of screws stripped out, lots of nuts not tight with extras inside that must have been dropped and the fit on the filter holders is poor....I have the blood blisters to prove it.
Maybe Champion needs to see about overseas fabrication!
The electrical knock out service entrance is using worn out dies so the knock out is just a print in the steel, finally had to drill out the center of the access first.
It will work OK after all it's just a wet box, nice powder coating, but I would not want them making my new car..
Summary; Poorly assembled, bad quality control, worn out dies in fabrication but it is only a wet box and I'm sure it will work OK. Is pride showing, not at all...
Mine was still on the factory shipping pallet and container, I suggest not buying if it's been removed and moved around...
April 1, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Bill Would reorder.
This product is replacing one that is has lasted 30 plus years and appears to be made from the same mold with a 5500/6500 CFM rating.. Home depot should make it a store item as it is rated for homes up to 1800 Sq feet. Most homes in this area are this large and larger. More care should be taken during the factory assimbly stage as there were several striped out sheet metal screws.
April 24, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by mondomaker great value swamp cooler
Replaced another similar size from the same manufacturer. Pretty easy to install. Works fine.
May 28, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by octagon999 Life-saver
Could not afford central air, but this unit does the job I need, and has made my house liveable!
June 25, 2009