In our blog, we discussed how drying clothes inside can actually be harmful to our health.
One way to reduce the risk and get things dry much quicker is with a dehumidifier.
On this page, you'll find our picks and reviews for the best dehumidifiers that can dry clothes in 2018.
The Best Dehumidifiers For 2018
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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 are really effective at removing excess moisture in the air.
This has the effect of reducing the risk of mould, and you'll 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 adding settings to help them in this role.
On this page, you'll find our picks and reviews for the best dehumidifiers for drying clothes. 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 does so by way of drawing the warm moist air into the device, and cooling it quickly.
This action turns the moisture into droplets, which are then collected in a reservoir, to be emptied as and when is required.
A dehumidifier can be used to dry clothes very easily. You simply place the appliance in a room where you can hang the wet clothes.
The clothes will dry naturally, and the machine will remove the moisture from the air, thus aiding drying and preventing mold.
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 every day.
Capacities range from 10L which are quite portable and best for flats and smaller offices, to 30L which are 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 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.
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 can (and should!) enjoy.
Our Reviews Of The Best Dehumidifiers
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 reservoir 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.
Another big name in the world of quality dehumidifiers, PureMate offers a range of appliances covering a vast array of budgets.
This model is even more powerful than the Ebac 2650e – it can remove 20 litres of moisture from your home in a day. That makes it perfect for larger homes with more than 3 bedrooms (when you're not using it to dry clothes).
The Puremate Pm420 doesn't have a drying clothes setting, but it does have something else which is just as good.
The easy-to-read LCD display will measure the amount of humidity in your room as a percentage. You can then set a target humidity level and the dehumidifier will go to work.
So for example, you could take a humidity reading in the kitchen and then use this as a target number for the spare room where you're drying clothes.
There's also a generous 5-litre water tank. On continuous running, you might need to empty this model once-a-day.
Similar models only have a 2-litre or 3-litre reservoir, so a larger one saves you time and effort. There is also an automatic shut-off for when the tank is full.
Another great feature about this model is the 24-hour programmable timer. This allows you to program it for night use and around your laundry schedule.
Finally, with a noise level of 43dB, this is one of the quietest dehumidifiers on the market. To give you an idea of how quiet that is, the average library is 40dB.
All in all, the Puremate PM420 is one of the best dehumidifiers of 2018, but it's also one of the more expensive on our list.
If you have a small flat, or you just need a dehumidifier for your laundry room only, the Finether 12L/D is perfect.
It's compact, easy-to-use and best of all it has got a "Continuous drying" laundry setting.
There's an easy-to-read LCD screen, and the laundry mode can be activated at the push of a single button.
The downsides to this model are it's size. It is only rated for 12 Litres and can only hold 1.5 litres of water in it's reservoir.
The advantage to it's smaller size is it's low power consumption. It only uses 0.22 kw/h, which works out to around 3.4p for every hour you run it. This is much cheaper than a tumble dryer.
Power is also saved by its "Intelligent Humidistat" which lets you set a target-level of humidity and the unit will only use the optimum amount of electricity to reach and maintain the target level.
Quite a few people are using the Finether 12L/D in conjuction with a dryer to cut costs. It's great to leave running in a utility room for laundry that takes ages to dry like jeans and towels.
This model also comes with a drainage hose. using this with a bucket provides a quick workaround for only having a 1.5 litre reservoir. It's not ideal - but it works!
This Finether dehumidifier probably won't suit every home. But if you are in a smaller space and want something that's great value for money, we really recommend it.
This DeLonghi humidifier is the quietest on our list, and it could also be the most innovative, too.
In fact, there are three power settings ranging from just 27 watts to 520 watts. It should be noted that the clothes setting will be to the upper end of this scale. This still works out much cheaper than a tumble dryer.
As well as being incredibly quiet, it's surprising just how compact this model is. At just 17 cm wide and weighing just 5.5 kg, you'll barely notice it's in the room.
And it's small size doesn't hamper it's performance. The manufacturers say that it can handle an 80 m2 area (about 5 queen sized beds). This makes it perfect for a spare room or utility room to dry your washing.
However, you may need something bigger if you're looking for a whole-of-home solution. This is underlined by the shoe-box sized 2L water reservoir. With a more heavy duty model you can expect 5 litres.
As well as having the ability to dry your clothes quick, there is a built-in air purifier and Ionizer. This is a great feature as it will really help limit the spread and dust mites in your home.
This also makes it ideal for a nursery when it's not in service drying clothes as infants are particularly sensitive to poor air quality.
Some users are running it for a couple of hours in their bedrooms before they sleep. They say this helps their home feel warmer and stops them from waking up with a stuffy nose (poor air quality does have this effect on allergy sufferers in particular).
If you want to go all out and get a high-tech dehumidifier that's quiet and really specialises in drying clothes - the De'Longhi DNC65 is the one to get.
The EcoAir Hybrid is given it's name because as well as dehunidifying, it's also an air purifier, too.
This makes it great for people in larger homes, and for hayfever or asthma sufferers in particular.
This model has a 5-stage purification system and a 3-in-1 filter which both removes bacteria from the air and deodorizes that.
It's generous 20L size and 4 litre water reservoir makes it perfect for a whole-of-home solution.
We're also really pleased to see that it has a specific high-speed fan setting for drying laundry, too.
There is a 12-hour timer, so you can program it around your laundry to save the most amount of energy.
At a stated 45 dB, it's reasonably quiet though you might have trouble sleeping with it on during the night.
This is in common with many dehumidifiers, as by their nature they are moving the air and this can not be done silently! Still, 45 dB is not bad, and places it around the middle of our reviewed models.
There are a couple of things I particularly love about the EcoAir Hybrid (apart from it's really great at killing horrible germs!).
If you've emptied a dehumidifier before, you'll know it can be a bit fiddly. Some of the water tanks are just plastic rectangles and it's hard to stop water slopping out over the sides.
The water tank with this model is well designed with a handle, so this prevent water getting on your carpets and clothes.
There's also a fragrance box where you can add essential oils to a sponge. This will make your entire home feel clean and fresh.
If you're looking for a dehumidifier that can not only dry your clothes but also filter and clean your air, the EcoAir Hybrid is a great choice.
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 Delonghi 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 EcoAir Hybrid is a great choice.
Probably the best dehumidifier for the money is the Finether 12 / D. This is perfect for smaller homes and it's low running costs and quiet operation make it a great buy for the price.