Winter and cold weather brings with it a whole host of issues for the home, but one of the most annoying might be the persistence of mould, damp air and resulting bacteria that can be hard to deal with. The best solution we’ve found is a good dehumidifier, which can prevent these problems from building up in the first place.
And dehumidifiers can solve other problems, too, such as dramatically cutting the time it takes to air dry clothes or, with some models on this list, purify the air at the same time as removing moisture. We’ve created a list of the best dehumidifiers on the market right now, and you can scroll down to see what we thought.
And if you’re more interested in controlling the temperature of your home, then you might want to check out our ranking of the best fans.
The best dehumidifier 2021
Suitable for homes with up to three bedrooms, the electriQ 12L Low Energy Dehumidifier is up to 40 per cent cheaper to run than a standard dehumidifier. It’s also supremely easy to operate and is quiet. We think it’s the best dehumidifier currently out there.
Four different modes
This handsome dehumidifier has four main modes: Smart, where it regulates itself to give your home an optimal humidity level; Low, for overall moisture reduction; High, for laundry drying, and an Air Purifier Mode where it doesn’t suck in any moisture, just drawing impurities from the air.
UV sterilisation is built into the dehumidifier, getting rid of pollen, smoke, dust and allergens. It also kills bacteria. We’re not making any extraordinary claims about its ability to disinfect your home but, when we used it, we experienced an immediately purer-smelling, fresher air quality, so it must be doing something.
One the front of the machine, there’s a coloured ring that will light up green when the humidity in your home is just right, orange when it’s higher than recommended levels, and red if it’s too high. So you know when to use the machine - or not. It will also stop functioning once it’s reached the desired humidity level, so you won’t even need to remember to switch it off.
Large antibacterial tank
The 4L tank is antibacterial, so you needn’t worry about mould growing in there. Once it’s full, the machine will turn off to stop it from overflowing.
If you have damp, mould or condensation issues and live in a larger property, you are obviously going to need a stealthy dehumidifier to target those humidity levels. The Meaco Platinum Dehumidifier does just that and is designed for houses with three to five bedrooms. It also has a massive 20L extraction rate and a 6L tank.
Despite its size, the Meaco Platinum Dehumidifier is one of the cheaper models on the market to run, using just 255W, making it really cost-effective. You could be saving up to £100 compared with other 20L machines!
Again, despite its size, the Meaco is really quite quiet. Lots of reviewers call this an unexpected bonus, and the castors and carry handle means it’s easy to move around the house. The digital display makes it very straightforward to use, too.
Want peace of mind and a damp-free home? The EcoAir DD122FW is the best desiccant dehumidifier for you.
The dehumidifier has an extraction rate of 7L and a tank capacity of 2L, and there’s an indicator to tell you when the water tank is full. The auto shut-off feature will avoid overflowing, and the silver filter kills bacteria on contact. On top of all that, when on low fan mode it runs super quietly at around 34dB.
With a power consumption of 390-640W, this dehumidifier is the best pick for those who are eco-conscious. There’s the option of continuous drainage with the 1m house (supplied), plus a built-in heater.
The best choice for those who don’t have a tumble dryer at home, the De’Longhi Tasciugo AriaDry DEX216F can even be used in a chilly utility room or garage, if that’s where your washing is dried.
With the handy FrostProtection feature, you’ll have no worries about the water in the tank freezing when the weather gets cold.
The tank holds a generous 2.1L of water before it needs emptying, and it’s super quiet at just 37dB. It has a handle and is pretty light at just 9kg (when empty), so you can easily move it around if you’re drying our various rooms.
The efficient Essentials C10DH19 Dehumidifier is great for those who just want a quick, cheap fix to the damp problem in their home. While it doesn't have the added functions of laundry mode or an air purifier, at this low price, you can't really complain. We think it's a great budget dehumidifier and one of the best dehumidifiers you can buy.
Despite being a budget buy, it has a decent extraction rate. It's also easy to move from room-to-room thanks to its carry handle.
It's also worth noting that it has auto shut-off so when the tank's full the machine will stop to avoid it overflowing. The filter can be removed and washed for easy maintenance.
How to buy the best dehumidifier
Where to buy a dehumidifer
Poor ventilation is the main reason for purchasing a dehumidifier. The majority of households regularly shower or bath, cool and wash clothes, all of which use a lot of hot water that creates steam. If there’s no way for the moisture to escape through windows or vents, then condensation and damp begins to build and this is where the best dehumidifier helps to prevent this from happening as well as removing excess moisture from the air to help dry your clothes. Here are some other specs to consider when buying a dehumidifier:
What type of dehumidifier should I get?
Not to be confused with a humidifier, which does the opposite to a dehumidifier and adds moisture to the air in your home, there are two different types of dehumidifier you can buy. First, a compressor (sometimes known as a refrigerant) or second, a desiccant. Compressors can remove a larger amount of moisture per day and are cheaper to run, which desiccant dehumidifiers work better in colder temperatures and are often quieter. They’re also usually smaller and lighter than compressor models.
What extraction rate and tank size should I go for?
The extraction rate you’re looking for really depends on where you live and what you’re using the dehumidifier for, but, in the UK you can aim for one that extracts between 1-2.5L a day.
The tank size of the products on our list range from 1.8-4L, and the size you need will depend on a) whether your dehumidifier will be turned on all day, b) whether you’re at home and can empty it periodically, c) what level of humidity you’re dealing with, and d) how much space you have.
Do I need a laundry mode?
If you often hang your clothes to dry around your home, then opt for a dehumidifier that has a dedicated laundry mode. It’ll work with the additional humidity caused by your wet clothing as well as reducing the time it takes for your clothes to dry. Win win?
What about an Ioniser mode?
Ioniser modes are a useful add-on for your dehumidifier and, although they’re not essential, they can purify the air by removing dust, bacteria, pollen, smoke and more.
What is the best dehumidifier?
To recap, we think the best dehumidifier out there right now is the electriQ CD12LE. It’s brilliant for average-sized homes and also consumes less power than some others, as well as featuring a 12L antibacterial tank, timer and other nifty features.
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