Quietest Dehumidifiers From Consumer Reports' Tests

These models keep rooms comfortable without making a racket

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The last thing you need in your home is another noisy appliance. That’s why CR’s engineers take decibel measurements on every dehumidifier we test.

In the test chamber, we crank up each model to its highest fan and moisture-removal settings. Then our testers place a decibel meter on a tripod, with the meter’s microphone 2 feet in front of the dehumidifier and 3 feet off the floor, simulating what the dehumidifier might sound like if you’re sitting in a room with it running.

The noisiest of the dehumidifiers in our tests earns a Fair rating, meaning it’s about as loud as a box fan on the highest setting. But most are quieter than that, earning a Very Good (about as loud as a normal conversation) or Excellent rating (like a humming fridge).

Below are seven impressive dehumidifiers that are among the quietest we’ve tested. They’re organized by capacity, meaning how much water they can remove from the air. For more on these and other dehumidifiers we’ve tested, check out our full dehumidifier ratings and read through CR’s dehumidifier buying guide. If you’re looking to dry out a damp area, check our dehumidifier recommendations for basements and crawl spaces. And once you’ve found the model that meets your needs, here’s how to get the most out of your dehumidifier.

CR’s take: For a large, wet space, buy the largest-capacity unit you can afford. The Honeywell TP70WKN is a large-capacity dehumidifier that can pull 50 pints of water from the air per day under current Department of Energy standards. Its limited tank (13 pints by our measure) means you’ll need to empty it frequently, but at least it automatically stops when full. It earns a Very Good rating in our noise test; it’s about as loud as a normal conversation. Features include a timer, a clean-filter alert, and auto-restart, which comes in handy when there’s a power outage or brownout. The brand earned a rating of Good for predicted reliability in our member surveys.

CR’s take: The Midea MAD50C1ZWS checks all the key boxes for keeping your basement dry. Water removal: excellent. Humidistat accuracy: also excellent. Noise and energy efficiency: very good. Indeed, its only drawback is a relatively small, 15-pint tank, contributing to its mediocre convenience score. To remove the 50 pints it’s designed to handle daily, you’ll have to empty it several times a day, or buy and attach a hose to divert the water to a drain. Predicted reliability, though, received an Excellent rating in our member survey; owner satisfaction earned a Good score.

CR’s take: The hOmeLabs HME020031N quietly, ably, and reliably removes up to 50 pints of moisture from your air per day. We give it a Very Good rating for noise and an Excellent score for water removal. Its humidistat earns a Very Good score for accuracy, and it’s very energy-efficient. It’s not convenient, though; its relatively small, 12-pint tank will require frequent emptying, unless it’s placed near a drain. The brand earned an Excellent score for predicted reliability in our member survey and a Very Good score for owner satisfaction.

CR’s take: Medium-capacity dehumidifiers are meant for a midsized or large room that’s somewhat damp but not wet. This model can remove about 35 pints of water from the air per day. The hOmeLabs HME020006N is one of the quietest in its category, garnering an Excellent rating in our noise test. There’s a timer and a clean-filter alert, and like most models we’ve tested, it has an auto-restart feature. In our member surveys, hOmeLabs received an Excellent rating for predicted reliability, which speaks well for its long-term use.

CR’s take: The TCL TDW20E20 is an affordable and well-performing small-capacity dehumidifier, with the ability to remove 20 pints of moisture per day. Well-suited to drying out small spaces, it earns a Very Good rating in our noise test and an Excellent score for water removal. It comes with the ability to auto-restart and has top-notch energy efficiency, but it lacks built-in cord storage. TCL is a new brand in our testing, so we don’t have long-term customer satisfaction or reliability information yet.

CR’s take: The Frigidaire FFAD2233W1 earns a Very Good rating in our noise test, and it garners our highest ratings for convenience, energy efficiency, and water removal, removing 22 pints of moisture per day from the air. This dehumidifier’s water tank holds almost 12 pints of water, so you won’t need to empty it as frequently as the other small-capacity models we’ve tested. But its humidistat accuracy struggles to precisely match the desired humidity level we set.

CR’s take: The hOmeLabs HME020030N small-capacity dehumidifier earns a Very Good score for noise in our ratings and an Excellent rating for water removal. Humidistat accuracy also is top-notch, so you can set it and forget it, knowing it’ll reach your desired humidity level. However, it’s not particularly energy-efficient; what’s more, its small, 7-pint tank means you’ll need to empty it frequently. Notably, hOmeLabs earned an Excellent score in our member survey for predicted reliability and a Very Good score for owner satisfaction.