GE Dehumidifier Reviews and Buying Guide 2020

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GE Dehumidifier

GE is one of the most recognizable brands to consumers in America, young or old. They have produced a wide range of products for over 100 years, and dabble in everything from aviation and healthcare to lighting. When it comes to dehumidifiers, they aren’t quite as popular as other brands, but have a solid, if somewhat confusing lineup of dehumidifiers.  

GE’s Dehumidifier Collection 

Based on the company’s official website, you may assume they GE has out of the dehumidifier business. Currently, the company only has one system listed, and while it’s a sleek looking machine with a built-in pump, there are only a handful of reviews.

When we began to dig a little deeper, we found a variety of models spread across different sites. There are around a half-dozen models available to purchase, but some are store exclusives while others are no longer in stock due to their age. The new testing standards set by the DOE have complicated things as well, which we’ll touch on below.

50-pint GE Dehumidifiers 

The 50-pint range is where you’ll find most of GE’s dehumidifiers. Their top of the line model is the GE APER50LZ, which is a 50 PPD unit with a built-in pump that’s similar in design to the GE APEL70LW. At this time of this GE dehumidifier review, it’s also the only model listed on the company’s website, although available through Amazon as well and Home Depot under the model number GE APEL50LZ.

If you don’t need a pump, the GE ADEL50LZ is also an option, and slightly cheaper. While the company doesn’t provide many tech specs, this unit and its variants are rated for rooms up to 1,500 square feet and have 1.8-gallon water buckets.

Another 50-pint model currently for sale is the GE ADHB50LZ, otherwise known as the GE ADEL50LY. It’s rated for areas up to 700 square feet and has a slightly larger bucket that’s 1.9 gallons. It has the same set of features found on the previous models but comes in White with a slightly different design. On that note, the GE ADEW50LP definitely sets itself apart in that regard.

The ADEW50LP is an older model, but one that provides a lot of bang for your buck. It has an airflow rating of 195 CFM and a large 2.1-gallon water bucket. It has 3-speeds and is Energy Star certified like the rest of the 50-pint dehumidifiers from GE.

40-pint GE Dehumidifiers 

When you drop down to the next tier from GE, you’ll find two systems that are incredibly similar to their 50-pint dehumidifiers. The GE APEL45LY and GE ADEL45LY are rated at 45 pints per day, but can still cover an area up to 1,500 square feet and are Energy Star certified.

Both have three speeds, and the same style, although the APEL45LY has a pump along with a slightly higher price point. The GE ADEW45LY is also in this class, although details are vague, aside from the fact it’s rated at 70 PPE by the old DOE testing requirements and 45 PPE by the new regulations. All older 70-pint systems are rated at around 40 to 45 PPD under the new standards.

30-pint GE Dehumidifiers

With 30-pint dehumidifiers from GE, you have two tiers to choose from with systems rated at 35 PPD and ones listed at 30 PPD. Under the new standards, the old 50-pint systems are now rated at 30 pints per day.

The GE ADEL35LZ has a 1.1-gallon tank and can handle rooms up to 700 square feet. It’s White and has three speeds, just like the ADHB35LZ. It has the same basic set of features and a slightly different design. Both of these dehumidifiers are Energy Star compliant.

The GE ADEL30LY and GE ADEW30LY are the same systems with slightly different model numbers for different stores. While rated at 30 PPD, the specs are in-line with the 35 PPD systems. The GE ADEW30LQ is different, however, as it’s cheaper, and has a 3.75-gallon bucket. The design of this system and the GE ADEW30LW is a little retro compared to their other models.

While GE also has a few models listed at 20 pints per day, the ADEW20LY is the same system as the GE ADEW30LW. It’s just downgraded by the new standards by 5 PPD but has a different model number. The ADEL20LY from Home Depot is also listed at 20 pints but appears to be the exact same machine.

GE Dehumidifier Features

If you’re looking for a dehumidifier with cutting-edge features, you’ll want to check out another brand like LG or Honeywell. GE dehumidifiers are fairly standard in the feature department, although that isn’t a bad thing when “standard” includes systems with three speeds.

  • Drainage – All of the models we checked had buckets that were at least a gallon in size and ports in the back for continuous drainage. Their selection of dehumidifiers with pumps is small, however, with only a few select models represented.
  • Automatic Defrost – While all of GE’s dehumidifiers have a wide operating range, they also have a built-in automatic defrost system to keep things running smoothly when the temperature drops in the wintertime. 
  • Air Filters – Dust and dirt can clog up even the best dehumidifier quickly, so keeping the filter clean is critical. Thankfully, that’s easy with dehumidifiers from GE, as all come with washable filters.
  • Control Panel – Some dehumidifier models from GE may have a different control panel, but all provide access to the same basic functions. That includes humidistat control, the timer, and speeds. You’ll also find alerts for the bucket and filter on the control panel.

GE Dehumidifier Reviews 

Reviews for GE dehumidifiers are hit or miss depending on where you shop online and how many units are actually available. With their older models, we found largely positive reviews. Consumers had no complaints when it came to pricing, and people found GE dehumidifiers extremely easy to use. We didn’t notice any significant complaints when it came to heat during extended usage. Homeowners were also pleased with the noise levels at all three speeds.

As for the negatives, we noticed some reports of machines dying after only a few months, which you can chalk up to quality control. Others claimed they stopped functioning after a season of use, which could be due to improper storage. Overall, we didn’t notice an abundance of problems in verified reviews of GE dehumidifiers, but quality control can be an issue with these types of systems.

Replacement Parts and Warranties for GE Dehumidifiers 

GE’s dehumidifiers aren’t in the commercial class, as their systems are designed for living spaces, not crawl spaces or commercial settings. That means replacement parts can be hard to come by, and we found that it’s a mixed experience with GE.

From the company’s official parts site, you can use the model number for your system to pull up product specifications and owner’s manuals. It also directs you to replacement parts, but we were unable to find a single part listed through GE on the models we checked. That could change in the future, but at the moment, they are not a good place to purchase dehumidifier parts.

With third-party options, your choices are much better. While we still couldn’t find parts for a few machines, we were able to find water bucker replacements, floats, filter assemblies, and other random parts. GE currently offers a 1-year warranty on all the dehumidifiers they manufacturer, which is average, but disappointing given the price of some of their models.

Pros and Cons of GE Dehumidifiers

If you are considering purchasing a GE dehumidifier, there’s a good chance you’ll want to compare the company to other brands. Well, we’ve done that for you by breaking down the pros and cons of GE dehumidifiers below.

GE Dehumidifier Pros

As mentioned, consumers found GE’s dehumidifiers easy to use. That’s an advantage compared to some brands, considering not all dehumidifiers are designed with ease of use in mind. We also like the fact they are easy to find locally or online through two major retailers, even if their own storefront is a bit sparse.

While the company’s features don’t exactly set them apart, they are one of the only companies to provide dehumidifiers with three speeds. The price point is a perk as well. Newer models are priced competitively against other brands, but we found GE’s models are often on sale, and there are a wealth of older, cheaper models available.

GE Dehumidifier Cons

We can’t knock GE for lack of features as most companies have a similar setup and the same standard bells & whistles. We do feel they could provide a better warranty, however, especially when systems from companies like hOmeLabs and MIDEA provide 2-year guarantees, and you can find 5-year warranties on several of Honeywell’s dehumidifiers.

GE Dehumidifier Pricing and Availability 

The cost of a GE dehumidifier is comparable to other large brands like Honeywell, so you can find products in the budget-class. With their higher capacity sytems, the pricing is more comparable to the competition. Overall, we feel they have a price point and size available for everyone.

GE is a major brand, so you shouldn’t have any problems finding their products locally at a big box retailer. In fact, Wal-Mart carries several of the brands we’ve covered in this review, although Home Depot has more models than other retailers. Online, you can purchase their products through the aforementioned stores or Amazon, which carries a few select models.

FAQ

Q: What size GE dehumidifier should I buy for my home?

A: That depends on the size of the area you need to dehumidify. Check out our sizing guide if you’re not sure what capacity dehumidifier you need.

Q: Does GE make any portable dehumidifiers larger than 50 pints?

A: Yes, but with a catch as older models were technically rated at 70 and 90 PPD. Because of the new standards, no residential models produced today are rated over 55 PPD in the portable class.

Q: Can I connect my GE dehumidifier to any smart home devices?

A: While there are workarounds, there are currently no GE dehumidifiers in production with Wi-Fi connectivity built-in.

Q: How loud are dehumidifiers from GE?

A: We couldn’t find many systems with a decibel rating, but the ones we were able to track down were rated around 52dB. That’s standard for this type of dehumidifier, so their systems aren’t any louder than other brands.

Q: How often will I need to dump my dehumidifier tank?

A: That depends on the size of the water bucker, how much moisture the machine is rated to remove in a day, and how often it runs. Overflows will not be an issue thanks to features like auto shut-off and bucket notification lights.

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