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In our blog, we discussed how drying clothes inside can actually be harmful to our health.
You can reduce these risk and get things dry much quicker with a dehumidifier. Not only with they prevent damp and mould, they'll also help dry your clothes quicker.
Here are our picks for the best dehumidifiers on the UK market in 2020.
The Best UK Dehumidifiers
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The Dangers Of Drying Clothes Inside
A staggering 30% of the moisture found inside our homes can be attributed to drying clothes.
This excess moisture makes the spread of mould, damp, dust mites and other allergens much easier, so we really need to be careful.
Of course, the easy answer is to buy a tumble dryer and be done with it. However, dryers can be really expensive to run. If you're living in rented accommodation, it's both an added expense and hassle when you move.
A lot of people hang their clothes other radiators, but this also increases heating bills as your boiler needs to work harder to heat the rest of your home.
A Low Cost Solution
One low cost solution that many people swear by is using a dehumidifier.
Dehumidifiers can work out much cheaper than tumble dryers and lower the humidity to reduce the moisture in the air.
This has the effect of reducing the risk of damp and mould. You'll also notice a lot less condensation on your windows too.
However, not all dehumidifiers are suitable for drying clothes. It's not their primary function, though the good news is many manufacturers are now adding laundry settings.
On this page, you'll find our picks and reviews for the best dehumidifiers on the UK market today. We've chosen a variety of makes and sizes to fit with your home and budget.
What Is A Dehumidifier?
A dehumidifier is a simple yet clever appliance that removes moisture from the air. It draws the warm moist air in and cools it quickly.
This action turns the moisture into droplets, which are then collected in a water tank, to be emptied as and when is required.
A dehumidifier can be used to lower humidity and dry clothes very easily. You simply place it in a room where you hang your wet laundry.
There are usually two types of dehumidifiers - desiccant and compressors. All the ones on our shortlist are of the desiccant variety. This means they're smaller, lighter and most importantly of all quieter so you can leave them on when you sleep.
What Size Do I Need?
This a question everybody should think about before buying a dehumidifier.
Dehumidifiers are sized in litres, and this relates to how many litres of moisture they can remove from the air per day.
Sizes range from 10L ones which are quite portable and best for flats and smaller offices, all the way up to 30L ones for larger homes and offices.
The size that you need depends on how (and where) you intend to use it. If you're in the market for a dehumidifier to dry clothes, than a 10 - 12L per day is perfect for utility rooms or spare rooms.
On the other hand, if you'd like to use it to remove damp from the rest of your home and prevent mould, a larger size would be better.
Which Features To Look Out For?
In our research, we specifically targeted dehumidifiers that can dry clothes quickly. So it's a real plus if it has a preset program for laundry.
Another important feature is how quiet the unit is. It will need to be left on for a few hours, and something rattling and humming loudly can become annoying after a few minutes!
Energy efficiency is another major concern. It's kind of counter-productive if the model you buy ends up being more expensive than a tumble dryer in the long run.
A timer is also a great feature to have. The best dehumidifiers have a 24-hour timer so you can program it to work at night and in sync with your laundry.
How easy it easy to empty the water tank is also another factor. You don't want one that's hard to take out and slops water everywhere when you're carrying it.
Finally, air ionizing is a really good "Nice to have" feature. This will really benefit asthma, hay fever and allergy sufferers the most.
However, fresh, clean air is something the whole family should have and enjoy.
The Best UK Dehumidifier Reviews
Ebac is a best-selling brand of dehumidifiers and they're also British Made.
They have a wide range of models. but we we have chosen the 2650e as it has a setting specifically for laundry use.
The "Laundry Boost mode", brings added power to the dehumidification process, and makes it perfect for dealing with wet clothes in a confined space.
As it's British made, it's designed with the damp British climate in mind. This makes it really effective at drying clothes, and users report it's between 70 - 90% faster than using an airer alone.
Ebac claims that this is the best-selling dehumidifier in the UK, and we can see why that may be.
The 2650e is a compact machine, measuring just 27 x 34 x 55cm so it will not take up too much space. This also makes it easier to move around your home, and put away when not drying clothes.
It’s easy to use and has an impressive 18 litre extraction capacity. When it's not drying clothes, it's about as loud as a refrigerator. On the clothes setting, it is slightly noisier, but many people still say it's very quiet.
This model also has an energy saving mode which uses smart technology to power down once enough moisture has been removed. There's also and indicator so you can instantly tell when the water tank is full.
The Ebac 2650e may not the cheapest dehumidifier, but it's quiet, easy to use and excellent at drying clothes.
To seal the deal, Ebac offer a 5-year manufacturer's warranty, so you're certain to get your money's worth from this model.
The EcoAir DC18 is a great dehumidifier for your laundry.
There is a specific laundry setting, so it will keep working until the large 3.5L water tank is full - or you turn it off.
It's large capacity makes it ideal to put in your utility room or bathroom.
It will also remove the condensation from the air which prevents mold...so it won't feel like you're in the Amazon rain forest when you go to get the laundry.
When it's full you'll hear a couple of beeps and it will automatically turn off.
There's also a filter which catches dust and this needs to be cleaned fortnightly. You can just run it under water or run a vacuum over it.
A light turns on to let you know you need to do this - which is a great feature.
Another big plus with the DC18 is there is a continuous draining hose. So if this set this up it will drain all by itself. If not, you'll need to empty the tank at around 4 hours of continuous use.
This dehumidifier has wheels and that makes it much easier to empty. The water tanks can get quite heavy when full it's hard to stop water slopping around everywhere.
On the noise front, it's about the same as a fan oven. I've read people have slept quite easily with it whirring away in the bathroom next door.
And it terms of running costs, it's rated at 230 watts. So that means you can run it for 4-hours and it will cost you 15.5p (depending on your tariff).
The only downside is at 50cm high by 20 cm deep by 30cm wide, you can't really put it on a shelf. But if you're looking for the best dehumidifier on the market, this one is definitely in the top two.
Next up is this XL 20 litre dehumidifier from Duronic.
This is another design that has a "Laundry Mode" and some other neat features that make it stand out.
When it reaches it's target humidity, the compressor will automatically shut down. The fan will stay on at a low speed while the unit monitors the humidity levels in your room.
As you would expect for this price point, it does come with a drainage hose. So you can "Set and forget" if you have a sink or drain for it to go into.
The water reservoir is a very large 4L capacity. That means you'll have to empty it every 6-hours of continuous use.
What I really like is the reservoir is shaped like a jug and has a handle. That might sound stupid, but I've emptied some before that are rectangular-shaped.
Not only does that make it really hard to take out of the machine and hold, it's also tricky pouring the water out and not having it go everywhere.
As with the EcoAir model, this one will automatically shut-off when the reservoir is full. There's also wheels which makes it easier to move to where your washing is.
The only downside with this one is the placement of the digital control panel. You'll notice others on our list have their displays on the top. There's a reason for this...
Having it on the front means you have to squat down much further to see what it says and to adjust the settings....
That aside, people love how powerful this dehumidifier and how it makes their walls and windows feel much drier.
This is a smaller dehumidifier that packs a lot of punch.
It's perfect if you're specifically looking for something for your laundry room or bathroom. Many people also say it works really well in their flats...so let's dive in.
So even though this is the smallest on the list, it's got all the power you need.
To give you an idea of it's drying process, users report it helps dry king size bedding, 3 bath towels and 3 hand towels over night.
And when you're not using it to dry clothes, they've also noticed it's helped transform a 3-bedroom house and (it seems) lots and lots of flats.
Just like the larger models, there a hose for continuous drainage. But it also has an ionizer which many other don't have.
This will help improve your indoor air quality and is great if you have pets or family members that suffer with asthma or allergies.
In terms of energy consumption, Netta 12L Dehumidifier uses 220W, so it costs around 15p to run for 4 hours (depending on your tariff).
However, there is a 24-hour timer so you can set it to work during the night to take advantage of cheaper rates like "economy 7".
The only downside to this one is the instruction manual is of the "Chinglish" variety...but all these appliances are pretty straight-forward to use so hopefully that shouldn't be too much of a problem.
Ariston is a brand you've probably heard of and they've been making electric water heaters and appliances since the 1960's.
As you could expect, this 16 liter dehumidifier is well-made and has a number of winning features.
At 42 dbs, this is one of the quietest ones on our list. To put it into perspective, that's about as loud as a small desk fan.
There's also an anti-odor filter. So as well as removing the condensation and protecting your home from mould, it also improves the air quality.
At 53cm by 40.5cm by 29cm, this Ariston model is about as big as a carry-on suitcase. And it has wheels so you can move it around your home easily.
It uses 289 watts - and that's slightly more than the EcoAir - which is 2 litres bigger. So that is a concern, though Ariston claim their electronic thermostat helps improve the energy efficiency.
There is a continuous use function - but the hose required for drainage is not included.
However, the water reservoir is sized at 3 litres so it can collect a fair amount of water before you need to empty it.
And finally, you get a 2-year guarantee - where most generic competitors only give one.
To round out our list we have this excellent 3-in-1 from Inventor.
It's an air-ionizing, laundry-drying and dehumidifying machine that thousands of people love.
There is an alarm to tell you when it's full. But I think being able to see the progress (and that it's working away) is nice to have.
There is a quiet setting, but even if you leave it on the standard one it shouldn't stop you from sleeping. Or cause those annoying vibrations on the floor like similar appliances can.
Aside from drying laundry, people love how quick the Inventor Eva II makes a difference to their homes.
Without only a couple of hours of switching it on, you should notice a real difference with condensation and the air inside your home will smell fresher.
The only downside with this one is there's no timer.
However, like all these products it has a continuous setting. So you can just switch it on before bed and leave it running throughout the night.
Finally, at 260W it's pretty economical in terms of power consumption. Depending on your electricity tariff, it should cost around 15.5p for 4 hours of use.
All in all, this is a fabulous "All Rounder" that you'll be able to enjoy even when you're not doing the washing.
The Final Word
When it comes to just drying clothes, we're confident any of our picks will serve you well.
Should you just want something for a spare room or utility room, The Netta 12L would be our recommendation.
If on the other hand, you want something that not only dries clothes but also cleans your entire home's air, the Inventor Eva II is a great choice.
Probably the best dehumidifier for the money is the EcoAir Hybrid. It's got a large 18L capacity yet it's low running costs make it a great buy for the price.