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The 9 best dehumidifiers 2023 | Complete Buying Guide

In a properly ventilated and heated home, the use of a dehumidifier is completely unnecessary. However, it is not uncommon for our insulation to be imperfect and to require action on our part.

To alleviate this problem, the installation of a dehumidifier is recommended to regulate the humidity in a room and create inhospitable living conditions for allergenic organisms such as dust mites and moulds.

Our comparison for the year 2023

Comparison updated on 23/03/2023

Are you thinking of buying an air dehumidifier online and don't know which one to choose? Don't worry: we've got it all covered.
In this article, we help you make an informed decision with the help of a clear and concise comparison. It will help you identify the product that best suits your needs, based on the opinions of many consumers.

1. For cold and damp areas (cellar, basement)

The cellar and basement are undoubtedly among the most humid spaces in a house. A dehumidifier installed in this space should be remotely controllable (if possible), cold resistant and powerful. Read more >> The best cellar dehumidifiers.

Comfee dehumidifier

The best performer according to consumers

Equipped with a removable 3,000ml tank and capable of dehumidifying a 40m² room, this professional electric dehumidifier is powerful enough to absorb up to 20L of moisture per day. The Comfee can be controlled remotely and requires very little energy, allowing you to choose the air extraction speed and the desired humidity level.

Intelligent and modern at the same time, it also knows how to adapt autonomously to indoor climatic conditions. In addition to being designed to make your life easier, this product offers you the choice between manual or continuous emptying of the collected moisture. Finally, we appreciate the presence of wheels and the low noise level of the device (about 45 dB).

Suntec dehumidifier

Our favourite

Equipped with a removable 4,000 ml tank and capable of dehumidifying an area of 100 m², this professional electric dehumidifier is capable of absorbing up to 30 L of moisture per day. The Suntec dehumidifier is economical and environmentally friendly and is only activated when necessary. If the relative humidity exceeds a certain level, its R290-based compressor (an energy-efficient natural gas) is activated and dehumidifies the room air.

As well as being powerful, the Suntec can also be connected via wifi to your phone. This option is very practical, as it allows you to remotely adjust its ventilation speed, the desired humidity level or to set a timer. In addition, a defrosting system is useful if you plan to operate the unit in a low temperature environment.

The Suntec dehumidifier, which comes with a drainage hose and wheels, is a real favourite with us: it combines design, power and useful options with environmental awareness.

Pro Breeze dehumidifier

An interesting price/quality ratio

Equipped with a removable 1,800 ml tank and capable of dehumidifying a 20 m² room, this electric dehumidifier is capable of absorbing up to 12 L of moisture per day. Both economical and intelligent, the Pro Breeze automatically shuts off when the desired humidity level is reached.

Among the options offered, we liked the defrost function which is particularly useful if you want to operate the unit in a cold environment. The Pro Breeze comes with a drain hose and can be connected to a floor drain for continuous draining. Finally, the wheels are very practical for moving its 10 kg, whether in your garage, your cellar or your bathroom.

2. For the bathroom and the rest of the house

The bathroom is one of the rooms with the highest humidity. However, a poorly insulated home can also see its bedrooms or living room invaded by humidity. In order to combat this problem effectively, we have selected 3 appliances that are perfectly suited to dehumidifying these living spaces. To find out more >> The best dehumidifiers for the bathroom.

Pro Breeze Bathroom Dehumidifier

The most compact

Equipped with a removable 1500 ml water tank, the Pro Breeze uses Peltier cooling technology. This dehumidification technique makes the appliance more economical and quiet (40 dB), as it does not require the use of a compressor.

Ideal for a room of 20 m² (bedroom, living room, bathroom), this electric dehumidifier can absorb up to 500 ml of humidity per day, enough to quickly eliminate humidity and mould from the air. In addition to a removable water tank, this model has an automatic shut-off system and an indicator light to let you know when it is full. Both compact and ergonomic, you'll have no trouble fitting it into even the smallest of spaces.

Bathroom dehumidifier Comfee

Our favourite

Equipped with a removable water tank with a capacity of 2 litres, this dehumidifier uses R290 refrigerant gas (environmentally friendly) to collect ambient humidity. Ideal for a space of 20 m² (bedroom, living room, bathroom), this model has an LED display and a configuration panel making it easy to use and to choose the humidity level to be reached.

Efficient and practical, this dehumidifier is capable of recovering up to 12 litres of water per day and restarts with the last known settings in the event of a power cut. We also appreciate its compact and aesthetic appearance which will allow you to find a place for it in your home without effort.

Gocheer bathroom dehumidifier

An interesting price/quality ratio

Equipped with a removable water tank with a capacity of 2,000 ml and designed to dehumidify an area of 30 m², this electric dehumidifier is capable of absorbing an average of 800 ml of humidity per day. Both silent (about 40 dB) and energy efficient, this model works autonomously: when its water tank is full, it stops and an indicator light warns you that it is time to drain the water collected. Finally, its light and compact appearance will not make it difficult to find a suitable place for it, whether in your bathroom or the rest of the house.

3. For small spaces (wardrobe, car)

Smaller spaces are generally conducive to moisture accumulation and therefore to the development of mould. To limit these condensation problems, we have selected 3 moisture absorbers that are perfectly suited for your wardrobe, your cellar or your car. For more information >> The best car dehumidifiers.

Wessper car dehumidifier and defroster

The best performer according to consumers

The Wessper is a mobile moisture absorber specially designed for condensation problems. Ideal for small spaces without heating, it prevents the appearance of mould in your car or caravan. Made from silica gel, the product lasts for approximately 3 months and can be reused after drying the bag in the radiator or microwave.

Carlinea dehumidifier and fogger

Our favourite

The Carlinea is ideal if you want to remove moisture from your vehicle. This reusable product is made from silica gel to reduce fogging and condensation caused by excess humidity and poor ventilation.

This mobile moisture absorber is cold and heat resistant and holds water safely and without leaks. The product's plus? The Carlinea is equipped with a blue indicator. As soon as it turns pink, place the bag in the microwave for 6 minutes to remove the absorbed moisture. The indicator will then turn blue again and the bag will be usable again.

Rubson Sensation Pure moisture absorber

An interesting price/quality ratio

The Rubson sensation pure is a discreet and portable humidity absorber for small rooms of 10 m². Ideal for a small area such as a car, it effectively combats your moisture problems, while preventing the appearance of mould and odours. Compact and design, it has a long life span (about 2 months for 10 m²) and an affordable price thanks to the long life of its chemical cartridge.

What are our selection criteria?

Excessive humidity in your home is conducive to the growth of dust mites and mould. These nuisances can affect your health and comfort. In order to eliminate these problems, we believe it is important to choose the right dehumidifier: a device that is too small can be ineffective in reducing relative humidity, while a professional (oversized) device can dry out the air too much.

Our decision is based on the practicality of dehumidifiers (water discharge, size, operating mode, moisture absorption capacity, room temperature, noise level, fan speeds and price), but also on the room to be dehumidified: for example, a bedroom does not require as much power as a cellar or basement to be dehumidified.

Our only constraint is to inform you without distorting reality!

How does a dehumidifier work?

A dehumidifier works in a similar way to an air conditioner: it sucks in air, filters the moisture and returns it to the room. In general, the moisture collected by these products is collected in a tray that must then be emptied. To date, there are no less than four different techniques for collecting room humidity:

  • The moisture absorber A moisture absorber is a mobile container containing calcium-based mineral salts. Presented in the form of a filter, a chemical cartridge or a tablet, its mineral salts absorb moisture from the air and transform it into water, which is then collected in a container. Suitable for use in unheated spaces, this product is generally available at a low price. To find out more, read our article : how to use a moisture absorber?
  • The compressor Compressor dehumidifiers, like your air conditioner, use a refrigerant gas to cool a condenser to dry the air. As the humid air comes into contact with the condenser, it changes into water and is collected in the tank. This dehumidification system is simple and fast, but relatively noisy and energy consuming.
  • The desiccant Desiccant dehumidifiers are recommended for drying air at low temperatures. The humid air is sucked in by a fan and then subjected to a desiccant wheel made of a porous solid. Under its effect, the moisture returns to its liquid state and is then blown onto a metal plate by a second fan blowing hot, dry air.
  • The Peltier effect It is associated with a physical phenomenon known as the thermoelectric effect. The Peltier effect is manifested in the form of a heat shift induced by the presence of an electric current. This phenomenon was discovered in 1834 by the French physicist Jean-Charles Peltier, who connected the ends of a bismuth wire to an accumulator using two copper wires. In this experiment, he observed that one of the copper/bismuth junctions heated up while the other cooled down.

How do I set up my dehumidifier?

Pro Breeze Portable Dehumidifier 12L / Day, Room dehumidification approx. 120m³ (20 m²) - with 3 Modes, Digital Display, Continuous Evacuation, 24hr Timer - Against humidity

Most dehumidifiers are easy to adjust thanks to their intuitive control panel. Here are the main steps if you want to install/adjust your dehumidification system:

  • Choose the right location Installation of your dehumidifier in the right place will affect its use and efficiency. The product should not be placed too close to the wall to facilitate air ventilation. Also, if your living space allows, try to position it in the centre of the room or near the windows. This will make it easier for the hygrostat in your unit to detect changes in humidity resulting from too much heat or too little temperature.
  • Set the humidity level to 45 % Humidity: We suggest that you set your humidistat to a humidity level of 45-50 %. You can adjust this according to your level of indoor comfort, but remember that this is the ideal humidity level for good indoor air quality. Too low a humidity level can lead to health problems (lung irritation, chapped lips, etc.), while humid conditions will be conducive to the growth of moulds and other allergens.
  • Check the water drain Once your dehumidifier has been set up, you must ensure that it is properly installed at the water outlet. If your appliance does not have a removable tray, you can connect it to a floor drain. The use of a drain hose will be very useful for this purpose. Otherwise, remember to drain it manually on a regular basis.
  • Save energy with the timer You can reduce the cost of your energy bill by only running your dehumidifier at specific times (or when you are drying your clothes). Note, however, that it is advisable to run your dehumidifier frequently (every day) to avoid excess humidity in your home.
  • Set up the Wi-Fi function Humidity monitoring: you can monitor your humidity level from your smartphone by purchasing a professional wifi enabled dehumidifier. Don't forget to configure this function if your equipment allows it.

How to fight against humidity?

The DailyHow to fight against humidity?

In addition to a dehumidifier, there are some simple things you can do to help reduce the humidity in your home and breathe easier. Here are some of them:

  • Open the windows The most natural way to dehumidify a room is to open the windows. This simple action allows fresh air to enter and improves the air circulation in the room.
  • Think about plants They have a natural tendency to absorb moisture. Their absorption capacity is low, but they will help you to clean up your home. They include: peace lily, lounge palm, English ivy, tillandsia and Boston fern.
  • Take cooler showers Hot showers are known to increase the humidity level in your home. To avoid this problem, try using cooler water while keeping the bathroom door open to increase air circulation. This will keep condensation to a minimum.
  • Turn on the cooker hood When heating water, cover the pots and turn on the kitchen hood to remove moisture from the house.
  • Check your air vents If these are blocked by a cloth, the humid air will not be able to escape properly. Maintain or reinstate the ventilation grilles at the bottom for the air inlet and at the top for the air outlet.