With winter around the corner it's normal that you're home is going to start to feel cold and damp, however it does not have to be this way as this is where dehumidifier's come into play, however this review will cover buying the best dehumidifier for your needs and your individual situation.
Typically there are three key benefits to buying and using a Dehumidifier at home in the different areas of your home.
Home Appliances – Buying a Dehumidifier will take moisture out of the air and therefore restrict the growth of mold and bacteria that can destroy your home appliances. Excess moisture in the air can also stop your garage appliances from working.
Health – Excess moisture in the air at home has been proved to lead to health problems and can cause allergic reaction and respiratory issues.
Smell – Damp room causes that horrible musty smell that you so often find in rooms that have been left cold and damp.
The Best Dehumidifier 2018
If you don't want to read the whole review and simply want to know what we think is the best dehumidifier on the market then check out the De'Longhi Compact Dehumidifier DEM10 which we have tried and tested over the last few months and are totally convinced is the best dehumidifier on the market to use in your home for general use. Firstly you're buying a De'Longhi which means that you know your dehumidifier has been tried and tested over the years and will last you over the years, but secondly it comes with an above average two litre water tank, and performance to include being easily able to pull up to 10 litres of moisture from the air within the space of 24 hours. One point to make, this is our best dehumidifier to use at home for general use. If you're looking for a top performing dehumidifier for your bedroom or garage, then I would suggest that you look below.
What Size Dehumidifier Should You Buy?
The size of your Dehumidifier is probably the most important decision that you will make when you’re buying a Dehumidifier and will be the difference between a Dehumidifier that takes the moisture out of the air around you and one that simply sits in the corner not being used.
A Dehumidifier size is calculated in two key areas. Firstly the amount of moisture that the unit can take out of the air which is typically expressed in Litres per Day, and the Coverage Area that the Dehumidifier can operate into.
Typically for a small room such as your study or bedroom, you need make sure that you’re buying a Dehumidifier that can take out at least 10 Litres of Water Per day, whilst a Larger room such as an open planned kitchen or Garage needs around 20.
Key Criteria For The Best Dehumidifier
Manual Vs. Digital Control’s – This is really up to your preference, however manual are much easier to use, whilst digital will offer greater flexibility to include different modes and functions that have all been pre-programmed to be used.
Water Tank – These range from small in size which will hold around one litre of water to larger holding tanks that will hold up to 10 litres. One point, you don’t need to worry if you’re buying a Dehumidifier that can pull out 70 Litres of water per day about it only having a 10 Litre tank. Firstly they all come with automatic switch of sensors meaning the minutes the tank is full they will switch off, and generally they all come with auto-drain abilities meaning that you can collect the water in a larger unit below or straight into the drain.
Air Purification – Look out for models that come with some kind of air purification as these are generally more suited for inside your home use. Typically if your room is damp, bacteria will start growing quickly, however an air purification Dehumidifier setting will help to remove bacteria in the air and therefore stop mold and other allergens from spreading.
Portability – This really depends on what you’re planning to do with your Dehumidifier. If you want to take your Dehumidifier with you in your travels then you may want to look at a smaller option, whilst a larger Dehumidifier is likely to perform better, they will be less portable.
Noise – It’s a Dehumidifier and therefore it’s going to make some noise, however generally the Brand named Models such as EcoAir or De’Longhi will make less noise and are therefore better suited to use in your bedroom for example than some of the cheaper alternatives.
Desiccant Vs. Refrigerant Dehumidifier’s
Typically there are two types of Dehumidifier’s on the market, Desiccant and Refrigerant with the key difference being that desiccant dehumidifiers are much more expensive but at the same time, much quieter and therefore are better for bedrooms where you're trying to sleep.
Typically refrigerant Dehumidifiers often appear to come with a much great moisture extraction rates however they are much more suited to tropical conditions and not the relatively dry conditions that we have in the UK.
When being tested in the UK, we have found that refrigerant Dehumidifier’s can drop as much as 50% of their quoted performance, whilst desiccant dehumidifiers seem to work more accurately whether they are working in the UK or in some tropical location.
Does this matter, short version, no, but remember when you’re wondering why your refrigerant Dehumidifier is not working as well as it’s expected to, it’s probably something to do with the design.
The Best Quietest Dehumidifier
If you're looking for a dehumidifier to use in your bedroom then we have two fantastic options. Personally I really like the Duronic DH05 Mini Dehumidifier that I have reviewed below, however I have also tested the EcoAir Mini which whilst I feel performs slightly worse than the Duronic, it's still a fantastic dehumidifier. Both models are amazingly quiet at around 33DB which is about the same loudness as having a laptop computer running in the background of your room. I personally prefer the Duronic as it just seem to perform a little better and I often leave it running over night. It's a compact design and therefore has been designed with a 500ml water tank, and a 250ml daily capacity and an auto switch off meaning that you can leave it on your window and wake up to a dry apartment and a tank full of water that is easy to empty. Check it out here.
Yes Price is important, however remember, Dehumidifiers are not cheap machines and therefore if you’re wondering why your local super market has a Dehumidifiers for under 50, it’s probably an import that has been made cheaply and will more than likely not work anywhere close to how you expect.
Other Key Features
Defrost Feature – Look out for dehumidifiers that have been designed with a defrost feature due to one problem we have noticed during our test being that the coils responsible providing power can freeze when the dehumidifier is switched on for a long period of time. When the coils start to freeze, we have noticed that performance is substantially decreased.
Humidistat – Look out for models that come with a built in Humidistat which will allow you to set the dehumidifier at a specific humidity level and let it run continuously whilst the dehumidifier switches itself on and off as and when it’s needed.
Automatic Shut-off – Nearly all models will come with this feature as standard, however look out for this features given that often a dehumidifier will easily be able to fill it’s holding tank in one day and the last thing you want is to come home and find the holding tank full, and water spilling onto the floor.
Low Temperature Operation – Typically in the UK, dehumidifiers will run throughout the winter however most dehumidifiers have been designed for moderate, humid temperatures and therefore may not be able to perform in the UK winters were temperatures outside can fall below zero. Make sure that if you’re buying a dehumidifier for your garage, it comes with a low temperature operation setting.
Washable Air Filters – If you’re buying a dehumidifier that comes with an air purification setting, make sure that you can remove and clean the air filters yourself. Some models may seem cheap to buy however they often require you to change the air filters every few months with a specialist set of filters that cost through the roof.
The Best Garage Dehumidifier
If you're looking for the best garage dehumidifier on the market then check out the EcoAir DD322 Desiccant Dehumidifier which we have used for the last couple of years in my garage to great effect. I specifically like this model because it's a desiccant dehumidifier meaning that it does not need a compressor and therefore will work in much colder temperatures than a standard refrigerant dehumidifier which will not operate below six degrees. Our EcoAir has worked throughout even the coldest spells that the UK winters can throw at it and still keeps my garage dry and condensation free.
The EcoAir DD332 comes with a powerful moisture facility of up to 10 Litres per day into a 3.5 litre tank, whilst an optional continuous drainage hose and safety features to include switch off modes means that you can set it and leave it running. If you're running it 24 hours per day, our test's reveal that it will cost you about 26 pence per day to run, however if you set it up correctly, it should run only when the dampness gets to a certain level and therefore cost you a lot less on a weekly basis. If you're looking for the best garage dehumidifier, then check out the EcoAir DD322 Desiccant Dehumidifier here.
In this section we have reviewed the top four dehumidifier models from across the market. This is a list that we will continue to add to over the year to ensure that we keep the list of dehumidifiers both up-to-date, but also at the same time ensuring that we're reviewing all the new models that comes out onto the market.
Duronic DH05 Mini Portable Air Dehumidifier
The Duronic DH05 Mini Compact Black 500ml Portable 22.5W Air is one of Duronic’s best and latest dehumidifiers, and offers versatility, simplicity and ease of use. The model is perfect for small rooms and spaces up to 15m², and can be used in homes, offices, caravans, garages and more – if it’s a small room and it needs dehumidifying, this model can do it! It is a very easy gadget to use, with a visible water tank, a clear LED display and the convenience of only one multi-purpose setting.
The Duronic D05 is portable, durable and lightweight, which is good news if you have lots of spaces which need dehumidifying. Because of its small space, the device can be placed anywhere, such as in a wardrobe, on a shelf or simply in the corner of a room. No matter where it’s placed, it’s sure to eliminate pesky condensation, without the need to open any windows.
The device is also very quiet, which is perfect for use in the home, meaning that the sleep and leisure time of you and your folks will not be disrupted. Additionally, the device switches itself off when the tank becomes full, which avoids any potential leakages or spillages if you forget to empty the device.
The Duronic DH05 has a capacity of 500ml and the ability to extract up to 250ml of water per day, so you don’t have to empty the tank too often. For such a low price, this is a very high-quality product with everything you should need from a dehumidifier.
This humidifier, though great for small spaces, cannot deal with rooms or areas bigger than those specified. The device will not work in any larger rooms, and because of its small size, is unable to fully function in bathrooms and other rooms where steam is abundant. This is the only real downfall of the device, which is perhaps unfair given its very modest size and specification.
Overall, this is a very good humidifier, particularly at the price - you will struggle to find anything else so effective at such a low cost. It’s a simple, easy-to-use and practical dehumidifier, which works very well within its means and is perfect for small spaces. If you’re looking for a dehumidifier for large rooms, this will not fit your needs – but otherwise, it is wholeheartedly recommended.
De'Longhi Compact Dehumidifier DEM10
The De'Longhi Compact Dehumidifier DEM10 is one of De’Longhi’s best dehumidifiers, and is popular, practical, compact and easy to use, with no assembly or fuss required. Its rate of extraction is higher than most other models of this type, and can remove up to 10 litres of moisture from the air within 24 hours. This amount of extraction can be adjusted, allowing the user to set the amount of moisture which they would like the humidifier to take from the air.
The device effectively and quickly removes moisture, leading to the elimination of mildew, mould, humidity and illness. The De'Longhi Compact Dehumidifier DEM10 comes with a relatively large 2 litre tank, which ranks better than most other dehumidifiers of this size and style, and includes a useful filter for those who plan to use the device regularly.
The device also includes an anti-frost setting, for use in the coldest of environments, and a tank with a visible water level, which helps users to know when to empty the device. This tank is easy to remove, empty and replace, and the whole process be done very efficiently with absolute ease.
The device is fairly quiet compared to bigger models, though not as quiet as other similarly-sized options. Many users have complained of a high noise level, which may be a consideration for light or sensitive sleepers – or for those looking to run the humidifier while working, studying or reading.
The device also uses more electricity than other similar products due to its swift removal of moisture, which is not ideal for those conscious of their carbon footprint or people looking to save money on their electricity bills.
With a weight of 10kg, the device might not be ideal for those hoping to move the device from place to place. The defrost mode, although useful, can sometimes be problematic – the humidifier has an occasional habit of slipping into defrost mode even when in a warm room, which can interrupt its proper function.
Overall, though the De'Longhi Compact Dehumidifier DEM10 efficiently removes moisture, and does so more rapidly than similar models, it does come with flaws. It is noisier than most other options, not quite as mobile and has occasional problems with its functionality. So while it does its job fairly well, there are other options which provide a more simple, practical and reliable experience.
Pro Breeze 1500ml Dehumidifier
The Pro Breeze 1500ml Dehumidifier is a brand new, top-quality, reliable dehumidifier, perfect for small to medium spaces. Whether you want to use it at home, in the office, in your basement, on vacation or somewhere else, it’s a simple and functional tool at a very low price – and easily removes damp, condensation and humid air. It is very easy to use, with a simple LED display and efficient, practical system, which regularly removes a surprising and impressive amount of moisture from the air.
The dehumidifier shuts itself off when full, and indicates by light when it needs to be emptied. This intelligent system avoids any potential leakages, stains or other problems often associated with dehumidifying. Though the product does make a small amount of noise, it is quieter than other similar gadgets, and isn’t loud enough to disrupt sleep or provide distraction.
The gadget is easily portable and very lightweight at 2.6kg, so you can use it in a number of different places. Its compact and small design means that, if needed, you can hide it away in a convenient and subtle place – it is smaller than most devices of its kind, with impressive dimensions of 40.8 x 31.2 x 21.2cm, which is great for those looking to save space.
The thermo-electric cooling system means that no other equipment is needed to run the device, so you can buy it and get it working instantly, with no other fuss. The dehumidifier has a capacity of 1500ml, and can remove up to 500ml of water per day, so it doesn’t need to be emptied too often.
Though cheaper than other dehumidifiers, it works just as well as more pricey competitors, which makes it a great buy for those looking to bag a bargain.
Although apparently rare, some buyers have reported that the device breaks after a few months of use, while others claim that the dehumidifier may at times become dangerously hot. Although these cases do seem to be very uncommon, this might be of importance to those who are particularly safety-conscious.
Overall, these rare complaints aside, this is a great dehumidifier for anyone seeking moisture removal in a small to medium space, with a very simple design, a great price and excellent function. If you’re looking for a no-fuss dehumidifier which you can buy, use and trust, this is it – it’s an excellent bargain buy!
VicTsing Compact Mini Air Dehumidifier
The VicTsing 700ml Compact and Portable Mini Air Dehumidifier is a top-line device, with a sleek and attractive design - and is ideal for dehumidifying small rooms of up to 10 square meters. It is very easy and simple to use, and is particularly lightweight and portable, which means it can be easily carried from room to room with its folding handle.
The Peltier technology, with no moving parts, also ensures durability - so you don’t need to worry about damaging it when transporting the device from place to place.
The simple and clear indicator light allows users to know when the device is full. Additionally, it automatically switches off when full in order to prevent any troublesome spills, stains or problems. Handily, this means that you never have to worry about having left the device turned on.
The water tank has a simple and no-fuss visible water level, which helpfully reminds users how full the tank is. The dehumidifier can extract up to 180ml of water per day, and has a capacity of 700ml. This decent capacity means that the tank does not have to be emptied every day, which is helpful for those with a busy lifestyle. When the dehumidifier does require emptying, the shape of the cleverly-designed water tank avoids any spills and splashes.
The VicTsing 700ml is energy saving, with a power of 22 watts, which is excellent for those who are conscious of their impact upon the environment. It also has a very soft ‘whisper-quiet’ design, which will not at all disrupt silence, sleep, study or work.
The device is somewhat expensive for what it is, and other dehumidifiers are available at a lower cost, though the good technology and aesthetic design do compensate for this high price point. It is also worth noting that the dehumidifier will not work in rooms larger than the specifications given, so those seeking a gadget for bigger spaces should look elsewhere.
These drawbacks, however, are only minor, and all in all this is a great buy for anyone looking to find an attractive device to efficiently remove mould, mildew and moisture. Though cheaper options are available, the design and ease of use do indeed justify the extra outlay. If your priorities are simplicity and sleek design, then this should be just what you are looking for.
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