Best Dehumidifiers for Guitars in 2023

This is our buying guide on the best dehumidifiers for guitars 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

hOmeLabs 4,500 Sq. Ft Energy Star Dehumidifier

  • Covers up to 4500 square foot
  • 1.6-gallon water tank
  • Removes 50 pints of moisture per day
  • Convenient built-in wheels
  • Quiet fan
  • Easy to use
  • Drain hose outlet
  • Turbo mode for big jobs
  • Auto shutdown
  • Sleek and clean design
Best Overall

Frigidaire Dehumidifier

  • Easy-to-Clean 
  • Washable Filter
  • Custom Humidity Control
  • Continuous Drain Option
  • Automatic Shut Off
  • Front Loading Bucket
  • Carrying Handle
  • Splash Guard
  • Portable Design
  • Caster wheels
  • Low-Temperature Operation
  • Multi-Speed Fan
PREMIUM CHOICE

Black + Decker BDT50WTB

  • Covers up to 4500 square feet
  • 3.28-foot drain hose
  • 4 casters for easy moving
  • Removes up to 50 pints of moisture per day
  • Adjustable humidistat
  • 14.3-pint tank
  • Top mounted control panel
  • Washable mesh filter
  • Audible alert when the water reservoir is full
  • Environmentally friendly with an Energy Star rating
  • Water level indicator

In this piece, I’ll share my insights on the top humidifiers suitable for guitars.

The perfect relative humidity for a guitar floats between 45% and 55%. As an owner, I’ve often found myself tirelessly trying to keep the wood from drying out, but excessive moisture in the air can lead to unfortunate damage to your precious instrument.

This harm usually occurs in regions where the natural humidity dances between 60% and 80%.

When humidity gets high, the wood tends to swell, glue joints give way, the finish starts to peel, and neck angles become skewed.

Most distressingly, the instrument starts to lose its lively tone and sound flat and dull.

But don’t worry, there’s a solution…

I’ve put a heap of dehumidifiers through their paces to find the cream of the crop that can effectively prevent moisture damage to your guitar’s wood. The most impressive of the lot was the Frigidaire Dehumidifier. This stellar unit will efficiently reduce humidity to optimum levels and then keep it steady with minimal intervention on your part.

Here are the collective results of my experiments. Read on to find out more.


Frigidaire Dehumidifier

BEST OVERALL

First impressions

The swift and efficient manner in which this Frigidaire pulls moisture from the air, along with its overall effectiveness, makes it the champion in its category for me.

Remarkably, it’s also incredibly energy-efficient, marking it as a genuinely eco-friendly dehumidifier.

Design

The Frigidaire has been cleverly designed – it’s compact enough for me to move around with ease, yet packs a punch when it comes to removing moisture from areas of around 350 square feet.

It comes equipped with a rather sizable water reservoir and also features a gravity-drain hose outlet. Having the option to drain the unit into a toilet bowl, or even out of a window, is a great convenience for me.

Without a doubt, this unit stole the show in my tests. Making the final call was a breeze. The Frigidaire FFAD5033W1 Dehumidifier has rightfully earned its place as my top pick for a dehumidifier to safeguard your guitar.

Water Tank Capacity

If you decide to operate this dehumidifier using the water reservoir, the generous 50-pint capacity will give you plenty of runtime between drainage sessions.

Runtime

With the drain-hose option, you can keep this dehumidifier running non-stop. 

If that isn’t viable, the 50-pint water tank has enough capacity to operate for at least 24 hours between refills. 

Coverage

This dehumidifier excels in spaces of around 350 square feet. I put it through its paces in the square-foot equivalents of a master bedroom and an open-plan living room, and it delivered consistent results in every trial.

Humidity extraction capacity

In just about an hour, this dehumidifier managed to reduce the humidity in a 400 square feet space to comfortable levels. It displayed this performance consistently across all my test runs. The capacity of the water reservoir also proved more than adequate.

Noise levels

While it isn’t the quietest dehumidifier I’ve tested, its capacity to move a lot of air makes this somewhat expected. 

Nevertheless, the hum from the compressor isn’t particularly intrusive, unless you plan on running it while sleeping.

Special Features

I found the setting between low and turbo to hit the sweet spot – achieving an ideal balance between performance and noise levels.

A smart design feature of this Frigidaire is the splash guard, which ensures a clean and hassle-free experience when emptying the dehumidifier. 

Not to mention, this unit boasts the largest water reservoir in its class.

If you’re looking to dehumidify an area rapidly, the Frigidaire’s turbofan setting outperforms any other unit I’ve tested so far.

Pros
  • Easy-to-Clean 
  • Washable Filter
  • Custom Humidity Control
  • Continuous Drain Option
  • Automatic Shut Off
  • Front Loading Bucket
  • Carrying Handle
  • Splash Guard
  • Portable Design
  • Caster wheels
  • Low-Temperature Operation
  • Multi-Speed Fan
Cons
  • Not the quietest

hOmeLabs 4,500 Sq. Ft Energy Star Dehumidifier

BEST BUDGET

First impressions

hOmeLabs might not be a household name, but their 50-pint dehumidifier, with an impressive 4.7/5 user review score across the web, immediately caught my attention. I felt compelled to get this unit in my hands for a test, and trust me, it was worth it!

In just 24 hours, it can extract up to 50 pints of moisture from the air in spaces up to 4500 square feet!

Additionally, it offers the option of continuous draining through a hose (not included), making it a formidable contender when faced with highly humid conditions.

What’s even better? It’s an Energy Star-rated dehumidifier, meaning it’s both environmentally friendly and cost-effective compared to many of its competitors.

Design

The design of the hOmeLabs dehumidifier is all about simplicity and functionality, rather than fancy frills. Performance is the star of the show here, and hOmeLabs nails it.

The humidistat works like a charm, switching the unit on and off as needed to keep the humidity level in a room steady. No unexpected starts or stops to disrupt your guitar practice or sleep.

Unlike many dehumidifiers that stick out like a sore thumb, hOmeLabs breaks the mold with a sleek, clean design, built-in wheels for easy movement, handy handles, and a quiet fan that won’t interrupt your guitar playing.

Thanks to these design features, it takes the top spot for budget dehumidifiers on my list of best dehumidifiers for guitars.

Water Tank Capacity

The water reservoir can hold up to 50 pints, providing a good 24-hour runtime, depending on atmospheric moisture levels.

The hOmeLabs dehumidifier also offers the continuous draining feature. If you opt for this mode, it can run non-stop.

Runtime

Once you’ve set your preferred humidity level, the unit will run for about 24 hours before the water reservoir fills up and needs emptying. When this happens, the hOmeLabs dehumidifier automatically shuts down.

Coverage

With a coverage area of 4500 square feet, the hOmeLabs dehumidifier is excellent for larger spaces like basements – typically the kind of damp environment you’d want to dehumidify before a guitar session.

For more demanding tasks like dealing with flooded basements, it features a continuous drainage option.

Humidity extraction capability

The hOmeLabs dehumidifier outshone all other models in my test. While it may allow the humidity to climb slightly above your preferred setting, it’s never more than 1%. Most of the time, it’s spot-on.

For a budget dehumidifier, it truly packs a punch.

Noise levels

The on-off cycles of many dehumidifiers can be quite bothersome. This hOmeLabs unit, however, is pleasantly quiet and unobtrusive. It’s even suitable for use in kids’ rooms while they’re sleeping.

Special Features

This portable dehumidifier tackles moisture with its built-in pump compressor.

It also boasts a Turbo mode, ramping up the fan speed. This means the hOmeLabs dehumidifier can serve two purposes – maintaining constant moisture levels or tackling heavier tasks like sorting out flooded basements.

Capable of removing up to 50 pints (70 Pint 2012 DOE Standard) of moisture from the air per day in spaces up to 4,500 square feet, the runtime may extend for extremely wet or flooded areas.

In my final analysis, the hOmeLabs dehumidifier proved to be a reliable and consistent performer, delivering on its promises without any dramatic fluctuations in noise or humidity levels.

With its exceptional performance, it secured its spot as the top budget dehumidifier on my list of best dehumidifiers for guitars.

Pros
  • Covers up to 4500 square foot
  • 1.6-gallon water tank
  • Removes 50 pints of moisture per day
  • Convenient built-in wheels
  • Quiet fan
  • Easy to use
  • Drain hose outlet
  • Turbo mode for big jobs
  • Auto shutdown
  • Sleek and clean design
Cons
  • Spills easily when emptying

Black + Decker BDT50WTB

BEST PREMIUM

First Impressions

Black + Decker tops the list as the premium choice among my best dehumidifiers for guitars.

Its energy-efficient functioning combined with its rapid moisture removal ability makes it a top pick, especially if you’re looking for a premium option.

Moreover, it effortlessly maintains a stable humidity level, making it perfect for storing your guitar when not in use.

Design

The design of the Black + Decker dehumidifier is a seamless blend of aesthetics and functionality.

The timer on the Black + Decker BDT50WTB can be programmed in 30-minute increments for the initial ten hours, and then in one-hour increments up to 24 hours.

You can also adjust your preferred humidity levels in increments of 5%.

Water Tank Capacity

The BDT50WTB’s water tank has a generous capacity of 14.3 pints, providing a lengthy runtime before needing to empty it. And when it’s time to empty the tank, it’s a breeze.

Runtime

Depending on the humidity in the atmosphere and the size of the area you wish to dehumidify, it could potentially run for about 36 hours without needing to be emptied.

It’s designed to extract 50 pints of moisture from areas up to 4500 square feet in a day.

Coverage

The Black + Decker BDT50WTB comfortably covers areas as large as 4500 square feet, which is about the size of an average four-bedroom home.

Moisture Extraction Capacity

In my first test, I set up the Black + Decker in a 500-square-foot area. It impressively dropped the humidity from around 89% to 40% in just over 9 minutes.

In a second test, it reduced the humidity from slightly over 80% to under 50% in less than ten minutes.

In both tests, it maintained a steady humidity level once it reached the target setting.

Noise Levels

The Black + Decker runs a bit louder than other units I tested. The BDT50WTB produced noise levels between 73dB and 50dB at different speed settings.

Special Features

This dehumidifier features an auto-defrost mode, allowing it to operate in low temperatures.

The Black + Decker also alerts you when it’s time to check the washable filter, eliminating any guesswork.

It holds an Energy Star rating and uses an environmentally friendly R4110a refrigerant.

With all its standout features, it’s no wonder the Black + Decker BDT50WTB has earned its place as the top premium dehumidifier on my list of best dehumidifiers for guitars. Well done!

Pros
  • Covers up to 4500 square feet
  • 3.28-foot drain hose
  • 4 casters for easy moving
  • Removes up to 50 pints of moisture per day
  • Adjustable humidistat
  • 14.3-pint tank
  • Top mounted control panel
  • Washable mesh filter
  • Audible alert when the water reservoir is full
  • Environmentally friendly with an Energy Star rating
  • Water level indicator
Cons
  • Not as quiet as other units

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.