Best dehumidifier: Eliminate damp air and condensation this winter

Keep your home mould and moisture-free with one of the best dehumidifiers on the market right now, from Meaco, electriQ and more

best dehumidifier: Duronic DH05 Mini Dehumidifier in utility room
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As the seasons change, the hot and cold weather bring about a whole host of issues for our homes. One of the most annoying might be the persistent mould, damp air and resulting bacteria that so many houses have to deal with.

The best solution is a good dehumidifier, which can prevent these kinds of problems from building up and wreaking havoc around a property. And they can solve other issues, too, such as significantly cutting the time it takes to air dry clothes or even purifying the air as they take in moisture.

We've taken a look at the best dehumidifiers you can buy right now, ranking them based on their capacity, design and any extra features that make them worth you parting with your cash.

Scroll down to see what we thought and for buying advice that will help you make you choice. 

 The best dehumidifiers 2021

best dehumidifier: Meaco Platinum DehumidifierReal Homes Rated Gold badge

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1. Meaco Platinum Dehumidifier

Best dehumidifier for bedrooms

Specifications
Type: Compressor
Tank capacity: 25L
Laundry mode: Yes
Ioniser: No
Dimensions: H64 x W38 x D29m
Weight: 15kg
Reasons to buy
+Uses less energy than other models+Automatic shut off +Digital display 
Reasons to avoid
-Quite heavy (but does come on castors)

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 25L tank.

Despite its size, the Meaco Platinum Dehumidifier is one of the cheaper models on the market to run, using just 330W, making it really cost-effective. You could be saving up to £100 compared with other 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.

Real Homes rating: 5 out of 5 stars

best dehumidifier: electriQ Dehumidifier Portable Low EnergyReal Homes Rated Silver Badge

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2. electriQ Dehumidifier Portable Low Energy

Best home dehumidifier

Specifications
Type: Compressor
Extraction rate: 20L/day
Tank Capacity: 4L
Laundry mode: Yes
Ioniser: Yes
Dimensions: H64 x W42.5 x D29cm
Weight: 13.8kg
Reasons to buy
+Low energy+Air purifier function with UV sterilisation+Anti-dust+Antibacterial tank+Anti-spill+Timer
Reasons to avoid
-Nothing!

Suitable for homes with up to three bedrooms, the electriQ 20L 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.

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.

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.

Real Homes rating: 4 out of 5 stars

best dehumidifier: EcoAir Desiccant Dehumidifier DD1Real Homes Rated Silver Badge

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3. EcoAir Desiccant Dehumidifier DD1

Best desiccant dehumidifier: for the eco-conscious consumer

Specifications
Type: Desiccant
Extraction rate: 7L/day
Tank: 2L
Laundry mode: Yes
Ioniser: No
Dimensions: H48.5 x W29 x D17.5cm
Weight: 6kg
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 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.

Real Homes rating: 4 out of 5 stars

best dehumidifier: Duronic DH05 Mini DehumidifierReal Homes Rated Silver Badge

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4. Duronic DH05 Mini Dehumidifier

Best portable dehumidifier

Specifications
Extraction rate: 0.25L/day
Tank capacity: 0.5L
Laundry mode: No
Ioniser: No
Dimensions: L22 x W154 x H13cm
Weight: 1kg
Reasons to buy
+Very small and lightweight+Cheap+Visible water level+Auto switch off when full
Reasons to avoid
-Can't collect as much water as competitors

A teeny tiny dehumidifier with enough power to remove moisture from a small room or area, the Duronic DH05 Mini Dehumidifier is one for those with the occasional need rather than more frequent humidifier battlers. The machine is suitable for rooms up to 15m2, so could be ideal in a utility room or other small space.

The Duronic Mini has an automatic off switch that activates as soon as the tank is full. This is convenient as you can turn it on and leave it without worrying about checking on its progress. If you come back to a sleeping dehumidifier, then just empty the tank and start again! No wasted electricity.

Though the small dehumidifier certainly can’t claim the same levels of moisture extraction and capacity as others on this list, the budget price tag is a suitable trade-off. The design of the machine also allows you to monitor how much water is in the tank at any one time, so you won’t be caught off guard.

Real Homes rating: 4 out of 5 stars

best dehumidifier: Essentials C10DH19 Dehumidifier

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5. Essentials C10DH19 Dehumidifier

Best dehumidifier under £100

Specifications
Type: Compressor
Extraction rate: 10L
Tank: 1.8L/day
Laundry mode: No
Ioniser: No
Dimensions: W28 x D19 x H47cm
Reasons to buy
+Affordable+Easy-to-use+Portable+Quiet
Reasons to avoid
-Small-ish tank capacity-No laundry mode or air purifier

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 choose the best dehumidifier

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 Meaco Platinum Dehumidifier, with a great 20L extraction rate, energy-efficient running and modern design.

Coming in a close second is the electriQ CD12LE. It’s brilliant for average-sized homes and also consumes less power than some others, as well as featuring a 4L antibacterial tank, timer and other nifty features. 

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Caroline Preece
Caroline Preece

Caroline has been part of the Real Homes ecommerce team in the UK since the start of 2021, after working for the last decade as a journalist across publications in technology, entertainment and more. In her spare time she's usually obsessing about space-saving and DIY hacks for small spaces, and how to affordably make a rental feel like a home.