Best Dehumidifiers for Drying Clothes (UK 2017)

The main purpose of a dehumidifier is to reduce the level of humidity in the air, which is why people often use them to tackle damp and prevent related problems such as mould. One surprising thing about dehumidifiers is that they can be very effective at drying clothes, which is why some people use a dehumidifier rather than a tumble dryer.

Drying clothes indoors can be bad for your health, as it raises the humidity level and exacerbates problems such as asthma and allergies. If you have no option but to dry clothes indoors though, using a dehumidifier will make the process healthier and quicker.

Many dehumidifiers come with a laundry function for the purpose of drying your washing quickly. When on laundry mode, the dehumidifier will have usually more airflow and will keep running at full power rather than switching itself off after a while. For the best results, position your dehumidifier underneath or next to a clothes horse/drying rack in a small room.

 

Dehumidifier vs. Tumble dryer

Tumble dryers are very convenient, but they are also expensive to run. Dehumidifiers are usually cheaper to run, and have the added benefit of being portable. The upfront cost of buying a good dehumidifier is similar to that of buying a budget tumble dryer. Both dehumidifiers and tumble dryers have their own advantages, which are summarised below.

Dehumidifier advantages:

  • Cheaper to run (see running cost estimation here)
  • Portable
  • Useful for reducing humidity in the home (great if you live in a small flat with little ventilation)
  • Produces heat, so will help warm your home in the winter

Tumble dryer advantages:

  • Quicker
  • Healthier (no VOCs released from washing into the air)
  • More convenient (no drying rack needed)

 

Best Dehumidifiers for Drying Clothes in the UK

If you’re interested in using a dehumidifier to dry your clothes, read these reviews of what we consider to be the top 5 models available in the UK in 2017.

1. EcoAir DC12 Compact Portable Dehumidifier

Features:

  • Laundry mode
  • Portable with castor wheels
  • 12 litres a day water extraction rate
  • 5-litre water tank
  • Humidistat
  • Timer
  • Auto shut off
  • 2-year manufacturer’s warranty
  • Power: 230 watts
  • Dimensions: 49.6 x 35.3 x 22.5 cm

Performance

The EcoAir DC12 Compact Portable Dehumidifier is very effective at drying laundry, and will also help reduce the humidity in your home to a safe level of 60% relative humidity or below. The laundry mode can dry clothes in 2-4 hours, which is much better than letting them air dry and not too bad compared to a tumble dryer.

It can extract up to 12 litres a day into the 3.5-litre water tank, which will need to be emptied regularly. You also have the option of attaching a hose for continuous drainage.

The EcoAir DC12 is bigger than you might expect from looking at pictures—it’s about 50 cm tall and 35 cm wide. However, it can be easily moved around since it’s on wheels.

This dehumidifier can be quite noisy, so it’s best to use it in the laundry room or somewhere where it won’t disturb you.

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2. Inventor Premium Series PR1-ION21LBS Dehumidifier

Features:

  • Laundry mode
  • 21 litres a day water extraction rate
  • 3-litre water tank
  • Ioniser
  • 2-year manufacturer’s warranty
  • Power: 332 watts
  • Dimensions: 51 x 35 x 23.8 cm

Performance

The Inventor Premium Series PR1-ION21LBS pulls a lot of moisture out of the air surprisingly quickly. It’s very good at drying washing, and has a special laundry drying function for this purpose. It also features an ioniser, which helps purify the air.

This dehumidifier can be a bit noisy (47 dB), and is also quite heavy (12 kg). However, it features wheels so you can easily move it around.

As well as drying your laundry, this dehumidifier has other benefits such as stopping the windows collecting condensation, making it easier for you to breathe if you have asthma and making your home healthier in general.

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3. EcoAir DD122 Simple Desiccant Dehumidifier

Features:

  • Laundry mode
  • Economy and Turbo modes
  • Handle for portability
  • Timer
  • 7 litres a day water extraction rate
  • 2-litre water tank
  • 2-year manufacturer’s warranty
  • Power: 580 watts
  • Dimensions: 48.5 x 29 x 17.5 cm

Performance

As you might have guessed from the word ‘desiccant’ in the name, this dehumidifier is very good at drying things out, including laundry. It has a special laundry mode which makes the dehumidifier work continuously, drying your clothes out within 2-4 hours.

As well as drying your laundry, the EcoAir DD122 Simple Desiccant Dehumidifier is also good at reducing condensation, preventing the formation of mould and easing allergy symptoms. It’s a great gadget to have in your home over the winter months.

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4. Meaco 12L Platinum Dehumidifier

Features:

  • Can be used with a HEPA filter for cleaning the air
  • Carrying handle for portability
  • Timer
  • Humidistat
  • Child lock
  • 28 litres a day water extraction rate
  • 5-litre water tank
  • 2-year manufacturer’s warranty
  • Power: 165 watts
  • Dimensions: 48.5 x 32.5 x 24.8 cm

Performance

This dehumidifier has a low-energy design, so it’s relatively cheap to run. It’s also fairly quiet, so it’s unlikely to disturb you if you use it to dry your laundry overnight.

The Meaco 12L Platinum Dehumidifier is quite compact and has a carrying handle so you can move it around easily. It’s a good choice for drying clothes indoors in the winter, or if you live in a small flat and don’t have outdoor space.

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5. TROTEC Dehumidifier TTK 68 E

Features:

  • Carrying handle and castor wheels for portability
  • 20 litres a day water extraction rate
  • Timer
  • Child lock
  • Power: 345 watts
  • Dimensions: 62 x 43 x 31 cm

Performance

The TROTEC Dehumidifier TTK 68 E can extract up to 20 litres of water from the air in a 24-hour period, making it a very quick-acting dehumidifier for drying your clothes. It will help your whole house or flat feel warmer, especially if it has a tendency to feel damp in the winter.

This dehumidifier has a nice white and green design and is made in Germany but comes with a UK plug. The water tank can be easily removed and put back again.

The TROTEC TTK 68 E can be quite noisy when used on the highest setting, but this is a common issue with dehumidifiers.

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