Best Dehumidifiers in Canada
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Damp smell, mold, condensation on windows, and troubled breathing in certain rooms — if all these things are familiar to you, you probably have too humid air in your house.
And you’re also in the right place!
Because I’ve prepared a list of the best dehumidifiers in Canada so that you could breathe more easily and stop renovating your house every six months because of mold.
So, get cozy and take a look at my findings!
A Quick Preview
- Can dehumidify up to 4500 square feet, enough to cover a large home or office space;
- It has a 35-pint capacity, which allows it to remove an adequate amount of moisture while remaining portable and light;
- This unit connects to Wi-Fi, allowing you to control the dehumidifier from your phone conveniently.
The Frigidaire FFAD3533W1 is my editor’s choice due to its 35-pint capacity, Wi-Fi features, and extras like its washable filter and built-in ionizer.
The Frigidaire has a 35-pint capacity, which is enough to ensure you don’t have to frequently drain it while it removes excess moisture from the air. This is also a large enough capacity to cover 4500 square feet, which is a large home with 3-5 bedrooms or an average office space. I was testing this model and noticed a distinct reduction in humidity with my hygrometer on the other side of my home.
The Frigidaire has 2000 more square footage than the Yaufey, making it the better option for large homes and offices that need a reliable dehumidifier.
This model also comes with built-in WiFi, unlike the Ivation. This WiFi feature lets you use your phone like a remote to control the Frigidaire. You can use the Frigidaire app to set custom schedules, among other features, allowing you to set and forget the dehumidifier. I found that changing humidity levels on the fly was the most convenient, only requiring me to pull out my phone to make the adjustment. A WiFi feature is most convenient for homeowners who are busy, or prefer to remain undisturbed when working.
The dehumidifier comes with a washable filter that traps dust, which allows for both easy maintenance and efficient work. And it can operate even in lower temperatures, down to 5 degrees Celsius.
It has an automatic shut-off and a drainage option, so you don’t have to keep emptying the bucket if you’re too busy. Unlike the Yaufey, the Frigidaire has a built-in ionizer that cleans the air as it draws out the moisture. This can help homeowners who are worried about indoor air quality. Ionizers improve air quality by creating a static charge around air particles like dust or pet dander. These particles will then stick to any surface and leave the air cleaner.
With all of that said, the Frigidaire FFAD3533W1 is a great dehumidifier for large spaces with high humidity levels. It can continuously draw the moisture out and requires little maintenance. “The Frigidaire 35 Pint Dehumidifier stood out to our reviewers due to its excellent moisture-removal capability, quiet operation, and user-friendly features,” said Dan DiClerico, the Home Improvement and Outdoor Director at Good Housekeeping.
Based on Our Tests
I liked how well the Frigidaire drained water from the air in large spaces during my review. The digital LCD panel also worked well during testing and it made it controlling the dehumidifier easier. The compact design also meant I could readily move the dehumidifier and place it in tight spots.
- Perfect for very humid rooms, such as bathrooms for basements;
- Excellent ionizer for cleaning the air;
- Excellent Wi-Fi features that allow for convenient use;
- Suitable for temperatures down to 5 degrees Celsius;
- Portable design that allows for convenient moving.
- Some users report the dehumidifier getting hot during operation;
- The drain connection might leak occasionally.
- This model has built-in wheels so that it can be easily rolled from one room to another for easy handling;
- It can remove up to 32.7 pints of moisture per day, keeping your home free from humidity;
- Offers customizable humidity levels between RH30% and RH80%, letting you choose your ideal moisture level.
The Yaufey 2500 Sq. Ft is my best option for large rooms due to its ability to drain moisture from rooms up to 2500 sq. ft, high removal capacity, and lightweight water tank. The best dehumidifiers for large rooms must have a high square foot capacity to tackle all that space. Luckily, the Yaufey can draw moisture in spaces as large as 2500 square feet, equivalent to three to four bedrooms, a kitchen and living room, and two bathrooms. From my tests, the Yaufey kept the moisture levels even from my front foyer to my farthest bedroom, easily covering a vast space. The Yaufey can cover 1000 more square footage than the Midea Cube, and 2230 more square footage than the Ivation. I would recommend the Yaufey as it is better suited to larger homes and office spaces.
The high removal capacity of the Yaufey is also a feature worth looking at. Areas in Canada, like Vancouver, have a higher moisture content in the air, which means more water needs to be removed daily. The Yaufey tackles this with a high removal capacity of up to 32.7 pints daily. According to my review, the Yaufey could easily keep up with the high humidity content of my home, keeping moisture levels at a comfortable level. It can remove 12.7 more pints than the Midea Cube per day, and 19.7 more pints than the Ivation. I would recommend the Yaufey as it can better handle especially moist or damp air.
The Yaufey comes with a lightweight water tank for easy removal. Sometimes dehumidifiers that are made to tackle large rooms have massive water tanks that are heavy to carry. The Yaufey will never have this issue as the water tank is 0.48 gallons, only about as heavy as a countertop toaster oven. This size makes the water tank incredibly portable. From my tests, I never felt any strain when taking the tank out to drain it, and I found installing it back into the unit easy. The Yaufey’s water tank is 3.72 gallons lighter than the Midea Cube. I would recommend the Yaufey for homes or offices that don’t want to carry around a heavy tank when pouring.
Based on Our Tests
According to my test trials, the Yaufey worked excellently at keeping humidity levels down in my home. Thanks to its wheels, I could easily move it from room to room, and I liked the customizable humidity control.
- Excellent portability with its built-in wheels;
- Excellent dehumidifying power that can remove a high amount of moisture;
- Good lightweight water tank for easy manual drainage.
- The small water tank needs continual emptying;
- The display isn’t backlit.
- Small 20-pint capacity and portable design great for use in the basement;
- Smart control system that works with Alexa for ease of operation;
- The continuous draining options ensure you don’t have to keep emptying the bucket.
The Midea Cube 20 ping dehumidifier is an economical solution for basements up to 1,500 square feet. The outstanding feature of the Midea Cube compact dehumidifier, which I like, is its small size when not in use.
The 13.5-inch cube will fit in a variety of small spaces. In use, the compressor unit sits on top of the bucket and is 27" high. This allows the bucket to be a surprisingly large 4.2 gallon, so it can be left unattended for long periods of time. For those needing full-time use, the top unit could sit on the side of a sink and drain continuously using the supplied hose.
The Midea Cube dehumidifier has a smartphone app that offers real-time monitoring of humidity and water levels with an alert system . There's also the possibility of voice control via Alexa or Google Assistant, which makes its operation easy to handle.
Based on Our Tests
Having tested the 20 pint dehumidifier, I found that it is quiet, easy to use and set up. Within two to three days, the dehumidifier brought the home humidity level down and significantly decreased condensation.
- Works with a voice control system like Alexa;
- Very energy efficient (certified by Energy Star);
- Portable dehumidifier that is extendable to get bigger.
- Not as small as it looks (especially for those looking for a really compact dehumidifier);
- The capacity is quite small and will not be efficient for any space more than 1,500 sqft.
- Works exceptionally well in low-temperature basements or any space indoors;
- Exceptional energy efficiency (EnergyStar label) for an overall lower cost of operation;
- Maximum noise level of 49.5 decibels for an extremely quiet basement.
For those looking for a larger dehumidifier for around the same price of the Midea 20-pint model, the Midea 35-pint dehumidifier is a great option. It's 15 pints larger and has an extra 1,500 square feet capacity compared to the previous device. It is, therefore, ideal for big basements, medium to large-sized bedrooms, living rooms, and bathrooms.
Basements are considered a little colder than other areas of the home. Moisture extraction is much more difficult at low temperatures; therefore, homeowners will need to add more airflow to their dehumidifiers to be faster and more efficient.
Midea engineers managed to create an efficient 35-pint dehumidifier with a peak airflow volume of 430 m³ per hour and sound levels below 50dB (the maximum is 49dB, to be precise). All these translate to dehumidification efficiency for the basement while running efficiently. “When I was testing the Midea Cube 35 Pint Dehumidifier, it took only 30 minutes for the humidity levels to drop 10% from 75% to 65%. After that, it took another 30 minutes to reach 58%. After three hours, I reached my testing target of 50% humidity,” said John R. Delaney, a Contributing Editor of PCMag.
Based on Our Tests
I noticed that the Midea Cube 35-pint dehumidifier could drain more moisture from the air than the 20-pint model and I could use this model in larger spaces effectively. I also liked how quiet this machine worked during testing.
- Ideal for the basement, rooms, and bathroom;
- Works great for medium and large sized rooms;
- Features casters for easy mobility.
- It could be quieter;
- The size has been reduced from 50 pint.
- Desiccant design for improved efficiency;
- Super compact and space-saving, ideal for smaller spaces;
- Continuous drainage available to eliminate the need to empty the water reservoir.
The next item on our list is this little guy by Ivation. It is arguably the best portable dehumidifier in Canada. So, If you’re looking for something compact or want to target a specific area in your home (and don’t wish to overspend), the Ivation might be just the right pick. I used it in my kitchen after I started noticing mold growing on the tiles and the seams. Luckily enough, the Ivation managed to keep the humidity in my kitchen low. And yes, the mold did not reappear after that.
Another aspect that impressed me was the extra drainage option. This dehumidifier comes with a connection hose, so you can use continuous drainage and forget about emptying the water reservoir. This would come in handy in extra-humid spaces. Additionally, this feature can help save you some time. After all, the Ivation is rather compact. Therefore, you might have to remove the water reservoir too often if you don’t use the connection hose.
Based on Our Tests
During my tests, the Ivation dehumidifier performed effectively in small spaces to keep humidity levels at a minimum. I also liked the connection hose drainage option which helped drain water without needing to empty the water reserve.
- Super compact and easy to move around, great for smaller spaces (especially if you don’t want to make the room look cluttered or buy a more expensive model);
- Two drainage options for increased convenience;
- User-friendly controls;
- Powerful enough to deal with both extra humidity and smells;
- Quiet operation;
- Lightweight design (great for the elderly).
- Small water reservoir, may require frequent draining;
- The air comes out warm, which might be an issue for some users, especially during the warmer months.
Why You Should Trust Me
It’s taken many years for me to build up my knowledge of the small home appliance industry and many hands-on reviews of appliances. Looking at dehumidifiers specifically, I use quantifiable tests that measure how well a dehumidifier performs in terms of ease of use, tank capacity, fill-up speed, and noise level. I also factor in other categories, like how energy efficient a dehumidifier is.
Some of the best dehumidifiers in Canada have excellent ease of use with modern features like a touch screen, a good balance between tank fill-up speed and capacity, and a low noise level. When testing, I looked at these features, choosing the most quiet, energy-efficient, and easy-to-use dehumidifiers. The ones that excelled ranked higher on my list and would suit your home better. You can discover how I test my dehumidifiers here.
Main Dehumidifier Types: Pros and Cons of Each Type Explained
When searching for a good dehumidifier in Canada, you’ll come across three major types:
Let’s see what you can expect from each type.
Also known as refrigerant dehumidifiers, these are equipped with a compressor. As the air passes through the dehumidifier, it first goes into the filter system and then over cold coils (similar to those that can be found in fridges). The moisture present in the air condenses while passing over the coils and then drips into a tank inside the unit. Then the air is reheated to the room temperature and released back into the room.
Compressor-based dehumidifiers are the most common option you can find because of their advantages:
- Extraction of large amounts of water from the air. We’re speaking about a gallon per day here, which is pretty impressive.
- Good effectiveness in warm conditions. Refrigerant dehumidifiers are generally recommended for use in temperatures above 15-20 degrees Celsius.
- Energy-efficiency. Compressor dehumidifiers consume less energy per hour than other types, so they’re cheaper to run.
However, this type of dehumidifier also comes with certain limitations:
- Large weight and bulkiness. Since refrigerant dehumidifiers work with large amounts of moisture, they are heavier and bigger than other types, with a minimum weight being 10 kg. Keep this in mind if you plan to move the unit between rooms.
- High noise levels. A compressor is the loudest part of the unit, and it can produce noise over 40 dB. So, if you’re looking for a dehumidifier for your bedroom, it’s better to choose other types.
- Inability to work in cold climates. The compressor dehumidifier needs to be colder than the surrounding air in order to condense moisture on its coils. So, if you live in a colder climate (with an average temperature below 15 degrees Celsius, the refrigerant type might not be an option, as it will spend half of the time defrosting its coils, which will reduce the overall efficiency.
These are also known under the name Peltier dehumidifiers because their work is based on the Peltier effect.
The Peltier effect is when an electric current passes through a circuit of a thermocouple and heat is produced at one junction and absorbed at the other one.
Here’s how this phenomenon is implemented in dehumidifiers:
The electricity runs through a Peltier element (or Peltier module) in a dehumidifier, creating a temperature difference on its ends — one end of the module is cold and the other is hot.
The air is first drawn to the hot end and warmed up. Then, a fan pushes it further to the cold end of the module, thus causing dehumidification. The condensate collects on the cold side of the module and drips into the tank, and the process repeats.
Now, let’s talk about the features of such humidifiers:
- Quiet operation. Since the Peltier dehumidifier doesn’t use any compressors — only a small fan — it’s much quieter than compressor-based dehumidifiers.
- More durable than other types. The only thing that moves, and hence, can possibly break in the Peltier unit is a fan.
- Little maintenance. The only things you need to do is discard the moisture in the tank and change filters from time to time, which takes just a couple of minutes.
Also, thermoelectric dehumidifiers may have a promising potential in situations where both lower power use and more compact design are required. Plus, they can control humidity more precisely due to adjustable input power (1).
However, Peltier units aren’t perfect, and here are some limitations they come with:
- They are useless in extreme temperatures. Too cold or too hot air typically has very high humidity and Peltier units — even modern ones — typically don’t have enough power to deal with humidity levels above 70%.
- They have limited capacity. The most spacious tank you can find in thermoelectric dehumidifiers is about… 1,500 ml. That’s a lot smaller than what other types can offer.
Overall, thermoelectric dehumidifiers typically are most effective in spaces of up to 25 sq.m. In larger rooms, their work may become unnoticeable, so you may want to consider other types for larger rooms and houses.
Finally, there are desiccant dehumidifiers.
And in my opinion, they’re the absolute best.
See for yourself:
These units work through the adsorption process, meaning they use a chemical agent (desiccant) to remove the moisture from the air.
Don’t worry, though!
These chemicals are perfectly safe. They are similar to silica sachets you can find in your shoe boxes.
The unit features a rotating drum made of sheets soaked in the desiccant, and they absorb the water from the air. The water then condenses and drips into the tank, while the heater warms up the air and releases it back into the room.
So, what makes these dehumidifiers good?
- Round-the-year use. Desiccant dehumidifiers don’t need to cool the air before extracting the moisture from it, which makes them good for sub-zero conditions (2).
- No noise. The drum rotates very quietly while working, and the only potential noise you may hear is the hissing of the released air.
- Suitability for chilly rooms. The desiccant dehumidifier can warm the air up to 5 degrees, which makes it a good choice for colder regions.
- Good durability. Desiccant dehumidifiers don’t feature any high-maintenance parts like compressors, which makes their lifespan longer.
So, what could possibly go wrong with these units, you may ask? They’re almost perfect.
Since these dehumidifiers heat the outlet air significantly, they might be not a good pick for you if your summer temperatures are high. In this case, it’s better to use a compressor-based unit that can maintain the same ambient temperature or even cool the air down a bit.
Also, desiccant dehumidifiers are generally more expensive than other types, so determine your budget first and see if you want to spend extra.
Other Things You Should Consider When Choosing a Dehumidifier
Once you have determined the dehumidifier type you want, let’s make your choice of the top-rated dehumidifier in Canada more refined by considering other essential features:
- Capacity. The capacity of a dehumidifier is basically the amount of water it can collect at the end of the day. This is usually between the range of 20 pints (10 liters) to 70pints (30 liters) for the different kinds of humidifiers. While choosing based on capacity, you may unknowingly be choosing the size of the dehumidifier. So as not to end up with a cumbersome dehumidifier, it is important to be able to strike a balance between the dehumidifier’s capacity and your room size.
As a rule of thumb, to get the right capacity for your space, a 10-pint capacity dehumidifier goes for 500 square feet of space while it is recommended to add an extra 4 pints for clearance. If the space is more humid than average, then a 12-pint capacity for every 500 square feet is recommended while the extra 4 pints is constant. For example, a 2500 square feet space will need a 54-pint capacity dehumidifier. This way, you end up with the right size and capacity for your space.
- Energy efficiency. All types of dehumidifiers are pretty equal in terms of energy efficiency. However, if you need something powerful for an overly humid room, you may choose something less energy-saving, such as a compressor unit. Desiccant dehumidifiers offer a stable performance all year round, but you may need to pair them with an AC unit to cool down the air, which defeats the purpose of energy-saving. Dehumidifiers that are ENERGY STAR Certified will be more energy-efficient on average.
- Auto-defrost feature. If you go with a compressor unit and plan to use it throughout the year, the auto-defrosting feature is a must. It will protect your dehumidifier from damage and help maintain stable efficiency.
- Hose connection. A hose connection can be used to set up a continuous water drain. It could be helpful in extra-humid environments by eliminating the need to empty the water tank multiple times a day.
- Auto-restart. This feature may come in handy in areas with frequent blackouts. In this case, the dehumidifier will turn back on automatically when there’s a power outage to maintain stable results.
- Noise levels. Most dehumidifiers can go up to 50 dB (most fridges, for example, reach 30-40 dB). It might be enough to annoy some users, especially when trying to sleep or, let’s say, watch TV. That’s why it might be a good idea to read other shoppers’ reviews before placing the order. Checking what others have to say about the potential noise levels can help shoppers decide whether they could accept the noise or not.
Also, you want to look for features that will make your dehumidifier easier to use, such as auto shut-off, light indicators, mobile design, washable filters, easy-to-empty bucket, programmable timer, etc.
You can ease your choice of a dehumidifier if you refer to the table provided by Natural Resources Canada (3). It will help you choose the right capacity based on your room area and the level of humidity.
What should I set my dehumidifier to in the summer?
The optimal level of humidity is between 30% and 55% throughout the year. During summer months the air is usually more humid since you don’t use heaters, so it’s better to keep the humidity level at 35-40%.
What should I set my dehumidifier to in the winter?
45-55% is a good humidity setting during cold months. Heat sources usually make the room air drier, so it’s best to set a higher humidity level.
How quickly should a dehumidifier fill up?
A typical refrigerant dehumidifier should remove between 30% and 40% of their capacity rating for 55% relative humidity at around 20 degrees Celsius, and these numbers will vary depending on the tank capacity and climate in your home region. Note that the device will always fill up more quickly during the first run.
How to dispose of an old dehumidifier?
The best way to dispose of your old dehumidifier is to contact your local department of sanitation office or household hazardous waste facility and schedule an appointment for your device to be picked up and removed.
The microclimate in the house is important not only for your renovation works but also for your health. And a dehumidifier can help you achieve the right humidity and improve air quality so that you could breathe more easily.
All the models presented to you above work for different occasions, so be sure to check them thoroughly before making your final choice.
As for me, I’d go with the Frigidaire FFAD3533W1 dehumidifier. The things I liked the most are its capacity and the drain system that excludes your participation in discarding the water and allows you to run the unit continuously.
Still have questions about finding the best dehumidifier in Canada? Alex Savy, the Co-Founder and Chief Editor at Comfynorth has reviewed countless home products with over 4 years in the industry and can help you find what you’re looking for. Reach out through email at [email protected]. When emailing Alex, include your full name and phone number or email address.
- Wang Huajun, Qi Chengying (2010, May). Experimental study of operation performance of a low power thermoelectric cooling dehumidifier. Retrieved from https://www.researchgate.net/publication/44024843_Experimental_study_of_operation_performance_of_a_low_power_thermoelectric_cooling_dehumidifier
- Nina Holmberg, (2009, May 14). How Dehumidifiers Work. Retrieved from https://home.howstuffworks.com/dehumidifier1.htm
- Natural Resources Canada (2020, February 17). Retrieved from https://www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy-efficiency/energy-efficiency-products/product-information/heating-equipment-residential-us/dehumidifiers/13989
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