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 years, and after completing the last round, we chose the Frigidaire FFAP5033W1 as our top pick. It is a powerful machine designed for large spaces, with an integrated pump that makes emptying particularly easy and meets the latest Energy Star regulations for efficiency.
This model is powerful enough for spaces up to 1,200 square feet, its built-in pump offers plenty of drainage options, and its design details make it the easiest dehumidifier to live with.
*At the time of publication, the price was $340.
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.
*At the time of publication, the price was $250.
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 (like 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 pump lets you automatically direct water into a sink or out a window.
That said, if you don’t mind manually emptying a tank (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 otherwise identical pumpless Frigidaire FFAD5033W1 is a cheaper 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 $272.
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, its few minor flaws include narrow pocket-like handles that provide a less secure grip, as well as no place to wrap the cord around when moving the machine or storing it. If this GE model is easier to find, or you can find it for a better price, it’s a solid option.
This compact, efficient and affordable dehumidifier is designed for small spaces like bedrooms and laundry rooms.
Frigidaire’s FFAD2233W1 dehumidifier is smaller than our top pick—think carry-on rather than a suitcase—and costs over $100 less. It’s also less powerful. But that makes it a better choice for smaller spaces, where sturdier machines would be overkill in every way. It’s Energy Star certified, comfortable pocket handles, and the same convenient cord storage as Frigidaire’s largest selection. But like all small dehumidifiers, it lacks a pump, so you either have to manually empty the tank or place the machine where it can drain into a sink or floor drain, which is rarely feasible in a home office. or a room.
Gallery Frigidaire FGAC5044W1
If you want to monitor and adjust your dehumidifier remotely, we like this Frigidaire Gallery machine. Its app is easy to install and stable, but it lacks a pump.
*At the time of publication, the price was $274.
There aren’t many smart dehumidifiers available, but if you want to get “tank full” and other notifications on your phone, or to set the machine and turn it on or off when you’re not not at home, we recommend the Frigidaire FGAC5044W1 gallery. Identical in many ways to our top pick Frigidaire, it adds Wi-Fi connectivity that works with Frigidaire’s app on iOS and Android. We thought it was easy to set up, found the alerts to be accurate, and were able to easily scroll the machine through its settings from a phone. We wish it had a pump, but the Wi-Fi connectivity makes the lack of one problem less important: remote monitoring lets you know when it’s time to manually empty the tank.
This 50-quart pump-equipped machine is too loud for living spaces, but it’s as efficient and less expensive than our top pick, an option for unoccupied areas up to 1,200 square feet.
*At the time of publication, the price was $300.
The pump-equipped Hisense DH7019KP1WG is as loud on its lowest setting as the best Frigidaires are on their highest, which means it’s seriously impractical in a lived-in space. That said, it’s less expensive and shares many of Frigidaires’ notable design features, like a pull-down handle and built-in cord storage. And its pump setup is actually superior to the Frigidaires, with a soft (as opposed to stiff) hose and user-friendly thumb-operated hose detachment mechanism; the Frigidaires have a hard-to-use collar detachment. If you need to dry out an unoccupied space, like an unfinished basement, garage or garden shed, this is the one we recommend.