Too much humidity in your closet or wardrobe can be devastating. Important items can be ruined, problems with mold arise, and it isn’t going to smell great either. Luckily, there are a few great dehumidifiers out there which work great in closets and wardrobes.
In this guide, first, I will talk about some things to consider and frequently asked questions regarding the use of a dehumidifier in a closet or wardrobe. I will then run you through our top two recommendations, who they are suited for, and their pros and cons.
Quick Look at Our Recommendations
Do I Need a Dehumidifier In My Closet?
Whether or not you need a dehumidifier depends on two main points: Is the closet damp and is it used to store things which could be damaged by high humidity.
You can tell if the closet is damp by using a hygrometer (link to Amazon) to test the humidity level. Ideally, it should be under 50%. You should also be able to get an idea of how damp it is simply by feeling it. If there is a musty smell or you have had problems with mold in the closet, it is probably too humid.
It’s particularly important to keep on top of the humidity levels when certain items are stored in the closet. Items like vintage clothing, tools, and musical instruments can be damaged by high humidity levels.
Types of Dehumidifier for a Closet
There are two types of dehumidifier I have recommended in this guide:
- Silica gel renewable: These dehumidifiers work by silica gel beads absorbing moisture from the air. When they are full of moisture, you plug them into a power outlet which dries out the beads so you can use it again. The main benefit is that they don’t require a power outlet in the closet or wardrobe.
- Electric: These dehumidifiers are more common for larger rooms. They are generally more effective, but also make noise and are more expensive. They also require access to a power outlet to run.
Where to Place a Dehumidifier in a Closet
In order to make sure the whole wardrobe or closet gets equal treatment, you should aim to place the dehumidifier centrally within the area. This isn’t always possible in a closet or wardrobe, but try to place it as centrally as possible.
Best Dehumidifiers for a Closet or Wardrobe
Now let’s take a look at the dehumidifiers we recommend for a closet or wardrobe. We’ve selected two options. One which require an electric outlet to run and one which doesn’t.
Eva-Dry E-333 Renewable Mini Dehumidifier
- Very budget-friendly
- Long life-span
- Effective for it’s size
- Doesn’t require access to mains
- Gets hot when plugged in
- Needs to be recharged
- Only effective in very small areas
The Eva-Dry E-333 is a great option for small areas like closets and wardrobes when you don’t have easy access to a mains outlet. It works by trapping moisture in small silica gel beads.
It will need recharging about once a week (they claim it lasts up to 30 days but most people find it needs recharging every week.) You recharge it by plugging it into a mains socket which dries out the silica gel beads. This takes around 12 hours so you might want to consider purchasing two of these so you always have one active. Since these units are so cheap and can last up to 10 years, even buying two units won’t break the bank.
One thing to note is that although this unit is advertised as child and pet friendly, it can get quite warm when it is charging. Make sure children and pets can’t reach it and I would advise against leaving it unattended when plugged in.
Due to the way this dehumidifier works, it is completely silent which makes it a great choice if you don’t want to deal with the background noise of an electric dehumidifier.
You’re probably wandering how effective a non-electric dehumidifier could be. Well actually… quite effective! It’s only going to make a significant impact in really small areas (which is why it’s great for closets and wardrobes), but if that’s all you need it for, it’s a great option. The video below demonstrates how effective this dehumidifier is in a gun safe.
Overall, the Eva-Dry E-333 is a small, rechargeable dehumidifier that won’t break the banks and will silently remove moisture from small areas like closets and wardrobes.
Pro Breeze Mini Dehumidifier
- More effective than the Eva-Dry
- Relatively quiet
- Auto shut off
- Relatively large tank
- More expensive than Eva-Dry
- Requires electric outlet
If you have access to an electric outlet in your closet or wardrobe, you might find the Pro Breeze Mini Dehumidifier to be a better option. It will draw out more water than the Eva-Dry due to the fact that it is electric, so if you need to reduce humidity significantly or you will be using it in a large closet or wardrobe, this one is definitely worth considering.
The Pro Breeze is advertised as suitable for bedrooms, bathrooms etc., but realistically, it’s only going to perform well in things like closets or wardrobes. Since you’re reading this guide, I assume that’s what you’re looking for, but it’s worth mentioning in case you were thinking of using it in other rooms too.
The tank in the Pro Breeze is relatively large and most people find it lasts between a few days to a week before it needs emptying. When the tank is full, the dehumidifier will automatically shut off so you don’t need to worry about it overflowing.
Obviously, since this is an electric dehumidifier, it will make more noise than the Eva-Dry, however, it is very quiet to run so the noise is unlikely to be an issue.
Overall, the Pro Breeze is a great dehumidifier for closets and wardrobes, as long as you have easy access to an electric outlet.
Last update on 2019-12-15 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API