If you need a dehumidifier, now is a good time to buy one. The new federal energy standards mean dehumidifiers use a lot less energy than they used to. So if you have an older model, it could be worth replacing.
Consumer Reports recently tested 21 dehumidifiers. Almost all meet their claims for water removal and are very energy efficient.
Convenience is important. When the bin fills up, a dehumidifier will automatically shut off, but you’ll need to empty it. For large units in a big, damp space, that can be twice each day.
To make life easier, look for a dehumidifier with a hose connection so that you can run a hose to the floor drain. But if you don’t have a floor drain, some dehumidifiers—including the top-rated, large-capacity Kenmore Elite 54571—have a pump that can move the water up to a utility sink. It costs $330 at Sears. It’s a great choice for a damp basement or other large, wet area, and it’s one of the quietest models tested.
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Among midsized dehumidifiers, the $200 GE ADEW50LR from Walmart is a Consumer Reports Best Buy. Like the Kenmore, it has an auto-restart feature if your power goes out.
Other dehumidifiers that Consumer Reports recommends:
- Frigidaire FAD704DWD, $250
- Danby DDR60A3GP, $250
- Kenmore 54550, $230
- GE ADEH50LR (Sam’s Club), $250
- GE ADEL50LR (Home Depot), $220
No matter which dehumidifier you have, keep the filters clean and set it 12 to 14 inches from the wall.
Complete Ratings and recommendations on all kinds of products, including appliances, cars & trucks, and electronic gear, are available on Consumer Reports’ website.