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Last updated: 15 March 2019

In hot humid summers and cold wet winters, a dehumidifier can help fix a damp home. We lab test and review dehumidifiers to help you find the best one for your home. Our buying guide will help you decide which type you need, and how we test explains our testing rigour and scoring method.

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We review both main types of dehumidifier; refrigeration and dessicant. Our review will help you decide:

  • what to buy
  • which dehumidifiers are best at removing water
  • which are the most energy efficient
  • which are the easiest to use.

Most can perform well enough in hot humid conditions, but our rigorous testing sorts out which ones operate best in challenging cold conditions. We measure their real water removal rate and how much they'll cost you to run.

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    Desiccant models use a disc or belt of moisture-absorbing material to dry the air. Refrigeration models use refrigeration coils, similar to a fridge or air conditioner, to cool the air and condense the moisture out. See our buying guide for more information.

      Claimed water removal rate (L/day)

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      The rate claimed at 30-32°C and 80% relative humidity.

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      • Overall score
      • Recommended
      • Running cost per hour (cents)
      • Power cost to remove 10L of water
      • Water removal score
      • Energy efficiency score
      • Ease of use score
      • Room heating (W)
      • Power consumption (W)
      • Noise (dB)
      • Measured tank capacity (to switch-off, L)
      • Good points
      • Bad points
      • Price
      • Brand
      • Model
      • Status
      • Type
      • Timer
      • Air filter
      • Humidistat
      • Wheels/castors
      • Cord storage
      • Carry handles
      • Weight (kg)
      • Claimed water removal rate (L/day)
      • Claimed operating temperature range (°C)
      • Number of fan speeds
      • Country of origin
      • Contact


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