Since 2014 we’ve tested eight different medium capacity dehumidifiers. During that time we’ve learned the following:
Compared to high capacity (50 pint) units, medium capacity (35 pint) units…
1. are usually the same size – often exactly the same length, width, and height. This means that 35 pint units have exactly the same bucket size (for collecting condensate) as their 50 pint counterparts
2. almost always have exactly the same control panel – and with that exactly the same functionality.
3. almost always have exactly the same drainage options – if the 50 pint version drains through the back so does the 35 pint version. If the 50 pint version requires an adapter for drainage, so does the 35 pint version.
4. are slightly lighter – 35 pint units remove a full 15 pints/day of moisture less than 50 pint units and so require less robust internal components (e.g. a smaller compressor). This accounts for a slight reduction in weight.
The bottom line is that a 35 pint dehumidifier is all but the equivalent of its 50 pint counterpart. The only real tangible difference between them is that one removes 35 pints of moisture per day while the other removes 50 pints per day.
This means that our 35 pint dehumidifier recommendations almost always mirror our 50 pint recommendations.
The best 50 pint dehumidifier we’ve tested is the Frigidaire FFAD5033W1. Unsurprisingly, we consider the 35 pint equivalent – the FFAD3533W1 to be the best 35 pint dehumidifier currently on the market.
We recommend the 50 pint hOmeLabs HME020031N as a more budget friendly alternative to the FFAD5033W1. We recommend the 35 pint HME020006N as the more budget friendly alternative to the FFAD3533W1. A full list follows below:
Best Rated 35 Pint Dehumidifiers – 2020 Overall Rankings
#1 Frigidaire FFAD3533W1See Price on Amazon
#2 hOmeLabs HME020006NSee Price on Amazon
#3 Black+Decker BDT30WTBSee Price on Amazon
Note: the Black+Decker is a 30 pint unit compared to the 35 pint Frigidaire and 35 pint hOmeLabs. However, we still consider it a “medium capacity” dehumidifier and believe it to be the third best such option on the market today.