We are guessing you’ve landed on this page because your house has some serious humidity issue. Humidity percentage above 50 percent causes the growth of dust mites, allergens, mold, and mildew. A dehumidifier can effectively take away the dampness out of the basement or living room. However, we know it can be a real pain to find the best dehumidifier.
So we, a bunch of tech enthusiasts, surveyed the market, spoke to a couple of dealers, carefully studied over 1000+ reviews online to pick 20 products for our test. Finally, after 4 days of rigorous tests in our environmentally controlled lab, we narrowed down to 10 products that we deem are the best in the market right now.
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Best dehumidifier over dozens of competitive models from different brands listed below:
This whole-house dehumidifier from Frigidaire has taken the top position on our list for all the valid reasons. First things first, 70-pint machines like this are designed to remove 70 pints of humidity from the air within 24 hours. The moisture removal rate of this latest flagship 70-pint model of the brand is faster than all the other products we tested. In fact, the energy efficiency of the device is also higher than machines rated to draw less power.
However, the moisture removal rate is more important than base power draw when it comes to determining energy efficiency. In our house testing under extremely humid environment, the measured power draw was 630 watts at 50% Relative Humidity. Cut to the noise output, we were not expecting the fans or compressors of this device to be whisper-quiet, to begin with. The model inhales the air through the back and releases air through the sides.
To simplify, it means the dehumidifier pulls the air towards the wall, not at the center of the room where the house members are usually seated. Therefore, the noise produced will be nearly inaudible to human ears. The exhaust ports are located on the sides which means you can orient the exhaust in your preferred direction. In order to maximize the moisture removal output of the unit, we would suggest you place the dehumidifier at the center of the room.
Having it close to the wall will affect its efficiency to a certain extent as it intakes air through the back. In the 90% to 40% test in our 50 sq.ft lab room, the unit brought down the RH level from 90% to 40% under 10 minutes. If you are looking for a quite machine to dehumidify your living room without blowing your budget, this model is definitely worth checking out.
Another effective treatment for overly moist indoor air, this 70-pint unit by hOmeLabs is best suited for medium-sized rooms measuring up to 3500 sq.ft. The machine functions optimally even in lower temperature and boasts of a continuous drain option. The built-in drain hose connected to the reservoir relieves you of the laborious task of constantly emptying the tank manually.
It comes with a 1.6-gallon water tank featuring an indicator level to avoid spillage. To ensure further safety, the unit shuts itself off automatically when the reservoir is full. Like the previous machine, this one too intakes air through the back and therefore, should be ideally installed at the center of the room. It exhausts cool and refreshing air through the sides. Therefore, doubles as a cooling fan.
Although the operation isn’t virtually noise-free, you can do with the low humming sound of the fans. We especially loved the Continuous operation mode which saves you the hassle of emptying the tank from time to time. The unit is engineered to handle rigorous moisture removal for days. Another major plus is the defrost mode that prevents the coil from being frozen at cold temperature. The operating temp range of 41-95 degree F is impressive as well. The convenient touch control panel lets you seamlessly control all the settings and it also features a built-in humidistat and a timer to make your life easier.
This portable and practically designed humidity control treatment from Keystone is designed to remove 50-pints of moisture within the span of 24-hours. Although its energy consumption rate isn’t on par with our top two picks, the base power draw of 520 watts at 100% RH isn’t bad either. If you are looking for a device to treat rooms within the range of 2000-3000 sq.ft., this could be an ideal choice.
Like the previous product, this one also features a continuous drainage option which sets up in a jiffy. The water collection bucket also snaps right into its place in a breeze. With the LED panel and keypads on the front, you can easily tweak the settings and adjustments. Special mention goes to the built-in hygrometer which provides a very accurate read-out of the indoor humidity level.
Using its timer, you can preprogram the unit to dehumidify the room as per your requirements. We absolutely loved the auto-restart function. The unit remembers your prefers settings and restarts itself with those auto-saved settings after a power outage. While you will barely have to touch the reservoir, thanks to the continuous drain option, the tank has a level indicator that helps you keep an eye on the collected water.
This bad boy is capable of maintaining an RH level of 45% all the time in rooms measuring around 4500 sq.ft. The first thing that caught our attention was the sleek and portable design. With the help of its 6 feet long cord, you can set up this bad boy practically anywhere in the house. The machine is placed on rolling caster wheels which makes moving the unit a breeze. The LED display makes programming the device incredibly easy, even for the beginners.
We had to empty the 1.3-gallon tank two times a day. We think a slightly larger reservoir would have been a better suit for a unit so well-built. However, the hose hook-up allows you to directly drain the water to an external reservoir, relieving you of the duty of frequently emptying the tank.
We also liked the auto-defrost mechanism that keeps the coil safe in freezing temperature. However, the key advantage of this model has to be its reusable air filter. You just have to remove the filter and give it a quick clean-up and it’s good to be used again. No additional cost of replacement filter.
Engineered to perfection by one of the most renowned dehumidifier manufacturers of the world, the Frigidaire FAD504DWD is designed mainly as an entry-level model for small to medium rooms. One of the key strengths of this model is its exceptionally low energy consumption. It consumes 20% less energy than all the 4 Frigidaire models we tested.
Apart from its high dehumidifying capacity, the built-in air filter also eliminates pathogenic bacteria, virus, airborne particles and allergens effectively. The humidity controls are pretty simple and straightforward. The machine can run on its own for a long time without much supervision. If you don’t want to get into the hassle of emptying the reservoir frequently, there’s a direct drainage option for you as well.
Quiet and ultra-compact, this mini beast from Ivation is best suited for RVs, attic, small condos, cars, boats and basement. The unit is capable of eliminating 70-pints of moisture in 24 hours. With the help of the direct drainage option, you can drain the collected water directly to your sink or any other external reservoir. It uses thermoelectric cooler than consumes only 90 watts of power which is next to nothing.
The one feature we absolutely adored is the auto-humidistat option. The unit turns itself on and off automatically to maintain the ideal RH level. Another brilliant feature is that once you set your preferred fan speed and RH level, the machine remembers it. So you don’t have to remember the settings you choose which is highly convenient after a power outage.
The compact device is specifically engineered for motorhomes, 12x12 bedrooms and 4x8 grow tents. During the most humid time of the year, the unit can maintain a stable RH level of 45%. In 80% RH, the reservoir needs to be emptied once in every 5 days. Thanks to the fairly accurate built-in hygrometer, you can easily tweak your desired humidity level and let the device do the rest.
We also loved the low-speed fan facilitates low-noise operation. The device isn’t exactly noise-free but the low humming noise won’t disrupt you nap-time. Add to that, there’s a continuous drainage option as well which was pain-free to setup compared to the other ultra-compact dehumidifiers we tested.
Another dehumidifier best suited for small spaces. This bad boy can take away the musty odor of mold and dampness from the floor and windows like a pro. It is the most basic and simple to use machine we have come across in this segment. It only switches on and off. There’s no built-in humidistat which lets you tweak the humidity to your desired level. While that might not appeal to everyone, this will work out just fine as an entry-level model.
Add to that, the whisper-quiet operation lets you peacefully snooze through the night. The unit is rated for 746 watts at high humidity levels. But at milder conditions, the power draw is close to 620 watts which is satisfactory. The overall construction seemed pretty durable and the major components are made from sturdy materials. Unless manhandled, the dehumidifier shouldn’t serve you for a lifetime.
This sturdily built dehumidifier comes with a 3-speed fan. Despite that, the energy conservation of the model is quite remarkable. Although the moisture removal output isn’t on par with our top picks, it still gets the job done pretty well for small to medium rooms, RV, boat, attics, and basement.
The water removal procedure of the device is quite straightforward. An internal pump directs the water deposit to an external receptacle. You can easily remove the water tank and empty it. It also comes with add-on features like auto-restart which means the unit is automatically tuned to your preferred settings after you re-plug it post a power outage.
The PuriCare is specially designed to protect your home from mold and mildew growth. Apart from bringing down the relative humidity to 40% from 60%, it also eliminates bacteria and allergens that cause breathing problem. Apart from manually emptying the water tank, you can also connect a hose to it for continuous drainage operation. The machine looks sleek and elegant and can be set up at any corner of the room.
One of the key advantages of the unit is that it can operate at low temperatures. The auto-defrost option prevents the water from being frozen on the coil in freezing temperature. We also loved that the unit turns itself off automatically in every 23 hours to prevent overheating. If you don’t want to constantly supervise the humidity level, simply set the 12-hour timer and let the machine do the rest.
Selecting the best dehumidifier when you are spoilt for choices isn’t an easy feet. So to speak, best dehumidifier is subjective. What might be best for your home might not be ideal for another. It all depends on how you intend to use it, the size of your rooms, humidity level and more. So keep note of all these important aspects while shopping for a dehumidifier. And you’ll be good to go. That’s it for today. Thanks for reading.