Basement Dehumidifier

Shopping for a basement dehumidifier? Check out the following tips and recommendations before you make your purchase. There are hundreds of options available, and different basements need different features. Read below to see which option is best for you:

How big is your basement?

When shopping for a dehumidifier, first measure the size of the space that needs to be dehumidified. Units generally come meant for three different sizes: Small (for compact spaces like closets, bathrooms, and offices), medium (for living rooms, kitchens, and some basements), and large (for whole home use).  Check the square footage of your basement to determine which will most efficiently treat your space. If your basement is in a residential home, start with a medium-sized unit. If you’re looking for something large enough to treat a commercial or industrial space start with a large.

Will emptying the water tank be a hassle?

All dehumidifiers collect and condense the moisture in the air and deposit it in a reservoir or dispose of it through a pipe. While both are equally effective, tanks need to be emptied, while systems with hoses and pumps drain water into a drain or sink. If your basement is a room that you’re not in often, or if the humidity levels in that room regularly exceed your preference, consider a dehumidifier with a continuous drainage option, so that you can install and never worry about drainage.

Which bells and whistles matter to you most?

Invest in a dehumidifier with automation settings. These features will keep dehumidification from becoming a chore. Best selling units feature automatic shut off options (for when your water tank is full), automatic restart options (for when power is cut), and humidistat sensors (for sensing ambient temperature and moisture levels and only running when necessary to maintain desired levels of humidity). In basements, these features are key, as your dehumidifier may often go days without being monitored.

Now that you’ve got a better idea of what you’re looking for, check out some of these popular dehumidifiers for basements. There’s a solution for every space:

  • The Frigidaire FFAD5033R1 Energy Star Dehumidifier with Effortless Humidity Control, 50 Pint: Try this dehumidifier in basements prone to colder temperatures, as it’s specifically designed to work will in lower temperatures (as low as 41° F).


  • Keystone KSTAD50B Energy Star Dehumidifier, 50-Pint: If you’ve got a larger basement, check out this Keystone, which is great for rooms as big as 3,000 square feet! It includes a dust filter, automatic defrost, and a fancy LED display.


  • The Ivation Thermo-Electric Intelligent Dehumidifier with Automatic Humidistat: Small in size and big on power, this unit is ideal for smaller basements up to 150 square feet. With Peltier technology, it’s whisper quiet, and will work great in basements doubling as bedrooms.


  • The Friedrich D70BP Dehumidifier with Built-in Continuous Draining: This unit is suited to [ump condensation vertically or horizontally up to fifteen feet, so that you never have to empty a water tank again.