Best dehumidfiers for damp basements

Don't Waste Your Money

UPDATED 8/17/16

Recent soggy weather and record breaking rains have sent dehumidifier sales soaring in the Cincinnati area..

If you're in the market for a dehumidifier, our partners at Consumer Reports Magazine have just released their newest tests, so you don't get soaked at the store.

Shawn Gabor says a new dehumidifier made all the difference in her home.

"We spend a lot of family time down here in the basement. But after we got the dehumidifier, it was much less damp and much more pleasant down here," said Gabor.

And tougher environmental regulations are forcing manufacturers to build greener dehumidifiers.

Consumer Reports tested 17 dehumidifiers, using a special environmental chamber to measure capacity -- that's how much water they can remove per day. But the magazine has a caution for buyers.

"We generally recommend large-capacity dehumidifiers, which our tests show work more efficiently and therefore cost less to operate than small models," said DiClerico.

Consumer Reports Top Ratings:

For 2016, Consumer Reports suggests:

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If your basement is typically below 65 degrees in winter, look for a model with frost control: otherwise your coils will ice up if you run it during the winter months.

If you find your coils still icing up in the spring, because your basement is still too cool, try placing the unit on a table:  the air will be warmer than on the concrete floor.  In a worst case scenario, move the unit up to the first floor, and put a fan at the bottom of the basement steps.

As always, don't waste your money.


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