This is a review of the current Midea dehumidifier units.
Midea is a Chinese-based manufacturer of home appliances, notably HVAC products such as air conditioners and portable dehumidifiers. The brand is seeing rising popularity due to its unique product designs and functionality available at a budget-friendly price. It offers regular household dehumidifiers not too different from top brands and has also recently introduced cube-shaped dehumidifiers. These dehumidifiers are available in standard sizes: 22 pints, 35 pints, and 50 pints.
Midea dehumidifiers give you virtually everything you may need in a modern dehumidifier. However, like any other dehumidifier brand, it comes with a few shortcomings. We’ll discuss each of the features below as well as the potential advantages and disadvantages if you purchase one of these units. Keep reading if you want to learn more.
Midea Dehumidifiers Reviewed
Midea MAD50C1ZWS 50-pint Dehumidifier
Midea’s flagship dehumidifier removes up to 50 pints of excess moisture in spaces up to 4,500 square feet. It is Energy Star certified with a high IEF rating like all other Midea dehumidifiers. The basic modern design comes with four wheels and two side handles for portability and easy movement. This high-capacity dehumidifier is recommended for a humid basement, garage, living room, or an entire open-floor apartment.
This Midea dehumidifier features a simple control panel with a digital humidistat, 24-hour timer, Comfort, Continuous, and Turbo buttons. You also have LED indicator lights for Defrost, Full Tank, and Filter. The standard auto shut-off, auto restart, and auto defrost functions are present as well.
This 50-pint unit comes with a 1.6-gallon water tank, which is on the smaller side for the unit’s size. If you don’t want to manually empty the water collected multiple times a day, you have the continuous draining option. Attach a standard garden hose (not included) to the drain outlet and direct the other end of the hose to a suitable low-level drain. The 50-pint also has a version with a built-in pump, the Midea MAD50P1AWS model.
Mid-Sized Midea Dehumidifiers: 35-pint and 22-pint
For smaller and less humid rooms, Midea offers lower capacity dehumidifiers with 35-pint and 22-pint sizes. All other features are similar to the high-capacity 50-pint except the moisture removal capacity, coverage area, and the corresponding power usage. Both units also have an Energy Star rating guaranteed for greater energy efficiency and more savings.
The 35-pint model looks exactly the same as the 50-pint, with the same physical dimensions and a water tank that can hold 1.6 gallons. This is around the average tank capacity for a 35-pint dehumidifier since most 30- or 35-pint units have the exact same size as their respective 50-pint version. The 22-pint model, on the other hand, is significantly smaller in size, with only a 0.8-gallon water tank capacity. You can also use a drain hose (not included) to utilize the continuous draining option in these two units.
The 35-pint is recommended for spaces between 1,500 to 3,000 square feet, while the 22-pint is for spaces within 1,500 square feet. For best results, you may need to purchase the next bigger capacity suitable for the size of your space depending on its humidity level.
• Energy Star certified
• Easy-to-use controls
• Continuous draining options
• Built-in pump feature (50-pint unit)
• Drain hose sold separately
• Not the best quality
Midea Cube Dehumidifier
Midea is known for its unique and highly functional product designs. In particular, this cube dehumidifier model is the first and only extendable dehumidifier, giving you exceptional flexibility and even higher tank capacity. In its smaller nested form, it simply appears as a cube for easy, space-saving storage. When extended, the lower half acts as the unit’s water tank, expanding its capacity up to three times that of the traditional dehumidifier of the same size.
The simple lift-and-twist design allows you to extend the dehumidifier easily. This dehumidifier design comes in the standard 20-pint, 35-pint, and 50-pint capacities. Similar to the standard Midea dehumidifier, only the smallest unit (20-pint) has a smaller build, with a maximum tank capacity of 3 gallons when in extended form. The larger dehumidifiers have a tank capacity of up to 4.25 gallons. You can set the fill level required to activate the bucket full switch and you also have the option to connect the included drain hose for continuous drainage without the bucket.
Furthermore, this dehumidifier can be controlled using the Midea Cube Air app on your mobile device. You can easily set the water level and monitor the status of operation from your smartphone wherever you are. The unit also allows voice controls using Google Assistant or Alexa. All of these cube dehumidifiers are Energy Star rated as well.
• Energy Star certified
• Functional cube design
• Larger buckets
• Continuous draining options
• Built-in pump (50-pint unit)
• Wi-Fi connectivity and voice controls
• Heavier than it looks
• Not the best build quality
Design and Usability
Midea’s standard dehumidifiers and cube dehumidifiers feature a top control panel with a digital humidity display, soft-touch buttons, and LED indicator lights with sufficient text labels.
Both the standard and cube models have an adjustable humidistat that automatically maintains the target humidity level you set. The two-digit display shows your set humidity level from 35% to 85%, then the current humidity from 30% to 90%. When the humidity is at least 5% below your setting, the unit will stop dehumidifying. It will start running again when it senses humidity 5% above your setting.
You can also set a timer to automatically start or stop operation after the selected time. To program the unit to automatically turn on, press the Timer button when the unit is off. The ON indicator light above the TIMER will illuminate. Set the timer in 0.5-hour increments up to 10 hours, and one-hour increments up to 24 hours. To program the unit to automatically turn off, press the button when the unit is on. The OFF indicator light will illuminate. While setting the timer, you can see the number of hours on the digital display.
Both the standard and cube dehumidifiers feature two fan speeds. The Turbo button on the standard or the Max button on the cube sets the unit to operate at high fan speed. You can still set the humidity level on either of these operation modes.
The Continuous button enables continuous dehumidification for 24 hours or until the water bucket is full. The indicator light will illuminate when running on continuous operation.
Standard Midea dehumidifiers feature a Comfort mode similar to top brands like hOmeLabs and Vremi. While in Comfort mode, the indicator will light up and humidity cannot be adjusted manually. Instead, it will set the recommended humidity levels based on the ambient temperature. Press the button again to manually select the humidity level.
Midea has removable and washable air filters to catch dust and other impurities as the air enters the unit. After 250 hours of use, the Filter light will illuminate to remind you to check and clean the filter. Remove the filter from behind the air intake grille and wash the filter with warm, soapy water and let it dry completely before reinstalling. Press the Filter button to reset the filter indicator and the light will turn off.
Midea dehumidifiers collect moisture in their water bucket, complete with a water level window, auto shut-off feature, and a full bucket alert to notify you when you need to drain the tank. The standard Midea unit has small to average-sized water buckets with respect to the dehumidifier capacity. If the room is extremely humid, you may need to manually empty the water multiple times a day. If you don’t have the time for this, you can use the gravity drainage functionality.
The Midea Cube dehumidifier allows for more water collection in its bucket. You can even set the water fill level from 1.5 to 3 gallons for the 20-pint, or 2.25 to 4.25 gallons for the larger units, up to three times larger than the standard dehumidifier of similar sizes. The downside is the bucket will be much heavier and harder to carry when emptying the water. If you don’t want to empty the tank, you may simply attach the included drain hose for continuous drainage.
Like most dehumidifiers, Midea gives you an option for continuous draining. For the standard dehumidifier, you just need a garden hose to attach it to the drain outlet on the back of the unit. The cube dehumidifier comes with a drain hose. Make sure to place the unit higher than the drain and that there are no knots or obstacles to the hose and that it is directed straight towards the floor drain. Remember to remove the hose and replace the tank properly if you want to use manual draining instead.
Most brands also include a built-in pump with high-capacity 50-pint units, as is the case for Midea. The pump pushes the water out even farther away and up to a certain height above the unit so you can direct the hose up into a sink or out of a window. Midea dehumidifiers with built-in pumps come with a 16-feet drain hose. Note that the pump outlet is different from the drain hose port for gravity drainage.
The dehumidifier’s performance ratings are determined by the Department of Energy. They also set the testing standards for dehumidifiers. As of early 2020, dehumidifiers are tested at 65°F and 60% humidity, 15° lower than the 2012 standards of 80°F and 60% humidity to give a more accurate representation of the dehumidifier’s actual performance in a cold and damp basement. With the new standards in place, previously 30-pint, 50-pint, and 70-pint Midea dehumidifiers are now rated 22-pint, 35-pint, and 50-pint, respectively.
Each unit has a recommended area of coverage, but keep in mind that this is only a guide. The right size for your space will also depend on its current conditions. For a slightly damp area within 1,500 square feet, the 22-pint unit is recommended. For a wet to an extremely wet environment in similar room size, choose the 35-pint. If the room area is around 2,000 square feet, start with the 35-pint up to the 50-pint for larger and damper spaces. You can find a more detailed guide on the Energy Star website.
Besides the dehumidification capacity, DOE also measures the energy the dehumidifier consumes to perform its task. This is measured by the energy efficiency and the higher the unit’s efficiency, the more you can save. Look for the integrated energy factor (IEF) or the Energy Star label on your dehumidifier to make sure it’s certified to be energy efficient. All Midea dehumidifiers are certified by Energy Star, which means they pass all the requirements set by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Comparing Midea with Similar Dehumidifier Brands
Build Quality and Warranty
In terms of the build quality, Midea dehumidifiers are not too different from more popular dehumidifiers like hOmeLabs, Vremi, or Honeywell. In fact, the standard Midea has a similar design as hOmeLabs and Vremi dehumidifiers, with the same control panel buttons, a side exhaust, and a handle on each side. Compared to the top-rated Frigidaire, the quality is only average. What’s great about Midea is the innovative cube design that allows greater flexibility than any other dehumidifier brand.
Additionally, Midea comes with an industry-standard one-year warranty. Most dehumidifiers have a one-year warranty, hOmeLabs has two years, while Honeywell guarantees a five-year warranty.
Dehumidification Performance and Efficiency
Similar to other brands, Midea offers 22-pint, 35-pint, and 50-pint dehumidifiers. All of these units are Energy Star rated as well. They can operate in low temperatures down to 41℉ with an Automatic Defrost mode to melt the ice and prevent frost buildup on the metal coils. Unlike a few other brands, Midea dehumidifiers have an auto defrost indicator light that will illuminate when the unit is currently defrosting.
You can expect any compressor dehumidifier to be loud when operating. Although, some models have a better way of masking the buzzing compressor noise with a more pleasant sound of the fan. Units with a top exhaust distribute the noise more evenly, making an overall more pleasing sound than those with side exhaust. Midea standard dehumidifiers are on the louder side considering they have a side exhaust. The manufacturer claims noise levels of 49 to 54, but actual noise can be much louder. On the other hand, the cube units a more quiet operation with the top exhaust. The noise levels range from 42 to 49 decibels depending on the capacity and fan speed selected.
Overall, Midea dehumidifiers perform just as well as any standard dehumidifier for a regular household. Similar to higher-rated brands like hOmeLabs and Vremi, production is done mostly overseas and the product design and functionality are almost the exact same. Midea’s game-changer is the cube dehumidifier that can be extended to get a larger water bucket. However, it is a relatively new product and we need some time to judge how reliable it will be after a few years of regular use. As of this writing, all of the Midea dehumidifiers available in online stores are well-received according to hundreds and thousands of consumer reports. You can find more reviews here or here.