Danby Premiere 70 Pint Dehumidifier DDR70A2GP Dehumidifier
For over 60 years, Danby has been providing efficient, quality home appliances. Following this tradition
of solving everyday home problems, the Danby DDR70A2GP dehumidifier tackles mold, mildew, dust mites and insects
by removing excess moisture in the air and lowering humidity levels. Similar to its highly rated predecessor, the DDR7009REE, this
latest version of the Danby 70 provides exceptional performance in a reliable package. After setting up test models at home and
in our warehouse, this is how the newest Danby dehumidifier fared.
What I liked about the Danby DDR70A1GP Dehumidifiers
The first of the two models was placed in the downstairs of a range/split-level home. The lower floor of the split-level has
no basement or crawlspace under it. Often that space has high humidity during the spring/summer and issues with insects throughout the
year. The second DDR70A2GP was placed in a rear section of our warehouse (no climate control). Granted, the relative humidity and temperature in the warehouse space
is much higher than in the home, but over the course of a 24 hour period, both had to be emptied multiple times. For the warehouse unit,
the moisture extracted totaled over 6 gallons in 24 hours, and in the home, the moisture removed topped 2.6 gallons.
In a second run, we used the supplied drain hose to port the dehumidifiers. After elevating each, we ran the hoses into 5
gallon buckets to collect and weigh the water extracted. While temperatures and humidity levels remained about the same for
each test, the results were better. In the home, the total came it at 3.3 gallons while in the warehouse the water removed
totaled a whopping 11.62 gallons. Granted, your home should never be as humid as the warehouse space, but the results show two things.
First, if conditions are right, the Danby 70 pint will remove more humidity than it's rated for. Secondly, if porting
a dehumidifier is a viable draining option, it can dramatically increase effectiveness, particularly in very humid spaces. This only makes sense
since a continuous drain means the unit never has to stop dehumidifying due to a full reservoir. (as might be the case while you
are at work or sleeping cannot empty the tank)
The features of the Danby Premiere dehumidifier are practical and useful. So while it may not sing show tunes or tell you the current
time in Rio, what it does offer is the ability to control how long the unit runs, when it will start, an auto-restart function if the
power flickers or goes out, and an auto-defrost feature that ensures it continues to run even in cooler temperatures. A built-in humidistat
gives you control over the humidity level (set target RH to any five percent increment from 30% to 90%) and provides you with a
reading of the current relative humidity in the room. Lastly, two fan speeds give you some control over noise, and the redesign of the fan, which
I discuss below, should also help cut some excess noise from the 2014 models.
In terms of energy usage, the Danby DDR70A2GP is Energy Star qualified, and even with the fan and condenser running
fairly steadily, you won't see much of an increase in your power bill. By using R410A refrigerant, the Danby also complies with new environmental
regulations that help protect the environment. When these are coupled with an expected lifespan of anywhere from 5-10 years, the Danby
70 pint is well priced and offers a smaller environmental footprint than other models.
If you have owned or seen a Danby Premiere in the past, you will be pleasantly surprised to know that Danby finally corrected something that I had long
considered something, "I do not like about the Danby dehumidifier." That, is the fan running all the time. With the 2014 production run, Danby has
tweaked this longtime feature. So now, instead of the fan running all of the time, it shuts off shortly after the compressor shuts down. The advantage to this is that it no
longer circulates warm air (warm since the air flows over the motor, and it takes time for the motor to cool). This should help also reduce another complaint with this dehumidifier,
increase in room temperature. Since all refrigerant dehumidifiers exhaust warm, dry air, people sometimes notice a slight increase in room temperature. With the
fan shutting down shortly after the compressor stops, this should help to keep room temperatures closer to the norm.
While other dehumidifiers simply fill the supplied reservoir and shut off, the DDR70A1GP allows for continual usage through porting.
For basements or areas with floor drains, this is a big advantage when gravity is working with you. It allows you to
set the unit up, run the condensate line to a nearby drain and essential let it run with little supervision. I have seen with other models that if
someone forgets to empty them, they can sit, full of water, and mold and other microbes can begin to grow on the tank and in the water. A supplied hose
is about six feet long, but if you need more length, you can cut an old garden hose to fit (the female end of the hose screws directly onto the
threaded drain pipe on the back of the Danby.) The direct drain option, if possible in your situation, is really the way to go.
What I did not like about the Danby DDR70A2GP Dehumidifiers
You may find the manufacturer (Danby) and other retailers touting the square footage of this model. Two things: First, square footage is not
very accurate since it does NOT tell you the volume of air in the room. Second, effectiveness does not always remain consistent with larger areas.
For areas that are 3000 sq. ft. or more, proper dehumidification of the air in that space is difficult without adequate air circulation. Without
adequate circulation, the drying process in large spaces can be slow and uneven. This is particularly true in a home. Walls and doors block or
slow airflow, so while the first floor of your home may total 2000 sq. ft. a room dehumidifier like this will not effectively dry the entire floor. An open
floor plan would help, and proper air circulation would help even more. Based on our experience with this product, 1000 sq. ft. (8000 cu. ft.) is a good
measuring stick. Below that, the Danby DDR70A2GP is outstanding. Beyond that, you may not see the drying results you desire. There is always some grey
area, but if you have specific questions, please contact customer service or submit an FAQ above. And don't worry, nearly all manufacturers who use sq. ft. as
their measurement stretch their numbers a bit.
The Danby DDR70A2GP is an ideal way to reduce humidity in your home and stop mold and mildew growth. The features of the Danby are useful, without fluff, and the
performance is some of the best in the industry. Danby's price and performance are two big reasons why it has been recognized by consumer reporting/testing agencies as
one of the best dehumidifiers for home use. This dehumidifier also provides the flexibility to collect water in the removable condensate reservoir or to directly drain
condensate into a floor, HVAC or other existing drain line to eliminate the need to empty the bucket. If neither of these will work, opt for the basement package to give
yourself the ability to push the water horizontally or vertically with no hassle. With few drawbacks, the Danby 70 pint dehumidifier is truly one of your best options for keeping mold, mildew, insects and
dust mites in-check in your home.