Keeping your home’s humidity under control is about more than comfort—it can help keep you healthy by staving off mold, mildew, and the problems they can cause, such as allergic reactions and respiratory issues. That’s where dehumidifiers come in. Unsure whether you need one? Check for excess condensation, musty smells and other tell-tale signs before buying.
The main things you need to consider when choosing a humidifier are how large your home is and how damp the air is. The most common... dehumidifier capacities are 30, 50 and 70 pints, which refers to how much water the unit can remove from the air in 24 hours. Even 30-pint units are often suitable for moderately damp spaces up to 2,500 square feet, but wet or extremely wet spaces of that size will be better served by a 50-pint unit, according to the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers. Larger 70-pint units are better for bigger homes or spaces.
One particular feature to watch for is whether a dehumidifier allows continuous draining, which means you won’t have to constantly empty the unit’s water tank. Some will come with a hose that allows this, while others will require one separately.
Whatever your needs, here are seven dehumidifiers that should be equal to the task.
01 of 07
For most people, a 30-pint humidifier will do the job well. Unless you are living in super swampy conditions and have a large, multilevel house, you won't necessarily need a huge machine. This model from Frigidaire will dehumidify up to roughly 1,500 square feet, so most people will be covered.
The unit will shut off automatically when the water tank is almost full — no worrying about it overfilling and malfunctioning – and it also has an alert so that you can empty the tank before that... happens. Don’t want to worry about that at all? There’s a continuous draining option, too. It is low-temperature optimized and will do just fine down to 41 degrees, making it ideal for a frigid basement or another space that might not be fully heated.
The tank is easy to empty, and casters and top and side handles make it easy to move around your home or apartment. And the six-foot cord and optional hose make it easy to position and empty in your home. Reviews have been mostly positive, though there are some durability complaints with some users reporting error codes.
02 of 07
For anyone who wants a bit more powerful dehumidifier, consider this one from Friedrich. The Energy-Star rated appliance has all the standard features of a dehumidifier, along with a built-in pump that means you won't have to drain the tank yourself. Instead there's a 15-foot hose that will pump out and drain the water continuously. This is an important feature if you live somewhere that you need to leave your dehumidifier running for an extended period of time.
You can set your desired... humidity level—anywhere from 30 percent to 90 percent—and this model will work in temperatures as low as 41 degrees Fahrenheit.
A few reviewers have complained of noise problems or that the condenser and temperature sensor are too close together, but other than that, most buyers have been satisfied.
03 of 07
Capacity is the main thing that differentiates dehumidifiers, but the Black and Decker BDT70PWT Portable Dehumidifier boasts a feature that sets it apart from most other models: An internal pump that can push water out, even when the included draining hose must be placed vertically. It also has a 70-pint capacity that means it can dry out the largest spaces.
The BDT70PWT has three fan speeds, one more than many dehumidifiers, as well as an all-electronic control panel with separate modes for... bedrooms, living spaces, and basements. There are full-bucket and filter alerts, castors to make moving the unit easier, and an included hose for continuous draining. Most reviewers say it’s fairly quiet, especially for a larger dehumidifier, and rave that it does an effective job in even very damp spaces.
04 of 07
Buyers fighting excess moisture in smaller spaces don’t need to overspend. Reviewers say the Eva-Dry Electric Petite Dehumidifier does an admirable job reducing humidity in laundry rooms, bathrooms, and even RVs. Though this unit holds only a pint of water at a time, users like how compact it is and don’t mind emptying the tank frequently.
At its low price, the Eva-Dry doesn’t boast a lot of extra features. It has a simple on-off button, a full-tank indicator and an automatic shutoff. And thanks... to its small size, it can sit on a counter or in the most storage-challenged corner. Most reviewers say noise from the unit’s small fan is negligible, but warn that it’s underpowered for any damp space larger than a small bedroom. Others wish this dehumidifier could continuously drain itself since the small tank may fill up fast.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
05 of 07
There’s no such thing as a silent dehumidifier, but the Bionaire PureQuiet Dehumidifier is specially engineered for quiet operation under 45 decibels—akin to the hum of a refrigerator, the company says. That makes it ideal for bedrooms, where light sleepers need a unit that won’t keep them awake at night. The PureQuiet is available in 45- and 25-pint versions, though the latter should be more than ample for an average bedroom.
The 25-pint PureQuiet has easy-to-use dial controls, a variable... humidistat and temperature sensor, automatic shutoff, and automatic defrost. It includes a hose for continuous draining, and casters ease the process of moving it from room to room. Owners say it works quickly and effectively, and most agree that it delivers on its promises of quiet operation. Several also say it’s easier on the eyes than many dehumidifiers, allowing it to blend better in their homes.
06 of 07
Dehumidifiers aren’t necessarily known for innovative or attractive design, but the Swiss-designed Stadler Form Albert aims to change that with its sleek casing, gently rounded edges and side-mount display. It can remove about 43 pints of moisture per day, making it ideal for most medium-size homes and spaces.
Features on the Albert include three speeds, a dimmable LED display, 24-hour timer, hidden casters and a night mode for use in bedrooms. It also has an integrated hygrometer that... automatically measures humidity and lets users set their ideal target. The unit includes a hose for those who prefer continuous draining to manually emptying the water tank. Most users say this dehumidifier is among the quietest you can buy, and they love the sleek look. However, a few say quality control is inconsistent and cast doubt on the hygrometer’s accuracy.
07 of 07
Buyers with moisture issues in larger homes can’t go wrong with the Frigidaire FAD954DWD Dehumidifier, reviewers say. This 95-pint unit should be able to easily tame humidity in spaces over 2,500 square feet. It also gets experts’ top marks for water removal. The only drawback with this model is that it isn’t Energy Star certified. However, Frigidaire has several other models that are, but they are better suited for smaller spaces.
The FAD954DWD has electronic controls with an LED display,... full-tank and filter alerts, automatic shutoff and two fan speeds. Top handles, side handles and casters make moving it from room to room easy, and it continuously drains with a hose attached. It also has an extra-long, 6-foot power cord, as the unit can’t be used with extension cords. Experts give it good marks for quiet operation, and most owners agree that it’s a solid pick for the noise-sensitive. Some users say durability leaves something to be desired, though most report no issues. Like the smaller units made by Frigidaire, it may underperform in colder spaces, experts say.
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