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The running costs of dehumidifiers vary considerably

This is due to a number of key factors such as dehumidifier type, control system, operating condition and optimization for the UK climate.

To provide fair and reasonable comparisons, we have selected the best performing compressor and desiccant dehumidifiers from other brands for our tests. We have used the Ebac 2650e for comparison.


We have tested the units in two ways:

  • 1Cost to remove a specific amount of water test
  • 2Running costs based on hours of operation

1Cost to remove a specific amount of water test

Here we determine the running costs based on each unit extracting exactly the same amount of water in the same operating conditions. As you can see, the Ebac 2650e saves between £17 and £67 compared to the best desiccant dehumidifier

Water Removed 0.5l 0.75l 1l 1.25l 1.5l 1.75l 2l
Ebac 2650e £19.87 £29.80 £39.74 £49.67 £59.60 £69.54 £79.47
Best Desiccant Model £36.76 £55.15 £73.53 £91.91 £110.29 £128.68 £147.06
Best Other compressor Model £21.80 £32.70 £43.60 £54.51 £65.41 £76.31 £87.21

2Running costs based on hours of operation

Here we determining the running costs based on each of the dehumidifiers running for exactly the same time, but taking no account of the amount of water extracted.

Again the Ebac 2650e is significantly less expensive to run than both the best Desiccant dehumidifier and the best other brand of compressor dehumidifier.

Running Time 8 Hours 10 Hours 12 Hours 16 Hours 20 Hours 24 Hours
Ebac 2650e £39.76 £49.70 £59.64 £79.52 £99.40 £119.28
Best Desiccant Model £160.00 £200.00 £240.00 £320.00 £400.00 £480.00
Best Other compressor Model £62.80 £78.50 £94.20 £125.60 £157.00 £188.40

The Ebac 2650e is £120 to £361 cheaper to run than the best desiccant dehumidifier and between £23 and £69 cheaper to run than the best other compressor dehumidifier.

Running Costs & The Effect of Control Systems

Model Type of Control System Dehumidifier Type 1 Year 2 Years 3 Years 4 Years 5 Years
Ebac 2650e Ebac smart control Compressor £55.00 £110.00 £165.00 £220.00 £275.00
Ebac powerdri Analogue humidistat Compressor £70.00 £140.00 £210.00 £280.00 £350.00
Best Desiccant Model Digital humidistat Desiccant £110.00 £220.00 £330.00 £440.00 £550.00
Best Other compressor model Digital humidistat Compressor £75.00 £150.00 £225.00 £300.00 £375.00

Ebac’s 2650e with Smart Control saves between £55 and £275 over a 1 to 5 year period.

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