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Sunpentown SPT SU-4010 Review

A decent model, but not decent enough to justify the high costs
Sunpentown SPT SU-4010
Credit: Sunpentown
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Price:   $83 List | $85.23 at Amazon
Pros:  Simple controls
Cons:  High up front and long term costs, not an outstanding performer in any capacity
Manufacturer:   Sunpentown
By Max Mutter and Steven Tata  ⋅  Sep 26, 2017
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RANKED
#8 of 9
  • Humidifying Performance - 35% 5
  • Ease of Cleaning - 35% 6
  • User Friendliness - 15% 6
  • Operating Cost - 15% 3

Our Verdict

The Sunpentown SPT SU-4010 offers mediocre overall humidifying performance compared to the other models in our test lineup and requires very expensive replacement filters to continue operating safely and efficiently. There are multiple other models that provide the same or better performance but are much less expensive both in the short and long term. For that reason, we don't recommend this model.

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Pros Simple controlsPowerful, accurate humidistat prevents over-humidification, convenient remote control, easy to cleanExceptional output, low lifetime operating costsInexpensive, easy to clean, easy to useEasy to clean, self-regulating evaporative humidifying
Cons High up front and long term costs, not an outstanding performer in any capacitySomewhat on the expensive sideConfusing user interface, prolonged cleaning processNot the most powerful, no advanced featuresRequires replacement filters, filter can get moldy if left unattended for too long
Bottom Line A decent model, but not decent enough to justify the high costsA powerful model with all the bells and whistles you could want, perfect for those looking for high-end performanceWith excellent performance ratings and low operating costs, this is one of our favorite modelsThe perfect budget model for smaller (<150 square foot) roomsThis is a good choice if you appreciate the simplicity of evaporative humidifying
Rating Categories Sunpentown SPT SU-4010 Levoit LV600HH Levoit Classic 200 Honeywell HUL520B Honeywell HCM-350
Humidifying Performance (35%)
5.0
9.0
8.0
5.0
6.0
Ease Of Cleaning (35%)
6.0
7.0
7.0
8.0
9.0
User Friendliness (15%)
6.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
Operating Cost (15%)
3.0
6.0
6.0
10.0
6.0
Specs Sunpentown SPT SU-4010 Levoit LV600HH Levoit Classic 200 Honeywell HUL520B Honeywell HCM-350
Weight 7.5 lbs 4.9 lbs 3.5 lbs 3.0 lbs 9.6 lbs
Dimensions 13.2" x 5.3" x 12.4" 11.3" x 7" x 10.5" 13.8" x 7.8" x 5.8" 8.5" x 8.5" x 9.5" 18.6" x 10.4" x 13"
Tank Capacity 1.1 gallons 1.6 gallons 1.1 gallons 0.5 gallons 1.0 gallons
Humidification Technology Ultrasonic Ultrasonic Ultrasonic Ultrasonic Evaporative
Estimated Lifetime Cost $447 $159 $99 $56 $203
Estimated Annual Electricity Usage 65.7 kWh 65.7 kWh 87.6 kWh 43.8 kWh 87.6 kWh

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Sunpentown SPT SU-4010 earned one of the lowest overall scores in our testing. It requires you to buy expensive replacement filters to maintain optimal performance but does not deliver above-average performance compared to the other models that we tested. We don't feel that this model has any specific advantages that outweigh the long-term costs.

Performance Comparison



Humidifying Performance


The Sunpentown SPT SU-4010 earned an average score in our humidifying performance testing. It took an hour for this model to hit 45% humidity in our testing room, and it maxed out at 51.2%. These stats make this model ideal for most average-sized bedrooms (~150 square feet). This is reasonable humidifying performance, but other models achieved the same or better scores at similar or lower price points.

Ease of Cleaning


The Sunpentown SPT SU-4010 was again around average in our ease of cleaning testing. The biggest negative aspect is its water tank. Though it has a fairly large 3.25-inch opening, there are lots of little nooks and crannies that are hard to reach, and where mold could possibly take hold. The manual also gives only vague cleaning instructions, so you're on your own in terms of determining the best way to keep mold at bay. That being said, it took us about the same length of time to scrub this machine down and get it feeling adequately clean as it did for most of the other models we tested.

The Sunpentown isn&#039;t the hardest model to clean, but it does have...
The Sunpentown isn't the hardest model to clean, but it does have some hard to reach areas.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

User Friendliness


Continuing its streak of average scores, the Sunpentown SPT SU-4010 again falls in the middle of the pack in this metric. It has two knobs, one to turn it on and off and select warm or cool mist, and one to select the mist setting. It doesn't offer any sort of off timer. These controls are quite simple and easy to operate. It lost points because the tank is quite large and can be difficult to fill from a sink. The opening is also large at 3.25 inches, so you don't need perfect aim when refilling.

The Sunpentown has simple, easy to understand controls.
The Sunpentown has simple, easy to understand controls.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Operating Cost


This is the biggest drawback of the Sunpentown SPT SU-4010, earning it a low score in this metric. Its upfront cost is a bit more than most other models, especially considering its average performance. The kicker is the $30 replacement filter that it requires every 6 months. When combined with its average electricity usage that results in an estimated lifetime cost of $447, one of the highest in our test lineup.

Value


The Sunpentown SPT SU-4010's list price is already appreciably higher than other models in the same league of performance. When you factor in its replacement filter costs, it becomes one of the least economical models we tested.

Conclusion


The Sunpentown SPT SU-4010 offers reasonable performance, but high costs in both the long and short term make it a poor value.

Max Mutter and Steven Tata