Best Dehumidifiers for Living Rooms in 2023

This is our buying guide on the best dehumidifiers for living rooms 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

TOSOT 20 Pint 1,500 Sq Ft Dehumidifier

  • Up to 1500 square foot coverage
  • Removes 20 pints of moisture in 24 hours
  • Auto drain
  • Real-time monitoring
  • Auto switch off
  • Auto humidity
  • Easy control panel
  • Fast moisture removal
  • Energy Star Rated
Best Overall

hOmeLabs Energy Star Dehumidifier

  • 1.6-gallon water tank
  • Removes up to 50 pints per day
  • Built-in wheels and handles
  • Quiet fan
  • Easy To use
  • Intuitive control panel
  • Best-written manual EVER
  • Continuous draining
  • Built-in pump compressor
  • Turbo mode
  • 24-hour cycle until the tank is full
PREMIUM CHOICE

Tenergy Sorbi 1000ml Air Dehumidifier

  • Dehumidifier and air cleaner in one
  • Peltier technology and HEPA filtration
  • 1-liter water tank
  • 24-hour runtime
  • Weighs only 6 pounds
  • Auto shut off
  • Water level sensor
  • Plug and play design
  • Captures 99.99% of particulates in the air
  • Low noise levels (35-42db)

We tested several dehumidifiers to find the best dehumidifier for living rooms.

The average living room in the United States is around 350 square feet.

We sent our test team a selection of dehumidifiers for three weeks to evaluate how easy they are to set up, how effective they are, their unique design factors, and a whole host of other functionalities.

We picked the hOmeLabs Energy Star Dehumidifier as our best overall unit.

The hOmeLabs can cover an area of 2500 square feet or less and has a 70-pint reservoir and a continuous draining option. 

It is easy to operate, and the noise levels are uniquely low.

Once we had picked it, we also put the hOmeLabs to work in a 110-year-old basement, the mustiest place we could find. 

To see how it performed, and to see our recommendations for the best budget and best premium dehumidifiers for living rooms, read on.


HomeLabs Energy Star Dehumidifier

BEST OVERALL

At a glance

We were pleasantly surprised at the thoughtful packaging on this unit. The box slides off. There’s no need to try to lift the humidifier out of cumbersome packaging as with many similar units.

The hOmeLabs has handles on each side for easy maneuvering. It also has caster wheels on the bottom.

The manual says to wait a few hours before putting it to work. We still can’t figure out why.

Design

The hOmeLabs Energy Star Dehumidifier is bright white and easy to clean. The exterior picked up smudges during the unpacking process and all it required was a wipe-down.

The design of the user interface on the control panel is simple and intuitive. Operating the dehumidifier is straightforward.

There is a continuous drainage port on the back of this hOmeLabs. It turned out to be a little tricky to run the tubing correctly, but the well-written manual set us straight.

The cap is attached to the dehumidifier with a plastic tether – GREAT thinking, as this makes it impossible to lose.

The setup is pretty straightforward too, but we do recommend keeping the manual close by. It has good tips to make your dehumidifier run optimally.

Water tank capacity

The hOmeLabs has a 6-liter water reservoir. To set it up for manual emptying, it simply needs to be placed. The unit will warn you when the water tank becomes full.

Setting up the hOmeLabs for continuous drainage was a cinch too. The drainage port is a female threaded outlet located on the back. Simply attach a ¾-inch garden hose.

Coverage

The hOmeLabs 70-Pint Dehumidifier will work well in spaces up to 2500 square feet, making it perfect to use in large living rooms or open plan spaces.

Noise levels

The lack of noise from the hOmeLabs is fast becoming legendary. It emits a very low hum – hardly audible – except for the occasional rattle. It certainly runs quieter than units with bigger fans.

Special Features

To clean, simply rinse the water reservoir every fortnight. The filter needs cleaning every month. A warning light will notify you when it’s time to pay attention to the filter. Generally, that will be after around 250 hours of continuous use.

The hOmeLabs automatically finds the ideal humidity levels on auto mode and keeps the goal humidity to around 55% if the ambient temperature is cooler than 65 degrees Fahrenheit. If the room is warmer than 77 degrees, the humidity level will automatically be set to 45%. The dehumidifier will then maintain those levels without any input from you.

Who’s it for

The hOmeLabs 70-Pint Dehumidifier is a wallet-friendly choice if you’re looking for an easy-to-use continuous drainage dehumidifier.

Pros
  • 1.6-gallon water tank
  • Removes up to 50 pints per day
  • Built-in wheels and handles
  • Quiet fan
  • Easy To use
  • Intuitive control panel
  • Best-written manual EVER
  • Continuous draining
  • Built-in pump compressor
  • Turbo mode
  • 24-hour cycle until the tank is full
Cons
  • Leaky if not assembled correctly

TOSOT 20 Pint 1,500 Sq Ft Dehumidifier Energy Star

BEST BUDGET

At a glance

This unit has the appearance of something from behind the iron curtain. It’s bulky, and the whole feel is industrial.

But it is highly effective and falls neatly into the category of budget dehumidifiers.

NOTE: During our tests, one of the members of the team suffered a water heater malfunction in his garage. We rushed the TOSOT over there and put it to work. Granted, we mopped up the standing water, but the dehumidifier took care of the rest in 24 hours. And this included bringing the ambient humidity down from 75% to just below 50%.

Design

The display on this dehumidifier sits on top of the unit. It’s bright enough to light up the surrounding area, and there’s no way to switch it off without switching the unit off. During nighttime testing, we eventually resorted to covering it with a strip of masking tape.

This was the only detracting factor on the humidifier for the duration of our tests.

If you have unusually humid conditions or have a flooded room you want to dry quickly, it doesn’t get better than with this TOSOT.

Water tank capacity

TOSOT claims this dehumidifier can remove 20 pints of water from the atmosphere in 24 hours. That’s the full capacity of the water tank. In our water-heater-malfunction test, this proved true, and then some.

However, what the manufacturer doesn’t factor in, is the amount of humidity in the environment where you live. Close to the ocean, or in hot and humid climates, it will still remove 20 pints of moisture, but you will have to empty the tank long before 24 hours are up.

In such conditions, it is probably better to set up a continuous drain. All you need is a standard 3.75 garden hose.

Coverage

This TOSOT will dehumidify spaces up to 1500 square feet at a rate of 20 pints per 24 hours. This makes it ideal for living rooms or large open-plan areas.

Note though, that to achieve these results, placement is important. Make sure there is enough available airflow around the unit.

Noise levels

The air-conditioning system in our office, the washing machine at my home, and the dishwasher are all louder than this dehumidifier. It is quiet, and that is one of its most outstanding features.

In our tests, the TOSOT peaked at 38 decibels – and that was when we were running the unit at full tilt.

Special Features

The TOSOT 20 Pint Dehumidifier comes with a power outage restart. If you lose power to the unit, as you might during a storm, it will automatically restart and revert to its set humidity level or mode once power is restored.

If you have this unit set up to remove water from a damp room, such as a garage or basement, you can set it to continuous run and know it will work for as long as there is power.

The filter is washable, so there is no need for replacement filters in this unit. And cleaning the filter only becomes necessary after 250 hours of use – roughly every fortnight.

Who’s it for

It is an easy-cleaning, simple-to-operate, stable workhorse; an ideal dehumidifier for anyone operating on a budget.

Pros
  • Up to 1500 square foot coverage
  • Removes 20 pints of moisture in 24 hours
  • Auto drain
  • Real-time monitoring
  • Auto switch off
  • Auto humidity
  • Easy control panel
  • Fast moisture removal
  • Energy Star Rated
Cons
  • Not good-looking

Tenergy Sorbi 1000ml Air Dehumidifier and Air Purifier

BEST PREMIUM

At a glance

This unit is perfect for the size of the average living room in the U.S.A (350 square feet) but was designed for 21st-century small-scale living. It is most at home in apartments.

It does double duty – as a dehumidifier and a purifier. This is fantastic for use in the bathroom too, as the quality of the air in damp spaces is already compromised.

All the setup requires is removing the Sorbi from the box and unwrapping the HEPA filter. The filter slides into place. From there, plug it in, and you’re set.

Design

The HEPA purifier is the strongest feature of this unit. It removes up to 99% of particles from the atmosphere and justifies the price.

The Tenergy unit requires the air purifier to be on. It will work passively in the background while the unit dehumidifies the atmosphere.

This dehumidifier stands 8 inches tall and weighs only 6 pounds. That’s a lot of technology in a fairly small package.

The design is crisp and sleek, and only three buttons operate all the functions. The control panel is at the top of the dehumidifier.

There is an on/off button for the purifier, which lights green when on and changes to yellow when a filter change is imminent. Another button controls the fan speed.

There are only two LED lights on the panel – one to indicate the unit is on, and another that serves as a warning that the water tank needs to be emptied.

The HEPA air filter lives at the back of the unit and slides out behind a hidden panel.

Removing the water tank without spilling takes some practice. It has a plastic cover, but careful maneuvering is still a must when sliding it from the base. This is the only design flaw we picked up.

The white exterior simply wipes down, so cleaning is super-easy.

Water tank capacity

The water tank will fill up in 24 hours, depending on the humidity levels.

The cleaning instructions from the manufacturer are standard for dehumidifiers. Fill the tank with a mixture of vinegar and water, let it stand for five minutes, and rinse.

Coverage

The coverage of this unit is around 350 square feet. We ran it in a larger (650 square feet) testing space, and it performed without a glitch. In the case of humidifiers and dehumidifiers, manufacturers tend up under spec units. Our tests show this time and again.

Noise levels

The Sorbi dehumidifier and purifier make a low sound with the fan. This is similar to the noise emitted by white noise units. A good comparison is the operating noise of an air purifier. That’s roughly what you can expect from the Sorbi.

It may be slightly disturbing in a bedroom or home office.

Special Features

The dehumidifier will let you know with an orange warning light when the three-stage HEPA filter needs to be changed. Expect this to happen every six months.

The unit is extremely easy to operate and maintain. On and off settings, and high or low fan options are all that are required from you. The rest happens by itself.

Who’s it for

Tenergy Sorbi 1000ml Air Dehumidifier and Air Purifier is ideal for those wanting a premium dehumidifier for an apartment. It was designed for 21st-century, small-scale living.

Pros
  • Dehumidifier and air cleaner in one
  • Peltier technology and HEPA filtration
  • 1-liter water tank
  • 24-hour runtime
  • Weighs only 6 pounds
  • Auto shut off
  • Water level sensor
  • Plug and play design
  • Captures 99.99% of particulates in the air
  • Low noise levels (35-42db)
Cons
  • Not suitable for large living areas

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.