GE ADEL30LR Review

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Pros

  • Most quiet 30 pint dehumidifier we tested
  • Extra fan speed (medium fan speed in addition to industry standard high and low fan speed)
  • Easy to find in local retail stores

Cons

  • High rate of negative consumer reviews
  • Hygrometer only reads humidity in 5% increments (industry standard is 1%)

Included With Your Purchase

  • Dehumidifier
  • Instruction manual
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Quick Review Summary

The GE ADEL30LR is much lighter, smaller, and more easily transportable than most 70 and 50 pint units on the market. It also comes equipped with much of the same functionality and many of the same features as most of the 70 and 50 pint dehumidifiers we tested. On the negative side, this unit takes much, much longer to dehumidify any particular sizable space than larger capacity units. It’s also not very quiet and has received an unusually high percentage of negative consumer reviews. Below we discuss this unit’s features only briefly. For more detailed coverage of its features and functionality please see our ADEL70LR review. We do thoroughly discuss this unit’s performance in all four of our real world performance tests.

Note: In 2014 we reviewed three different 30 pint dehumidifiers. In 2015 we reviewed one more. This particular review was written in 2014, thus all comparisons within this review were made comparing this dehumidifier to only two other 30 pint dehumidifiers . All new reviews compare all four 30 pint dehumidifiers we’ve tested and reference the current top rated 30 pint dehumidifier, the Frigidaire FFAD3033R1.

Performance Test Results

Energy Efficiency

At 50% relative humidity on high fan speed this unit drew 356 watts of power. Compare its power draw to that of the 50 and 70 pint units we tested which drew on average about 450 watts and 600 watts of power, respectively. Note that even though this unit draws much less power than its 70 pint counterpart, it will need to operate for a longer period of time to remove the same amount of moisture.

Noise Output

The GE was the quietest 30 pint dehumidifier we tested. Note, however, that all of the 30 pint units we tested were more noisy than all of the 50 pint units and most of the 70 pint units we tested. The GE, for example, was measured at 54.8 dB on high fan speed at 10 ft. The quietest 50 pint (the Danby Premiere) was measured at 50.7 db at the same distance also on high fan speed.

If you’re looking for a quiet dehumidifier we suggest that you at the very least consider a 50 pint unit which will be much quieter and only cost a little bit more.

Moisture Removal

We saw much more variance in time taken among the 30 pint units we tested than among larger capacity units in both our moisture removal tests. The GE was the second fastest unit (among three 30 pint units we tested) in both our 90-40% test and our 80-50% test. It was faster than the Haier by a very large margin, but also slower than the Hisense by a very large margin.

Hygrometer Accuracy

This unit’s hygrometer only measures humidity in 5% increments, negatively impacting its ability to read humidity levels accurately. This was demonstrated in our hygrometer accuracy test as the GE’s hygrometer read the ambient air’s humidity level only to within 2-7% of the actual humidity level.

Durability, Features, And Value

Durability (Consumer Feedback)

Online consumer reviews for the ADEL30LR are a little bit more difficult to come by. This is not a very popular dehumidifier as far as online availability is concerned. On one online retailer’s site this model had received 79 total reviews, 19 of which were either 1 or 2 star ratings. As we outline in our review parameters overview, we consider 1 or 2 star reviews to be “negative” reviews, indicating some type of problem with the unit that in most cases relates to its durability or reliability. We note here that this particular model’s negative review rate is close to 25%. Compare this rate to 10% and under for all of our best rated 50 and 70 pint models.

Feature Summary

The ADEL30LR features the same adjustability and versatility as the 70 pint ADEL70LR. Its humidistat can be adjusted in 5% increments up to 80% and down to 35% relative humidity. Like the 70 pint GE, this 30 pint unit has very limited timer functionality. Most all other units we tested featured a delayed start and a delayed stop and a timer that could be set in at least 1 hour increments up to 24 hours. This GE unit can only be set to a delayed stop (no delayed start functionality) and you can only set the timer to 2 hours or 4 hours.

The unit does feature a continuous mode, a defrost mode (no defrost indicator light, however), a check filter indicator light, and a digital display – impressive for a small capacity unit. The unit also features a gravity drain port on the side of the unit should you require this functionality. This particular model does not come equipped with a built-in pump for pump drainage.

Portability (Weight and Size)

While this unit features the exact same control panel, features, and functionality of the ADEL70LR it is much smaller, lighter, and thus is much more portable. The downside to its smaller size is the fact that this unit’s condensate collection bucket can only hold 9.5 pints of condensate, compared to a 17.5 pint capacity for the 70 pint model. That’s a substantial difference.

Among the few 30 pint units we tested, this GE model was the heaviest. Compare its weight of 34 lb to 37 lb for the lightest 50 pint units we tested and 40 lb for the lightest 70 pint units we tested. This unit is still much lighter than its 70 pint counterpart which weighed in at 45 lb.

We also note here that this unit comes equipped with a top extendable handle, which we prefer to the standard side pocket handles which we saw on most units we tested. This top handle makes the unit much more portable and easier to move around.

Value

The ADEL30LR can be bought online or at your local retail store for about $170. Compare this price to $195 for the top rated 50 pint Frigidaire and $270 for the ADEL70LR.
 
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