The best dehumidifiers

Looking for a dehumidifier to combat condensation – and even help dry your washing? We've found the very best dehumidifiers so you can buy one that suits your needs

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There are all sorts of good reasons for investing in a dehumidifier. Perhaps your house suffers from condensation, which leads to the growth of mould and mildew? Maybe you want to dry washing fast, and are looking for a more energy-efficient alternative to tumble dryers? Or, are you mid-renovation and after an appliance that will speed up the drying of paint or plaster. Perhaps you've had a flood and need to dry out a carpet? 

Whatever, a dehumidifier is an appliance that you'll find really useful. We've compiled a list of the best dehumidifiers, from budget to hi-tech, eco-friendly and basic models. 

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WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING A DEHUMIDIFIER

Type

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: a compressor ( sometimes known as a refrigerant) or a desiccant. Compressors can remove a larger amount of moisture per day and are cheaper to run. However, desiccant dehumidifiers work better in colder temperatures and are quieter than compressor models. Dessicant dehumidifiers are usually smaller and lighter than compressor models.

Extraction rate

The extraction rate you're looking for really depends on where you live and what you're using the dehumidifier for; however, in the UK, you can aim for one that can extract between 1 litre and 2.5 litres a day. The figures quoted below are litres per day.

Tank size

The dehumidifiers in our list range from 1.8 litres to 4 litres; the tank size you'll need will depend on a) whether your dehumidifier be on all day long; b) whether you're at home to empty it periodically; c) what level of humidity you're dealing with; d) how much space you have.

Laundry mode?

If you often hang your clothes to dry around your home, opt for a dehumidifier which has laundry mode. It'll bear in mind the additional humidity from your wet clothing, and it'll reduce the time it takes for your clothes to dry. Win win?

Ioniser?

Another useful add-on for your dehumidifier, although not essential, is an ioniser, which purifies air by removing dust, bacteria, pollen, smoke and more.

electriQ 12 litre Low Energy Dehumidifier

1. electriQ 12 litre Low Energy Dehumidifier

The very best dehumidifier for average sized homes

Specifications
Best for: All rounder
Type: Compressor
Extraction rate: 12 litres
Tank: 4 litres
Laundry mode: Yes
Ioniser: Yes
Dimensions: W38cm x D20cm x H58cm
Reasons to buy
+Low energy+Air purifier function with UV sterilisation+Anti-dust+Antibacterial tank+Anti-spill+Timer

Suitable for homes with up to three bedrooms, the electriQ 12 litre Low Energy Dehumidifier is up to 40 per cent cheaper to run than a standard dehumidifier. It has UV sterilisation built in to get rid of pollen, smoke, dust and allergens, and there's also a laundry mode. On the front of the machine there's a coloured ring, which will light up green when the humidity in your home is just right, orange when it's above recommended levels and red if it's too high, so you know when to use the machine – or not. The 4 litre tank is antibacterial, so you needn't worry about mould growing in there, too, and once it's full, the machine will turn off so it won't overflow. An affordable all-rounder.

De'Longhi Tasciugo AriaDry DEX16F Dehumidifier

2. De'Longhi Tasciugo AriaDry DEX16F Dehumidifier

Always airing your clothes in your home? This is the dehumidifier for you

Specifications
Best for: Drying clothes
Type: Compressor
Extraction rate: 16 litres
Tank: 3 litres
Laundry mode: Yes
Ioniser: No
Dimensions: W33cm x D22cm x H50cm
Reasons to buy
+Auto restart+Portable design+3 speed settings+Quiet+Lightweight
Reasons to avoid
-No air purifier

Ideal for those who don't have a tumble dryer or like to let their clothes air dry in their home, the De'Longhi Tasciugo AriaDry DEX16F can even be used in a chilly utility room or garage, if that's where your washing is dried: with handy FrostProtection, you'll have no worries about the water in the tank freezing when the weather gets cold. The tank holds a generous 2.1 litres 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 out various rooms. 

MEACO 10L Small Home Dehumidifier

3. MEACO 10L Small Home Dehumidifier

The best choice for small homes, MEACO 10L dehumidifier ticks all the boxes whilst being compact

Specifications
Best for: Smaller homes
Type: Compressor
Extraction rate: 10 litres
Tank: 2 litres
Laundry mode: Yes
Ioniser: No
Dimensions: W30cm x D19cm x H48cm
Reasons to buy
+Auto shut-off+Easy-to-use+Can easily be moved around the home
Reasons to avoid
-No digital display

Small yet still practical, this 10 litre dehumidifier from MEACO is ideal for any size home. Its simple three setting operation makes it a user-friendly choice, it will turn off once full, and has a transparent tank so you can see if it's near its limit. It is also simple to drain, whether manually or through continual drainage via a hose. Standing at just under 50cm tall and under 20cm wide, it's the perfect size to hide away. Its filter is designed to remove all allergens and pollutants from the air for a healthier and cleaner atmosphere while also removing excess moisture to reduce mould, condensation and other damp related problems. This dehumidifier also features a laundry mode.  

Ecoair DD122FW

4. Ecoair DD122FW

Eco-conscious but still want to remove the excess moisture from your home?

Specifications
Best for: Eco
Type: Desiccant
Extraction rate: 7 litres
Tank: 2 litres
Laundry mode: Yes
Ioniser: No
Dimensions: W29cm x D18cm x H49cm
Reasons to buy
+Can work in freezing temperatures+Quiet+Built-in heater+Slim and compact+Easy to transport
Reasons to avoid
-No air purifier built-in

Want peace of mind and a damp-free home? The Ecoair DD122FW desiccant dehumidifier has an extraction rate of 7 litres and a tank capacity of 2 litres; there's an indicator to tell you when the water tank is full, and auto shut-off to avoid overflowing; the silver filter will kill bacteria on contact; and, when on low fan mode, it runs very quietly, just 34dB. With a power consumption of 390W to 640W, this dehumidifier is the best pick for those who are eco-conscious. There's the option of continuous drainage with the 1m hose (supplied), plus a built-in heater.

ESSENTIALS C10DH16 Dehumidifier

5. ESSENTIALS C10DH16 Dehumidifier

A basic dehumidifier which gets the job done

Specifications
Best for: Budget
Type: Compressor
Extraction rate: 10 litres
Tank: 1.8 litres
Laundry mode: No
Ioniser: No
Dimensions: W28cm x D19cm x H47cm
Reasons to buy
+Affordable+Easy-to-use+Portable
Reasons to avoid
-Small-ish tank capacity-No laundry mode or air purifier

This efficient 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. 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. A great budget dehumidifier.

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