Regardless of its size and category, buying a dehumidifier is always a very important purchase for any home owner. A great dehumidifier can help improve the quality of the air in your home or storage spaces. It is a great tool in the battle against mold, mildew, algae, as well as odors and moisture. The right dehumidifier can rid your place of all those things and improve your comfort and health dramatically.
Picking the right dehumidifier can be tricky, however. You need to take into account the square footage it is going to cover, the temperature of the environment it is going to work in, the draining options that will be most suitable for you and the area you’re going to put the dehumidifier, and so on. And yes, all these factors can be a little confusing to figure out at first, but don’t worry – it’s not as complicated as it seems.
The first and main consideration is how big and powerful you need the humidifier to be. Dehumidifiers are categorized by their strength in pints. For a dehumidifier to be labelled as “30 pints” it is capable of removing 30 pints of moisture from the air over a 24 hour time span. 30 pints are equal to 14.2 liters and 3.75 gallons.
Generally speaking, a 30 pint dehumidifier is best suited for about 300 square feet of space. It can take care of a bigger footage too if the level of moisture isn’t too excessive. For bigger rooms there are much more powerful dehumidifiers – up to 70 and even above 90 pints.
We’ve taken a look at such big machines in other reviews, but here we’ll go over our picks of the best 30 pint dehumidifiers on the market right now. If a 30 pint device is what your place needs, you will want to check out the suggestions we’ve compiled for you below.
Probably to no one’s surprise, Frigidaire once again top our list. Their FFAD3033R1 model excellently draws all moisture from the air whilst being very energy efficient. It has an easy to empty water bucket but there is also the option for continuous drainage if you locate it near a suitable drain.
The Ready-Select electronic controls include a digital humidity readout and there is also a 24 hour on and off timer and a control lock. The dehumidifier’s Effortless Humidity Control allows the user to control the exact humidity of the air in your room or space with ease. And the ‘SpaceWise’ portable design with a handle at the top, side handles and caster wheels makes the unit very portable.
Here are a few additional features of the Frigidaire 30 Pint Dehumidifier that makes it a great buy and deserving of our top spot. The pros dramatically outweigh any cons so this model should be at the top of your list.
hOmeLabs bring an Energy Star rated 30 pint dehumidifier into our list as well. It has both a continuous humidifying option and a continuous drainage option. It utilizes an auto defrost function to help prevent freezing of the coils, an auto reset function that helps restart the dehumidifier after a power outage, and an auto shutoff function that powers off the dehumidifier once its water container is full.
The water container itself also has a level indicator that allows you to easily monitor its state and plan your day around it. The drain hose outlet is well placed and you can either buy a hose with the dehumidifier or use a suitable garden hose.
You can customize the humidity levels between anywhere from 35% to 85% and the unit’s design is also very user friendly and easy to move around with its side handles and castor wheels.
Here are some of the pros and cons of the hOmeLabs 30 Pint Dehumidifier:
If you can overlook the lack of a humidity shut off feature, this model makes a great alternative to the Frigidaire.
Ivation make an appearance on our list as well. Their IVADH30PW model is small but very powerful. The 4 durable castors make the dehumidifier very easy to move from room to room. It has a very user-friendly display that makes operating very easy on its simple LCD interface.
It has 2 fan speeds and a built-in digital relative humidity meter & room thermometer. This model also has a convenient 24 hour timer and an easy to empty 1.3-gallon reservoir. As you would expect from a great dehumidifier it has an auto defrost feature that prevents the inner workings from freezing.
It also has an auto reset function that helps in the event of power outages and an auto shutoff function that stops the dehumidifier once its water tank is full.
Next up on our list is this Danby Arctic Aire 30 pint dehumidifier. As with all Danby dehumidifiers this awesome machine uses an environmentally friendly R410a refrigerant.
Its electronic controls and LED display are very comfortable and easy to use with a lot of different features – you can adjust the humidity settings, you can choose one of the 2 different fan speeds, you can choose the drainage option, you can check how full the water tank is and you can see how much time you have until you need to wash the air filter, and so on.
And yes, the air filter is washable and reusable and if you don’t want to empty the water tank a couple of times per day you can use the continuous drainage system. It can be used either as a portable dehumidifier or stationary. It works great at temperatures as low as 41°F.
Here are some of the pros and cons of the Danby Arctic Aire 30 Pint Dehumidifier:
Whynter are here as well with their RPD-302W Energy Star awarded portable dehumidifier. It has a great removable water bucket that takes 12 pints or 5.6 liters of water. The adjustable humidity range goes from 30% to 90% of relative humidity.
This model also has an auto shutoff function that stops the dehumidifier when the water container is full, as well as an auto reset function that brings the dehumidifier to its previous settings once a power outage has passed. There is also an auto defrost function that protects from the frost build-up inside the unit.
In addition to the built in water container you can also use the manual or continuous drainage option. The air filter is washable and reusable and this unit also has an included 3' drain hose for its gravity drain function.
The Whynter 30 Pint Dehumidifier is a great choice from a well known and respected company. If you're a fan of their products, there is no reason not to give this model a try.
This Black + Decker 30 pint dehumidifier operates perfectly in temperatures between 41˚F and 89.6˚F. It has 3 speed settings to control its fan – slow, medium and high. The adjustable humidistat has a digital humidity display with great accuracy.
The dehumidifier has a water level indicator to make it easy to monitor and it also has an auto shutoff option that stops operation when the water bucket is full. There is also an auto reset option that restarts the dehumidifier to its previous settings in the event of a power outage.
The auto defrost function is also available to prevent any internal damage from happening due to freezing. In accordance with its Energy Star rating this dehumidifier also uses an environmentally friendly R410a refrigerant.
The Black + Decker 30 Pint Dehumidifier is a good model in it's own right and only falls down when up against such stiff competition.
Last but certainly not least, here is the IDM-30SE 30 pint model from Impecca. It has a very easy to take out and empty bucket thanks to its flat frontal loading panel.
The water tank itself is large and has an easy to use handle. If you don’t want to bother with the water bucket there is a continuous drainage option through a draining hose outlet. The hose is not included but that is pretty standard with dehumidifiers – you can buy a hose separately or use a suitable length of garden hose.
It also uses an eco-friendly refrigerant in accordance with its Energy Star rating. It comes with a 1 year warranty on the replacement parts and a 5 year warranty for the whole sealed system.
The Impecca 30 Pint Dehumidifier, whilst lacking some of the features of both the winner or runner up of this test, still makes a great buy. The plus and minus points include:
These are the seven 30 pint dehumidifiers on the market that we’d recommend. Did some of them catch your eye? Our personal pick is the Frigidaire 30 Pint model as just like it’s bigger siblings, its overall combination of price, excellent features and its included drainage hose place it head and shoulders above the rest.
The other 6 certainly have their pluses too, however, so one of them might be a bit better suited for your particular home and situation. Whichever one you choose we hope it serves you long and faithfully!