Portable Dehumidifier Guide
What Portable Dehumidifiers Are Used For?
Dehumidifiers have many uses. Removing moisture from the air can be a health preference or need. They may also be necessary to remove moisture from basements or garages, or in homes where water may accumulate, preventing damage and mold buildup within the walls of the home.
Safety and comfortability are the some of the main reasons why people may purchase dehumidifiers. The list below outlining the best dehumidifiers aims to provide in-depth information about the uses of the selected dehumidifiers, all while highlighting various added functionality, features, price points and overall efficiency.
Deciding Which Portable Dehumidifier Is Right For You
Size & Design
While looking to purchase a dehumidifier, it’s important to consider the size and design. Give thought to where the dehumidifier will be placed in your home. What is the optimal size of a dehumidifying unit for the space you’ll be placing it in? Do you need to place it in a common area of your home? If so, you may want to consider going with one of the sleeker designs. If the dehumidifier will be placed in a basement, out of sight of visitors, design and size may not necessarily be that important.
Before purchasing a dehumidifier, measure the room you’re looking to place it in. Also, determine how much moisture you need to remove from the space. Based on the size of the room and your specific need for moisture-control, you might need a more, or less, powerful dehumidifying unit. Note: dehumidifiers measure moisture-removal efficiency in pints.
Depending on your budget and need, a cheap or mini dehumidifier may be the way to go. Some of the larger dehumidifying units we’ve reviewed, in the range of $200-$300, are built to remove moisture from larger areas. If you have a smaller room, like up to 1,000 square feet, you may be able to get away with a mini dehumidifier. The mini dehumidifiers typically run for $50-$100.
Ease of Use
With a few ‘drainage-hose’ pump exceptions, almost all portable home dehumidifiers require you to empty the water basin so it’s important that the dehumidifier is built in such a way that ensures easy access to the tank. Additionally, you want to pay attention to the controls. Are you OK with a unit that has a manual knob? Would you prefer button controls? These are just a few things to consider.
How important is portability to you? Do you plan on placing the dehumidifier in the basement and leaving it there or are you going to be moving it around your home or office? When purchasing a dehumidifier, we recommend reviewing the portability of the specific unit including weight, size and whether or not if has wheels.
Lastly, when purchasing a dehumidifier, it’s important to consider energy usage. This is especially true in a case where you may be leaving the dehumidifier on 24 hours a day. If energy-efficient usage is important to you, be sure to look for the Energy Star rating.
This is a list of cheaper residential dehumidifiers are all at price points around or below $300. We do not cover industrial-use dehumidifiers in this list.
Here are the best portable dehumidifiers:
1. Best Overall: Vremi 30 Pint 1,500 Sq. Ft. Energy Star Certified Moisture Maniac Portable Dehumidifier for Medium-Sized Spaces
Vremi 30 Pint Moisture Maniac 1,500 Sq. Ft. Dehumidifier Review
The Vremi Moisture Maniac 1,500 Square foot dehumidifier is made for small to medium spaces. It quietly and efficiently removes the moisture responsible for creating mold or mildew in your home, basement or other enclosed spaces.
Removing up to 22 pints of moisture from the air per day, the Vremi Moisture Maniac 1,500 square foot dehumidifier packs a dry punch when unleashed on damp conditions in the home.
The dehumidifier features a sleek, smooth and modern design that is easy on the eyes making it a great option to place in the open. It also has an easy stow-and-go filter chamber and easy access to the mechanics of the device. It has a catch basin for water capacity filling that can be easily emptied with a small plastic knob that, once loosened, allows you to easily empty the collected moisture.
The Moisture Maniac can be run continuously and occasionally emptied or it can be programmed with a timer to turn off after several hours. The small design sits just 19 inches off the ground and is light enough to be very portable throughout the house.
Just plug it in where it is needed and the sleek white smooth design makes it an acceptable addition to the flow of your home.
The additional air filter also removes odors and other particulates from the air, improving the overall air quality in your home. While we wouldn’t recommend this unit as an air purifier, this added feature makes this dehumidifier a multi-faceted device that is a bargain at an average price point below $200.
If you’re looking for simplicity and cleanliness in design and above-average functionality at a reasonable price, look no further than the sleek and functional design of the Moisture Maniac from Vremi.
Original Retail $179.99
Model 30 Pint
SKU 30 Pint
2. Best Value: hOmeLabs HME020030N 30 Pint Energy Star Portable Dehumidifier for Medium to Large Rooms and Basements up to 1,500 Sq. Ft
hOmeLabs HME020030N 30 Pint 1,500 Sq. Ft. Dehumidifier Review
The hOmeLabs HME020030N Energy Star-cerified dehumidifier is another great option for medium-large rooms. This unit is, like the Vremi 30 Pint, removes up to 22 pints of water per day, has a 1 gallon water tank and weighs in a a portable, light 30.5 pounds. It also has two solid handles and wheels to assist in moving it around you home.
This model of dehumidifier is designed to be very quiet and sleek-looking so making it a great option for common-area rooms in your home.
The continuous setting or 24-hour on-off mode makes the device energy-efficient and customizable. Since this device collects and cleans dirty air, it does use an air filter. It’s recommended that the filter be rinsed with cold water as needed.
This dehumidifier will get the job done for a low cost and low impact on your home life, creating a drier, healthier and more comfortable environment for you and your family.Original Retail $199.99
3. Best for Basements: TOSOT GDN45BA-A3EBA2B Energy Star Certified 70 Pint Portable Dehumidifier with Pump for Rooms up to 4,500 Sq. Ft
TOSOT GDN45BA-A3EBA2B Energy Star Certified Dehumidifier Review
This dehumidifier is a beast and has all the bells and whistles you would need for major moisture extraction.
The TOSOT Energy Star Dehumidifier is built with the consumer in mind and needs minimal electrical power to operate, saving you money on your electric bill while still meeting your heavy duty de-humidification needs. The power of the fan and size of the de-humidification mechanism makes this a great dehumidifier that can remove up to 9 gallons of moisture from your home per day.
While this is the most expensive model on this list of the best dehumidifiers, the power and convenience of the TOSOT Energy Star dehumidifier is top of the line!
The portable wheels and handles make it easy to move from room to room and the continuous drainage through the internal pump and external hose makes the device working 24 hours a snap. This is a great unit for basements that require round the clock usage.
Another great feature is the automatic restart, ensuring automatic restart in the event of power surges during storms or power outages. This is one of the best you can buy on this list and it’s in the thermal electric dehumidifier category.Original Retail $309.99
4. Best for RV: Pro Breeze PB-02-US Electric Mini Portable Dehumidifier for Rooms up to 150 Square Feet
Pro Breeze PB-02-US Electric Mini Portable Dehumidifier Review
Simplicity at its finest with lightweight and portable dehumidifier design for those that require extreme portability. The Pro Breeze PB-02-US Electric Mini Dehumidifier is a lightweight, portable dehumidifier that is able to dehumidify rooms up to 150 square feet.
For those that don’t have a need to dehumidify larger areas and are not looking to spend a lot, this is a great option.
This humidifier is a great option on the go. Bring it on vacation, place it in a recreational vehicle or take it to the office.
When the internal thermoelectric motor is running, there is a compressor within that keeps the noise down to a whisper minimum making these personal dehumidifiers great for living rooms, bedrooms and anywhere else that may be sound sensitive.
This dehumidifier removes 9 ounces of water per day and is perfect for rooms with spaces up to 150 square feet. The automatic catch basin capacity sensor will automatically shut the dehumidifier off when the capacity is reached and turn on the indicator light to let you know it’s full. The large 16-ounce water tank catch basin can fill for nearly 2 days straight without reaching max capacity. For a small, all-around solid dehumidifier, this little Pro Breeze gets the job done with simplistic beauty.Original Retail $39.99
Brand Pro Breeze
5. Best for Large Areas: Frigidaire FFAP7033T1 High-Efficiency Energy Star Certified 70-Pint White Portable Dehumidifier with Built-in Pump
Frigidaire FFAP7033T1 70-Pint Portable Dehumidifier Review
Though the Frigidaire High-Efficiency 70-Pint White Dehumidifier is on the high-end than most simple thermoelectric dehumidifiers, it does come with unique features that others lack.
This unit features a built-in pump that can be used for continuous drainage to a sink or nearby drain. It also has a washable air filter which helps to remove allergens and dust while dehumidifying.
The easy to use 24 hour on and off settings give the Frigidaire High-Efficiency 70-pint white dehumidifier a perfect solution for a stubborn area of your home with moisture problems, such as garages, small rooms, and basements.
The portability of this humidifier is solid as well. While it does weigh in at 47 pounds, it has a built-in top handle and small wheels that make moving the dehumidifier fairly easy.Original Retail $359.99