Rated 3.3 out of 5 by 6
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Willie Marginally useable product
It is not a UL listed device. I feel the relay is marginal in handling the motor start up which takes11-12A. The relay is rated for 14A which is marginal. If there is any reason which cause the motor to draw more current, this can ruin the device. The device gets warm while using. One of the two I bought failed on me with overheat and smoke, this can be a fire harzard. Unfortunately, there is nothing on the market which is better.
July 22, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by fixerofstuff really....
Doesn't work like is states, wait 10 seconds after you make an adjustment, I wait one and a half minutes, not making any other adjustments, get frustrated and walk away.... Going to switch to the simple dial one...
May 4, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DrDon The perfect solution
I purchased this product for my daughter while visiting her home in Western Colorado. Waking at 3 AM to cold temps in the house were uncomfortable. Now the cooler starts when necessary and turns off at desired temperature. Super purchase!
July 23, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ounm works well
So much better than the old fashioned coil it replaced. Turns on the pump for a bit then turns on the fan. Truer to temperature than I expected. Buying another one for my daughter's house.
June 18, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DinCA Cooler Thermostat
I have had this thermostat in my house for about 2 years, it has performed flawlessly, much better than the standard rotary switch, the features are easy to use, I now install these in my commercial jobs.
May 13, 2009
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Ewookei1 Uncontrollable Controller.
Bought one of these a few years ago. Didn't work right from the start. Wanted to replace it with mechanical thermostatic controller but couldn't find one. Everyone was always out when I thought of it.
The problem with these things is that the wires in the box effect the electronic thermostat inside the thing. As a result, as soon as the cooler is turned on, the temperature reading starts going up. So, if you set it to shut off at, say 74 degrees, the actual temperature is actually closer to 70 degrees before it turns off.
Supposedly, you're supposed to set the controller to an estimated temperature to compensate for this flaw. I tried for the first season and no matter what I did, or how much I fiddled with it, my wife would wind up so cold that she was putting on a jacket before it would shut off.
Turning on wasn't so bad, but getting it to shut off at the correct temperature was almost impossible!
So. Bottom line is, I would recommend that you stay as far away from this device as you possibly can.
Go with some sort of mechanical thermostat control instead. I would suspect all the electronic devices will all have the same problem. What ever you do, avoid the devices with digital readouts.
To the manufactures. If you truly want to make a product that works correctly, separate the temperature sensor from the controller. Make the sensor external. Perhaps a sensor that comes through the wall just "below" the controller box.
August 6, 2013