If you’ve ever used the words musty, stuffy, humid, smoky, humid, moldy, or the dreaded dampness to describe the air in your home, you may need a dehumidifier. We’ve been testing dehumidifiers for almost a decade and have found that many of the best work as expected for a few years and then, infuriatingly, die. Our last hope for a more durable machine that makes it easier to use is the Wi-Fi-equipped Frigidaire Gallery FGAC5044W1. Frigidaire Gallery and its ability to alert you when it needs emptying sets it apart from the competition.
Gallery Frigidaire FGAC5044W1
Designed for spaces up to approximately 1,200 square feet, the Gallery’s Wi-Fi connectivity notifies you when the tank is full. Its app is stable and easy to install, and it also works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
*At the time of publication, the price was $310.
There aren’t many smart dehumidifiers available, but we’ve come to believe that the ability to monitor and control them remotely is a real bonus. Dehumidifiers often need their collection tanks to be manually drained, and they are also often used in an isolated corner of a home, such as a storage cellar. Knowing from afar when the tank is full (and just knowing if the machine is working as it should) can save you extra trips to check things out. For this reason, the Frigidaire Gallery FGAC5044W1 is our top pick among dehumidifiers. Its Wi-Fi connectivity lets you monitor and control it via Frigidaire’s app (iOS and Android), and it can also be synced with Amazon Alexa and Google Home for voice control. The app is easy to set up, we found its alerts to be accurate, and we were able to scroll the machine through its settings with a tap of the screen. It is suitable for spaces up to approximately 1,200 square feet and is Energy Star rated. We wish it had a pump, which eliminates the need for manual draining, but if you can place it near a drain, the gallery (like all dehumidifiers) can be set to drain passively via a length of hose .
This model is powerful enough for spaces as large as 1,200 square feet, its built-in pump offers plenty of drainage options, and design details make it easy to live with.
*At the time of publication, the price was $289.
Otherwise identical, this dehumidifier lacks a pump, which limits you to manually emptying the tank or passively sending the water into a floor drain. It’s also cheaper.
The Frigidaire FFAP5033W1 is powerful enough to lower damp basements to less than 50% humidity, which helps inhibit wood rot, mold, and other infestations that can damage your home and trigger allergies. Upstairs, it can maintain humidity in spaces as large as 1,200 square feet in conditions comfortable for most people. It’s Energy Star rated and has several nice design details (such as a flat carry handle and built-in cord storage) that make it easy to move around your home and store during dry seasons. And we like the versatility of its pump: all dehumidifiers need to be drained regularly of the water they remove from the air, and the FFAP5033W1’s pump lets you automatically direct water into a sink or through a window. That said, the pump is also an additional part that can fail, and some negative owner reviews mention this happening. (The dehumidifier still works if the pump fails.) We’ve also seen a number of reports over the past few months – representing a tiny fraction of the overall reviews – of this model failing completely within about a year after procurement. It’s not unique to Frigidaire machines, but it’s a real bummer for those affected. We spoke with a Frigidaire representative who shared with us internal help center logs that showed no increase in failure complaints.
If you don’t mind emptying a tank manually (which may be necessary several times a day), or if you can send the water down a basement drain via a gravity-fed garden hose, the Frigidaire FFAD5033W1 without pump, otherwise identical is a less expensive option.
This GE matches the power of Frigidaire’s top pick, but its bulky drain hose attachment and lack of cord storage make it less user-friendly.
*At the time of publication, the price was $265.
GE’s APER50LZ is nearly identical to the Frigidaire FFAP5033W1 in the most important aspects: it has the same ability to remove water per day, it’s Energy Star rated, and it has a pump to help you send the water in a sink or through a window. Compared to the Frigidaire, the APER50LZ’s few minor flaws include narrow pocket-style handles that provide a less secure grip, as well as no place to wrap the cord around when moving the machine or carrying it. tidy up. . Like Frigidaire models, a fraction of negative reviews report premature failures around two years.
This compact, efficient and affordable dehumidifier is designed for small spaces such as bedrooms and laundry rooms.
Frigidaire’s FFAD2233W1 dehumidifier is smaller than our other picks — think carry-on rather than a suitcase — and costs a lot less. It’s also less powerful. But that makes it a better choice for smaller spaces such as laundry rooms, where sturdier machines would be overkill. It’s Energy Star certified, comfortable pocket handles, and the same convenient cord storage as Frigidaire’s largest selection. But like all small dehumidifiers, the FFAD2233W1 doesn’t have a pump, so you either have to empty the tank manually or place the machine where it can empty into a sink or floor drain, which is rarely feasible in a home office or bedroom.