Dehumidifiers: Ratings of Sources
Total of 17 Sources
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by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org editors evaluate 29 dehumidifiers, ranging in capacity from 45 to 74 pints. Editors rate each model for water removal at various temperatures and humidity levels, humidistat accuracy, energy efficiency and noise level at the highest setting. The highest-rated models are excellent at water removal. Editors ultimately recommend five large-capacity and six three medium-capacity units -- some based on testing and others based on their similarity to tested models.
by Editors of Good Housekeeping Research Institute
Our AssessmentExperts at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute compare 11 dehumidifiers with a larger capacity of 50 to 70 pints. Testers evaluate how quickly each dehumidifier removes moisture from the air, operating noise, energy consumption and ease of use. They also call manufacturers' customer service centers to see how helpful the reps are at troubleshooting problems. Each humidifier receives a letter grade, ranging from A to B-minus, along with a short summary of pros and cons.
by Editors of AllergyBuyersClub.com
Our AssessmentAllergyBuyersClub.com tailors its product selection to consumers who suffer from allergies. Expert reviewers rate each dehumidifier on various factors, including moisture removal, noise level, operation in low temperatures, drainage and energy use. However, it is not clear whether the dehumidifiers have been subjected to any hands-on testing. While several basement and home dehumidifiers receive perfect 5-star overall ratings, none of the quieter bedroom humidifiers earns more than 4 stars. The editors' top pick for both basement and home use is the 90-pint Aprilaire 1710A, which can cover an area up to 2,000 square feet and operate in temperatures as low as 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Reviews from owners are also available on this site, though most dehumidifiers have only a handful.
by Contributors to AchooAllergy.com
Our AssessmentAchooAllergy.com, an online retailer of allergy, asthma and sinus-relief products, sells several brands of dehumidifiers. Experts at the site have tested some of these models under real-life conditions and list their pros and cons on the site, but they do not make any specific recommendations. A few dehumidifiers have accumulated some owner reviews as well. The 70-pint Danby Dehumidifier DDR7009REE has the highest rating, earning an average of 4.5 stars out of 5 from more than 50 owners who say it works beautifully. The main drawback mentioned is that the fan runs continuously, even after the compressor turns off. Editors at AchooAllergy.com recommend this unit for areas up to 1,000-square-feet. The 50-pint Danby DDR5009REE also receives good reviews from owners.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com is the best source we've found for reviews on a wide variety of dehumidifier brands. The 70-pint Frigidaire FAD704DUD receives a solid rating of 4 stars out of 5 from more than 300 owners; however, it still is not as highly rated as its predecessor, the now-discontinued Frigidaire FAD704TDP, with 4.5 stars overall from more than 400 owners. We also found excellent reviews (though not as many of them) for the Sunpentown SD-65E. Two wireless mini dehumidifiers, the The Eva-Dry E-500 and Eva-Dry E-333, receive 4-star ratings from more than 100 owners each.
by Contributors to Sylvane.com
Our AssessmentSylvane.com, an online retailer of air products, sells many brands of dehumidifiers, but only a few of them receive a significant number of user reviews. We found the most reviews for Danby models. The Danby DDR7009REE, DDR6009REE and DDR5009REE all receive strong overall ratings (4.5 stars out of a possible 5) from more than 50 owners. Santa Fe humidifiers are are also highly rated; the Santa Fe Advance, in particular, earns a perfect 5-star rating overall from roughly 50 users.
by Contributors to Walmart.com
Our AssessmentWalmart.com stocks about two dozen dehumidifiers by numerous manufacturers, but most receive fewer than 10 reviews from owners. However, two Frigidaire models -- the 50-pint Frigidaire FAD504DUD and the 70-pint Frigidaire FAD704DUD -- receive high overall ratings (at least 4.5 stars out of 5, on average) from 50 users or more. We also found generally positive reviews for the GE ADEW50LP, a Wal-Mart equivalent to the GE ADER30LQ.
by Contributors to ABT.com
Our AssessmentThis online retailer sells a limited number of brands of dehumidifiers, but a few have accumulated a good number of user reviews. The 65-pint GE ADER65LP dehumidifier (now replaced with the GE ADER65LQ) receives 4.5 stars out of 5 from more than 230 owners who say it's very effective in a damp basement. We found similar reviews, though not as many, for the smaller GE ADER50LP and GE ADER30LP (now the ADER50LQ and ADER30LQ, respectively) and for the 70-pint Frigidaire FAD704DUD.
by Contributors to DehumidifierExperts.com
Our AssessmentThis online retailer specializes in large-capacity dehumidifiers than can remove moisture from a whole house, large basement or crawl space. They offer brands like Santa Fe and Aprilaire that cost more than $1,000. The Santa Fe Classic, a whole-house dehumidifier with a capacity of 110 pints per day, receives a near-perfect rating of 4.7 stars out of 5 from more than 100 owners. The Aprilaire 1750A, Santa Fe Advance and Santa Fe Compact are the highest rated among dehumidifiers for crawl spaces. User reviews on this site tend to be more detailed and technical than those on other retail sites. The site also has an FAQ discussing the benefits of whole-house dehumidifiers and how they stack up against the less expensive portable models.
by Contributors to AJMadison.com
Our AssessmentAJ Madison, an online appliance retailer, sells several brands of dehumidifiers. Owners can rate models on a 5-star scale in three categories: appearance, performance and value. The 70-pint Danby DDR7009REE receives an overall average of 4.2 stars from about 30 owners who agree it works fast. A few say it's noisier than they would like or it stopped working after several months. The 60-pint Danby DDR6009REE receives a similar rating from about 15 owners.
by Contributors to Sears.com
Our AssessmentSears.com sells a wide assortment of dehumidifiers, but only a dozen or so have any reviews posted by consumers. Kenmore models receive the largest share of reviews -- some enthusiastic, others less so. While the 50-pint Kenmore 50501 receives an overall rating of 4 stars out of a possible 5 from more than 80 users, the 70-pint Kenmore Elite 90701 receives a lukewarm 2.5 stars out of 5 from about 70 owners, many of whom complain that the pump is unreliable. The 70-pint Kenmore 511101 and 35-pint Kenmore 511000 both receive a middling overall rating of 3.5 stars. Although these small-capacity units work well, owners say, they are noisy and awkward to use.
A Consumer's Guide to Dehumidifiers
by Jura Koncius
Our AssessmentThis article includes some dehumidifier recommendations from a buyer of home-environment products for Sears and Kmart (so the products are limited to the models those stores carry). The models recommended are the 30-pint Frigidaire FAD301NUD, the 50-pint Kenmore 511100 (referred to in the article as the Kenmore 50501) and the 70-pint Kenmore Elite 90701. The article also offers helpful dehumidifier buying tips.
Dehumidifiers for Consumers
by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy
Our AssessmentThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) measures dehumidifier efficiency in liters of water removed per kilowatt-hour of energy consumed. Dehumidifiers that are Energy Star-qualified must be 15 percent more efficient than models with a comparable capacity. The site provides a downloadable list of all humidifiers that meet Energy Star requirements. By comparing the higher-capacity models on this list to lower-capacity models, you can see that larger dehumidifiers are generally more efficient than smaller ones.
AHAM Directory of Certified Products
by Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM)
Our AssessmentThe Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers uses an independent lab to test products to see if they measure up to manufacturer claims. Dehumidifiers that pass the test will bear the AHAM Verified logo, indicating that their stated claims about water removal and energy use can be trusted. On this site, consumers can search for a list of models that meet specific requirements for water removal rating and energy efficiency. However, since participation in the AHAM program is voluntary, not all brands are listed on the site.
by Contributors to Newegg.com
Our AssessmentNewegg.com, an online retailer that specializes in electronics, offers a limited selection of dehumidifiers (about a dozen models in all). However, none of the currently available models has accumulated more than about 15 reviews. Therefore, we have not relied on this site for recommendations, though we have consulted it as an additional source of information about models that are well-rated at other sites.
by Contributors to Viewpoints.com
Our AssessmentThis user-review site covers more than 50 dehumidifiers, but most of them receive only a few comments. The only model to receive both a significant number of reviews and a high overall score is the discontinued Frigidaire FAD504TDD, which has been replaced with the Frigidaire FAD504DUD. The site also shows which brands of dehumidifiers receive the highest scores from users in general; the top-rated brands are GE, with 93 percent overall, and Comfort-Aire, with 90 percent.
by Contributors to BestBuy.com
Our AssessmentFewer than 20 dehumidifiers are sold at BestBuy.com, and fewer still receive any reviews from users. The only model we found with a significant number of positive reviews is the Frigidaire FAD504TDB, which appears to be Best Buy's version of the discontinued Frigidaire FAD504TDD. The newer version of the same model, the Frigidaire FAD504DUD, gets fewer reviews, but they are still generally positive.