It is important for a dehumidifier to be able to work in lower temperature environments. Basements are usually cooler than the rest of the areas in the house while covering a large amount of floor space.

Dehumidifiers for the basement must be capable of extracting 100% of the moisture in spaces of at least 2,000 square feet.

Here are some important features we should consider…


The dehumidifier must have appropriate removal capability along with the right coverage for the size of your basement. The bigger the area, the better is it to have a larger capacity dehumidifier.

Water Collecting Tray

Since the dehumidifier is working to control moisture, it is important to know where that water will go. Consider the capacity of the product as well as its volume.

If you do not want to spend lots of time emptying the tray, it’s essential to choose a model built to keep this annoying task to a minimum.

If you plan to pop your device in the basement, a hose connection will direct the vapored water straight to the drain without needing a tray. If your home does not have a drain, a simple pump will be sufficient to send the water to the sink or any drains through the window.

Auto Defrost

This is used to prevent the coils from freezing while allowing the dehumidifier to continue removing moisture.

Low temperature Operation

Dehumidifiers with low temperatures are ideal in cool climates as they will continue to draw moisture out.

Humidistat/Built-In Hygrometer

This allows you to set the precise humidity level you require.

Continuous Drain Option

This will ensure that the dehumidifier will continue to remove excessive moisture without the stress of repeatedly emptying water buckets.

Automatic Restart

This feature is useful when it comes to a power outage. Your dehumidifier will restart as soon as the power is restored.

Automatic Shut-Off

For dehumidifiers that don’t offer a draining option, make sure it has an auto shut-off. This will help to prevent overflowing.

If the water tray gets full, the machine will automatically shut off to protect the machine and reduce the risk of water overload.


A timer is ideal and can come in very handy if you tend to forget that your dehumidifier is on. It will also lessen your electricity bill as the rates are lower at certain times of the day. You can run your unit during these periods to save money.

The device will easily turn back on after a power outage. It will also switch itself off when you are out. This is another great money saving feature since the longer the machine runs, the more energy this device uses.

User-Friendly Settings

Search for models with wheels to enable easy maneuverability. Also look out for products with easy-to-read settings and dials.

Dehumidifiers with digital settings are generally simple to read and understand.