If your house is prone to mould or you're fed up of musty odours, it may be time to buy a dehumidifier. Not only do they prevent the growth of mould and neutralise unpleasant odours, they're also great for helping to dry your clothes.

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With the cost of living crisis, many of us are looking for alternatives to tumble dryers and in these colder months that means drying your clothes indoors, whether that's on a heated airer or just a regular clotheshorse. A dehumidifier can really help with this. It will absorb the moisture and humidity from the room to help your clothes dry quicker and stop them making your house smell damp and musty.

A dehumidifier can also help to offset the damp that can build up due to frequent use of items that let off steam, such as electric sterilisers and steam irons.

Dehumidifiers are slightly more complicated than you may first think, though. There's water tank capacity and extraction capacity to consider, as well as other features like sensors and lights. So, we've created this list to help you find a dehumidifier ideal for you.

Best dehumidifiers at a glance

  • Best budget dehumidifier: CONOPU Dehumidifier 1L, £49.99
  • Best dehumidifier for medium rooms: Pro Breeze 12L Day Dehumidifier, £179.99
  • Best energy efficient dehumidifier: Newentor Low Energy Dehumidifier, £229.99
  • Best air purifier and dehumidifier: Silentnight 2-in-1 Air Purifier and Dehumidifier, £90
  • Best dehumidifier for laundry: DeLonghi Tasciugo Multi 16L Dehumidifier with Laundry Mode, £306.78
  • Best smart dehumidifier: Princess Smart Dehumidifier, £279
  • Best non-electric dehumidifier: UniBons 450g 360 Moisture Absorber, £8
  • Best mini dehumidifier: Black+Decker Reusable 0.25L Dehumidifier, £39

What to consider when choosing a dehumidifier

Extraction per day – This tells you how much moisture the dehumidifier can absorb, on average, in a day. The higher the extraction rate the less humid your house will be. A dehumidifier with a high extraction rate will take up more space as it will need a larger water tank, so this is something to weigh up depending on how much room you have.

Capacity – This is the size of the water tank, and they vary quite a lot. Some have a tube that allow it to be continuously drained, while others have a tank you can empty. It's important to find a water capacity tank that works for you in terms of running and emptying it.

Size – Be mindful that some dehumidifiers are quite large. Note the measurements and see if this will fit in the room or rooms you want it to be in. As previously mentioned, the bigger dehumidifiers tend to be able to extract more moisture.

Portability – Some dehumidifiers come with wheels and handles to make them easy to manoeuvre from room to room. If you want to use the dehumidifier in lots of different rooms and it's quite large, it may be convenient to try and buy one with wheels to make your life easier when transporting.

Noise – Most dehumidifiers are very quiet and won't disturb you. However, if you're a light sleeper, or have a baby napping in the room, and want the dehumidifier in your room whilst you sleep, it might be best to choose one of the quietest options to prevent any disturbance.

Auto off function – The auto-off function is very handy and it prevents any leakages or spillages. Once the water tank is full the dehumidifier will automatically turn itself off to avoid overflowing, so there's no need to worry about immediately emptying it if you're out or busy.

Humidity sensor – Clever dehumidifiers have humidity sensors and only absorb moisture until it has reached the humidity level you set. Not only does this save electricity as it's not running when it doesn't need to be, but it also creates the ideal level of moisture for you.

Best dehumidifiers to battle odours and mould

1. CONOPU Dehumidifier 1L, £49.99

– Best budget buy

CONOPU Dehumidifier 1L

Extracts per day: 450ml |Capacity: 1L | Dimensions: H25.6cm x W15cm x L15cm

This 1L dehumidifier is an excellent budget option that can remove up to 450ml of water per day at 30°.

This dehumidifier is quiet enough to be placed on your bedside table whilst you sleep and has an auto off function to avoid water overflow. The transparent tank handily allows you to see the water storage status. You will be alerted when the tank needs emptying as the LED indicator will turn red and beep.

It's easy to clean too thanks to its detachable filter which reduces dust and cleans the air.

Not only is there an LED light to alert you when it needs emptying, but you can control the LED lights to create an atmosphere.

Pros: Affordable, quiet, auto off function, LED indicator, LED lights for atmosphere, detachable filter
Cons: Quite small, will need emptying quite often, no laundry mode

Available from: Amazon

2. Pro Breeze 12L Day Dehumidifier, £179.99

– Best for medium rooms

Pro Breeze 12L Day Dehumidifier

Extracts per day: 12L | Capacity: 1.8L | Dimensions: H44cm x W30cm x L22cm

If you have medium to large rooms in your house then you likely need a dehumidifier with a larger capacity. This dehumidifier has a 12L capacity and uses an efficient compressor with a 24 hour on-off timer and auto shut off.

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Much like the CONOPU dehumidifier above, this one is also quiet and will not disturb you.

It has an automatic humidity sensor which is shown on a digital display and it has one-touch controls where you can adjust fan speed and desired humidity. Once the room has reached the target humidity the dehumidifier will shut off.

The dehumidifier also has a 24 hour timer and 3 operating modes; auto, continuous and sleep mode.

Pros: Large capacity for large rooms, quiet, automatic humidity sensor, auto shut off, timer
Cons: Takes up more space than other options, no laundry mode

Available from: Amazon and Pro Breeze

3. Newentor Low Energy Dehumidifier, £229.99

– Best energy efficient dehumidifier

Newentor Low Energy Dehumidifier

Extracts per day: 3.5L | Capacity: 3.5L | Dimensions: H44cm x W30cm x L22cm

This dehumidifier is one of the largest on the list, able to extract up to 25 litres of water a day but is also the most energy efficient, costing just 4p an hour to run.

It has wheels and and handles to make moving it from room to room quick and easy.

Although it's not as quiet as the Pro Breeze and CONOPU above, it still is not too loud and won't disturb you.

The control panel has buttons to set a 24 hour timer, automatic defrosting, child safety lock and the visible water tank allows you to see when it needs emptying. It comes with a 1m drainage hose to allow for continuous drainage.

Pros: Large capacity, energy efficient, wheels, 24 hour timer, child safety lock, drainage hose
Cons: Takes up quiet a bit of room, no laundry mode

Available from: Amazon

4. Silentnight 2-in-1 Air Purifier and Dehumidifier, £90

– Best for an air purifier and dehumidifier

Silentnight 2-in-1 Air Purifier and Dehumidifier

Extracts per day: 750mL | Capacity: 1L | Dimensions: H32cm x W19cm x L19cm

This Silentnight option is a brilliant dehumidifier and air purifier in one. It has 3 speeds to choose from with a 1L water tank and an extraction capacity of 750ml a day.

The HEPA filter traps pollen, pet dander, dust mite, smoke and other air pollutants, making it a really great choice if anyone in your family has allergies.

Pros: Air purifier and dehumidifier, compact, portable
Cons: Fairly small extraction capacity and water tank, no laundry mode

Available from: Silentnight

5. DeLonghi Tasciugo Multi 16L Dehumidifier with Laundry Mode, £306.78

– Best for laundry

DeLonghi Tasciugo Multi 16L Dehumidifier with Laundry Mode

Extracts per day: 16L | Capacity: 2.1L | Dimensions: H50.8cm x W33.4cm x L22cm

If you're buying a dehumidifier to help speed up your laundry drying time then this is the one for you. It has a specific laundry mode which automatically adjusts the settings to optimise ventilation speed and dehumidifying capacity to dry clothes as quickly as possible.

It has 3 humidity level settings, a removable water tank with a indicator light to tell you when it's full as well as an auto stop function.

The dehumidifier has a portable and lightweight design to make it easy to move and store away.

Pros: Laundry mode, humidity level settings, indicator light, auto stop function, portable, large capacity
Cons: Quite large

Available from: Appliances Direct

6. Princess Smart Dehumidifier, £279

– Best smart dehumidifier

Princess Smart Dehumidifier

Extracts per day: 6L | Capacity: 2.1L | Dimensions: H59.5cm x W37.1cm x L25.1cm

One of the best things about this dehumidifier is that you can control it from your phone via the HomeWizard Climate app. The smart dehumidifier has 3 settings to control the humidity by the temperature of the room. If you don't want to use your phone, it also has a remote control.

It's easy to move from room to room too, thank to its carry handle and wheels. The moisture content percentage is shown on an LED display and there is a timer to control when it turns off.

The indicator will let you know when the water tank is full and needs emptying.

Pros: Can control from your phone, comes with a remote control, can control humidity, portable, LED display, timer, indicator when tank full
Cons: Large, does not have laundry mode

Available from: Currys, B&Q and Amazon

7. UniBond 450g 360 Moisture Absorber, £8

– Best non-electric dehumidifier

UniBond 450g 360 Moisture Absorber

Extracts per day: N/A | Capacity: 450ml | Dimensions: H22cm x W20cm x L11cm

If you want a dehumidifier but don't want to use your electricity then this is the ideal option. The innovative 2-in-1 refill tab technology reduces and neutralises odours.

The tab is made up of ultra-active crystals and its wave-shaped surface increases air exposure and circulation.

Much like the electric dehumidifiers, this one also indicates when it needs a new refill tab.

Although it's cheap and you don't have to pay for electricity to run it, do note that you will have to keep buying refills.

Pros: Does not use electricity, affordable, neutralises odours, has an indicator when needs refilling
Cons: Small capacity, not as effective an an electric dehumidifier, have to buy tab refills

Available from: Wilko and Robert Dyas

8. Black+Decker Reusable 0.25L Dehumidifier, £39

– Best mini dehumidifier

Black+Decker Reusable 0.25L Dehumidifier

Extracts per day: 250ml| Capacity: 900ml | Dimensions: H21.7cm x W14.5cm x L14.5cm

For small rooms, cupboards or wardrobes, a mini dehumidifier can do the job. It's small and lightweight so doesn't take up much space and is easy to move around from room to room.

With an extraction rate of 250ml a day you won't have to empty the 900ml water tank every day. Once the tank is full, it will automatically shut off to prevent any leaks or spillages.

It's easy to control, with just the touch of a button. Due to its size, it also does not cost much to run and is very quiet so you will hardly hear it.

Pros: Compact, small, lightweight, don't have to empty every day, easy to control, quiet, cheap to run
Cons: Does not have as high an extraction rate or capacity as others

Available from: B&Q and Amazon

How did we choose our 10 of the Best?

When testing and selecting the best dehumidifiers we considered capcity, extraction rate, size, portability, sound and value.

Our 10 of the Best lists are compiled by qualified and experienced parenting journalists. They rely on a number of sources, including our independent reviews, testing undertaken during the MadeForMums Awards, and feedback from our home testing panel and Top Testers Club. Each year thousands of products are put through their paces by hundreds of parents across the country on behalf of MadeForMums, to ensure we’re bringing you honest and true reviews and recommendations.

Our list is not an ordered ranking from 1-10, instead it is a carefully selected group of tried-and-tested products, each of which we believe is best for a different situation or requirement. We don't just tell you what is best, we help you discover what is best for your family.

Is it worth using a dehumidifier?

Using a dehumidifier has many benefits. It prevents damp, mould, mildew and musty odours growing in your home. Not only that but in winter when you can't dry your clothes outdoors, it really helps speed up the drying process.

If you have allergies, a dehumidifier is a great idea as it inhibits dust mites. You can also get dehumidifiers which double up as air purifiers which are extra helpful for getting rid of air pollutants and allergens.

Where is the best place to put a dehumidifier in your home?

To get the most out of your dehumidifier, you want to have it somewhere with excellent circulation so it can dehumidify the whole room. It's not recommended to put the dehumidifier directly against a wall or furniture as this can block some of the vents and make it less efficient.

An ideal place for a dehumidifier is next to the source of moisture, for example, if you're drying laundry in the room, it's a good idea to put the dehumidifier close by.

The most humid areas of your house tend to be the upstairs near the stairs or in the basement if you have one, so these are ideal places to put your dehumidifier if possible.

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How much does it cost to run a dehumidifier?

Dehumidifiers do not cost much to run. The most energy efficient option on our list only costs around 4p an hour to run (based on 15.32p/kWh). It's important to take a look at the wattage as higher powered dehumidifiers will cost more to run, however, they do tend to be more effective.

About the author

Chloe is a Digital Reviews Writer and Coordinator for Immediate Media's Parenting team. She researches and writes articles, recommending the best products for parents, ranging from best sleep aids to best playpens. She has a First-Class Honours Psychology degree where she developed a strong interest in child development.

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