Sometimes a dehumidifier with a built in pump is an essential feature, and not an added luxury. Unless of course you feel like squeezing yourself in the crawl space three times a day to empty the holding tanks. The same holds true for bigger dehumidifiers like the basement models. Since most units will shut off when the bucket is full, the automatic pump will ensure that the unit is performing at optimum.
Water will ideally be pumped into your yard, but the hose can be snaked through a vent, window or discharged into a sink or drain hole.
Things to Consider when Buying the Best Dehumidifier with Built in Pump
- Drainage System: At the very least, most dehumidifiers have a drain hole at the bottom of the bucket. In this case, the dehumidifier needs to be elevated in order for the water to flow downhill to a drainage area. Needless to say, this is not an option when the dehumidifier is placed in the home. A dehumidifier with a pump can send water up through a window or drain, so you are not bound by gravity.
- Electricity Consumption: Bigger dehumidifiers are more cost effective than their smaller counter parts, that much is true. However, in a place like the basement or crawl space, the units will be working hard, and running most of the time. Buying one of the energy efficient models makes financial sense. To save money and energy, these models will also switch off when the ideal level of humidity has been reached.
- Drying Capacity: This refers to the amount of moisture the unit is capable of sucking from the air. If you buy too big, you will be paying for more than you need. However, buy one too small, and it will run constantly to try and maintain the desired humidity level.
- Placement: It is very important to know where the dehumidifier will be placed in advance. A unit with a build in pump needs to be placed close to a drainage system, window, vent or sink. This unit will not work if there is no outlet for the collected water.
DeLonghi DD50P 50 Pt Energy Star Dehumidifier with Patented Pump
A very user friendly unit that allows you to maintain the ideal humidity level. This model has a build in pump that can be activated, or water can be drained manually.
- Energy Star qualified
- Built in humidistat
- LCD electronic controls
- 24 hour timer
- Roll castors and handles
- Washable air filter
- Anti-frost device.
- Low temperature operation
Based on dehumidifier reviews, this model received an impressive 4.3 star rating out of 5. The model does its assigned job very well. However, one consumer did complain about the fact that the unit heated up their basement. It also operates fairly loudly.
Winix DHD501 Dehumidifier with Built in Pump
Winix boasts three different water removal options, and can remove up to 25 liters of moisture from the air in a 24 hour period. The built in pump provided for predefined settings, enabling you to set it up, and forget about it.
- Energy Star qualified
- High capacity moisture removal
- Three different water removal options including pump, gravity drain or manually removable bucket.
- Gravity hose connector
- Build in humidistat and humidity setting mode.
- Operates in low temperatures
The unit received a shining 4.8 star rating from consumers. The machine works very well, and does what the advertising claims. Controls are straight forwards and simple and the pump works fun up and over an 8 foot wall. However, the model is also quite noisy, and the removable bucket has no view port.
Which to Go For, and Why?
In this review, the Winix DHD is the best dehumidifier with a built in pump simply because of the different water removal options. The initial cost to purchase is also lower, and this model received a better overall ranking from consumers that it’s rival model.