Danby DDR7009REE 70-Pint
Design - 70%
Features - 81%
Energy Efficiency - 86%
Safety - 83%
Ease of Use - 84%
This product is ideal for both large spaces like offices, warehouses, basements, storage containers or buildings in construction, but it will function just as fine in your home.
In order to pick the right dehumidifier, you first have to determine what your needs are. Think about the space or area you want to place it in, about its size, and the degree of humidity you want to be eliminated. If you have quite serious humidity problems, then you may want to invest in an industrial dehumidifier or something like the Danby DDR7009REE 70-Pint which we will be reviewing today. This is a product specifically designed for large areas, but for very heightened humidity problems as well. Danby is a well-known brand producing quality devices, and this is just one of the models that they offer. If it has piqued your interest, then stick with us as we analyze it in detail; it might just be what you needed to prevent mold and mildew from entering your home and protecting the structure of your house.
It may not look like much, but it is definitely smart on the inside; seeing how it’s made for large areas, and even for functioning unattended for days on end, a spectacular design wasn’t to be expected. It basically looks like any dehumidifier of the type: fitted with a rather large plastic casing, which is made from quality materials. It features electronic controls at the top, and at the bottom of the front side, you find the moisture container, which is easily pulled out and emptied. There is also a small transparent window that allows you to see when the container is almost full and requires emptying. The product weighs about 33 pounds when empty; it is 11.1 inches in depth, 15.3 inches in width, and 23.6 inches in height. It is indeed quite large and heavy, but that’s because it has more intended uses, and is not specifically designed for the home, for rooms like living room and bedrooms, even though it will function extremely well in any situation. Furthermore, it also comes with a hose for gravitational draining, but we will get into details about this later.
First of all, the device can hold a capacity of up to 70 pints in its container, which can be collected in just 24. This means you can even leave it unsupervised for a few days without attaching the drain hose, which is an ideal option for living quarters. However, this large dehumidifier is engineered to dehumidify spaces as large as 3,800 square feet; a really impressive feature, meaning you can use it for any large spaces like warehouses, workshops, buildings in construction, storage containers, basements or garages.
As mentioned above, the control panel is featured on top and it is fitted with easy to use controls; it has a LED display showing temperature and humidity percentage, which means it is fitted with both a thermometer and a humidistat. Moreover, this allows you to control humidity levels with precision, to select the desired percentage of humidity in a room; as such, it can be used for specific jobs, such as reducing levels of humidity in a greenhouse, or to keep it at a good level for a building in construction, helping to dry paint, glue, and other construction features. The control panel also allows you to select between two fan speeds, but choosing the high speed will also increase the noise produced by the device. In any case, it is almost certainly not the kind of unit you’d like to keep in the bedroom during the night; because of its size and capacity, and by default a larger compressor, you can’t really expect it to be quiet as a mouse. It intended purpose is to eliminate moisture, not get you to sleep. Besides, being so capacious, you can easily place it in another corner of the house and leave the doors open; this will allow it to reduce moisture in the entire house.
This Danby humidifier is fitted with a 70-pint container that is easy to pull out and empty, but you should be warned that waiting until the container is completely full may make it a bit difficult to empty because you risk spilling some water if you’re not careful. However, there is the drain hose option, which allows you to attach a hose to the back of the dehumidifier and point it at a floor drain; this is because it functions on gravitational drainage, so it doesn’t actively spew out the moisture. It also has an auto-defrost option, so it will be able to function at lower temperatures as well.
This unit is Energy Star rated, which means it consumes the least possible amount of electricity, to produce a maximum of performance. This is an important feature for large capacity devices like this, which you are likely to leave on for days in a row.
Although quite heavy and bulky, this product is fitted with four resistant caster wheels, so you can transport it with ease from room to room. It has an auto restart feature in case there is a power failure, and remembers the last settings, continuing with the options you programmed. It is easy to use, functional and practical and costs about $200 dollars, an average price for dehumidifiers of this type. The warranty is a bit disappointing, as the manufacturer only offers 2 years for parts and labor.
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