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The Best Dehumidifiers on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy (like pillows), but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written before about the best air conditioners, including many of the window-mounted variety; cooling fans; air purifiers; and humidifiers here, we’re going deep on the best dehumidifiers, according to the people. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best-reviewed dehumidifier on Amazon

Frigidaire FAD704DWD Energy Star 70-pint Dehumidifier With Effortless Humidity Control

“The best dehumidifier I’ve had. (This is my third.) This thing keeps my whole basement smelling ‘dry’ year-round … It has run continuously since purchasing and is as effective as day one from what I can tell (eight months and going). The basement this works in is approximately 1,200 square feet — fairly large, full foundation, full below-grade basement, half-finished with carpet. When the unit is turned off for any period of time, the basement develops a noticeable, although not strong, ‘damp’ smell; with this unit, it is even drier than the rest of the house upstairs. A very effective and easy-to-use unit.”

Best 30-pint dehumidifier

Frigidaire 30-Pint Dehumidifier With Effortless Humidity Control

“Absolutely would NOT be without this 30-pint dehumidifier. As full-time RVers … this dehumidifier runs frequently. We have had it over six months now, and it has removed SO much moisture. Our rig is zero-rated and thus well-insulated, but the humidity still gets in. Our youngest son accidentally left a frozen tap on, on a very cold day in winter. We came home to a flooded bunkhouse! I don’t know what we would have done without this dehumidifier. It sucked out all the moisture over two to three days and left the rig with no permanent damage. We did notice that it didn’t work well at really cold temps, but once the weather warmed it was back to its usual self. … Even when you may think there is not much humidity around, you will be surprised at how much this unit pulls out.”

Best 50-pint dehumidifier

Honeywell DH50W Energy Star 50-Pint Dehumidifier

“I don’t know how we lived without this unit after putting up with the Louisiana humidity for a year. You literally turn the unit on and it takes the soggy, damp feeling from the air, carpets, and bedding. It can help reduce overuse of your AC; you don’t have to keep lowering the temperature to compensate for the moisture inside your home. This unit works for our downstairs, around 1,500 square feet, [and we] empty it about once per day. We keep our unit fairly central to the house in the great room. Louder than I expected (definitely not like a higher-quality oscillating fan), but bearable. The second-level mode is louder. Everything is easy to use — just remember that you need the Styrofoam in the float to trigger the auto shutoff. If you’re being a smarty like me and throw it out, call the manufacturer and they will kindly replace it with your Amazon proof of purchase. Truly worth the money for this little miracle worker.”

Best 70-pint dehumidifier

Ivation 70 Pint Energy Star Dehumidifier

“I had a small flood in my basement due to a malfunction in my furnace humidifier. I cleaned up the standing water, but the carpet was soaked. I bought this dehumidifier, and after a few days, the basement was completely dry. The only negative thing I can say about this product is that the catch bucket is quite small, so if you don’t run the hose down a drain, you might have to empty it every day. I ran the hose into the basement sump pump, so it worked fine for me. Highly recommended.”

Best dehumidifier for the basement

hOmeLabs 2,500-Square-Foot Dehumidifier

“We have a very, very damp basement, even after renovations where we waterproofed all the outside walls. Our basement was so damp, as soon as it starts raining outside, the floors would get sticky … The design is slick and makes minimal impact in our living space (a big plus), and though we have to dump our bin three times a day (when we first turned on our humidifier, it was at 67 percent — and dropped quickly to 35 within two days), we don’t mind it at all because I would hate to have a hose running from it to the bathroom with two little kids running around, and the dehumidifier is so quiet! It does give off some heat, but the temperature increase is offset by the lack of humidity in the air, so plus all around. Excellent product and a buy over the Frigidaire, in my opinion.”

Best dehumidifier with pump

Tosot 70-Pint Dehumidifier With Internal Pump, 4,500 Sq. Ft.

“I live in an area where high humidity is a norm. The humid air was causing problems with projects in my 1,000-sq-ft woodworking shop and this product did the trick. Being able to establish a low, consistent level of humidity in the shop has made life so much easier. I plumbed the drain into the nearby shop sink drain using the supplied tubing and the pump has had no problem emptying the water vessel. The unit has been running for about a month now …”

Best small room dehumidifier

Pro Breeze Electric Mini Dehumidifier, 150 Sq. Ft.

“This thing is amazing! I’ve had it for a couple weeks now, and it’s a little workhorse. I bought it to put in our second bedroom, which we use as an office/guest room/storage where I’d noticed some mildew on the clothes and shoes. (We live in an old house with poorly sealed windows and doors in the South.) It’s crazy how much water this thing pulls out of the air! It doesn’t have a huge reservoir, and we’ve had to empty it about every five or six days. Keep in mind that this room is crazy humid, though. It’s so quiet, too. It gives such a perfectly gentle white-noise background that it’s actually nice having it in the office.”

Best bathroom dehumidifier

Afloia Portable Electric Dehumidifier 2,000-ml Water Tank

“It’s small and light weight, and easy to carry around. I put it in a bathroom where the exhaust fan is not working well. After a shower, I just turn it on for 5–10 min. and all that moisture is gone! Now I don’t have to worry about the mold problem.”

Best portable dehumidifier

Pro Breeze PB-03-US Small Dehumidifier, 220 Sq. Ft.

“I bought this Pro Breeze dehumidifier to help with humidity in my convector closet … Now, after a week of use, I find this is a very fine dehumidifier. It has lowered the humidity in the closet, and I see no mold forming again. It runs quietly and is also simple to set up and use. I do love it. In fact, I bought another Pro Breeze and had it sent to my nephew when he told me he is having a moisture problem in his home. The Pro Breeze is very portable, so I move it to the bathroom doorway after taking showers, too. Once my convector is replaced, if I need to dehumidify more areas, I will just add more Pro Breeze units. Very happy with my purchase.”

Best mini-dehumidifier

Eva-Dry New and Improved E-333 Renewable Mini Dehumidifier

“This is a great dehumidifier for small spaces (cabinet, safe, tiny closet, car, etc). I use it to keep my rock and mineral collection dry. It turns out halite specimens really like to weep water when the pressure drops and the weather changes. This removes enough moisture from the cabinet to keep that from happening. I have to plug it in and dry it out once or twice a month depending on the time a year. Does a great job. I’m getting the slightly larger version for my car this winter. It seems there are a couple people who were frustrated that this didn’t work when it was plugged in — clearly, they didn’t read the directions. You let the thing soak up moisture and then you plug it in somewhere else to evaporate that moisture.”

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The 10 Best Dehumidifiers, According to Amazon Reviews