Electriq Dehumidifier Reviews – Which Are The Best Models?

A guide to the best Electriq dehumidifiers
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Electriq dehumidifiers often go under the radar compared to the "big three" manufacturers (Ebac, EcoAir and Meaco) - but they are starting to grow in popularity.

With a range of domestic dehumidifiers, relatively low prices and some interesting new features (including smart connectivity and antibacterial properties), it's easy to see why consumers are starting to take note of this new company.

Who are Electriq though? Which are the company's the best dehumidifiers? And are there any you should avoid? Let's find out.

Who Are Electriq?

The first thing that stands out about Electriq is that there is very little information on their official website. At the time of writing, the homepage consists of three paragraphs - and there isn't much more on the "About" page. There is a support number and form to contact for spare parts, but the lack of information and professionalism is concerning.

You can buy Electriq dehumidifiers at several major stores though, including Debenhams Plus, Appliances Direct and Amazon, so they aren't completely unknown.​ Some of their models have also been strongly reviewed by buyers and a major consumer research company.

Another warning sign is that the website hasn't been updated to include the company's latest models. It lists the AirCube, AirCube Max, 20L Low Energy and Premium Low Energy, but there's no mention of the newer Smart models or Mini Compact dehumidifier.

It's worth noting that we don't currently have an Electriq dehumidifier on our list of the best UK models. That doesn't necessarily mean you should avoid them, but the low-budget website, single contact number and scarce information doesn't inspire confidence.

Even so, let's take a look at some of the company's top models and see how they compare to other dehumidifiers.​

Which are the Most Popular Electriq Dehumidifiers?

Electriq Low Energy 20L CD20LE

Electriq Low Energy 20l

The Electriq Low Energy 20L dehumidifier is a whole-house model that offers excellent performance. It's great for quickly removing moisture in 3-4 bed homes, although the refrigerant technology is best in warmer conditions.

As the name suggests, the CD20LE has a maximum 20 litre per day extraction capacity. This is a huge amount, but, like all dehumidifier extraction rates, is only possible in ideal conditions (80% humidity and 30 degrees Celsius). 

Even so, it does a brilliant job of removing moisture from the air. While it's unlikely to get near 20 litres per day, it pulls large amounts of water from the air - especially at room temperature or higher. It also has a four litre water tank, so you won't need to empty it as often as other models (although this is smaller than the 6 litre Meaco Low Energy 20L).

There are a number of other positives to this model. At 42dB, it's relatively quiet - especially considering the fast extraction rates. For comparison, we've reviewed models that output 50dB or more. Other features include an air purification system (including plasma ioniser), two fan speeds, built-in castors, 1-24 hour timer, an energy efficient design and a digital humidistat showing the current temperature and humidity.

It's not perfect though. The CD20LE is one of the bulkiest dehumidifiers on the market, weighing a hefty 13.8kg and with a width of 42.5cm. The built-in carry handle and castors make it easier to move around the home, but it's certainly not a portable dehumidifier. It's also not as effective in cooler conditions, so for garages or unheated rooms we recommend a desiccant dehumidifier.

​Despite these issues, the Electriq Low Energy 20L is an outstanding model if you have a 3-4 bedroom home. So, while we have some reservations about the company itself, there's no doubt the CD20LE is an excellent dehumidifier.

Pros

  • Quick to remove moisture from a room
  • Relatively quiet

Cons

  • Struggles at low temperatures
  • Heavy

Specification

  • Type: Refrigerant
  • Noise: 42dB
  • Tank: 4 litres
  • Power: 240W
  • Max Extraction: 20 litres/day
  • Price: £££ - Premium

Electriq 10L CD10L

10l

The Electriq 10l dehumidifier is a solid model, but, unlike the 20L version, we can't recommend it over alternatives such as the Meaco Small Home Dehumidifier. It's easy to use and relatively cheap, but struggles to remove enough water from the air compared to its closest competitors.

With a 10 litre capacity, the Electriq CD10L is clearly designed for smaller homes than the excellent CD20LE. Unfortunately, we don't think it matches the performance of its bigger sibling.

Let's start with the basics though. It's a refrigerant (compressor) dehumidifier with a built-in humidistat, digital display and a 24 hour timer. Weighing 9.5kg, it's considerably lighter than the 20L version, and also much smaller. The plain white design isn't going to win any awards for innovation, but it's clean and simple to use.

Refrigerant dehumidifiers work best when there is a big difference in temperature between the coils and air. This is why they tend to be most effective at room temperature and above, but gradually become worse as the temperature drops.

The Electriq CD10L performs adequately at room temperature, but ​it can't match the best 10 litre dehumidifiers for water removal. When the temperature drops it really starts to struggle though - even more than the average refrigerant.

This doesn't mean the CD10L has no redeeming qualities. It's just as quiet as the CD20LE, at 42dB, and has a high build quality. It's also relatively energy efficient and lightweight - along with being one of the cheapest Electriq models.

When a dehumidifier underperforms at its primary function, however, it's difficult to recommend.

Pros

  • Relatively quiet
  • Energy efficient

Cons

  • Not as effective as other dehumidifiers
  • Struggles at low temperatures

Specification

  • Type: Refrigerant
  • Noise: 42dB
  • Tank: 2 litres
  • Power: 240W
  • Max Extraction: 10 litres/day
  • Price: £ - Budget

Electriq 12 Litre Low Energy Premium CD12LEB

Low Energy Premium

If you're looking for an energy efficient dehumidifier with a faster extraction rate than 10L models, the Electriq 12 Litre Low Energy Premium could be an option to consider. It only uses 180W, has a built-in air purifier function and an attractive black design.

With its sleek black design and low energy compressor, the CD12LEB is an interesting choice for a 2-3 bedroom home. It doesn't have smart connectivity, but comes with features such as UV sterilisation, simple control panel and a light indicator for humidity level.

It's not the most powerful dehumidifier on the market - you wouldn't expect it to be with the low energy consumption. But it can do a decent job at removing water, especially at room temperature or above.

We have a few complaints about this model though. The main problem is that we feel it's overpriced, considering the basic features and 12L extraction rate. It's also relatively noisy and surprisingly heavy.

For these reasons, it's hard to recommend the CD12LEB over other options. It's a solid dehumidifier that's energy efficient though.

Pros

  • Highly energy efficient
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Relatively loud
  • Heavy

Specification

  • Type: Refrigerant
  • Noise: 49dB
  • Tank: 4 litres
  • Power: 180W
  • Max Extraction: 12 litres/day
  • Price: ££ - Mid-Range

Electriq 25L Low Energy with Smart App CD25PRO-LE

Electriq 25 L with Smart App

If you're looking for something more advanced than the average dehumidifier, the Electriq CD25PRO-LE is an option to consider. It has a huge 25 litres per day extraction capacity, built in HEPA filter and Wi-Fi connectivity, so you can control it via a smart device. It's not cheap, but is one of the most feature-packed dehumidifiers we've seen.

At its core, the CD25PRO-LE is a refrigerant dehumidifier with a 25 litre extraction capacity. This is one of the highest maximum extraction rates for a domestic dehumidifier, so it's a good choice for large homes.

Aside from its extraction rates, the CD25PRO-LE stands out for two reasons: Smart connectivity and the True HEPA filter. The Wi-Fi function allows you to control and monitor the air quality from your smart device, which is particularly useful when you're out or want the dehumidifier for an empty home, garage or boat (although refrigerant models aren't as effective in cooler environments). The air purification system is also great for reducing allergens in the air.

One complaint we have about this model is the 5 litre water tank. While this is bigger than most tanks, we would have liked a 6 litre tank considering the high maximum extraction rate. It's also not cheap, so there are probably better options if you don't need the "Smart" features.

Even so, the Electriq CD25PRO-LE brings the slow-moving dehumidifier market into "Smart" era. Expect other brands to follow in the near future.

Pros

  • Wi-Fi connectivity allows you to control the dehumidifier from your smart device
  • True HEPA filter for higher air quality

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Not great in cooler conditions

Specification

  • Type: Refrigerant
  • Noise: 45dB
  • Tank: 5 litres
  • Max Extraction: 25 litres/day
  • Price: £££ - Premium

Other Dehumidifiers in the Electriq Range

The four models above are amongst the most popular in the Electriq range, but the company also produces several other dehumidifiers. These include:

  • MD400 Mini Compact - Built to be lightweight and compact, the MD400 has a smaller water tank and a slim design.
  • 12L Slim Design - One of the slimmest dehumidifiers on the market, with a depth of just 19cm. It's an option to consider if you're tight on space.

Summary

So, the big question is...do we recommend Electriq dehumidifiers?

​There's no doubt the company produces some excellent dehumidifiers. We have our concerns about after-care service, repairs and finding spare parts, but the best Electriq dehumidifiers can match bigger brands for water extraction, price and advanced features.

Our top pick is the Electriq Low Energy 20L CD20LE. It's an excellent model that's great for extracting water in warmer conditions, so it's a good choice for a heated home.

Do you have any questions about Electriq dehumidifiers? Or have you used one and want to give feedback? Let us know using the comments form below.