Danby DDR70BDWDB 70 Pint Dehumidifier
The all new Danby Premiere 70-pint dehumidifier DDR70BDWDB for traditional Danby reliability. This Energy Star-rated Danby Premiere dehumidifier is designed to control humidity in large basements and spaces up to 4,500 square feet. For your convenience, the Danby 70-pint allows you to drain collected condensate out of the dehumidifier in 2 ways - by manual draining or by gravity draining. The integrated reservoir bucket traps condensate which can be removed manually by emptying it into a sink or another location. You will be alerted when the reservoir is full and the indicator light will illuminate on the control panel. The second drainage option is to allow gravity to carry it to a nearby floor drain or other location by attaching a drain hose (not included) or standard garden hose to the adapter or drain port. This method is ideal for those that wish to leave their dehumidifier running unattended.
As always, Danby Premier dehumidifiers comes equipped with an array of digital features like auto-restart (after power outages), auto defrost, a built-in humidistat, and real time humidity readings on an easy-to-read LCD display. As Energy Star certified dehumidifiers, these Danby 70-pint room dehumidifiers use minimal power while delivering maximum moisture removing ability. With two speeds, a powerful fan, robust coverage area, and now quieter operation there's no wonder why the Danby Premiere 70-pint dehumidifier is consistently ranked a top pick by leading consumer products testing agencies. Make your air conditioner more efficient and keep your home comfortable while driving out mold and dust mites with a Danby 70-pint dehumidifier.
- The Danby DDR70BDWDB features either manual drainage or gravity drainage.
- Effectively dehumidifies the air in large basements or spaces up to 4500 sq. ft.
- Energy Star rated for inexpensive operating costs.
- Programmable, Digital Controls with LED display.
- Digital Humidistat built-in to provide immediate and accurate humidity readings in the room.
- New, sleeker design
- Auto Restart after power outages.
- Auto De-Icer with defrost indicator, means less down time and more time drying your home.
- Operates effectively in temperatures as low as 41° F.
- Direct Drain option most standard garden hoses readily attach to the rear drain port.
- Quieter operation - only 50 dBA.
- 1-24 Hour Timer, set by half hour increments for the first ten hours and one hour increments through the last fourteen.
- Timer can be set to Auto-Start or Auto-Stop
- 2 fan speeds High & Low.
- Air filter cleaning indicator
- Air filter to keep the motor and coils free of large debris and particles.
- Casters and integrated handles for easy movement from room to room.
- 2 Year Warranty parts and labor coverage.
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Danby Premiere 70 Pint Dehumidifier DDR70BDWDB & DDR70B3PW Dehumidifiers
While the reputation of the Danby Premiere dehumidifier continues to roll along, it has been a few years since the series was given more than a facelift. For this summer dehumidifier season, the Premiere line not only sports a new look but a few noticeable changes and one big upgrade. Over the last two weeks, I've been operating both 70 pint models, the DDR70BDWDB and the DDR70BDWDB, and comparing these models to not only each other but also the past two seasons iterations. Here is how each performed, and why these Danby 70 pint dehumidifiers might just be the best Premiere models yet.
What I liked about the Danby v Dehumidifiers
Let's start with the differences between these two models. The easiest way to differentiate them is this. If it has TWO P's in the model number, it has an internal condensate pump, and THAT is only substantial difference between the DDR70B3PWP and DDR70BDWDB. What does that mean for you?
When using a Danby dehumidifier in your home, there are a couple options in terms of disposing of the water extracted. First, you can rely on the bucket. Both models provide this option. However, if you're away from home for long periods of the day, the tank may fill completely, at which point the unit stops running and humidity levels may rise. Plus, there's the hassle of lugging a heavy bucket of water to a nearby sink or bathroom for disposal. The upside is it can be good exercise but you can also use the water to water houseplants. The second option is a direct drain. There's a small black knob on the back of both machines. Unscrew this and what you have is a threaded, male end of a fitting. Most common garden hoses can readily attach to this fitting (anything with a 5/16" ID female end). This is handy, particularly for use in basements where a floor drain is often accessible. This method eliminates the need to empty a water bucket. (Downside - no drain hose is supplied for the direct drain option on either model.)
With the Danby DDR70B3PWP dehumidifier, you have the additional option of using the internal condensate pump. A hose (about 16') is supplied with this model and attaches to a quick coupling in the lower/right on the back of the dehumidifier. Push it in all the way, then press the first button on the left on the control panel. What you now have is the ability to actually push water. You don't have to rely on gravity and a nearby floor drain, which frees you to place the Danby in more locations without having to worry about emptying the water bucket. Overall, this model provides additional versatility, usability, and convenience. This is the first time Danby has included this feature in a Premiere dehumidifier.
In terms of moisture removal, both 70 pint models represent that sweet spot that covers the majority of homes. The capacity is high enough to cover large spaces in homes with open floor plans or wide open basements. Seventy pints per day is what the units are rated to remove under AHAM conditions (60% relative humidity @ 80° F) but in situations where the humidity and/or temperature is higher, both can, and will, surpass that amount. This is also why setting up your Danby for direct drain or to use a condensate pump is key in very warm or high humidity areas.
Overall, Danby was able to reduce the noise level some. Not a great deal but a few decibels always helps. The main noise the dehumidifier generates is the fan, and to get the type of coverage that Danby has (1200 square feet in most circumstances), it's difficult to reduce the noise and still be able to properly circulate air in such a large space.
The control panel has changed some this year. In the past, you would see two sets of numbers with one of them often being the indoor temperature. This feature was scrapped, and the LCD panel shrank. The default of the display is current relative humidity but with a push of a button you can see your humidity set point. While the LCD portion shrank, the controls and interface expanded. Now you have an indicator that lets you know when to clean (vacuum) the air filter. There is also a new "comfort" feature. Pressing this button will automatically adjust the relative humidity to what is comfortable for the temperature in the room. For the pump model, there is another button that activates the pump. If you hook up the hose to use the internal condensate pump but fail to press this button, the pump will not remove the condensate.
In addition to these controls, you also have two fan speeds, a continuous operation feature, and both a start-up and shut-down timer, all at your fingertips. It's worth noting that with the timer, you can now set it for half hours when setting a start-up or shut-down time of 10 hours or less. When setting the start-up/shut-down time for 11-24 hours, the intervals revert back to every hour.
Like last seasons model, both of these dehumidifiers only run when they are actually removing moisture from the air. This cuts down on energy usage, noise, and excess heat. Speaking of energy usage, both Danby Premiere 70 pint dehumidifiers are Energy Star rated, so the overall cost to operate is one of the best you'll find amongst home dehumidifiers.
I saved this for last, but it's likely the very first thing anyone will notice. The Premiere dehumidifiers have been completely redesigned. Not only do they have a soft white, very slick, modern look to them, but the plastic is not as rigid as with past models. This makes it more impervious to dents and dings but also reduces the chances of rattles or noise developing with a lot of use. In all, the look is much more appealing, and the clean white look is a step up over the grey tones of past models.
What I did not like about the Danby DDR70B3PWP Dehumidifiers
There are two things I wanted to note about this model, and both of these apply to most other room dehumidifiers as well. First is the coverage area stated on the Danby 70 pint is a reach. I simply doesn't have a strong enough fan, unless there is something else in a space of 4000 sq. ft. moving the air, to properly circulate the air for dehumidification. As we have in the past, take the manufacturer stated coverage area with a grain of salt. Perhaps under ideal conditions, 4000 sq. ft. is in the realm of possibility, but in reality, 1200 is about as far as you want to stretch either model. Most of your dehumidifier manufacturers do this to some extent.
Last thing is with heat. Any refrigerant style dehumidifier produces some heat and the Danby 70 pint is no exception. The warm exhaust is actually vented through the site of this model with the intake in the rear, but using this (as with any similar dehumidifier) in a small space is going to add a few degrees to the temperature. In larger rooms, you'll not often notice it, and while it does add a small amount of heat, by removing moisture it actually allows your air conditioner to operate more efficiently. The less moisture in the air, the cooler the air will feel.
Overall, the addition of the internal condensate pump and redesigned look and style of the Danby Premiere 70 pint dehumidifier likely make it the best model they've produced, to date. The features and performance that have made it a best buy in home dehumidifiers for over five years are still there. But these additional features, as well as a few tweaks and upgrades to the controls, make this year's models an excellent choice for lowering humidity quietly, efficiently, and with more ease than ever before.
At this time, the model WITH the pump is out of stock. That model included a hose that measured about 16' for use with the condensate pump. It attached to the very bottom right on the back of the unit.
The model that is in stock lacks the condensate pump, leaving you to either use the bucket to collect condensate or to attach a separate hose to the back on the model (the female end of standard garden hose fits). This is for gravity draining, whereby gravity allows for the water to drain away through a hose you supply, to a nearby floor drain. Unlike in the past, models that rely only on a gravity drain or the bucket to remove the collected condensate do NOT include a hose.
Hope that helps clear things up.
Danby DDR70BDWDB 70 Pint Dehumidifier Specifications
|Recommended for:||Those who want a popular, reliable home dehumidifier|
|Coverage Area:||Mfr. Suggested Room Size - 4500 sq. ft., Avg. Room Size - 1200 sq. ft.|
|Moisture Removal Capacity:||70 PPD (AHAM)|
|Tank Capacity:||12.7 Pints (1.59 Gal)|
|Full Tank Indicator:||Yes (Indicator & Audible Alert)|
|Integrated Condensate Pump:||No|
|Direct Drain Option:||Yes (No Hose Included)|
|Control Type:||Programmable, Digital Push Button - LED Displays Current Relative Humidity|
|Timer:||Yes (Auto-Start or Auto-Stop from 1 - 24 hours)|
|CFM (Low/High):||177 / 197|
|Effective Humidity Range:||35-85% rH|
|Operating Temperature Range:
||41° - 95° F|
|Removable Air Filter:||Yes (w/ Cleaning Reminder)|
|Refrigerant Type:||R410A - Non Ozone Depleting|
|Dimensions:||16 1/8" W x 11 13/16" D x 24 1/4" H|
|Shipping Weight:||50 lbs.|
|Power Supply:||8.9 amps (max), 115V, 60 Hz|
|Warranty:||2 Year Parts & Labor|
|Certifications:||UL, CSA, Energy Star|
Danby DDR70BDWDB 70 Pint Dehumidifier Additional Resources
Danby Premiere 70 Pint Dehumidifier DDR70B3PWP User Manual
Danby Premiere 70 Pint Dehumidifier DDR70BDWDB User Manual
Dehumidifier Buying Guide
Danby Dehumidifier FAQs
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