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 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 capacity, 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 Dehumidifiers
Honeywell TP70WKN
Honeywell TP70WKN

    Honeywell TP70WKN

    CR’s take: For a large, wet space, buy the largest capacity dehumidifier you can afford. The Honeywell TP70WKN 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, a clean-filter alert, and auto-restart, which comes in handy when there’s a power outage or brownout. The brand also earns a rating of Very Good for predicted reliability. 

    GE ADEW45LY (Walmart)
    GE ADEW45LY (Walmart)

      GE ADEW45LY (Walmart)

      CR’s take: The GE ADEW45LY can remove 45 pints of moisture from the air per day, and performs similarly in all our tests to the Honeywell above. But the GE has a slightly larger tank that can hold 15 pints of water, and there’s a clean-filter alert. The filter cleans the air that flows through the dehumidifier. When the filter is dirty, your dehumidifier’s efficiency suffers. It’s quiet, earning a rating of Very Good for noise. 

      Medium-Capacity Dehumidifiers
      hOmeLabs HME020006N
      hOmeLabs HME020006N

        hOmeLabs HME020006N

        CR’s take: Medium-capacity dehumidifiers are meant for a midsized or large room that’s somewhat damp but not wet. They 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, it has an auto-restart feature. 

        Midea MAD35C1ZWS 
        Midea MAD35C1ZWS 

          Midea MAD35C1ZWS 

          CR’s take: The Midea MAD35C1ZWS earns an Excellent rating in our noise tests, meaning it’s about the same volume as the HomeLabs HME0200006N above. A timer, a clean-filter alert, and auto-restart are part of the package. Midea is a relatively new brand in our ratings, like HomeLabs, so we don’t yet have predicted reliability or owner satisfaction data. 

          Small-Capacity Dehumidifiers
          Honeywell TP30WKN
          Honeywell TP30WKN

            Honeywell TP30WKN

            CR’s take: The Honeywell TP30WKN tops our ratings of small-capacity models, which means it can remove 20 pints of moisture per day and can help dry out small, damp spaces. It earns a Very Good rating in our noise tests and an excellent for water removal. This dehumidifier comes with a drain hose, unlike most we’ve tested, and has a timer, a 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 that you specify. It doesn’t do well in cooler rooms, however. It’s a basic model, so while it has auto-restart, you won’t find a timer and a clean-filter alert, features that have become more common in recent years. 

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