Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.
The GE APEH70LW is one of the largest home dehumidifiers on our top 10 list. It weighs 47 pounds and stands two feet high. However, it can pull 70 pints of moisture from an area up to 1,500 square feet in size, making it a worthy choice if you're looking for a dehumidifier for your entire house. Additionally, it uses 690 watts of energy when in use, which is nearly 100 watts less than comparable dehumidifiers we reviewed. It is Energy Star certified.
On the control panel, you'll find the humidistat, or the control that lets you determine the relative humidity. There is also a full water-bucket alert so you know when the water-collection reservoir needs to be emptied. If you can't empty the bucket immediately, this GE home dehumidifier shuts off automatically to avoid water overflow and possible damage to your unit and home.
The water-collection bucket holds up to 17.5 pints of water, so you don't have to empty it as often as models with smaller reservoirs. It also has a water-level view window so you can keep tabs on the water level in the bucket.
If you want, you can bypass using the bucket completely and instead hook a hose to the drain outlet in the back so that water drains from the machine into a nearby drain. The GE APEH70LW is equipped with an internal drain pump so you can keep the dehumidifier on the ground and place the hose up so it empties into a sink or out through a window.
Because of its large reservoir capacity and the amount of moisture it removes from the air, the GE APEH70LW is ideal for damp basements. One other handy feature is the auto defrost. This means the machine will automatically stop pulling in cold air and instead will pump warmer air into the unit when air temperatures dip lower than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. This prevents the dehumidifier's internal components from freezing and breaking.
While the dehumidifier is on, it's very quiet, with a noise level of 51 decibels. This is equivalent to the sound a refrigerator produces. The GE was one of the quietest models we evaluated.
If you have issues with your GE dehumidifier, you can find helpful information in the user guide posted on the GE website. You can also contact customer support directly via telephone, email or live chat.
A standard one-year warranty for labor and parts is included. Unfortunately, there isn't an extended warranty covering the sealed system. Therefore, if the expensive coils and compressor breaks outside of the warranty period, it may cost a bit to get it repaired.
The GE APHE70LW is a good choice as a whole house dehumidifier, or for a large space, such as a basement, because of its ability to pull up to 70 pints of moisture and hold 18 pints in its collection reservoir. While it doesn't have an extended warranty on the internal parts (outside of the standard one-year warranty), this home dehumidifier comes with auto defrost to prevent the sealed system from freezing and breaking.