I needed a dehumidifier for the basement of my 2,800 square foot two story house. I read about this model and purchased it knowing it had an optional hose attachment I could use since I have a drain that goes to my sump pump area in my basement. I had the unit shipped to my house. Set up took about 5 mins mostly reading the directions and removing packinging material. I started by using the standard bucket that comes with the unit. This did fill quite quickly, easily being emptied once every six hours. After the first week, I installed the hose attachment. I cut about a 2.5 foot piece of extra hose I had and made a gentle grade from the hose output (left side when looking at the front of the unit) and emptying into my drain. I have the humidity set at 50. The unit works great, no drips from the hose connection, drains into my drain fine, gets the humidity to about 48 in the basement, shuts down the condenser, then if it stays there, shuts down the fan until the humidity goes above 50% or so. For the cost of this unit with the hose attachment it is great for my use. If you are going to use the bucket option, be ready to be emptying the bucket 2 times a day to keep the humidity down. I am very happy with my purchase.