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Last updated: 08 July 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 dehumidifier buying guide will help you decide which type you need
  • How we test explains our testing rigour and scoring method.
  • More information about shopping links is below.
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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.

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.

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