GE APEL45LY Dehumidifier review

The GE APEL45LY Dehumidifier can collect a decent amount of moisture in one day and has the added bonus on an in-built pump.

GE APEL45LY Dehumidifier review
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Top Ten Reviews Verdict

The GE APEL45LY Dehumidifier does the work for you with an in-built pump, there are large capacity options out there though.


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    In-built pump

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    Hidden roller wheels for easy movement


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    Not smart-enabled

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    Larger capacities are available

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The GE APEL45LY Dehumidifier can collect up to 45 pints of moisture from your home in one day. While this is a smaller capacity than some of the other models we’ve reviewed like the Soleus Air DSX-70EMW-01 Dehumidifier, this dehumidifier does have an in-built pump. 

The in-built pump can automatically empty the water out of the dehumidifier, saving you time and effort emptying the water tank yourself.

To read about the other models we’ve reviewed and to see which one took the top spot, head to our guide on the best dehumidifiers

GE APEL45LY Dehumidifier: Features

The GE APEL45LY Dehumidifier is designed to work best in spaces up to 1,500 square feet. Its capacity is 45 pints, which is smaller than the Frigidaire FAD704DWD, but it is one of the only models we reviewed that has an in-built pump. 

Once you’ve connected up the pump drain hose, the pump will automatically empty out the water in the dehumidifier once it reaches full capacity. Alternatively, you can still empty the water bucket manually, if you prefer. 

The GE APEL45LY features three different fan speeds and a humidistat. Its LED digital display will also alert you when the bucket is full and it has an auto shut-off feature too. 

Energy Star-rated, this dehumidifier shouldn’t cost you or the environment, too much to run. What this GE dehumidifier is lacking though, are smart features such as app-controlled functions. Other models such as the Soleus Air DSX-70EMW-01 Dehumidifier also have modes that automatically adapt to the different levels of moisture in each of the rooms in your home. 

At under $300, this dehumidifier is around an average price for a model with all the functions. Although, for less than $50 more, you can purchase a dehumidifier with smart features. 

GE APEL45LY Dehumidifier: Design & warranty  

The GE APEL45LY Dehumidifier is one of the only models we reviewed that isn’t white. It has a nice finish and also features LED digital controls for easy programming and use. 

Even though this model does have a pump for automatic water removal, there are still four hidden wheels that make this dehumidifier much easy to move or empty out. 

The warranty of the GE APEL45LY Dehumidifier is one year, which is fairly standard, but longer warranties are available. 

GE APEL45LY Dehumidifier review

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GE APEL45LY Dehumidifier: User reviews  

User reviews mention how quiet this dehumidifier is, suggesting it resembles the ‘noise of normal fan’. The in-built pump also goes down really well with users, with many saying it saves them multiple trips to empty the tank out. Many users suggest that this dehumidifier is particularly useful for basements. 

Some more negative reviews state that the GE APEL45LY Dehumidifier didn’t last longer than a year, which is not ideal when you’ve spent over $300. 

Should you buy the GE APEL45LY Dehumidifier? 

If you want a quiet dehumidifier, the GE model will deliver and its in-built will be invaluable in saving you multiple tank emptying trips to the sink or a drain. However, if controlling your dehumidifier via your phone is important to you, you’re better off with a smart-enabled model. 

John Carlsen

John has been researching and reviewing home security and smart home products for Top Ten Reviews since 2013. As well as covering smart home and home security and safety, he also covers other home technology products such as HVAC, garage door openers and more. He enjoys DIY, writing and hiking in his spare time.