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70 PINT DEHUMIDIFIER
Improve home health and comfort by eliminating dampness, mold and mildew growth with the Energy Star rated Danby Dehumidifier model DDR7009REE. With a 70-pint capacity, this model will cover up to 3,800 sq.ft. This dehumidifier is a market leader with its R410A coolant that makes it eco-friendly & EPA recommended. It also offers electronic controls, remote control, automatic humidity settings, two fan speeds, removable air filter and casters for easy portability.
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91%of customersrecommend this product95 of 104reviews
Rating Breakdown121 reviews
91%of customersrecommend this product95 of 104reviews
I've never owned a standalone dehumidifier and am very happy with its performance. It is fairly quiet, and has dried my 2,000 square foot basement really well. It was pulling 2 full buckets of water every day before I decided to attach the drain hose. Works well!
Pros: Performs Well, Easy to Install, Durable, Powerful, Easy to Clean, Lots of Features, Good Size & Fit, High Quality
This unit replaced a 20+ year old Kenmore that finally died. The reason I chose this unit over other high rated systems was because it had a defrost feature. Our basement has been much cooler in the winter time after sealing the a/c ductwork (less warm air leaking into the basement). The cooler basement caused the coil to freeze up more often on the old unit, which probably hastened its demise.
The unit appears to be well designed and has worked well since I purchased it a few weeks ago. The fan does run all the time which should help maintain better humidity control. I based my review on the fact that I have over 35 years of experience in the HVAC industry.
Did my research to the point where I have to much Info. about Dehumidifiers. A Consumer Tester doesn't rank this model tops, but I don't always rank them tops either, since I have to subscribe to a magazine to be able to pay more to subscribe online. Back to the DANBY, I bought the 70 pint monster for my Finished 5 Room Basement, if your gonna one for a large area or several rooms? get a big one) It does the job and won't work up a sweat and only needs to run a limited number of hours a day! About the Negatives: NONE FOR ME YET ! But some people who have negatives, sometimes don't really know how to use the unit correctly ! FAN RUNS CONTINUOUSLY : but that is good, when humidity level near the unit is down to unit setting, compressor shuts down but humidity level at other locations may still be too high? Fan running creates a constant air flow similar to Central AC or auto AC (in & out), pulling new moist air to the unit and pushing dried air up and away from unit. Some other units will draw moist air in from front of unit, dehumidify it and exhaust it out the back, the dry air can bounce off a wall (if unit has to be placed near one) and tell the Dehumidifier sensor it is not needed to run the compressor, while other areas of your basement or living area may still be somewhat damp? The DANBY INTAKES FRONT and Exhausts OUT TOP ( SENSIBLE IDEA ). Figure out how long your unit needs to run to do the job you want it to, then set the TIMER to run, 2,4,6,8,10 hours @ night when energy costs are lowest for you. unit will automatically shut on or off by your settings. Hook up the direct drain (longer hose if necessary) Now you are good to go and forget emptying the bucket. I have a dry basement but in humid weather this sucker will take a gallon a day out of my 5 Room FINISHED basement. Buy a couple of inexpensive Hygrometers to use to TEST the Humidity in the areas that you want to Dehumidify. NEGATIVES ? NONE FOR ME ! Exhaust Creates Heat: NOT EXACTLY, humidified air will feel somewhat warmer (couple degrees) since their is no moisture in it. If your whole area feels a tad warmer? your unit is doing a swell job ! Short Drain Hose: Get a longer one (Garden hose works) . Drain Bucket Awkward To Empty: Learn how to do it, it takes a little practice for some ! If you can't? use DIRECT DRAIN Feature, I did. Noisy: The bigger the COMPRESSOR, usually the more noise. You will get used to it, although NOT EXCESSIVE TO ME, especially on low fan setting. High Fan Setting Will Move More Air From Longer Distances ! Continuous Fan: GREAT FEATURE ! You can learn how to CONTROL THIS if it bothers you, WITH THE TIMER. Value versus Price: only 4 0f 5 stars because: Quality is probably as to be expected for the year 2012 and the world we live in. Don't expect this or any of the newer units to be running 10 years from now ! If you get 5 Years? you will be lucky. Overall after just a week I have removed at least 6 gals. of water from my DRY BASEMENT. Now I am experimenting with using the TIMER to run just enough hours as needed, at night only. If my unit was in my bedroom or living area I would set TIMER to do the job when I was at work or away. NICE WARRANTY BUT you must transport unit to nearest authorized Service Center. My 1st unit lasted 30th years, don't expect that in 2012 but the Danby 70 Pint Unit has met my expectations and more to date ! I RECOMMEND THIS UNIT !
We have had the Danby 70 pt dehumidifier for about 2 weeks. It replaced another 40 pt unit that failed. So far, we are pleased with it. We use it with the drain hose (provided!), and it operates continuously. The ability to set the desired humidity is a nice feature, and the humidistat does seem to respond to small changes in the humidity around the unit. It is holding the basement at 50% humidity through rainy periods and humid, warm weather. It is a bit noisier than the smaller unit, but that is because the Danby has a stronger/larger fan. It is not so noisy that we see this as a problem.
The information we found suggested that this unit has the best reliability rating of dehumidifiers in the same class. We hope that it will last a good while.
After going through three LG units in 5 years (all replaced under warranty). I decided to give Danby a shot. All of the units in this price range are made in china, including this danby unit. As with all portable dehumidifiers, longevity is the key as none seem to last. Notwithstanding longevity, I've been impressed with this unit in the few weeks I've had it. First, it comes with a 26 month warranty. Second, the connection to a garden hose is the best I've seen as it connects directly in the back of the unit, no adapter needed. It does not leak. It sucks water out well. You set it at the desired humidity level and once it gets to that level, the compressor kicks off. When humidity rises 5 degrees from your setting, it kicks back on. The fan runs continuously, by design. When compressor runs, warm air kicks out so expect it to heat your room a bit, but it is a dry heat so feels comfortable. It's not loud. I have it in my basement and can watch tv without really noticing it. One thing I didn't like was the lack of an extended warranty available as I easily would have paid for it.
Pros: Performs Well, Easy to Clean, Good Size & Fit, Nice Design
Ordered this unit online, as they only had the 45 pint in store. Delivered with no problems and was easy to set up. I have had it only for three weeks an so far no prolems. It is a quite machine compared to other units I have had. I do not need to leave it on all the time and it will easily dryout my basement (part finished, part open, part open crawl) to mid 40 degrees relatively quickly, as I don't have a wet basement. Two small negatives. The unit does not have an automatic shut off and the drain hose has limited length. So far I have not gotten an extention so am empting the bucket when needed. I am hoping this unit lasts longer than my LG which quit after 13 months.
Pros: Performs Well, Easy to Install, Looks Great, Powerful, Easy to Clean, Good Size & Fit, Nice Design
From my previous review of this product, I offer this update, still less than a month of operation. I know that this unit will do the job in my 5 room finished basement, and will get to each nook and cranny because of the continuous fan operation in the on position. I am running it like 4 or 5 hours by TIMER at night only to determine what my exact schedule will be during normal conditions. Obviously mother Nature can cause this to change from time to time ! Running as I do now at night, the unit will bring the entire basement down into the mid to high 40% range. Then during the day, without unit running, humidity will creep back up to 53-54% which is pretty much normal. It is kind of fun working out my schedule, direct drain of course helps alot, except that I really have so many other projects going on all the time. As of today: 5-22-2012 I STILL RECOMMEND THIS UNIT ! I guess time will tell the rest of the story. TO HELP YOU ! The Woodman
More than expected. Shows temp, humidity and even came with a hose. Not as noisy as some of them. I have 4 different models. This one is my work horse and in my stand-a-lone garage. I atch'd the hose, ran it to the corner of the garage door and no longer have to empty a humidifier everyday. The precip shows quick adjustments as it changes in seconds when I open a door. Basically, it's a no worries humidifier. What more can I say? Heck, I live in Oregon!!!
I bought this dehumidifier to replace an LG model that had started overheating. I chose the Danby because of the Consumer Reports rating and the relatively good reviews as compared to other dehumidifiers. I received the Danby about 3 days after placing my order. It arrived double boxed and I unpacked it immediately. The unit seems sturdy and well made and the only thing to do after unboxing it is to remove some packaging tape and plug it in. I have it in a 1200 sqaure foot basement and it started to bring down the humidity within a hour. I let it run overnight and by morning the humidity level had dropped from 75% to 55% which was my target setting.
Some things I've noticed so far. The fan is a bit noisy on high, but seems powerful and since it is in the basement I don't care about the noise too much. The fan does run all the time, but this is fine as it helps circulate the otherwise stagnant basement air. I am using the included drain hose to drain water from the machine into the condensate pump for my furnace and that was easy to connect and is working without any problems. There is also a remote although I'm not sure why anyone would want it. The only options I wished it had was a cycle timer (on 2 hours off two hours, etc) and non volatile memory. My old LG had both of these options and it the Danby had them I would have rated the unit five stars.
Only time will tell if this was a good purchase, but so far I'm happy with it. I will repost if anything changes.
After reading other reviews, I decided to purchase this dehumidifier for my basement. I store many things in my basement and I wanted to be sure that nothing got ruined because of mold. This is a heavy dehumidifier, but once it is out of the box, it is quite easy to move as it's on wheels. The machine is noisy, as other people said as well, but it doesn't bother me because I bought it to strictly use in the basement. I bought a hose to connect my dehumidifier to my sump pump so that I don't have to worry about emptying the water tank. (This dehumidifier came with a hose, but I would not feel secure using that hose, as it looks cheaply made and I would worry about water leaking from the hose.) I am very pleased with this purchase and would recommend it to other people.
Pros: Energy Efficient, Performs Well, Durable, Good Size & Fit, Nice Design
Bought unit for basement. Pulls so much moisture out so fast that had to empty reservoir every 6 hours so put drain into HVAC sump pump. I guess quiet is a relative term. Even on low it would be too loud for an occupied room. This is my first dehumidifier so I have no real point of reference. I am happy with the purchase. Appears to be well built.
I did a lot of research and this dehumidifier was recommended for cold, damp basements. It arrived nicely packaged and quickly. It is easy to dump out the water. You would not believe the difference - the basement is normal temperature and so dry!
I purchased this dehumidifier for my daughters house because she was very sick from allergies for several weeks almost to the point of having to go to the hospital. Within two to three days she was feeling much better. It came with the outer box wet. The inner box was damp but the dehumidifier was packaged in plastic so it was ok. It started up and ran great. It was very quiet and really sucked water out of the air well. The bucket had to be emptied several times the first few days and now only once a day now that humidity is down to 40% and holding. The musty smell is gone. It was well worth the money to get her better. I would recommend it to any one who has allergies from mold or has a damp room. It is in the basement of a damp 1200 sq ft house and handling it well. I will be getting one for my house as well.
Used this to dehumidify the basement. The product comes shipped without any extra packaging so that was a little offsetting. But everything in the box was packed well and the quality of the unit seems top notch. The unit is a lot smaller and lighter than I expected after reading the reviews which was great. And since it comes on wheels it was easy to get where I needed. The unit runs exactly as described. Its not too loud but its in my basement where I cant hear it anyway. Its a nice touch that they included the hose for auto draining. The only negative is that the fan runs all the time even when not dehumidifiying and also causes the room to heat up quite a bit. Hopefully it will last beyond the first year.
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Review 16 for 70 PINT DEHUMIDIFIER
Bucket-full Switch Needs Re-engineering
PostedJuly 11, 2012
Ease of installation
No, I do not recommend this product.
Received my unit new today.Seems there is a design/engineering failure with this unit. The end of the bucket float has a plastic piece that is supposed to push against the bucket-full switch to permit the dehumidifier to work when the bucket is empty. On my unit, no matter what I did, within 30 seconds of getting the unit to run, it would shut off with the red bucket-full light lit. Even with zero water in the bucket. Luckily for me, I'd intended all along to use the drain hose for continuous running without having to empty the bucket. I defeated the bucket-full switch by taping it in the empty position, after I attached the drain hose. So far, so good, but I'll have to keep an eye on the unit in case the drain hose gets clogged and the bucket fills. No overflow warning anymore. The design needs to be improved.
Product is performing with no issues. My basement was at 74% humidity when I turned it on. It is now set to and maintaining 50% humidity in 1450sf basement. I do have to empty it everyday since I have not installed a continous drain yet.
I bought this unit to replace a 5 year old LG unit I use to keep the humidity down in the basement. After looking at all the poor reviews for other units I settled on this one. The unit appears well built, it was easy to set up and I have it draining into the condensate pump next to my furnace so I don't have to empty it.
My biggest complaint is the fan runs all the time. The compressor will shut down but the fan keeps right on going. I put a power meter on it and on low the fan draws about 90 watts and on high about 110 watts - 24 hours a day. I saw a jump in my electric bill after replacing my LG. Adding to this problem is the fact that you can't just put a timer on the power cord. Well, you could as long as you are happy with the humidity set at 60% which is the default and what the dehumidifier goes back to each time it loses power, otherwise you are out of luck. .
Also the humidity control seems to have a rather wide swing to it and the indicators on the unit do not always match the actual humidity in the basement ( I have another humidity gauge I can compare the reading against). So with the humidity control set to 55% I see readings anywhere from 62% to 53% on my secondary humidity gauge in the basement. I've been running the fan on low because of the continuous power drain so maybe cranking it up to high would help even this out a bit, but I can say the not so old but dead LG used to always be within a couple of percent of the setting on the unit.
That said given the lack of a decent dehumidifier on the market and the fact that it has been running for a couple of months now without any other problems (and hopefully keeps running for years to come) I'd recommend it over the competition.