Dehumidifiers are a diverse piece of machinery that the majority of households will find themselves needing at some point.Their main function is to keep the air around you clear from bacteria as well as dry. It will reduce the amount of moisture in the air and help to remove musty odours from the house.
They are also hugely beneficial for those who suffer from conditions such as asthma.This is because where the air is cleared of moisture (as well as bacteria and mould), they are less at risk of nasty attacks. Plus, it will prevent mould from growing in damp places like bathrooms.
If you need something small and compact for rooms such as bathrooms, baby room or even a small conservatory to absorb the moisture in your property, keep reading as we highlight the best small dehumidifiers that are easily portable.
In this guide we focus on small portable type dehumidifiers, these are generally 30cmm x 50cm is height and weigh less than 6-7Kg. We don't cover smaller cordless/rechargeable dehumidifiers that you would use in a wardrobes, cupboards and caravans. We do cover these type in this guide here.
Best Small Dehumidifiers in Order
1. Meaco DD8L
Small yet mighty
What we really liked is how compact this little dehumidifier is.
Despite being able to offer such excellent and efficient extraction rates, it remains the perfect size for sliding in a corner.
It’s actually one of the smallest you are likely to find, and it can even be set up to drain continuously if you are worried about needing to empty it more often; a common worry for such a small dehumidifier.
The fact that it is able to extract up to 8L of water from the air each day shows just how powerful this little machine is. If you like to dry your laundry indoors, you don’t need to worry about the extra humidity anymore because of the laundry mode that you can select. This is ideal for preventing damp and mould.
It also comes with a timer so that you can schedule it to switch off after a set amount of time to save energy; keeping your bills down.
- Dimensions: 35x50x20cm
- Weight: 6.2kg
- Capacity: 2L
- Wattage: 650w
- Claimed Extraction Rate: 8L per day
2. Ecoair DD122
A desiccant dehumidifier for every environment
This is also a pretty compact dehumidifier, and it’s excellent at what it does.
We have found very few machines that are as efficient at this one when it comes to extracting water from the air, and it’s a model that just kept surprising us.
The first feature is the fan levels, and there are two that you can choose from. The eco mode is perfect for everyday use, and it runs quieter so that it won’t disturb you too much.
Then you have the turbo mode for those really severe situations where the humidity is very high and needs to be sorted out.
We found that the humidistat was the shining glory here though because it automatically adjusted itself according to the needs of the room.
You also have a laundry mode for drying clothes inside, and despite being a desiccant dehumidifier, it works really well across all home environments; making it pretty versatile.
- Dimensions: 30x49x19cm
- Weight: 6kg
- Capacity: 2L
- Wattage: 580w
- Claimed Extraction Rate: 7L per day
Portable and convenient for your comfort
This tiny little dehumidifier is one that we actually grew quite fond of. It is so small that it can fit into a tiny bathroom corner, and wouldn’t take up much space in a camper van.
Of course, this also means that it has a very small capacity and so does need to be emptied quite a lot.
However, it’s there to keep your humidity levels down as opposed to fixing a dampness issue, so you shouldn’t need it to extract more than 300ml each day.
We actually found it to be quite efficient, and the near-silent running made it an absolute pleasure to use. Despite being small, it manages to squeeze some handy features into its design.
There is an automatic shutdown when the tank gets full, and a red light will appear to let you know. There is also the defroster that will help it keep running even in cold and icy conditions. Night mode will also ensure a restful night without disturbance, and you can control everything using one button.
- Dimensions: 14.6x14.6x22.7
- Weight: 1.2kg
- Capacity: 600ml
- Wattage: 23w
- Claimed Extraction Rate: 300ml per day
4. Hysure Mini Air Portable Dehumidifier
Quiet and effective
If you want a powerful dehumidifier that can tackle just about any room, this model from HYSURE will leave you looking no further.
Take some time to sit and read through the reviews below to see if this is going to be the right dehumidifier for you.
This dehumidifier comes in white and has a minimalistic design to keep it out of the way when you are entertaining, or just don’t want to see it.
Plus, the lightweight build and compact size mean that you can place it anywhere in your home and it will get to work right away.
It is a powerful model, keeping things like mould and mildew out, as well as removing excess moisture from the air in an effective manner.
It is a low energy dehumidifier, and once it starts to get full, it will shut down automatically so that it does not overfill, keeping your home safe at all times. The tank is easy to remove and empty, so it will be ready to go again in no time at all.
The noise levels are very low, so even when you are settling down to sleep, you should not find that it wakes you up or prevents you from drifting off.
The Not So Good
There is no handle for carrying it between rooms, and the cable could be longer for better versatility.
- Power: 23 watts
- Weight: 1.2kg
- Coverage: 10-20m
- Capacity: 0.7L
- Voltage: 9v
- Noise: 33db
This dehumidifier comes at a reasonable price, so it won’t break the bank, but it will also ensure that your room remains free from excess moisture as well as pesky mould and mildew.
While there is no handle and the cable is a little short, it is light enough to carry between rooms and the issue with the cable is easy to resolve by grabbing an extension lead or finding a different place for it.
These minor flaws are worth it for a machine that does an incredibly job of keeping your air clear.
Q: Does it blow out cold air ? Does dehumidifying the room reduce the temperature ?
A: It does a little but certainly not enough to cool a room, dehumidifying simply reduces the moisture.
Q: Is it too noisy for a child’s bedroom?
A: The dehumidifier is very quiet and should not disturb any one trying to get to sleep, athugh if you have it on throughout the day this should be enough to help clear the room, so you can then turn it off during the night.
Previously Featured Models
When it comes to finding the perfect dehumidifier, it is no easy task to undertake. After all, there are so many to choose from on the market and it can be hard to differentiate with all the fantastic features available.
However, the basic things you should be looking for when you are choosing a compact dehumidifier are that they are efficient and effective.
They should be lightweight and easy to carry around. A good dehumidifier, should preferable have an indicator for when it becomes full and should also shut down automatically.
With these fantastic models, you are sure to find the ideal one here.
If you are looking for other brands of dehumidifier, check out our reviews of best EcoAir dehumidifiers and best Delonghi dehumidifiers. We're sure you can find something that is suitable for your needs.
What did you think of our small dehumidifier selection? Are there ones that you would have added to the list? Let us know in the comments below, we’d love to hear from you!
Last Updated on February 25, 2021 by Gemma Tyler
Gemma Tyler is a freelance journalist with 15 years of experience writing for consumer publications. She has tested and reviewed a wide range of household items from vacuum cleaners to washing machines and dehumidifiers to steam irons. Her attention to detail and exhaustive testing certainly makes her an expert in her field.