Dehumidifier Reviews and Ratings by FCR

Best Dehumidifier Models for 2015Dehumidifiers are very convenient (and sometimes essential) appliances for homeowners residing in areas with high humidity. They effectively remove excess humidity from your living spaces and provide a plethora of health benefits.However, with so many decent brands and models on the market, it can be hard to choose the ideal model for your home. What’s more, you need to answer quite a few questions before buying one: do I need a whole house dehumidifier? Or could I get away with a normal 70 pint model? Do I need a special model for my basement/crawl space? And so on and so forth. That is why we have tried to provide our readers with various choices that cater to specific needs. You can use the links to the right to see the models in any specific category, check out the table below that summarizes the highest rated home dehumidifiers, read our brief reviews for the best models, or use the main menu to check out our individual model reviews.


General List of the Top Dehumidifier Models


Model Overall Rating Performance Convenience Durability Quietness Review and Price

Frigidaire FAD704DWD

Frigidaire FAD704DWD

88 95 90 80 85

Frigidaire FAD504DWD

Frigidaire FAD504DWD

85 90 85 80 85

Friedrich D70BP

Friedrich D70BP

86.25 90 85 85 85

Danby DDR70A2GP

Danby 70 Pint DDR70A2GP

84 90 85 85 75

Frigidaire FFAD7033R1

Frigidaire FFAD7033R1

88.75 95 90 85 85

Honeywell DH70W

Honeywell DH70W

85 90 85 85 80

Keystone Energy 70 Pint

Keystone Energy Star 70 pint Dehumidifier

84 85 85 85 80

Looking for something specific? We got you covered!


Crawl Space Dehumidifiers

Crawl Space Dehumidifier

Crawl spaces require more air pressure since the low ceilings make air circulation harder. Even though you can use a regular dehumidifier for crawl spaces, the best results can be obtained with specific models that are tailored for such spaces. We would recommend checking out Ebac models CD30 and CD30E. If the price tags on Ebac CD30 and CD30E are too high for your budget, you can try one of the smaller models (that can fit in confined spaces) like 50 or 30 pint models, but the result may not be as good as you’d hope.

Recommended model: Ebac CD30


Basement Dehumidifiers

Basement Dehumidifiers

Basements are usually the dampest spaces in your home and may require a powerful dehumidifier that is capable of removing high amounts of humidity every day. Although most of the models we have reviewed can be used in basements as well as regular living spaces, you would be better off with high capacity models that offer enough square foot coverage to effectively remove moisture from basements. We would recommend checking out Friedrich D70BP, Frigidaire FAD704DWD or Frigidaire FFAD7033R1 for best results.

Recommended model: Frigidaire FFAD7033R1


Whole House Dehumidifiers

Whole House Dehumidifiers

If you constantly experience high humidity levels throughout your house and need a professional solution to the problem, you may prefer to buy and install a whole house dehumidifier instead of a portable model. However, there are a few things you need to consider before deciding whether you need a whole house model or you can get away with a portable one. First, let’s take a look at the advantages of whole house dehumidifiers over portable models:

  • overall energy efficiency (they are up to 4 times more energy efficient than smaller, portable models)
  • lower noise levels (mainly due to the fact that they can be installed away from your living spaces or bedrooms while serving the whole house)
  • better air filters, and
  • much higher durability (unlike portable models that are mostly made of plastic pieces, these models are often made of steel)

But it’s not a bed of roses; whole house models also have a few disadvantages:

  • They are much more expensive
  • Can require professional installation, further adding to the initial cost
  • Can cause further inconvenience and/or costs if you happen to move

If, after considering the pros and cons we have listed above, you still want to buy a whole house model, then the one we would recommend is Honeywell DR90A2000 Truedry DR90. It is a powerful and well-made unit that will remove excess moisture from you house once it’s installed and working.

Recommended model: Honeywell DR90A2000 Truedry DR90


Small/Mini Dehumidifiers

Mini Dehumidifiers

Sometimes, you don’t need a full-sized dehumidifier. You may be having problems with humidity in a specific space in your home like your closets or under the kitchen sink, etc. If that is the case for you, the good news is that there are quite a few mini dehumidifier models that can help you remove excess moisture from such small places without the usual costs associated with a larger model. We recommend checking out a few mini models: Eva Dry E-333 Renewable Wireless, Eva Dry E-500 Renewable Wireless, Comforday Electric Portable Compact Dehumidifier and Homasy® Portable Mini Dehumidifier. All these compact and low cost units will fulfill your needs and will help keep your closets, kitchen sinks and washing machines free of excess moisture.

Recommended model: Eva Dry E-333


 Dehumidifiers with Built-in Pumps

Dehumidifiers with pump

While most of the models on the market today offer gravitational drainage (which simply means placing the dehumidifier near a drain with a hose connected to drain the collected water), some models come with built-in pumps capable of vertical and lateral drainage. If this is what you are looking for, then there are a few decent units that you would be happy with. One of them is Friedrich D70BP (which is what we recommend if you’re looking for a 70 pint machine), and the other is Hisense DH-50KP1SDLE (which is actually a better model in our opinion, provided that 50 pints are enough for your needs).

Recommended model: Hisense DH-50KP1SDLE


30 Pint Models

30 pint dehumidifier

If you are looking for a 30 pint model, you have a couple of good options, all of which are rated very highly by current users and many websites like ours. One of Frigidaire’s new models, FFAD3033R1 is quickly becoming a favorite among users, while Danby Premier 30 pint remains to be one of the highest rated 30 pint models available (although it’s a newer model, so we’ll wait a little longer to pass judgement). Users are also very happy with the Edge Star 30 Pint, but it’s a bit pricy for our taste.

Recommended model: Frigidaire FFAD3033R1


50 Pint Models

50 pint dehumidifier

When it comes to 50 pint models, Frigidaire’s best-seller FAD504DWD remains to be the model of choice by thousands of users with the same brand’s new FFAD5033R1 and the Keystone KSTAD50B at a close second place. Like it is the case in 30 pint models, Danby also made a fast and promising entry with their new DDR50B3WP 50 pint model which receives high ratings and praise from users.

Recommended model: Frigidaire FFAD5033R1


70 Pint Models

70 pint dehumidifier

The market for 70 pint models is also mostly dominated by Frigidaire with their two models: the older FAD704DWD and the newer FFAD7033R1. Comfort Aire BHD701H and Danby Premier 70 pint also receive high ratings and can be considered as solid alternatives. If you want a model with a built-in pump, you may also want to take a look at Danby 70 pint with pump.

Recommended model: Frigidaire FFAD7033R1


Brief Reviews for the Highest Rated Dehumidifier Models


Frigidaire FFAD7033R1

Frigidaire FFAD7033R1

Frigidaire’s new 70 pint model FFAD7033R1 replaces the brand’s older model FFAD704DWD, offering a sleek, modern and feature-packed unit for homeowners who want to get rid of excess moisture in their living spaces and basements. FFAD7033R1 is energy-efficient (Energy Star rated), and offers cutting-edge features like continuous gravitational drainage, digital displays that show the humidity levels in real time, a timer and a control lock. In addition, FFAD7033R1 can also work in low temperatures (down to 41 degrees Fahrenheit).

Features

  • 70-pint capacity
  • Energy Star rated
  • Continuous drainage (should be located near a drain)
  • Full tank alert and auto shut-off
  • Low-temperature operation (down to 41 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Digital display, timer, control lock


Frigidaire FAD704DWD

Frigidaire FAD704DWD 70 pint

Although it is one of the oldest models we have reviewed so far, Frigidaire FAD704DWD remains to be one of the best-selling and highest rated dehumidifier models on the market for a good reason. It is a quality model with lots of features, and does what it’s supposed to do without any hassles.

And again, even though it’s an old model, it offers everything newer models have to offer: it is energy efficient, can work continuously with a hose connected to a floor drain, and offers numerous features including auto shut-off, humidity control with digital displays, full tank alert and an antibacterial filter. All in all, FAD704DWD is still a very decent model that deserves serious consideration.

Features

  • Energy Star Rated
  • 70-pint capacity
  • Continuous operation with floor drain connection
  • Antibacterial mesh filter
  • Full tank alert
  • Auto shut-off
  • Digital display


Honeywell DR90A2000 Truedry DR90

Honeywell DR90A2000

If you need a whole house dehumidifier and the run of the mill 70 pint models aren’t enough for you, you may want to give Honeywell DR90A2000 Truedry serious consideration. A powerful model with 90 pint capacity, Truedry can accomplish more than other models while consuming a lot less energy. The model comes with built-in fresh air supply, and is Energy Star 3.0 rated.

However, there are two downsides that you need to consider. First, the DR90A2000 is a lot more expensive than 70 pint units, and it requires installation by a contractor to avoid the risk of voiding the warranty. With that said, if the initial investment is not a problem for you, it is certain that you will get a lot more value for your investment in the long run. So, if you are looking for a more long-term solution to your humidity problems and have the initial budget, we recommend checking this out.


Danby 70 Pint DDR70A2GP

Danby 70 Pint DDR70A2GP

Danby’s 70 pint model DDR70A2GP is another model that we’d recommend as it comes with a lot of nice features and a reasonable price tag. A fairly powerful machine capable of removing up to 70 pints of humidity per day, DDR70A2P is equipped with adjustable humidity settings (you can set the range from 30 to 90%), an accurate humidity display and can work on low temperatures down to 6 degrees Celsius.

Considering it’s a highly portable unit capable of lowering humidity in spaces up to 3,800 square feet, this can also be used as sort of a whole house model as long as you don’t mind moving it from room to room every once in a while.

Features

  • 70 pint capacity
  • Energy star compliant
  • Up to 3,800 sq. ft. coverage
  • Electronic controls
  • Auto defrost


Friedrich D70BP

Friedrich D70BP

Friedrich may not be as popular a brand as some others we have mentioned like Frigidaire and Danby, but they do offer good products, and the D70BP is not an exception. It provides all the usual features like humidity control (range from 30 to 90% RH), a 24-hour timer, low temperature operation and auto defrost.

However, the model’s biggest plus is the built-in drain pump that makes it much more convenient to use without ever worrying about full tanks. Although it causes an increase in price when compared to other models that offer continuous drainage without a pump, we believe that the convenience and ease of use are worth it if you have the budget for it.

Features

  • 70 pint capacity
  • Continuous drain operation
  • Built-in drain pump
  • Energy Star rated
  • Temperature and humidity display
  • 24-hour timer
  • Auto-defrost


Dehumidifier Buying Guide


The humidity level in your homes should be properly maintained. Too much or too little humidity can cause health and discomfort issues. To remedy excess moisture in your homes, you will need the help of a dehumidifier.

Choosing the best dehumidifier for you means finding the one that suits your needs. What works perfectly for others may not work for you. You should consider several factors before purchasing a dehumidifier. Capability and Functions – different models, brands and types of dehumidifiers come with several varieties of features. Choose the unit that has many features suited to your needs. It must function according to your preferences. The dehumidifier’s features affect its functionality and accuracy removing moisture from a room. Size or Capacity – a dehumidifier’s size is usually based on the amount of moisture (usually measured in pints) extracted from the air in a 24 hour period. This is usually measured in pints. A larger capacity model is usually preferred over smaller capacity models because they can dehumidify bigger spaces in a short amount of time. Efficiency – look for a dehumidifier that is energy efficient yet maximizes its dehumidifying capability.
Heat Pump Dehumidifiers – these dehumidifiers use a heat pump, fan and heat exchange coil to remove moisture. Dehumidifying Ventilators – are ideal for basements, crawlspaces or attics. This type of dehumidifier uses an exhaust fan and sensor. Desiccant or Chemical Absorbent Dehumidifiers – they are composed of silica gel. These can absorb moisture by attracting it within each granule. This type of dehumidifier is best suited to very humid conditions. The technology is similar to the little packets found in your shoes when you first buy them. Homemade Dehumidifiers – this works with the use of de-icing salt to absorb moisture. Refrigerant Dehumidifier – the process is condensation. Indoor damp air is drawn into the dehumidifier and passed over a cold evaporator coil that cools the air below its dewpoint temperature. The condensation is then collected from the cold coils. Refrigerant dehumidifiers can remove more moisture compared with desiccant dehumidifiers. They also use less electricity. Refrigerant dehumidifiers are usually bulkier and heavier. Compressor Dehumidifier – a compressor dehumidifier uses the same technology as the air conditioner. These units can remove more volume of moisture from the air, but they also consume more energy. These units generate noise. Electronic – they are smaller units. They do not have compressors and instead use a peltier cooler to condense water from the air. Lacking the compressor, they are quiet in operation. They are not energy efficient though. They are only used for smaller units. Portable Dehumidifiers – these dehumidifiers are perfect for when you need to dehumidify more than one room in your home. They are lightweight and usually come with carry handles or casters. Whole Home Dehumidifiers – these dehumidifiers are usually high end units and can be quite costly. They not only protect your whole home’s structure from molds, mildew, rust and cracking, they also protect your furniture as well. High-capacity dehumidifiers can remove 100 pints of water a day. They need to be maintained properly. Basement Dehumidifiers – these dehumidifiers are tailor-fitted for places or area of your home or the area of the home that is most prone to mold and high humidity. Most basement dehumidifiers are portable; however, some units are designed especially for basement conditions. Make sure you have taken care of current issues such as cracked walls and floors, mold, window condensation, before you go ahead and purchase one. Be sure you get the unit that has a direct drain-off hose. Manually draining the water tank would be very inconvenient.
Portability – if you need to dehumidify more than one room in your home and have to move the unit from room to room, choose a dehumidifier that is lightweight and compact and has a built- in handle or rolling casters. Humidistat – choose a dehumidifier that has a built in humidistat. A humidistat lets you set your dehumidifier to the humidity level you want. It will automatically turn the unit on or off depending on the humidity setting without unplugging it. This feature prevents overfilling when the storage tank is full. Low Temperature Operation and Automatic Defrost – if you need the dehumidifier in places colder than 65°F choose a unit that is equipped with an anti-defrost sensor to prevent quick cycling and frost from building up in the sensor. This will ensure that your unit will work in colder climates. Storage Tank Capacity – a storage tank is usually present in dehumidifiers. Models without the continuous drainage port have to be emptied periodically when their tanks are full. Continuous Drainage – dehumidifiers with a continuous drainage port lessens the inconvenience of having to empty the condensation tank. You can attach the hose to the unit and the moisture will drain out through the hose. Washable/Removable Air Filter – choose a unit that has a washable and easy to remove filter for easier maintenance. You just simply detach the filter and wash it with soap and water, and put it back in the unit. Cost – the prices of dehumidifiers differ in cost, depending on the size, capacity, whether it is portable or built in to your home’s ventilation system. Some units are reasonably priced while other units can be a bit pricey. You can purchase a cost efficient yet durable and dependable dehumidifier. As the market for dehumidifiers is saturated with many brands and models, the prices can be competitive. Automatic Shut-Off – it allows you to turn the unit on or off without having to unplug it. This feature also eliminates overflow when the collecting tray or storage tank is full. Auto Restart – it allows the unit to resume running and reset itself in instances of power failure once the electricity resumes. Some units will resume running in its default factory setting. Automatic Reset – the unit automatically starts once the collection tray has been emptied. Continuous Drainage or Direct Drain System – the unit operates continuously without the inconvenience of emptying the condensation tank. Two- drainage Options – units with this feature offers you two options, of emptying the collection tray, you can manually drain the moisture collected in the bucket or collection tray, or opt for the above-mentioned Direct Drain System. The manual draining process is helpful if you have problems using the Direct Drain System. Quiet Operation – the unit operates without annoying noises even if the fan is at its highest speed. Clothes Drying – some dehumidifiers are programmed with this setting. Auto Signal Light – indicates that the unit is currently operating or active. Energy Star Compliant – it uses less energy so you save a lot on your utility bills. Warranty dehumidifiers come with a warranty. Some manufacturers can offer you a two year warranty on both parts and labor. Choose the unit with the best deal in warranty.
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