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Top Three Dehumidifiers for 2019

By Christina Woodger

A dehumidifier might be the answer to your prayers if your home suffers from damp, condensation and mould. We've rounded up three top dehumidifiers and one you should avoid.

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A good dehumidifier isn't cheap, so you want to make sure that you are getting one that will help tackle high humidity in your home.

Dehumidifiers may be pricey, but they're worth it when you no longer have to battle wet windows and walls, damp air and black spots of mould everywhere. A dehumidifier can also help with excess moisture as a result of drying clothes indoors in the winter. 

However, not every dehumidifier is up to the job. Which is where our independent, expert dehumidifier tests come in. 

Here you will find: 

  • Three of our top dehumidifier recommendations
  • One dehumidifier you should avoid
  •  Some of the things you need to consider when shopping for your dehumidifier 

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Top three dehumidifiers

A great dehumidifier will work both at warmer and cooler temperatures. It won't guzzle energy, so you can leave it on and won't have to worry about your energy bill sky rocketing. 

A really great dehumidifier will also be easy to use, not too noisy and have handy features such as a clothes-drying function and an auto-setting. 

These three dehumidifiers aced our tests and are well worth buying. 

81%
£169.98
Reviewed

This dehumidifier is smaller and lighter than many of the dehumidifiers we've tested, but is it any good at sucking out moisture? The water tank is on the small side, but you may not mind emptying it out regularly as long as it works quickly and quietly. So does it? Log in to find out how this dehumidifier fared in our test lab.

80%
£234.98
Reviewed

Judging by its name, you'd expect the Meaco Platinum 20-litre low-energy dehumidifier to use less electricity than its competitors - but then they probably all say that, don't they? This isn't the type of thing you can test yourself, which is why we assess all our dehumidifiers to find out exactly how much energy they use to remove water from our damp, climate-controlled test room. Read our full expert review to find out if this one will dry your home and save you money.

76%
£190.00
Reviewed

With a large 20-litre -extraction claim, this dehumidifier might be just the machine for the job if you have a large space that suffers from damp and condensation. We test dehumidifiers to see how much water they can suck from the air, as well as how much energy they use while doing it. Read our review to see if this dehumidifier lives up to the manufacturer's claims.

Pricing, recommendations and test scores correct as of November 2018. 

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And here's one dehumidifier to avoid

There's no point in forking out for a dehumidifier only to find out when you get it home that it doesn't help your damp problem. 

There are different types of dehumidifiers for different jobs, so you'll want to make sure that you get the right kind. Keep scrolling for more advice on this. 

The dehumidifier below is one to steer clear of, no matter which kind of dehumidifier you need for your damp problem. This dehumidifier didn't impress us when working at room temperature, didn't really work at low temperature and was noisy to boot. 

44%
£129.00
Reviewed

This is one of those dehumidifiers that works best at room temperature, and even then it's nothing to write home about. It really struggles to dry the air if it's chilly, and it's also noisy - which means you'll have to put up with a fair amount of racket for very little improvement in moisture levels. It's a Which? Don't Buy.

Pricing, recommendations and test scores correct as of November 2017. 

What kind of dehumidifier do I need? 

This is a question you should consider before shopping for your dehumidifier. You will need to understand the differences before figuring out which type will suit you best. Here are some things to consider: 

Desiccant vs refrigerant dehumidifiers

  • If you will be using your dehumidifier at cool temperatures (below 21°C or room temperature), then a desiccant model will be the best for you.
  • If your home is normally at room temperature (21°C), you will want a refrigerant (or sometimes called compressor) dehumidifier.
  • Most dehumidifiers won't work at freezing or close to freezing temperatures. 

Extraction rate

  • The extraction rates that manufacturers claim are usually based on testing in a hot and humid environment. So do not expect your dehumidifier to extract what the manufacturer claims. 
  • However, the extraction rate can help you determine what dehumidifier you need for the space you want to dry out. Generally, the bigger the area, the higher the extraction rate needed. 

Noise

  • Dehumidifiers are noisy machines, there is no getting around this. 
  • If you intend to run it at night look for a dehumidifier with a 'night mode' or a 'silent mode'. 

For more tips and insight into the cryptic world of dehumidifiers, check out our guide on how to buy the best dehumidifier

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