Best dehumidifier for garage use 2022

best dehumidifier for garage

Are you someone who prefers storing boxes in your garage than inside your home? We’re the same! A garage can be very cramped- this can be a problem if the humidity level in your garage is too high especially during summer. It can lead to mold, mildew and dampness causing all kinds of problems.

One way around this problem is by using a dehumidifier in your garage. Just like there are for bathrooms to remove bathroom moisture, there are dehumidifiers best used in the garage.

It will remove moisture in the air and bring down the humidity level. We’ve researched the best dehumidifier for garage use and come up with a top list to help you choose the right one to buy.


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If you’re looking for a large capacity dehumidifier for a garage or other space up to 4500 square foot, then the Ivation 70 pint energy star dehumidifier is the best option for you.

It’s a compressor dehumidifier and can remove up to 70 pints of moisture per day. The water tank holds up to 1.3 gallons of water before you need to empty it. So that you don’t need to constantly monitor the water tank levels, once the tank is full, the dehumidifier shuts off automatically.

The dehumidifier is very easy to use. You simply plug it in, select the options and the dehumidifier will begin operating.

You choose your options via the LED display. It lets you choose between two fan settings, humidity level and a 24-hour timer and also has a filter alert to let you know when the filter needs to be cleaned.

The filter can be reused, which means you don’t have to buy expensive replacements. The filters are also easy to clean.

One of the great things about the Ivation dehumidifier is that your settings are stored. This is handy in case of a power surge- once your power has resumed, the unit restarts using your stored settings. No need to reprogramme everything again!

We recommend the Ivation dehumidifier because it is energy star certified. It has an auto-defrost function which is great if you live in a colder climate and want to protect your dehumidifier from frost.

Do you need to move your dehumidifier around? Don’t worry- the Ivation is lightweight and sits on caster wheels, making it easy to roll the unit around. Its compact size makes it discreet and it can fit easily in many spaces around the home. It also has an extra long chord which allows you more flexibility in choosing where you want to leave your dehumidifier.

Does the idea of emptying a water tank sound unappealing? Then you’ll be happy to know that the Ivation comes with an optional hose so that you can set up continuous draining.

The Tosot 50 pint dehumidifier is a great option for removing  moisture from your garage or basement.

It has a quiet operation of 52 decibels, which means it won’t be noisy when it’s in use. It’s also energy star rated which is important for environmental reasons- you won’t feel like you’re negatively contributing to global warming.

The bucket that stores the water needs to be emptied every 5 hours. It features an ergonomic carrying handle making it easy for you to empty the bucket without splashing water.

The Tosot 50 pint has LED display controls that tell you the current room humidity levels and you can set your desired target humidity.

Using the LED display, you can see and change the fan speed, set a sleep timer or set the dehumidifier to the non-stop function which offers continuous draining. This is handy for during humid weather or if your garage or basement always has high humidity levels.

You can connect a drain/garden hose to the dehumidifier so that during continuous use, the unit will drain without you having to empty the bucket. If there’s a power outage, the dehumidifier will automatically restart once the power has resumed. It will restart according to the original settings.

The filter needs to be cleaned every 250 hours– you’ll be notified by the filter light on the display screen. You can remove the filter and clean it using warm water and mild detergent, and then ensure it is completely dry before reinstalling.

As a guide, the humidity level in your garage should be below 60%.

The InvisiPure Hydrowave dehumidifier removes up to 27 ounces of moisture per day, depending on the humidity and room temperature.

The water tank holds up to 0.5 gallon/2 liters. When the tank is full, the dehumidifier shuts off automatically. This means you don’t have to worry about always keeping an eye on the dehumidifier tank. The tank is easy to remove when it’s time to be emptied.

If you prefer continuous drainage, you can connect a garden hose (not included) to the tank.

The InvisiPure is lightweight and compact, making it easy for you to move the unit around should you need to. The unit is suitable for use in rooms and spaces up to 300 square feet.

We like that there is a one-year warranty and lifetime support.

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The Friedrich 70 pint dehumidifier is energy star qualified.

It has three drainage options. There’s a removable bucket that holds up to 16 pints of water.

It has a built-in drain pump so you can continuously pump water from the dehumidifier rather than have to empty the water tank. You can set the pump to begin working once your bucket is full of water, or you can set it to continuously pump water from the unit so that your bucket isn’t required.

The dehumidifier’s display screen shows room temperature and the humidity level so that you can make sure that your dehumidifier is doing its job. There is a 24 hour on and off timer so that your dehumidifier can switch off on its own. You don’t need to remember to do it yourself.

You can set the desired humidity levels from 30%-90% using the digital touch controls.

There are caster wheels on the dehumidifier so that you can easily move it around- you don’t need to worry about heavy lifting.

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How to choose a dehumidifier for your garage

When someone asks me “what’s the best dehumidifier for garage use?, I often reply with “well that depends…”

It really does depend on lots of factors. Rather than just trying to find a dehumidifier that is “the best” or is a top seller, it’s important to think about your own garage and humidity conditions. Not sure how humid your garage is? Then get yourself a hygrometer to measure the humidity level.

Consider the general temperature in your garage and how humid it gets in there. A garage in Florida will be more humid than a garage in Illinois. If you have high humidity, then you’ll need a dehumidifier that can handle operating overtime and can withdraw a lot of moisture from the air. A less powerful dehumidifier could be suitable for a garage with low humidity levels.

Frequently asked questions

How do I dehumidify my garage?

To dehumidify your garage, you should use a dehumidifier suitable for a garage space. It needs to be large enough to draw out the moisture so that the humidity level drops.

Will a dehumidifier help cool a garage?

A dehumidifier removes the moisture in the air in a room. It doesn’t add cool air to a room but by removing the moisture, a room can feel cooler and more comfortable.

How do I get moisture out of my garage?

You can get moisture out of your garage by opening the door so that the air cools down and the moisture evaporates out of the garage. The best way to get moisture out of your garage is by using a dehumidifier specifically for garages.

How can I lower the humidity in my garage?

Using a dehumidifier in your garage will lower the humidity. To monitor the humidity levels, I recommend purchasing a digital hygrometer which will give you regular humidity readings.

Why is my garage floor always wet?

Your garage floor is probably always wet due to high moisture levels in the air (unless you’ve recently had torrential rain that has managed to get inside your garage). When warm air hits a cooler surface it turns into water droplets that then fall on your garage floor.

How do I prevent mold in my garage?

To prevent mold in your garage, you need to let air in the garage circulate. It’s a good idea to regularly open the garage door (or open a window in there if you have one) to let warm air out of the garage and let cooler air in. Make sure there is enough ventilation in your garage. If your garage is full of stuff, this could impact on air circulation and make the garage warm and stuffy, a perfect breeding ground for mold.

The best way to improve air circulation in your garage to prevent mold is by using a dehumidifier to remove moisture in the air.

One Final Word

Dehumidifiers can be used all year round. While they are mostly used in the summer months when humidity levels are high, if you live in a tropical or sub-tropical climate, you’ll probably need a dehumidifier in your garage year-round.

Using a dehumidifier in your garage can prevent serious problems with moisture and mold. A damp garage could mean bacteria growth, and the things you store in your garage can get damp and damaged.

By Christine Carlisle

Christine is a freelance senior writer for Home Health Living and has been writing for us for 4 years. She's a health copywriter with over 10 years experience as a writer. Christine lives alone in a cabin in Maine and was once a hand model while living in New York City. She's a dog person.