This is a review of the current line of dehumidifiers that Honeywell offers: TP30WK, TP50WK, and TP70PWK.
Honeywell offers home air quality products such as dehumidifiers, air conditioners, and air purifiers. Their dehumidifier line ranges from 20 to 50 pints for different room sizes and conditions. They are all very well received by customers from different online retailers I’ve found. Honeywell boasts of the quiet operation and energy efficiency of each dehumidifier unit. I dug into hundreds of customer reviews to confirm to you just how true these claims are.
Through hours of research, I’ve identified the important features you must know if you’re looking to purchase a dehumidifier from Honeywell. But before you make a decision, is it really worth investing in? In truth, Honeywell is only above average in overall performance.
It features almost anything you need in a dehumidifier, it does a good job of drying the air down to your preferred setting, but still it has some shortcomings. I’ll let you know what these are in the following sections. In the end, it’s up to you to decide which dehumidifier you want.
|1,000 sq. ft.
|3,000 sq. ft.
|4,000 sq. ft.
|10.5 x 13.2 x 20.1 inches
|10.5 x 13.2 x 20.1 inches
|12.4 x 15.75 x 25.4 inches
| • Energy Star certified
• Custom humidity control
• Quick and efficient moisture removal
• Low temperature operation with auto defrost
• Continuous drainage with hose included
• Mirage display on the front
• Built-in pump (on 50-pint unit)
• Five-year warranty
| • Average quality and durability
• Unclear control buttons
• Average tank size
• No defrost mode indicator
Honeywell Dehumidifier Reviews
Honeywell TP30WK Review
The TP30WK is the smallest dehumidifier that Honeywell currently offers. It is rated to remove 20 pints of moisture per day (30 pints under the 2012 DOE standards). For a 20-pint unit, the Honeywell is quite big in terms of physical dimensions. It is recommended for small rooms within 1,000 square feet. This can be a bedroom, bathroom, or office. For a larger or damper space, opt for the nearly identical yet higher capacity Honeywell 30-pint dehumidifier.
This 20-pint dehumidifier comes with a 7-pint tank and a full tank alert system. Honeywell operates from 41°F to 90°F with automatic defrost in case of frost buildup in low temperature areas. The drawback is there is no defrost light that indicates when the unit is in auto defrost mode.
Honeywell TP50WK Review
For efficient moisture removal up to 30 pints per day, you have the Honeywell TP50WK 30-pint (previously 50-pint) dehumidifier. It is ideal for small to medium size rooms up to 3,000 square feet. It has almost the exact same features as the smaller 20-pint, except for the capacity and coverage area.
This 30-pint dehumidifier comes with a very small 7-pint tank with the standard tank full alert and auto shutoff functionality. The water tank is easy to remove and empty with a comfort-grip handle and anti-spill splash guards. During a 24-hour operation, you may need to empty the tank up to four times. You also have the option of continuous drainage using the included drain hose and drain cap.
Honeywell TP70PWK Review
The Honeywell TP70WK and TP70PWK are both 50-pint units (previously 70-pint) with similar features and functionality except for the built-in pump on the latter. Both models effectively extract up to 50 pints of moisture from the air in large rooms up to 4,000 square feet.
They come with a 14-pint tank with a tank full alert and auto shutoff. This is around average size for a 50-pint unit. The largest to this day is the Frigidaire’s 16.9-pint bucket. The Honeywell unit is a little bigger and heavier than most 50-pint dehumidifiers.
In terms of dehumidification performance, Honeywell is above average and may be compared with other top dehumidifiers like the hOmeLabs, BLACK+DECKER, and Vremi.
Sizing Honeywell Dehumidifiers
The US Department of Energy sets the testing standards to determine dehumidifier pint ratings and energy efficiency. From 2012, dehumidifiers were tested at 80°F and 60% humidity. Starting June 2019, the DOE changed the testing conditions to 65°F and 60% humidity, 15° lower than the 2012 standard. This new condition is meant to more accurately represent the dehumidifier’s actual performance in a basement setting. Because of this new standard, previously rated 30-pint, 50-pint, and 70-pint Honeywell dehumidifiers are now labeled 20-pint, 30-pint, and 50-pint, respectively.
The coverage area recommended by the manufacturer is simply a guide. What is right for your space will depend on its typical moisture conditions. For an area within 1,000 square feet or smaller, like a bedroom or bathroom, the 20-pint unit may be enough. For a larger space or more damp environment, choose the 30-pint Honeywell. For a room within 1,500 to 3,000 square feet, start with the 30-pint and go up to the 50-pint unit for more severe dampness. For more details, you may check this guide by Energy Star.
Each current Honeywell dehumidifier has an Energy Star certification. This ensures that the products exceed the EPA’s energy efficiency requirements for a dehumidifier. With a maximum power draw of 750 Watts for the 50-pint, Honeywell effectively removes excess moisture and its damaging effects, while saving your money in the long run.
Build Quality and Warranty
Honeywell has around average quality and construction. Compared side by side with the top-rated Frigidaire, you’ll definitely see where Honeywell fails.
It has a top exhaust, which should put it on the quieter side, yet some users note that Honeywell is unusually loud. Of course, noise level is subjective and it can vary from each unit and different users.
On the upside, Honeywell has an extendable top handle, power cord storage, and four wheels to allow mobility. What I particularly like about Honeywell is the relative humidity display on the front of the unit. This makes monitoring humidity levels a lot easier from across the room.
Most dehumidifiers (even Frigidaire) come with the industry standard one-year warranty. Honeywell, on the other hand, guarantees an additional two- to five-year warranty on internal components including labor.
Honeywell Dehumidifier Control Panel
Honeywell has most any features you’ll find in conventional dehumidifiers today. In case of a power outage, it will resume operation in your last selected settings once power comes back. One problem with Honeywell is the lack of text labels on the control panel (as pictured above). It may take a while to get used to the control buttons and indicator lights, especially if you’re not that knowledgeable on dehumidifiers.
The small digital display on the center shows the current humidity or the preferred humidity for ten seconds after setting. Press the arrow buttons to select the desired humidity level from 30% to 90% in 5% increments. The dehumidifier automatically turns off when humidity is lower than your set humidity level and starts dehumidifying again when the room humidity rises.
You can set your Honeywell dehumidifier to turn on or turn off automatically from 0.5 to 24 hours. To program the unit to automatically turn on, press the Timer button when the unit is off. Select the number of hours using the arrow buttons and the Timer On indicator will light up. To program the unit to automatically turn off, press the button when the unit is on. The Timer Off indicator will light up when you finish setting the timer.
The Fan button controls the fan speed. Press to select from the two fan speeds. For maximum moisture removal, set the fan to High speed. The Fan indicator light will illuminate when High speed is selected. For quiet operation, press the button once to go on Low fan speed.
Turn on Continuous mode to let the dehumidifier run its 24-hour cycle regardless of the current humidity level. Press the “—” button until CO appears on the display screen. The Continuous indicator light will illuminate when operating in this mode.
Honeywell dehumidifiers have a removable washable mesh filter to catch dust and other airborne particles before the air enters the unit. When the Filter light is on, it’s time to clean the filter. Remove the filter from the back of the unit and clean it with warm, soapy water. Let the filter dry completely before reinstalling. Press the Filter button to reset the filter indicator and the warning light will turn off. There is no set hour of filter cleaning, it will depend on room environment conditions.
The button on the farthest right activates Sleep Mode. The LED display brightness will be reduced and the indicator light will illuminate when the unit is in Sleep Mode. Within one minute after activating Sleep mode, you can adjust the humidity settings or the fan speed. After this time has lapsed, the top display will shut off except the Sleep Mode indicator. Press any button to deactivate Sleep Mode.
Honeywell dehumidifiers collect water in the tank. The unit features a removable tank with a transparent water level window, an easy-carry handle, and a splash guard to avoid spilling when draining the water. There is also the standard auto shutoff feature, and a corresponding indicator light to alert you when the tank is full. For the 50-pint model, you may have to empty the tank up to four times a day.
Alternatively, you can utilize the continuous drainage functionality in Honeywell dehumidifiers. The unit comes with a special drain cap attachment and a 3.28 ft (1 meter) drain hose. To enable automatic drainage through gravity, attach the drain cap and hose to the outlet port on the back of the unit. If you lose either one, you can simply use a standard garden hose. Place the unit higher than the drain and make sure there are no kinks and the other end of the hose is level with the drain. Don’t forget to detach the hose if you want to use the tank instead.
Most high capacity units also come with a built-in condensate pump, as is the case with the Honeywell 50-pint. The pump allows drainage to a distance further away or even above the unit by up to 15 feet. This is a very convenient feature for large spaces without a floor drain nearby. For example, you can operate the unit in the basement and you can have the hose run up into a window to divert the water. If your dehumidifier doesn’t come with this functionality, you can purchase a separate external condensate pump.
Customer Feedback on Honeywell Dehumidifiers
Honeywell products have mostly favorable reviews from what I’ve gathered. Although, keep in mind that most reviewers only purchase one dehumidifier at a time. Hence, they probably have no comparison to other models. See the reviews here.
Customers like that Honeywell displays the current humidity on the front, a feature that is not found even in top dehumidifiers like the Frigidaire. The long warranty is also a plus for Honeywell. In cases where the customer receives a damaged or faulty product, Honeywell sends in a replacement within a week.
One recurring complaint among users is the loud operation of Honeywell dehumidifiers. This shouldn’t be the case since Honeywell features a top exhaust and even advertises as one of the quietest 50-pint compressor dehumidifiers. Of course, noise levels may vary from one unit to another, but this complaint is too common for us to ignore. Another disadvantage I’ve also noticed is the length of the drain hose included. One meter may be too short for some, so it might be better to purchase a garden hose or just use the tank.
Overall, Honeywell is well worth your investment if you need a great dehumidifier for moderate to heavy use. They can remove moisture quickly and efficiently in average conditions as long as you observe proper care and maintenance. They should last up to at least the end of the warranty period of five years.