The Best Dehumidifiers: Your Key To Humidity-Free Living & Mould Prevention

From damp walls to mould, tackle your humidity problems with ease with our handpicked selection of dehumidifiers.
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Dehumidifiers are extremely useful machines that we use a lot during house renovations (as shown in the image above where plaster needed a helping hand to dry) and for some of our tenants who are suffering from dampness and mould issues.

In terms of how they work, they remove moisture by drawing air into the machine and draining any collected moisture into a tank. Depending on your requirements and if you intend to run it throughout the day, there are many models to choose from. From a small dehumidifier to a powerful refrigerant-based machine, there are plenty of dehumidifiers at your disposal.

To assist you in selecting a dehumidifier, our handpicked selection lists top-performing machines, chosen based on our first-hand experience removing moisture in various applications. Our testing and up-to-date research further ensure the quality of our recommendations.

Meaco Platinum Ultra Low Energy Dehumidifier
Best Overall: Meaco Platinum Ultra Low Energy Dehumidifier
Pro Breeze Digital Dehumidifier
Best Value: Pro Breeze® Digital Dehumidifier
EcoAir DD122 Desiccant Dehumidifier
Best Desiccant: EcoAir DD122 Dehumidifier
Meaco MeacoDry ABC Range Dehumidifier
Best Quiet: Meaco MeacoDry ABC Range Dehumidifier
Pro Breeze Small Dehumidifier
Best Small: Pro Breeze 500 Dehumidifier

How The DIY Works Team Tests & Rates Dehumidifiers

Dehumidifiers are versatile tools that can be used to prevent dampness and mould or even dry your clothes. With such as vast selection of models to choose from, we’ve had the pleasure of testing multiple and many of the models we tested certainly excelled in certain scenarios.

However, as we are a DIY-based website, we were mostly interested in machines that could handle tough working conditions and provided extensive performance to tackle lots of condensation and humidity.

During our ongoing testing, we analyse the dehumidifier’s performance, noise output, automation/sensors, usability, energy efficiency, portability and digital display.

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Examples of our testing include the Meaco machine as shown in the image above (one of our top-rated machines in this article). We use this machine regularly when a powerful dehumidifier is required in areas that have high humidity. However, as shown in the images below, our “rough and ready” dehumidifier is used in tougher working conditions. From using the machine for just a few hours in a freshly plastered room, we were able to collect a significant amount of water in the tank.

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To keep up our commitment to reviewing and testing the latest dehumidifiers (for this article), we are continually testing the latest offerings from top brands. This means that when we notice a brand has released a new and improved dehumidifier, we will attempt to buy it and put it to the test (where applicable).

As well as our testing and experience using multiple dehumidifiers, we also based our recommendations on the latest research and several factors. Some of the factors that we considered included the machine’s performance, ease of use, noise output, additional functionality, energy efficiency, design, supplied hardware, warranty and value.

The Best Dehumidifiers

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1. Best Overall: Meaco Platinum Ultra Low Energy Dehumidifier

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Meaco are one of the most popular dehumidifier brands in the UK and produce a wide range of models. This Platinum model is their flagship dehumidifier that is suitable for mid to large homes.

A standout feature of this dehumidifier is that it runs at only 270 watts, which allows you to keep it running all day to remove up to 25 litres of moisture per day.

Pros
  • Removes up to 25 litres per day
  • Highly efficient DC motor
  • Choice of four fan speeds
  • Top fan speed of 280m³/hour
  • Noise output between 42 to 50 dB (depending on mode)
  • High air flow rate and energy efficient compressor
Cons
  • Relatively expensive when compared to the alternatives

From drying your clothes to general dehumidification within your home, the Meaco Platinum ticks all the boxes. The low energy DC motor is very efficient and it even has its very own laundry mode for drying out your clothes faster too.

2. Best Value: Pro Breeze® Digital Dehumidifier

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The Pro Breeze® dehumidifier is a highly rated option that offers excellent value for the money. In terms of its performance, it removes up to 20 litres of water per day and runs at a low energy consumption level when compared to similar priced alternatives. It also features a built-in humidity sensor, which automatically adjusts to conserve energy. This means that you can set the desired room humidity between 30 and 50% and allow it to get to work.

Pros
  • Remove 20 litres of water per day
  • Automatic humidity sensor
  • 5.5 litre water tank
  • Supplied with a continuous drainage hose
  • Four wheels for extra portability
  • Built-in 24 hour timer
  • Digital LED display
Cons
  • Quite loud at 60 dB

Overall, the Pro Breeze dehumidifier is a compact, modern and futuristic option that can be controlled using the digital display. Although slightly noisy, it offers the best value for the money and excellent performance.

3. Best Desiccant: EcoAir DD122 Dehumidifier

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The EcoAir DD122 is a desiccant dehumidifier that is eco-friendly and has no noisy compressor unlike the refrigerant based units. Depending upon your requirements, you also have the choice of a maximum energy saving economy mode or a rapid dehumidification option known as the turbo mode.

In terms of its performance, it’s able to remove up to 7 litres of moisture and operate with a noise output of just 34 dB.

Pros
  • Removes up to 7 litres of water per day
  • Lightweight design at just 6 KG
  • Noise output of 34 dB
  • Includes a two year warranty
  • Supplied with a 1 metre continuous hose
Cons
  • Doesn't remove as much water as the standard alternatives

To conclude, the EcoAir DD122 is an excellent all-round desiccant dehumidifier that is compact, quiet and provides great performance for its size. Compared to similar priced alternatives, the brand state that the desiccant wheel will not require recharging or replacement.

4. Best Quiet: Meaco MeacoDry ABC Range Dehumidifier

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Another high performing dehumidifier by Meaco is the MeacoDry model. Unlike the premium Platinum alternative, this model is far more affordable and is available in several colours to best suit your preferences.

The brand state that this dehumidifier is the quietest compressor based unit on the market. When used in a low fan speed, it produces 35 dB of noise and just 40 dB when using the most powerful fan speed setting.

Pros
  • Removes 12 litres per day
  • Noise output between 35 and 40 dB
  • Available in a green, black, white, silver or blue design
  • Easy to use control buttons
  • Automatic, timer and laundry modes
  • Energy efficient for prolonged usage
Cons
  • Doesn't have any wheels for easier transport

Quietness is the main feature of this unit and it’s ideal for bedroom or hallway usage to tackle damp and condensation. Considering that it’s produced by the reputable Meaco brand, it’s also a relatively cheap dehumidifier that has the backing of the brand for complete peace of mind.

5. Best Small: Pro Breeze 500 Dehumidifier

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Dehumidifiers comes in a wide range of sizes and if you require a small dehumidifier, the Pro Breeze compact is a great option. It’s capable of removing up to 250 ml of moisture per day and has a 500 ml water tank for prolonged usage.

It’s a versatile dehumidifier that’s ideal for use in your home, garage or even a caravan. It operates at a whisper quiet noise level and has an auto-shut off feature for overnight usage.

Pros
  • Removes up to 250 ml of water per day
  • 33 dB noise output
  • Automatic shut off and indicator light when full
  • Lightweight and portable design
  • Made and tested in the UK
Cons
  • Limited performance due to its small size

The brand also produce a wide range of higher performing models but if you require the best small dehumidifier, it’s ideal. Whether you use it within your bedroom, wardrobe, office or kitchen, it won’t disappoint.

Conclusion

Although many people use dehumidifiers for drying clothes, they also serve a purpose when working on your house. For example, we regularly use them in properties that suffer from damp and mould as well as when we need to speed up the time it takes for plaster to dry. Therefore, as a DIY tool, we highly recommend them.

All of our recommendations above are suited to a range of budgets and include a choice of sizes. Depending upon the severity of excess humidity within your home should dictate the performance level of the machine you choose to buy. However, if you require further information with regards to dehumidifiers, feel free to get in touch and we will try to provide our assistance where possible.

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