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Friedrich D50BP Dehumidifier
 
4.5

(based on 33 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Effective (18)
  • Quiet (13)
  • Compact (12)
  • Energy efficient (12)
  • Lightweight (7)

Cons

  • Awkward water pan (3)

Best Uses

  • Summer humidity (16)
  • Dank basement (14)
  • Bathroom (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Homeowner (25)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (24)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Lowers humidity in AL home

My reasons for purchasing a Friedrich dehumidifier are a little different than some of the other reviewers. Several years ago I lived in CA, but I moved back to AL to be closer to...Read complete review

My reasons for purchasing a Friedrich dehumidifier are a little different than some of the other reviewers. Several years ago I lived in CA, but I moved back to AL to be closer to family. I loved the low humidity of CA, and since moving back to the South, my allergies are a lot worse, and I often find it difficult to breathe, especially in the Spring and Summer months. During the transition seasons when my HVAC is not running, the humidity in my house will routinely get above 60% (which creates a wonderful environment for dust mites, one of the enemies of allergy sufferers). I bought both 50-pint and 70-pint Friedrich dehumidifiers to help lower the humidity in my home. The 50-pint is in my master bedroom / bathroom / walk-in closet area, and the 70-pint is in the entrance area of my home near the front door and laundry room. I bought the Friedrich units because of the positive reviews and due to the company's expertise in the area of designing units with compressors (air conditioners, dehumidifiers). So far, they are working very well and pull a lot of moisture out of the air. The 50-pint and 70-pint units are both identical sizes, and I assume the 70-pint unit has a little larger compressor. The noise-level of the units while running and set to low fan speed is equivalent to a box fan set on medium or high. I have only been manually emptying the reservoir housed on the front of the unit (it is not difficult), but will probably soon use the internal condensate pump to exhaust moisture to my bathtub drain or washer drain (so less daily maintenance will be required). The control interface is digital and allows you to manually set fan sped, view room temperature, and set desired humidity level. Compared to an Acu-rite hygrometer located nearby, I find that setting the Friedrich humidity level to 45% results in a lower sensed-humidity by the Acu-rite (which shows ~41%). The control of the unit is very easy. When the desired humidity level is reached, the unit will cycle on every 5 mins or so and the fan will run for around 30 seconds in order to accurately measure the room's humidity. I don't find the noise oppressive, but I do turn the unit in my bedroom off while I sleep (the white noise relaxes me, but it can be distracting since the fan/compressor cycles on and off). I decided to go with these standalone units rather than a whole-home dehumidifier due to cost, but when it comes time for me to replace my HVAC, I will choose a model that gives me humidity control in addition to temperature control. I believe having the ability to lower the humidity in my home due to the high humidity in AL (which can occur in every single month of the year) will make for a more comfortable living space and will make it easier for me to breathe and keep my home cleaner.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Quiet and effective

We live in South Texas on the Gulf coast where the outside humidity runs 70% or higher. So, we use dehumidifiers year round. This dehumidifier is quiet when used on low fan setting....Read complete review

We live in South Texas on the Gulf coast where the outside humidity runs 70% or higher. So, we use dehumidifiers year round. This dehumidifier is quiet when used on low fan setting. It can be used in living areas and really not disturb people. It is much quiter than other brands we have used over the years. On high setting, it is pretty noisy, but it does move a lot of air.
This unit also seem to work faster than similiar
rated brands. It is efficient enough to keep our entire condo dehumidified.
The pump works well when connected. It can drain outside or into a sink. It is simple to set up and connect and disconnect. It automatically drains and requires no button to push. It does not leak. This is the main reason I chose to purchase this particular unit. I love not having to constantly empty a bucket. If you do choose to use the bucket, is it well sized and easy to empty.
There is a problem with this unit's humidity control. Once it gets the area to the proper humidity, it constantly cycles the compressor every 2-3 minutes. After the compressor shuts off, the humidity control rapidly creeps up causing the unit to turn on. Once room air circulates through the machine it again registers the correct humidity and turns itself off again. It is very annoying. I had to buy a timer and regulate the on/off with a timer rather than rely on the unit's humidity control. For this reason, I would probably not recommend this to a friend or buy another unit of this brand.

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4.0

Satisfied

By ladyfish

from dunedin, fl

About Me Homeowner

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Effective

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Bathroom

    Comments about Friedrich D50BP Dehumidifier:

    Bought this item after I found mold growing on my shoes. Found out that the humidity was too high. This product works well. It's amazing how much water it pulls out of the air. Have not used the automatic drain feature yet. Our bathroom vent is questionable so we run this for a few hours every time we take a shower. Only negative it that when it reaches the set humidity it cycles on and off rather frequently about every 5 minutes. The company should have it so that it only turns back on if the humidity reaches 5% above the setpoint. Pleased with the product and with the purchase from Sylvane. Thank you.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
     
    3.0

    Works well but noisy

    By Jimms

    from Jacksonville, OR

    About Me Homeowner

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • Effective
    • Works great

    Cons

    • Noisy

    Best Uses

      Comments about Friedrich D50BP Dehumidifier:

      Used in finished basement

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Lowers humidity in AL home

      By Tennis player

      from Huntsville, AL

      About Me Homeowner

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Effective
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Bathroom
        • Dank Basement
        • Drying Hand Laundry
        • Summer Humidity

        Comments about Friedrich D50BP Dehumidifier:

        My reasons for purchasing a Friedrich dehumidifier are a little different than some of the other reviewers. Several years ago I lived in CA, but I moved back to AL to be closer to family. I loved the low humidity of CA, and since moving back to the South, my allergies are a lot worse, and I often find it difficult to breathe, especially in the Spring and Summer months. During the transition seasons when my HVAC is not running, the humidity in my house will routinely get above 60% (which creates a wonderful environment for dust mites, one of the enemies of allergy sufferers). I bought both 50-pint and 70-pint Friedrich dehumidifiers to help lower the humidity in my home. The 50-pint is in my master bedroom / bathroom / walk-in closet area, and the 70-pint is in the entrance area of my home near the front door and laundry room. I bought the Friedrich units because of the positive reviews and due to the company's expertise in the area of designing units with compressors (air conditioners, dehumidifiers). So far, they are working very well and pull a lot of moisture out of the air. The 50-pint and 70-pint units are both identical sizes, and I assume the 70-pint unit has a little larger compressor. The noise-level of the units while running and set to low fan speed is equivalent to a box fan set on medium or high. I have only been manually emptying the reservoir housed on the front of the unit (it is not difficult), but will probably soon use the internal condensate pump to exhaust moisture to my bathtub drain or washer drain (so less daily maintenance will be required). The control interface is digital and allows you to manually set fan sped, view room temperature, and set desired humidity level. Compared to an Acu-rite hygrometer located nearby, I find that setting the Friedrich humidity level to 45% results in a lower sensed-humidity by the Acu-rite (which shows ~41%). The control of the unit is very easy. When the desired humidity level is reached, the unit will cycle on every 5 mins or so and the fan will run for around 30 seconds in order to accurately measure the room's humidity. I don't find the noise oppressive, but I do turn the unit in my bedroom off while I sleep (the white noise relaxes me, but it can be distracting since the fan/compressor cycles on and off). I decided to go with these standalone units rather than a whole-home dehumidifier due to cost, but when it comes time for me to replace my HVAC, I will choose a model that gives me humidity control in addition to temperature control. I believe having the ability to lower the humidity in my home due to the high humidity in AL (which can occur in every single month of the year) will make for a more comfortable living space and will make it easier for me to breathe and keep my home cleaner.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        GOOD PRODUCT, GOOD COMPANY!

        By OLDCHICK

        from UNIONTOWN, OH

        About Me Homeowner

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Awkward Water Pan

          Best Uses

          • Summer Humidity

          Comments about Friedrich D50BP Dehumidifier:

          RECEIVED PROMPT SERVICE, PROMPT DELIVERY. ALL-IN-ALL, AM VERY PLEASED WITH THIS PRODUCT.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Good piece of gear

          By Doug

          from Long Island, NY

          About Me Homeowner

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Effective

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Dank Basement

            Comments about Friedrich D50BP Dehumidifier:

            Keeps my basement humidity low in the summer.
            The controls are not all that intuitive.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Good Value, Quiet

            By Homeowner Ken

            from Near Cleveland, Ohio

            About Me Homeowner

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Quiet

            Cons

            • No Issues For Me

            Best Uses

            • Summer Humidity

            Comments about Friedrich D50BP Dehumidifier:

            I use this in my finished basement to keep humidity down in the Summer. It goes right to a drain - I have no complaints about it, compared to others I have had over the years it is quiet and does its job. My last couple were big box store units and I was not impressed.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Steady reliable dehumidifier

            By TJ77

            from Western, North Carolina

            About Me Homeowner

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Consistent
            • Effective
            • Reliable

            Cons

            • Awkward Water Pan

            Best Uses

            • Humid Climates
            • Summer Humidity

            Comments about Friedrich D50BP Dehumidifier:

            We've had the most humid summer (and now early fall) in memory. August was almost intolerable w/ 90%+ humidity all day and all night nearly every single day.

            I put this dehumidifier in the center of the house near the largest central air intake, and in concert w/ the central A.C., within a couple of days it lowered the indoor humidity from intolerable to about 60%. The A.C. became much more efficient, sweat began to evaporate and I was able to turn the termostat up. Then after 5 days or so indoor humidity was down below 50%, and now this dehumidifier holds the indoor humidity to around 40%.

            The Fredrich dehumidifier is also remarkably consistent, dehumidifing at nearly the same rate, 50 pints per day, at 40%+ indoor humidity that it does when indoor humidity is 60% and 80%.

            I compare this Fredrich to the popular Soleus 70 pint model with the flat front that someone I know very well bought at about the same time I got the Fredrich. His Soleus dehumidified like crazy when the indoor humidity was 80%+ (70 pints or even more), but as the humidity dropped the Soleus' effectiveness fell off precipitiously. At 65% indoor humidity the Soleus was condensing at half the initial rate (35 pints or so) and at 55% indoor humidity the Soleus 70pint condenses a mere 25 or so pints per day. OTOH the Fredrich continues to condense a consistent 50 pints per day down to around 42% indoor humidity.

            While not especially loud, it would be nice if the Fredrich was a bit quieter. And a sturdier bucket would be good for when you want to dump it manually instead of using the auto-pump-hose method.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

            (2 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Worthless junk

            By Jhump

            from plymouth Indiana

            About Me Homeowner

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Ineffective

              Best Uses

                Comments about Friedrich D50BP Dehumidifier:

                Doesn't work. Poor warranty service.avoid at all costs.

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Bang for the buck

                By Mr. fix it

                from warwick, MA

                About Me Handyman, Homeowner

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Effective
                • Energy Efficient
                • Quiet

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Summer Humidity

                  Comments about Friedrich D50BP Dehumidifier:

                  I just received my Friedrich dehumidifier model D50AP. No time at all to set up and have it running.What I liked most was the convience of having three options of removing water. Aside for the obvious two of water bucket or drain hose, this model also comes equipped with a Pump and included hose. This unit is running as I'm typing this review and I honestly can't hear it. The Friedrich is replacing a Kennmore dehumidifer, of the same 50 pint capicity, and the Kennmore only lasted less than a year. It was noisy when purchased and got progressivly louder while on it's last hurrah. All told that unit lasted only l0 months. The only contact I had with that unit was plugging it in, and emptying the water bucket. I do take maintenance schedules to heart, and always maintained any piece of equipment in my home. My best guess estimate of the Kennmore was the compressor was faulty. Which leads me to my decison of buying the Friedrich, as I was searching for a unit that was made in [*]. The quality of products manufactured in [*] leave a lot to be desired, in my opinion of course. I'm confiedent that the Friedrich will live up to my expections, and perform well for years to come. If not I will resubmit another review, and make note of any problems I may have had. In closing, I can honestly say with the unit running for an slightly more than an hour, I can feel the coolness gaining a foothold in my home.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Perfect fit for our situation

                  By Brandon

                  from Sykesville Maryland

                  About Me Homeowner

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Effective
                  • Lightweight
                  • Quiet
                  • Reasonably Priced

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Dank Basement
                    • Summer Humidity

                    Comments about Friedrich D50BP Dehumidifier:

                    We had a very wet and musty finished basement of roughly 1000 SF. The Friedrich 50AP Dehumidifier is working great. Noticed a big difference in the comfort the very first day. Digital controls are easy to read and monitor. During this hot and humid summer it has made our entire lower level very comfortable and enjoyable. It is quiet and efficient. Very good value for the results.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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