I have a small but very damp basement, and when mold started to form on my favorite Workmate workbench, I decided that I had better get a dehumidifier to nip this problem in the bud before it got any worse. Although I probably could have gotten away with buying a 25 pint capacity dehumidifier, the Frigidaire 50-pint Dehumidifier was only $6 more. The Frigidaire 50-pint Dehumidifier is Energy Star compliant, and I generally buy the Energy Star appliances whenever I can.
I ordered the Frigidaire 50-pint Dehumidifier from Amazon for $179, and it came with free shipping, and no sales tax. Five days later, my new dehumidifier arrived by UPS and I carried it down to my basement. The set-up is easy; just plug it in and press the On button. The cord isn't very long though, only about 6', so plan to use an extension cord if you don't have an outlet near the center of your basement. You can turn the fan on high or low, and it's recommended that the dehumidifier be left on "Continuous" mode for a few of days to dry out the basement. After that, you can set the relative humidity anywhere between 35% and 85%, and the Frigidaire 50-pint Dehumidifier will turn itself on and off as needed, resulting in a tremendous cost savings on the electric bill. I could also set a delay start or a delay stop timer, which I don't really use.
Emptying the bucket was not easy, and I spilled quite a bit of water trying to unjam the bucket from the housing unit the first few times. The Frigidaire 50-pint Dehumidifier is on casters, so of course it rolls across my cement floor while I'm trying to remove a full one and a half gallon bucket full of water with nothing but the strength of my thumbs and fingertips. Forget it. But for $6, I was able to pick up a 12' drain hose from Lowe's for the continuous draining feature, and I've never had to empty the dehumidifier bucket since. And that's my kind of dehumidifier, one that I can turn on and completely forget about while it dries my basement out for me.