If you are reading this, chances are you have already chosen to buy a dehumidifier. However, if you are still on the fence about whether you need it or not, rest assured that a dehumidifier is one of the best investments in your home. Not only are they crucial for a climate that has naturally high humidity, but you are also releasing moisture into the air by doing simple tasks such as cooking, showering, and even running a washing machine.

Warm and humid areas are a perfect environment for mold to grow in. Not only is mold a potential health hazard, it is also the cause of various musty smells. In order to prevent mold growth, take care of the house and save yourself from health issues caused by high humidity, you need a dehumidifier.

Couple that with a beautiful oil diffuser from Scentsy and your home will smell better and feel better than ever. Don’t know where to start? Here are our top picks for best dehumidifiers:

Best Dehumidifier in June 2020

10. Honeywell TP50WK 50 Pint Energy Star Dehumidifier

If you are specifically looking for a dehumidifier with a drain hose, look no further than the Honeywell TP50WK. It is a must-have for every basement, as the continuous draining feature is a perfect alternative to a bucket you need to empty often. Just attach the hose to the basement drain and watch the moisture levels go down.

9. AlorAir Basement/Crawlspace Dehumidifier

This 90-pint beast is one of the best dehumidifiers for a basement. It can remove gallons of water in just a few hours because of its high capacity. Couple that with its automatic on/off functions and you’ve got an ideal dehumidifier for any basement or crawlspace.

8. Tosot 70 Pint Dehumidifier With Internal Pump

The Tosot is a star when it comes to dehumidifying large spaces. It is a great addition, not only for reducing the moisture levels, but also for removing any lingering odors from any large area. Additionally, the internal pump makes emptying the water very easy.

7. Keystone Energy Star 50 Pint Dehumidifier

Even though it is a 50-pint dehumidifier, the Keystone Energy Star is all you need to keep the moisture levels down in medium-sized areas. It is very quiet and does the job – what else do you need in a dehumidifier?

6. Pro Breeze Electric Mini Dehumidifier

Don’t be fooled by the size of the Pro Breeze Mini dehumidifier, because it works as well as a dehumidifier twice its size. It is perfect for small areas, such as a closet or a bathroom. It is one of the best dehumidifiers in the price range.

5. Eva-dry Edv-1100 Electric Petite Dehumidifier

The Eva-Dry E-33 is crucial for any small space. It is very small, meaning it is easy to move around and extremely affordable. Not only that, but it is also renewable, so it doesn’t need to be attached to a power source.

4. Ivation 70 Pint Energy Star Dehumidifier

The Ivation can be a bit tricky to set up, but once you get the hang of it, the days of high humidity are over. It is perfect for large spaces, as it can keep an area of 4500 square feet cool. Additionally, it comes with a handy LCD screen that lets you control everything. However, as it is highly efficient in removing moisture, it might be a bit noisy, so it’s not great for the bedroom.

3. Eva-Dry E-333 Portable Dehumidifier

The Eva-Dry E-33 is crucial for any small space. It is very small, meaning it is easy to move around and extremely affordable. Not only that, but it is also renewable, so it doesn’t need to be attached to a power source.

2. Keystone KSTAD70B 70 Pint Dehumidifier

If you are looking for a great dehumidifier, but don’t want to break the bank, the Keystone KSTAD70B is a great budget-friendly alternative to our top pick. Not only does it produce very little noise, but it is also one of the most energy-efficient dehumidifiers on the market.

1. Frigidaire FFAD7033R1 70 Pint Dehumidifier with Effortless Humidity Control

The Frigidaire FFAD7033R1 is the first on our list, and for good reason. Not only does it remove moisture extremely fast, but it also makes little to no noise while doing it. Pair that with the amazing way it is built and there is no doubt that this is the best dehumidifier on the market today.

Shopping Tips

Okay, so you know you need a dehumidifier but are confused about what kind to buy? Don’t worry, as there are some questions you can ask yourself to narrow your options:

1. How large is the area that needs to be dehumidified?

This is the most important question you can ask yourself when it comes to the purchase of dehumidifiers. Check where you have humidity issues using a room humidity monitor (which are pretty cheap and can significantly help you in your investment). If you find that your entire house has a humidity issue, you might need a whole-house dehumidifier. These are professionally installed and they tend to be the most expensive.

However, if you find that only one area of the house has an alarming amount of humidity, such as a basement, a portable dehumidifier works wonders. They don’t need to be professionally installed, you just need to plug them in. You can also use them in other areas of your home during periods of high humidity, like summer.

2. How large does my dehumidifier need to be?

In order to know what size you need, you must measure the square footage of the room you want to put it in, as well as the levels of humidity. You can usually find handy charts on the dehumidifiers themselves that show you which one you need for the room in question. However, beware of the excessively small dehumidifiers, as they might work 24/7 without actually reducing the humidity levels. Generally speaking, you want to choose a higher capacity dehumidifier than the ones recommended on the aforementioned charts for areas that have really high humidity.

3. How quiet do I want it to be?

If you want to put a dehumidifier in a room that is frequently used, such as a bedroom, you probably want it to be very quiet. Look for ones that have two-speed fans, as they tend to be the least noisy. However, it’s better to be safe than sorry, so make sure to try the dehumidifier before you buy it to see just how much noise it produces.

4. How much water can it hold?

You need to check the unit’s bucket size. Dehumidifiers store water that needs to be emptied. Naturally, those that need to be emptied more often will be less expensive than those that can hold a lot of water. Portable dehumidifiers tend to have a draining hose (meaning it will empty itself), however, you need to place them somewhere the water can drain to – such as a basement drain.

Other dehumidifiers utilize evaporation technology, so they don’t use drain hoses. They double as air conditioners and are generally energy-efficient, though they might get a bit pricey.

Lingering Smells and Mysterious Odors: How to Get Rid of Them

If you are in search of a dehumidifier to get rid of some mysterious smells, there are other things you might need to look into beforehand. The number one thing you need to do is to make sure the smell isn’t caused by something dangerous – like a gas leak or potential fire. If you smell sulfur or something burning, leave the house immediately and call professionals to check the smell.

Once you’ve confirmed that there are no smells that are caused by potential danger, it’s time to get rid of other bad odors you might encounter.

Carpets

Carpets tend to be very tricky to clean. As a result, they may retain bad smells from a spill for a long time. If you notice that there is a strong odor coming from your carpet, consider replacing it. A cheaper option is to have it deep cleaned (especially if you haven’t done it in a while). Unfortunately, deep cleaning a carpet by yourself is nearly impossible and best left to the professionals who have the equipment necessary.

If paying for a deep clean isn’t in your budget plans at the moment, you can try to get rid of the smell yourself. Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda on the carpet and leave it on as long as possible (ideally overnight). Afterward, just vacuum your carpet and the smell should subside. Just remember that you are not actually cleaning the carpet, so this is just a temporary fix.

Walls

Walls are sometimes the source of odors, too. Similarly to carpets, they can be very hard to clean because of the sheer surface are they take. However, you can wash them yourself. Washing your walls removes grease, dirt, and mildew – all of which can be the source of bad smells. You can also opt for a repaint – just remember the air the room out well, because the smell of fresh paint can also linger and make you nauseous.
After you’ve thoroughly cleaned your walls, use some oil diffusers or wickless candles from Scentsy sellers to improve the smell of your home even more. Don’t use regular candles though, as they are a fire hazard and the smoke may stain your walls.

Mold or mildew

Once you’ve identified that mildew or mold is causing the odors in your home, you need to locate it. Check every nook and cranny that may show signs of mold, such as your bathroom and kitchen sinks. If you have little mold, it is completely safe to clean it by yourself. However, if the surface area is greater than 10 square feet, you will be better off calling a professional to take care of it.

Once you’ve gotten rid of every potential cause of bad odors, make sure to use that dehumidifier frequently to prevent any new mold growth or wall smells. A dehumidifier will do wonders for the overall smell of your house.