Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.
Our window air conditioner reviews include several efficient units, but the Danby DAC060EUB5GDB stands out even among those for its impressive energy efficiency. It also has all of the operation modes you could want to help you stay cool in a number of different scenarios. This unit has a good combination of features that will work well for a small or medium-sized room in your home that has become uncomfortable in the summertime.
This window AC unit uses up to 6,000 British thermal units (Btu) – the amount of energy needed to heat or cool one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit. The Btu use determines the amount of space a window air conditioning unit can comfortably cool. This Danby’s 6,000 Btu can cool a room of approximately 250 square feet.
The energy efficiency ratio (EER) of 12.1 is second to only one other product in our comparison: the GE AED08LV, so this unit could easily save you some money on power bills over time, especially if you are replacing an older unit.
Three different fan speeds means you can use the lowest setting needed to maintain a comfortable room. The Energy Saver switch gives you even more control over the fan, causing it to automatically switch on and off to maintain temperatures after the compressor shuts off.
The variety of operating modes makes it easy to customize your user experience based on your needs. The sleep mode means that you can avoid waking up to a freezing cold room. In this mode the temperature increases by small increments over a period of six hours. It will then return to the previously selected temperature.
There is a dry mode that will focus the unit on removing moisture from the air without changing the temperature in either direction. That can be a wonderful feature if you live in a humid area of the world.
You can set this unit to automatically maintain a constant temperature, using the compressor, fan or a combination of both. You can also set it to turn itself off or on in a set number of hours so you know you are not cooling an empty room. You have control over all of the features from a remote, so you don't have to get up to change settings.
An air filter is positioned behind the front grille and can be cleaned easily with a vacuum cleaner and soapy water. There is a light on the key pad that lets you know when it is time to clean the filter.
This is a relatively compact unit but is a little on the heavy side at almost 52 pounds. That matters when it is time to install or remove the unit for the winter. You may need someone to help you lift it into and out of place.
You get a one-year warranty on all parts of this window air conditioner, which is unimpressive but fine. Some competing units offer a longer warranty on the compressor. If you have questions for Danby, FAQs are available on the company website. You can contact the company by email, telephone and live chat.
A stronger warranty and lighter weight would make this window air conditioner even more competitive, but those are minor points when you consider how efficient it is. With the variety of operating modes and fan speeds, and impressive energy efficiency, you can be confident about saving money on your energy bills for years into the future with this window air conditioner.