This post was updated on: November 1, 2018
We know that you want the best dehumidifier for your home.
What we are going to do is take you through five different 70-pint dehumidifiers and let you know how good each one is
Just continue to read to get all the facts from our test results. We have provided you with as much information as possible, so you get the right humidifier for you.
The best according to our research after testing 100+ units is the Danby 70 Pint Dehumidifier.
What is a Dehumidifier?
Before we get started, if you are not aware of dehumidifiers, here's the definition of dehumidifier:
Dehumidifiers are helpful household appliances which help in the maintenance of preferable and healthy humidity levels. Their main job is to cleanse the air and to get rid of excess moisture preventing bacteria, mold, and other organisms from growing.
Let's dig deeper into it!
Our Dehumidifier Ratings - Quick Comparison Chart
In case you are in a hurry and do not want to spend a lot of time reading, here is our quick comparison chart. It will simply give you the basic facts that we have found through our research facilities. You can make a quick decision on which dehumidifier is best for you:
Keep in mind that real life situations are not like laboratory conditions.
Results may vary when you get the dehumidifier in your home. We research under ideal conditions and in better weather than most people who use these units in their home.
The information you need to know is in this review and will help you make an intelligent decision
Things To Consider Before You Purchase Your Own Dehumidifier
1. Types of Dehumidifiers
Throughout our research work, we found that dehumidifiers come in all shapes and types. There is not a one size fits all when it comes to removing moisture from your home.
We also found that the dehumidifier ratings are not all the same for each dehumidifier, especially when they are the same approx. size and handle the same amount of per day moisture removal.
- Desiccant dehumidifiers - the word desiccant may be a difficult word to say and use but all it means is that the dehumidifier uses any practical substance that can absorb moisture. If you need a reference to fully understand that definition, think of those gel packs that re-included in many boxes your products are shipped in. Those packs absorb moisture, so your product doesn’t get humidity damage during shipping.
- Refrigerant-based dehumidifiers - A lot easier to say and understand. All these types of dehumidifiers do is blow the humid air over a cold surface like refrigerated pipes. The cold surface turns the moist air into condensation which then drips into your water bucket or through your drain hose.
Also, there are three basic styles of dehumidifiers. Which one you purchase depends on your needs and preferences. Here they are:
- Small portable dehumidifiers - these units are made for small rooms, usually under 500 square feet. They sit on a table, night stand, etc., and have small water reservoirs which require a lot of emptying. They also usually only have one button operations though varieties do exist depending on the size. They are great for bathrooms, laundry rooms, baby rooms and small bedrooms.
- Larger portable dehumidifiers - these are the one similar and including those we reviewed here. They take large amounts of moisture out of the air per day and have a lot more controls and other features. They are portable as they have wheels to transport them from room to room. They are also not so large where they dominate the room. You can pick them up by their handles and move them as well.
- Whole house dehumidifiers - these are not easily moved and can be quite large. These units hook-up to your existing furnace duct systems and dehumidify every room in your house. Unlike the portable models, they can be a little complicated to set up. They are not easy to move either and you may need help getting them into position.
The key to remember is that each style may have a variety of designs and preferred locations. Some whole house units are made to hang from your attic’s rafters.
It is wise to analyze your home and how you want it dehumidified before you go out and purchase your next dehumidifier.
II. Rule of Thumb
When you go out looking for your new dehumidifier there are some rule of thumb standards that will help guide your search.
These are not hard and fast standards that are written in stone but more of a flexible guide to make sure you do not overbuy.
You may see a chart similar to the one right below. You need to take that chart with a large grain of salt. The reasons for this will be listed right below the chart
Keep in mind that this is a very subjective standard. The major problem with this chart is that dehumidifiers do not come in those pint capacity sizes. They come in sizes 30, 40, 50 & 70 with some exceptions to that rule.
Another reason is that this chart was probably compiled under testing done in ideal conditions with few situations actually tested. The results may not reflect your situation.
Also, the chart provides no consideration for the cubic feet per minute a dehumidifier fan pulls in as it is operating. This is a too important factor to ignore and leaving it out distorts the results.
While those numbers can give you an idea, here are some rules to further help you find the right dehumidifier for your home:
- Living in a humid climate - add 10 pints
- More than 2 people sharing the space - add 5 pints
- Too many doors and windows in the room - add 5 pints
- If a washer & dryer are close - add 5 pints
3. Why Use a 70-pint Dehumidifier
It is a good question considering the many different types of dehumidifiers on the market today. When searching for a new dehumidifier you should consider a 70-pint dehumidifier for your home.
There are several reasons for this:
- Smaller models - Not every space in your home is going to be small. To protect your home you need a dehumidifier that can handle those large spaces. The smaller models are for small rooms
- Features - the 70-pint models all have the features you need and want on a dehumidifier
- Speed - a 70-pint dehumidifier removes moisture faster from the air faster than a 50 or 30-pint model. You get relief from the humidity a lot quicker.
- Quantity - over a 24-hour period, a 70-pint dehumidifier will remove almost 3 pints of moisture from your room per hour. A 50-pint model works at just over 2 pints per hour and a 30-pint unit is only 1 ¼ pints per hour.
- Energy efficient - in tests conducted, a 70-pint dehumidifier used less energy overall to dehumidify your air than either a 50 or 30-pint unit
- Maintenance - a 70-pint dehumidifier does not run as long as the smaller versions. This means there is less wear and tear on the internal parts of the 70-pint unit. The larger dehumidifier should last you longer than have fewer repairs than the smaller dehumidifiers.
Of course, you shouldn’t buy a 70-pint dehumidifier if you only have small rooms to remove moisture. You need to get the unit that fits your house design and your budget.
If you have a large basement or attic area, then a 70-pint dehumidifier should handle the task quite well.
Our reviews will reveal what is the best dehumidifiers on the market in 2018.
Our Top Rated Dehumidifier Reviews in 2018
#1. Danby 70-Pint Dehumidifier (Danby DDR070BDWDB)
Convenience is a good feature to look at when you are considering purchasing a dehumidifier. The castor wheels on this unit make moving this approx. 12x 16 x 24-inch and 41-pound dehumidifier simple and easy.
That is a big plus. Accompanying that feature is the easy to use control panel. Located at the top of the unit, you can access all the features this unit brings to your home. The dehumidifier is rated for 4500 square feet, making it perfect for your unfinished basement or attic spaces.
Automatic defrost, auto-restart, auto-stop functions are included with the 24-hour timer 2 fan speeds and a full water tank indicator light. You get enough features to make sure your home and the dehumidifier are protected.
The large 12.7-pint water tank makes sure you do not spend your valuable time emptying the water. Less time spent going to the sink and back is more time with your family. While it has an automatic defrost function, you shouldn’t use this dehumidifier in temperatures going belong 41 degrees F.
A direct drain feature allows you to hook up your standard garden hose to the dehumidifier and guide the moisture to your nearest drain. Also, if you put it in a crawl space that has a dirt floor, make sure you keep the unit level.
Through our research, we found that the Danby dehumidifier was very energy efficient and used only about 550 watts when operating. In monitoring mode, it used only 1-watt. This, in our opinion, makes it a superior dehumidifier.
#2. hOmeLabs 4000 Sq. Ft. Dehumidifier (hOmeLabs HME020031N)
Depending on the size of your home, we found that this 70-pint dehumidifier has the best results in rooms measuring between 2500 and 4000 square feet. Its 6-liter water tank takes longer to fill so you do not have to empty it as often. After all, you have more important things to do with your time.
It is easy to move this approx. 15 x 11 x 24-inch, 40-pound dehumidifier. 4 castor wheels roll nice and smoothly across most surfaces. Plus, its built-in handles keep you in control as you move the dehumidifier from room to room.
Some of its best features are the touch control panel. You just need a fingertip to solve your hot and sticky home issue. Then its automatic functions save you time, energy and stress. It can restart on its own, shut itself off and when it gets cold, it will turn on the defrost function.
Other features like the 24-hour timer make it simple for you to operate. You can choose when the unit turns on and off. Also, you are in control of the humidity setting. You get to choose between 35% and 85% humidity levels. How comfortable you are is up to your preference.
While it has a defrost function, it is best to operate it in room temperatures not lower than 41 degrees F. and hotter than 95 degrees F. With our research work, we did find that the auto-defrost was up to its task.
Plus, the auto-stop function made sure the dehumidifier did not create a mess in your home. Power failures were not an issue with its re-start function. You do not have to do any extra work to get the dehumidifier running again.
#3. Ivation 70 Pint Energy Star Dehumidifier (Ivation IVALDH70PW)
The key to buying one of the best dehumidifiers is the number of features that come with the unit. Since this dehumidifier is like all the rest, it is a 70-pint model, you need to go to the features to see what else the unit offers you and your home.
One great feature is the LCD touch screen control panel. Here is where you can access the 24-hour timer, the humidity level setting, fan speeds and get any alerts you need to know about.
Along with those features, this unit is not without its automatic functions. The unit has auto-restart, stop and defrost. But what is more important is its 6’ long power cord. This gives you location flexibility when you need it most.
The dehumidifier only measures roughly 15 x 11 x 23 inches in size and weighs about 40 pounds, but you still need the castor wheel to move it to the right location. The tough wheels should handle most surfaces with ease.
For best results, you need to stay within its certified rating. The unit works best in those rooms measuring up to 4500 square feet. This makes it a little too large for small rooms. Its larger bucket size doesn’t mean you can’t use the continuous drain feature. Just attach your standard garden hose to the outlet and you are good to go.
In our research, we found that the touch screen control panel was ideal for any living situation. It gives you simple access to all the features including the 24-hour timer. When you want to have your home dehumidified before you return, this is a good unit to use.
One of the best features that comes with this 70-pint dehumidifier is its spill proof water bucket. It may only hold 1 gallon of water but avoiding the possible messy clean-up is worth an extra trip or two to the bathtub or sink.
Of course, if you do not want to make any trips to the sink, you can hook up your 3/4” garden hose and direct the moisture directly to your drain. For best results, you want to place this in a room measuring up to but not larger than 4500 square feet.
Also, this is a basement dehumidifier, so it may not handle your smaller rooms in the upstairs living area. It may be the best dehumidifier for basements on the market today. That award is up to you to decide.
This dehumidifier is not hard to operate. 6 buttons on the control panel provide you with access to all of its features. Then the LED digital display gives you clear and accurate information. It also has a 2 to 4-hour sleep timer for better control and energy efficiency.
Other attractive features include multiple fan speeds, humidity level settings, and continuous operation function. This lets you keep the dehumidifier on all the time. Depending on what fan speed you set this unit, the motor should be very quiet. The loudest it gets is roughly 52 decibels.
What makes this dehumidifier special, according to our work on this dehumidifier, is its size. Measuring 14.8 x 11.4 x 24 inches and weighing 51 pounds, the unit is still easy to maneuver on its castor wheels. We can’t say enough about all the features as we found that they protect your investment and the unit.
#5. Keystone 70-Pint Portable Dehumidifier (Keystone KSTAD70C)
A good dehumidifier saves you time and money. This energy efficient unit uses a 1.6-gallon water tank to save you time. Fewer trips to empty and replace the water tank means more time for your favorite entertainment.
The touch control panel only needs your fingertip to make it work and bring all the access you need to all the features included in this unit. Its LED display lets you know exactly where you are at and what levels you are using. 8 indicator lights are also on the control panel.
Along with being rated for rooms measuring up to 4500 square feet, you get the usual auto-shutoff function, auto-defrost and restart features. A 24-hour timer lets you stay in control of the unit’s operation and have your house dehumidified before you get home from work.
You can watch the moisture level rise through the transparent water bucket window. This window is great when you are not in a position to see the light. Moving the dehumidifier is not difficult even though it measures approx. 11 x 15 x 23 inches in size and weighs roughly 40 pounds.
Our research found that the standout features were a compilation of the standard auto-functions and the large water bucket. The transparent window comes in handy as it allows you to keep an eye on the bucket. You don’t have to wait for the auto-stop to empty the bucket. The large bucket also means fewer trips to empty it.
There are Some Important Factors to Consider...
You just do not want to rush out and buy any old dehumidifier just because your home has become unbearably sticky and moist. There are things you need to consider before you purchase to make sure you are getting the right unit.
Our research shows that these are the most important factors in shopping for a dehumidifier:
- Automatic features - this includes stop, restart and defrost. You want to make sure all your bases are covered, and your unit is protected.
- Timers - a 24-hour timer is important to stay in control of your dehumidifying process. A sleep timer is also good, so you do not have to use electricity while you sleep
- Drain system - water buckets are standard and good. But you have better things t do with your time than empty water buckets. Make sure the dehumidifier has a continuous drain feature and that it accepts a standard size garden hose. An internal pump is a plus but not always needed.
- Indicator lights - you want them for the water bucket, the filter, and other features
- Fan seed - one speed is not enough
- Filter - they need to be located in the right spots for easy removal and replacement. Washable ones are the best as they save you money
- Warranty - walk-in warranties are not the best. Read the fine print so you know what is covered and what isn’t. The longer the warranty the better
- Price - don’t spend too much and go over budget. Find the unit that you can afford. You can always save up over time to upgrade later on.
What We Found
During our research period, we found many things about these dehumidifiers and dehumidifiers in general.
First, one size does not fit all. Many dehumidifiers although the same size, they do not cover the same total area. That means you have to be careful when purchasing your unit.
Second, most dehumidifiers, including the 70-pint, come with the same basic features. Competition is so tough that manufacturers are making sure you get enough features for the amount of money you spend on their product. You are not going to be shortchanged if you pick the best dehumidifier in the 70-pint per day range.
Third, unless it is a special deal, you are not going to get a drain hose included with your purchase. You need to make sure that you have a standard garden hose to fit the continuous drain connector. If you don’t then you need to spend more money to buy a new garden hose. If you do not have a drain or a garden, this may be a problem. You may be stuck using emptying the water bucket every time it gets filled.
A Little Advice
We take our job reviewing and monitoring products seriously. We want to make sure that you are aware of the best products on the market. This is because we are like you. We do not want to waste our money on inferior products.
We want to get the biggest bang for our buck every time we buy a new appliance, television set or dehumidifier. We do not want to buy a cheap dehumidifier and find it won’t meet our needs.
We want to make sure our money is not wasted so we look to review and research the top-rated dehumidifiers, so you do not waste time in your search or your money. Here are some words of advice:
- Don’t keep up with the Joneses - in other words, if your friends or family members have a great dehumidifier, don’t rush out and buy the same model. You may not be able to afford it and it may not be right for your home
- Do your research - don’t take our word for it. Do your own research so you get the right one for your home and at the right price
- Expensive is not always best - This is the key. People think you have to pay more to get the better product. That is not necessarily true. Sometimes a cheaper model will last you a long time and work very well
- Watch the warranties - the fine print says it all and you need to be careful. Don’t scan the fine print as those contain the loopholes the companies use to get out of honoring their word
- Make sure you get what you want - do not let any salesman talk you into buying the wrong dehumidifier. They only care about getting your money into their wallet. Know what to look for and stick to those guidelines
Buying a dehumidifier is not fun and games. It actually takes a little hard work to make sure you get the right unit for your home and needs. When your home or region becomes too hot and sticky, you want to make sure you have the best dehumidifier on your side, working for you.
Out of the 5 best dehumidifiers reviewed above, we chose the Danby 70 Pint Dehumidifier. It had a larger water bucket than most, a large square foot rating and it had all the features we wanted to see in a dehumidifier.
Our research showed that while the competitors were good, this one just stood out. Of course, you may disagree with us, but that is okay. The best dehumidifier award is not infallible. Different units may perform better in real life settings outside our labs.
Go with the one that works for you and meets all your criteria.