Best dehumidifiers for tackling damp and drying laundry – tried, tested, and recommended

The best dehumidifiers for drying clothes and tackling damp, mould, and condensation – our top 10 tried and tested recommendations from Meaco, Pro Breeze, De'Longhi, and more

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The best dehumidifiers can help to combat the build up of damp, mould, and condensation in our homes by extracting excess moisture from the air to maintain the ideal indoor humidity. The most effective can also speed up indoor laundry drying times, making them a super-useful addition to the home during the wetter months of the year.

However, just like investing in one of the best air purifiers, wading through the technical jargon to decode extraction rates, tank capacity, and the cost to run each dehumidifier can feel a little daunting. That's why Ideal Home's experts are here to help.

Our team of reviewers have tried and tested the best dehumidifiers on the market, putting multiple options from Meaco, Pro Breeze, EcoAir, De'Longhi and many more brand names through their paces. Our review process compares how many litres of water each can extract from the air per day, how often you'll be emptying the dehumidifier's water tank, its ease of use, noise levels, energy use, and, of course, price.

You'll find our top recommendations below, including which is the best dehumidifier for drying clothes, the best budget-friendly dehumidifier, the most powerful, and our top-rated dehumidifier overall.

The quick list

Short on time? This quick list is an overview of the very best dehumidifiers. You'll find more information on each dehumidifier and why our testers recommend it if you keep on scrolling.

Best dehumidifiers – tried and tested

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Best dehumidifier overall

The white MeacoDry Arete One 20L dehumidifier with black trimproduct badge

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Best dehumidifier overall

Specifications

Type: Compressor
Extraction rate: 10L / 12L / 20L / 25L per day
Water tank capacity: 2.5L / 2.5L / 4.8L / 4.8L
Max room size: 42m² / 50m² / 75m² / 90m²
Noise: 35-38dB / 35-38dB / 38-40dB / 40-42dB
Power: 151W / 151W / 216W / 267W
Dimensions: H47 x W32 x D24cm / H62 x W37x D27cm
Weight: 10.7kg / 10.9kg / 15kg / 16kg
Option for continuous drainage: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Energy efficient
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Quiet
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Easy to use
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Automatic humidity sensor
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Laundry Drying modes
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Good water tank capacity
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Built-in HEPA air purifier

Reasons to avoid

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No WiFi connectivity or timer

Having put multiple dehumidifiers through their paces to compile this guide, the MeacoDry Arete One Dehumidifier remains our top recommendation for best dehumidifier overall. 

It's quiet, easy to use, works superbly and is very energy-efficient compared to pretty much every other compressor dehumidifier on the market. Plus, as well as first-rate moisture extraction, it's equipped with a built-in HEPA air filter that rivals many dedicated air purifiers to improve indoor air quality in more ways than one.

There are four different sized dehumidifiers in the Arete One range, offering moisture extraction rates of 10, 12, 20 or 25 litres per day. That means it's easy to find the right option for your home size, and the level of moisture control you need. All come with generous water tank capacity that means you aren't constantly emptying them, and their energy-efficiency is best-in-class with power usage of just 151W for the 12L model and an incredibly low 267W for the 25L model which means running costs stay low.

An automatic humidity sensor makes for hassle-free operation, turning the dehumidifier on when moisture levels rise and automatically shutting the appliance off when the target humidity level is reached. Plus, in our tests, the Arete One reduced moisture levels in damp-prone rooms in a very short period of time. The dedicated Laundry Drying mode also works brilliantly – wet washing was dry in hours rather than the days it can usually take in the draughty Victorian terrace we tested the unit in.

Overall, this is a best-in-class dehumidifier that does a fantastic job of extracting moisture from the home and remains hard to beat by any of its competition. The only thing it lacks is Wi-Fi connectivity. If remote or voice-activated control is a must-have for you, the Pro Breeze 30L High Capacity Smart Dehumidifier or Duux Bora Smart 20L Dehumidifier are both Wi-Fi compatible options.

Our Meaco MeacoDry Arete One Dehumidifier review has the full detail.

Best budget dehumidifier

ElectriQ 12L dehumidifierproduct badge

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Best budget dehumidifier

Specifications

Type: Compressor
Extraction rate: 12L per day
Water tank capacity: 2.5L
Max room size: up to 3 bed house
Noise: 37dB
Power: 180W
Dimensions: H52 x W29 x D20cm
Weight: 9kg
Option for continuous drainage: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Affordable
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Quiet
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Easy to use
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Lightweight, compact and portable
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Automatic humidity sensor
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Colour-changing humidity indicator
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Built-in carbon filter to remove odours

Reasons to avoid

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No Wi-Fi connectivity
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Water tank a little fiddly to empty

The ElectriQ 12L Dehumidifier is one of the best budget dehumidifiers we've tested. Decent dehumidifiers don't come cheap, and it's rare to find a compressor dehumidifier – which is the type you want if you have significant damp issues – that offers this level of performance for under £150.

It can't quite compete with our top recommendation, the MeacoDry Arete One Dehumidifier, which is more energy-efficient, offers a built-in HEPA air filter as standard, and is slightly quieter to run. But it comes close, and offers a lighter build and more budget-friendly price tag. Our reviewer thought it was a great choice for anyone who wants a small, compact dehumidifier that's good value for money.

It can extract 12L of moisture from the air per day, and in our tests it worked hard to do so, filling its 2.5L water tank with condensed water in just a few hours. It features an automatic humidity sensor so you can set your target humidity levels and allow it to do its thing, and also offers an easy-to-read humidity indicator light that glows green when humidity is in the target range and amber or red when humidity is high – a great way to see your home's damp levels at a glance.

Whilst it doesn't have a dedicated Laundry Drying mode like the MeacoDry Arete One, De'Longhi Tascuigo AriaDry Multi Dehumidifier or Pro Breeze 20L Premium Dehumidifier with Special Laundry Mode, our tester found she didn't need it. She simply set the target humidity to 35% and the ElectriQ 12L made short work of speeding up indoor drying times in her laundry room. It also features a built-in carbon filter that our reviewer found reduced odours from cooking fumes and pets. 

The ElectriQ doesn't offer Wi-Fi connectivity like the Duux Bora Smart 20L Dehumidifier or Pro Breeze 30L Premium Dehumidifier, and the water tank was a little fiddly to empty. But, overall, as long as you only need a 12L extraction rate, this is a great dehumidifier for the price.

Find out more in our ElectriQ 12L Dehumidifier review.

Best dehumidifier for drying clothes

De'Longhi DEX216F Dehumidifierproduct badge

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Best dehumidifier for drying clothes

Specifications

Type: Compressor
Extraction rate: 12L / 14L / 16L per day
Water tank capacity: 2.1L
Max room size: 55m² / 65m² / 75m²
Noise: 40dB
Power: 300W
Dimensions: H51 x W33 x D22cm
Weight: 9kg
Option for continuous drainage: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Stylish design with built-in carry handle
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Easy to use
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Automatic humidity sensor 
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Laundry Drying mode
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Built-in air purifier

Reasons to avoid

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Water tank could be bigger
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No humidity display
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No WiFi connectivity or timer
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No wheels

Overall, the De’Longhi Tasciugo AriaDry is a great dehumidifier. It’s sleek, stylish and, most importantly, it works really well.

As well as rapidly extracting moisture from damp-prone rooms, it does an amazing job of drying laundry; on a par with the MeacoDry Arete One Dehumidifier. The simple interface also means it’s easy to use, without any complicated settings to get your head around, and, although it doesn't have wheels, its ergonomic carry handle makes it easy to move around the home. 

Beyond that, it's relatively quiet when running, has a built-in air filter for air purification on top of its damp-defying powers, and, its energy usage is relatively low.

Really, the Tasciugo only has a few downsides. Although the AriaDry has an automatic humidity sensor so it will switch itself off once your desired setting is reached, it doesn't have a humidity display, so you can't tell what a room's current humidity levels are – something we missed considering its price point. The water tank could also be a lot larger. Its powerful performance meant we were emptying the 2.1L tank very frequently during testing, although there is a continuous drainage option and hose supplied. 

It's also not quite the most energy-efficient model on the market. That accolade goes to the our top recommendation, the MeacoDry Arete One Dehumidifier. The comparable 12L Meaco Arete One costs just 4p an hour to run compared to the 12L De’Longhi Tasciugo AriaDry's average 8p per hour, matches the Tascuigo on specfications, and offers a humidity display. 

And, lastly, there's the De’Longhi Tasciugo AriaDry dehumidifier's price. The stylish Italian design comes at a cost, with this one of the most expensive dehumidifiers on the market.

Our full De’Longhi Tasciugo AriaDry Multi Dehumidifier review has more detail.

Best desiccant dehumidifier

The black and white EcoAir DD1 Simple MK3 Dehumidifierproduct badge

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