GE 70-Pint Dehumidifier

Last updated date: June 14, 2021

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8.6

GE 70-Pint Dehumidifier

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We looked at the top Dehumidifiers and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Dehumidifier you should buy.

Update as June 14, 2021:
Checkout The Best Dehumidifier for a detailed review of all the top dehumidifiers.

Overall Take

Slightly less expensive than the other models in its class, the GE 70-pint dehumidifier keeps a humidity range of between 35 and 80 percent. You'll also get easy drain connectivity so that you can run the dehumidifier around the clock without emptying its bucket.


In our analysis of 27 expert reviews, the GE 70-Pint Dehumidifier placed 5th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Catch a break from the summer (or year-round) mugginess and start enjoying your time in your home again with the GE ADEW70LR Portable Dehumidifier. This bad boy works through 70 pints of humidification per day and its tank holds 17.5 pints at a time. If you want to move it across your home to another room, just wheel it on over. It has a top handle too, in case you want to carry it over. This humidifier operates even in low temperatures and has automatic defrost controls. Bask in a drier, more enjoyable air thanks to the GE ADEW70LR Portable Dehumidifier.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

8.5
4 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

9.2
513 user reviews

What experts liked

The GE ADEW70LW is the replacement model of the discontinued GE ADEL70LR, which removed moisture from the air just as well as the Frigidaire. Among the dehumidifiers we tested, the GE ADEL70LR’s continuous drain hose operation was the simplest to set up.
- New York Times Wirecutter
Side drain. Energy star. R410A refrigerant. Fill Window, automatic shutoff. 35% -80% relative humidity range. Air filter and bucket fill sensors. 3 fan speeds. Rolls on wheels. Easy carry handle
- Good Housekeeping
This GE dehumidifier holds nearly 18 pints of water.
- Top Ten Reviews
This 70-pint per day model is excellent at removing humidity and has very good efficiency.
- Consumer Reports

What experts didn't like

But it was a tiny bit noisier in our tests, the interface was a bit more confusing, and its controls were harder to read in a dim basement.
- New York Times Wirecutter
Somewhat noisy. Less efficient
- Good Housekeeping
It doesn't have an extended warranty that covers the sealed system.
- Top Ten Reviews
It's not as quiet as top rated models.
- Consumer Reports

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An Overview On Dehumidifiers

Humidity can cause serious problems, especially in poorly insulated rooms like basements. Over time, moisture can cause mold to build up, potentially affecting the health of you and your family. It can also cause wood to swell or deform, possibly impacting the entire structure of your house. The right dehumidifier can pull the moisture from even large spaces, with the water filtering directly into a drain.

Our resident home improvement expert Vicki Liston recommends starting off your dehumidifier journey by measuring the humidity in the air with a hygrometer.

“Anything over 50% and you’ll want to dehumidify,” she says. “Between 50-60% is considered ‘slightly damp,’ 60-70% is ‘moderate,’ 70-85% is ‘very damp,’ and 85-100% is considered a ‘wet’ environment.”

Mold can develop in high-moisture areas if that moisture is left unchecked.

Once you’re in the market for a dehumidifier, you have some criteria to think about. Room size is one of the most important factors when you’re buying a dehumidifier.

“Most models will specify the ideal environment for their units to operate within based on your humidity level and square footage measurements,” says Liston. “There’s a spectrum of possibilities, too — a 1,000-square-foot space with moderate humidity is going to require a different sized dehumidifier than a 500-square-foot area with very high humidity.”

You’ll need a way to hook your dehumidifier up to a drain so that you won’t have to empty it every day or so. If you’re concerned about moisture in a small area like a pantry or closet, the Eva-Dry is an innovative concept that uses moisture beads to soak up the moisture. Its small size also means it won’t take up too much space.

You should also consider noise level, especially if your dehumidifier is in a space of the home where people spend time. You won’t want your dehumidifier to interfere with nightly TV watching or your quiet reading time. Dehumidifiers have varying noise levels that should be part of your buying decision.

Lastly, consider your monthly utility bills in your choice. An Energy Star-rated dehumidifier will save you money in the long run, while also keeping your home environmentally friendly. You’ll get the same efficiency with a fraction of the energy use.

The Dehumidifier Buying Guide

  • The top concern for any dehumidifier purchase is effectiveness. Some models do best in medium-size rooms, dropping humidity from 65 to 70% down to between 45 and 50%. This level is low enough to keep mold at bay while still being comfortable. Best of all, these models tend to hold that level consistently throughout the day. Other dehumidifiers are efficient in larger rooms, controlling humidity in areas up to 2,000 feet. Meanwhile, the Eva-Dry only works well in small spaces like closets and pantries, where it reduces relative humidity by 19% in less than a couple of hours.
  • When it comes to capacity, it looks like 70 pints is the gold standard in dehumidifiers. Most major appliance brands boast a capacity of 70 pints. The Eva-Dry is different from the others in that it uses desiccant silica beads to absorb the moisture. Simply wait for the crystals to turn green and plug the unit in for eight to ten hours in a well-ventilated area. At that point, you can reinsert the crystals and start soaking up humidity again.
  • If you want to add a new dehumidifier without seeing your electricity bill increase, go with a model that has an Energy Star-rated. The Eva-Dry is also worth considering if you’re concerned about moisture in small areas of your house since it only needs to use power while the moisture beads are renewing.
  • Setting up and using your dehumidifier will require some work, regardless of the model. However, some dehumidifiers feature large buttons and legible text that make them easier than average. The text is typically easy to see in dim lighting. Best of all, many of these models have a timer so that you can set a schedule for your dehumidifier to run.
  • As your dehumidifier pulls moisture from the room, it gathers into a bucket that will need to be emptied. With certain models, you can set the unit up near a drain to allow it to dispose of water on its own. Without this, you would have to empty the bucket every 12 to 24 hours.
  • Unless your dehumidifier is in an unused basement or closet, chances are noise level is an important factor. Look for a model that is listed as running quietly.
  • When it comes to cost, you can’t beat the price on the Eva-Dry. Since the Eva-Dry only works well in small spaces, though, you may need to choose between the others, which all fall in a slightly higher price range.