Summertime means lots of heat and humidity. The last thing you want is to step inside a humid basement or house. There’s an easy way to escape excess humidity and moisture in your home this summer. A new crop of dehumidifiers have made their way to the top of the best picks for the summer of 2015. You’ll find a selection of full-sized and compact dehumidifiers along with options for a variety of budgets. Some units are quite basic while others boast bright screens, user-friendly controls, and other handy features.
1. Frigidaire FAD704DWD Energy Star 70-pint Dehumidifier
Tired of a buildup of mold and mildew in your home? This 70-pint dehumidifier could be the perfect solution. That’s because it has an effortless and effective humidity control that lets you control the precise humidity level in your room. The process can even remove bacteria from the air that could make breathing more difficult. As long as it’s situated near a suitable drain, this Frigidaire dehumidifier can run continuously. Other highlights include an easy-to-reach collection container and a washable filter.
Price: $220.00 (27 percent off MSRP)
- Collection container with indicator
- Adjustable humidity control
- Runs continuously
- Can’t be used with extension cord
- Awkward to empty
- Some owners report inconsistent humidity readings
2. Eva-dry Electric Petite Dehumidifier Edv-1100
Its compact size makes this Eva-Dry dehumidifier ideal for smaller spaces such as closets, bathrooms, and RVs. You can even comfortably fit it on most desk or work benches. This petite unit works in just about any small to medium sized room that is prone to dampness and/or humidity. Aside from low energy consumption, the dehumidifier is praised for its super quiet operation. Features include an auto shut-off switch and a “full” indicator light that lets you know when it’s time to empty the reservoir.
Price: $49.44 (18 percent off MSRP)
- Indicator light
- Auto shut-off
- Compact size
- Fans tend to break over time
- Bulky power cord
- A bit louder than advertised
3. DeLonghi DD70PE Dehumidifier
Customers rave about the LCD electronic controls, which are bright, easy to see, and let you monitor the relative humidity and temperature levels. A unique patented pump function means that the unit will keep discharging moisture so that you don’t have to worry about frequently emptying a bucket. As an added bonus, there’s also an anti-frost device down to 41 degrees Fahrenheit. This dehumidifier is equipped with a 24-hour timer and an alarm to let you know when the tank is full.
Price: $310.76 (31 percent off MSRP)
- 24-hour timer
- Alarms when tank is full
- LCD controls
- Fairly noisy
- Power hungry
4. Keystone KSTAD70B Energy Star 70 Pt. Dehumidifier
This Energy Star dehumidifier promotes efficiency without compromising performance. It can remove up to 70 pints of moisture each day and comes with a transparent water level indicator. The dust filter is easy to remove and clean and will let you know when it’s time with a clean filter alert. If you need to move the unit, you’ll appreciate the four sturdy rolling casters.
Price: $189.99 (17 percent off MSRP)
- Easily portable
- Clean filter alert
- Energy efficient
- Airflow restricted in tight spaces
- Flimsy bin handle
5. Friedrich D70BP 70 Pint Dehumidifier
This is a well-rounded dehumidifier with lots of handy features. For starters, it’s equipped with a built-in drain that can pump condensation vertically or horizontally up to 15 feet. It also conveniently displays the room temperature and the humidity level. The Energy Star qualified dehumidifier plugs into any standard 115 volt electrical outlet. A carrying handle makes the condensation bucket easy to remove and carry.
Price: $290.20 (21 percent off MSRP)
- Carrying handle
- Drains vertically and horizontally
- Displays room temperature and humidity level
- Loud fan
- Cycles frequently
- Short hose