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GE Dehumidifier Reviews

Check out the top GE dehumidifiers for all moisture-removal needs and room sizes in this complete guide to the 3 best models reviewed.

If you’re on the hunt for a new dehumidifier, the first step in narrowing down the search is deciding on a brand. GE is a good starting point; it’s one of the most respected manufacturers of home appliances, especially appliances focused on improving home air quality.

Check out the top GE dehumidifiers for all moisture-removal needs and room sizes in this complete guide to the 3 best models reviewed.

Best Mid Size Model

GE ADEL30LY
GE ADEL30LY

Best Small Model

GE ADEL20LY
GE ADEL20LY

Best Large Model

GE ADEL50LZ
GE ADEL50LZ

Why Choose a GE Dehumidifier?

Aside from the fact that GE is a name that most people have heard of and the brand has gained consumer respect since it was founded in 1892, here are a few more reasons to choose a GE dehumidifier:

Variety of Sizes/Functions

GE is all about giving customers options, so even though there’s not a ton of different models to choose from, most models come in a variety of different sizes.

Warranty Coverage

Depending on the product you’ve chosen, you’ll either get a 6-month or 1-year warranty.

In the warranty policy terms, GE says that “we will replace any product that fails due to a defect in materials or workmanship,” and they stand by their word.

Energy Star Compliant

Energy Star compliance is an important feature, both for the planet and for the sake of having low energy bills each month. Not all of their models have been given the Energy Star certification, but you’ve definitely got the option for finding one from GE.

Build Features

In terms of construction and craftsmanship, very few brands compare to GE. Each of their models comes with all the build features you could need for unit performance and user convenience. Here are some of the features you’ll get to enjoy:

  • Pocket handles for better portability
  • Easy-roll hidden wheels for convenient transport
  • Drain hose connection for automatic continuous draining
  • Multiple fan speeds for all moisture-removal needs
Tech Features

While high-tech functions in a dehumidifier aren’t essential for everyone, we’re living in the 21st century, so obviously GE focuses on the technology behind each of its products, like these features:

  • LCD display with easy-to-use controls
  • Adjustable humidistat for more control over the level of moisture removal
  • Automatic defrost control to protect the dehumidifier components from over-cooling
  • Automatic shutoff so that the unit turns off when the tank is full
  • Bucket full indicator to let you know when it’s time to empty the water tank
  • Continuous run option and programmable timers

3 GE Dehumidifiers Reviewed

1. GE ADEL20LY

Best Small Model
Moisture Removal 20 PPD
Coverage Up to 500 sq. ft.
Water Tank Capacity 6.8 pints
Air CFM Range 180 (on high setting)
Drainage System Optional drain hose connection

Many of the rooms in a home prone to high moisture are small, like bathrooms, storage closets, etc. There’s no point in investing in a GE 70 pint dehumidifier for rooms with minimal square footage. For those situations, you’ll want to go with the GE ADEL20LY, the best small model on this list of GE dehumidifier reviews.

The ADEL20LY draws 20 pints of moisture from the air per day, and it’s designed for damp rooms with up to 60% relative humidity. That’s not a lot of moisture, considering some units can remove as much as 90 pints, but if you just need a small solution, a 20 pint unit like this one could be ideal.

The unit’s panel is sleek and timeless with a white finish featuring LED controls. There are 3 fan speeds, a humidistat for exact moisture settings, and a filter indicator light. The entire unit sits on a set of rolling wheels, and it’s equipped with built-in pocket handles for easy portability.

Any GE 20 pint dehumidifier review on the ADEL20LY will say that this unit is perfectly capable of handling rooms up to 500 square feet – as long as those rooms don’t have a relative humidity of greater than 60%. For larger rooms or for high moisture levels, you’ll want to consider either a midsize or large GE unit instead.

2. GE ADEL30LY

Best Mid Size Model
Moisture Removal 30 PPD
Coverage Up to 700 sq. ft.
Water Tank Capacity 9.5 pints
Air CFM Range 150 (on high setting)
Drainage System Optional drain hose connection

If you’re looking for something slightly larger than the ADEL20LY, the ADEL30LY is the ideal midsize choice. This unit has a 30-pint moisture removal capacity and is very similar to the previous model, just with a capacity of 10 pints more. There’s another slightly larger model – the GE ADEL35LZ – which is a better choice for those looking for the best GE 35 pint dehumidifier.

Just like the last one, the ADEL30LY has a control panel that’s nice to look at. The controls allow you to choose from 3 fan speeds, set exact humidity level preferences, and keep tabs on the unit’s filter life. For removing water from the bucket, most people manually remove the water, but you’ve also got the option for continuous draining since this unit has an optional drain attachment.

For homeowners dealing with very damp situations, this could be the one for you. Depending on the square footage of the space, the ADEL30LY is designed to handle “very damp” conditions between 60 and 80% RH. Since it can remove more water than the last one, it has a larger bucket capacity of 9.5 pints instead of 6.8.

This unit is rated to handle rooms of 700 square feet or less, so it’s a good fit for most high-moisture areas of the home. You might need something larger for a basement with humidity problems, but in terms of midsize units from GE, this is the top pick.

3. GE ADEL50LZ

Best Large Model
Moisture Removal 50 PPD
Coverage Up to 1500 sq. ft.
Water Tank Capacity 15 pints
Air CFM Range 195
Drainage System Drain hose connection (unit with a built-in pump available)

Whether it’s for a large room like a basement or you’re trying to solve the dire moisture situation in your home, a large model like the GE ADEL50LZ is probably your best option. The large 50-pint capacity is designed for large rooms as well as rooms that have reached “wet” moisture levels of 80% humidity or greater.

In terms of design, the only real difference (other than size) between the 50LZ and the other models is that this one comes in black. Most other features are the same, like the adjustable humidistat, 3 fan speeds, filter indicator light, and continuous drainage option.

If you do end up using the continuous drain feature (which eliminates the need for manual water removal), you might consider the GE APEL50LZ with a built-in pump instead. With a pump, you’ll be able to pump the water from the unit in any direction, even if you have to pump it upwards to reach an outlet pipe. The pump model is only slightly more expensive than the one that comes without a pump, so it’s definitely something to think about.

More good news about the ADEL50LZ is that it has a massive coverage area of 1500 square feet. While it is a larger unit than the others, GE always keeps portability in mind, which is why this unit has rolling wheels and pocket handles.  If you’re on the fence about this unit because you don’t think you’ll need a dehumidifier with such a high capacity, consider the slightly smaller 45-pint GE APEL45LY instead. This one comes with the pump built-in, so you won’t just be limited to gravity-fed draining if you go with the 45-pint unit.

Whether you go with the original ADEL50LZ, the LZ with the built-in pump, or the smaller APEL45LY, this is the best choice for anyone looking for high moisture-removal capacity. It’s not necessary for middle-of-the-road humidity issues in small rooms, so for that, you’ll want to go with a less costly option.

Pros & Cons of GE Dehumidifiers

Nobody is perfect, including GE. Even with such a great reputation as one of the best home appliance companies, GE still has a few flaws. Below we’ve broken down both the good and the bad of this brand.

What We Like
  • Easy to use design
  • Easy to find online and at local retailers
  • All units have 3 fan speeds
  • Nice-looking LED controls
  • Priced competitively with other brands
  • Easy to find sales on GE units
What We Don’t Like
  • Warranty is less competitive than others
  • All sizes available, but not a huge product selection

Who Makes GE Dehumidifiers?

GE, short for General Electric, is a name that many of us have heard of, which is no surprise considering this multinational corporation brought in over 95 billion US dollars in 2019. GE is its own company (it’s not owned by anyone else). It has even acquired a long list of smaller companies over the years, ranging from industries like aviation and renewable energy to healthcare.

The official headquarters of GE is located in Boston, and most GE products are made in the US. That said, not all of the products are made in America, but for the most part, GE believes in investing in the American workforce.

The GE Dehumidifier Range Explained

To be honest, the range of GE products is more extensive for categories like refrigerators, washers and dryers, and dishwashers. But the good news is that the company covers all the bases for dehumidifier needs, particularly in terms of unit size.

You can easily find a smaller 20-pint unit or a GE 30 pint dehumidifier. If you need a larger unit, you’ll have no trouble finding a 50 or 70-pint model. There are also 35 and 45-pint options, and then you’ve also got the option for a manual draining unit or a GE dehumidifier with pump if you prefer automatic draining.

So while there aren’t hundreds of different models to choose from, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding exactly what you need. The only thing that’s lacking is a whole house dehumidifier, so you’ll have to look elsewhere if you’re in the market for whole-house moisture removal.

Comparing GE with Similar Dehumidifier Brands

While the GE brand should definitely be considered, it’s not the only option. GE vs. Frigidaire is probably the most common comparison for homeowners shopping around for a dehumidifier. The good news is that both brands rank well on the most reliable dehumidifier brands on the Consumer Reports list.

In terms of specific comparisons, here are the basics for learning how GE matches up to its 4 top competitors:

GE vs. Frigidaire

While GE dehumidifiers have a slightly clunkier design than Frigidaire units, they’re considered more durable and longer-lasting. Honestly, though, you can’t go wrong with either brand, and they’re neck-and-neck in terms of cost.

GE vs. Danby

It’s easier to find cheaper Danby units than GE dehumidifiers, but Danby’s customer service doesn’t compare to GE’s. Plus, Danby originated in Quebec, so if you prefer to buy American, GE is the obvious choice.

GE vs. Hisense

Hisense is a brand that’s worth considering based on its moisture-removal performance. Compared to GE, Hisense units tend to be louder, especially those with a larger capacity, so they’re not necessarily the best choice for bedrooms. If you’re looking for a basement solution, though, Hisense is a worthy contender to GE.

GE vs. Soleus

Soleus units are moderately priced and a good budget option. This company puts an emphasis on aesthetics, so a Soleus dehumidifier will look good in any room. However, the company gets a lot of poor reviews, and that’s definitely a red flag, so even though the low price and good looks may be enticing, GE is much more reliable.

People Also Ask (FAQ)

How do you clean a GE air dehumidifier?

With any dehumidifier from any brand, it’s imperative that you keep it clean.

According to GE, the first step is “to minimize the possibility of electric shock, unplug this appliance from the power supply before attempting any maintenance or cleaning.”

To clean the grille and outer case, just use a damp cloth and a mild cleaning agent (nothing abrasive and no bleach) and wipe down the unit. For getting in between the grille, you can use a vacuum attachment.

To clean your GE dehumidifier’s water bucket, remove the bucket, fill it partially with clean soapy water, swish it around, empty the water, and give it a good rinse with non-soapy water. It’s recommended that you do this regularly to prevent the growth of mold and bacteria.

Where is the filter on a GE dehumidifier? How do you clean the filter?

In almost all GE units, the air filter is located just behind the front grille and should be checked and cleaned regularly. The 5 steps for how to clean a GE dehumidifier filter are pretty simple:

  1. .Remove the bucket.
  2. .Remove the filter according to the instructions in the Owner’s Manual.
  3. .Clean the filter with warm, soapy water. Do not clean the air filter in the dishwasher.
  4. .Rinse well and allow to dry completely before replacing.
  5. .Reset the filter reminder timer by pressing the button for 3 seconds.

Is there a recall on GE dehumidifiers?

There was a 2016 recall on dehumidifiers that applied to over 2.5 million units from 10 dehumidifier brands, including GE.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the “recall involves 20, 25, 30, 40, 45, 50, 65 and 70-pint dehumidifiers with brand names Danby, De’Longhi, Fedders, Fellini, Frigidaire, GE, Gree, Kenmore, Norpole, Premiere, Seabreeze, SoleusAir and SuperClima.”

Since you’re in the process of purchasing a new unit, you shouldn’t have to worry about a GE dehumidifier recall.

But if you do own a recalled unit (click that link above to see the specific models), the CPSC says “consumers should immediately unplug and stop using recalled dehumidifiers and contact seller for a full refund.”

My GE dehumidifier runs but is not collecting water – what should I do?

One of the most common issues for a GE dehumidifier not working is that it’s not actually collecting any moisture. If this is the case, it could be a faulty motor, or it could have to do with the compressor. Either way, you should contact GE customer service for the next steps, especially since this would be covered under warranty.

My GE dehumidifier won’t turn off – what should I do?

GE has an exact answer for what to do when a unit won’t turn off: “If the unit will not shut off when the bucket is full or when air reaches the desired set point then it is not operating properly. You may try to reset the dehumidifier by disconnecting power for 30 seconds and re-connecting the power.”

If that’s not the problem, contact customer service.

Where can I find my GE dehumidifier manual?

All units come with a user manual, but if you’ve misplaced yours, you can easily find it online. You just need the model number to find a PDF version.

Conclusion

All of the GE units listed here are top performers, and you can’t go wrong with any of them. Just be sure to choose the one that corresponds with your moisture needs (damp, very damp, wet) and the room size in square feet.

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