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Keystone Energy 70 Pint
Crawl Space Dehumidifiers
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
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
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:
But it’s not a bed of roses; whole house models also have a few disadvantages:
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
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
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
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
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
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
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).
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.
Honeywell DR90A2000 Truedry DR90
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’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.
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.
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.