Quietest Dehumidifiers From Consumer Reports' Tests

These models keep rooms comfortable without making a racket

An illustration of a dehumidifier.
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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 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 six impressive dehumidifiers that are among the quietest we've tested. They're 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've tested, check out our full dehumidifier ratings

Large-Capacity Dehumidifier
hOmeLabs HME0200031N
hOmeLabs HME0200031N

    hOmeLabs HME0200031N

    CR's take: For a large, wet space, buy the largest capacity dehumidifier you can afford. The HomeLabs HME0200031N is a large-capacity dehumidifier, and like all the tested models in this category, can pull 70 pints of water from the air per day. It earns a Very Good rating in our noise tests; it's about as loud as a normal conversation. Features include a timer, clean-filter alert, and auto-restart, which comes in handy when there's a power outage or brownout. This brand is relatively new to our ratings, and we don't have enough data from our CR member survey to assign it ratings for predicted reliability and owner satisfaction.

    Frigidaire Gallery FGAC7044U1
    Frigidaire Gallery FGAC7044U1

      Frigidaire Gallery FGAC7044U1

      CR's take: The Frigidaire Gallery FGAC7044U1 performs similarly to the HomeLabs model above, but it doesn't do as well in cooler rooms. Features include a timer, clean-filter alert, and auto-restart, and because it's WiFi enabled, you can turn it on or adjust the settings from your smartphone or receive notifications when the tank is full. Frigidaire dehumidifiers earn a midrange rating of Good for both reliability and owner satisfaction, according to our member survey. 

      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, and can remove up to 50 pints of water from the air per day. 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've tested, there's an auto-restart feature. 

        Keystone KSTAD50B
        Keystone KSTAD50B

          Keystone KSTAD50B

          CR's take: The Keystone KSTAD50B  earns a Very Good rating in our noise tests, meaning it's a little louder than the HomeLabs HME0200006N. But the Keystone snags an Excellent rating in humidistat accuracy; it nails the humidity level specified. A timer, clean-filter alert, and auto-restart are part of the package. Keystone stands out as one of the most reliable brands in our dehumidifier survey, garnering an Excellent rating for predicted reliability. It earns a midrange rating of Good for satisfaction. 

          Small-Capacity Dehumidifier
          Honeywell TP30WK
          Honeywell TP30WK

            Honeywell TP30WK

            CR’s take: The Honeywell TP30WK tops our ratings of small-capacity models, which means it can remove 30 pints of moisture per day and can help dry out small, damp spaces. It earns a Very Good rating in our noise tests and is the only dehumidifier in our current ratings that snags an Excellent in our cool-room tests. This dehumidifier comes with a drain hose, unlike most we've tested, and has a timer, clean-filter alert, and auto restart. Honeywell garners a Very Good rating for predicted reliability and a midrange Good rating for satisfaction.  

            Frigidaire FAD301NWD
            Frigidaire FAD301NWD

              Frigidaire FAD301NWD

              CR's take: The Frigidaire FAD301NW also earns a Very Good rating in our noise test, and it garners an Excellent rating in humidistat accuracy. That means it nails the humidity level you specify. It doesn't do well in cooler rooms, however. It's a basic model, so while it has auto-start, you won't find a timer or clean-filter alert, features that have become more common in recent years. 

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