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.
Our Top Picks At A Glance:
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.
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.
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.