The best dehumidifiers for families

best dehumidifiers

by Lorna White |
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During the winter months, it can be difficult for us to keep our home free from damp and condensation, particularly if (like us) you're drying all yours and your little ones endless washing out to dry indoors, which is where a dehumidifier comes in handy.

This increased moisture in the home can result in damp and even mould in some cases, particularly around areas like your windows as well as in your bathrooms as they naturally have more moisture.

If you're keen to avoid this condensation in your home, then it's a great idea to invest in a dehumidifier. Working in the opposite way to baby humidifiers, these clever gadgets are designed to sit in your home and remove any extra moisture from the air in your house. They also help dry your clothes faster, making them great for families in the winter.

If it sounds like your home is in need of a dehumidifier to see you and your family through the winter season, damp and mould free, then take a look at the best dehumidifiers on the market for you to shop now.

Best overall dehumidifier

The Swan 20 Litre Low Energy Dehumidifier helps to improve air quality by removing excess moisture, and using the soft touch LED display panel you can set a running time. It has easy lift handles and wheels to make it easier to move around your home too.

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  • Has a water full indicator
  • Easy to move and use
  • Can set a running time


  • Not suitable for box rooms
Dimensions:34.2 x 25.1 x 56.1cm
Capacity:4 litre
  • 4 litre water tank
  • Water full indicator
  • Large LED display
  • Soft touch panel
  • Operational temperature
  • 24 hour timer

Best low energy dehumidifier

We’re all looking for ways to cut our energy costs, and we understand the thought of ANOTHER electrical appliance might make you worry about the running costs, however, this one costs just 13p per hour to run with an auto shut-off to save every even further. 

One reviewer said: “This dehumidifier is compact and efficient and works well to help dry laundry, which is the main purpose I bought it for. The 2.5 litre tank is one of the largest for a machine of this capacity. It is relatively quiet, but that's not important to me because I only use it to dry laundry in a spare room. I probably wouldn't like to try and sleep with it in the same room though so if you're looking for near silence this isn't the unit for you.”


  • ultra quiet
  • energy efficient


  • On the heavy side

Best compact dehumidifier

If space is limited in your home, then you’ll want a dehumidifier that takes up as little room as possible, and measuring 13 x 29 x 18cm, this is just that. It’s designed to extract up to 1.3-litres of water each day from the room, making it not only ideal for smaller homes but motorhomes and caravans too if you’re heading out on a staycation this season. 

One reviewer said: “Even though this a small compact dehumidifier it works very well. Draws water out of the room, the air feels much fresher, it barely makes any noise at all and so compact it can be placed almost anywhere. The bedroom window had terrible condensation but after a couple of days with this the window is now completely clear. For such a small price it’s made a huge difference to the condensation in the bedroom.”


  • Compact size
  • Works well near windows


  • Loud

Best budget dehumidifier

If you’re on a tight budget or you’re saving up for a bigger dehumidifier, these mini budget dehumidifiers will cover you for the time being. Acting as an air freshener and dehumidifier in one, these come in a pack of four and work for smaller rooms such as a utility room and even cars and absorb up to 3 times its own weight in water. 

One reviewer said: “Use these every year and really do help with condensation.”


  • Affordable
  • Available in different scents


  • Don't look visually pleasing

Best dehumidifier for bedrooms

If your little one is a light sleeper but you still want to keep their room free from damp and mould, then this dehumidifier is ideal thanks to the quiet sleep mode. In fact it’s one of the quietest dehumidifiers on the market at 40dB or lower depending on your settings as well as auto shut-off features. 

One reviewer said: “Had this dehumidifier for a year now, and it is really great. We use it constantly in the colder months and now don't have any issues with condensation on windows, and helps with drying washing. It also doubles up as a white noise machine at night! Easy to move around as it has wheels. If you need to lift it and carry it about make sure you empty the water first as it may spill a little.”


  • Quiet
  • Good for larger rooms


  • Drainage hose is difficult to use

Best portable dehumidifier

With wheels attached on the bottom, this dehumidifier can easily be moved from room to room and as it’s on the larger side, it has the capacity to eliminate up to 10 litres of daily moisture. This one is also quite quiet too, making it suitable for leaving on at night or while baby naps.

One reviewer said: "Ideal for my small room. It's quiet and can be used all day. Just what I needed for this change in the weather."


  • Wheels for easy manoeuvring
  • Child lock


  • Not suitable for larger rooms


This dehumidifier is perfect for drying washing quickly. It gives off warm, dry air that blow-dries your washing load. Plus it lowers humidity in your living spaces and it is easy to use, simply set the humidity level and leave it to it. It's also energy-efficient, which helps you save money on your energy bills while being kinder to the planet.

This efficient dehumidifier can remove up to 50 pints of moisture per day and adjust humidity from 30% to 80%. It is also energy-saving and ideal for a dry to damp room up to 3500 - 4000 sq ft.

A brilliant dehumidifier for spaces up to 15m², it is able to collect 12 L of moisturiser per day and adjust humidity from 30% to 80%. It also features a humidity sensor with indicator lights and the automatic humidity sensor allows you to track room humidity with the LED control panel displaying the current humidity level.

How much does a dehumidifier cost to run?

The amount of energy consumed by your dehumidifier really depends on how big your appliance is. For smaller more compact dehumidifiers, you can probably expect it to cost you just under 5p to run per hour. For larger dehumidifiers, you're looking at closer to 13p per hour.

How do dehumidifiers work?

Most dehumidifiers work by drawing in air from the room over a coil cooled to using a refrigeration system. This water vapour then condenses on the cold surface and these liquid water droplets collect in the bucket underneath for you to then empty when full.

What are the alternatives to dehumidifiers?

There are a number of things you can try in your home to improve levels of moisture in the air to avoid damp and mould before you purchase a dehumidifier.

• Dry your clothes outdoors or in a tumble dryer

• Keep surfaces dry in the bathroom

• Boost the ventilation in your home by opening windows

Lorna White is a Senior Digital Writer and has written for Mother&Baby since 2020. She has a keen interest in a range of topics, from potty training and nutrition to baby names and maternity fashion.

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