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Last updated: 04 July 2024


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In hot humid summers and cold wet winters, a dehumidifier can help fix a damp dwelling. We lab test and review dehumidifiers to help you find the best one for your home. 


Most dehumidifiers 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.

We've also partnered with Shop Ethical on this update to show the ratings that the Ethical Consumer Group gives to each company.

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We review both main types of dehumidifier: refrigeration and desiccant. 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.
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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 on these and thermo-electric models.

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      Based on the running cost and water extraction rate in our performance testing, and an electricity cost of 40c/kWh. 

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        • Running cost per hour (cents)
        • Cost to remove 10L of water
        • Water removal score
        • Energy efficiency score
        • Claimed water removal score
        • Ease of use score
        • Size
        • Recommended room size
        • Room heating (W)
        • Power consumption (W)
        • Noise (dBA)
        • Measured tank capacity (to switch-off, L)
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        • Price
        • Type
        • Timer
        • Air filter
        • Laundry mode
        • Humidistat
        • Wheels/castors
        • Cord storage
        • Carry handles
        • Weight (kg)
        • Claimed water removal rate (L/day)
        • Claimed operating temperature range
        • Number of fan speeds
        • Shop Ethical rating
        • Warranty (years)
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