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The Best Desiccant Dehumidifiers For 2018

If you are looking for a desiccant dehumidifier to remove moisture from your garage or empty property, then you’ve come to the right place. In this buyers guide, we have reviewed and rated the top 5 desiccant dehumidifiers in 2018. Read on to find out more!

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Meaco DD8L Zambezi Desiccant Dehumidifier, 8 Litre, 45/350/650 W, White

£244.98 259.99

The DD8L Zambezi (A Which? Best Buy 2016) offers more functionality, more control and more options than any other domestic dehumidifier on the market today. Zambezi has 6 World Firsts; A digital ...

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Unfortunately my dad passed away last month and I couldn't believe how damp and mouldy his house became in just 1 month of not being lived in. There were a couple of major damp issues with the property with plaster bubbling off a wall at the front and a roof leak at the back. I chose dehumidifier because although expensive, this type of desiccant dehumidifier as they are supposed to be the best for unheated areas. I plugged it in on night and by morning the water container was already full - but what pleased me most was how much drier the bubbling plaster on the front wall felt. I also purchased a damp meter from Amazon, and the results showed that the wall was significantly drier.I now have a builder working at the property to try to resolve the cause of the water coming into the property. For the first few days I had the machine in the front of the house and had to empty it twice a day (so only negative comment would be that I wished the water container was a bit larger), but I've now positioned it next to the sink, and have the rubber tubing going into the sink so I can have it running continually without anyone having to empty it. One thing I would say is that to begin with I kept the tubing at full length and coiled it around in the sink, but I kept the plug in so I could see how much water was coming out, and not much did. So I cut the tubing to a shorter length so it didn't touch the base of the sink and the water seems to flow out much better.So although an expensive purchase - it's worked really well so far with visible results. I do have a couple of other brands of dehumidifier in my own house, but this one works much better. It does seem to produce some heat, and whichever room it's in gets a little warmer, but in a cold empty house that's a good thing.
November 2, 2016
I am very impressed with this dehumidifier.It dries the room well. It is very useful for drying clothes. Which magazine reports that it is a very efficient dehumidifier because it doesn't use much electricity to get the water out of the air.It is very flexible with many different settings. You can set the humidity level that you want for the room, and I have checked that it does in fact switch off when it gets to that humidity level.I have found that the lowest power setting is perfectly fine for drying clothes.
April 26, 2017
This is a great piece of kit....I bought this dehumidifier to use in my conservatory due to finding wet windows / roof and damp on wallsI never noticed this wetness in years gone by but this year especially the windows and roof were wet and very coldafter reading so many reviews, tips and tricks I opted to give this a go and wow it does not disappoint at allYes it's expensive but I think for what it is achieving it's worth itwater and wetness gone and the extra bit of heat is also a good thingtime will tell on longjevertybut as of now very impressed and working well
December 22, 2017

What are Desiccant Dehumidifiers?

There are two primary types of dehumidifier on the domestic market, compressor (refrigerant) or desiccant dehumidifiers.

A desiccant dehumidifier works by drawing air through the duct, where it’s passed through a rotating wheel made of desiccant material. The desiccant material is a drying agent which absorbs the moisture from the air and removes the humidity.

The dehumidifier needs to heat the desiccant material continuously, using an electrical heating element, to dry out the wheel and keep absorbing the moisture from the air. This means that desiccant dehumidifiers will use more electricity than refrigerant dehumidifiers.

A desiccant dehumidifier does have one advantage over refrigerant models. Due to how it works it’s excellent at extracting water in colder temperatures; this is because of the heating element which dries out the absorbing material, even in chillier environments.

Therefore a desiccant dehumidifier is a perfect choice if you want to remove moisture from a garage, caravan or unheated room in your home.

Why Buy a Desiccant Dehumidifier?

The desiccant dehumidifier is a perfect choice for those who want to remove moisture from an unheated house or room.

The reason the desiccant models have an advantage in colder temperatures is due to how refrigerant models work. A refrigerant dehumidifier works most efficiently when the temperature in the unit is colder than the air around it. As soon as the environment drops below 50°F or 10oc, a refrigerant dehumidifier will work less efficiently, as ice begins to form within the unit. The refrigerant model needs to spend time heating up and removing the ice before continuing.

The desiccant dehumidifier models use absorbing material to extract water from the air and use a heating element to dry out the material. This means that in lower temperatures they don’t need to stop and heat up to remove ice from inside the unit, it is already a continuous process.

The use of the heating element makes the desiccant dehumidifier ideal for extracting water from unheated environments, such as:

  • Garages
  • Unheated rooms in a house or flat
  • Unoccupied properties
  • Basements
  • Caravans

Top Desiccant Dehumidifiers

Our team has put a list of the top desiccant dehumidifier to help you decide which model best suits your needs.

Meaco DD8L Zambezi Dehumidifier

£244.98 259.99

The DD8L Zambezi (A Which? Best Buy 2016) offers more functionality, more control and more options than any other domestic dehumidifier on the market today. Zambezi has 6 World Firsts; A digital ...

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Unfortunately my dad passed away last month and I couldn't believe how damp and mouldy his house became in just 1 month of not being lived in. There were a couple of major damp issues with the property with plaster bubbling off a wall at the front and a roof leak at the back. I chose dehumidifier because although expensive, this type of desiccant dehumidifier as they are supposed to be the best for unheated areas. I plugged it in on night and by morning the water container was already full - but what pleased me most was how much drier the bubbling plaster on the front wall felt. I also purchased a damp meter from Amazon, and the results showed that the wall was significantly drier.I now have a builder working at the property to try to resolve the cause of the water coming into the property. For the first few days I had the machine in the front of the house and had to empty it twice a day (so only negative comment would be that I wished the water container was a bit larger), but I've now positioned it next to the sink, and have the rubber tubing going into the sink so I can have it running continually without anyone having to empty it. One thing I would say is that to begin with I kept the tubing at full length and coiled it around in the sink, but I kept the plug in so I could see how much water was coming out, and not much did. So I cut the tubing to a shorter length so it didn't touch the base of the sink and the water seems to flow out much better.So although an expensive purchase - it's worked really well so far with visible results. I do have a couple of other brands of dehumidifier in my own house, but this one works much better. It does seem to produce some heat, and whichever room it's in gets a little warmer, but in a cold empty house that's a good thing.
November 2, 2016
I am very impressed with this dehumidifier.It dries the room well. It is very useful for drying clothes. Which magazine reports that it is a very efficient dehumidifier because it doesn't use much electricity to get the water out of the air.It is very flexible with many different settings. You can set the humidity level that you want for the room, and I have checked that it does in fact switch off when it gets to that humidity level.I have found that the lowest power setting is perfectly fine for drying clothes.
April 26, 2017
This is a great piece of kit....I bought this dehumidifier to use in my conservatory due to finding wet windows / roof and damp on wallsI never noticed this wetness in years gone by but this year especially the windows and roof were wet and very coldafter reading so many reviews, tips and tricks I opted to give this a go and wow it does not disappoint at allYes it's expensive but I think for what it is achieving it's worth itwater and wetness gone and the extra bit of heat is also a good thingtime will tell on longjevertybut as of now very impressed and working well
December 22, 2017

Similarly to the Meaco 20L, the DD8L is viewed by many as one of the best dehumidifiers on the market, excelling in pretty much every area.

Being that it is a desiccant dehumidifier, and one of best reviewed on the internet, it is able to operate in colder conditions as well as in average room temperatures.

This means that if you need to extract moisture from your garage or your basement, you’ll be able to do so with the DD8L, although it shouldn’t be used in freezing environments.

A refined machine, the DD8L is energy efficient and holds a class A rating, which means you can get the results you need without having to worry about the bills.

A smaller dehumidifier, even for the domestic range, at 36x20x55cm and weighing 8kg, the unit is easy to transport and has a handle found on the top.

Easy to use, the unit is complete with the unique Meaco control logic, which allows you to maintain a humidity level chosen by you. What’s more, you can set the unit to check the humidity levels every 30 minutes.

All of this can be achieved by using the simple and highly accessible digital display and controls.

The DD8L is often the dehumidifier of choice for those who have family members that suffer from asthma due to the fact that it comes with an ioniser and antibacterial filters; great for keeping the air clean and for reducing irritants.

Bearing a middle ground water tank at three litres, you might want to utilise the continuous drain facility so that you don’t have to keep emptying it every few hours.

You’ll need to ensure that you have a hose that leads to a low-level drain outlet.

It goes without saying that if you’re looking for a smaller energy-efficient desiccant dehumidifier for your home, then the Meaco DD8L Zambezi should be high up on your list.

Product Information 
Model NumberDD8L Z
Compressor or DesiccantDesiccant
ColourWhite
Item Weight7.8 Kg
Product Dimensions36 x 20 x 55 cm
Capacity8 liters
Tank3 liters
Power / Wattage650 watts
Voltage240 volts
MaterialPlastic
Auto ShutoffNo
Number of Speeds3
Energy Efficiency ClassA+ to C
Runtime24 minutes
Noise level41/45/50dBA at one meter
Product Features 
Humidistat Yes
Meaco Control Logic Yes
Auto restart Yes
Child Lock Yes
Electronic controls Yes
Fan Speeds Three
Filter Yes - Anti-bacterial
Laundry Mode Yes
Lourve Yes
Digital Display Yes
Ioniser Yes
Off Timer Yes
Continuous drainage optio0n Yes
Operating Temperatures 1 - 37°C

Read more information about the product in the Meaco DD8L Zambezi Desiccant dehumidifier instruction manual.

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Meaco DD8L Zambezi Dehumidifier

Water Extraction
10
Energy Efficiency
8
Noise
6
Easy to Use
10
PROS
  • Quick at water extraction in room temperature and colder conditions
  • Very energy efficient
  • Straightforward to use
  • Auto setting works effectively
CONS
  • Small tank

Meaco Junior DD8L Dehumidifier

£189.98 199.99

An 8 litre desiccant Dehumidifier that works at temperatures between 1 - 37 degrees C. It is very light and quiet with a laundry mode that makes this suitable for the home or garages, boats, motor ...

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Proved unreliable. When new it frequently cut out with flashing error light as the water wasn't draining correctly into the internal tank so I switched to using the drain hose. This then worked fine for about a year, only getting an error a few times, cured by switching off and on again. Then the fan stopped working causing it to overheat and cut out. Managed to manually get the fan spinning again by poking it and left it on high as the manual suggests to ensure lubrication, but happened again a few times since. Now finally it no longer works on the low setting, as the heating element seems to have developed a fault, so will only work on high. Hopefully I can get through the winter with it then I will try another brand and replace it. When it works it is quiet, efficient and very effective, but poor value for money due to reliability.
November 7, 2017
On the plus side: works extremely well. I had a very humid ground floor Edwardian flat, with serious condensation problems on the windows, rust in the back boxes of electrical sockets on the external walls, peeling wallpaper with black mould underneath,... I tried passive moisture absorbers, which did nothing. This machine extracted about 4L of water per day, bringing the humidity down to 55%, and completely removing the window condensation. Being a dessicant design, it works well regardless of temperature. It's also great for drying a rack of clothes in winter: stick it in a closed room, turn it up to max, and your clothes will be dry in no time.On the minus side: it eats a *lot* of power. Your electricity bills will shoot up when you start using this. Now I've dried out my flat (over several months), I just use this during late autumn/early winter, when condensation is at its worst. In spring/summer, you're much better off opening a window. Other designs (i.e., non-dessicant designs) might be more power efficient. It's also not great at detecting when the target humidity level is reached, and keeps running until the air is a lot dryer than the targeted level.
August 30, 2017
I have been using a dehumidifier in my garage for 2 years to protect my tools and the car i keep stored inside. My Electric bill has taken abit of a battering the last 12 months or so with energy price increases which has meant i have had to look at reducing my power consumption.I had previously used a EcoAir DD322 that only allows a power saving mode that keeps the humidity around 50% but because you can only set it to this level it burns through alot of electric even on a dry day. I decided to buy the Meaco as i had worked out it would probably pay for itself in electric savings within 4 months. Well a week into ownership and the humidity set at 60% the Meaco has probably saved me a pound a day compared to the old dehumidifier. I have a humidity meter about 5 metres away from the Meaco and its showing below 60% all the time so i know the dehumidifier is working as it should. Quite often when i go into the garage it is in its shut down mode where its resting for 30 minutes. Im very impressed with this unit and would recommend it to anyone looking for one. When in operation the heating effect is far more than my older Ecoair dehumidifier.
June 29, 2017

The Meaco Junior DD8L is one of the smallest desiccant dehumidifiers on the market and is excellent in situations where you need a small and transportable dehumidifier for your humidity needs.

Able to operate in cooler temperatures while being incredibly compact means that you’re ready to use it in mobile homes, outhouses, garages, and conservatories without few concerns.

Weighing a mere 6.2kg and owning a dimension of 18x35x50cm, this is often the desiccant dehumidifier of choice for those who have only limited living space.

The only let down of the Junior DD8L concerns energy efficiency, as it isn’t the greatest model in this area. If you’re concerned about your bills, the Meaco 20L Low Energy Dehumidifier is probably a better option.

It’s also worth noting that it isn’t the quietest model on the market, but this depends on where on your property you plan on using it.

Being so compact, the model only holds up to 2 litres of water, so it’s probably best to use the continuous drain feature if you can. It’s also worth noting that the until also comes with a mounted wall bracket if you are tight on space.

The Junior DD8L also comes with a great control unit, which you can also set to maintain the moisture level in your room.

If you’re searching for a compact desiccant dehumidifier, then the Junior DD8L should be a strong contender, especially if you plan on using it in a colder room.

Product Information 
Compressor or DesiccantDesiccant
Item Weight6.4 Kg
Product Dimensions18 x 35 x 50 cm
Item model numberDD8L
Manufacturer Part NumberDD8L
Item Weight6.40 Kilograms
Voltage240 volts
Wattage650 watts
Dehumidifying capacity8 liters/day
Capacity water container2 liters
Air flow80/100/115m3/h
For homes up tosmall five bedroom house
Operating range1 – 37°C
Product Features 
HumidistatYes
Meaco Control Logic:Yes
Auto restartYes
Child Lock No
Electronic controlsYes
Fan Speeds 3
FilterYes
Laundry Mode Yes
Off Timer Up to 8 hours
Continuous drainage option Yes

Read more information about the product in the Meaco portable compact DD8L dehumidifier instruction manual.

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Meaco Portable Compact Dehumidifier DD8L

Water Extraction
10
Energy Efficiency
6
Noise
6
Easy to Use
8
PROS
  • Excellent water extraction rate
  • Compact model
  • Electronic timer
  • Clothes drying feature
CONS
  • Small tank

EcoAir DD3 Classic (formerly DD322 Classic) Dehumidifier

£209.97 249.96

The EcoAir DD322 Classic Desiccant features a moisture removal rate of 10 litres per day.

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This is an excellent and cheap (and pretty quiet) dehumidifier. I have one running 24/7 in my garage and they last about 2 years when left on continuously.DON'T turn them on and off with a time-switch, you have to turn them off with the off button which allows the heater element to cool down before the fan cuts out. If you repeatedly cut the power at the socket, the heater element will burn out. Extracts about 25L of water a week in my garage. Built in humidistat allows it to cut on and off as required, mostly with the fan running on low when `off` to circulate the air.Have tried many others, including refrigerant types, and this knocks the socks off them all, even a £4k swimming pool one I tried once.Buy this one !NM, Chartered Engineer.Photo shows it draining into a 50L plastic tub (which *is* nearly full), have to empty about every fortnight.
November 25, 2015
This machine has added "bells and whistles" which I believe greatly reduce its utility compared with a "simpler" product such as the cheaper EcoAir DD322 Simple Desiccant Dehumidifier, 10 L, which I ended up buying to replace it. To be specific the DD322 Classic has a fixed target humidity of around 55% which cannot be changed, so basically it can only be used in a house. Also it should only be turned on and off using the manual switch on the top of the casing so it cannot be controlled by a timer or smart switch. Finally the fan runs all the time it is on, so you cannot tell if it is doing anything useful or not, while it is still consuming a minimum of 40w and making a noise. The only way to see if the thing is dehumidifying or not is to put a meter on the plug and see if it is consuming 40w or 400w. I bought this machine thinking I was buying a premium product, but soon found I had made an expensive mistake. My advice is not to buy it as I cannot think of any reason to choose it rather than the DD322 Simple or the EcoAir DD322 Simple Desiccant Dehumidifier, 10 L, one of which my son lent me (after I had bought this thing) and which I found to be a very good product.My daughter is having a large extension built to her house, and I will pass the otherwise useless DD322 Classic on to her to help dry the place out once they move back in.
January 23, 2018
So far working as expected.Unit is not heavy - I find it rather quiet - some complain of noise but its a low hum and I use in the spare room for speeding up the laundry drying process during cold/wet winter months.For that its excellent - I can hear it in the same room but not next door or downstairs (we do have fitted carpet) I wouldn't even know it was on.I like it has 2 laundry settings and also timer. usually a 2 hour run on turbo will almost dry the rack if not another 2 hour cycle usually does it.It has taken a lot of moisture out with a load of laundry and the water tank thankfully has a lid so when you are carrying it up/downstairs to empty it will NOT slosh all over the place if full. The tank even has a useful handle when you take it out. That was a concern the last thing you need is to spill it and have to dry the carpet out so it is designed very well for that.All in all pleased with purchased - made sure I read reviews and also the which guide which recommended itIts still new and working well so have no negatives yet and had this a couple weeks. Mostly used for laundry but the spare room we often leave a window open now and then to air it and it was feeling damp but no longer.
November 6, 2017

A powerhouse of the dehumidifying world, the EcoAir DD3 Classic is a Which? Best Buy and is able to extract vast amounts of moisture in both warm and cooler environments.

Able to extract 10 litres of water in a 24 period based on a room with 60% relative humidity at 20ºC, the DD3 is great if you need to remove large quantities of moisture in a short period of time.

That being said, the DD3 does happen to be one of the noisier machines on the list, so bear that in mind if you plan to operate it at night or you have small children at home.

Fitted with a 3.5-liter water tank, the unit also comes with a continuous drain feature, which is great if you don’t plan to be at home all day or don’t want to be emptying the tank every few hours.

Despite its immense capabilities, it weighs a mere 8.4kg and is quite compact at 18x41x55cm, which makes it great for moving around the home, although it doesn’t come with wheels like some of the other models.

Neither is it the cheapest to run on the list, using 670 watts, making it one of the costlier dehumidifiers on the list. You could of course search for a cheaper to run unit, but you could be sacrificing important features.

These include the controls, which are some of the easiest to navigate, and you can set the machine to turn off after two, four, or eight hours, which helps to keep the price down.

As an added bonus, the unit also comes with a laundry feature.

Indeed, a model that is able to absorb vast quantities of moisture in both warm and colder temperatures, the EcoAir DD3 is a dream to use and should be one to think about if you’re after a desiccant dehumidifier that comes complete with special features.

Product Information 
Dehumidifier typeDesiccant
Model NumberDD322FW
ColourWhite
Item Weight8.5 Kg
Product Dimensions18.6 x 41.6 x 55.2 cm
Power / Wattage670 watts
Voltage230 volts
Capacity10-liters per day
Water tank volume capacity3.5-liters
FilterYes
2/4/8 hour timerYes
Noise level42dB
Operating temperature1-40°C
Product Features 
Auto ShutoffYes
IoniserYes
Carry HandleYes
Continuous drainageYes
Water Tank With Lid and Carry HandleYes
Electronic control panelYes
FilterYes
Economy Turbo SwitchYes
Anti-tilt ProtectionYes

Read more information about the product in the EcoAir DD3 Classic (formerly DD322 Classic) dehumidifier instruction manual.

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EcoAir DD3 Classic Dehumidifier

Water Extraction
10
Energy Efficiency
6
Noise
4
Easy to Use
10
PROS
  • Really quickly pulls water from the air whether in room temperature or colder conditions
  • very simple to use
  • auto-setting function works well
CONS
  • Noisy

De’Longhi DNC65 Dehumidifier

£205.62 219.99

De'Longhi Compressor Free Compact Dehumidifier - White.

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We now have two dehumidifiers running in our apartment pretty much full time, so I'm able to compare this one with the other (a Maeco 20L which is currently on Amazon for £5 more, so very comparable).Firstly, the positives of the De'Longhi:It's good and compact, nice and narrow although I'm not sure how much this really matters when you need to leave ventilation space around them anywayEffective it's undoubtedly pulling a lot of water outDecent fan power to ensure air circulation, the movable louvre also helpsIonisor function (though not that bothered about this personally)Pipe run off so you can drain it rather than keep emptying it outLightweight for something of this capacity.Unfortunately, although very good it's not quite perfect compared to the Maeco:The drain outlet is from a little plug on the bottom of the water tank, the pipe supplied is short and doesn't really fit properly, which is annoying. Also there's a little stopper that goes over the outlet that is bound to get lost, there's nowhere on the machine to store it, and if you lose it then you can no longer use the water tank because it will just drain all over the floor. In comparison the Maeco is much more cleverly designed, the pipe outlet simply bypasses the water tank, so no stoppers required and nothing to lose.The tank is very small for a dehumidifier of this capacity, if you don't connect the drain hose you'll be emptying this a lot!The De'Longhi is also quite loud, partly because of the movable louvre which is a nice option to have, but it's actually noisier than the Maeco which is actually a higher capacity.In summary then - it's good, but could be better.
January 7, 2017
I live in a great flat BUT drying clothes in the winter is a nightmare..... it can take 48hrs to dry t-shirts 🙁 a friend told me about using a dehumidifier also thoughtbI would give it a go - I can NOT live without one now!!! I put it on turbo clothes dry overnight and BOOM! The clothes are dry by morning!!!! It is now easier to dry my 6yr old school uniform, mine and my girlfriends clothes without precision planning!!!!! A plus side also is that it makes the place smell amazing with the conditioner in the air AND the clothes feel like they are line dried.... lovely & soft!!!!! A little louder than I thought it would be but as it runs in the hall/front room it has never been a problem!!!! Overall excellent - highly recommended!!!
June 13, 2017
I converted my brick shed to a music room, but was having problems with damp. I bought a hygrometer which was registering relative humidity mostly around the 75% mark, peaking as high as 92%. Obviously a worry with some relatively expensive equipment in the room.I had a cheap little jug-kettle-sized dehumidifier in there which didn't seem to be making any diffeerence. After just 3 hours of running the De'longhi, the RH was down to around 40%. Although I have to say that after reading the instructions, I did combine it with a space heter keeping the temp around 70F (something I hadn't been doing before). Maybe it was a combination of the two, but it's working, and I couldn't be happier with my purchase.By the way, describing this unit as "whisper quiet" is cobblers. It's no quieter than any fan-based space heater. Don't know how they get away with such a patent untruth.*** Update ***Been using this for nearly a year now and it's still doing its job well. Haven't had to use the space heater once it got to spring, and the dehumidifier hasn't had to do much at all to keep the humidity down. During the summer months it only stayed on for a few minutes then switched off (auto mode). But it's certainly working. The hygrometer says so, and so does the tray of salt I have on a dish on a high shelf. Before I had the De'Longhi, the tray used to pool with water, now it's just dry salt all the time. If salt can't attract any water, then there can't be any collecting on my electrical stuff.
January 22, 2015

It’s taken a while, but De’Longhi has been working on the noisiness of its dehumidifiers for many years, and it seems that it has finally succeeded with the DNC65.

A highly efficient model, if you’re searching for a dehumidifier that is as quiet as it is efficient, then the DNC65 could be the model for you.

With an output of 34dB, its levels are impressive for a machine as sizeable as this, although this is largely due to the fact that it has no compressor.

That said, it is also rather compact and measures in at 17x29x47cm, making it somewhat smaller than the DEX12. With a two-litre tank, however, it will need emptying fairly regularly.

Weighing just 6.5kg, the machine is very easy to move around and can easily extract moisture from a room of 55 cubic meters.

There’s also a very convenient shut-off feature that will turn the machine off after 8 hours, which is great for those that want to keep it running for some time while they are away.

Able to operate on three different levels for efficiency purposes, the unit also comes with a clothes drying feature and a separate ioniser to tackle pollutants and bacteria; great if you are looking for a cleaner home.

In all, this is a highly compact and efficient dehumidifier that is perfect for those searching for a quieter model.

Product Information 
Model NumberDNC65
ColourWhite
Item Weight6.5 Kg
Product Dimensions28.9 x 17 x 47 cm
Capacity2-liters
Volume Capacity2-liters
Power / Wattage520 watts
Voltage230 volts
Noise Level34 dB
Moisture removal in normal mode32°C/80% (l/24h)
Water tank capacity2-liters
Working temperature1-35°C
For rooms up to75m³
Product Features 
LaundryYes
Eletronic humidistatYes
24-hour eletronic timerYes
Electronic anti-frost deviceYes
FiltersAnti-dust filter
Tank Control SystemYes
Continuous drainage facilityYes
Water level windowYes
HandleYes

Read more information about the product in the De’Longhi DNC65 dehumidifier instruction manual.

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De'Longhi DNC65 Dehumidifier

Water Extraction
10
Energy Efficiency
6
Noise
6
Easy to Use
10
PROS
  • Excellent dehumidifying even at cooler temperatures
  • has a timer
  • clothes-drying setting
CONS
  • Not as energy efficient as other models

EcoAir DD1 CLASSIC MK5 Dehumidifier

£174.97 189.96

The EcoAir DD1 CLASSIC MK5 Desiccant Dehumidifier features an ioniser, silver filter and a moisture removal rate of 7 litres per day.

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I wanted a dehumidifier that was as quiet as possible and from many reviews/comparisons I'd read, this was about the quietest you will find. I'm using this on the landing outside our bedrooms and although we can hear it, it's not overly loud on the ECO mode. Forget the full speed mode though because that is very loud - you won't be sleeping near that without ear plugs.The sound you hear is really the sound of air rushing past the direction vanes. The top blue plastic cover can oscillate up/down to move air around the room. However, as it does this the sound of the air through the vanes changes in pitch and this is quite annoying. I find, having the cover fully open so that air goes straight up is the quietest setting and leave it like that.This is a desiccant dehumidifier, so you don't get the annoying thump of a compressor starting up and shutting down. You can't hear any change in noise from when the dehumidifier is running to when it has turned off - the fans continue running to circulate air even when the humidity level has reached it's correct setting.One of the characteristics of a desiccant dehumidifier is that they give off quite a bit more heat than a compressor type. They use a bit more power than a compressor type but it's like having a low powered heater on for a tiny amount more power consumption. This has made the upstairs in our house feel warmer - so much so, I don't usually need to put the heating on when working from home in my upstairs office.Performance wise, it really does collect quite a lot of water. Don't be put off by what appears to be a low litres/day figure - these figures vary wildly with room temperature and ambient humidity. For example, one manufacturer quotes 12 litres/day in 30C/80%RH. Whereas Ecoair quote 7 litres/day in a more realistic 20C/60%RH.The collection tray could have been designed a little better - it should have a flap you can lift to pour out the water. As it is, I find it easiest to lift up a corner of the tray lid and pour water out of there.So, it's quiet and works well, so why have I given it 3 stars? Well, it's the lights. When the unit is turned on there is a blue light inside. This is not noticeable in daylight but at night the whole of the clear blue section you can see on the side lights up. The light inside is so bright it even shines out of the fan vents. Its like something out of Close Encounters of the Third Kind. I contacted Ecoair and they said there was no way of turning it off. What I've had to do is stick some vinyl over the blue plastic section to stop the light illuminating the landing and pouring into the bedrooms (see photos). Its really that bright. Utter madness that there is no provision to turn this off.If you intend to use this in a bedroom, I can't recommend it. If you intend to use it in a room where bright illumination is not a problem, then it'd be a good buy. Having said that, I wish I'd have bought the cheaper model without the ioniser.
November 13, 2017
This has been treated gently since buying it, and has for the most part worked fine till I encountered two problems. The first one was that the swinging mechanism that directs the air flow would point down and inwards whenever it was set to wide or the front setting - this was a minor issue, which I worked around by putting some small hard plastic between the opening and the mechanism so it would stop it from pointing downwards. The second issue is far more annoying - the dehumidifier would randomly turn off. This wasn't because of a potential overheating issue, because it would occur from anywhere from a few hours after turning it on, to turning off almost as soon as I turned it on (after it not being in use for days). Sometimes, pressing the power on button numerous times to try to resume it would not even turn it back on.The first issue probably occured 2 years after buying, and for the past 18 months I've encountered the random powering off issue. For the price, I certainly expected it to last longer. Now I can't seem to get it running longer than 3 minutes before it wants to turn off, and I am very reluctant to repurchase the same or similar model despite it's initial ease of use and performance.
January 19, 2016
Bought this mainly based on the other reviews. Glad I did. A superb piece of kit Installed it on the landing of our 4 bed house on the Sunday and on Tuesday morning had to empty the tank. This was running on automatic from around 8am till 9pm. Now, another week on and humidity is down to 48% and stable. The instruction book has a very handy section which explains about why we need to have a certain amount of humidity in the air. As with comments from other reviewers, it works best if you leave your internal doors open; moisture will migrate naturally from any room towards the machine. I am so impressed with this device I bought another for our caravan, which after being closed for the winter had mould growing in places when we went to open up. I left this one on the kitchen worktop on automatic constantly while we weren't there draining through the supplied pipe into the sink. When we went the following week to check on it, the difference in the air was amazing. The mould had all but disappeared, and the air felt, well, dry! Very impressed with this machine, highly recommended.
March 23, 2016

A dehumidifier with a good reputation for extraction in large rooms, the EcoAir DD1 Classic MK5 comes with electronic controls that are valued for their ease of use.

As already mentioned, the EcoAir excels at removing moisture from the air and can tackle seven litres a day, which is good for a model of this size, although it isn’t the biggest capacity on this list.

Ideal for small flats and apartments, the unit has a two-litre tank, which is smaller than other EcoAir models.

If you’re not too keen on removing water all day, there’s also a continuous drainage feature if you have access to a low-level drain.

For those interested in energy efficiency, the model uses 580 watts while working, which is slightly less than the EcoAir DD3, but less than other units on the market.

Weighing only 6.2kg however, the EcoAir DD1 is very compact at 52x39x27cm, which means it’s great for small rooms and apartments and comes with castors and a handle.

If you’re looking for a quieter unit, the unit works at 34dB, which means that its one of the quietest of the list.

The EcoAir DD1 comes with a variety of features, including an auto-setting function so it can maintain your chosen humidity level and an ioniser.

The electronic controls also make the unit easy to use and navigate and it also comes with a laundry mode, which can be very handy if your machine is currently working on a heavy load.

All in all, the EcoAir DD1 is perfect for those looking for a compact machine that will work in colder environments and with little impact on the electricity bills.

Product Information 
Dehumidifier typeDesiccant
Model NumberDD1 CLASSIC MK5
ColourBlue
Item Weight6 Kg
Product Dimensions17.5 x 29 x 47.5 cm
Capacity7-liters per day
Water tank volume capacity2-liters
Power / Wattage580 watts
Voltage230 volts
MaterialSilver
Temperature range1-40°C
Noise level34dB
Product Features 
Auto ShutoffNo
Filter Silver-Nano
2/4/8 hour timerYes
IoniserYes
Power saver modeYes
Laundry ModeYes
Electronics control panelYes
Anti-drip mechanismYes
Tilt overprotectionYes

Read more information about the product in the UK EcoAir DD1 Classic MK5 dehumidifier instruction manual or the US EcoAir DD1 Classic MK5 dehumidifier instruction manual.

7Expert Score
EcoAir DD1 Classic MK5 Dehumidifier

Water Extraction
10
Energy Efficiency
6
Noise
4
Easy to Use
8
PROS
  • Brilliant at pulling water from the air at room temperature and in colder conditions
  • easy to use
  • auto-setting function works well
CONS
  • Noisy
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