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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, 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 products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)

And while we’ve written before about all sorts of humidity control devices — including the best room humidifiers, a “sculptural” desk humidifier and a personal facial mister — here, we’ve rounded up the best dehumidifiers as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.

Best-rated dehumidifier

Frigidaire FAD301NWD Energy Star 30-Pint Dehumidifier

Over 3,000 purchasers weigh in to give this Frigidaire 30-pint dehumidifier five stars, praising it as fully featured and effective for dehumidifying a large area. “Overall, I HIGHLY recommend this unit. We had ‘basement smell’ and after putting this in for a few days, the basement smells fresh and feels great,” one reviewer raves, adding, “We are going to order a second one for the upstairs.” One purchaser who lives in a “600-square-foot basement apartment” in New York City says this dehumidifier made their apartment “livable during the oppressive summer.” They add, “In a twist of fate, two days after I got this my apartment flooded with about four inches of water. After draining the standing water out and having this thing cranked to the max with some fans to circulate the air, everything was dry in about a day. That’s impressive. I would expect this thing to easily handle the same conditions of an apartment or room twice the size of mine.”

Best-rated (less expensive) dehumidifier

Pro Breeze Electric Mini Dehumidifier, 150 Sq. Ft.

Over 400 five-star reviewers use the word “little” to describe this dehumidifer from Pro Breeze, and many recommend it to those looking to dehumidify a smaller space such as a bathroom or closet. But looks can be deceiving. “For such a tiny thing it works like a monster,” writes one reviewer. “I bought this for a small bedroom that was so damp there was mold beginning to form on the window blinds and bed frame. Yuck! I was a little skeptical about this because it is small — about the size of a toaster — and I pictured the one from my parents basement which is the size of a mini-fridge,” another reviewer writes, before concluding, “However, this is quiet and does the job perfectly.” Dozens of enthusiastic reviewers use this to dehumidify closets — both smaller closets and larger “walk-ins” — because otherwise the moisture could ruin their shoes and clothing. One sneaker collector says running this helps preserve their valuable kicks: “My collection must remain under a certain humidity to prevent fungus and mold and deterioration. I just moved and my sneaker room was consistently at 70-percent humidity. I got this [dehumidifier] and now it’s down to 50 percent. For the price, this performs exactly as intended.”

Best portable dehumidifier

Pro Breeze Electric Portable Dehumidifier, 220 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.”

Best 50-pint dehumidifier

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.”

Best 50-pint dehumidifier with drain hose

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.”

Best dehumidifier for basement

Ivation 70 Pint Energy Star Dehumidifier

Purchasers say this high-capacity 70-pint dehumidifier is great for controlling moisture levels in larger spaces such as basements and garages. One writes, “Got this immediately after Hurricane Harvey to dry out my garage and shop, which had several inches of water (house not flooded, thankfully). Easy to use and to empty. Rapidly dried up interior spaces, and fortunately no signs of mold and mildew after two weeks using this pretty much continuously.” And one five-star reviewer describes how well this worked in their basement: “I put it in the unfinished area of my basement and overnight the humidity level dropped from 78 percent to 54 percent. I set the level at 55% and now it cycles on and off automatically as designed.”

Best commercial basement dehumidifier

Aprilaire 1830 Pro Basement Dehumidifier

One-third of all five-star reviewers bought this dehumidifier for their basements because it’s a large machine that can handle a bigger space. It’s a lot more expensive than the Ivation dehumidifier, but Aprilaire promises to work best for commercial spaces up to 3,800 square feet. It also comes in a 130-pint size that can cover up to 7,200 square feet, just in case the 70-pint option isn’t big enough. One customer who bought it for his “very musty and damp” basement says, “Within two days the entire basement was dry and