Last Updated: April 30th 2018
A few years ago we tested ten different 70 pint dehumidifiers. More recently we tested six more. So, as of the time of this updated 70 pint dehumidifier review guide we’ve tested and reviewed sixteen different 70 pint dehumidifiers. Each dehumidifier was bought either online or at a local brick and mortar store. We didn’t receive any “review units” from any manufacturer. We also haven’t received any compensation from any manufacturers in writing our reviews. Rest assured, that each and one of our reviews are 100% unbiased, written with the single aim of helping you, the consumer, make the best possible decision in buying a large capacity 70 pint dehumidifier for your home or place of business.
Do You Need Pump Drainage?
Before we get started with our recommendations, we need to cover pump drainage.
Pump drainage is one of three different ways that collected condensate (water) can be removed from the dehumidifier:
- Empty and replace the water collection bucket – what most consumers do
- Drain the dehumidifier using gravity drainage – a standard garden hose is connected to the dehumidifier and the dehumidifier is drained using gravity
- Drain the dehumidifier using pump drainage – a pump pushes the collected condensate through a drain hose
It’s important that you know that a pump is only necessary if you’re looking to drain the dehumidifier to a location above it or far away from it (more than a few ft.). If you can drain to a location below it or close to it (only a few ft.) then gravity drainage will work just fine.
All sixteen of the 70 pint units we tested have a water tank that can be emptied and replaced. All sixteen can easily be drained using gravity drainage using no extra purchased parts except for a garden hose. And, you guessed it, all sixteen units can be drained using pump drainage.
But, there’s something special about five of these sixteen units. On five of them, no extra parts or accessories are required to facilitate pump drainage. These are what we refer to as built-in pump dehumidifiers.
To say it another way, five of the sixteen 70 pint dehumidifiers we’ve tested come equipped with a built-in pump – the pump is built into the dehumidifier and a drainage hose is included. To facilitate pump drainage with the other eleven 70 pint units we tested you’ll need to buy a condensate pump and hosing separately.
Our Recommendation – Go With A Non-Built-In Pump Dehumidifier
Generally speaking, the best rated built-in pump dehumidifiers are not the best rated dehumidifiers overall. Every one of the built-in pump dehumidifiers we’ve tested has one or several major problems that prevents us from recommending it over any top rated non-built-in pump dehumidifier. Thus, our recommendation is, should you require pump drainage, that you buy a condensate pump and hosing separately. With a recommended non-built-in pump unit you’ll be getting a highly reliable durable dehumidifier at a lower price than a comparable built-in pump dehumidifier with similar features and functionality (outside of the built-in pump of course). With the money you save on buying a non-built-in pump dehumidifier you can easily buy a condensate pump and hosing separately. This is our recommendation at this time.
Best Rated 70 Pint Dehumidifiers – Overall Rankings
(click on the model for our review and buying options)
Our #1 recommended dehumidifier for 2018 is the Frigidaire FFAD7033R1. This model replaces the previously top rated Frigidaire FAD704DWD in our rankings. As a more budget friendly second option, we recommend the Keystone KSTAD70B. The Keystone has many of the same features and much of the same functionality as the Frigidaire, but it’s more inexpensive. The FFAD7033R1 will remove moisture faster and it’s definitely a more durable, reliable dehumidifier. However, if you’re on a limited budget then the Keystone is by no means a terrible compromise.
Rounding out the top 3 is the Danby DDR70A2GP. This dehumidifier comes with an excellent warranty and also performed very well in our moisture removal tests. It was also recommended as an alternative to our top rated 70 pint dehumidifiers in 2014′s rankings.
Early 2018 Update: Frigidaire just released the FFAP7033T1, the built-in pump version of our top pick, the FFAD7033R1 (note the similar model names). The FFAP7033T1 is all but identical to the FFAD7033R1, except for the fact that it comes equipped with a built-in pump.
Do we recommend it over the FFAD7033R1? No, we do not. The FFAP7033T1 is quite a bit more expensive than the FFAD7033R1 and with the money you save by buying the FFAD7033R1 over the FFAP7033T1 you can easily buy a condensate pump and hosing separately to facilitate nearly identical functionality. By sticking to our recommendation of purchasing pump functionality separately you also have the following benefits in addition to those outlined earlier:
- You can buy a pump with exactly the power you need for the distance you need to pump the condensate
- You can buy a hose with exactly the length you need
- If the pump breaks on a built-in pump unit it’s very difficult, if not impossible to fix and/or replace while it’s very easy to replace an external condensate pump
- You can buy only the dehumidifier at first, try emptying its bucket manually and/or using gravity drainage, and only then determine whether you require pump drainage. You can do all of this without the extra monetary investment buying a built-in pump unit requires right from the get-go
All of that being said, if you’re absolutely intent on buying an all-in-one built-in pump unit the FFAP7033T1 is a great option. It’s certainly a much better choice than any of the five built-in pump units we tested. And that is because it is almost identical to the absolute best dehumidifier we’ve tested thus far, the FFAD7033R1.
For the built-in pump FFAP7033T1:
The Rest of the Rankings (Dehumidifiers We Do NOT Recommend)
Every single one of the other six non-built-in pump 70 pint dehumidifiers we tested had a major flaw that prevents us from recommending it. We’ve listed those dehumidifiers in order of their aggregate review score below (the score is listed in parentheses). This aggregate score is obtained by adding each dehumidifier’s score in each respective review category. For example, a dehumidifier rated 5/5 for all 12 of our review categories would have an aggregate score of 60. A unit with 4/5s in all categories would have an aggregate score of 48. See any one of our reviews for all a list of all of the review categories and each unit’s performance in each review category.
#4 Honeywell DH70W (44.5)
#5 RCA RDH705 (44.5)
#6 GE ADEL70LR (43.5)
#7 Haier DE65EM (40.5)
#8 Kenmore KM70 (39)
#9 Whirlpool AD70GUSB (38.5)
Note: While we’ve tested eleven different non-built-in pump 70 pint dehumidifiers thus far, one of the dehumidifiers we’ve tested is no longer for sale (the Arctic Aire ADR70A2G) while the other has been replaced by a newer model (the Frigidaire FAD704DWD). Thus, there are only a total of nine different 70 pint dehumidifiers we’ve tested that we can rank in order above.
Best Rated Built-In Pump 70 Pint Dehumidifiers
Each one of the built-in pump dehumidifiers we’ve tested has a major issue that keeps us from giving it our recommendation. As we discuss above, if pump drainage is something that’s important to you then we recommend purchasing one of the top 3 rated dehumidifiers above and a condensate pump and hosing separately. If, however, you’re set on buying a built-in pump dehumidifier, we’ve ranked all five of the built-in pump units we’ve tested according to their aggregate score below. We suggest that you read through each unit’s review (or at least our review summary at the beginning or end of the review) before making your purchase decision.
#1 Hisense DH-70KP1SLE (44.5)
#2 Friedrich D70BP (44.5)
#3 SPT SD-72PE (43.5)
#4 Haier HM70EP (40.5)
#5 Delonghi DD70PE (40)
Early 2018 Update: We just recently reviewed this 9 gallon hOmeLabs Dehumidifier.
2014 Buyer’s Guide (No Longer Applicable)
We’ve included our 2014 buyer’s guide below. Note that while the recommendations below are no longer applicable (the updated guide is above), there may be information below that could prove useful in your deciding which dehumidifier to buy in 2018.
We tested ten different 70 pint dehumidifiers, every single one from a different brand, at a different price point, and including different features. Our goal was to find the best 70 pint dehumidifier currently on the market – to be able to declare one particular model as the definitive choice for buyers looking to purchase a large capacity dehumidifier. Instead, our testing resulted in mixed results for each individual dehumidifier. Not one unit was without its own set of faults. Not one unit performed better than all others in all categories. Yes, some units clearly stood out as better buying options than others. But we were looking for one single option that we could recommend as the definitive choice for anyone looking to buy a 70 pint dehumidifier.
Instead of recommending one dehumidifier as the best and only option, we instead recommend two below that stood out as being the overall best performing units. We discuss those units we recommend in the general recommendations section below. If you’re still left unconvinced, use our dehumidifier comparison chart to find the dehumidifier that fits all of your particular requirements the best.
We recommend that you start by deciding whether you need a unit with a built-in pump. We tested three different units that come equipped with a built-in pump, all of which retail for at least (approx.) $250. The seven units we tested that do not include a built-in pump start at about $190. Note that should you absolutely require pump drainage (if you need to drain the unit far away or above the dehumidifier’s location) then you can still purchase a unit that doesn’t include a built-in pump. You will then just need to buy a condensate pump and hosing separately.
Most Recommend 70 Pint Dehumidifiers
As we tested and reviewed the features of each individual large capacity unit, two in particular stood out as the best performing best bang for your buck buying options, the Frigidaire FAD704DWD and the Keystone KSTAD70B. Each unit performed well in most important categories and both are very affordable. The Frigidaire is the third most inexpensive large capacity unit we tested at approximately $225 and the Keystone was the most inexpensive 70 pint dehumidifier we tested, retailing for about $190.
If you don’t need a dehumidifier with a built-in pump we recommend either one of these units as a great choice. We’ve written a comprehensive comparison of both units here . We also recommend that you read our review for each unit.
70 Pint Alternatives
The Frigidaire and Keystone are great units but they may lack certain features or functionality that may be important to you.
Both the Danby and ArcticAire 70 pint units are great alternatives in the 70 pint size class. Let’s discuss what they do worse than the Frigidaire and Keystone first. Most notably these units don’t have the outstanding customer reviews that the Frigidaire and especially the Keystone have received. The Danby and ArcticAire have received either only a few reviews as is the case for the ArcticAire or a larger percentage of negative reviews as was true for the Danby. Secondly, both of these units are more expensive, each retailing for at least (approx.) $240. They also aren’t as portable (lack of a top handle and cord storage) or adjustable (lack of a continuous mode) as the Frigidaire and Keystone.
On the positive side, the Danby and ArcticAire units were the best performing units in our moisture removal tests. They are more versatile (can be adjusted from 30% to 90% RH) and even include a corrugated plastic gravity drain hose for quick and easy gravity drainage (not included with the Keystone or Frigidaire). These units also feature a far better quality control panel with a separate LED display to show the ambient air temperature in addition to the room’s humidity (not included with the Keystone or Frigidaire). These units also come equipped with more accurate hygrometers which will allow you to set the room humidity more precisely to your needs and/or requirements. By far the Danby and ArcticAire’s biggest advantage over the Frigidaire and Keystone units, however, is their inclusion of a two year warranty (vs one year for the Frigidaire and Keystone) when you purchase either unit. This extra year on the included warranty may more than warrant the fact that these units cost more than their less expensive counterparts.
So far we’ve discussed four different 70 pint dehumidifiers – the Frigidaire, the Keystone, the Danby, and the ArcticAire. Any one of these units would be a great choice if you’re looking to purchase a unit not including a built-in pump.
There were units that we tested but cannot recommend as buying options. Note that most of these units would still serve as an acceptable option for any particular humidity problem – they will still dehumidify, they’ll still operate efficiently, and still at least somewhat warrant their purchase price, etc. We simply do not recommend these units based on our assessment of their performance and functionality compared to the four units we do recommend above. We discuss those units we do not recommend in each respective review listed below.
Most Recommend Built-In Pump 70 Pint Dehumidifiers
As we mentioned earlier, we tested three different built-in pump 70 pint dehumidifiers – the Friedrich D70BP, the SPT SD-72PE, and the Delonghi DD70PE.
Again, no clear winner stood out above the rest as the best built-in pump buying option. We suggest that you read our review for each of these units carefully and then decide which one fits your requirements the best.
For our general recommendations regarding buying a unit with built-in pump functionality see our quick-comparison guide below.
Quick Built-In Pump Dehumidifier Comparison Guide
If you’re looking to employ pump drainage then you have two options – you can either buy a unit that doesn’t come equipped with a built-in pump and buy a condensate pump separately, or you can buy one of the three built-in pump units we tested. At (approx.) $250 the SPT is a great value. You can only achieve this type of functionality (pump drainage) for cheaper if you purchase the most inexpensive dehumidifier we reviewed, the Keystone KSTAD70B. The Keystone plus the cheapest condensate pump and hosing will still only total to a few dollars less than the SPT. Thus, it is our recommendation if cost is your number one priority and you require pump drainage and you’re looking for a compact solution to go with the SPT. At (approx.) $250 you will not find a more efficient inexpensive solution for dehumidification with pump drainage included.
That being said we should note here that we had one major concern with this dehumidifier that we consider to be somewhat of a deal breaker. Its durability is highly questionable as we discuss extensively in our SPT review – its low price may become a moot point if the unit breaks after a few years of use. Even if just the pump drainage adapter breaks or starts leaking you’ll be regretting your purchase decision.
So what is our suggestion? Don’t make cost your number one priority. Buying a low cost dehumidifier, especially one with a built-in pump, is not just something you should do without first strongly weighing the pros and cons of doing so. If you’re willing to take the risk and want a compact pump drainage solution, go with the SPT. The unit may never break. The adapter may never break or you only plan on attaching the pump drain hose once and then leaving it for the duration of the unit’s lifetime. Still, as we illuminate in our SPT review you’re taking a sizable risk with the SPT unit in particular.
The Bottom Line
If you want a unit with a built-in pump we suggest either the Friedrich or the Delonghi as good alternatives. If having a built-in pump is not important but you still require pump drainage then we suggest either the Frigidaire and a separate condensate pump. These two items together should still be a little bit less expensive than the Friedrich. If you’re willing to take a little bit more of a risk on reliability but not quite as much as the SPT then you can buy the Keystone and a separate condensate pump which will cost even less together than this unit.
Our bottom line suggestion – buy the Friedrich if you absolutely want a large capacity unit with a built-in pump. Buy the Frigidaire and a separate pump if you don’t require a built-in pump.