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Battling mold, mildew, and mugginess do not have to be futile if you use a high-quality dehumidifier for your bathroom. The key is to keep that essential room dry. Molds and mildews can cause allergic reactions, including hay fever, asthma, and immune system dysfunction.
The right dehumidifier draws moisture from the air
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to keep it dry and fresh smelling. In our review, we examine important features as the coverage area, the water amount removed daily, the type of water tank, and portability. We have searched and done all of the homework, and in our opinion, we have the perfect dehumidifiers for the bathroom on our top 5 best dehumidifiers list.
Our Editor’s Choice for the top humidifier for the bathroom is the powerful, compact KLOUDI Dehumidifier. This 5.83 lbs. white plastic unit removes up to 27 ounces of water from a 480-foot space. It is meant for use in basements, bathrooms, and RVs.
The KLOUDI dehumidifier has double the condensation power of previous models. The only comparable model is the smaller Kloudi Dehumidifier for Home Quiet Electric Mini Dehumidifier that dries out 260 square feet and weighs only 2.87 lbs.
What makes it stand out?
There are so many things to love about this nifty dehumidifier, including its large capacity water tank that offers 24 hours of continual dehumidification and the fact that it shuts itself off once the air reaches its target humidity. It also functions as a hygrometer, which senses the amount of moisture in the air, and we appreciate the STRONG MODE that utilizes a fan to help disperse humidity fast.
Which disadvantages must you keep in mind?
We had next to no criticisms of this affordable dehumidifier. One option is the ability to set this unit to Ultra Quiet Sleep Mode at night. This allows you to sleep peacefully, but please note that the unit is less efficient in this mode. Yet another concern is that the full water tank is heavy and must be removed from the bottom of the unit, making it easy to spill any collected water.
Our choice for the best-designed dehumidifier for the bathroom is the ultra-quiet electric Mysore Dehumidifier water tank made of durable hard black plastic. It has a wide-opening pop-out black transparent tank in the back that holds 67oz. (1000 ml.) of water
The Hysure Plus model is an upgrade with a larger water tank that holds three times more water than its predecessor. It is also much more energy-efficient, has a quieter compressor, and has an environmentally responsible design.
Why did it make our list?
The Hysure Plus is one of the most human-friendly dehumidifiers on the market mostly for its easy-to-remove U-shaped water tank that pops out the back, making it easy to clean and empty. We like that it does not lose efficiency while operating at a very quiet 33db. It also has a slot at the top that acts as a handle so you can carry it from room to room.
What is not ideal about it?
One of our criticisms of this Hysure dehumidifier is that even though it looks great and would blend in with most decors, it might be a little too simple. There is no timer, sensors, or temperature controls like similar small portable units, just an on and off power button at the top of the unit. Another concern is that the interior washable filter might get grimy or collect mold over time.
Our choice for the Best Portable dehumidifier for the bathroom is the Pure Enrichment Dehumidifier that removes 300 ml of moisture from 110 square feet per day. It is n easy-to-clean white plastic unit with a transparent plastic blue water tank with a capacity of 27 ounces.
This dehumidifier is one of the lightest on the market because it only weighs 3 pounds. It also has a guaranteed 5-year warranty, which is unusual for a lightweight unit like this.
What do we love it for?
We like that this dehumidifier has Intelligent Shut Off, which means the unit automatically shuts down when the tank is full. This prevents the tank from overflowing. It is also a very quiet unit, designed for nursery or home office. We also like the thin blue window on the front o that allows you to monitor when it is time to empty the tank.
What were we disappointed with?
One of the unit’s virtues and disappointments is that it is not programmable, but it is perfect if you dislike units with too much digital gadgetry. Many other dehumidifiers on the market have a nightlight, but the Pure Enrichment Dehumidifier doesn’t. The dehumidifier also has a tank that, once full, must be pulled out of the back of the unit from its bottom compartment, risking spillage during the removal process.
Our choice for the best mini dehumidifier is the Afloia Gun Safe Dehumidifier Rechargeable Cordless Dehumidifier that removes up to 4oz. of moisture per 54sqft. A black cylinder with a PTC heating base uses silica gel beads to absorb moisture from the air.
This portable dehumidifier is for the user who perfects for smaller bathrooms and those on the road and wants to dehumidify boat or RV bathrooms. It is unique because it is rechargeable.
What are our favorite features?
There are many reasons to love this unit, including the fact that it does not need batteries or electricity and recharges at 50W. There is no water tank, so there is no need to worry about it overflowing, and it is safe to use around children or pets. The silica beads in the base are non-toxic, and use indicator alerts you when it is time to recharge.
What could be better?
Our main criticism of this unit is that the reverse osmosis process it uses to dehumidify the air through its 360-degree cylinder tube is not that efficient and is more meant for air moisture maintenance. This dehumidifier for bathrooms without a vent is not suitable for the aggressive removal of humidity. Yet another concern is that silica beads only last between four and 12 months, which means the replacement of the entire unit.
The Shinto Energy Star humidifier got our Best for Large Spaces is a 28.5lb. unit with a front water tank full indicator and an impressive user-friendly interface. It is made of tough white plastic and has a top vent.
The unique thing about Shinco Energy Star Dehumidifiers is they cost about 30% less to operate than non-Energy star devices. They are fantastic to place in larger places, like basements or more humid bathrooms, and are perfect for mildew or mold control.
Why is it special?
One of the things that we really like about this dehumidifier is that it has a peak noise of 48db., which is quiet for a dehumidifier that absorbs 60 pints of water a day. We also like the fact that it is on castors so you can wheel it from room to room, and the interface boasts everything you would ever need, including a timer, inside drying, a ‘full’ indicator, and target humidity.
What are the flaws?
We have very few criticisms of this dehumidifier unit, except that some might find the user interface a bit complex and prefer something similar. Although it is advertised as quiet, at its peak 48dcb., it is like hearing people talking in the background all of the time. The drawer-style removable water tank might also be prone to spilling as you pull it from the bottom of the unit.
Things to Consider
There is no better way to prevent mold and mildew from accumulating than to get a dehumidifier for your bathroom. Whether you are looking for a ventless portable unit to take on the road in your RV or on the water in your boat or a larger one for a damp or basement unit, there is an affordable unit for you. In this short buyers guide, we have done some research for you, as well as answered some frequently asked questions about dehumidifiers that suit bathrooms.
Why Buy Dehumidifier for Bathroom?
The main reason that people buy a humidifier for a bathroom is to prevent the growth of mold and mildew, especially if the bathroom is located in a damp basement or a humid climate. Humidifiers in the bathroom also help keep your towels dry in moist weather and odors at bay. You can also take the smaller portable humidifiers in your recreational vehicle or boat.
Features to Consider Before You Buy Dehumidifier for Bathroom.
Here are some things to consider before buying a dehumidifier for your bathroom.
Water removed daily
When shopping for a dehumidifier, you need to consider how much water is removed daily and how energy efficient it is while doing this. The more humid the climate or room, the more you need to examine how much water the dehumidifier for bathroom can remove from the air. This is also affected by the tank size in the unit, as many dehumidifiers have an automatic shut-off once it is full. Our top pick the Kloudi is energy efficient and removes the most water from the air thanks to its 77oz. water tank.
Be sure to select a dehumidifier that can cover the size of your bathroom. Our top pick for the best humidifier, the Kloudi Dehumidifier, removes 27oz. a day from 480sqft. tank. Our second pick can do the same minus 2 ounces at 25oz. daily. By contrast, the Afloia Gun Safe Dehumidifier, which is waterless and relies on silica gel, removes only 4oz. of water a day. Remember when it comes to this that it is acceptable to exceed your square footage measurement because all it means is that your unit will operate even more efficiently.
Water tank capacity
The water tank capacity of a bathroom dehumidifier is important because it affects how long your unit is going to determine a day of removing moisture from the air. For instance, both the Kloudi Dehumidifier, our first top pick, and the Hysure Dehumidifier have quite large tanks at 7oz. and 67 oz. respectively. A much smaller tank such as the 10oz. one found on our third pick, the Pure Enrichment Dehumidifier removes only 10oz. of moisture from the air a day.
Durability, portability, and user-friendliness are often important when it comes to choosing a dehumidifier for your bathroom. All of our top four choices for best bathroom dehumidifiers are easy to wipe down without damage. Our fifth choice, the Shinco Energy Star Dehumidifier, is exceptional because it has an interior drying mechanism that prevents mold and mildew from forming inside the actual dehumidifier. It also gets top marks for being on castors so that it can be removed around. Also unique in terms of portability is our second choice, the Hysure Dehumidifier with an inbuilt handle that allows you to lift it up easily.
One of the most unique designs for a portable dehumidifier is our fourth choice, the Afloia Gun Safe Dehumidifier that is filled with silica gel beads that are warmed by a rechargeable heating base. A circular air inlet draws the moisture in the air to the warmed silica beads allowing 360-degree dehumidification. However, as eco-friendly and easy as this type of design is to use, it is important to recognize that it is more preventative than efficient when removing moisture from your bathroom.
The complexity of the interface you choose for your bathroom dehumidifier will depend on whether or not you want to go digital. In general, the smaller the unit it is, the less digital it is, just simply because of space considerations.
Our first choice for the best humidifier for bathrooms, the Kloudi, is a great hybrid of both a digital and simple interface design, having only four high definition buttons, backlit by blue light; the power, hygrometer, target humidity, and room temperature. It also boasts a circular screen on the front of the unit that displays and confirms your humidifier control selections. Our third choice, the Pure Enrichment Dehumidifier, is similar with only three buttons at the top for speed, an auto-timer, and a power button, except the digital display screen is embedded at the top of the unit. Our fifth choice, the Shinco Energy Star Dehumidifier, the largest dehumidifier of our selections, also has a top embedded screen to operate such functions as the power, timer, interior dryer, continuous or timed operation, target temperature, room temperature, and child lock.
Then there are the humidifiers among our top choices for bathrooms that have very simple interfaces. For instance, the Hysure Dehumidifier simply has an on/off button backlit by a glowing green light at the top of the machine. Equally simple is our top portable top choice for a mini dehumidifier, the Afloia Gun Safe model that boasts only a power button on the side and a renewal indicator on the top.
The size of the dehumidifier that you choose will depend a lot on the size of your bathroom, whether it be in your basement, on your main floor, in your camper, RV, or on your boat. Get out a measuring tape and find out what size of dehumidifier is best going to fit in your bathroom space. The smallest on our list of units with tanks is the Pure enrichment Dehumidifier, but it is in some ways the least durable than the others with many thinner plastic elements. The Hysure is very durable and the tallest of the units with tanks at 14.6 inches, and the Kloudi Dehumidifier is 12.28 inches high. It is important to consider the height of the dehumidifier and where the vent is on the unit in case your bathroom is so small that you have to place it beneath a sink or towel rack.
In terms of portability, the smallest unit, the tubular Afloia Gun Safe Dehumidifier that is our fourth choice, is a cylinder that is only 11 inches long, making it small enough to fit in a gym bag, and obviously, it can be taken on the road with you. The largest, our fifth choice, The Shinco, is over a foot wide and 20 inches tall, but at least it comes on casters so you can position it properly in a smaller space such as a bathroom.
Humidifiers work best when they are placed in the center of the room, which is not always possible in a tiny bathroom. Determine where your vents are on the unit, and then try to place it at least six inches away from the wall so the moist air can surge through the unit properly.
Each brand of dehumidifier has its own specific instructions for cleaning in its manual. Still, the process usually starts with turning it off and then unplugging the unit to prevent a shock. Your next step is to use a slightly damp cloth to wipe the air vents clean of dust and dirt. You should then remove the tank, empty it and wipe it out with a bit of soap and water and rinse. Let the parts air dry completely before replacing them.
Small portable units such as our fourth choice for small bathrooms, the Afloia Gun Safe Dehumidifier, use a base heater with silica beads. Silica beads are a desiccant that pulls moisture from the air. The rechargeable base heater helps evaporate the moisture from the beads so that they can start the cycle of water evaporation all over again.
Our editor’s choice for the best dehumidifier is the Kloudi dehumidifier that comes with all the digital functions you will ever need without a complex interface. Mostly, we were impressed by its large 77oz. water tank and ability to function as a hygrometer. The Hysure Dehumidifier came second in our top five choices because it has a slightly smaller tank at 67oz. and less water recovery. Our third choice, the Pure Enrichment Dehumidifier, got points for being lightweight but also lost points for being less durable. Our fourth choice, the Afloia Gun Safe Dehumidifier, got our attention because it is small, has no water tank, and is rechargeable, even though it only removes 4oz. of water from the air. Our fifth choice, the Shinco Energy Star Dehumidifier, is perfect for the palatial bathroom and got on our top 5 list simply because it is one third more energy efficient than most dehumidifiers on the market.
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