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Friedrich D70BP Dehumidifier Customer Reviews

 

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Friedrich D70BP Dehumidifier
 
4.4

(based on 55 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (33)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Effective (42)
  • Quiet (23)
  • Compact (22)
  • Energy efficient (15)
  • Lightweight (7)

Cons

  • Awkward water pan (6)
  • Doesn't work (3)
  • Works too slowly (3)

Best Uses

  • Dank basement (32)
  • Summer humidity (25)
  • Bathroom (4)
  • Basement (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Homeowner (48), Avid do-it-yourselfer (10), Professional (6)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (50)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Works as advertised!

I had a very damp basement over the summer due to an unusually humid season and a preference for not running the household air conditioner. Over time, a musty odor developed in my unfinished...Read complete review

I had a very damp basement over the summer due to an unusually humid season and a preference for not running the household air conditioner. Over time, a musty odor developed in my unfinished basement so I decided to research an appropriate dehumidifier. Reliability and capacity were my two primary concerns given the area to be conditioned is just under 1400 square feet. Affordability was also a concern.

After many hours of research on the web, I was somewhat disappointed with the reported reliability and features of the units I deemed affordable. As I was about to compromise on something that I wasn't totally satisfied with, I came across the Friedrich D70BP at Sylvane. The numbers seemed to meet my criteria and, after further review of available customer feedback, I couldn't find any real negatives and proceeded with the order.

Using the available free ground shipping offered by Sylvane, the unit arrived in great shape and sooner than I expected. At approximately 50 lbs, it is a solid, and from all appearances, well built piece of equipment. I had originally planned to use the gravity fed drain hose option rather than the built-in condensation drain pump. Upon inspection, the supplied hose for the passive drainage was just too short for my application. I did end up using the supplied 15 foot tubing in conjunction with the built-in condensation pump. This combination works very well and without issue.

Within the first few hours of operation, the D70BP brought the basement humidity down from 73% to approximately 58%. Over the next three days the desired 45% was achieved and the unit began cycling off and on as expected. Even on the high fan setting, the dehumidifier produces less noise than a whole-basement air cleaner that I once had running, so, this is not an issue for me.

The only negative so far is the inaccurate relative humidity indicated on the D70BP's digital display. While the temperature is accurate, the reported humidity is somewhat high. It's easy enough to get around this by using an independent humidity display somewhere in the room. Once you have an accurate reading, you can then set the D70BP's desired level relative to what it is displaying. Overall, not a major concern.

Time will test the unit's overall reliability, but so far it has delivered as advertised!

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Big Disappointment, Leaked, Noisy Pump

Bought this unit to use in a conditioned crawlspace that needed only moderate reduction in humidity from 51% to 45% The unit did this well, but it leaked out from the bottom, right out...Read complete review

Bought this unit to use in a conditioned crawlspace that needed only moderate reduction in humidity from 51% to 45% The unit did this well, but it leaked out from the bottom, right out of removing from the box at initial install. After leveling perfectly and removing and reinstalling all drain plugs it seemed to stop leaking but then condensate pump runs continuously with a high pitched whine like a hair dryer. This was an intolerable amount of noise and carried up through house two floors. Friedrich customer service offered no useful advice, other than sending out a technician who would be from a service 30 miles away. If he couldn't fix it, I would still be on my own to remove unit, repackage and return or exchange. The unit is heavier than others with the same specifications. We returned this promptly. Be warned that the decibel rating might apply to the compressor, but not necesarily the condensate pump which creates its own noise.

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4.0

Nice package

By BigOwl

from Marshalltown, Iowa

About Me Handyman, Senior Homeowner

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Set Up
  • Effective Water Removal
  • Energy Efficient
  • Quick Delivery
  • Two Speed Fan

Cons

  • Instructions Need Improve

Best Uses

  • Basement
  • Multi-Room
  • Summer Humidity

Comments about Friedrich D70BP Dehumidifier:

no compressor noise. fan noise quiet on low; a little louder on high. Similar fan noise to a large fan in your living room on low or high. Used in basement w/open stairway. Don't notice it's running until you go down the stairway. Easy to set up. Took humidity from 76% to 50% in a few hours on high fan in a 625 sq. ft. basement. Suggest oversizing unless in a confined space. Used continuous drain feature. There is an O-ring in the parts kit and nothing is said about it in the instructions; it seals like a hose gasket between the drain hose and the connector on the unit.

  • Primary use:
  • Personal
 
4.0

Does the Job

By Dennis

from Adrian, MI

About Me Homeowner

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Easy To Set Up
  • Effective Water Removal

Cons

  • Awkward Water Bucket
  • Condensate Bucket Rattles

Best Uses

  • Basement

Comments about Friedrich D70BP Dehumidifier:

Works well in our basement. The adjustable humidistat allows unit to not run all the time like our 30+ year old previous unit. The condensate bucket it somewhat difficult to empty with all the nooks and crannies in it, so you have to be careful you don't dump it on the floor. However, the drain feature has worked well. When using this feature the condensate bucket rattled or buzzed while running, but after pressing the bucket tighter into the unit the noise subsided.

  • Primary use:
  • Personal

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Big Disappointment, Leaked, Noisy Pump

By Savvy Homeowner

from Southwest Virginia

About Me Homeowner

Verified Reviewer

Pros

    Cons

    • Condensate Pump Loud
    • Condensate Pump Whines
    • Leaked From Bottom
    • Leaks
    • Must Be Perfectly Level

    Best Uses

      Comments about Friedrich D70BP Dehumidifier:

      Bought this unit to use in a conditioned crawlspace that needed only moderate reduction in humidity from 51% to 45% The unit did this well, but it leaked out from the bottom, right out of removing from the box at initial install. After leveling perfectly and removing and reinstalling all drain plugs it seemed to stop leaking but then condensate pump runs continuously with a high pitched whine like a hair dryer. This was an intolerable amount of noise and carried up through house two floors. Friedrich customer service offered no useful advice, other than sending out a technician who would be from a service 30 miles away. If he couldn't fix it, I would still be on my own to remove unit, repackage and return or exchange. The unit is heavier than others with the same specifications. We returned this promptly. Be warned that the decibel rating might apply to the compressor, but not necesarily the condensate pump which creates its own noise.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great de-humidifier

      By Jay

      from Tennessee

      About Me Homeowner

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Effective
      • Energy Efficient

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Dank Basement
        • Summer Humidity

        Comments about Friedrich D70BP Dehumidifier:

        I bought 2 of these for my 2700 sq ft basement they work very well brought my humidity lever from 78% to 50 % in just a few hours with both of them running.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Bad product

        By Unhappy

        from Delaware

        About Me Homeowner

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Awkward Water Pan
          • Ineffective
          • Stopped Working After 5 M

          Best Uses

            Comments about Friedrich D70BP Dehumidifier:

            I purchased this dehumidifier because it was top rated. It stopped working after 5 months and getting service or replacement is a joke.
            I live in Delaware and was told I had to take the machine to Philadelphia to have it looked at. So not only a defective product it is lousy service. Think twice before you buy this product.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Product. Great Service.

            By Scoops

            from Pittsburgh, Pa.

            About Me Homeowner

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Effective
            • Energy Efficient

            Cons

            • Awkward Water Pan

            Best Uses

            • Summer Humidity

            Comments about Friedrich D70BP Dehumidifier:

            Nice having multiple options for water removal.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Works perfectly

            By KM

            from North Kingstown, RI

            About Me Handyman, Homeowner, Professional

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Effective
            • Options For Discharge
            • Quiet

            Cons

            • none

            Best Uses

            • Basement
            • Summer Humidity

            Comments about Friedrich D70BP Dehumidifier:

            This dehumidifier is installed in a fairly damp basement. The area being covered is about 900 square feet with an 8 foot ceiling. The dehumidifier is able to keep the humidity level at 50, just where it needs to be. The discharge pumps pushes water up about five feet out a vent tube. It has worked perfectly in its first nine months of use.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Happy with Purchase

            By Val

            from Brooklyn, New York

            About Me Homeowner

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Effective
            • Energy Efficient
            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Summer Humidity

              Comments about Friedrich D70BP Dehumidifier:

              After the recent recall of 15 brands of dehumidifiers, I had to make a choice and go with a Friedrich (which was not on the recall list). I am happy with my decision. I installed it and the front compartment is very easy to empty.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Perfect is the word

              By jinket

              from farmersville il

              About Me Homeowner

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Effective
              • Energy Efficient
              • Lightweight
              • Quiet

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Dank Basement

                Comments about Friedrich D70BP Dehumidifier:

                Immediate shipping

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                So far, so good

                By bill

                from overland park, kansas

                About Me Homeowner

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Effective

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Dank Basement

                  Comments about Friedrich D70BP Dehumidifier:

                  Bought this to dry a damp basement out and make sure mold can not grow. In a couple of days, this unit reduced the humidity to 45% and seems to hold it there fairly easily. The gravity drain is convenient and worked fine with a piece of garden hose. I like that the unit waits until the humidity reaches 50% before coming back on and running until it is back down to 45. We will see how durable it is as I have only run it now for about a month.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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