Our Pick for July
EcoAir DC12 Dehumidifier
If you are on the market for a new dehumidifier, or if this is the first time you are considering purchasing one, the following will serve as a guide to find the one best suited for your needs.
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We have chosen what we consider to be the very best dehumidifiers on the market in the Amazon U.K. in 2019 and hope this article helps you to select the ideal unit for your home and pocket. Once you own a unit, you will wonder how you ever managed before without one.
Complying with the recent demand for compact size, the EcoAir DC12 is surprisingly small, without sacrificing other important traits, such as energy efficiency and mighty performance. Measuring a mere 35 cm x 50 cm and with the capacity of extracting as much as 12 litres of water per day, it will surely cater for your needs for space and excellent dehumidifying results.
At a Glance
- Brand: EcoAir
- Model Number: DC12
- Colours: White & Grey
- Item Weight: 10.5 Kg
- Dimensions: 22.5 x 49.6 x 35.3 cm
- Capacity: 3.5 litres
- Volume Capacity: 3.5 litres
- Power / Wattage: 230 watts
- No Auto Shutoff
- Noise Level: 41 dB
- Compact & portable, with a capacity of extracting as much as 12 litres of water per day
- 3.5-litre water tank capacity with continuous drainage option
- Concealed easy glide castor wheels
- Washable air filter
- Easy to use Electronic Control Panel with
- Active Humidistat,
- Clean Filter Indicator,
- 2H/4H Timer,
- Auto Shut Off,
- Auto Defrost
- Rapid control of humidity & indoor laundry drying.
- Excellent for mould, condensation and bacteria growth control
- Comes with a 2-Year manufacturer warranty
In terms of design, dehumidifiers are scarcely the type of appliances that could charm the eye, yet the EcoAir DC12 is much prettier and aesthetically upgraded compared to the other models of our list.
Its casing has a digital control panel mounted at the top, which, as you will easily discover is pretty easy to use and simple to navigate through its numerous modes of operation and features.
What has been a pleasant surprise in our first visual inspection of the thing, was its striking 3.5-litre water condensate or collection tank, which is very impressive for dehumidifier of such small dimensions.
At the back, there is the usual air inlet drawing air into the unit through an air filter, which only holds dust and air dirt, not bacteria and allergens. You can easily take it out and clean it with fresh water – in fact, this is necessary for the humidifier to run smoothly for many years to come.
Traits & Features
Situated at the bottom of the DC12, the water tank has a nice water level window that allows you to check its state easily and empty it only when truly needed. Removing the tank is very easy but requires both hands, since there are two grips that must be pressed on either side. A handle on top could make things even easier for us, but let us not get greedy!
There are many people out there that wish their dehumidifier to operate on a constant basis without having to empty the tank. If you are one of them, rejoice! The DC12 features a continuous drainage option, utilising a hose connected at the back, which allows the tank to get bypassed and having the water drained out directly into a sink or drain system.
While the gentle humming of a humidifier often sounds relaxing to people who love the so-called ‘white noises’, most of us prefer silence when it comes to rest or sleep, and, in many cases, it determines in which rooms it can be used and at what hours exactly.
Now, DC12 has a dual persona when it comes to sound since it is equipped with a two-speed fan. At low-level operation, the noise is barely distinguishable even for a bystander, making it ideal for bedrooms and kid rooms. The second level is a bit louder, but nothing close to annoying or intrusive. Personally, I had no problem having a good night’s sleep in both modes.
Water Absorbing Technology
DC12 belongs to the category of ‘refrigerant’ or ‘compressor’ dehumidifiers. Practically, that means that its interior has a specially designed compressor pump that cools the water condenser plates, thus filtering out or absorbing the water from the air – which can only be described as great!
On the other hand, this whole system adds considerable weight to the sturdy machine, making it moving around a job for the man in the house. The mounted base casters at least help things a bit.
Usually, lots of modes and features complicate things, but DC12’s handy control panel greatly simplifies mode and option selection. As you can see, four membrane buttons, tow at the base and two more at the top of the LCD screen is all you will ever need to navigate through the menu and pick your preferred settings, including
- Humidity Controls, enabling you to set the percentage of relative humidity, tailor its operation to your needs and maintain its energy consumption to the lowest possible level. Its range is carefully set to protect you from energy devouring settings.
- Timer controls, namely of 2 and 4 hours settings.
- Fan Speed, with the options of ‘High’ and ‘Low’. Note that the first option should be reserved only for rather demanding circumstances, such as drying out your bathroom after a hot shower. The low-speed setting will do fine usual conditions.
- Power Button
- Filter Reset, which is for you to notify the machine’s software that the filter has been cleaned or changed.
EcoAir’s DC12 has the whole package to win your heart, and it not a mere coincidence that put it first in our list for the best dehumidifiers in the marker for 2019. Its weight is a small but easily forgettable drawback, especially after considering its excellent price, features, discreet function and sturdiness.
Moving to our number 2 pick on our list, we have the Care 12L dehumidifier, which has gained its reputation not just for its excellent functionality, but also for its almost silent performance.
At a Glance
- Brand: Inventor
- Colour: White
- Item Weight: 11 Kg
- Product Dimensions: 30.8 x 24.7 x 45.6 cm
- Capacity: 12 litres
- Power/ Wattage: 207 watts
- With Auto Shutoff mode
- Compressor dehumidifier with 12L/ day moisture removal
- Modern Design
- Low Energy consumption
- Notable features:
- Silent Mode
- Auto Restart
- 24h Timer
- Auto Defrost
- Continuous Dehumidification & Continuous Drainage
- Digital Control Panel with room and desired humidity indication
- Desired humidity range from 35 – 85%
- 2L Water Tank with full water protection and water level indication opening
- 2-year warranty
Design & Features
Neatly designed and compact, this one will move easily wherever and whenever you want it with its sturdy little wheels. We pushed it around with its tank fully loaded on a thick carpet and still find it a piece of cake. Note that it masters a capacity of 12 litres, which is quite impressive for a dehumidifier of these dimensions.
Silent mode does not lie too. We had no trouble sleeping with it by our bed all night long. Of course, operation in silent mode is not as mighty, but it met our expectations, ridding the moisture from the room without hassles and midnight wriggles.
Modes of Operation
Featuring an advanced ‘Continuous Dehumidification’ technology, the Care 12L dehumidifier expedites the whole dehumidifying process when conditions require it – for example after a nice hot hour-long bath, or when you have clothes drying out inside the house. It will eliminate moisture both fast and efficiently.
Overflow Protection & Continuous Drainage
The thing has a special overflow protection too: as soon as the water tank fills up, the dehumidifier automatically shuts down and illuminates the corresponding “Full” indication, thus letting you know you should empty the tank and averting leakage issues. Personally, I would prefer the system to notify me slightly before the tank is full, especially in cases when I need my dehumidifier to operate constantly. Still, the system works, and in most cases, you will probably remember to empty the tank way before getting notified, especially since it has this great easy-to-set 24-hour timer that allows you to set its starting and shutting off even when you are away from home or office.
Another great feature, which could actually make up for the above small con, is the ‘Continuous Drainage’ system, allowing you to stop worrying about emptying the water tank whatsoever. Just place the device’s tube at the back and fix it in the syphon.
Last, you have the Auto defrost feature, making maintenance a lot easier.
I think the best way to sum it up with this one is to call it an excellent ‘value-for-money’ dehumidifier. Compact, efficient and with a great tank capacity, it will get the job done without draining your budget.
Returning to a dehumidifier that is almost fully silent, the Pro Breeze 500 ml Compact & Portable Mini Dehumidifier can suck up to 250 ml/day and is ideal for really small spaces, including kitchens, bedrooms, caravans, offices, garages, bathrooms, and basements.
At a Glance
- Name: Pro Breeze 500 ml Mini Dehumidifier
- Dimensions: 156 x 130 x 220 mm
- Weight: 04 Kg/2.2 lbs.
- Water tank capacity: 500 ml
- extraction: 250 ml
- room size: 150 sq. Ft.
- Energy consumption: 0.023 kW-h
- Working temp.: 15 – 35°C
- Noise level: 33dB
- Power/Voltage: 23W, 100 – 240V, 50Hz/ 60Hz
- Airflow Rate: 12 m2/h
- Automatic shut-off when the tank is full
- LED indicator when full
- 500 ml tank capacity to remove 250 ml of moisture/day
- Ultra-quiet & energy efficient as it has no compressor
- Covers up to 150 square feet
The Pro Breeze 500 ml mini dehumidifier is ideal for people living in small accommodations. It is compact and can be stored easily, plus it is perfect for use in a small kitchen, bedroom or even in a garage or caravan.
This mini unit is low on volume and energy costs and does an excellent job of sucking moisture from the air. It will lower humidity by 2-3%.
You will certainly notice the difference if you are living in a small space with fogged up windows or a musty smell. The Pro Breeze will prevent mould and mildew.
It is easy to move around, and the noise volume is low because it employs thermo-electric cooling instead of a traditional compressor.
Design & Features
This unit is specially made for use in small areas up to 150 square feet. It extracts up to 250 ml of excess moisture per day. If you use it in a larger space, it will not operate in the same way as a larger capacity dehumidifier would.
The Pro Breeze Mini Dehumidifier uses Peltier technology; this means it is extremely quiet. Peltier dehumidifiers use thermo-electric cooling and not a compressor like the larger units.
The water tank contains 500 ml and is conveniently situated on the front of the unit. It pulls out easily for emptying and slots back in again smoothly.
The LED indicator lights up when the water tank is full, and the unit has an automatic shut-off.
If you require a dehumidifier for use in a small space such as a caravan, bathroom, garage or small bedroom, then this is a perfect choice. The Pro Breeze Mini is low priced, quiet and does an excellent job of removing mould, mildew, moisture and humidity from the area. It is inexpensive and energy efficient.
Meaco 20L Low Energy is considered the Meaco’s top model for its domestic dehumidifiers, combining most of the innovative traits features in its sizeable home range, like the rotating louvre/ air deflector, with a rather appealing low energy system, running at 255W instead of the usual 355W.
Let us get a closer look.
At a Glance
- Brand: Meaco
- Model: 20L LE
- Weight: 6 Kg
- Dimensions: 38.5 x 59.5 x 29 cm
- Power / Wattage: 255 watts
- Voltage: 240 volts
- Energy Efficiency Class: A+ to C
- Extremely energy efficient
- Excellent in preventing condensation, mould, and damp concentration
- Optional HEPA air filter
Design & Noise
Being truthful, Meaco never excelled in giving great looks to its dehumidifiers. Still, with this one, they seem to bring it home at last, probably because it features minimalism as its main design trait and its surprisingly elegant curvy shape.
Moving to the essence of things, the water collection tank is, is front-mounted – which is a first for Meaco – making checking its content easier. The bucket itself has a handle on the top, a lid to avert any spillages and an opening on the front to facilitate water level checking.
The aptly named ‘easy glide’ castor wheels do keep their promise and remain elegantly hidden under the fringes of the casing. Its manoeuvrability is indeed good news, because the device is quite robust and heavy, especially when fully loaded. It would help if you did not take that as a drawback though. Most of its equally sized competitors are even heavier. Besides, it does belong to the largest class of home dehumidifiers in the market. If you do have to lift it, use the sturdy unfolding handle on the top.
Getting to the always crucial issue of noise, let us clear something up right from the start: so big and mighty dehumidifiers are seldom bought for their quietness. Still, Meaco has succeeded in making it one of the most discreet of its range, even at its maximum extraction rate. Most people would not even notice its operation when asleep.
Control panel is pretty simple to figure out even without the manual.
First, you have the fan speed selection button, allowing you to save on energy or expedite humidity extraction when needed.
The timer enables you to set in advance the moment the machine must shut down, even when you are away from home – when you have clothes to dry for instance. What is even better, is that instead of x-hour options, you can pick the preferred number of hours using the up-down buttons. You can also configure the humidity level you using the same keys, set in a 30 to 80% range.
Several modes, like the ‘laundry mode’ or the C[ontinuous] O[peration] are specially configured in advance to help you out. The child lock function will avert any danger of your toddler messing with your settings. You can also control louvre motion in 90° range, which is quite extensive in this line of products.
Where Meaco’s dehumidifiers stand out from its competitors is their way of preserving the desired humidity level: as soon as it is reached, instead of keeping their fans working, like most other dehumidifiers, they switch them off and check the humidity, again and again, every half an hour, switching them back on only if the humidity has risen again.
Last, there is the standard ‘Tank full’ light.
Operation & Efficiency
Meaco’s new dehumidifier flagship surely is as efficient operation-wise as elegant. That is probably its most winning point: getting the job done without keeping you awake at night while keeping the energy cost as low as possible. One could also expect a better air purification filtering after considering the lengths the manufactures has taken to improve this model – but, nothing is perfect!
Without a doubt, the best dehumidifier Meaco ever made – till now that is. Sturdy, efficient, cost-effective and smart looking, it is certainly worth considering.
Promising to extract 10 litres of water per day, Delonghi’s DEM 10 closes our current ‘best for 2019’ list. Sure, it is not a new model, not at all. It has actually been on the market for almost a decade but remains one of the most reliable dehumidifiers you can get on a budget.
Featuring a new humidistat and using ecological gas R134a to collects demineralised water, DEM 10 will cater to your humidity needs and help you with other house chores, like steam ironing. In our opinion, it is by far the best ‘budget’ dehumidifier in our list – and probably in the 2019 market.
Let’s take a closer look, shall we?
At a Glance
- Brand: De’Longhi
- Model Number: DEM10
- Item Weight: 10 Kg
- Dimensions: 33 x 35 x 42 cm
- Capacity: 2 litres
- Power / Wattage: 190 watts
- Voltage: 230 volts
- Electronic anti-frost device for lower temperature use
- Permanent drain facility (plumbing kit supplied)
- Tank control system
- Quiet Operation
- Washable dust filter
- Collects demineralised water (ideal for use in steam irons)
- 2-year warranty
Design & Noise
Compact and highly portable, the DEM 10 is promoted as ideal for relatively small spaces, such as rooms, houses, boats and caravans. Its built-in handle makes moving it around quite easy, and its transparent bucket allows checking in a blink of an eye without removing it. If you do have to pull it out, you will have to be careful, since there is no handle or lid.
Still, at such a price, you should expect a shortage of this sort of… luxuries. Another one, in fact, is the absence of castor wheels, which makes moving it around a bit trickier – especially after considering it weighs 10 kg. The good thing is you can buy them at additional expense, which is relatively insignificant. Still, we would love them being attached from the factory in the first place.
The plug is located on the shorter side, but don’t worry – an extension lead will sort out any problems with connectivity.
Moving to more positive characteristics. The Delonghi DEM10 dehumidifier is equipped with a reusable and washable plastic dust filter, as well as and a 2-litre tank with a continuous drainage system. As usual, the DEM10 shuts off automatically when the tank is full.
Noise, on the other hand, is discernable but in no way annoying, disturbing or sleep-depriving. Some may also find it hypnotising.
The covered top mounted control panel lacks a digital display on it but remains pretty simple and straightforward in its use. A rotary dial offers access to several modes of operation, including ‘Continuous’, ‘Laundry’ and ‘Turbo’, depending on your needs. Note that while it is possible to set your preferred humidity level through the rotary dial, the lack of a digital display means you cannot actually check precisely its percentage rate. Just bear in mind that turning the dial at a 12 o’clock position corresponds to a humidity level of around 60%.
Extraction Rate & Humidistat
When it comes to extraction rate, DEM10 won’t let you down. It can extract 10 litres per day; naturally. Local weather conditions can have a bearing on the extraction rate. True, it has just one fan speed, but it is more powerful than most of the silent modes of its competitors, and quieter than their power mode.
Now, the humidistat control, right on the top, enables you to set humidity at your preferred level while controlling energy consumption at the same time, since it will switch on the machine only when the moisture level gets above your setting. Hence, unless you set it to ‘Continuous’ mode, you can just leave it on and let it switch and off by itself, depending on your configuration.
Another great feature is the electronic anti-frost setting, ideal for environments where temperatures drop rapidly.
DEM10 also has the well-known by now continuous drain system, with the probe, making it perfect for detached and isolated spaces, such as boats, caravans, garages and so forth. Just remember that the system relies on deal old gravity to work, so make sure the dehumidifier and hose are placed higher than the drain exit.
Produces Demineralised Water
Last but not least, the DEM10 is equipped with an ecological gas R134. It is a refrigerant gas helps the dehumidifier collect demineralised water, which you can then use for steam iron or glass cleaning in your car and avoid limescale from concentrating in various points in their circulation systems.
Nice looking, compact and with all the absolutely necessary features to get the job done, the DEM 10 dehumidifier is just perfect for small apartments, boats, and other detached spaces that have an issue with air moisture. Is it indeed a small disappointment to have to buy the castor wheels, but the extra cost is really insignificant. It does have a single fan speed, but its extraction rate, for the spaces mentioned above, is excellent.
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