As we enter yet another summer that promises to be hotter than normal, the humid weather is creeping in. Since air-conditioned offices and shopping malls are still out of reach for many during these socially distanced summer months, maintaining a dehumidified home is something you can do to stay cool. And while we’ve written before about all sorts of cooling devices — including the best window air conditioners, the best window fans, and even a personal facial mister — here, we’ve rounded up the best dehumidifiers as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
1. Keystone Energy Star 50-Pint Dehumidifier, 3,000 Sq. Ft.
Over 1,200 purchasers give this 50-pint Keystone humidifier five stars, and many speak to its power and reliability. One reviewer set up “this dehumidifier in our basement and the humidity level went from 89 percent to 55 percent in about 8 hours. The humidity level has maintained at 45 percent ever since. It runs quietly and does exactly like it should. Basement is dry and odor free, no more musty smells. And no freezing up … like the last two dehumidifiers.” Another happy shopper says, “Six months of ownership and this thing keeps rocking … Keeps humidity nice for my small 700-square-foot apartment.”
2. Pro Breeze Electric Mini Dehumidifier, 150 Sq. Ft.
“This little guy works wonders as a whole-house unit when centrally located, or as a spot dehumidifier in the kitchen when I’m cooking,” writes one purchaser of this Pro Breeze portable dehumidifier — which is similar to the best-rated Pro Breeze mini, just slightly bigger. Its big advantage over the mini is that this portable dehumidifier can efficiently dehumidify an entire room, unlike the mini, which is made more for closets and tight spaces. Many mention how convenient it is to have a portable dehumidifier that’s easy to bring wherever needed. As one explains, “It’s so easy to use and to move around my home … I got rid of the mugginess in the main living area; took it downstairs to the family room and within a few hours it smelled fresh and non-humid. Planning on using it in my large storage area next.” Some do note that this probably isn’t the best choice for dehumidifying large areas — the manufacturer recommends sticking with areas up to 250 square feet. But as one happy shopper puts it, “I needed something that I could move myself, and some of those big ones are just too much.”
3. hOmeLabs 1,500 Sq. Ft. Energy Star Dehumidifier
Nearly 150 five-star reviewers describe this dehumidifier as quiet. One, who gets leg cramps from humidity, says it is “quiet enough for me to sleep through. In fact, it is quieter than my cooking fan, bathroom fan, and central air-conditioning.” Best of all, this dehumidifier is so effective, they don’t get those cramps anymore. Another customer describes this dehumidifier as “quiet and powerful,” especially compared with other models he has tried. He initially purchased the device to remove moisture from the air after washing a carpet and says “it removed easily two gallons with 70 percent humidity within 16 hours.” Dozens of other reviewers mention the sleek and stylish look of this dehumidifier, including one who appreciates that “it’s not an eyesore and doesn’t look ugly in my newly renovated and modern looking room.” Another reviewer, who purchased it for her son’s small, humid summer apartment, says the machine “immediately started pulling humidity out of the air.” She concludes, “It also doesn’t look like a dehumidifier, which is nice. Sleek, nice-looking machine that is a powerhouse!”
4. Tosot 70-Pint Dehumidifier With Internal Pump, 4,500 Sq. Ft.
Reviewers say that this unit from TOSOT, with a 70-pint capacity and an internal pump, is very effective at dehumidifying large areas. “I bought this instead of having a basement-solutions company install a commercial-grade $2,000 unit. Within 24 hours my basement was dry and most of the odor was gone,” writes one purchaser, adding that the “internal pump [lets it] drain outside my basement, so I don’t have to continuously empty the tank. I’m just sorry I didn’t do this years ago.” Over 100 other five-star reviewers mention that built-in pump, many citing it as a must-have feature, including one who says “the supplied tubing and the pump has had no problem emptying the water vessel.” And the internal pump means that getting the water out of the damp area is pretty easy. “Unboxed, plugged in and ran drain hose from internal pump to my sump pit, and 36 hours later it had captured a full bucket of moisture. Hit the pump button and it drained and just kept going,” one reviewer attests, concluding, “This thing is AMAZING!”
5. Honeywell TP50WK 50 Pint Energy Star Dehumidifier
Many reviewers highlight the quality construction of this 50-pint Honeywell dehumidifier. “The moment I took it out of the box, I could feel the quality, as I expected with Honeywell. There isn’t much noise and the material feels durable.” Another says, “I’ve had this machine on 24/7 for about four days now; the amount of water it’s pulled from my 2,000 square foot home environs is phenomenal.” Many also add that the “continuous draining” feature makes this an especially great dehumidifier to use in a basement. As one satisfied reviewer explains, “I love the continuous draining. I bought a six-foot hose to attach to it and it drains into my basement drain. No emptying. Works great.”