My old dehumidifier (a Kenmore) finally gave out after about 13 years of reliable service. I reviewed many brands and finally settled on this one. The Frigidaires generally have very good reviews from the sites I looked at, so I was OK to go ahead and try this one. When I went to the store, I noticed that they had these newer versions in stock.
Our basement gets very humid in summer, and there is one room in particular that has no windows or ventilation, so it is particularly humid and damp smelling. Our basement area that I dehumidify is around 900 sq. feet. When I first turned this on, the built-in humidistat registered over 80%. After a day or two it had taken it down to about 50%. I keep it at 55%, which works great so far.
One thing to note about this unit is that IT DOES TURN COMPLETELY OFF when it reaches the desired humidity level (within a range actually). I read reviews about other ones, even Frigidaires, that do not turn off the fan, even after the desired humidity level is reached. Only the compressor turned off on those. Anyway, this one completely turns off and on which is good.
I purchased the 70 pint version at first, but it consumes more power than I was comfortable with (1 HP) and the efficiency of this unit is the same as the larger unit, surprisingly. I returned it unopened and exchanged it for the middle size.
We have a floor drain in the basement - I just used the included nozzle and a short piece of garden hose to drain. Very easy and I don't have to worry with emptying the bucket. No leaks or anything.
One thing to note about this unit - the air blows out the right hand side of the unit not the front. This actually works well for my case, due to where our unit sits and the location of the most humid room (to the right). This may or may not matter to you, but be aware.
I think the noise level is average. All humidifiers make noise, this one seems about like the rest. It's not like a freight train and it's not like a whisper either - but I want a dry basement. The controls are nice. Easy to read and bright. You can delay either start or turn off. I don't need this feature and haven't used it - but it's probably a plus if you need it.
I've had this about two weeks now and it's running great so far. I would definitely purchase this brand/model again. I hope it will last - only time will tell.