Best Dehumidifier? 2021 UK Guide

Meaco ABC 10L Dehumidifier

Introduction

What is the best dehumidifier? The answer is, it depends. If you are having damp issues in your home and looking to find the best dehumidifier, then you are in the right place. Buying the perfect dehumidifier doesn’t need to be difficult, we have written this guide to make it as easy as possible.

We have spent a lot of time reviewing dehumidifiers to find out which ones are the best. We have reviewed all the top models and given you our honest opinion to help you make your own decision. The best dehumidifier for you will depend on the level of damp issues you are having and several other factors we have covered in detail.

Different people will require different dehumidifiers. We have produced a simple, yet detailed buyers guide to help you decide which dehumidifier you should buy. For example, some people will value features such as energy efficiency and others may wish to have a dehumidifier with laundry mode. We have produced the simplest yet most comprehensive dehumidifier buying guide on the web for your convenience.

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Editors Top Picks . . .


Best Dehumidifier – Meaco ABC 12L Dehumidifier Review

  • Removes up to 12L of water a day
  • 2.6L water tank
  • Low noise – 35 Decibels
  • Energy efficient – 160 Watt
  • Sleek design
  • Laundry Mode
  • Auto-off timer
  • Humidistat
  • 5 different colours
  • Best all-round dehumidifier

Meaco are an award-winning and trusted brand. They produce high performance, high quality, reliable products at great prices. The Meaco ABC 12L offers an excellent 12L/day extraction rate and a large 2.6L water tank. This level of extraction makes it the perfect solution to excess condensation and damp in medium-sized homes. This model comes in 2 sizes and we recommend the 10L model for smaller properties or larger ones with milder damp problems.

As well as offering an excellent extraction rate for the price, this dehumidifier is whisper quiet and consumes very little energy. A stand-out feature of the Meaco ABC range is the amazing energy efficiency. According to this calculator, this model would cost 2.97pence per hour to run based on December 2019 energy tariffs! This is much cheaper than many other leading brands and an amazing feature.

It produces so little sound that it could be compared to some mini dehumidifiers in terms of noise. Most people could easily sleep with this dehumidifier in the room. This model includes all the features you would expect for the price and more. A humidistat, timer, laundry mode and the continuous drainage hose are excellent additions to a great dehumidifier. The Meaco ABC 12L is our pick for the best all-round dehumidifier because it has excellent features and offers great value.

What we like

  • Fantastic value
  • Best all-round dehumidifier
  • Quiet
  • Energy efficient
  • Laundry mode

What we don’t like

  • Can’t change fan direction

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Best Energy Efficient Dehumidifier – Meaco Platinum Range 20L Dehumidifier Review

  • Removes up to 20L of water a day
  • 6L water tank
  • Low noise – 44 Decibels
  • Energy efficient – 255 Watt
  • aesthetic design
  • Laundry Mode
  • Auto-off timer
  • Humidistat
  • Best energy efficient 20L dehumidifier

The Meaco Platinum Range 20L is a very famous and popular dehumidifier. Meaco commissioned an independent power consumption test for this product, the results were astounding. The tests showed that this model consumers a tiny 255 Watts! This is an incredible performance feature. It means this model only costs 3.5p an hour to run based on December 2019 UK energy tariffs. When you compare this energy consumption to other 20L models on the market, nothing comes close.

The number one reason to purchase an energy-efficient dehumidifier is to save money. Buying a cheaper dehumidifier may seem like a better choice. This isn’t always true though, because cheaper dehumidifiers usually consume more electricity than their higher-quality counterparts. A cheaper dehumidifier might save you some money now, but it will cost you more in the long term.

This dehumidifier has won the “Best Buy” award from which.com, you really can’t go wrong with it. As well as being the most energy-efficient dehumidifier, it is also one of the best all-round dehumidifiers you can get. In terms of 20L dehumidifiers, it is one of the most trusted and respected models on the market. You will struggle to find a bad word said about this product and we are happy to recommend it to anyone looking for a 20L dehumidifier.

What we like

  • Great all-round dehumidifier
  • Most energy-efficient 20L dehumidifier
  • Multiple modes
  • Award-winning
  • Cheap to run

What we don’t like

  • Expensive

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Best Mini Dehumidifier – Pro Breeze 1500ml Dehumidifier Review

  • Removes up to 500ml of water a day
  • 1.5L water tank
  • Energy efficient – 40 Watt
  • Auto-off
  • Low Noise
  • Good for mild damp issues
  • Good for smaller spaces

The Pro Breeze 1500ml is the 500ml model’s big brother. We think that this model offers excellent performance for the price paid. It builds on everything that was good about its smaller 500ml counterpart. This model has both the largest extraction rate and water tank of any mini dehumidifier currently available, 500ml and 1.5l. The remarkable thing about the Pro Breeze 1500ml is that it only consumes 40 watts of electricity.

We love this model for milder damp issues in smaller spaces. Many users reported that this dehumidifier successfully helped them get rid of damp issues in their homes. It also offers great value given that it is almost twice as powerful as many other mini dehumidifiers!

The best part about a mini dehumidifier is the portability and the options this gives you. You can easily move it into any room you want and get rid of the damp. Another bonus of mini dehumidifiers is that they are usually quieter and consume less energy than a full-size dehumidifier. This makes them a great choice for bedrooms and living rooms where you do not want to be disturbed by a loud unit.

What we like

  • One of the most powerful mini dehumidifiers
  • 500ml/day extraction rate
  • Great value

What we don’t like

  • Not the most visually pleasing dehumidifier
  • Not as powerful as a larger

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Best Quiet Dehumidifier – Meaco ABC 10L Dehumidifier Review

  • Removes up to 10L of water a day
  • 2.6L water tank
  • Low noise – 35 Decibels
  • Energy efficient – 160 Watt
  • Sleek design
  • Laundry Mode
  • Auto-off timer
  • Humidistat
  • 5 different colours

The Meaco ABC Range 10L Dehumidifier is the smaller version of the 12L model. It is also the quietest full-size dehumidifier available on the market. At only 35dB, you will not find a quieter unit. You could easily sleep with this dehumidifier in your bedroom or have it running in the living room whilst you watch TV.

As well as being extremely quiet, you get all the great features of the 12L version. You can expect this smaller version to be even quieter than the 12L model. We love the ABC range and believe they are perfect for the needs of most homes.

You can expect a slightly reduced extraction rate of 10L a day but this is still an excellent dehumidifier. Another advantage of this model is that it is cheaper than the 12L and will still do a good job in small to medium houses with mild to moderate damp issues.

What we like

  • Super quiet – 35dB
  • Low power consumption – 160 watt
  • Stylish
  • Get rid of damp and mould fast

What we don’t like

  • Not as powerful as 12L version

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Best Budget Dehumidifier – Inventor Fresh 12L Dehumidifier Review

Specifications

  • Removes up to 12L of water a day
  • 2L water tank
  • Silent mode
  • 200 Watt
  • Sleek design
  • Laundry Mode
  • Auto-off timer
  • Humidistat
  • 11.4 kg

The Inventor Fresh 12L Dehumidifier is an excellent buy and offers unbelievable value for the price paid. You will be extremely hard-pressed to find anything close to it in terms of performance for under £100. If you are on a tight budget and the other models we have recommended aren’t in reach then this is a great dehumidifier.

It has everything you would expect in a 12L dehumidifier despite costing much less than leasing brands and models. The fact this dehumidifier includes a timer at this price point is remarkable and an excellent feature to have. We love that this model offers a unique “silent mode”. This makes it perfect for when you want a quiet dehumidifier such as in bedrooms or living rooms.

Finally, the Inventor 12L comes with continuous dehumidification mode. This lets the dehumidifier run on full speed for maximum dehumidification. This is for when you have a serious damp problem you need to take care of or laundry to dry. You can expect the Inventor Fresh 12L to help you get rid of damp at a cheaper price than other models.

What we like

  • Amazing value
  • Large extraction rate
  • Silent mode

What we don’t like

  • Consumes more power than more expensive models

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Best Desiccant Dehumidifier – Eco Air DD122 7L Desiccant Dehumidifier Review

  • Removes up to 7L of water a day
  • 2L Water Tank
  • Quiet – 35dB
  • 300-580 Watt
  • Sleek Design
  • Laundry Mode
  • Variable Fan Speed
  • 6 kg

The DD122 7L has an excellent extraction rate and water tank size for the price paid and comes with several useful features. This dehumidifier is very simple to use and is controlled with a rotating dial and a switch controlling fan speed. It has a quiet mode for when you need it to be quiet and turbo mode for drying laundry. This dehumidifier will keep any room it is placed in nice and dry.

The Eco Air DD122 7L is a classic desiccant dehumidifier and very reliable. We always recommend using a desiccant dehumidifier in rooms that are likely to be below 15ºC. This probably includes garages, chilly hallways and basements. A desiccant dehumidifier is effective at any temperature but we recommend a compressor type for rooms at or above room temperature because desiccants consume more electricity.

A side benefit of a desiccant dehumidifier is that they blow out warmer air than they take in. For example, this product could warm up a chilly hallway whilst also keeping it nice and dry. It is also extremely portable and weighs only 6kg, making it perfect for easy transportation around the home.

What we like

  • Great for low temperatures
  • Lightweight
  • Great value

What we don’t like

  • Consumes more electricity than compressor types

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Buyers Guide

People assume that buying a dehumidifier is a simple decision, unfortunately, they are wrong. Dehumidifiers are not all the same. Different types serve different purposes. This information can be overwhelming and confusing at first, but we are here to help. 

To help you with your dehumidifier journey, we have prepared the simplest and most comprehensive buyers guide on the web. We will tell you everything to look for when choosing a dehumidifier. You will find that making the right choice is easy once you know what to look out for.

No one wants a damp home, it is a problem many of us here at indoor air solutions have dealt with ourselves. It can mean, musty smells, mould and damp possessions. Fortunately, it can be an easy problem to solve. The easiest way to solve it is to buy and use a dehumidifier. Before buying anything, it is always best to do some research, this is where we can help you make a good purchase.

Do You Need a Dehumidifier?

The first question you need to answer is ‘do I really need a dehumidifier?’ If you are asking yourself this question, then please take a moment to answer some of the below questions.

  • Do you ever smell a musty or mildew smell anywhere in your home?
  • Do you ever notice condensation on your windows or walls?
  • Have you ever noticed black mold growing indoors?
  • Are you allergic to dust mites?
  • Does your home ever feel cold and damp?
  • Do you want to protect your home and belongings from the damage that damp can cause?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions then you should strongly consider buying a dehumidifier. We always recommend being proactive when controlling dampness. You are better off preventing these problems from occurring than trying to fix them later on.

Many households experience damp and condensation issues during the winter months. This is because the inside of our homes is much warmer than the cold outdoors and lots of condensation forms.

Disadvantages of a dehumidifier

Benefits of a Dehumidifier

So you have decided that you need to buy a dehumidifier. Before you purchase, you will want to know what the benefits are. Buying a dehumidifier doesn’t just keep damp in check, it has other benefits.

  • Your home will be drier and feel warmer as a result
  • Mould won’t be able to grow because the moisture in the air will be too low. 
  • Dust mites will be drastically reduced
  • You will experience some health benefits such as reduced congestion
  • Protect your home and belongings from damage caused by damp

Condensation on walls and windows

If you have a damp home, a dehumidifier is the best way to turn your home into a happy and dry one. You won’t find a quicker or more convenient way to enjoy a more comfortable home. Maintaining good indoor air quality is even more important if you have children, older people or pets in the home. It is impossible to be cozy in a damp home, a dehumidifier can fix that.

What Type of Dehumidifier?

There are 3 types of dehumidifier: Compressor, Desiccant and Peltier. Most dehumidifiers are compressor types but sometimes a desiccant is necessary under certain conditions. Let’s take a quick and simple look at which type does what.

Compressor Dehumidifiers

Compressor, aka refrigerant dehumidifiers, are the most common type and are suitable for anywhere 15ºC+. They work the same way as your fridge, using a fan they pull air across extremely cold coils. Water in the air condenses on these coils and drips into the water tank. Refrigerant dehumidifiers use a compressor to keep the coils cold. The coils must remain colder than the air coming in. This is why compressor types struggle in low temperatures and can freeze up.

Pros

✅ Most effective above 15ºC

✅ Great for most household environments

✅ More energy efficient than desiccant dehumidifiers

✅ More powerful than Peltier dehumidifiers

✅ Usually cheaper than desiccant dehumidifiers

Cons

❌ Less effective below 15ºC

❌ Usually heavier than desiccant dehumidifiers

Desiccant

Desiccant dehumidifiers are another common type and work slightly differently. The fan pulls air across a “desiccant” chemical designed to absorb water from the air. This chemical is attached to a wheel which is reheated as it rotates to release the absorbed moisture into the water tank. Because a heater is involved, desiccant dehumidifiers blow out warmer air than compressor types. This heating aspect is why they perform well even in temperatures as low as 1ºC.

Pros

Most effective from 1ºC to 40ºC

✅ Usually quieter than compressor types

✅ Great for colder spaces such as garages and basements

Cons

❌ Usually consume more electricity than compressor types

❌ More expensive than equivalent compressor types

Peltier

Peltier dehumidifiers function the same way as compressor types but use an electric current instead of a compressor. Most mini dehumidifiers use this technology and it is why they are not as powerful as the larger compressor or desiccant models. 

Pros

Mini dehumidifiers are highly portable

✅ Usually quiet

✅ Do not consume much electricity

✅ Great for small spaces with mild damp

Cons

❌ Don’t absorb as much water as other types

❌ Not suited to large spaces

To conclude, a compressor dehumidifier is usually the best way to go for most damp issues. If you plan to use the dehumidifier in a cold area, then go with a desiccant instead. If you have a mild damp issue in a 0small space, then go for a Peltier (mini) dehumidifier.

Budget

Budget is always an important factor when making any purchase. No matter what your budget is, we have tried to include as many people as possible in this guide. 

In general, smaller dehumidifiers are cheaper than large ones. There are some excellent budget options for more severe damp issues. Sometimes it can work out cheaper, in the long run, to buy a more expensive but energy-efficient dehumidifier from the get-go.

We think you should always consider the potential cost of any damp issues when buying a dehumidifier. Is it cheaper to fix wide-scale damage from damp or buy a dehumidifier? That’s right, it’s always cheaper to stop it from happening by buying a dehumidifier before it happens. 

What Size Dehumidifier?

The size of your property and severity of the damp issue will determine what size you need. You need to choose a dehumidifier size that is appropriate for your own situation.

We have previously made a detailed dehumidifier size guide that is very useful. Generally, larger spaces or more severe damp issues will require a larger dehumidifier. Capacity and water tank size are the two key considerations when choosing a dehumidifier

Capacity

Single rooms with mild damp issues will benefit from a simple mini dehumidifier. More severe damp issues may require a full 10l compressor dehumidifier.

Typically for the average 2-3 bedroom house, we recommend that you go with a 10-20l dehumidifier depending on the severity of the damp issue. 

Larger homes (4+beds) or those with severe damp issues should always go with a 20-25l dehumidifier. This will allow you to keep the whole house at a good humidity level with just one device.

Water Tank

Simply put, a larger water tank is better because you won’t have to empty it as often. It can be a nuisance if you have to constantly worry about emptying the water tank of your dehumidifier. Attachments such as a drainage hose can eliminate this problem.

Energy Efficiency

The energy efficiency of your dehumidifier is the most important thing that people overlook when buying a dehumidifier. People simply do not realize how much energy the average dehumidifier can use. We previously investigated this here and made some surprising discoveries.

We compared the Meaco Platinum Range 20L dehumidifier to a cheaper leading brand 20L dehumidifier, the results were shocking. It was found that if you left both of them on for 24 hrs a day, the Meaco would save you £26 per month in electricity costs. This really is astounding and why you MUST consider efficiency when purchasing a dehumidifier. 

You can find out more about this discovery here and see other comparisons. The money saved on electricity easily pays the difference you would spend on a higher quality model.

Quietness

Do you want to buy a dehumidifier only to discover that it is actually annoyingly noisy? People often overlook quietness when buying a dehumidifier and this is a bad idea. People like myself sleep with a dehumidifier in the same room so quietness is key.

If quietness matters to you then please have a look at our guide about the quietest dehumidifiers here. If you intend to use your dehumidifier in living areas, bedrooms, children’s rooms, etc, make sure you get a quiet one. A quiet dehumidifier is usually around 35dB or less. 40-50dB dehumidifiers are surprisingly noisy in real life. 

Features

Dehumidifiers sometimes come with additional features which can be very useful. Have a look at some of the ones we have listed below and decide if you would benefit from them or not. 

Continuous Drainage Hose

This feature allows you to plumb the dehumidifier into a drain so you never have to empty the water tank manually. Instead of the water going into the water tank, it goes directly into a drain. This feature is great for when you want to leave the dehumidifier running with minimal fuss such as in a basement or garage.

Timer

Most good dehumidifiers should come with a timer feature. Similar to other electrical device timers, this lets you program when you want the dehumidifier to run. It is perfect if you want the dehumidifier to run at the same time every day. For example, you could set it to run in the day while you are away at work.

Humidistat

This is another common feature and is often used with a timer. A humidistat allows the dehumidifier to detect the humidity level in the surrounding air. This allows you to set a target humidity level you want to reach. Unlike the timer, this means the dehumidifier will turn off once a target humidity has been reached to save power.

Laundry Mode

This is one of our favourite features to get in a dehumidifier. To be clear, most dehumidifiers will be able to help you dry your laundry, laundry mode just makes it quicker. Usually, laundry mode means the fan will function at the highest possible speed which will dry clothes faster than usual. Dehumidifiers are excellent alternatives to tumble dryers and very good at drying clothes.

How To Use a Dehumidifier

Simply place the dehumidifier in the room with the worst damp issues and turn it on. Program the timer or humidistat as necessary and let the dehumidifier get to work. Placement doesn’t really matter but make sure the air vent isn’t covered by anything. You might want to give the dehumidifier a wipe from time to time and gently hoover or wipe the air vent to prevent dust build-up.

Conclusion

So, it turns out that choosing the best dehumidifier wasn’t too hard after all! We hope we have helped you find the best dehumidifier for your personal needs. This article has pulled together expert reviews and opinions to give you the best recommendations possible. A dehumidifier is a fantastic product and one that can easily help you turn a damp home into a warm and homely one. Please feel free to contact us if you would like any further information or have any questions to answer.

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