Nobody likes to be in a damp room where the walls and ceilings are slowly getting gobbled up by molds, where the musty odor tortures the olfactory nerves and sweating won’t stop even with the AC on.
That’s exactly what happens when the indoor Relative Humidity soars up. The ideal RH for any home should be about 30-50%. Anything higher than that will slowly turn your home sweet home into a cheaper version of purgatory. We don’t want that, do we?
To prevent our homes from turning into a living hell in highly humid weather, we could invest in a dehumidifier. The ideal dehumidifier for your room should have adequate energy performance (that is the amount of water it removes from the air) for the size of your rooms.
Keeping all the key factors in mind, our team has scoured the web and narrowed down your options to 10 best dehumidifiers for every budget group. Without any further ado, here is the list and the individual review of each model:
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It is one of our top-selling mid-range dehumidifiers that steals a freaking ton of moisture away from air in every 6 to 6.5 hours. It sports a minimalistic design that will easily blend with the decor of any house, basement, or office space.
The unit is quite bulky but you don’t have to worry about it as it comes with big wheels and handles to help you drag it from one place to another without hurting your back muscles. Apart from fighting the growth of mold and mildew, its powerful filters also keep dust mites, allergens, and certain pathogens to a minimum.
So if you have sick people, kids or pets in the house, hOmeLabs dehumidifier is your safest bet.
The filter needs to be cleaned only once a month with a damp cloth. The other parts like the tank and base are also easily washable. The unit lets you fine-tune the operation using the left/right buttons on the control panel. Or you could just let it run its default Continuous Mode and forget about it.
Speaking of forgetting about things, you can connect a standard hose to its built-in drain outlet and let the collected water go straight into your drain system. Please note that this model doesn’t have a built-in pump.
It would be a blasphemy to make a list of the best dehumidifiers of 2020 and not mention this brand. Frigidaire is one of the most revered dehumidifier brands out there. This model will leave your basement, small bedrooms and closet smell fresh and mold-free during the most humid days of the year.
If you have larger rooms to dehumidify, you can go for either the 50 pint or 70-pint models. Coming to this specific model, like all 30-pint dehumidifiers, this one is also ideal for rooms up to 1500 sq. feet. It does not have a built-in pump. Therefore, you have to employ the gravity draining mechanism by placing the drain a couple of feet below the hose connector.
If you’re going to use the continuous drainage system, a standard 1.5 feet garden hose (which needs to be purchased separately) will easily get the job done. And if you wish to empty the 1.2L tank manually, that’s super easy as well due to its convenient positioning at the top of the unit.
Similar to any dehumidifier worth its salt, Frigidaire FAD301NWD shuts its compressor off once it reaches the target humidity level. In the newer models, the fan switches off a few seconds after the compressor shuts down. Once it’s done running its full cycle, the room RH level can take a drop from a whopping 80% to 50% or less.
This machine will operate optimally in warmer temperature zones. The lowest it can handle is 65 degrees F. Anything lower than that will freeze up easily.
Those who are on the fence about going for Vremi, you have our assurance. From ergonomically sound design with wheels for easy portability to nearly flawless moisture-reduction ability, this model scores high in every department. Its energy-star rating will let you save up a big chunk of money on your monthly electricity bills.
If you are going for the continuous drainage option, we’d suggest buying a 5/8 inch pipe for best results. Like all quality dehumidifiers, this one also shuts off automatically when the bucket is full, to prevent overflowing. The powerful filters purify the surrounding air by minimizing allergens, pollens, dust, and several other harmful airborne particles. The filters are easily accessible and washable (which needs to be done once a month only). It also features auto-defrost to keep the coils smoothly functioning in cold climates.
This is a set-it-and-forget-it device that requires minimal supervision to get the job done. You can either let it run all day in its default continuous operation mode or set the target humidity level and timer with the help of its swift Ready-select electronic controls. This machine’s moisture removal ability is incredible, to say the least. You will be able to feel the dryness in about 5 minutes after you turn it on.
This unit is specifically designed to operate in cold climates (below 41 degree F) as it includes an auto-defrost option. It also comes with a drain adapter to make continuous drainage setup easy for you. And if you want to manually empty the bucket, that’s super easy too. The unit will alert you when the bucket is full and the tank’s convenient top-load placement allows for easy access.
This dehumidifier is one of the most powerful moisture-sucking machines we have come across in our research. If your room RH level remains 60% or above, let this beast run for 12 hours and it will grab almost 1.6 gallons of water from the indoor air. In 755 humidity, the tank could be full in roughly 6.5 hours.
The compressor will shut off and the machine will go in standby mode once your preset humidity level is met. It will turn back on when the RH level goes up again. This means the indoor air quality will be at its peak all day long.
That should give you a basic idea of its impeccable dehumidifying abilities. The 30-pint version works great for 1500-1600 sq.ft spaces with very high relative humidity. You can always go for larger models for larger spaces. We loved the fact that the unit alerts you when the reservoir is full and also when the filters require cleaning, leaving no room for guesswork.
Here’s another energy-star certified model available in 3 variants (30-pint, 50-pint, and 70-pint) to meet your dehumidifying needs. It is also one of the quietest models on our list, making it perfect for reading rooms, office spaces, and children’s rooms. If you want to make your life easier by not dealing with manual tank emptying or adjusting the settings, TOSOT has got you covered.
From continuous drainage using a standard 3/4 inch female garden hose connection to 24-hours cycle, this device has all the bells and whistles you’ll ever need to maintain optimal indoor humidity. Brownie points for turning itself back on and reset to your last chosen settings automatically after a power outage.
We would like to note that while the 30-pint model is rated for 1500 sq. ft rooms, if your area is prone to constant rainfall or high humidity in summer or you have very high ceilings, go for a bigger size for optimal results.
At number 8, we have another budget-friendly model that really shines in ultra hot and humid climates. It has an auto-defrost option too which makes it equally ideal for cold regions (below 41 degrees F). This moisture-glutton can operate in 90% RH for years without a hitch.
Its built-in humidistat is surprisingly accurate for the price and the washable filters keep the indoor air hygiene at optimum level all the time. Key features include auto shut-off when the unit meets the target humidity level. Then it goes to the stand-by mode and restarts on its own when the RH level starts shooting up again.
You can either let the machine run the 24-hour cycle or adjust the humidity level (between 30-80%) and timer using the nifty control panel and LCD display. This is one of the only two dehumidifiers on our list that comes with a hose connector (5.65 feet) for continuous draining. If that’s not value for money, we are not sure what is!
This 70-pint beast is an ideal fit for spacious bedrooms, office areas, stock rooms, cellars, and libraries of up to 4500 sq.ft. The sleek machine sports a cool screen touch control panel that has all the options for programming target humidity level, auto on/off and operation timings. And if you just want to let the machine take care of all these on its own, just switch on the Humidity Auto Control mode.
Its smart sensors will fine-tune the humidity level based on the current RH level and temperature. To baby proof the dehumidifier, the unit integrates a “Child Lock” button that needs to be pressed for 2 seconds to activate. For further security, the interior components are built from thermal-resistant materials.
Not just that, it employs overheating and overflow protection along with audio alerts when the tank is full. To sum up, it is one of the safest dehumidifiers you can buy if you have children and pets at home.
This 30-pint moisture-eating little monster is one of our favorite portable dehumidifiers for lots of reasons. To begin with, this bad boy is priced quite reasonably, considering the number and quality of features it has to offer.
From defrost mode to safeguard your machine in low temperatures to auto/manual drainage, manual humidity level adjustment (35-85%) it comes with everything you’d expect from a regular-sized, top-notch dehumidifier.
This machine is best fit for small 1500 sq.ft bedrooms, libraries, basement, kitchen and closet, due to its compact size. If you’d prefer using the gravity drain function, you will need a standard ½ inch garden hose. For the pump drain, we’d suggest going for a 5 mm pipe hose. Or, you could just manually empty the bucket once the unit has run its full 24-hour cycle.
This unit has a power output of 740 watts and the tank can hold max 4L of water. The unit will shut itself off on its own once the target is full and/or your target humidity level is met. It offers two operating modes: one for quick drying and one for energy-conservation if you’re dealing with frequent power cuts.
You can keep track of the water capacity and current room humidity level. We got to admit that the readings are quite on-point for a low-budget model like this. You can program the machine to run its course for a specific number of hours and fine-tune the fan speed. We loved the fact that the unit remembers your previously chosen settings. The dehumidifier is just as loud as normal human conversation, so it won’t come in your way while you’re sleeping or trying to read a book. Bonus points for the handles on the device for easy portability.
Vacplus is a smart and sensible dehumidifier that aims to keep the indoor air quality comfortable and hygienic all day long completely on its own. It offers 4 operating modes (standard, raining, drying and sleep). You can program the device remotely from any corner of your home using the included Wi-Fi remote. You just have to download the Tuyasmart app and voila! You can tweak the settings using your smartphone.
If you don’t want to fiddle with the settings all the time, let the smart humidity sensors of Vacplus take care of everything. Its top-mounted LED display constantly shows the current RH level. The unit can adjust its settings depending on the present condition of the room.
The max input power of this device is 260w. For a 50-pint mega moisture monster, its power consumption is quite reasonable. We would highly recommend this dehumidifier for master bedrooms, laundry rooms and large spaces with high ceilings in extremely hot and humid climate zones.
So that was our take of the best dehumidifiers of various capacities and capabilities in various budget groups. If any of the models matches the parameters you had in mind, don’t wait up. Finding a decent dehumidifier is becoming increasingly difficult these days due to the surge of misleading information and reviews.
Our research team put a lot of effort to handpick reliable models with great ratings and trustworthy user reviews. We work hard not only because it’s our job but also because we feel proud somebody ends up with the right product with our help. Let’s hope we managed to do the same for you. That’s all for today and good luck with your purchase!