Keep summer humidity at bay with our favorite dehumidifiers

BestReviews Staff

Consider installing a small dehumidifier in your closet or bathroom to cut dampness, prevent mold and mildew formation, and protect the integrity of your linens.

In many homes, a dehumidifier is a necessity. A dehumidifier pulls moisture out of the air, minimizing dampness and decreasing the occurrence of mold, mildew, and musty odors. With a dehumidifier in service, you can control the humidity in your home so it stays below 50%, thereby keeping dust mites and other allergens at bay.

Some dehumidifiers must be manually emptied every one to two days. If it's very humid, you may need to perform this task even more often. If you're not enthralled with the idea of emptying a dehumidifier regularly, not to worry: some dehumidifiers can be connected to a hose for hands-off water drainage.

One of the most important decisions you'll make when shopping for a dehumidifier is what size to get. This will depend on the size of your space. A large-capacity dehumidifier that can remove 70 pints of water a day is perfect for tempering moisture in a large room or even a small home. If your needs aren't as grand as that, you can find plenty of units that do a good job on a smaller scale.

Frigidaire FFAD7033R1 70-Pint Dehumidifier

This powerful dehumidifier from Frigidaire can tackle dampness and humidity throughout an entire small or medium-size home. If you've got a problem with mold, mildew, or musty smells, we strongly recommend this contender. It costs a pretty penny and makes a fair amount of noise, but it also delivers reliable results.

Keystone 70 Pt. Dehumidifier

This dehumidifier doesn't hail from a well-known manufacturer, but it's almost as effective as the top-shelf brands. The compressor cycles are frequent and loud, and a handful of owners have experienced durability issues after several years of use. If you're looking for a low-cost dehumidifier that does a good job, however, this is one to consider.

Eva-Dry Edv-1100 Electric Petite Dehumidifier

For a closet or bathroom, this compact dehumidifier from Eva-Dry is a great choice. It runs quietly and automatically shuts off when the reservoir is full of water. If your environment is damp, you may find yourself emptying the reservoir often - perhaps every day. It's definitely a light-duty appliance, but the price is affordably low, and results are satisfactory with consistent use.

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