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Winix 50 Pint Dehumidifier (WDH851) Customer Reviews

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Winix 50 Pint Dehumidifier (WDH851)
 
4.5

(based on 89 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (62)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Effective (29)
  • Energy efficient (19)
  • Compact (12)
  • Quiet (11)
  • Lightweight (6)

Cons

  • Awkward water pan (14)

Best Uses

  • Dank basement (23)
  • Summer humidity (20)
  • Finished basement (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Homeowner (34), Avid do-it-yourselfer (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (34)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great product. Great price.

I recently purchased a home that had developed mold in its basement because the house had been closed up while it sat on the market for nearly a year. After remediation of the mold...Read complete review

I recently purchased a home that had developed mold in its basement because the house had been closed up while it sat on the market for nearly a year. After remediation of the mold problem, I was eager to prevent any future mold issues due to a damp basement.

Research led me to the Winix 50 pint dehumidifier (WDH851). I chose this model because it was a cost effective solution "robust enough at 50 pints to meet my needs yet within my budget. I appreciate having three options for disposing of the waste water (bucket, garden hose, or pump) because I was able to immediately set up the unit using the low-maintenance option of a garden hose and will be able to use the pump option when I transition to a more permanent solution.

The unit also has many options for selecting virtually any desired humidity control (particular % humidity, continuous run, etc.). I was a bit apprehensive about setting up the unit, but with easy-to-follow instructions, this proved to be relatively straight forward. I did have to jiggle and re-seat the bucket a few times before the unit would start, but the indicator light clearly specified that this was the issue -- a little persistence and the unit was quietly humming along.

What really tipped the balance for purchasing this unit was the automatic restart. Although power outages are infrequent, from past experience I know how easy it is to forget to re-start appliances. The automatic restart on this unit gives me peace of mind that my basement will continue to stay dry.

I chose to purchase this dehumidifier through Sylvane because they offered the best price that I could find, and I was also able to find a promotional discount on top of their already competitive price. I was most pleasantly surprised with Sylvane's courteous, professional customer service and the extraordinarily speedy delivery.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Winix has all the features, but has loud buzzing.

When it arrived, the Winix had a strange buzz as well as a sheet-metal-rattle when the compressor kicked in. I phoned Winix. They said its defect: send it back. Sylvane's wonderful customer...Read complete review

When it arrived, the Winix had a strange buzz as well as a sheet-metal-rattle when the compressor kicked in. I phoned Winix. They said its defect: send it back. Sylvane's wonderful customer service replaced it right away!

We are very used to the DeLonghi, which has a relatively loud even whoosh to its sound. But we needed a dehumidifier that will shut off when the correct humidity is reached and that will restart when there is a power failure - very important for our cottage! When the set humidity is reached, the Winix will shut off completely (including the fan). Also after a power-failure, the Winix will start up again.

The replacement Winix however does buzz! And it buzzes loud! It does not have the tinny sheet-metal rattle that the 1st Winix had, but it does have a buzz so penetrating, that we cannot occupy the same room that it is working in. We have to move it from room to room. In the same room, you cannot watch TV, and you cannot understand anyone talking - even at the low setting.

Does it remove humidity? Yes it does. But the buzz is rather unbearable. Both Winix's (the defect one and the replacement Winix) had this buzz, so it seems to be designed that way rather than a defect. That penetrating buzz digs into your skull and is much louder and harder to endure than the loud whoosh of the DeLonghi.

It would be nice to have an affordable machine that is a combo of both: the features of the Winix with the quality technology of the DeLonghi.

If you have the cash, I would recommend getting a different machine, but the professional ones cost one grand.

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1.0

Not worth the price

By phebec

from ms

About Me Homeowner

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Winix 50 Pint Dehumidifier (WDH851):

        Very loud

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
         
        1.0

        Not worth the price

        By phebec

        from ms

        About Me Homeowner

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Summer Humidity

            Comments about Winix 50 Pint Dehumidifier (WDH851):

            The unit stopped working after 2 weeks of use. Gives false readings,ie. says low humidity when humidity was 76%

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
             
            4.0

            So far, so good!

            By Bunnie

            from Rockville, MD

            About Me Homeowner

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Effective
            • Quiet

            Cons

            • Awkward Water Pan

            Best Uses

            • Dank Basement
            • Summer Humidity

            Comments about Winix 50 Pint Dehumidifier (WDH851):

            I am finding my Winix dehumidifier very efficient so far. I hope it will continue to do a good job for me in my very damp basement for years to come! My only criticism is that the water bucket is taken out from the back and is a little difficult to remove. I am considering buying a hose to evacuate the water to my sump pump.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
             
            5.0

            So far so good

            By LuLu

            from Pennsylvania

            About Me Homeowner

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Effective
            • Energy Efficient
            • Like The Features It Has
            • Working well

            Cons

            • Awkward Water Pan
            • Somewhat Noisy But Okay

            Best Uses

            • Damp basement
            • Drying Hand Laundry

            Comments about Winix 50 Pint Dehumidifier (WDH851):

            I have bought many dehumidifiers through the years and I have a special liking to this one so far. I think it's going to hold up a lot longer than all those I bought from other retailers that expired quickly or were recalled. The price was very reasonable for the quality of product I seem to have gotten. Thank you Sylvane for producing a high quality dehumidifier!

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Pump worked for a few months only!

            By cellar swimmer

            from Plymouth, MA

            About Me Homeowner

            Pros

              Cons

              • Ineffective

              Best Uses

                Comments about Winix 50 Pint Dehumidifier (WDH851):

                The dehumidifier worked for last summer, pumping out the water when we were traveling. However, when it was turned on this year, the pump did not work and our cellar was full of the overflow water. The auto shut off did not work, and it still doesn't. I followed all the directions about cleaning and storing, and it was a tremendous disappointment this spring to find that it did not work. It is an expensive product for a few months use!

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                So far it works good.

                By Josh

                from Jim Thorpe, PA

                About Me Homeowner

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Dank Basement

                    Comments about Winix 50 Pint Dehumidifier (WDH851):

                    Works good. Nice that it has the built in pump. Had bought a Comfort Aire at the same price two years ago and it failed us, freezing up, bad welds, coolant leak. Hopefully this company builds one lasts longer. Why do we have such a hard time making stuff that lasts these days. Planned obsolescence sure isn't making me any richer. Nor is it helping the planet. Next, I will be buying one from Germany.

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                    • Personal
                     
                    5.0

                    A great find

                    By Donno

                    from Clarence NY

                    About Me Homeowner

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Easy to use
                    • Effective
                    • Energy Efficient

                    Cons

                    • Awkward Water Pan

                    Best Uses

                    • Dank Basement
                    • Summer Humidity

                    Comments about Winix 50 Pint Dehumidifier (WDH851):

                    The auto setting with the tubing/pump set up is as easy as it gets

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                     
                    4.0

                    Not as noisy as predicted

                    By Bald granny

                    from Brazil, Indiana

                    About Me Homeowner

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Effective
                    • Energy Efficient
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Awkward Water Pan

                    Best Uses

                    • Dank Basement
                    • During Sleep
                    • Summer Humidity

                    Comments about Winix 50 Pint Dehumidifier (WDH851):

                    We bought this to replace a Danby, which died after about 3 years of heavy use every summer. Our house is colder than most with no air conditioning, so the Danby would ice up in the spring and fall. We vent our dryer into the garage, so in the winter we need a dehumidifier in the garage. So far this one works great. The Danby was much noisier so we only used it in the house at night. We are currently using this one in the house even during the day. Yes it is noisy, but it is more of a background white noise than the Danby was. We will probably get another one so we can have one in the house and the other in the garage. It is very easy to move back and forth, though. The Danby wheels didn't work as well and moving it was often difficult. We find the included drain line very easy to use, and since it pumps the water up we have more options on where to use it. It has a small diameter, so it is unobtrusive, but that also makes it more likely to move from where you put it. We ran the line behind the refrigerator and across the back of the sink, but once it moved by itself and we ended up with water all over the floor. So now I have attached it to the sink faucet so it will stay put. In the garage, it is small enough that I can stick it down into the floor drain so it stays put. And it is long enough that I can keep the dehumidifier against the wall out of the way and still reach the floor drain out in the middle of the floor. I laid rugs over it so nobody would trip.

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                    • Personal
                     
                    5.0

                    Winix 50 pint

                    By user

                    from x,x

                    About Me Homeowner

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Effective
                    • Quiet

                    Cons

                    • Awkward Water Pan

                    Best Uses

                    • Summer Humidity

                    Comments about Winix 50 Pint Dehumidifier (WDH851):

                    I purchased two units, one for basement and one for shop. They are much quieter than the Alen I have and seem to do a better job. The display does not show the actual humudity like the Alen. Set on auto the humidity in my shop has remained at about 45% acording to the guage I have. It is noticeable that the fan switches to high in defrost mode so I know that works. Some other units I have had didn't defrost well. I don't like the water tank, hard to remove and install but since I have installed a drain hose that is not an issue. Hoping it lasts a while.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                     
                    4.0

                    Product came as advertised

                    By JB

                    from Syracuse, NY

                    About Me Homeowner

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Effective
                    • Quiet

                    Cons

                    • Awkward Water Pan

                    Best Uses

                    • Dank Basement

                    Comments about Winix 50 Pint Dehumidifier (WDH851):

                    Product keeps my cellar dry. Works fine. Pump is raised to the sink and it works fine.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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