Best dehumidifier: the best home dehumidifiers to eliminate damp air and condensation

The best dehumidifiers to keep your home mold and moisture-free, from Eco Air, Pro Breeze and more

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best dehumidifier: Pro Breeze Electric Dehumidifer
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As the seasons change, the hot and cold weather brings about many issues for our homes. One of the most annoying might be the persistent mold, damp air, and resulting bacteria that many houses have to deal with.

One solution is one of the best dehumidifiers, preventing these 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 top 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.

And you're interested in improving the air quality in your home even further, take a look at our guide to the best air purifiers available right now.

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

 The best dehumidifiers 2021

best dehumidifier: EcoAir Desiccant Dehumidifier DD1Real Homes Rated Silver Badge

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1. EcoAir Desiccant Dehumidifier DD1

Best desiccant dehumidifier

Extraction rate: 12.2 pints/day
Capacity: 2.9 pints
Noise: from 34dB
Dimensions: 6.8 x 11.4 x 19in
Weight: 13.2lbs
Reasons to buy
+Lightweight+Quiet+Laundry mode
Reasons to avoid
-Higher energy consumption-Smaller tank capacity and extraction rate

Want peace of mind and a damp-free home? Then, 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. In addition, 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: Pro Breeze Electric DehumidifierReal Homes Rated Silver Badge

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2. Pro Breeze Electric Dehumidifier

Best dehumidifier for small spaces

Extraction rate: 0.46 pints/day
Capacity: 0.8 pints
Area size: 150 sq ft
Dimensions: 7 x 6 x 11in
Weight: 2.3lbs
Reasons to buy
+Easy emptying+Small and lightweight+Affordable
Reasons to avoid
-Won't work below 41-degrees Fahrenheit-Small tank

Perfect for smaller spaces like laundry rooms, the Pro Breeze Electric Dehumidifier is a compact option that works best in areas up to 215 sq ft. Despite its size, the machine will collect around 9oz moisture per day, making it more than capable of pleasing occasional users. 

When the 16oz water tank is full, the dehumidifier will automatically shut off, and the design makes it super simple to remove the tank and empty it. The only caveat is that - as with a lot of mini dehumidifiers - it won't work in cold temperatures below 41-degrees, so it might not be the best choice for those living in colder parts of the country.

Real Homes rating: 4 out of 5 stars

best dehumidifier: Vacplus Dehumidifier

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3. Vacplus Dehumidifier

Best dehumidifier for basements

Extraction rate: 60 pints/day
Capacity: 5.2 pints
Dimensions: 24.6 x 15.6 x 10.8in
Weight: 26.8lbs
Reasons to buy
+Humidity sensor+Four modes including laundry+High extraction rate
Reasons to avoid
-Bulky and heavy (though it has wheels for easier movement)

Specifically designed for basements and similar areas of the home, the Vacplus Dehumidifier removes up to 60 pints of moisture from the air per day with four separate modes of operation, including 'rain,' 'dry' and sleep. The first sets humidity in the environment to the optimal level of 45%, while the second initiates continuous running for when you're trying to dry laundry.

The biggest plus of the Vacplus offering is its built-in humidity sensor. For those who have trouble remembering to turn their tech and devices on and off, the sensor will automatically alter the dehumidifier's mode depending on how much moisture it detects in the air.

best dehumidifier: TaoTronics Dehumidifier

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4. TaoTronics Dehumidifier

Best dehumidifier under $300

Extraction rate: 50 pints/day
Capacity: 10.5 pints
Area size: 4500 sq ft
Dimensions: 15.4 x 11.1 x 24.3in
Weight: 41.7lbs
Reasons to buy
+Humidity sensor+Option to connect hose for easy drainage+Visible water level
Reasons to avoid
-No laundry mode-Heavy

Making it easier than ever to keep humidity levels in the optimum range, the TaoTronics dehumidifier for large rooms boasts a temperature sensor that automatically keeps things within the comfortable 45-55% parameters. Capable of collecting up to 50 pints of moisture a day, you can just leave it to do its thing.

It's energy-efficient compared to some other models. Still, there's also an on/off timer that allows you to set it how you want it - handy if you want your dehumidifier to run overnight. When the 6L tank is full, it will power down and light up to prompt you to empty.

best dehumidifier: AIRPLUS 30 Pints Dehumidifier

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5. AIRPLUS 30 Pints Dehumidifier

Best dehumidifier for medium spaces

Extraction rate: 30 pints/day
Capacity: 2.6 pints
Area size: up to 215 sq ft
Dimensions: 21.5 x 13.5 x 9in
Weight: 23.1lbs
Reasons to buy
+Four modes including laundry
Reasons to avoid
-Small tank capacity

Despite not packing as much power as other dehumidifiers on this list, the AIRPLUS is a brilliant mid-range option for those with average-sized homes they want to take care of. Large enough to do its job in a basement or other large areas but relatively compact, it's lightweight enough to be moved around to wherever it's needed.

The dehumidifier also boasts four separate modes, including one quiet enough for night-time running, one for optimal humidity levels, and one for drying laundry. So just pop it by your damp clothes and watch it cut the time it takes from washing to putting away cut down significantly.

How to choose the best dehumidifier for your home

best dehumidifier: TaoTronics Dehumidifier

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Why do I need a 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 dampness begin to build. This is where a dehumidifier helps prevent this from happening and removes excess water from the air to help dry your clothes.

How does a dehumidifier work?

The way that dehumidifiers remove unwanted moisture from the air varies. For compressor models, the air is taken in through a filter and coils inside. The cold temperature of these coils converts the moist air into water, which is then deposited into the tank. Desiccant dehumidifiers, meanwhile, take in the moisture via an absorbent, which the machine then heats to convert into water.

Do dehumidifiers cool rooms?

Dehumidifiers do not work the same as air conditioners, which often also operate as a dehumidifier. Confused?

As stated above, compressor dehumidifiers use their interior components' temperature to operate, so it's actually beneficial for them to be put to work in warmer spaces. This means that there is more contrast between the temperature of the air and the colder temperature of the coils that the dehumidifier uses to convert moisture into water.

What type of dehumidifier should I get?

Not to be confused with a humidifier, which does the opposite of a dehumidifier and adds moisture to the air in your home, you can buy two different types of dehumidifier—first, a compressor (sometimes known as a refrigerant) or second, a desiccant. Compressors can remove a more significant 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 US, you can aim for one that extracts between 1.5-4 pints a day.

The tank size of the products on our list vary. 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, opt for a dehumidifier with a dedicated laundry mode. It’ll work with the additional humidity caused by your wet clothes and reduce the time it takes for your clothes to dry. Win-win?

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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.