Portable Dehumidifiers Review &
Buying Guide

Portable dehumidifiers buying guide, what to look for and what to expect. How does a dehumidifier work? Review of the best models for home use with the top features. Buying tips, popular types, manufacturers and top rated models.


Highlights

Choosing a Dehumidifier

Portable dehumidifiers have the same function as the bigger models, but the portables are smaller, easy to move around, install and use. These models are also compact, lightweight, have built-in carrying handles and rolling casters for mobility.

Choosing a mini dehumidifier for your home is not hard as long as you follow the buying guide. There are many good quality and compact dehumidifiers for home, most of them built and assembled by the manufacturers from China. Made in USA models are also available, but rare.

Before buying a portable dehumidifier, find out the size/capacity; be familiar with different brands on the market; Kenmore, GE, LG, Haier or any other brand; see what features each model has to offer and finally check the price and the product warranty.

The modern, stylish look is for some important, but don't use as the only criteria. Most of the time the best units are those with the higher prices and with the advanced technology and features. This is what you should check:

  • Dehumidification capacity or the unit size. Look for the model based on the amount of moisture it extracts from the air in 24 hours, or simply buy one that will meet your needs for the ideal comfort level. Dehumidifiers with the lower capacity mean more hassle for you, as you have to empty the bucket often. Known as small capacity dehumidifiers these are designed to remove up to 40 pints of moisture per day.
  • According to AHAM, or Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, mini dehumidifiers with the lower capacity won't be able to lower the humidity level to the desired and will run continuously.
  • Sizing tips: 500 sq.ft room requires 10-16 pints dehumidifier while 2,500 sq.ft area requires 26-44 pints dehumidifier.
  • Decide between dehumidifiers with the continuous drainage and those with the tray or bucket. Continuous drainage allows you to drain out the moist through the hose, which reduces the hassle of emptying the bucket. The bucket is usually front loading.
  • You want to avoid guessing when the bucket is full of water, so having the visual indicator is the preference.
  • Fan speed and noise. By having more settings you should find the right speed or noise for your level of comfort (less than 60 dB is recommended).
  • In order to control the humidity level look for the unit with a built in humidity meter or humidistat, which will allow you to increase or decrease the level of humidity.
  • Auto shut-off, as the safety feature, will prevent the unit from damaging or spilling when the bucket is full, so it will turn the unit OFF.
  • Another safety feature is the automatic defrost, which protects dehumidifier while it operates in colder temperatures.

How does a dehumidifier work

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Portable dehumidifiers are designed to remove the excess moisture from the air, lower the humidity and increase the comfort inside your home.

These small home appliances are using a fan that blows the room air onto the cold coils so it condensates and drips in the bucket. At the same time, the room temperature, which was lowered during the process of condensation, increases.

In short - if the air inside your home, room or basement is too moist use a dehumidifier to control the humidity level and maintain it at the desired level.

So what is happening if the humidity level is high?

If not using portable home dehumidifiers to control the humidity level, the moist from air will cause the uncomfortable living, speeding up the mold growth, damage the home furniture and even affect your health.

Brands and Types

The most popular manufacturers and brands of the portable and compact dehumidifiers are:

  • Kenmore
  • LG
  • GE
  • Haier
  • Danby
  • Royal Sovereign
  • DeLonghi
  • Frigidaire
  • Sunpentown
  • Eva-Dry
  • NewAir
  • Soleus

Before buying any of these portable dehumidifiers, keep in mind that there are two types: passive and active.

Passive is also called a desiccant dehumidifier, and this type is recommended for regions with the low humidity and temperature. Passive models are cheaper and less efficient, as they do not use the compressor.

Active models are much more efficient and used than the previous models and are usually seen combined with the air conditioners. Active dehumidifiers are known as mechanical units.

Top RATED portable dehumidifiers

The top 4 reviewed basement dehumidifiers, from consumersearch.com:

  • Danby DDR7009REE
  • Frigidaire FAD704TDP
  • Eva-Dry Renewable Mini Dehumidifier E-333
  • Santa Fe Compact Dehumidifier

The top 3 rated portable dehumidifiers from air-n-water.com:

Summary

Portable dehumidifiers are recommended for humid areas and its function is to control and maintain the humidity level. Keeping the recommended humidity levels of 30-50% during the summer and 30-40% during the winter will eliminate potential home damages and health problems and make you living very comfortable. Buy a dehumidifier with the largest capacity as it will get rid of the excess moisture faster, with less noise and more efficient work (Energy Star approved).

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