Smart Dehumidifiers

If you’re shopping for a dehumidifier that connects to the internet (called “smart” in tech speak), you have plenty of options to choose from. In fact, we’ve reviewed several that offer smart features, including our top pick and a few other high-end models.

A smart dehumidifier is a dehumidifier that can connect to your home Wi-Fi network and operate remotely. Some are even compatible with voice control via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, though this capability tends to be limited in function. Most of the time, you’ll get notifications (like when your water bucket is full) and be able to control things like fan speed and target humidity from an app on your smartphone or tablet.

During our tests of smart dehumidifiers, we’ve found that the best ones are easy to set up and use afterward. They can be powered on and off with a simple power switch and usually have a digital display that indicates the current relative humidity. Some are pre-programmed to achieve a specific target humidity level and will continue operating until the desired humidity is reached; this feature is called an auto-humidistat.

Our Top Pick, the Clean Air Optima CA-704 Smart, offers a number of useful functions and is very simple to use after unboxing. It has a large display that clearly shows you what mode the dehumidifier is in, as well as the relative humidity. It also has a button to start air cleaning, which frees indoor air of dust, mold spores, animal hairs and other allergens and unpleasant odors all year round, and it lets you know when the filter needs replacing. It can be hooked up to a drainage hose for continuous draining, though we recommend emptying the bucket regularly to avoid overflowing. smart dehumidifier

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