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Danby DDR070BDWDB Review

Having excess moisture in your home spells disaster for your carpets, woodwork, bedding and more. It can also pose a health hazard to you and your family due to the growth of mold, bacteria and viruses.

Our Verdict

The Danby DDR070BDWDB is the most energy efficient dehumidifier we evaluated. It's capable of dehumidifying an entire house or large areas, such as a basement, garage or workshop.

For

  • This dehumidifier can regulate humidity in a 4,500-square-foot area.

Against

  • It doesn't have a drain pump. Instead, you can connect a standard garden hose to the back of the unit, but you'll have to position the hose just right next to a floor drain to avoid making a mess.
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The Danby DDR070BDWDB can dehumidify an area as large as 4,500 square feet.

The Danby DDR070BDWDB can dehumidify an area as large as 4,500 square feet.
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The collection bucket has a water-level window so you can see when you need to empty this dehumidifier.

The collection bucket has a water-level window so you can see when you need to empty this dehumidifier.
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This Danby model comes with casters that make it easy to move the dehumidifier from room to room.

This Danby model comes with casters that make it easy to move the dehumidifier from room to room.
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The Danby DDR070BDWDB can dehumidify your whole house.

The Danby DDR070BDWDB can dehumidify your whole house.
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The digital display and control panel lets you determine the desired humidity level.

The digital display and control panel lets you determine the desired humidity level.
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This Danby dehumidifier is Energy Star certified.

This Danby dehumidifier is Energy Star certified.
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The user guide for the Danby DDR070BDWDB is available online.

The user guide for the Danby DDR070BDWDB is available online.

Having excess moisture in your home spells disaster for your carpets, woodwork, bedding and more. It can also pose a health hazard to you and your family due to the growth of mold, bacteria and viruses. If you live in a moist climate, a good quality dehumidifier that effectively pulls moisture from the air helps create a happier and healthier home.

The Danby DDR070BDWDB home dehumidifier removes 70 pints of moisture from the air in a 24-hour period. It can dehumidify an impressive 4,500-square-foot area, making it a great option as a dehumidifier for your entire house.

This two-fan dehumidifier operates quietly at 50 decibels, which is about as loud as a refrigerator. In fact, it had the lowest decibel level of any dehumidifier we reviewed. This unit could work nicely as a basement dehumidifier or one that you can use in a garage, storage area or workshop since it can handle temperatures as low as 41 degrees Fahrenheit. It also has an auto defrost feature so the coils, and any water in the machine, don't freeze or ice over.

Moisture pulled from the air is collected in the reservoir that holds 12.7 pints. This capacity is smaller than most dehumidifiers, especially ones that remove the same amount of moisture as the Danby DDR070BDWDB, like the Friedrich D70BP. This means you will need to empty the bucket more frequently. It does have a view window so you can keep tabs on the water level. There is also a full bucket alert that notifies you when the reservoir needs to be emptied. Unfortunately, this Danby dehumidifier doesn't have automatic shut-off, so you will need to monitor the water level daily.

You can bypass using the bucket and instead connect a hose to this dehumidifier, allowing the unit to continually drain. However, because it doesn't have a drain pump, it relies on gravity to work, so you must place the hose near a floor drain, or put the dehumidifier on a counter so the water drains into a sink. Also, Danby doesn't include a hose with the unit; instead, you must purchase one separately. According to Danby, a standard garden hose is suitable.

This is the most energy efficient dehumidifier on our review. It uses 515 watts of power. The Danby DDR070BDWDB is Energy Star certified.

Danby offers a generous two-year warranty, which covers both parts and labor. By comparison, most manufacturers offer a one-year warranty. However, you don't get special coverage for the sealed system beyond the basic parts warranty.

This economical dehumidifier is capable of removing 70 pints of water daily from your home. It covers an impressive area of 4,500 square feet. While there are some convenience features that are missing, such as a drain pump and auto shut-off, the Danby DDR070BDWDB uses less electricity than all of the other dehumidifiers on our list, making it energy efficient and easier on your utility bill.