The Best Dehumidifiers for the Home

High indoor humidity can wreak havoc on personal comfort as well as the integrity of a home and its contents. To end up with a dehumidifier well suited to your needs, start with our roundup of top favorites.

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The Best Dehumidifier Options

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Not only does excess humidity make you feel sticky and uncomfortable, but it also increases the risk of mold growth in a home, which can damage furniture and stored items. Some regions, especially those that get a lot of rain, are naturally humid and that humidity can find its way into a home. Sometimes, steamy showers taken in unvented bathrooms can introduce excess humidity into a home. In other cases, basements—because they’re located below grade—can build up high humidity levels. If you feel sticky in your home, odds are your house has an overabundance of humidity and you would benefit from a dehumidifier.

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Best for Rooms

The Best Dehumidifier Options
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If you need a dehumidifier for a bedroom, bathroom, or nursery, check out the KTPOWER Electric Mini Dehumidifier, designed to reduce humidity in a single room. It weighs only 4.8 pounds, so it’s easy to move around as needed. Place this portable dehumidifier on the floor (or on a shelf in the nursery), switch it on, and it will run continuously until its 68-ounce collection tank is full—or until you switch it off. The KTPOWER dehumidifier removes up to 20.2 ounces of moisture per day and is designed for rooms up to 272 square feet in size.

Best for Basements

The Best Dehumidifier Options
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The Vremi Dehumidifier can remove up to 22 pints of moisture from the air per day in areas up to 1,500 square feet, making it a good choice for homes with basements or open floor plans. It operates at a consistent speed to keep humidity at a comfortable level, but if you come home to a sticky house, just switch on the turbo mode to increase air movement for quick air drying. The dehumidifier comes with a 4-gallon collection tank and a see-through window so you can tell when the water in the tank is nearing the top. The machine will shut off if the collection tank fills up, but if you have a floor drain nearby—such as in a utility room—you can connect a drain hose (sold separately) to the Vremi and drain the collected water directly into the floor drain without worrying about dumping the tank.

Best for Whole Homes

The Best Dehumidifier Option: AlorAir Sentinel Whole Home Dehumidifier
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When you need serious moisture reduction, consider a whole-house unit such as the AlorAir Sentinel HDi90 Whole Home Dehumidifier. The dehumidifier removes up to 11.25 gallons of moisture per day and there’s no collection tank to dump. Instead, the AlorAir comes with a condensate pump, similar to a sump pump, that automatically pumps the water through a hose (included) to the outdoors or to a floor drain. You can select your desired level of humidity, and the dehumidifier will automatically turn on when it detects that level and shut off when the humidity once again drops. The AlorAir also includes a remote control for changing settings from wherever you are in the home.