Humidity levels over 50 percent can result in negative health conditions from the growth of mildew and mold and can damage items like books or clothes all while leaving a musty odor. That is why you want the best dehumidifier to help maintain the ideal humidity of around 40-50% in places such as basements, crawl spaces, bathrooms, closets, garages, apartments, or safes.
Dehumidifiers are rated on their capacity which is number of pints of moisture removed in a 24 hour period. In extremely wet or extremely large areas you will want large capacity machines rated for 60 pints or more. In smaller rooms or less damp spaces, a 30-pint unit might be satisfactory. Some features you should look for, in addition to the capacity, if you are buying a new model are user-friendly controls including desired humidity levels, constant drainage with hose connection or an easy-to-empty tank, auto shut-off, auto restart, defrost, timer, and wheels or castors to easily move the machine on heavier models.
We looked at dozens of models and user reviews to come up with our list of the top 10 best dehumidifiers which we review below. Other than our choice for number one, we tried to focus on models that were available for less than $300.
One negative is that it is the loudest model on our list with a max noise of 64 decibels.
We highly recommend this Sante Fe model for people with large basements and crawl spaces with extremely high humidity. For those of you who want to just dehumidify a small space or one room like a bathroom or closet then this unit would exceed what you would need and you should choose a cheaper option.
This Figidaire model can remove 70 pints of moisture per day in room sizes up to 1300 square feet which is more than enough for most basements. At just 51 decibels it is also relatively quiet.
We highly recommend the Frigidaire FFAD7033R1 since it has all the features users need, is portable, and is capable of dehumidifying large areas.
Other features include full bucket auto shutoff, auto defrost, 24 hour timer, and automatic restart on power outage, The DDR70B3WP is also the quietest dehumidifier on our list at just 50 dB.
Overall there are no real weaknesses on the Danby Premiere DDR70B3WP and it is a great choice for anyone looking for a cheap 70 pint dehumidifier that can handle a large space of up to 1200 square feet.
Other features of the HD5020E include full buck auto shutoff, 24 hour timer, auto restart, plus casters and a carrying handle for easy portability.
You won’t find a cheaper unit that is in the 50-pint range that performs as good as the Haverhill HD5020E which is why we highly recommend it for those of you looking for the best value.
One common complaint about the KSTAD50B is that it is hard to remove and empty the 7.3 pint bucket without spilling some of the water. If you hook up a drain hose and let it continuously drain then this would not be an issue. It is also slightly louder than some other models at 55 dB.
Overall the performance of the Keystone KSTAD50B is great, especially in cold rooms which some other models can struggle with.
The FFAD3033R1 is capable of removing 30 pints of water per day from a room size up to 400 square feet. This makes it an ideal unit for smaller areas like bathrooms, laundry rooms, or bedrooms.
The automatic controls offer what Danby calls “Smart Dehumidifying” which lets the unit decide the proper humidity levels for you with just a press of a button. There are also continuous and manual settings you can set to control exact settings if you prefer. The DDR30B3WP also has all the popular features that any user could want like auto shutoff and auto restart.
Overall we really like the performance of the Danby Premiere DDR30B3WP, but it is a bit on the expensive side compared to some other 30 pint and larger models.
There is nothing really wrong with the Frigidaire FFAD5033R1, in fact it works really well, but with a price of $199 we feel there are better values available in the 50 pint range.
A negative that some buyers have complained about is that the fan on this unit never shuts off even if the compressor is off. Also, since it has a pump on the DDR60A3GP, it consumes a lot more energy than other models which will result in higher electric bills.
If you want a dehumidifier with a built-in pump than the Danby DDR60A3GP is a great choice.
Users should remember the Eva-Dry Renewable E-333 is not meant for a full-sized rooms. Its best use is for safes and closets.
Best Dehumidifier Comparison Chart
|Tank Size||Drain Hose||Max Noise|
|Santa Fe Advance2||9.4||$1,380||90||3400 Sq Ft||2600 Sq Ft||Yes||No||NA||8 Feet||64 dB|
|Frigidaire FFAD7033R1||9.2||$250.17||70||1300 Sq Ft||1300 Sq Ft||Yes||No||13.1 pints||Not Included||51 dB|
|Danby Premiere DDR70B3WP||9.2||$199||70||4500 Sq Ft||1200 Sq Ft||Yes||No||14.2 pints||Not Included||50 dB|
|Haverhill HD5020E||9.1||$154.99||50||800 Sq Ft||800 Sq Ft||Yes||No||16 pints||Not Included||55 dB|
|Keystone KSTAD50B||9.1||$164.82||50||3000 Sq Ft||800 Sq Ft||Yes||No||7.3 pints||Not Included||55 dB|
|Frigidaire FFAD3033R1||9.1||$169||30||400 Sq Ft||400 Sq Ft||Yes||Yes||7.6 pints||Not Included||52 dB|
|Danby Premiere DDR30B3WP||9||$189||30||1500 Sq Ft||400 Sq Ft||Yes||No||6.3 pints||Not Included||50 dB|
|Frigidaire FFAD5033R1||8.9||$199||50||800 Sq Ft||800 Sq Ft||Yes||Yes||13.1 pints||Not Included||51 dB|
|Danby DDR60A3GP||8.8||$289||60||3600 Sq Ft||1000 Sq Ft||Yes||Yes||15 pints||6.5 Feet||55 dB|
|Eva-Dry Renewable E-333||7.2||$14.97||NA||333 Cu Ft||240 Cu Ft||NA||NA||NA||NA||0 dB|