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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.

Reviewed by 89 customers

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4.0

Works as described

By woodie

from Portland, OR

About Me Homeowner

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive
  • Effective
  • Lightweight
  • Simple Set Up

Cons

  • A bit noisy

Best Uses

    Comments about Winix 50 Pint Dehumidifier (WDH851):

    Happy with easy set up and the unit's performance. Using gravity drain - garden hose into pvc routed through wall to drain outside (but wanted a unit that would give me choice of using built-in pump in other applications). Live in Pacific NW with the rain, installed unit in garage, about 500SF with 9FT ceiling - to keep vintage car, motorcycles, and tools at 60% humidity. Did not expect quiet unit as other reviews commented on noise level. To keep garage at 60% the unit is running 6 hours/day, pulling about a quart of water/day. Not what I call blazing performance, but it's about what I need. I feel I purchased about the right size of dehumidifier, and it seems to be working well. No complaints other than the noise level; I will just turn the unit off when I am working in the garage.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
     
    4.0

    Winix 50 Pint Dehumidifier (WDH851)

    By Bob

    from Long Island, NY

    About Me Homeowner

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to install
    • Effective
    • Energy Efficient
    • Good Pump
    • Quiet

    Cons

    • Awkward Water Pan
    • Heavy bulky

    Best Uses

    • Dank Basement
    • Summer Humidity

    Comments about Winix 50 Pint Dehumidifier (WDH851):

    I purchased this particular dehumidifier for the low price and auto pumping feature. I use it in my basement. I drilled a small hole for the 1/4" pump hose about 10 feet above the unit, placed the hose thru the hole to the outside where I wanted it to drain & turned it on. After it filled I configured the auto pump. Easy to do! Works great.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
     
    5.0

    Very satisfied with Winix Dehumidifier

    By Rich the homeowner

    from Harvard, MA

    About Me Homeowner

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Effective
    • Energy Efficient
    • Quiet
    • Timer Saves Energy

    Cons

    • Awkward Water Pan

    Best Uses

    • Dank Basement

    Comments about Winix 50 Pint Dehumidifier (WDH851):

    The pump works perfectly. Just set it and forget it. I set the timer to run in 3 hour on/off cycles with humidity set to 60%.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
     
    4.0

    Works as I want

    By BA

    from San Diego CA

    About Me Homeowner

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Effective
    • Energy Efficient
    • Quiet

    Cons

    • Awkward Water Pan

    Best Uses

    • Anytime Humidity

    Comments about Winix 50 Pint Dehumidifier (WDH851):

    Use to keep lower rooms humid free. Like that it can be set to a specific value and will go on/off to keep that humidity. Quiet, efficient and we easily notice light when pan full. Only dislike is that must empty from back so need to move unit for access.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
     
    5.0

    good purchase

    By happy

    from trumbull, ct

    About Me Homeowner

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Effective
    • Energy Efficient

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Dank Basement

      Comments about Winix 50 Pint Dehumidifier (WDH851):

      Has eliminated moisture and spiders from our basement. Very happy we purchased it.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
       
      5.0

      This Product Really Works

      By Larry

      from Inwood, WV

      About Me Homeowner

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Effective

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Dank Basement
        • Summer Humidity

        Comments about Winix 50 Pint Dehumidifier (WDH851):

        I used this dehumidifier in a dark and wet basement where mold was beginning to grow. Well, the mold has gone away and the humidity remains at a constant 50%.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
         
        5.0

        Exactly what I needed

        By Linzee

        from Utica, NY

        About Me Homeowner

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Effective
        • Energy Efficient

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Dank Basement
          • Summer Humidity

          Comments about Winix 50 Pint Dehumidifier (WDH851):

          Although a bit loud, it's perfect for a basement. I had mildew with a strong smell. It started improving the smell on day one and within two weeks, everything was totally improved. It's automatic features work perfect for me, as my cellar stairs are very steep and I needed something that required little to no attention. Set it up to drain into a floor drain and haven't had to do anything more.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
           
          5.0

          Excellent dehumidifier I have two units

          By R. Todd

          from Bullhead City AZ

          About Me Homeowner

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Effective
          • Pumps Water Vertical

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Keeps Mildew Off Plants

            Comments about Winix 50 Pint Dehumidifier (WDH851):

            I am a grower and I can not have powedery mildew. I have two units and they pump the water up vertical nine feet. I could not be more satisfyed.I read a lot of reveiws from other sites on different brands and this was the best.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
             
            4.0

            Very impressed

            By Hate a damp basement

            from Warrenville, IL

            About Me Homeowner

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Effective
            • Energy Efficient
            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Dank Basement
              • Humidity Control

              Comments about Winix 50 Pint Dehumidifier (WDH851):

              This product may no longer be available, which is regrettable. It is working well and I believe the things stored in the basement are being protected to the extent possible.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Outstanding Performer

              By Top To Bottom Inspections

              from Glen Spey, NY

              About Me Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Effective
              • Lightweight
              • Quiet

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Crawlspace
                • Dank Basement
                • Summer Humidity

                Comments about Winix 50 Pint Dehumidifier (WDH851):

                I'm a Home Inspector who deals with reporting moisture problems in homes over & over again. Meager attempts by homeowners using cheap big box store bought dehumidifiers most often fails to control moisture affected homes having foundation drainage or poor roof water run-off control issues, resulting in high relative humidity and fungus development. In the Spring of 2012, my neighbor decided to purchase a distressed home across the street from us. The home was built in 1972 but was not occupied for the last 5 years and not maintained by the Property Owner (Church Rectory). The house is a tri-level, having a finished partial basement area and adjoining crawlspace with rough concrete floor (rat slab). Both areas had high relative humidity with a obnoxious musty odor and visible fungus on finished surfaces & wood floor framing throughout. The fiberglass insulation in the crawlspace was dripping wet. I had suggested a plan for rectifying these adverse conditions to my neighbor, one of which was to get a professional commercial grade dehumidifier. One Manufacturers dehumidifier that I found online was no longer available in a smaller model and the larger units were over $1,000.00 which would have been overkill for the square footage. I found the WINIX 50 pint on the Sylvane website but was reluctant to buy it since I had never heard of the brand before. What sold me was that it had its own internal pump which was needed to drain the collected water outdoors to a higher elevation, the automatic re-start after power outage feature, automatic defrost cycling and the ability to function in lower crawlspace temps. My neighbor agreed to try it, so I ordered it for him in hope that it would do a good job at a substantial cost savings over the more expensive commercial grade units. I pulled all of the damp fiberglass insulation out from floor framing in the crawlspace and started the dehumidifier around June 2012. This WINIX unit relentlessly removed water on a constant basis - I know because I wanted to track its performance so I pumped the water into 5 gallon buckets and emptied them by hand. I emptied 30 gallons of water in the 1st week and 20 in the 2nd week. The dryness of the air in the both crawlspace & finished basement was astounding. After seeing that this unit was a workhorse, I just routed the small 1/4" drain tubing outdoors to a subsurface drain pipe for the gutter downspout. The amazing part was in the 3rd and 4th weeks it became noticeable that there was no longer a musty stench, meaning the active fungus was now in a dormant state. Later in the summer, the house had new gutters installed and negative grading was corrected around the foundation. The affected basement finished flooring & walls were cleaned or removed where damaged by fungus along with application of a professional grade Biocide purchased online. The crawlspace floor framing will be the next project to cleanse of the dormant surface fungus. It is winter now so the dehumidifier barely needs to fight the ugly battle of high relative humidity. Personally, I find the controls to be useful by offering numerous settings, depending on desired level of performance. I also found this 50 pint unit to be fairly quiet considering it was on the 'HIGH' setting most of the time. Once the air is conditioned, it only runs when relative humidity increases again. My neighbor was so elated this unit converted a bad situation to a normal condition that he had me order another one for his home since he has moisture problems in his basement as well. Within weeks the WINIX 50 pint took control there too. I must mention, ordering both times from Sylvane was effortless and shipment was FAST - free shipping at that! I can now proudly recommend this dehumidifier in all of my inspection reports which are uploaded for viewing online with the means to include a live link directly to the Sylvane website having the two WINIX dehumidifier models. If you want a solid performer for a problem you may be having yourself - get this brand - it has sold me with its 'hands on' performance before my own eyes.

                • Primary use:
                • Business

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