The Top 5 Best Dehumidifiers For Any Room In Your House
Read over my list of the best dehumidifiers on the market. Find out which models are the most efficient and durable, and get the highest ratings from owners and professionals.
I live in the tropics where it’s hot and humid all the time. The temperature here stays about 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit and the humidity hovers around 80-90% year round, which makes it feel really, really hot. When I started shopping for a machine to decrease dampness and doing my research to find the best, I knew I needed to find a model that was strong, efficient, long-lasting, and really got the job done by lowering the humidity levels in a room quickly. I also wanted to dry out an area of about 1,100 square feet. So the first thing I needed to decide on was what size device I needed.
Table Of Contents
Section 1. Introduction
Section 2. Best Large Capacity Models
Section 3. Large Capacity Model Comparison Chart
Section 4. Best Medium Capacity Models
Section 5. Medium Capacity Model Comparison Chart
Section 6. Best Small Capacity Models
The best dehumidifiers are broken out into four different sizes based on their capacity to draw water out of the air in a 24 hour period. The sizes are whole house, large capacity, medium capacity, and small or mini devices. The size you need is based on the size of the damp area and the condition of the area (how wet it is). I have another article on this site where you can read more about Choosing A Dehumidifier and look at the chart there to determine the humidity control device size you need.
Generally most large humidity reducers are more efficient than smaller ones because they expend less energy to remove the same amount of moisture out of the air. They also work faster at lowering humidity than small models. According to the Energy Star website, high capacity apppliances can remove up to 2.5 liters of water per kilowatt hour of power, versus 1.2-1.8 liters of water per kilowatt hour for smaller capacity models. So, the bottom line is to go for bigger if you can. That means a large or medium capacity moisture control unit, or even a whole house humidity reducer.
Whole house models are very efficient and are great add-ons to your existing HVAC unit. They can be an investment up front; I’m talking $1,000 plus. But in the long run they will not only lower the moisture levels in your entire home like a champ, but they will also save you money on your electric bill. You won’t need to run your air conditioning as much because the drier air will seem cooler. I have a list of the best whole house humidity control devices covered in another article on this site.
If you have just a closet or cabinet that needs drying out then an inexpensive little mini humidity eliminator is all you need. I had a problem with mold getting on my clothes from the high levels of humidity in the room. Placing a mini appliance in my closet worked perfectly and knocked this problem right out. I have another article on this site about choosing the best small humidity lowering machine.
Whole house and mini moisture lowering apparatus are excellent options for really large or really small spaces, but if you need to reduce wetness in a room like your basement, crawlspace or living room, then you need to be looking at either a large or medium capacity model. On the following pages you’ll find a list of the best dehumidifiers on the market in the large and medium capacity sizes.