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Quietest Dehumidifiers From Consumer Reports' Tests

These dehumidifiers keep rooms comfortable without making a racket

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The last thing you need in your house 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 your living room with it running. 

The noisiest of the 38 dehumidifiers in our tests earn a Fair rating, meaning they're about as loud as a box fan on their 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 six impressive dehumidifiers that are among the quietest we test. They're in alphabetical order and organized by large-, medium-, and small-capacity groups, which relates to how much water they can remove from the air. For more on these and other dehumidifiers we test, check out our full dehumidifier ratings

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Large-Capacity Dehumidifier
hOmeLabs HME0200031N
hOmeLabs HME0200031N

    hOmeLabs HME0200031N

    CR's take: The hOmeLabs HME0200031N earns a Very Good rating in our noise tests; it's about as loud as a normal conversation. It's also a CR Best Buy, offering impressive all-around performance at a relatively appealing price. Features include a timer, clean-filter alert, and auto-restart, which comes in handy when there's a power outage or brownout. Large-capacity dehumidifiers such as this one are meant for large rooms that are damp or wet. 

    2
    Large-Capacity Dehumidifier
    LG UD701KOG3
    LG UD701KOG3

      LG UD701KOG3

      CR’s take: The LG UD701KOG3 is one of the quietest in the large-capacity group, garnering an Excellent rating in our noise tests; it's about as quiet as a refrigerator. And like the hOmeLabs model above, the accuracy of its humidistat is impressive: The machine comes very close to the humidity level you set. Features include a timer, auto-restart, filter-clean alert, and a continuous fan (to promote air circulation even when the humidity setting is met).  

      3
      Medium-Capacity Dehumidifier
      hOmeLabs HME0200006N
      hOmeLabs HME0200006N

        hOmeLabs HME0200006N

        CR’s take: Medium-capacity dehumidifiers are meant for a midsized or large room that's somewhat damp, but not wet. The hOmeLabs HME0200006N is one of the quietest in its category, garnering an Excellent rating in our noise tests. There's a timer and a clean-filter alert, and like most models we test, there's an auto-restart feature. 

        4
        Medium-Capacity Dehumidifier
        Toshiba TDDP5011ES2 (Home Depot)
        Toshiba TDDP5011ES2 (Home Depot)

          Toshiba TDDP5011ES2 (Home Depot)

          CR’s take: The Toshiba TDDP5011ES2 performs similarly to the hOmeLabs dehumidifier above in every test, including for noise, for which it earns an Excellent rating. It also has similar features. This Toshiba stands out, though, by garnering an Excellent rating for energy efficiency. 

          5
          Small-Capacity Dehumidifier
          Arctic King WDK30AE7N (Walmart)
          Arctic King WDK30AE7N (Walmart)

            Arctic King WDK30AE7N (Walmart)

            CR’s take: Small-capacity dehumidifiers can help dry out small, damp spaces. Nearly all of the ones we test earn a Very Good rating in noise, including this Arctic King WDK30AE7N. This machine also stands out for its humidistat accuracy and energy efficiency. Features include a timer, clean-filter alert, and auto restart. 

            6
            Small-Capacity Dehumidifier
            Honeywell TP30WK
            Honeywell TP30WK

              Honeywell TP30WK

              CR’s take: The Honeywell TP30WK scores almost as well overall as the Arctic King above, and Honeywell earns a Very Good rating for predicted reliability based on information from CR's member survey. The Honeywell comes with a drain hose, unlike most we've tested, and has a timer, clean-filter alert, and auto restart. 

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