Best Dehumidifiers 2018
We have now reached a point to talk about my pick of “Best Dehumidifiers 2018”. It has been a very wet year in quite a few regions worldwide. I’m sure since you found this page, it’s because a reliable dehumidifier is needed. Suggested relative humidity in a home shouldn’t be greater than 50% during the summer and less than 40% during the winter. This will keep your home comfortable and safe from mold risks. The money spent on this piece of equipment should last for years and be economical. Ideally, it should also be compact and quiet.
Choosing the capacity
Depending on the size of the room, you will need to choose the right capacity. The unit’s capacity is measured in pints. This is not how much the tank holds, but how much moisture is removed within a 24-hour period. If the dehumidifier is too small, then the unit will either take too long bringing the moisture down or never reaching that point no matter how long it runs. On the other hand, a larger capacity dehumidifier could be a bit of overkill. It can, however, be used for future use in a space that’s large enough. The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers suggests the following guide to decide on the capacity:
- A 500 square foot room will need a 10 pint dehumidifier for low humidity and 16 pints for high humidity
- A 2,500 square foot room will need a 26 pint dehumidifier for low humidity and 44 pints for high humidity
Frigidaire FFAD5033R1 50-pint or FFAD7033R1 70-pint Dehumidifiers
These two Dehumidifiers are similar to each other with different capacities. They have very high ratings from consumers with long use. Negative ratings are hard to find, but like anything mechanical, there will be at least a slim chance of breakdown. Both have a 13 pint tank capacity that is located on the bottom of the unit. You also have a hose attachment located in the back, so it can be run to a drain. This will save you the legwork of emptying the tank frequently. It also has an alarm and shutoff when the tank is full. Click Here for my review and specifications.
Frigidaire FAD504DWD 50-pint or FAD704DWD 70-pint Dehumidifiers
Just like the last Dehumidifier, these two are similar with different capacities. These are the older variants of the Frigidaire lineup. These function mechanically like the others, but with a less modern look. Click Here for my review and specifications.
Keystone KSTAD50B 50-Pint or KSTAD70C 70-Pint Dehumidifiers
These are the cheaper of the two other Frigidaire models. It does a great job removing the moisture, sometimes better than the Frigidaires. But, I have seen some reliability issues so can’t recommend for the long term. If it was to be used primarily for flood disasters or short term, then this will be a great buy. Every penny counts for these situations. Click Here for my review and specifications.
I hope you find this information helpful. Feel free to comment on this article below. I can answer any questions you may have in regards these Dehumidifiers.
I didn’t know the size of the room had an influence on the size of dehumidifier you needed. The Keystone KSTAD50B might have to be my favorite choice for me since it’s cheap but gets the job done without fail. I’m not interested in long term dehumidifiers anyway, so the fact that it has reliability issues doesn’t matter to me.
Cheers and good job on the article.
Thank You for the comment. Many times, cheap isn’t the best way to go, but this one should perform well.
When it comes to a dehumidifier, what are the key factors to look at prior to purchase? The ones you introduce seem rather heavy duty. I am actually looking for one for my laundry room which is a small room for me to hang my clothes for drying. I am thinking with a dehumidifier, we can quicken the drying rate.
Yes, the larger mechanical dehumidifiers were only covered here. For the small areas, you can purchase a desiccant dehumidifier. They do a pretty good job in reducing the humidity, but only if it’s slightly above the 50% threshold. There are smaller 30-pint mechanical units available too. These will be covered in a future article.