Best dehumidifier: Eliminate damp air and condensation this summer

The best dehumidifiers to keep your home mould and moisture-free, from Meaco, electriQ and more

best dehumidifier: Pro Breeze Electric Dehumidifer
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As the seasons change and with it the weather, warmer or colder conditions inevitably bring out a whole host of issues for our homes. One of the most bothersome is persistent mold, damp air and the resulting bacteria that so many homeowners and renters alike have to deal with.

The best solution to this age-old problem is a dehumidifier, which can prevent these kinds of problems from building up and wreaking havoc in the first place. The best dehumidifiers can solve other issues, too, such as significantly cutting the time it takes to air dry laundry or even purifying the air as they take in moisture.

We've taken a look at some of the best dehumidifiers out there right now, ranking them based on elements such as capacity, design and any extra features that make them worth parting with your cash.

Scroll down to see what we thought as well as some further advice on choosing your dehumidifier.

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 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

Specifications
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
+Can work in freezing temperatures+Quiet+Easy to transport
Reasons to avoid
-Small tank

Our top choice for the best dehumidifier, the EcoAir DD122FW Desiccant Dehumidifier is a compact option that's easy to carry from room to room, quiet enough to have on in the background, and powerful enough to make up for its smaller size.

The machine's tank capacity is 2.9 pints and it has an extraction rate of 12.2 pints/day. Don't worry about it overflowing, though, as there is a handy indicator that alerts you when the tank is full, as well as an auto-shut off feature that eliminates the risk of leakage.

On the lowest setting the dehumidifier will only make noise at around 34dB and, with a power consumption on the lower end of the scale, it's also one for the eco-conscious to consider. It promises no harmful gases will be emitted, and the filter actually kills bacteria as soon as it enters the machine.

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

Specifications
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. The only caveat is that - as with a lot of mini dehumidifiers - it won't work in cold temperatures below 41-degrees so 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

Specifications
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

Specifications
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 collected 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, but there's also an on/off timer that allows you to set it how you want it - especially useful 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

Specifications
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 in size, 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. Just pop it by your damp clothes and watch it cut the time it takes from washing to putting away cut down significantly.

best dehumidifier: TaoTronics Dehumidifier

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What is the purpose of a dehumidifier?

Poor ventilation is the main reason for purchasing a dehumidifier. The majority of households regularly use the shower or bath, or 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 around the home, then condensation and damp begins to build and this is where dehumidifiers come in, removing excess moisture from the air and even help dry your clothes. 

What type of dehumidifier should I get?

Not to be confused with a humidifier, which does the opposite to a dehumidifier by adding 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 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, 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?

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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.