Kenmore 50-Pint Dehumidifier Review

This is a review of the Kenmore 50-pint dehumidifier.

I have researched dozens of other models of different sizes from different brands to come up with comprehensive guides in choosing a dehumidifier. In this article, I am focusing on the Kenmore dehumidifier. 

We’ll discuss the important features of the Kenmore in comparison with the most common models of similar size. In my analysis of the product details and over 100 customer reviews, I’ve come up with this brief summary of the Kenmore 50-pint dehumidifier:

Kenmore 50-Pint Dehumidifier

Kenmore 50-Pint Dehumidifier

Moisture Removal per 24 hours: 50 pints 

Drainage: Continuous via gravity

Operating Temperature Range: 36°F to 99°F

Dimensions: 25.6” H x 16.5” W x 14.4” D

Weight: 40.3 lbs.

• Large water tank with 19.2 pint capacity
• Easy to use electronic controls
• Three fan speeds: Auto, Low, High
• Continuous draining option
• Bucket full sensor
• Built-in humidistat
• Built-in timer
• Auto defrost mode
• Washable filter
• Does not show ambient relative humidity
• Humidity sensor may be inaccurate
• No auto restart feature
• No defrost light to indicate defrost cycle

Powerful Dehumidification 

As you may have already guessed, the Kenmore 50 Pint Dehumidifier extracts up to 50 pints of moisture from the air every day. The amount of water it collects varies according to the ambient temperature and humidity level. 

In actual use, it will not extract exactly 50 pints of moisture per day. Instead you can expect around 30 pints or less in a room with average conditions. That is, at 65°F using the new testing standard of the U.S. Department of Energy, as opposed to the old standard at 80°F.

Most reviews include positive feedback on this model’s performance. Some users note that it pulls moisture really well in damp to wet basements. It works quickly and effectively, filling the large bucket once or twice per day. 

The Kenmore dehumidifier also helps remove moldy odors and keeps the place dry without needing to run continuously.

Large Tank Capacity

Dehumidifiers extract moisture from the air to form condensate, which is then collected in a container. The Kenmore 50-pint dehumidifier has an internal tank that can hold up to 19.2 pints or 2.4 gallons. This is considerably bigger when compared to the top-rated Frigidaire 50-pint dehumidifier which has a tank capacity of 16.9 pints or around 2 gallons. 

A larger capacity unit, the Kenmore 70-pint dehumidifier, comes with the same build and design and a 19.2-pint bucket.

The Kenmore 50-pint automatically shuts off when the water tank is full. It features a bucket full indicator light you can find on the control panel. 

On the downside, there is no audible beep to alert you when this happens. Users raise complaints that the bucket is hard to put back into place after emptying. However, a smaller number of customers note that this isn’t the case for them. 

Continuous Draining Option

If draining the condensate by hand a few times each day requires too much time and effort, there is another option for you. Similar to most modern dehumidifiers, the Kenmore is designed with an optional continuous drainage. In contrast to the mostly negative comments on the tank, this feature earns points for the ease of set up and added convenience. 

Just attach a standard drain hose to the drain outlet to divert the condensate into a nearby drain. The hose is not included in the purchase. Make sure that the unit is in a higher placement than the drain to let gravity work. 

If necessary, you may also purchase an external pump to allow for continuous drainage in any orientation of the hose. The auto pump drain hose may run up a sink or through a window to release the water. You may also connect it to your sump pump for automatic drainage.

Easy-to-use Controls

The electronic controls and clear digital display of the Kenmore are very well-received by old and new customers alike. The touch sensitive panel shows the controls on top of the unit. A built-in adjustable humidistat allows the user to control humidity levels. Using the up and down arrow buttons, choose a humidity setting from 35 to 70 percent relative humidity in increments of 5 percent. 

On the panel, you may also set a timer for a 3, 6, or 12-hour cycle, and delay the start of operation by one to 12 hours. There are two fan speeds to choose from: Low, moving the air at 160 cubic feet per minute (CFM), and High, at 175 CFM. The Auto fan speed adjusts the fan speed depending on the difference between the set humidity and the ambient humidity.

No Ambient Air Relative Humidity Display

This is probably the biggest drawback of the Kenmore 50-pint. The ambient humidity display is a standard feature in almost any other 50-pint or even smaller model. Having an onboard humidistat implies the presence of a humidity sensor or hygrometer inside the machine. Yet, the ambient humidity display is simply left out by deliberate choice.

In a test performed on the similarly designed 70-pint dehumidifier, when put up against a separate hygrometer, the Kenmore can only dehumidify down to 41 percent – a 6 percent difference from its lowest humidistat setting. Either way, this difference is barely noticeable in regular use. But if you want to be particular, you may purchase a more accurate hygrometer separately.

Other Features to Note

The Kenmore 50 pint dehumidifier has the auto defrost function found in most residential dehumidifiers. This feature allows the unit to detect when ice begins to form on the coils and stops the compressor to thaw the ice. It’s important to prevent frost buildup on the coils as it reduces efficiency and ultimately damages the unit. 

In colder room conditions, compressor type dehumidifiers may activate defrost mode for extended periods of time. Consequently, the Kenmore may not be ideal for cold basements and garages or in places that experience extremely cold winters. 

The manual indicates the operating temperature range from 36°F to 99°F, but like other dehumidifiers, it is highly recommended that you operate the unit in temperatures 65°F and above.

Also note that the Kenmore does not feature the auto restart function. When the unit is turned off, it will run in its previous settings upon restarting. However, in the event of a power outage, the dehumidifier will resume in Auto mode.

What Customers Say About the Kenmore 50-Pint Dehumidifier

Kenmore is a well known manufacturer of high quality appliances, as evidenced by the Kenmore 50-pint dehumidifier. Many users remark on the long-lasting quality of older models, which has led them to choose the brand over and over. One user reports that the old model they had ran for 39 years. Although, this may not be the case for the newer models such as this 50-pint dehumidifier.

In addition to the easy set up and controls, customers highly approve of Kenmore’s simple and sleek appearance. Even though bulkier than similar sized models on account of the large bucket, this unit has a set of carrying handles and caster wheels for added portability and ease of use.

The noise level varies among different users, but a general observation suggests that this particular model is on the louder side. This may not be a big deal if you’re only using the unit in the basement away from your living space.

An alternative 50 pint dehumidifier is this Frigidaire dehumidifier. It is highly rated for its powerful dehumidification, versatility, and build quality. Other options include the hOmeLabs 50-pint dehumidifier and the Vremi 50 pint dehumidifier. For smaller spaces, all dehumidifiers mentioned above also offer smaller capacity models in 20 or 35 pint sizes. 

Overall, the Kenmore 50 pint dehumidifier is just around average for a dehumidifier of its capacity and selling price. It has most of the standard features you’ll find in dehumidifiers. 

It’s not the best performer, and its pitfalls may be a dealbreaker for some, but for customers who trust the Kenmore name, this unit will not fail you.

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