BrandExpand to view more details.
List of brands we tested in this review.
PriceExpand to view more details.
Recommended or typical retail price.
enter value/s in increments of 1 between 90 and 1800
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.
Cost to remove 10L of water
Based on the running cost and water extraction rate in our performance testing, and an electricity cost of 30c/kWh.
enter value/s in increments of i between 1.7 and 17.87
Shop Ethical rating
Shop Ethical rates the environmental and social impact of the company (not the product) using independent sources. This rating is not included in our total score. N/A means there is no rating for that company
Water removal score
We set up our dehumidifiers in a temperature- and humidity-controlled test chamber. For each model, we measure the amount of water removed during three test runs at different temperature/humidity combinations that reflect humid winter climates (between 8°C and 16°C and 65% to 90% relative humidity). For more details, see our article on how we test dehumidifiers.
enter value/s in increments of i between 3 and 100
Energy efficiency score
This is a comparative rating of the model's energy consumption and how much water it extracts. An efficient model will use less energy but extract more water when compared to other models.
enter value/s in increments of i between 15 and 98
Ease of use score
Our lab testers assess each model for ease of accessing and emptying the water tank, quality of instructions and labels, using the controls, mobility of the unit and ease of cleaning it.
enter value/s in increments of i between 53 and 82
For comparison, a typical conversation is carried out at about 60dB, while city traffic is measured at around 80dB.
enter value/s in increments of i between 41 and 60
A filter on the air intake to prevent dust etc getting into the machine, and to help clear the air in the room.
Wheels or castors can make it easier to move the dehumidifier from room to room, but many are light enough to just pick up and carry.
A Similar model is identical in most aspects except for a few. This means that a majority of its test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested, but for those aspects which aren't identical, we'll note these as "Not Tested" in the Compare tables.
A Tested model refers to a model that is still current and available in the Australian market. You should be able to order this model through your local retailer, or find it online.
These models can't be found in retailers or online or are no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites, or in second hand dealers. Test methods may change over time, so criteria which can't be directly compared will contain an N/A.
An Identical model is exactly that. Performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance.
These are models we haven't yet tested but that are available.
Included in this review
- CHOICE Expert Rating
- 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
- Recommended room size
- Room heating (W)
- Power consumption (W)
- Noise (dBA)
- Measured tank capacity (to switch-off, L)
- Good points
- Bad points
- Air filter
- Laundry mode
- 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)
- Country of origin