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The 4 Best Dehumidifiers - Summer 2024 Reviews

Updated Jul 03, 2024 at 12:07 pm
Best Dehumidifiers

If you're tired of rooms in your home feeling clammy and damp, it might be worth investing in a portable dehumidifier. While these devices are only a partial band-aid solution for more serious water infiltration problems, most models on the market can still offer some relief. Of course, they can also be an asset if you live in an especially humid climate.

We've tested 20 dehumidifiers, and below are our recommendations for the best we've tested based on their performance, price, and feature sets.

  1. Best Dehumidifier

    The best dehumidifier that we've tested is the Frigidaire FFAP5034W1. This 50-pint unit offers plenty of airflow variance across its three fan speed settings, which is great for dealing with humidity in both large areas or cooler and more humid environments. Its high dehumidification capacity also makes it a perfect fit for bigger rooms. Thanks to its impressive energy efficiency, it's a stellar option if you need to run it for extended periods. It has a port for continuous drainage and an integrated pump for dumping collected moisture into a faraway drain or container.

    Unfortunately, at over 40 lbs, this device weighs a bit, though its caster wheels make it easier to move around. Like many full-size 50-pint dehumidifiers, it produces a lot of heat and makes a fair amount of noise, topping out at just over 56 dBA at its highest fan speed setting. While it isn't the worst offender in this respect, it's something to be aware of if you plan on using it while watching TV or if you have company over. This is also still a bulky machine that can be a bit of a tight fit for smaller rooms; check out the Midea MAD50PS1QWT if you want another 50-pint model that occupies less space when not in use, but note that it's noisier and produces more heat than the Frigidaire.

    See our review

  2. Best Mid-Range Dehumidifier

    For something more affordable, the Midea MAD35S1QWT is among the best dehumidifiers for homes we've tested. It has a smaller 35-pint capacity than the Frigidaire FFAP5034W1, so it doesn't perform quite as efficiently in large rooms. That said, it does have its fair share of advantages, not counting its lower price. It has a unique collapsible design, in which the compressor unit and water bucket are separate components. You can set it up normally, with the compressor unit sitting atop the 4.2 gal (16.0 L) bucket, detach the compressor entirely and have it drain into a sink from its drain port, or connect a hose to the drain port and turn on the built-in pump, so it can pour out any accumulated moisture into an elevated container or faraway spout.

    Unfortunately, its compressor unit is rather heavy, and it can take a bit of muscle to take it out of its water bucket. Its fan speed provides a smaller spread in airflow compared to the Frigidaire FFAP5034W1, with a max airflow of 189 CFM at its highest fan speed and a minimum airflow of 155 CFM at its lowest fan speed, so it can't adapt as seamlessly to different ambient humidity conditions.

    See our review

  3. Best Budget Dehumidifier

    If you're looking for something budget-friendly and only need a dehumidifier for a smaller room, the AGLucky OL12D-D023B, also sold as the Auseo OL12D-D023B and KISSAIR D4212B-UC, is a great choice. This unit's 9-pint capacity is much less than that of the Midea MAD35S1QWT or Frigidaire FFAP5034W1, and it has a low max airflow of 53 CFM, meaning it's likely to struggle quite a bit in wide-open spaces. It's a better fit for medium-sized bedrooms and bathrooms due to its smaller overall footprint, impressively quiet operating noise, and low heat output, which is great if you're a light sleeper. While availability can be sporadic on most online retail platforms, you can buy it from Walmart's online store.

    Its 0.5 gal (2.0 L) water tank is pretty small, but thankfully, you can set this unit up to pour out any accumulated moisture into a floor drain or some other receptacle. Unfortunately, it lacks a drain pump that would allow it to drain into an elevated container, like a sink on a tall vanity or a high-walled tub.

    See our review

  4. Best Compact Dehumidifier

    If you only need a dehumidifier to deal with small amounts of moisture in a small space like a closet, consider the ProBreeze PB-03. It doesn't offer anywhere near the dehumidification capacity of a full-size machine and will struggle to clear away moisture in even modestly-sized rooms. However, it also weighs roughly one-tenth as much as a full-size machine like the Frigidaire FFAP5034W1 and takes up a little over 10% of the same room, so you can rest it on a dresser or shelf and leave it to run. It also operates very quietly and emits very little heat.

    The ProBreeze has a very small 0.4 gal (1.5 L) water tank, though since its dehumidification rate is so low, it takes quite a while to fill it up. It draws only 37 W of power, but its poor capacity means it isn't an energy-efficient option either.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • GE APYR50LC: The GE APYR50LC is a 50-pint dehumidifier with a drain pump. It performs quite similarly to the Frigidaire FFAP5034W1 and takes up slightly less space, but the Frigidaire has a higher-capacity water tank, makes less noise, and emits a little less heat. See our review
  • Midea MAD50PS1WS: The Midea MAD50PS1WS is another good alternative to the Frigidaire FFAP5034W1. Both units share similar dimensions and provide excellent dehumidification capacity and impressive energy efficiency. However, the Frigidaire offers a wider range of airflow speeds, making it a better fit for a wider variety of ambient conditions. See our review
  • Whirlpool WHAD50PCW: The Whirlpool WHAD50PCW is a full-size 50-pint dehumidifier that performs similarly to the Frigidaire FFAP5034W1 but features a smaller water tank. It also makes a little more noise and produces more heat. See our review
  • Waykar PD160B: The Waykar PD160B is a 9-pint dehumidifier that's a viable alternative to the AGLucky OL12D-D023B. It emits slightly less heat and has a slightly bigger water tank than the latter, but it's also bulkier and noisier. See our review

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are some of the best portable dehumidifiers for most people. We factor in the price, feedback from our visitors, and availability.

That said, there is no single best dehumidifier for home use that will suit everybody; your needs will depend on your budget, the size of your living space, your personal tolerance for operating noise, and whether you like having a device with convenience features like Wi-Fi connectivity or a drain pump. If you'd like to choose for yourself, here's the list of all our dehumidifier reviews.