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Best Dehumidifier:

Many people often ask us, Why do I need a dehumidifier? The reason you need one is because they help get rid of excess moisture in your house or basement. If you are finding things like wet stains on ceilings and walls or condensation on your windows, odds are you have too much moisture in your house. Sometimes you will have "stuffy" or "sticky" rooms where there is too much moisture in the air. Other signs of excessive moisture are rotting wood and musty smells. Our daughter has allergies to dust mites so we bought a humidity meter to determine the moisture levels in her room and eventually we bought a dehumidifier to cut down on the moisture. Other allergies related to excess moisture are those to bacteria and molds. One of the most common rooms in the house that requires a dehumidifier is the basement since they can become damp and often lack proper ventilation. A dehumidifier works by taking moisture out of the air by moving the air over chilled coils. Once the dehumidifier is full with water, it should automatically shut off until it is emptied. Some units have a drainage system that allows the dehumidifier to continue to work since it never gets full (water gets routed to a floor drain). The more expensive Delonghi DE500p ($330) actually has a pump that forces the extra water out a tube and through a window although this particular unit didn't rate very well by Consumer Reports. Before buying any dehumidifier you need to determine which section of your house has the biggest problems with air moisture. Some people buy whole house dehumidifiers, but often that is overkill and you are more likely to need it just in a basement or bathroom area. Look for models that have some kind of indicator to let you know that the water tray is full. Also, consider features like a built in humidistat that is accurate. Frost sensors are also necessary so that the dehumidifier will shut down if it gets too cold. Wheels on larger units that are heavier is a nice feature and look for units that run quietly. Large capacity dehumidifiers tend to run louder than the mid-size and smaller units, but the Frigidaire FAD504DWD is the best of the larger capacity dehumidifiers with low noise ratings. Tank size is rated in terms of pints (anywhere from 10 to 23 pints) and the claimed pints/day are what manufacturers say their units will remove (range from 25 to 75). There are dozens of reviews online that we found on websites like Sears.com (Kenmore dehumidifiers), Amazon.com, and Epinions. We also found a recent article from Consumer Reports in which we were able to compare all the findings from professionals and homeowners. There were a few clear winners per the experts, although one of the top ranked brands in the past, Whirlpool, didn't do as well with these recent tests. Consumer Reports tested their dehumidifiers for water removal, energy efficiency, noise, and humidistat accuracy and they looked for features like frost control and digital displays. Prices ranged from a low of $140 for the Goldstar GHD30 up to $330 for the Delonghi. Other top brands include Kenmore, LG, GE, Danby, Frigidaire, Friedrich, Sunpentown, Haier, Soleus, and Bionaire. You can find them in home improvement stores like Lowes or Home Depot and in major department stores like Sears or Target. Shop around as we found some big price differences from store to store and depending on season. View the top selling dehumidifiers online here. ****We also found that the Garrison dehumidifiers from Canada are very similar to the Frigidaire models that we see in the United States.

Best 50 Pint Dehumidifier
#1 : Frigidaire Energy Star 50-pint Dehumidifier - dehumidifier that features a full tank alarm system, continuous operation if you hook it up to a suitable drain, controls exact humidity % in the room, and has a washable filter. We like the top handle, side handles, and caster wheels - moving the dehumidifier from room to room is easy. The unit runs quiet and has 2 fan speeds. Works in basement just fine. The EdgeStar Energy Star 50 Pint is a close 2nd in this class, but we say stick with the Frigidaire for the best results.

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Best 70 Pint Dehumidifier
#2 : Frigidaire Energy Star 70-pint Dehumidifier - The FAD704DWD is just a step up from the 50 pint listed above. Again, it receives top scores from magazines like Consumer Reports and in our test we found it to be very efficient, quiet, and reliable. The 70 pint per day dehumidifier can handle rooms up to 1400 square feet. The front, pull out 16.3 pint tank has a handle and splash guard making it easy. The electronic controls on the control panel are simple to read and the machine has Energy Star efficiency. We compared it directly to the Keystone 70 Pint Dehumidifier (KSTAD70B) and the Frigidaire beats it out on features, noise levels, and overall performance. Yes, the Keystone is slightly cheaper, but for the price the Frigidaire has better long term reliability.

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Best 30 Pint Dehumidifier
#3 : Frigidaire Energy Star 30-Pint Dehumidifier - The smallest of the bunch, but still able to get excessive moisture out of any room. The 30 pint model has a manual control panel (not electronic like the other larger models). The relative humidity range is from 35 to 85%. The 12 pint tank would need to be emptied 2 to 3 times a day. There is a bucket full indicator and an auto shut off feature. Friedrich offers a 25 pint dehumidifier with many of the same features, but it's priced higher and reviews are no better. Frigidaire really dominates this category space and expert analysis shows they deserve it.

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Key Features to Look For:

- Auto Shut off
- Digital Humidity Readout
- Bucket full indication
- Continuous Drain Operation
- Filter Check
- 24 Hour On/Off Timer


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