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Best Dehumidifier For The Money  
Everything You Need to Know to Get a Great Dehumidifier at a Great Price
Top Five for the Money (Based on our Frugal5 Formula)
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Features Needed
30 Pint Capacity
- 32 Pint
- 30 Pint
- 30 Pint
- 30 Pint
- 30 Pint
Adjustable Humidity Range
Automatic Defrost or Low Temp Operation Capability
- Down to 41°F
- Down to 41°F
Automatic Shutoff When Full
Bucket-Full Indicator Light
Casters for Maneuverability
Energy Star Rating
Option for Hose Attachment
Warrany (1 Year Minimum)
- 1 Year
- 2 Year
- 1 Year
- 1 Year
- 1 Year
Features Not Needed
Antimicrobial Treated Tank
Automatic Restart
Bucket-Full Audible Alarm
Digital Display
Extra-large Capacity (Over 40 Pints)
Multiple Fan Speeds
- 2 Speeds
- 2 Speeds
- 3 Speeds
What You Need To Know In 5 Minutes

Some homes require dehumidifiers in the basement all year round, while others just need help drying the air during summer months. Ideally, for healthy breathing and preventing excessive microbe growth, relative humidity in a home should stay between 30 and 50 percent. This ratio is the amount of moisture in the air, versus how much moisture the air could hold without condensing into water at a given temperature.


The capacity of dehumidifiers is measured by the volume of water it extracts from the surrounding air in 24 hours, measured in pints. To figure the capacity you need, take the square footage of the room and divide by 20 to get the number of pints you need the unit to handle. So, if you have a 1,000-foot square foot basement, the unit theoretically should handle 50 pints. In most cases however, a 30-pint dehumidifier will work fine, even in larger spaces. All units come with a washable air filter, so you need not worry about buying replacements.


Energy Star rated units do the same job, but use 15 percent less energy. This feature saves you money, so make sure your choice has it. 

Humidifiers contain holding tanks for the water they collect. The tanks need to be emptied regularly or the auto-shutoff will engage. Understand that most come with 1-gallon buckets, which equal only 8 pints. So, if your unit is removing 30 pints a day from the air, you’ll need to empty the bucket 4 times a day. Few environments are so moist that this becomes necessary.  Make sure your unit can work with a hose as well, in case you need continuous drainage.

Depending on your reasons for using a dehumidifier, you may need simple or complex controls. For instance, if you store valuable books and use the humidifier to keep optimal moisture, you want digital controls that let you set specific humidity levels. However, most of us are just looking for basic comfort and want to avoid mold growing in the basement. For such individuals, a manual dial with basic normal, dry and very dry settings will do the trick. 

Automatic restart is a feature touted for restarting the unit after a power outage. It doesn’t seem that hard to turn the unit back on after the power goes out, just as you go through the house resetting clocks. 

Low temperature operation is necessary for dehumidifying climates under 65 degrees. Otherwise, the coils that condense the air will build up with ice, making them inefficient. Look for a machine that defrosts the coils automatically if you use a dehumidifier in a cold room. 

Some units come with timers, which really isn’t necessary unless you have strong concerns about energy and want to run the unit during off-peak hours only. 

Casters on the base of the unit are smart for maneuverability. They allow you to use one unit and move it to different rooms in the homes as needed. 

Brands and Pricing

Because dehumidifiers use the same technology that keeps your refrigerator cold, many brands are the names you see in the kitchen. Others may sound unfamiliar, such as Soleus and Haier. Brands like Danby and DeLonghi are usually more expensive. You’ll pay at least $150 for a reliable unit, but don’t pay more than $175 if you can help it.

Shipping is expensive on heavy items like this, so make sure a warranty center is near you for the brand you choose. If an appliance breaks down, it usually does it within the first 6 months of ownership, so make sure the warranty covers that time frame. 

Features You Need
30 Pint Capacity, Adjustable Humidity Range, Automatic Defrost or Low Temp Operation Capability, Automatic Shutoff When Full, Bucket-Full Indicator Light, Casters for Maneuverability, Energy Star Rating, Option for Hose Attachment, Warrany (1 Year Minimum)
Features You Don't Need
Antimicrobial Treated Tank, Automatic Restart, Bucket-Full Audible Alarm, Digital Display, Extra-large Capacity (Over 40 Pints), Multiple Fan Speeds, Timer
What You Should Pay
Between $153.00 - $170.00
Top Of The Line Price
Over $300.00