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Most Satisfied Customers | De'Longhi

Aussies have rated De’Longhi as the top pick in Canstar Blue’s latest dehumidifier ratings, with the brand rated five stars for performance, ease of use, features & functionality and overall satisfaction.

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How we rate dehumidifiers

Our review compares dehumidifiers on customer satisfaction, so you can find out what other Aussies think about the compared brands before you go ahead with a purchase. Think of it as like asking hundreds of your closest mates which dehumidifier they think is best!


Canstar Blue surveyed 284 Australians for their feedback on the dehumidifier(s) they’ve purchased and used in the last three years.

  • The outcomes reported in these ratings are measured via accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics.


Respondents rate their satisfaction with their dehumidifier brand(s) from zero to ten, where zero is extremely dissatisfied and ten is extremely satisfied. Brand satisfaction was rated by respondents on the following criteria:
  • Overall satisfaction: measures consumer satisfaction with a dehumidifier brand as an individual score NOT a combined total of all criteria.
  • Performance: the dehumidifier consistently removed humidity and moisture from the area, and performed as expected given its frequency of use.
  • Quietness: the dehumidifier operated silently, or operated at a volume that wasn’t disturbing.
  • Value for money: the cost is reasonable for the quality and performance of the dehumidifier.
  • Ease of use: the dehumidifier had simple to use and understand functions and controls, with buttons labelled clearly.
  • Design: the dehumidifier had a functional design, and was aesthetically pleasing.
  • Functionality & features: the dehumidifier had multiple features and settings that improved functionality (i.e. timers, humidistat, notifications, etc.).

The winning brand is the one that receives the highest Overall satisfaction rating once all the scores from the Overall satisfaction criteria are combined and averaged.

  • Overall satisfaction is asked as a specific question and represents an individual measure, not a combined total of all criteria.
  • When we cannot determine a clear winner from the criteria for the Overall satisfaction rating, we will then look at the other criteria measured in the rating.
    • The brand with the highest number of five-star ratings within the supporting criteria will become the five-star recipient in overall satisfaction, and thus win the award. If a clear leader still cannot be determined from the supporting criteria, joint winners will be declared.

Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included, so not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The brands rated in this survey are listed below in order of best overall satisfaction.

  • De’Longhi
  • Philips
  • Kmart

Find more detailed information on our Most Satisfied Customer methodology.


Best dehumidifier brands in Australia

  1. De’Longhi
  2. Philips
  3. Kmart
  4. Other dehumidifier brands

Not sure which dehumidifier to buy? Check out our buying guide below.

1. De’Longhi


De'Longhi Dehumidifier

Ratings result

De’Longhi was rated five stars for performance, ease of use, features & functionality and overall satisfaction, with four stars for design, value for money and quietness.

Editor’s notes

Clearly, the smell of fresh coffee isn’t the only thing De’Longhi is leaving around the home. The brand also offers several dehumidifier models in the AriaDry range, designed to keep a healthy level of humidity around the home by absorbing any excess moisture from the air. Aside from purifying air, De’Longhi’s range includes a few useful features including a laundry function which helps to supposedly dry clothes faster, while some models also come with a PTC ceramic heating element that allows the appliance to dehumidify more air in a shorter amount of time, according to the brand.

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2. Philips


Philips Dehumidifier

Ratings result

Philips was rated five stars for features & functionality, design, value for money, quietness and performance, with four stars for ease of use and overall satisfaction.

Editor’s notes

Spreading its wings across multiple appliances and areas of the house, Philips’ range of dehumidifiers may not be as extensive as other brands, only offering one model in its line-up. The Series 5000 2-in-1 Air Purifier and Dehumidifier aims to clean up and make your home more comfortable, with multiple features centred around comfort, including multiple modes and humidity settings, manual speed settings, wheels for mobility, child lock, a 4L water tank, timer and display light to help you keep an eye on your machine while it works away. It has a dehumidification rate of 25L per day, with a HEPA filter to help clear the air.

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3. Kmart


Kmart Dehumidifier

Ratings result

Kmart was rated four stars for performance and value for money and features & functionality, with three stars for design, quietness, ease of use and overall satisfaction.

Editor’s notes

Kmart is a go-to place for budget-friendly appliances like air fryers and microwaves, so it makes sense consumers are also heading to the retailer for affordable air treatment products. Offering a select range of dehumidifiers, Kmart’s range is primarily split into sizes, with the larger model suited for larger spaces, while the smaller models suited to smaller rooms and areas. The large Kmart dehumidifier has a 2.2L water tank, carry handle, auto-turn off, and can extract up to 10L in a day to help keep your home feeling fresh.

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Other dehumidifier brands

Not all brands in the market qualify for our ratings (based on minimum survey sample size), but that doesn’t mean they’re not worth considering. Here are several more brands to check out before making a purchase decision.

  • Ausclimate
  • Breville

  • Kogan
  • Samsung

Dehumidifier buying guide

Nobody likes humidity. In addition to being downright uncomfortable, high levels of humidity in your home or workplace can cause horrible smells, mould and can even increase your chances of respiratory illness. Fortunately, buying a dehumidifier can easily sort out the humidity around you. They are small, cheap and easy to use, and they can save you a lot of discomfort as a result. So, if you have a humidity problem in your everyday life, check out this Canstar Blue buying guide to help find the best dehumidifier for your needs.

What does a dehumidifier do?

A dehumidifier is an appliance that removes moisture from the air to reduce the humidity levels, allowing for a more comfortable setting. In addition to making the room more comfortable to be in, reducing humidity levels can also help reduce mould growth, as well as limit respiratory conditions that are brought on by excessive humidity levels.

How does a dehumidifier work?

While dependent on which brand, model and type of dehumidifier you’ve purchased, dehumidifiers work by drawing in air via a fan, with the air coming into contact with the unit’s coils, which are cooled to help promote the moisture in the air to turn into condensation. The now dry air is expelled back out into the room, while the condensation drips down into a collecting tray at the bottom of the unit, which you can dispose of as you wish.

Types of dehumidifier

There are two different types of dehumidifiers: refrigerator (compressor) dehumidifiers, and absorption (desiccant) dehumidifiers. Each are explained more below:

  • Refrigeration (or compressor) dehumidifiers draw in air through a filter and over cold coils. Most home dehumidifiers suck up moist air through a grille, before directing the warm air over cold pipes via a coolant.
  • Absorption dehumidifiers, also known as desiccant dehumidifiers, use absorbent material to extract water from the air and heat it internally. This is mainly achieved by drawing in moist air through a duct and moving the air past a wheel made of water-absorbing material. It’s then blown back into the room, through an exhaust duct, with the help of a fan inside the dehumidifier.

How to clean a dehumidifier

Before you start anything, turn the appliance off and unplug it from the wall. Also, make sure to check the instruction manual to find out the best way to clean your specific model. This may include replacing the HEPA filter every six or 12 months, and opening the machine and removing the filter and pump on a fortnightly basis. Here are several other general ways to clean your dehumidifier:

  • Remove the basket and lid, either by lifting it straight off the main body or using a screwdriver to open everything up. Use dishwashing liquid and a soft cloth to clean the basket, before giving it a good rinse.
  • Gently use a vacuum or soft dry cloth to wipe off any lint and dust sitting on the filter.
  • Opt for a vacuum or dry cloth, rather than cleaning solutions, to clean the exterior. If there is a particularly stubborn piece of dirt or grime, use a small amount of water to lightly damp a section of the cloth to help rub it off.
  • Sanitise the tank weekly by emptying the reservoir and filling a quarter of it with warm water and a couple of squirts of dishwashing liquid. Give each side a good scrub, especially the corners.
  • If there is a pump, don’t forget to give this a quick rinse.
  • You can also use white vinegar to disinfect. After cleaning it with water and soap, spray (or use a paper towel to lightly coat the tank) with vinegar and let it sit for 10 minutes. Then, wipe the reservoir walls with a cloth that’s been lightly dampened with water.
  • Make sure all the parts are completely dry before reattaching everything.

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About our consumer experts


Dean Heckscher: Site Editor

This report was written by Canstar Blue’s Site Editor, Dean Heckscher. He’s our resident expert on all things automotive, health & fitness, streaming and more. Dean is also one of Canstar Blue’s customer research report producers, helping to turn complicated subjects into easily-digestible information for our readers. He’s passionate about helping consumers make better-informed purchase decisions on all manner of consumer goods and services.

 

Meet the Editorial Team

 

Samantha Howse: Consumer Research Specialist

Sam Howse Research Specialist

Samantha Howse is Canstar Blue’s Consumer Research Specialist, coordinating the consumer research program behind our customer satisfaction awards across Canstar and Canstar Blue in Australia and New Zealand. Sam has earned a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from Griffith University and, with seven years in market research and 2 years in marketing, she is experienced in survey design, implementation and analysis, coupled with an understanding of marketing principles and best practice.

 

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Past ratings

Here are the past winners from Canstar Blue’s dehumidifier ratings:

  • 2022: De’Longhi
  • 2021: Philips
  • 2020: De’Longhi

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