Best dehumidifiers to protect your family from mould

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As the rain pours, many people are noticing mould and damp in their homes.

A dehumidifier can help reduce the likelihood of mould by drawing excess moisture from the air and soft furnishings.

They are excellent if you can't improve airflow in a room, or have ongoing damp issues.

A household scene at the base of white stairs with a black and white dehumidifier sitting on beige carpet near shoes and sidetables. At right is a montage of four dehumidifiers.
You can't stop the rain but you can take steps to prevent mould.

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How do humidifiers work?

Desiccant dehumidifiers work best in rooms that are generally under 20 degrees.

They absorb moisture from the air by using a slowly rotating disc.

This disc then dries off, evaporating the water and collecting it in a tank.

They are usually compact, although can be a bit more expensive to run.

Refrigerant humidifiers work like a fridge, and are best in warmer climates.

They draw in air, then cool it to condense the water it contains.

They are often energy efficient but can sometimes be noisy.

Here are some of the best options:

Hyundai Dehumidifier and 4.1kW Smart Portable Air Conditioner, $529

This three-in-one dehumidifier, air-conditioner and fan can be controlled via your smartphone.

It's ideal for small rooms, and has easy-glide wheels so you can move the unit around easily.

It collects up to 1.5 litres of water in an hour, and is a refrigerant humidifier.

A white Hyundai Dehumidifier and 4.1kW Smart Portable Air Conditioner, $529 on black wheels on a white background.
A white Hyundai Dehumidifier and 4.1kW Smart Portable Air Conditioner, $529 on black wheels on a white background.

Ausclimate NWT Large 35L, $599

This refrigerant dehumidifier is CHOICE recommended.

It can extract up to 35L of moisture in a day, and has full electronic controls, with LCD display.

There's a continuous draining feature, and it can also act as a clothes dryer.

A white Ausclimate NWT Large 35L, $599 sits on polished wooden floorboards near a white wall.
A white Ausclimate NWT Large 35L, $599 sits on polished wooden floorboards near a white wall.

Laover Dehumidifier for Home, $100.94

This small dehumidifier works sightly differently to conventional machines; it features thermo-electric technology which can pull up to 450 ml of water from the air every day.

It has two modes; powerful to reduce humidity quickly, and a sleep mode where it runs quietly and gently removes moisture from the air.

It's small, which means it fits in cupboards or bathrooms, and it has seven different LED lights so you can make a feature of it.

A white Laover Dehumidifier for Home with a transparent base showing how much water is being removed from the air.
A white Laover Dehumidifier for Home with a transparent base showing how much water is being removed from the air.

Russell Hobbs 2 Litre Dehumidifier, $271.62

This refrigerant dehumidifier can remove up to 10 litres of water in 24 hours, and is great in medium-sized spaces such as bedrooms and utility rooms.

It has an LED display, electronic controls, a continuous drain function and an integrated handle, so it's easy to move from room to room.

A household scene at the base of white stairs with a black and white dehumidifier sitting on beige carpet near shoes and sidetables. It is a black and white Russell Hobbs 2 Litre Dehumidifier, $271.62
A household scene at the base of white stairs with a black and white dehumidifier sitting on beige carpet near shoes and sidetables. It is a black and white Russell Hobbs 2 Litre Dehumidifier, $271.62

Breville Smart Dry Dehumidifier, $348

This compact machine is suitable for small rooms, and can extract up to 10 litres per day of moisture.

It has a special laundry mode to dry clothes, and a timer you control with your phone.

It also comes with two-stage air filtration which filters dust, pet dander, odours and smoke.

A white Breville Smart Dry Dehumidifier, $348 sits on a tiled bathroom floor with a shower in the background.
A white Breville Smart Dry Dehumidifier, $348 sits on a tiled bathroom floor with a shower in the background.

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