Best Whole-House Dehumidifier Reviews for 2016

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For having a home environment that is dry, comfortable, and good for your health, a whole-house humidifier is a low-maintenance method to accomplish this. When living in a humid climate, excess moisture permeates a home in the living area, basement, or crawl space, including the attic. Other places such as garages, workshops, and your RV, or boat cabin can be saturated with moisture in the air. The structure of your home can be affected in the hidden areas you cannot see behind the walls and under the carpet. You will feel clammy, sweaty, and sticky when your environment is damp and muggy. Sweating to cool the body is reduced due to high humidity because the evaporation rate is lower.

People living in high relative humidity will find it harder to breathe if they suffer from any respiratory conditions, asthma, and allergies. Humidity is the perfect environment for breeding yeast known as mold; mildew, dust mites, and a host of bacteria and viruses; and windows develop condensation. You will need to decide on what is needed for your situation and what your budget will allow. We are letting you know the best units listed here for your consideration.

READ MORE: Best Dehumidifiers - Buying Guide 2016

Reviews of the Top 7 Best Dehumidifiers

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1. EDGESTAR® Energy Star® 70-Pint Portable Dehumidifier

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Our Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

EDGESTAR® the brand of dehumidifiers listed here is not to be confused with ENERGY STAR® a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency.

The EDGESTAR® model DEP701EW portable dehumidifier is available in white to go with any décor. With this dehumidifier, you can maintain the level of humidity in your environment. It features a 24-hour auto start and auto stop function timer. In 24-hours, this unit will remove up to 70-pints of moisture from the air. This unit is very compatible for crawl spaces and basements that seem to have the most humidity.

You will enjoy the easy-to-grip hand, caster wheels to move from place to place, and the fan and compressor that automatically turns off when your area attains your preferred level of humidity.

EDGESTAR® Model DEP701EW—Removes 70 Pints Moisture

  • Coverage: 4500-square feet
  • Weight: 40 pounds
  • Removable/Washable Top Load Filter: 1
  • Digital Control: Yes
  • Removable 7.5 liter (7.9 qt.) Water Tank
  • Auto Deicer: Yes
  • EEV of 1.85 L/kWh (liters/KWh)
  • Input voltage: 115-V/60 Hz, UL Listed
  • Humidistat: Yes
  • Low Temp to 41° F.
  • Direct Drain Option
  • Adjustable Relative Humidity: 35-85%
  • Automatic Restart after Power Failure
  • 2 Fan Speeds
  • Noise level: 58.5 dB
  • Power: 6.9-Amps/720-Watts

The dimensions are 23-1/8-inches high x 15-3/8-inches wide x 10-9/16-inches deep.

The EDGESTAR® comes with a User’s Manual and a 1-year Warranty on parts and 90-days Warranty on labor.

2. Hisense Energy Star® 70-Pint Portable Dehumidifier

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Our Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The Hisense model DH-70KP1SDLE is a 2-speed white dehumidifier with built-in pump, for removing the condensation and is ENERGY STAR® certified. In 24-hours, this unit will remove up to 70-pints of moisture from the air. This unit is very compatible for crawl spaces and basements that seem to have the most humidity. The unit has a digital LED display control panel with the pump functions on top of the unit. There are 3 modes of operation: manual set, continuous, and auto dry. It has a humidistat to show the relative humidity and time.

The pump sends the water upward for continual drainage out through the window or into a sink with a 3/8-inch outside diameter garden hose (not included). A 20-foot length of tubing is included. When you press the pump button on the top control panel, water will be pumped through a small fitting on the back. When you turn the pump off, the unit will use gravity to feed the water from the garden hose fitting that will use the floor drain.

The washable air filter uses a light to indicate when to clean the filter. The caster wheels provide easy moving from place to place, and the fan and compressor automatically turns off when your area attains your preferred level of humidity. A programmable 24-hour on/off timer, adjustable humidistat, and full-tank alert/shutoff is another feature of the Hisense dehumidifier.

You will find a power cord storage area for putting away the unit when not in use.

Hisense Model DH-70KP1SDLE—Removes 70 Pints Moisture

  • Coverage: 1500-square feet
  • Weight: 46 pounds
  • Removable/Washable Filter: 1
  • Digital Control: Yes
  • Input voltage: 115-V/60 Hz, UL Listed
  • Noise level: 53 dB
  • Top Air Discharge
  • Humidistat: Yes
  • Low Temp to 38° F.
  • Direct Drain Option
  • Adjustable Relative Humidity: Yes
  • Automatic Restart after Power Failure
  • 2 Fan Speeds
  • Front Removable Bucket

The dimensions are 24.71-inches high x 15-inches wide x 11.43-inches deep. The Hisense comes with a User’s Manual and a 2-year Warranty.

3. Honeywell Energy Star® 70-Pint Portable Dehumidifier

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Our Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The Honeywell Energy Star® certified model DH70W white dehumidifier will remove up to 70 pints of moisture each 24-hour day from a medium to large room area. The LED digital control includes a humidistat control for setting the level of humidity. The control also shows you timer settings and room temperature. You will be able to relax with the humidistat control that automatically senses the moisture level to activate it. The unit has an automatic 24-hour on/off timer for your convenience.

Turn on the dehumidifier when the fan pulls the moisture in the air sending it through coils that condense and remove the moisture. You will feel dry warm air from the top vent. You will have the continuous drain option with a garden hose (not included). The washable air filter on the front collects dust and other particles from the air.

The ergo side handles permits easy water disposal from the tank. The front water indicator light will notify you when the tank is full with an alert sound as well. The unit automatically shuts off when the water reservoir is full. The unit has caster wheels to move the dehumidifier to different rooms. The unit has a 6-foot cord.

Honeywell Model DH70W—Removes 70 Pints Moisture

  • Coverage: 2500/3000-square feet
  • Weight: 43 pounds
  • Removable/Washable Top Load Filter: 1
  • Digital Control: Yes
  • Removable 14.5 pints Water Reservoir
  • Auto Deicer: No
  • Refrigerant: R410A
  • Power: 115-V, UL/CUL Rated
  • Humidistat: Yes
  • Low Temp to 41° F.
  • Continuous Drain Option
  • Adjustable Relative Humidity
  • Automatic Restart after Power Failure
  • 2 Fan Speeds: Low/High
  • Noise Level: 50 dBA
  • Power: 7.5-Amps/820-Watts

The dimensions are 23.6-inches high x 15.3-inches wide x 11.1-inches deep. The Honeywell comes with a User’s Manual and 5-year Warranty.

4. Danby® Energy Star® Premiere 70-Pint Portable Dehumidifier

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Our Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The Danby® Energy Star® certified 70-pint dehumidifier model DDR70B3WP in white removes 70 pints of moisture in 24-hours. It will cover up to 4500 square feet. To eliminate mold, mildew, and musty smells, this dehumidifier will alleviate those problems.

The electronic digital control panel allows you to set the fan speed. The direct drain feature lets you hook up a garden hose (not included). The unit is easy to move with its caster wheels. With the automatic deicer, ice will not build up on the coils. The easy to remove filter can be washed off and replaced.

Danby® Model DDR70B3WP—Removes 70 Pints Moisture

  • Coverage: 4500-square feet
  • Weight: 47 pounds
  • Removable/Washable Top Load Filter: 1
  • Digital Control: Yes
  • Removable Water Reservoir
  • Auto Deicer: Yes
  • R410A Refrigerant
  • Input Voltage: 115-V/60 Hz, UL Listed
  • Humidistat: Yes
  • Low Temp to 41° F.
  • Direct Drain Option
  • Adjustable Relative Humidity
  • Automatic Restart after Power Failure
  • 2 Fan Speeds: Low/High and Between
  • Noise Level: Unknown dB
  • Amps/Watts on Tag on Unit

The dimensions are 24-4/16-inches high x 16-2/16-inches wide x 11-13/16-inches deep. The Danby® comes with a User’s Manual and the Warranty covers 24-months on parts and labor carry-in service. Installation and/or yearly maintenance (cleaning) are not covered under the Warranty.

5. Comfort-Aire® Energy Star® 70-Pint Portable Dehumidifier

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Our Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Comfort-Aire® Energy Star® 70-Pint Portable DehumidifierThe Comfort-Aire® Energy Star® certified model BHD701H stone white dehumidifier provides you the best comfort when it removes 70 pints of moisture from the air each day with the built-in pump. It comes with a plastic tube for removing the water. A garden hose can be used (not included) for direct draining into a sink or drain. The gravity function will also fill the water tank located in the lower front. The water can run through the pump hose or it can be collected in the removable water reservoir.

The built-in pump is self-priming to remove moisture from the air. The unit has caster wheels to move from room to room and it is efficient and quiet. The pump flow rate is 0.02-0.03 and the pump GPM lift-head is 16.4-feet with the included pump drain hose of 16-feet in length.

A light indicator lets you know when the water is full and you can see the water level. The unit automatically shuts off when the water bucket is full. The warm air is discharged from the top and 12-inches should be allowed around the sides of the unit. The digital touchpad control is labeled to understand and is located on the top of the dehumidifier. The two-speed turbo fan is quiet moving the air.

Comfort-Aire® Model BHD701H—Removes 70 Pints Moisture

  • Coverage: 4500-square feet
  • Weight: 39 pounds
  • Removable/Washable Slide-out Filter: 1
  • Digital Control: Yes
  • Removable 12.7 Pint Water Reservoir
  • Auto Deicer: Yes
  • Refrigerant R-410A
  • Input Voltage: 115-V/60 Hz, UL Listed
  • Humidistat: Yes
  • Low Temp to 41° F.
  • Direct Drain Option
  • Adjustable Relative Humidity
  • Automatic Restart after Power Failure
  • 2 Fan Speeds
  • Noise Level: Unknown dB
  • Amps/Watts on Tag on Unit

The dimensions are 23-inches high x 15-inches wide x 10-inches deep. Gift-wrapping is available. The Comfort-Aire® comes with a User’s Manual and a Limited 1-year Warranty on parts and labor with a Limited 5-year Warranty on the sealed system.

6. RCA Energy Star® 70-Pint Portable Dehumidifier

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Our Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The RCA model RDH705 white 2-speed dehumidifier will remove 70 pints of moisture in a 24-hour day for a dryer living environment. The unit has a digital control panel on the top for adjusting the settings. The unit has caster wheels to roll to another place. The mesh filter removes easily to wash. The unit has no CFCs (Chlorofluorocarbons) or sans (without) DFCs (Displacement Free Cooling).

You set the controls and the unit automatically shuts off when the humidity level is reached or the water tank is full with a beep tone. The relative humidity appears on the control panel.

The unit comes with a clear plastic tube for removing the water and a connection for a garden hose (not included). The power cord is 6.2-feet in length.

RCA Model RDH705—Removes 70 Pints Moisture

  • Coverage: 4500-square feet
  • Weight: 39.7 pounds
  • Removable/Washable Front Filter: 1
  • Digital Control: Yes
  • Removable 2.11-Gallon Water Tank
  • Auto Deicer: Yes
  • R410A Refrigerant
  • Input Voltage: 115-V/60 Hz, UL Listed
  • Humidistat: Yes
  • Low Temp to 41° F. (shows 11° F. on Amazon)
  • Direct Drain Option
  • Adjustable Relative Humidity: 35-85%
  • Automatic Restart after Power Failure
  • 2 Fan Speeds
  • Noise Level Unknown dB

Dimensions: 23.2-inches high x 15.4-inches wide x 10.8-inches deep. The RCA comes with a User’s Manual and a 1-year Warranty from Curtis International Ltd., Licensee to RCA

7. Whynter Energy Star® 70-Pint Portable Dehumidifier

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Our Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The Whynter Energy Star® certified model RPD-702WP is white with an enclosed built-in condensate pump that removes 70 pints of moisture in a 24-hour period. It is designed for using at a high volume without having concerns about intermittent operation.

The Eco-Friendly® design is good for your home environment with its washable filter removing dust and allergens. The unit has 3 drainage methods: manual, gravity, or condensate pump. The condensate pump can pump up and out with the 16.5-foot drainage hose included for 15-feet of vertical elevation. A 20-inch drain hose for gravity draining is provided.

The unit is high capacity perfect for rooms, the basement, attic, garages, indoor pools, and spas. It has an automatic restart and shutoff that shuts down the compressor and fan when the humidity level is reached.

The electronic control panel has humidity sensor settings with 2 fan speeds and a 24-hour timer feature. The handles are helpful for moving the unit on its caster wheels to other locations.

Whytner Energy Star® Model RPD-702WP—Removes 70 Pints Moisture

  • Coverage: 3800-square feet
  • Weight: 45 pounds
  • Removable/Washable Filter: 1
  • Digital Control: Yes
  • Removable 18 Pint Water Reservoir
  • Auto Deicer: Yes
  • R410A Refrigerant
  • Input Voltage: 115-V/60 Hz, UL Listed
  • Humidistat: Yes
  • Low Temp to 40° F.
  • Direct Drain Option
  • Adjustable Relative Humidity: 30-90%
  • Automatic Restart after Power Failure
  • 2 Fan Speeds
  • Noise Level: 55.3 dB
  • Power: 7.5-Amps/950-Watts

The airflow at high speed is 187 m3/h at 110 CFM. The dimensions are 23.25-inches high x 14.5-inches wide x 11.25-inches deep (19.5-inches high when casters are not installed). This Whytner comes with a User’s Manual and a 1-year Warranty.

Tips for Using

  • If you use an extension cord, it must be rated for appliances with the correct AWG (American Wire Gauge). Do not use thin extension cords that are used for lamps or something drawing less energy. You will need an ‘appliance’ type cord that is thicker and has the correct wire gauge.
  • Read the User’s Manual carefully for full functionality and settings including water hose hookup if your model has that feature. It will show you how to install hoses and discuss extension cords.
  • Locate the dehumidifier 12-inches from walls and other items.
  • Keep coils clean of dirt and dust that can cause the dehumidifier to freeze
  • Clean the filter once a month and buy a new one when it shows wear
  • Keep all invoices and documents should you need to file a warranty claim

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