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

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

Pro Breeze 500ml Compact and Portable Mini Air DehumidifierReal Homes Rated Silver Badge

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1. Pro Breeze 500ml Compact and Portable Mini Air Dehumidifier

Best mini dehumidifier

Capacity: 0.8 pints
Removal: 0.54 pints/day
Area size: 215 sqft
Dimensions: 7 x 6 x 11in
Weight: 2.4lbs
Reasons to buy
+Very affordable+Auto shut-off when tank is full
Reasons to avoid
-Will only work in smaller spaces-Small tank capacity-Doesn't work in environments below 41 degrees Fahrenheit 

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

GE 35-Pint Portable Dehumidifier

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2. GE 35-Pint Portable Dehumidifier

Best portable dehumidifier

Capacity: 8.4 pints
Removal: 35 pints/day
Speeds: 3
Humidistat?: Yes
Noise: 50dB
Reasons to buy
+Good extraction rate+Adjustable humidistat+Frost protection+Energy Star certified
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive-Relatively noisy

With hidden wheels and pocket handles, the GE 35-pint portable dehumidifier is ideal for anyone who needs a machine that will work in different environments. This portability, plus the large extraction rate and humidistat, also make it our choice for the best RV dehumidifier.

The digital LED controls on the GE dehumidifier make it easy to work with, and there is a drain hose connection if you want to operate it continuously. Set the humidistat to your desired level, and it will shut off automatically when the 8.4-pint tank is full. You can also set the timer if you only want the dehumidifier running for a certain amount of time.

All of this and it still manages to be Energy Star certified, meaning it's designed to waste less energy than other dehumidifiers.

Insignia 35-Pint Dehumidifier

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3. Insignia 35-Pint Dehumidifier

Best dehumidifier for basement

Capacity: 12.5 pints
Removal: 35 pints/day
Room size: 2000 sqft
Humidistat?: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Huge tank capacity+Good extraction rate+Suitable for large spaces+Energy Star certified
Reasons to avoid

As the dehumidifier on this list that is capable of keeping air moisture at a comfortable level in areas up to 2,000 sqft, we would recommend the Insignia 35-pint dehumidifier for basements or crawl spaces where the job of keeping humidity at bay may be a bigger one.

Capable of removing up to 35 pints of moisture each day, the large 12.5-pink tank will also mean you are emptying much less often. Of course, you can also use the rear hose for continuous drainage if you prefer things to be even more low maintenance, and you can keep the levels just how you want them with the adjustable humidistat.

AIRPLUS 30 Pints Dehumidifier

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4. AIRPLUS 30 Pints Dehumidifier

Best dehumidifier for bathroom

Capacity: 2.6 pints
Removal: 30 pints/day
Room size: 500 sqft
Speeds: 4
Noise: 45dB
Dimensions: 19.6 x 11.7 x 7in
Weight: 23lbs
Reasons to buy
+Four speeds including laundry, sleep and rain modes
Reasons to avoid
-Smaller tank capacity-Noisy-Heavy (though has castors)

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.

Vacplus 1,500 Sq. Ft. Dehumidifier

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5. Vacplus 1,500 Sq. Ft. Dehumidifier

Best quiet dehumidifier

Capacity: 5.2 pints
Removal: 30 pints/day
Room size: 1500 sqft
Noise: 36dB
Humidistat?: Yes
Dimensions: 11.3 x 6.7 x 19.7in
Weight: 20.9lbs
Reasons to buy
+Suitable for large spaces+Timer function+Humidistat
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 30 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.

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.