A damp home keeps you hot and irritated with your room walls prone to mould and mildew. That’s why we have the best dehumidifiers in New Zealand if you are looking for one.
Due to the variable weather in New Zealand, you have to deal with differing humidity or moisture levels often. Fortunately, a good dehumidifier can do a lot to make your home cosier.
But, before we get to our product lineup of the best dehumidifiers, we’ll first go through the factors we consider when picking them. You have to know about these first so that you’ll know how to pick your own dehumidifier from our list.
Factors to Consider When Buying a Dehumidifier
We have several factors to consider such as type, size, thermostat, price, water tank capacity, and more. With them, you can assess if a model suits your home or situation.
Anyway, let’s take them up one by one:
There are two types of dehumidifiers: refrigerant and desiccant. Let’s differentiate them here:
1. Refrigerant dehumidifiers
Refrigerant or compressor models work just like air conditioners. They basically take in the moisture from the air and cools it down to a level so that it condenses it into a water container.
They are great choices to set up in bedrooms, cellar, bathrooms, or offices. And refrigerant models are capable of removing moisture quickly — in most rooms, within minutes.
However, there is a limitation with this type of dehumidifier as it doesn’t work well in colder temperatures. Thus, they may be less efficient during winter in New Zealand than desiccant models.
2. Desiccant dehumidifiers
Next, we have the desiccant models that draw in damp air and filter it through a desiccant substance. The nice thing about these is that you don’t need to empty collected water as its heating already dries it up.
With desiccant models, you can remove moisture effectively in colder conditions, such as below 12 °C.
The only drawback is that it costs triple what a refrigerant dehumidifier would and is not that different in performance when it comes to temperate or mid-range weather.
This feature lets you set the humidity level you’d like to have in your room. A healthy level falls within the range of 30-50%.
With too much humidity, you’ll feel hot in a room and may even get headaches. You need to open the windows or doors, anything that can increase the airflow.
On the other hand, too little moisture can make you feel too dry. That can cause dry skin and eyes.
A timer in your dehumidifier lets it automatically switch on or off at the appropriate time, depending on your settings. That helps in saving your energy and makes it extra convenient too!
Desiccant models have a lower noise output than refrigerant models. The reason is that the compressor of the refrigerant model creates more noise.
That said, most of the products we chose for this list are quiet during use. You shouldn’t suffer from noise if you choose one of them.
Energy Star rating
You also want to see a good energy star rating for your dehumidifiers. A higher rating means it has a more efficient compressor, evaporator coils, and heating.
With NZ$350 and up, you can get great-quality dehumidifiers. That’s better than getting something that breaks down in the middle of when-you-need-it-the-most.
Other than that, if the cost is more than you can afford, we suggest getting a second-hand dehumidifier instead.
Water tank capacity
Three standard choices of water collection tanks include 30, 50, and 70 pints or in litres. We converted our products here into litres for simplicity.
The right choice here depends on the dimensions of the place where you’d like to use your dehumidifier. Bigger places typically need bigger tank capacity.
Now that you have an idea of the important features, let’s now see the best dehumidifiers in New Zealand!
1. Panasonic 17L Dehumidifier (F-YCL17)
Best for Small to Medium Rooms
The Panasonic 17L Dehumidifier takes away the dampness around your house, no bacteria or allergy-triggering mould can grow or thrive. You’ll be getting rid of the musty smell that comes with them too!
It comes with a 4.8L water collection tank. It’s easy to take it out to empty out the water in it — or you can just utilise a hose to drain it autonomously instead.
You even have a timer that enables you to turn it on in 2,4,or 8-hour increments. Let’s not forget that it works silently at 44dB without causing a stir in your living room, bedroom or office.
- Removes 17L of moisture per day
- Keeps your home healthy and warm
- 8L water tank for small-medium rooms
- Timer feature
- Quiet operation at 44dB
Although only a few people rated it online, it scored well on two NZ digital stores (Harvey Norman and Noel Leeming).
“Capt Hook” wrote this, even including a super short pro and con:
“very good product ,chosen by the canstar rating. doesn’t use a lot of power but keeps atmosphere dry.
+low power usage
-wee bit noisy ,not too bad.”
Furthermore, a Kiwi reviewer named Olsie explained:
“I brought this dehumidifier a couple of months ago and I really notice the difference. The house is drier and warmer. There’s a timer feature that dehumidifies for 4 hours with the push off a button. It’s a little noise, but not excessively loud. Big water container, which means less emptying. Overall I’m quite happy with it.”
2. Mitsubishi Electric Oasis 16L Dehumidifier (MJE16VX)
Most Versatile Dehumidifier
The Mitsubishi Electric Oasis extracts up to 16L of moisture from your surroundings. It also has an air purifying filter.
The filter traps allergens, dust, and pollen — which makes it a great option if you have family members with asthma or allergies. If you need to clean it, you can also just remove the filter for rinsing.
You have 7 modes on this one, including a nice laundry mode that can help you dry your clothes after the wash. Plus, it constantly monitors room temperature and humidity for you to adjust as needed.
Full control is also granted to you with its timer options. These provide options for 1-9 hour settings.
And its rectangular frame is fairly portable too, weighing in at only 11.7kg. That means relocating it is doable even for a single person.
- Extracts 16L of moisture each day
- Washable air filter
- Includes laundry mode
- Timer with 1-9hr increments
- Very light at 11.7kg
This has a lot of positive reviews thanks to its ease of use (which we ourselves noted) and efficacy at dehumidifying spaces. Still, like most other products, it has its share of criticism too.
For example, a few said it could still be quieter, despite the 37dB rating claimed on the Mitsubishi website. Another noted that it didn’t have any safety or locks on its water reservoir, which could be a problem, as a child could open it easily.
Here’s Sammy Joe’s review of the 16L dehumidifier:
“Having trawled through the internet I bought this for the reputation, the low decibels and the low wattage. It is excellant quality and so easy to use, fully automatic and very efficient at reducing the humidity, amazing how much water it extracts!”
Another review was shared by Mag:
“Ours has been running from the day we bought it, in our cellar. We have linked it to a draining system, so do not need to empty it at all. Not one issue with it and the difference is amazing. I would most certainly recommend this unit.”
3. Frigidaire 33L Dehumidifier (FFAD7033R1)
This Frigidaire overtakes its competition with a humidity sensor and the ability to remove excess moisture even in lower temperatures (at 41 °F or 5 °C). Its 33L capacity makes it an excellent choice for larger rooms.
It comes with an easy-to-clean filter that makes sure the air you breathe is free of airborne bacteria or unpleasant odour. This filter is also removable.
You have reliable castors if you’d like to move it around. You can also access its features through soft touch buttons for an array of dehumidifying features — like humidity control, for instance.
Another convenient option is its continuous drain system, in case you don’t like collecting the water from the tank and disposing of it manually.
Overall, this is a very capable, very efficient dehumidifier. We like its massive capacity and general practicality of design.
- Operates in low temperatures at 5 °C
- Cleanable air filter
- Comes with castors for portability
- Continuous drain system
- Ergonomic control buttons
Amassing 4.6 out of 5 stars on the Frigidaire site, this is a very highly regarded unit.
Praise for its efficacy and energy efficiency was quite common.
That said, there were still a few complaints — such as some notes about an error code FO showing up that stops the unit on occasion.
Although we noted that some of the reviews we found online were incentivised, they seemed measured enough. Here’s one review:
“We have a house that uses a heat pump, which means that a significant amount of humidity remains in the air year round. We needed something that could be a “work horse” and quite at the same time. So far so good.”
This one came from Matt0709:
“I went from a tank of water per week to one a day. This unit works very well and power consumption is low.”
4. Black+Decker 24L Dehumidifier (BDT50PWTB)
Best for User-Friendliness
If you want a dehumidifier that’s very user-friendly, then you can’t go wrong with Black+Decker’s 24L unit. Ideal for your bathroom, bedroom, or basement, it can keep the air fresh and healthy for your family without requiring you to struggle with a complex user interface.
Here, design and usefulness meet as you have a small, round form factor with beautiful recessed handles for carriage. And you have the fan with a wide-open vent to help you let purified air out.
You can take control of the humidity from 35-80%, use timer options, and see a dirty air filter indicator. You can easily personalise its operation for your own convenience and need.
An option for continuous drainage is also included, along with a 16.4ft drain hose along with the unit. No more emptying the water container frequently so you can concentrate on what you’re doing.
- Extracts 24L of excess moisture per day
- Round and compact form factor
- Includes a 16.4ft drain hose
- Air purifying filter
- Humidistat and choose from 35-80% humidity levels
- Fan speed adjust (high and low)
From 12 customer reviews, this Black+Decker 50-pinter gets a 4 out of 5. Most were very pleased with its value-to-price ratio and ease of use.
However, one customer had an issue setting the level of humidity. Another said it stopped working for a month.
That said, such reviews were the minority. For example, Krystle Stolleis says:
“Love this super nice energy efficient dehumidifier! Great for a large 1500 sq fit area, we use it for our whole basement and it’s perfect! It’s on wheels and East and effective to room around from room to room or to empty out! Great rice for what you get and a great quality brand! Love the clear easy to read led display! Super easy to empty out and holds 8 pints of water before emptying so it’s over all an awesome product in every way! Highly recommend!!”
Another user, Wea Wea, writes:
There were no previous reviews on this unit on Amazon, so after a lot of research, I took a chance and bought it. And….I am very pleased with it. My house has 2 floors and near a lake, in a southern US state. Suffice it to say, it is hot and HUMID!!! Within 2 days of running this unit, the indoor humidity reached a desirable level. This unit is a workhorse!!!
Initially, I chose not to hook up the hose and use the pump, and for the first 2 days of use, I was constantly (every 6 hours) emptying out the water container. Everything works GREAT!!! I have decided to buy another unit, to not overload this unit.
Also, the unit is not too loud….the sound is like a central AC unit. You can hear it silently humming away. There are a couple drawbacks:
The cons, Wea Wea, continued were that it emitted warm air and that the motor and fan are sometimes not in sync with each other when turned on.
5. Eva-Dry Petite Dehumidifier (EDV-1100)
Best for Closets, Storage, and Small Areas
The Eva-Dry Petite can go inside your car, RV, basement, window, or even atop your books. It can easily take away the excess moisture that may cause damage to your items or in tiny spaces.
Removing only half a pint or 0.24 litres per day, it is fit for use in small spaces or for quick dehumidification. Its exact measurements are 6 x 4.5 x 8.5 inches.
The water tank holds a capacity of 0.47 litres that you can empty out at anytime. If it’s full, it lets you know by lighting up.
Note that it uses an outlet with a 110V cord, so you need to be close to one wherever you plan to use it.
- Mini 0.24 litre or 0.5 pint dehumidifier
- Uses a 110V power cord
- Measures 6 x 4.5 x 8.5 inches
- Best for use in smaller places
This little thing has gained the heart of customers thanks to its small but spectacular performance for a space of 1100 cubic feet. Many users also stated that it’s quiet.
Let’s see what they think. A verified customer from the Eva-Dry site, Scott Gatlin writes:
“I bought this unit in June 2013. After over 4 1/2 years of use, it has stopped condensing water into the tray. The fan still works. I’m going to give it a good cleaning and try it again. I’ll be ordering the same unit again if I can’t get this one up and working. I love the job it does.”
And Barbara comments about the Eva-Dry Petite as well:
“Just purchased this at BB&B. I must say I am happy with this unit. It’s small and does the job in my basement room. It’s runs quietly and the plug does get hot so I use it solely in one outlet.
Will buy the medium size as well.”
6. Dimplex 40 Litre Dehumidifier (GDDEYS40A)
Best in Air Filters
Introducing the Dimplex 40L Dehumidifier that sanitises the air around you like no other. It has HEPA and carbon filters to eliminate the presence of spores, fungus, dust mites, and dander from the air.
You have modernistic black controls for settings, the timer, and more. And we think its shape is very unique and attractive, what with its slim and curved form.
It also comes with a set of castors for easy transport and mobility. You can easily transfer it from room to room and dehumidify one section after another.
If you like a healthy, dry and warm home then this is one of the best choices. That’s why the Dimplex 40 Litre Dehumidifier is part of our lineup of the best dehumidifiers in New Zealand.
- Gathers 40L or 80 pints of moisture each day
- HEPA and carbon filters
- Sleek and modern shape
- Castors for mobility and transport
This is a very effective dehumidifier, according to most owners. It does have some issues, though, like a freezing coil, occasional noise, and water tank that doesn’t let you know when it’s full quickly enough.
Here’s Pat’s review:
“It’s incredible how quickly this dehumidifier pulls water out of the air. It easily outperforms my fifteen-year-old DeLonghi.
While a bit on the noisy side, it is tolerable in silent mode. The noise is of a low pitch, so it doesn’t travel far.
The unit creates a fair bit of heat thanks to the laws of thermodynamics.
The child lock is a welcome feature as my two-year-old loves to thump away at the controls —which beep enthusiastically with each press.
My one gripe with the unit is that the water tank fills up to the brim before the alarm sounds, and when it’s full, it’s a pain to empty without spilling water.”
7. Goldair 8L Desiccant Dehumidifier (GD330)
H4: Best for Kiwi Weather
Being a featured product of Consumer Recommends from New Zealand, the Goldair GD330 was probably a shoo-in for our list of the best dehumidifiers in New Zealand.
Unlike refrigerant models, this desiccant model can work efficiently in temperatures as low as 0-35 °C. You can control the humidity level at one press from 40-60% too.
It takes in 8L of moisture, which then condenses through the water tank or permanent drain. Plus, it has a timer setting of 1,2,4,8 increments that helps to save your energy consumption.
- 8L extraction of damp air
- Works fine in winter
- Timer function
- Full water tank alarm
- Adjustable humidity
- Nice for small-medium rooms
Most of the praise for the Goldair came for its efficacy as well as its performance in very cold weather. In fact, this is generally one of the top recommendations from consumers for those who need dehumidification in cool seasons.
For the review of the Goldair GD330, let’s consider the independent review from RNZ:
“The Goldair [GD330]’s performance doesn’t degrade as much. We found it removed just as much water from the air at 8 degrees Celsius as it did at 16 degrees, whereas any of these refrigerant models which claimed to move 20 litres from the air, we found on average they only remove about 4 litres at lower temperatures.”
That’s as good a place as any for use to end our list of the best dehumidifiers in New Zealand. Whether you need something for your closet or your house in winter, there’s clearly a product on this list for you.
Do you have any questions, reactions, or suggestions? If so, let us know and we’ll hear you out.
By the way, keep in mind that dehumidifiers work best with heat pumps in the cooler months for a cosier and warmer home. Feel free to read our article about the best heat pumps in New Zealand.
Alternatively, for more direct heating, you could check out the best heaters in New Zealand on our top reviews website too!