One of the Best Higher Priced Models on the Market
The chances are you’re reading this review because you’re looking for a large dehumidifier that’s built to treat the air inside your entire home. While small to medium units are great, they‘re only made for individual rooms and aren’t powerful enough to dry the air throughout the whole house.
A good way of knowing which unit is up to the job is to check the capacity. If a dehumidifier has a 70-pint capacity or perhaps a 50-pint capacity, you’re looking at a whole-house dehumidifier (but then you already know that). I recently came across the Friedrich D70BP 70-Pint and the Friedrich D50BP 50-Pint dehumidifiers. Since they’re very similar I’m going to review both.
Basics and Specifications
The Friedrich D70BP 70-Pint and the Friedrich D50BP 50-Pint, as I’ve just pointed out are largely similar, differing only in capacity from one another. The D70BP (obviously) is able to filter out up to 70 pints of water in one day, while the D50BP can filter out 50 pints. Other than that, they’re the same.
They both feature a built-in pump, front-loading bucket and a continuous drain option for those of you who want to avoid emptying the water tank. While not exactly small, both dehumidifiers are still portable due to the presence of caster wheels.
Three-Way Drainage System
One thing you will notice as the size of the dehumidifier increases, is they contain a lot more features and provide you with some much needed flexibility. In this case, I’m talking about the fact that you get to choose three different ways of draining moisture collected by the device. The first one is of course, the drain bucket which can hold up to 16.2 pints of water.
The second one is the option of a continuous drain where you hook the dehumidifier up to a drain via the hose and let gravity do its thing. The third way which is the most advanced one, is to turn on the built-in pump which pumps the water up to 15 feet away from the device.
Easy to Use and Operate
Both units feature digital displays, and easy to use electronic controls which let you dial in the settings that fit your needs best.
The first LCD shows the temperature inside the room, and it can also display timer information once you press the timer button.
The other LCD is tasked with showing relative humidity, and it can also show the desired humidity level if you want to poke around the humidity settings. Again, this goes for both units.
Indicators and Auto-Defrost Function
Staying with the user friendly approach, the indicators help you operate and maintain the device better. While both dehumidifiers have the option of continuous drainage, you might find yourself in a situation where you have to use the unit’s water bucket. To keep water from overflowing, once the tank gets full the dehumidifier turns itself off automatically.
Next is the auto-defrost feature which is something I tend to look for in a dehumidifier since most of the humidity problems I have are located in my basement. As you no doubt know it can get pretty cold down there especially in winter, so having an auto-defrost option is a “must have” in my book.
Both of these dehumidifiers have an air filter which is removable and washable, and it will help stop some airborne contaminants such as dust, allergens, mold spores and mildew. You also get to choose between 2 fan speeds.
When it comes to displaying temperature, you can choose to switch between Celsius and Fahrenheit. You can fine tune the humidity level thanks to the built-in humidistat which allows you to increase or decrease the level between 30% and 90% in increments of 5 %.
I think either of these dehumidifiers is worth considering if you’re looking to get rid of high humidity and mold or mildew in your basement or inside your home. Of course, the 70-pint capacity unit is more expensive so making a choice between the two depends solely on budget and the size of your home.
The auto-defrost feature, electronic controls, a timer, an accurate humidistat and a three-way drainage system are all there, so both of these are packed with useful features.