Reviewers say the Danby DDR7009REE is effective and efficient at extracting moisture in a large basement or living area. In tests conducted by AchooAllergy.com, it exceeded its stated capacity of 70 pints per day. The digital controls include humidity settings ranging from 35 to 80 percent and a timer for delayed start or stop. It also has a remote control, a feature most dehumidifiers do not include. This Danby dehumidifier is particularly suited to a basement, because it features automatic defrost and will restart after a power outage. If the 14.2-pint water collection container is too small, you can hook up a hose so the water flows to a drain.
The Danby has a long track record of positive owner reviews with few complaints. Owners agree that it is effective and easy to use. Their main quibble is that the fan continues to run even after the compressor turns off, using energy and creating steady background noise. It gets mixed reviews for noise, so if you need a quiet dehumidifier for a living space, reviewers recommend the Frigidaire FAD704DUD (*Est. $250).
The Danby DDR7009REE has been tested by the Good Housekeeping Research Institute and by AchooAllergy.com, an online retailer of allergy products. We also found no shortage of positive owner reviews at Sylvane.com, AchooAllergy.com, AJMadison.com and Amazon.com. Lastly, you can check this Energy Star-certified dehumidifier's efficiency rating at the Environmental Protection Agency's website.
1. Good Housekeeping
Testers at Good Housekeeping Research Institute award the Danby DDR7009REE a grade of B-minus overall. They say it does a great job of removing moisture from the air, and its 14.2-pint tank is easy to empty. However, they note that it is the least energy efficient of the 11 dehumidifiers they tested.
Review: Danby DDR7009REE Dehumidifier, Editors of Good Housekeeping Research Institute
AchooAllergy.com sells several brands of dehumidifiers. Editors who tested the Danby DDR7009REE found that it collected an impressive 44 pints of water over an eight-hour period during the summer, exceeding its stated 70-pint-per-day capacity. The Danby is also the top-rated dehumidifier on this site among owners, with an overall rating of 4.5 stars from 50 users. They say it's effective and quiet, but many dislike the fact that the fan runs continuously.
Review: Danby Premiere 70 Pint Dehumidifier DDR7009REE, Contributors to AchooAllergy.com
This website lists all dehumidifiers that are Energy Star-qualified, which means they meet the standards of energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Danby DDR7009REE has an energy consumption factor of 1.8, which qualifies it for the Energy Star label. This efficiency rating is average for 70-pint dehumidifiers.
Review: Dehumidifiers for Consumers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy, Last updated March 16, 2012
The Danby DDR7009REE receives an overall rating of 4.7 stars from about 150 owners at this retail site. Reviewers say the Danby dehumidifier is effective and easy to set up, but a few complain that it's noisy and dislike the continuously running fan.
Review: Danby DDR7009REE Dehumidifier, Contributors to Sylvane.com
The Danby DDR7009REE receives an average rating of 4 stars out of 5 from roughly 70 owners at Amazon.com. Most say it is effective and easy to use, but a few report experiencing mechanical problems in their first year of ownership.
Review: Danby 70 Pint Dehumidifier - DDR7009REE - Energy Star Compliant, Contributors to Amazon.com
The Danby DDR7009REE is the top-rated humidifier at AJMadison.com. It receives an overall rating of 4.2 stars from about 30 owners who agree it works fast. A few complain that it's noisy, and a few others report mechanical problems or difficulties with drainage.
Review: Danby Premiere Series DDR7009REE, Contributors to AJMadison.com