Dehumidifiers – such wonderful and essential devices, yet so confusing for a lot of people. And that’s kind of understandable – if you have never owned a dehumidifier before then researching about their many features, options and differences can be tiresome and off-putting, let alone being able to easily identify the best one.
If you struggle through the initial confusion, however, with the best dehumidifiers available you can literally improve the whole atmosphere in your home. You can get rid of the mold, mildew, allergens, algae and any unpleasant and heavy odors and moisture. This is great for storage spaces like attics, garages and others, as well as for living rooms. Because this is such a popular topic, we've covered basement and crawl space dehumidifiers in a seperate article.
To help you get there we’ve produced a lot of how-to articles and product reviews, including this one. Below we’ve listed the 5 best dehumidifiers on the market, at least in our humble opinion. We’ve divided them by their size so that you have an option for any situation. If you want to see more great options for a particular size category, we have other reviews for several other popular sizes of dehumidifier which we will link to below.
And if you don’t know exactly what size of dehumidifier you need, that’s probably where we should start from:
The size of the dehumidifier is categorized by how many pints of water it can draw from the air within a 24 hour time period. A 70 pint dehumidifier draws 70 pints of moisture, while a 30 pint dehumidifier draws 30 pints. 1 pint is equal to 0.125 gallons and 0.47 liters.
In terms of how many pints correspond to how many square feet of physical space, this is a bit trickier to calculate since the level of moisture in the air can vary considerably.
Generally speaking this is how pints and footage correlate:
Once you’ve figured out what size and power dehumidifier you need, the main first step is done. After that comes a simple choice of quality as well as a choice of what additional features and functions you need and like. Different dehumidifiers have different size water containers, they have different options for continuous drainage, they have different energy efficiency, use different refrigerants, have different control displays, and so on. A lot of these features are a matter of personal, subjective choice, while others are objectively great to have.
Take a look at the 5 choices below and you will get an idea of which is the best dehumidifier on the market right now. If anything catches your eye – great, we’ll be happy to have helped! If you want more options, check our other product lists and reviews as well.
Frigidaire make a start to our list with their Energy Star awarded portable dehumidifier. This model has a great removable water bucket that will hold 12 pints of water. The dehumidifier also has an adjustable humidity range that goes from 30% to 90% of relative humidity.
There’s also an auto shutoff function that stops the dehumidifier when the water container is full, an auto reset function in case of a power outage, and an auto defrost function to protect against ice build-up on the inside. There are two additional drainage options - manual or continuous and there is an included drainage hose too.
We've said it before and we'll say it again. Frigidaire make some of the best dehumidifiers you will come across.
The 40 pint dehumidifier we have for you here is a great model from Whynter. This model operates with ease at low temperatures, making it a great choice for your basement or garage, as long as the temperature there don't fall below 40°F. That isn’t the only reason you should buy it, however, since it operates very quietly and is almost certain not to disturb you at home either.
The maximum power consumption is 580W / 3.8A and the air flow works at 245m3/h / 144 CFM. As a result, this model is a very efficient machine that won’t let you down. It also has a 2 in 1 silver-coated washable pre-filter combo and 2 fan speeds. This dehumidifier is small and light, which, together with its great castor wheels and handles makes it easy to move.
The water reservoir on this model is a little more fiddly than it needs to be but this minor shortcoming can be overcome. Here are some of the pros and cons of the Whynter 40 Pint Dehumidifier:
To change things up, here we have hOmeLabs and their 50 pint model. This dehumidifier is a highly effective and efficient device. Not only that, but It is also quieter than most other humidifiers, and is very suitable for your living space.
This model also has a very user friendly design and is quite easy to move around even though it isn’t actually as light as other similar dehumidifiers of the same power class. As far as the electronic display goes, it is simple and a joy to use. It has an auto restart, an auto shutoff and an auto defrost function. These make sure that the dehumidifier always works as and when you want it to and you don’t need to worry about internal freezing, the water bucket overflowing or the dehumidifier needing to be restarted after a power outage.
There is also a level indicator that will help you manage the water tank without a problem. The fact that the water tank is very easy to operate is a great plus as well. Of course, there is also the continuous drainage option for when you don’t want to bother with the water bucket.
This model has two different operating speeds – Normal and Turbo. There are also two drainage options which complement the onboard water bucket. Both the gravity drain function and the continuous drainage function are quite useful. The water bucket itself is very easy to operate and empty, thanks to the wide opening and side handles. This model works comfortably at temperatures as low as 41°F and has an auto defrost feature, making it great for storage spaces such as garages and attics.
The air filter lasts for 250 hours and is reusable and washable. What’s more is that the dehumidifier’s dimensions are 10.8 x 15.4 x 23.2 inches, making it very easily portable.
Here are some of the pros and cons of the GARRISON 60 Pint Dehumidifier:
Frigidaire make another appearance here too, to bring our list to a close. Their powerful 70 pint dehumidifier is something truly special and will easily rid your home of any bacteria, mold, mildew, allergens, odors and unwanted moisture from the air. It also has a very user-friendly electronic display and a digital humidity readout.
Low temperatures are not a problem for this model as it is very comfortable working at temperatures as low as 41°F. This makes it great for any unheated spaces such as a cellar, a shed, an attic or a storage space, as well as for your home. For such a powerful model, it is not too heavy and it’s easily movable.
This size category is the largest that most people need, even for the most spacious of environments. What better product to fill said environment than the best dehumidifier of this size that money can buy.
And there you have them – the 5 best dehumidifiers on the market right now in our experience. If we had to pick one, we are partial towards the Frigidaire brand which has topped several of our other reviews, however, the other options are amazing picks as well.
Plus, they are of different sizes so if you have an idea of what size your home or storage space needs and want to see more suggestions, check out some of our other size-separated lists.