Best Dehumidifiers For Apartments in 2023

This is our buying guide on the best dehumidifiers for apartments in 2023. Below is a quick summary of our top recommendations. Scroll further down to read our in depth, hands on reviews, for each humidifier.

BEST BUDGET

SIMSEN Dehumidifier For Apartments

  • 720 sq-ft coverage
  • 2.8 liter tank
  • 1000 ml/day moisture removal speed
  • Easily removable tank 
  • LED mood lighting
  • Thermoelectric cooling system for better efficiency
  • Continuous drainage also available
  • Auto shut off when tank is full
  • Noiseless operation
  • Highly power-efficient
Best Overall

HomeLabs Dehumidifier For Apartments

  • 0.8 gallon water tank
  • Removes 22 pints of moisture per day
  • 1500 sq-ft coverage
  • 135 cubic feet per minute max speed
  • Relatively compact
  • Ergonomic controls
  • Integrated wheels and grab handles
  • Comfort, continuous, and turbo fan speeds 
  • Reasonably power-efficient 
  • Continuous drainage
  • Auto-restart and shutdown 
  • Washable filter eliminates the need for buying replacements
  • Auto-defrost
  • Quiet operation
PREMIUM CHOICE

Midea Dehumidifier For Apartments

  • 6-liter water tank
  • 4500 sq-ft coverage rating
  • Max air flow upto 370 m3/hr
  • Removes up to 50 pints of moisture from the air
  • Adjustable fan speed
  • Turbo mode for even faster dehumidification
  • Auto-humidity feature 
  • Intelligently regulates the relative humidity
  • Pump forces water out of the tank
  • Can be used in a basement
  • Timer function
  • Can be used to schedule on/off times
  • Reusable filter

This is our review of the best dehumidifiers for apartments.

Apartment living has its advantages, but low relative humidity is not one of them. In fact, you might experience higher humidity levels in your apartment, even if your climate is relatively low humidity.

This is because apartment buildings are often cramped, or don’t have the best ventilation.

A dehumidifier can help counter the effects of high humidity. But with so many to choose from, which one is right for your apartment?

Well, we think most folks will find the Homelabs dehumidifier for apartments to be a great combination of performance, features and value. It has enough coverage for even the largest of apartments, and a bunch of convenient features.

We’ve been testing and reviewing dehumidifiers for a while now, so if you need help choosing the right one, we’ve got you covered.

Keep reading for more information about the Homelabs and other dehumidifiers for apartments.


HomeLabs Dehumidifier For Apartments

BEST OVERALL

At A Glance

The Homelabs dehumidifier for apartments is easy to recommend. It has a large, easy-to-empty tank, a high coverage rating, and an uncharacteristically compact design given how high-performance it is. 

Design

We are enamored with the clean, minimalistic design of this dehumidifier for apartments. The tall proportions lend themselves well to placement in any size apartment, whereas its more squat competitors have a hard time fitting in. 

All of the controls are consolidated into one panel at the very top, within easy reach. The digital display could have been a bit larger and more informative, but we’re just happy it’s there. 

Wheels at the bottom of the unit make it easier to move around a space, as do the cleverly-integrated grab handles. So if you need to move this dehumidifier from one room of your apartment to another, it’s an absolute cakewalk. 

The air filter is located in the rear of the dehumidifier, where it can easily be taken off for maintenance. 

Capacity

Homelabs seem to have cracked the code for making the perfect dehumidifier for apartments. This unit can remove as much as 22 pints of moisture from the atmosphere per day. 

The water tank comes in at a reasonable 0.8 gallons, which is optimal for apartments. We never felt that the tank needed to be emptied too often, since the capacity is more than ample for even larger spaces. 

The tank loads into the front of the unit, which is more ergonomic placement than rear-loading dehumidifier tanks. 

Coverage

This dehumidifier is rated to cover up to a 1500 sq-ft space. That is more than enough for even the largest of large apartments. In fact, even in more demanding scenarios, this dehumidifier didn’t break a sweat to effectively remove moisture from a space. 

Speed

It has a couple different settings for the fan, including a ‘comfort’ mode which automatically regulates humidity based on ambient temperature levels. A continuous mode lets you select your desired relative humidity level and the machine does the rest.

Finally, you get a ‘turbo’ mode, which cranks up fan speed for even faster dehumidification. In this mode, the dehumidifier supports airflow of up to 135 cubic feet per minute. 

Efficiency 

You can’t expect hybrid levels of efficiency from a supercar. It’s a similar story with the Homelabs dehumidifier for apartments. It definitely draws a bit more power, but also puts out higher performance. 

Still, it is Energy Star certified, making it one of the more efficient units in its class. 

Drainage

Continuous drainage is to be expected at this price point, and the Homelabs does not disappoint. You’ll have to source your own hose, which we weren’t too happy about, but you can use any ⅝” diameter garden hose. 

Noise Levels

If you live in a smaller apartment, you will want a dehumidifier that doesn’t make too much noise with regular operation as that could become really annoying. Thankfully, the noise levels on this unit are surprisingly low.

You might notice a slight hum when using the turbo mode, but again, it’s nothing too crazy. 

Special Features

It’s not without its bells and whistles, this dehumidifier. It has a washable filter, meaning you don’t have to go through the hassle of replacing it every other month. 

Washable filters also tend to be better from a hygiene standpoint, since you can wash them more often to counter the build up of minerals or mold. This is important for apartments, where poor ventilation might cause some of these problems. 

This dehumidifier sports an auto-shutdown feature, so you don’t have to worry about the tank overflowing.

We loved the inclusion of an auto-defrost function as well, which prevents condensation inside the dehumidifier from affecting performance or longevity. 

And if your apartment experiences the occasional nighttime power outage, you don’t have to worry about waking up in a swamp. The Homelabs comes with an auto-restart function that preserves all your settings. 

Who’s It For?

Like we said at the beginning, the Homelabs is easy to recommend. As for who we recommend it to, that’s easy as well: anyone with a medium to large size apartment, who appreciates the convenient features. If your apartment is smaller, this is still an awesome choice, if a bit of an overpowered one.

Pros
  • 0.8 gallon water tank
  • Removes 22 pints of moisture per day
  • 1500 sq-ft coverage
  • 135 cubic feet per minute max speed
  • Relatively compact
  • Ergonomic controls
  • Integrated wheels and grab handles
  • Comfort, continuous, and turbo fan speeds 
  • Reasonably power-efficient 
  • Continuous drainage
  • Auto-restart and shutdown 
  • Washable filter eliminates the need for buying replacements
  • Auto-defrost
  • Quiet operation
Cons
  • May be a bit overpowered for some smaller apartments

SIMSEN Dehumidifier For Apartments

BEST BUDGET

At A Glance

We like to call this dehumidifer ‘the imposter’. It’s a budget-friendly unit for smaller apartments, but with the design and features of a premium dehumidifier. Simsen also gave equal importance to the performance and efficiency of this unit.

Design

This is the perfect dehumidifier for small to medium-sized apartments. It has a slim, compact design and the lightweight build makes it easier to place around your space. 

The carry handle on top further enhances portability, and the built-in power supply means less electrical issues, which is a concern with other budget dehumidifiers. 

It takes a minimalist approach to the controls, with only 3 buttons making up the entire control panel. 

Capacity

The price may be half that of our top pick, but water tank capacity is only a hair shy of the Homelabs. To be a bit more specific, the capacity comes in at around 0.7 gallons, meaning less time spent draining the tank. 

That tank is also fully transparent, so you can keep an eye out for any buildup or mineral deposits. 

Coverage

Coverage takes a hit, compared to our top pick, but still outperforms similarly-priced units. It can remove moisture from spaces up to 720 sq-ft, making it perfect for medium-sized apartments. If you have an even smaller studio, the Simsen works just as well. 

Speed

And it’s a quick little thing as well! It can remove up to 1000 ml of moisture from a space per day, which is higher than even some premium dehumidifiers for apartments. 

Efficiency 

Efficiency seems to have been one of Simsen’s main priorities. This dehumidifier for apartments uses thermoelectric (peltier) technology, which makes it a lot less power hungry and a lot more reliable than competitors. 

Even with regular usage, this dehumidifier did not affect our power bill much. 

Drainage

Manually draining the water tank can become a bit of a hassle. Also, the rear-mounted design of the water tank on this dehumidifier doesn’t exactly make it any easier. 

And even though that rear-mounted water tank is easy to remove, we still much prefer the continuous drainage option. This budget dehumidifier unit comes with a drain hose included in the box (looking at you, Homelebas). 

Noise Levels

Rest assured that this dehumidifier for small apartments is as quiet as a mouse, and doesn’t make a racket, even when running at full send. 

Special Features

One cool feature of this dehumidifier is the LED lights integrated into the water tank itself. It’s a small detail, but these work really well as a nightlight. But more than that, they have a practical function as well. 

The lights flash red when the water tank is full, letting you know that it needs to be emptied. And they only do so after the unit automatically turns off to prevent overflowing or leakage. 

And finally, you get two different power modes for the fan. One of these is a ‘sleep’ mode that produces even less noise than normal, making it perfect for when you need to grab some Z’s with the dehumidifier running. 

Who’s It For?

Simsen’s dehumidifier is for folks with small to medium-sized apartments. It is ideal for studio apartments and while it may not be as capable as some of the pricier options, it has just enough features to get by. Not to mention, it’s one of the most affordable dehumidifiers you can get.

Pros
  • 720 sq-ft coverage
  • 2.8 liter tank
  • 1000 ml/day moisture removal speed
  • Easily removable tank 
  • LED mood lighting
  • Thermoelectric cooling system for better efficiency
  • Continuous drainage also available
  • Auto shut off when tank is full
  • Noiseless operation
  • Highly power-efficient
Cons
  • Not the best for large spaces
  • Water tank should have been up front

Midea Dehumidifier For Apartments

BEST PREMIUM

At A Glance

Midea’s dehumidifier is meant for larger apartments. No, no. LARGER apartments!

This high performance unit may be pricey, but if you have an apartment spanning the entire floor of a building, with separate bedrooms, living room, and kitchen areas, or an apartment with very high ceilings or multiple levels, you’ll need all of the features the Midea has to offer. 

Design

This  dehumidifier for large apartments is offered in two variants. Besides this one with its traditional tower shape, you can also get one that looks like a cube. 

Both are quite large, so you will have to put them in their own dedicated spots. Although, if you have an apartment large enough to require this dehumidifier, finding a bit of extra space shouldn’t be an issue. 

Moving this behemoth of a dehumidifier around is actually fairly easy thanks to the integrated wheels and grab handles. The wheels can be rotated 360 degrees, making the Midea surprisingly portable. 

The control panel is easy to navigate, and we never felt overwhelmed, despite the plethora of options to choose from. 

Capacity

The water tank on this dehumidifier is more voluminous than any we’ve seen. Period. It comes in at just over 6 liters, so you can forget about having to empty it every other day. 

You get a large carry handle to go with the large water tank. This is some forward thinking on Midea’s part, since manually emptying such a large water tank can be really inconvenient. 

We would have liked for this tank to be transparent, as it would have made it easier to catch any buildup or mold early on. Because of its larger size, the tank will probably go for longer without being manually emptied, increasing chances of the water becoming stagnant or developing mold, so the lack of a see-through tank seems like a missed opportunity. 

Coverage

Bringing it back to the good stuff though, this dehumidifier for large apartments is a bit of an overachiever. At the high-end, it’s capable of removing moisture from up to a 4500 sq-ft space. 

You would be right to think that that makes it more suitable for large homes instead of apartments!

However, we find that dehumidifiers that are capable of very high performance give even better results when used at lower settings. This also helps increase longevity, as the unit is not being overworked all the time. 

Still, if you want something a bit more conservative (and a bit less expensive), Midea also makes 1500 sq-ft and 3000 sq-ft versions of this unit. 

Speed 

It has a high speed fan to go with the expansive coverage rating. Throughout testing, we never once felt the unit lagging. In fact, thanks to the high performance, this is one of the quickest acting dehumidifiers for apartments we’ve ever tested. 

The fan speed is fully adjustable to suit different-sized spaces. When asked to perform though, this monster of a unit supports airflow up to 370 m3/hr. As for performance, it can remove up to 50 pints of moisture per day!

Efficiency

This high-performance dehumidifier for apartments won’t blow your socks off with how efficient it is. It’s a larger, more capable unit, so expect your power bill to reflect that. 

However, we have to commend Midea for making such a capable dehumidifier so power-efficient. It was given the title of Most Efficient by Energy Star, so you know it’s at least the most efficient in its class. 

Drainage

Continuous drainage is a given at this price point, and the Midea does not disappoint. So you don’t have to worry about lugging the full 6-liter tank around every time you need to empty it! 

Noise Levels

The noise levels on this dehumidifier for apartments are a bit louder than we would have liked. However, that’s the price you pay for such high performance. 

Again, it’s not like this dehumidifier will wake you from a nap or drown out a conversation at normal volume. It’s just that it is noticeably louder than the other, smaller units. 

Another thing to keep in mind is that the noise is only really noticeable at higher fan speeds. But keep the fan speed low, and you’ll have a hard time making out any sound at all. 

Special Features

Big power, wide coverage, and finally we have awesome features to complete the trifecta. 

You can put the unit into ‘turbo’ mode which ramps up the fan speed and makes short work of even the most humid of apartments.

The timer lets you configure times for the unit to automatically turn on or off. Besides being super convenient, this also helps save a bit of power. 

The reusable filter means you can reclaim some of the money you spend on this expensive dehumidifier by not having to buy replacement filters. Reusable filters also tend to be better for eliminating microbes and mold, since they get washed more often. 

This dehumidifier comes with one of the best, and most accurate automatic humidity functions. It uses sensors to measure and then regulate the relative humidity of your apartment, holding it at that perfect 35%-55% range. 

And lastly, our favorite feature of all. This is the only dehumidifier on this list that has an integrated water pump. This is great for when your apartment building inevitably has an issue with the water pipes and you need to force water from the tank into a separate bucket, or out the window. 

Just be sure you don’t drench the people on the street!

Who’s It For?

Midea’s dehumidifier may be pricey, but it also has a ton of features that help justify that price. Really, it’s for the person with the largest of large apartments, and who wants all the most premium features.

Pros
  • 6-liter water tank
  • 4500 sq-ft coverage rating
  • Max air flow upto 370 m3/hr
  • Removes up to 50 pints of moisture from the air
  • Adjustable fan speed
  • Turbo mode for even faster dehumidification
  • Auto-humidity feature 
  • Intelligently regulates the relative humidity
  • Pump forces water out of the tank
  • Can be used in a basement
  • Timer function
  • Can be used to schedule on/off times
  • Reusable filter
Cons
  • Slightly louder than other dehumidifiers
  • One of the most expensive dehumidifiers on the market

What Size Dehumidifier Do I Need for my Apartment?

The exact size of dehumidifier you get for your apartment will depend on the square footage of the space. 

One survey found that the average apartment in the US comes in at around 850 sq-ft. That’s true across the board, no matter when your apartment was built, or where it’s located. 

That means, at the very least, you need a dehumidifier that can remove moisture from a 800 sq-ft space. However, studios and other smaller apartments are even smaller, coming in at around 500 sq-ft of space. 

At the other end of the spectrum, you have larger apartments that can get well over 1000 sq-ft in area. 

The type of apartment will also play into which dehumidifier you get. This is because studios and other apartments that have more open-plan layouts can be catered to using less capable dehumidifiers. 

Meanwhile, if your apartment has more than a few rooms, a separate kitchen and a larger living room, you will definitely need a high performance dehumidifier to get the job done. 

We also find that the most high-performance units out there work really well at any setting, whereas less performance-heavy units start to struggle when pushed to the limit. That means you would be better off getting a dehumidifier with high performance, even if you don’t need all of its capabilities. 

Benefits of a Dehumidifier for an Apartment?

Apartments tend to be smaller than houses, which means the circulation of air is limited. This causes stale air to build up over time, especially if your apartment doesn’t have the best ventilation. 

Without regular access to fresh air, the ambient temperature and relative humidity levels can increase to unbearable degrees. 

Additionally, if your apartment is on the higher floors of a building, or if it has large glass windows, both the interior and exterior could be exposed to direct sunlight for long periods. This leads to higher ambient temperatures, which in turn cause the air to hold more moisture. 

A dehumidifier negates these effects by removing moisture from the air. In fact, besides reducing the humidity, a dehumidifier also helps lower the temperature of your surroundings, making them more comfortable to live in. 

Another benefit of dehumidifiers is that they prevent water damage or mold from destroying your walls. This can be particularly problematic in apartment buildings, where you have water pipes snaking their way behind every wall.

AUTHOR

Shawn Willis is all about humidifiers. After working for some of the biggest names in the industry, he started HumidifierGuys with Scott Dawson. Now, the dynamic duo helps others figure out what they need in their next humidifier.

Shawn is an avid sports fan, motorcycle enthusiast, and has two dogs named Whiskey and Boba.