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So, today we’re going to look at something really exciting: dehumidifiers! Yes, we can see you all jumping up and down in anticipation. No, really, we know dehumidifiers are far from exciting, but what they are is very, very useful. In fact, in some circumstances they are absolutely necessary, and can help us lead healthier lives.
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Some parts of the home can be susceptible to excess humidity, and it can also be a problem in business premises. Humidity is, basically, excess water in gas form in the air, and it causes condensation. This can lead to mould, damp patches and more, which you don’t want in your house. So, how lets take a look at some of the best dehumidifiers on the market.
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Best Dehumidifiers For Home And Commercial Use – Our Top 10 Picks
1: Pro Breeze Compact Dehumidifier – Dehumidifier with Most Reviews
We thought we’d start with the model that has attracted the most reviews, the Pro Breeze 500ml. This portable and very compact model is a popular choice, and offers a 500ml water tank capacity and the ability to remove as much as 250ml of water per day. That’s very good performance for a machine of this size. It’s also lightweight, so you can move it from room to room, and is small enough to be used in a caravan or garage.
This model is designed with special features including ultra-quiet technology so you won’t be disturbed, and also the trademarked Pro Breeze technology for added efficiency. It also includes an automatic shut-off feature for safety, so will switch itself off when maximum capacity has been reached. This one comes recommended for smaller areas, and will effectively remove moisture from any room in the house.
It runs on the mains and requires no compressor – a further reason why it is very quiet – and uses the latest dehumidifier technology. We recommend you check this one out because of its very sensible price which, even alone, makes it worthy of consideration.
2: Uni-Bond Aero 360 – Cheapest Dehumidifier
We chose this model to review, the Uni-Bond Aero 360, because it is the cheapest dehumidifier we have found. In fact, you can have one of these for less than £10! Now, we all know that cheapest is not necessarily best, but neither is it always worst! Indeed, the Aero 360 has met with some positive reviews, and seems to do the job it intends to – remove moisture from rooms.
Having said that, the manufacturers state it is ‘suitable for rooms of up to 20 square metres’ and ‘ideal for rooms up to 10 square metres’. It is, then, intended only for small spaces, but you have been told! We reckon that makes it an ideal choice for a caravan, garage or bathroom. Unlike those models with drip trays, the Aero 360 – as with all Uni-Bond models – comes with a special absorber device, and you get a refill with each purchase. This is an effective method of absorbing the water, but does not offer the capacity of larger, more expensive models.
So, is the Aero 360 one for the short list? If you are looking for a very cheap dehumidifier for, say, occasional use in a garage or caravan – or in a bathroom that is difficult to keep dry – then yes, it is so cheap it has to be considered. For more conventional, or continuous, use, a more capable model may be better. Still, full marks for the manufacturer for giving us the option!
Now, here’s a major player, a big boy among the minnows! The Inventor 332W Dehumidifier is one for the serious user – or someone with a serious condensation problem – in a large space. This powerful, capable beast is capable of removing a massive 21litres of water from the air per day. That makes it perfect for big spaces, and for commercial premises especially. It also offers more features and functions, as we shall see.
In fact, this machine can be used, very effectively, as a laundry drier. It has a 3litre tank – so you will need to empty it a few times if using it all day – and useful displays that show the current humidity of the room, and the desire humidity. You set the latter to your requirements, and the machine will shut down when that level is reached, and start again when it is exceeded. This provides energy efficient operation, and as it uses the latest technology, it uses very little energy to begin with.
Quiet, surprisingly portable for such a powerful machine, and easy to move around thanks to smooth-running coasters, the Inventor is a machine that will be able to handle any condensation and moisture problems, and also incorporates an ionizer for healthier air. For bigger spaces, this is one you need to consider.
With this model from Futura we come back into the realm of the smaller models, but it’s still a very capable device. As the name says, it has a 2litre capacity; not that this is the water capacity, not that of extraction. Having said that, it offers a very useful 600ml extraction rate per day, so is perfect for even the bigger rooms in the home. It has a sensibly designed control panel that allows you to set the timer for six, eight or 12 hour operation, and it will automatically shut down after those periods, or before if it becomes full.
This impressive Futura model operates between the range of 30 to 95% humidity and is pre-set to achieve the ideal for health and comfort level of 55%. With a cleverly designed clear water tank you can check the level easily, and you get a feeling of all-round quality with this machine. It’s also compact and lightweight, so easy to move from room to room, and operates at a very impressive 90watts, for added energy efficiency.
Now to that important factor: the price. The Futura is not the cheapest dehumidifier on this list, but nor should we expect it to be. It is competitively priced in terms of mid-range devices, and comes from a quality brand with a strong reputation. For home or office use, it’s certainly worthy of consideration.
So, straight away we know this is another small one! Before you dismiss it, let’s have a closer look. The first thing is capacity: it has a 500ml water tank with 250ml per day collection rate. OK, that’s not the best performance we’ve seen so far, but it is fine for, say, smaller rooms – think bedroom – or a caravan or garage. It is compact, too, and will be unobtrusive wherever you put it.
As with all good models it switches off automatically to protect from spillage when capacity is reached, and it has a fully visible water level indicator so you can keep an eye on its levels at all times. It also operates very quietly, and uses only 22.5watts, so is cheap to run. The main selling point for this one is it is very, very small. It could easily sit on a shelf and not be in the way.
What more can we say? Only that it is recommended for rooms of no more than 15 square metres, which isn’t a great deal of space, and it is more expensive – although not by much – than the similarly capable Uni-Bond Aero 360 reviewed above.
EcoAir offers a wide range of dehumidifier models, and this one – the DC18 – is a compact design that offers a variety of functions. It has a 3.5litre water tank and an 18litre per day extraction rate, which is very impressive for the size of the machine. What we like about this one is that you can use a clever continuous drainage feature, so no more emptying the tray every time it gets full.
It’s on easy glide castors so is simple to move, and offers a wide variety of functions. The easy to use control panel allows you to choose the speed – it runs quietly thanks to the latest technology – and you can also take advantage of the laundry mode, a welcome feature on some of the better dehumidifiers. It will tell you when the filter needs cleaning – it’s a simple process – and will shut down automatically if it becomes full.
You can choose your preferred humidity level, too, so it is a versatile machine, and it doesn’t take up too much space. It’s a great one for the home and suitable for any room. If we have one gripe it’s with the price: it’s more expensive by some margin than others we have reviewed with similar capability, but still worth a look.
7: EBac 3850E – The Most Expensive Dehumidifier
Have we really included this one because it’s the most expensive? Well, yes, and no! Yes, because it is easily the most expensive one here, and no, because it is worthy of your consideration. The Ebac 3850e is a high-performance, energy efficient model that offers a wide variety of impressive functions and features, and one that is also very powerful and effective. This is a quality machine, make no mistake!
So, what do you get for your money? To begin with, 21litres a day extraction capability. That is a very impressive feat, and makes it suitable for bigger homes and commercial use. It operates using very low energy levels, so you get cost savings there, too. In fact, Ebac guarantees the lowest running costs compared to other brands – a bold, but seemingly confirmed, claim. It has a Smart Control feature, which ensures the device is on when needed, and off when not, without any manual input.
Bear in mind that this brand – Ebac – has sold more than a million dehumidifiers in the UK, and that it is also made in the UK and optimised for our climate, and you begin to see why it carries a premium on the price. However, the question is this: is it worth the money? The inventor model reviewed above offers similar capability at a lower price, so perhaps you are paying for the comfort of the Ebac brand?
8: VicTsing 2Litre Dehumidifier – Our Recommended Dehumidifier
So, we come to the model that we decided would be our recommendation. There are many reasons why we chose this one. OK, so it’s not the most powerful, and nor is it the cheapest. It’s priced in the middle of the cheapest and the most expensive, but it does come with many fine and interesting features. It’s the VicTsing 2L Water Tank Dehumidifier, and we like it a lot!
What makes it so good? Well, with 600ml absorption per day it doesn’t offer the best performance, but it is perfectly adequate for the average sized home. It is very quiet thanks to the latest technology, and has a detachable water tank for easy cleaning and refilling. It is energy efficient and has many settings you can choose to achieve your desired humidity, and it is small – small enough to sit in a corner and not even be noticed.
Ideal for use in all areas of the home or office, it also features and automatic shut-off function for added safety, so you can use it safe in the knowledge you won’t have any spillage or wasted energy usage. There’s not really much more to be said except that, at the price, what you get is a very good, all-round machine that will dehumidify your home and leave you with healthy air.
9: Uni-Bond Humidity Absorber – Non-Electric Dehumidifier
We have a confession to make: we were not quite telling the truth when we said the Uni-Bond Aero 360 is the cheapest dehumidifier in the review. In fact, it’s this one – the Humidity Absorber Device, also from Uni-Bond, which you can buy for a fiver. So, why bother with all the other much more expensive models? Because, quite simply, this one isn’t really a dehumidifier; it’s more like an active sponge.
It deserves a place here because it does serve a purpose: while not actually a machine, there may be occasions – a damp, small cupboard, for example – where this will do the trick. It does work, although obviously not as effective as one of the more sophisticated designs, and there’s no harm in leaving one of these in your caravan, or even your car, to help remove excess humidity.
At the price, it may be worth buying a few of them to put in those troublesome spots in the home; after all, you’re not using any energy, so you can’t lose!
Our final choice is another from EcoAir, the Mk5 Classic. It is, in every sense, a classic dehumidifier, as it operates in the standard fashion and offers few frills. What it does do is efficiently remove humidity from the air in your room, and it can handle any room you wish. It features a built-in ioniser with a clever filter that traps particles and kills bacteria. The 2litre tank is more than adequate and can extract an impressive 7litres daily, while running at highly energy efficient rates.
You can choose the time you want the machine to run and it has automatic shut off for when it reaches the humidity level required, which adds to the energy efficient properties of the device. It’s fairly portable and can be moved from room to room, and is surprisingly quiet. You can also use it for laundry drying, and it will perform the job perfectly.
The only down-side may be the price; it’s one of the more expensive models we have reviewed, but we have to add it’s also one of the better ones. Add it to your short list, it’s worth a second look.
How Dehumidifiers Work
Put simply, what a dehumidifier does is remove the excess moisture from the air. How does it do so? It uses refrigeration techniques. Stay with us, you’ll get it in a minute! Think of it like this: when you buy a chilled pint of beer and take it outside on a warm day, what happens? Moisture forms on the outside of the glass. That’s the same as condensation forming on the inside of your windows. The reason is this: air can only hold moisture down to a certain temperature. Once that temperature is reached, the gas moisture becomes water.
A dehumidifier is basically a refrigeration unit; it sends warmer air out into the room, to attract the moisture, which is then passed over chilled coils inside the device. This turns the moisture into water, which then drops into the collection tray for you to dispose of. In some more sophisticated models – one reviewed below – you have the option of continuous operation by way of a hose that removes the water constantly, so you don’t have to empty it regularly. So, now you understand (or don’t – it doesn’t really matter) let’s have a look at the top 10 best dehumidifiers on the market right now.
Important Features to Look For
So, there’s ten dehumidifiers to choose from, and we hope you’ve enjoyed reading our reviews. We’re sorry if they are a little ‘dry’ (forgive the pun, couldn’t resist it) but they are there for you to get to know your way around these clever and impressive devices. There are certain features you should look for when choosing a dehumidifier, so let’s recap the main ones:
- Performance – the choices above are capable of removing everything from a small amount of water per day to many litres, so choose the one that suits your requirements. There’s no point buying an expensive 21ltr machine when all you need to do is dry out a cupboard!
- Energy Usage – you want an energy efficient machine, so check out the wattage used and the automatic off and on function. Some of the cheaper models may not have the latter, but it does lead to more energy efficient usage.
- Capacity – you don’t want to be filling it up all the time, so check that it has a good-sized water tank.
- Noise – cheaper models can be noisy, so you might want to look for one of the more advanced models that have been designed for very quiet running.
- Price – the obvious one, but still a primary consideration. As you will see from our reviews, the price range of dehumidifiers is vast. We always advise to buy the best you can afford, so take our reviews and make your shortlist!
Let’s Wrap It Up!
That’s that, then! 10 exciting dehumidifiers to choose from, including our recommended choice of all-round machine, the well-priced and fully featured VicTsing model. Of course, it could be that this one is not quite powerful enough for you – you might need to dehumidify a large area – in which case you will need to look again at the two 21liter models, the Inventor 332, and Ebac 3850e. Both of these are top of the range models with excellent capability and superb features.
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We believe we have covered every angle, from the cheaper models to the most sophisticated and impressive choices, and we have put the case for each in simple and easy to understand terms. We hope that you have found our reviews to be useful, and that we have helped to guide you in the direction of the right one for your requirements. Have fun hunting for your ideal dehumidifier, and sort out that condensation problem right away!