Keeping excess moisture out of the air in your home is so important, especially in areas like your basement or your garage. If you let moisture build up in areas like that, you’re just asking for the buildup of mold and mildew. Not all dehumidifiers are equal, of course, and we’ve spent plenty of time testing different models to find the best ones. Here, you’ll find the very best dehumidifier options that fall into three key categories.

Best Large Dehumidifier

If your basement floods regularly, you absolutely must have a good high-power dehumidifier. In fact, you need one even if you only get the occasional excess water buildup. Whether you have carpeting in a finished basement or just concrete floors, allowing moisture to build up can lead to foul odors, mildew, and even mold. We’ve tested a number of popular options and the best we’ve found by far is the hOmeLabs 50 Pint Energy Star Dehumidifier.

Best Compact Dehumidifier

If there’s a small area of your home or a single room that tends to trap moisture more than the rest of the house, you don’t need to overdo it with a huge multi-gallon dehumidifier. Instead, check out the Pro Breeze Electric Mini Dehumidifier. It’s nice and compact, it’s quiet, and it pulls up to 9 ounces of moisture out of the air per day.

Best Moisture Absorber

Is there an area of your basement that always seems to develop a dank, off-putting odor? A dehumidifier will help, but there’s an easier solution that doesn’t require you to use electricity and constantly empty a reservoir. Check out the DampRid FG90 Moisture Absorber Easy-Fill System. It uses pouches filled with special moisture absorbing chemicals, and each one lasts for up to 60 days before you need to swap it out.

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