- 1 The best dehumidifier
- 2 A similar pumpless model
- 3 Similar power, slightly clunkier design
- 4 A great, cheaper dehumidifier for smaller spaces
- 5 A smart dehumidifier
- 6 Loud, effective, basement-worthy
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The best dehumidifier
This model is powerful enough for spaces up to 1,200 square feet, its built-in pump offers lots of drainage options, and design details make it the easiest dehumidifier to live with.
A similar pumpless model
Otherwise identical, this dehumidifier lacks a pump, limiting you to manually emptying the tank or passively sending the water down a floor drain. It’s also cheaper.
The Frigidaire FFAP5033W1 is powerful enough to drop damp cellars to less than 50% humidity—which helps to inhibit wood rot, mildew, and other infestations that can damage your home and trigger allergies. Upstairs, it can maintain the humidity in spaces as large as 1,200 square feet at conditions that are comfortable for most people. It is Energy Star rated, and it has several nice design details (such as a lay-flat carry handle and built-in cord storage) that make it easy to move around your home and to store in dry seasons. And we like the versatility its pump affords: All dehumidifiers have to be regularly drained of the water they remove from the air, and the pump lets you automatically direct the water into a sink or out a window.
That said, if you don’t mind manually emptying a tank (which may be necessary several times a day) or can send the water down a basement-floor drain via a gravity-fed garden hose, the otherwise identical, pumpless Frigidaire FFAD5033W1 is a less expensive option.
Similar power, slightly clunkier design
This GE matches the top-pick Frigidaire’s power, but its cumbersome drain-hose attachment and lack of cord storage make it less user-friendly.
GE’s APER50LZ is almost identical to the Frigidaire FFAP5033W1 in the most important aspects: It has the same capacity to remove water per day, it’s Energy Star rated, and it has a pump to help you send the water into a sink or out a window. Compared with the Frigidaire, its few minor shortcomings include narrow pocket-style handles that provide a less secure grip, as well as the lack of a place to wrap up the cord when you’re moving the machine around or putting it in storage. If this GE model is easier to find, or if you find it for a better price, it’s a solid option.
A great, cheaper dehumidifier for smaller spaces
This compact, efficient, affordable dehumidifier is designed for smaller spaces like bedrooms and laundry rooms.
Frigidaire’s FFAD2233W1 dehumidifier is smaller than our top pick—think carry-on bag versus suitcase—and costs more than $100 less. It’s less powerful too. But this makes it a better choice for smaller spaces, where burlier machines would be overkill in every respect. It has Energy Star certification, comfortable pocket handles, and the same handy cord storage the larger top-pick Frigidaire provides. But like all small dehumidifiers, it lacks a pump, so you have to manually empty the tank or place the machine where it can drain into a sink or floor drain—which is rarely practicable in a home office or bedroom.
Frigidaire Gallery FGAC5044W1
A smart dehumidifier
If you want to monitor and adjust your dehumidifier from afar, we like this Frigidaire Gallery machine. Its app is easy to install and stable—but it lacks a pump.
There aren’t many smart dehumidifiers available, but if you’d like to receive “full tank” and other notifications on your phone, or to adjust the machine and turn it on or off while you’re out of the house, we recommend the Frigidaire Gallery FGAC5044W1. Identical in most respects to our top-pick Frigidaire, it adds Wi-Fi connectivity that works with Frigidaire’s app on both iOS and Android. We thought it was easy to set up, we found the alerts accurate, and we were able to cycle the machine through its settings easily from a phone. We wish it had a pump, but Wi-Fi connectivity makes the lack of one less of an issue: Remote monitoring lets you know when it’s time to manually empty the tank.
Loud, effective, basement-worthy
This 50-pint pump-equipped machine is too loud for living spaces, but it is as effective as and cheaper than our top pick—an option for unoccupied areas up to 1,200 square feet.
The pump-equipped Hisense DH7019KP1WG is as loud on its lowest setting as the top-pick Frigidaires are on their highest, meaning it’s really not practical in a lived-in space. That said, it is cheaper, and it shares many of the Frigidaires’ stand-out design features, like a tuck-away handle and built-in cord storage. And its pump setup is actually superior to those of the Frigidaires, with a supple (versus stiff) hose and a user-friendly thumb-operated hose detachment mechanism; the Frigidaires have a difficult-to-operate collar detachment. If you need to dry an unoccupied space, like an unfinished basement, a garage, or a garden shed, it’s the one we’d recommend.
Source: The NY Times
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