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Winix 70 Pint Dehumidifier (WDH871) Customer Reviews

 

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Winix 70 Pint Dehumidifier (WDH871)
 
4.5

(based on 104 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (70)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Effective (32)
  • Quiet (15)
  • Energy efficient (13)
  • Compact (11)
  • Lightweight (9)

Cons

  • Awkward water pan (5)
  • Noisy (4)

Best Uses

  • Dank basement (30)
  • Summer humidity (20)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Homeowner (35), Avid do-it-yourselfer (4), Professional (4)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (36), Business (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Our Winix 70 Pint WDH871

Wow, this humidifier is amazing! We put it in our basement as soon as it arrived. After 27 years in our home, we had water in our basement for the first (and...Read complete review

Wow, this humidifier is amazing! We put it in our basement as soon as it arrived. After 27 years in our home, we had water in our basement for the first (and hopefully only) time. Rugs were torn up and thrown out, and wallboard cut up to 1 foot as a result of action from the wet rug. And mold had started almost immediately, with the characteristic musty odor even after the water remediation was completed with fans, dehumidifiers and an air scrubber(aka Heppa filter), all industrial grade.

Even though this was a finished basement, it always smelled like a basement. Musty. We never expected our dehumidifier would remove the smell and so quickly too.

We don't have a sump pump yet -- never needed one (will be getting one installed soon.) We plan to hook our unit up to the sump pump once it is installed using the internal humidifier pump to get rid of the water extraction directly to the sump pump. Nevertheless, since the humidifier has 3 means of water extraction (bucket, gravity and pump), we can use it immediately with the bucket (and love the auto shut off in case it fills before we empty it.) Later, we will hook up the enclosed hose to the sump. The cycle feature is another nice touch, turning the unit on and off as needed.

My wife is very sensitive to sounds and odors, yet she finds it very quiet while operating, and remarked how fresh and clean the air now feels to her a plus she loves the design as well. She recently purchased a heppa filter for the bedroom, yet finds this dehumidifier makes her feel much better and now is considering a second unit for the bedroom.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I wouldn't buy this product again!

I would not recommend the Winix 70-Pint Dehumidifier (WDH871). I purchased this unit for the first floor of my home. Shortly after the one-year warranty expired the fan motor started making a...Read complete review

I would not recommend the Winix 70-Pint Dehumidifier (WDH871). I purchased this unit for the first floor of my home. Shortly after the one-year warranty expired the fan motor started making a noise as if the bearings were going bad. Over the next several months it got progressively louder so I called Winix. The Winix representative informed me that theses units are made in Korea, that they don't stock parts, and there was nothing that they could do. I would have thought a $400 unit would last more than just a couple of years. Its replacement will be from a vendor other than Winix!

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4.0

High Capacity Unit

By Avid Hacker

from Central PA

About Me Homeowner

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Effective
  • Works very well

Cons

  • Rather Loud But Effective

Best Uses

  • Dank Basement
  • Summer Humidity

Comments about Winix 70 Pint Dehumidifier (WDH871):

This is a nice unit. Have had Whirlpool, Frigidaire and now Winix. Frigidaires are good although the gravity drains somewhat tricky to get to work well. The Winix is is a louder unit than most, also hefty but does its job very well. Although using the gravity feed drain, which works just fine, having the pump drain option is nice for other situations where a drain sump is unavailable. Overall very happy with this purchase and would recommend to anyone needing a workhorse unit. Will hope that a couple of years from now this unit stands the test of time.

  • Primary use:
  • Personal

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

I wouldn't buy this product again!

By efc

from Massachusetts

About Me Homeowner

Verified Reviewer

Pros

    Cons

    • Loud
    • Poor Quality

    Best Uses

    • Summer Humidity

    Comments about Winix 70 Pint Dehumidifier (WDH871):

    I would not recommend the Winix 70-Pint Dehumidifier (WDH871). I purchased this unit for the first floor of my home. Shortly after the one-year warranty expired the fan motor started making a noise as if the bearings were going bad. Over the next several months it got progressively louder so I called Winix. The Winix representative informed me that theses units are made in Korea, that they don't stock parts, and there was nothing that they could do. I would have thought a $400 unit would last more than just a couple of years. Its replacement will be from a vendor other than Winix!

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent Product

    By Gry1

    from San Francsico, CA

    About Me Homeowner

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Effective
    • Energy Efficient
    • Lightweight
    • Quiet

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Dank Basement

      Comments about Winix 70 Pint Dehumidifier (WDH871):

      i have been using this product in my basement which tends to get musty. With a minimum of noise, it has done an excellent job at dehumidifying. I would recommend this machine, as well as Sylvane.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Love the Winix 70

      By Chris

      from Jacksonville, AL

      About Me Homeowner

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Effective
      • Quiet

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Dank Basement

        Comments about Winix 70 Pint Dehumidifier (WDH871):

        I bought this to replace a Frigidaire model that I'd used for 3-4 years. It kept freezing up so I decided to shop around - I am so happy that I found the Winix. It is quieter than my old dehumidifier and seems to work a whole lot better as well. I've only had it for a few weeks, but I think it is going to do well in my basement. I have an unfinished basement that is mostly underground (door access on one side) and it can get musty quickly. This new one seems to be chugging along nicely.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        This is a good product.

        By Red Bear

        from Malott, WA

        About Me Homeowner

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Effective

        Cons

        • Noisy

        Best Uses

        • Bathroom
        • Dank Basement

        Comments about Winix 70 Pint Dehumidifier (WDH871):

        I am using the unit in a four room seven hundred square foot basement that we rent out. The rooms are open to one another for circulation. The unit has dropped the humidity dramatically and collects about a gallon of condensated every two days. The results are truly dramatic.

        The only drawbacks to the unit are 1) it is noisy and 2) the condensate tank is not as easy to remove and reinstall as it should be. As to the noise I do not have a noise meter but I am sure it is well over 60 db.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good price for a fast unit

        By Mr. Fix It

        from Belmont, NH

        About Me Handyman, Homeowner, Professional

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Effective
        • Energy Efficient
        • Quiet

        Cons

        • Awkward Water Pan

        Best Uses

        • Dank Basement

        Comments about Winix 70 Pint Dehumidifier (WDH871):

        Winix 70 WDH871 is a great unit in this price range, in fact it is the only unit I've tried in this price range that reliably automatically pumps out the water at the 18 foot distance specified. The major complaint I have with every other unit I've tried in this price range is the pump is not internal, and/or the pump fails to operate consistently, or it won't pump the distance specified. Iv'e tried units costing $1700 or more that still require external pumps that aren't always reliable. So far this units pumps great.

        The water bucket is a bit clumsy to put in and take out, but since I always install dehumidifiers in the auto self pump mode, this is not a problem. Who wants to keep emptying the bucket 2 or three times a day?

        This unit ships fast and dries fast. I ordered it on a Thursday afternoon and had it set up and running Monday night. Ready to run with just a simple hose connection on the sewer line. Unit dropped the relative air humidity (with low speed fans assisting the air flow) in a 1260 sqft crawlspace from 51% RH to 33% RH in two days running on the continuous setting. Once the place is dried out, I should be able to set it to automatic and save more energy.

        Another plus for this unit is it operates down to 36 Degrees with an auto defrost cycle. This is great for the many crawlspace basements in New England that get cold but still need dehumidification year round due to earth floors. A lot of other units in all price ranges don't operate efficiently under 50 degrees.

        I've installed a number of these units over the past 2 years with no reliability issues at this time. Keep them clean and they do well.

        I will purchase more of these as the needs arise.

        • Primary use:
        • Business
         
        5.0

        Winix 70-pint dehumidifier

        By Tony

        from Glendora,Nj

        About Me Homeowner

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Effective
        • Energy Efficient
        • Lightweight
        • Quiet

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Dank Basement

          Comments about Winix 70 Pint Dehumidifier (WDH871):

          Works great!

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent product

          By Former hardware store owner

          from Western Maine

          About Me Homeowner

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Built in pump
          • Effective
          • Removed Odor Completely

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Dank Basement
            • Summer Humidity

            Comments about Winix 70 Pint Dehumidifier (WDH871):

            I bought this de-humidifier to remove a musty/dank basement smell that had been a recurring problem every summer. I had first tried the hardware store remedies to remove dampness/odor but they didn't have any effect. The basement is about 750 square feet, unfinished with a concrete floor.

            The built in pump works great; just thread the tubing out the basement window and into the yard. It is a bit noisy, but it's in the basement with the water heater so there is always a bit of noise there. The video on how to connect the tubing is helpful. With the level of dampness in my basement I didn't want to empty the container every day. I don't have the unit working during the winter as the tubing would freeze.

            The odor is completely gone; I should have bought this years ago. I've also noticed fewer spiders in the basement!

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Good in comparison to others I've owned

            By Charlie

            from Akron, NY

            About Me Homeowner

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Effective

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Dank Basement

              Comments about Winix 70 Pint Dehumidifier (WDH871):

              This is an effective unit for cool environment operation typically as low as 62 deg F in the basement. The dehumidifier fan system appears to be much more robust than other units I have had over a 35 years span. It moves a much larger volume of air. It is louder than I expected from reading the specifications even on the low fan setting. However the unit doesn't vibrate like other dehumidifiers I have owned when the compressor is turned on or from panels vibrating. So the noise isn't as annoying as most manufactures. I still don't understand how energy efficiency is claimed when the circulation fan continually runs in all setting except cyclic. But this mode of operation seems to be predominant in new dehumidifiers when compared to the earlier ones that only turn on after the humidity exceeded a set point.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Does what it says

              By Ginny

              from Enfield, CT

              About Me Renter

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Effective
              • Energy Efficient
              • Lightweight
              • Quiet

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Dank Basement
                • Summer Humidity

                Comments about Winix 70 Pint Dehumidifier (WDH871):

                I like the fact that I can have the water drain into the pipe directly behind the washing machine, or have it empty into a bucket. I like using the bucket because I can then see clearly just how much dampness there is in the basement. The musty smell has completely disappeared. I highly recommend this product

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

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