Have you ever returned from a long trip and noticed that your house smells, well, bad?
Unless your freezer gave up the ghost while you were away, this is exactly how it smells to all your visitors. You’ve just learned to ignore it, and “it” is often a musty, moldy odor.
Luckily, all you may really need is a simple dehumidifier.
We’ve picked the 7 best compressor dehumidifiers (for large areas) and 3 small-room Peltier dehumidifiers for you to choose from.
Good: This product comes with a friendly price tag, looks good, has a 2 year warranty (+6 months if you register), and is well-liked by its users. Handles all dehumidification tasks with ease.
Not so good: The water bucket could be bigger and it’s not as quiet as some of the other dehumidifiers.
Bottom Line: If you’re looking for a machine with good and reliable performance, hOmeLabs is worth a look. It’s easy to use and automatically keeps humidity levels at your desired settings.
Good: This is a near carbon copy of the hOmeLabs, which means it dehumidifies just as well. The price, depending on when you look, is sometimes even better.
Not so good: With only one year warranty and (in our opinion) a less sleek design, it loses out to hOmeLabs.
Bottom Line: Sharing many of the qualities of our number one pick, this is a solid choice. Depending on your budget and humidity problems, you can choose between three models of different capacity.
Good: The ability to monitor and control this dehumidifier from anywhere is a huge plus. Its performance is also perfectly satisfactory.
Not so good: Between its intermediate capacity, small water bucket and lack of a built-in pump, it will work well in some situations but not all.
Bottom Line: If you like the idea of having a museum-quality climate-controlled space or just love playing with gadgets, the Vacplus is for you.
Good: Made by a trusted manufacturer, this dehumidifier comes with a good warranty yet is priced similarly to comparable, off-brand products that are louder.
Not so good: Though we have few specific complaints, neither does the Frigidaire stand out much (apart from its quiet operation).
Bottom Line: Unless the Vremi or hOmeLabs specifically appeal to you, this seems like a safe bet.
Good: An internal condensate pump that can lift water up to 12 feet above floor level is this machine’s distinguishing feature.
Not so good: More expensive than other dehumidifiers in its class, it comes with only a one-year general warranty.
Bottom Line: While you can always buy a separate pump, incorporating it in the appliance itself looks much tidier. It’s also relatively quiet, compared to other dehumidifiers.
Good: Very powerful and rugged; most domestic dehumidifiers can’t begin to match its performance.
Not so good: It’s much more than most people need. It’s also noisy, expensive and not really portable.
Bottom Line: This is not what you would buy for your living room, but if you have some special requirements it will do the trick.
Good: Compact, nearly spillproof and easy to transport, you can use this gadget nearly anywhere you want to.
Not so good: It can dehumidify only the immediate area and works poorly when the weather is cool.
Bottom Line: Inexpensive and useful for small spaces, it offers good value as long as you don’t ask too much of it.
Good: Compact, nearly silent, lightweight and elegant, this compressor-powered machine is very unobtrusive.
Not so good: Though it’s marketed as a 30-pint dehumidifier, it’s much less powerful in reality and uses a tiny water tank.
Bottom Line: A good mid-sized choice for mid-sized spaces, but not something that will handle multiple rooms well.
Good: Draws a lot of moisture out of the air for a thermo-electric Peltier block machine.
Not so good: It’s just slightly “too much” in some respects: too noisy, too large, too expensive.
Bottom Line: This gadget is very useful to have around the house, but it’s more of an ad-hoc convenience than a permanent solution for damp.
Good: A very cool light-up design and small size are this dehumidifier’s best qualities.
Not so good: While it does draw moisture out of the air, high performance is not one of its virtues.
Bottom Line: It’s cheap enough to take a chance on if you like its look, and you’re almost certain to find some use for it.