Rated 3.9 out of 5Â by 15
Rated 4 out of 5Â by jgindiana this product does bring down the level of humidity in my basement, however.....
The unit initially worked fantastic. I had initial moisture levels reading 78% humidity coming from my own Hygrometer. When I started the Danby, the unit started sucking out the moisture. The units hygrometer eventually got down to a reading of 47% but when I looked at my standalone meter, it was reading 68%. After a month or so of use the unit started cycling it's defrost mode even though the temperature on the unit reads 69 degrees. After the defrost cycles started, the unit now only goes down to 54% humidity and is holding at this level. My standalone meter is reading 71%. Upstairs is reading 58-60% humidity. I switched my standalone meters and got identical reading as mentioned before.
July 17, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Jammeroni So far so good...
Bought this Danby Arctic Aire 70 Pint Dehumidifier about a month ago, and so far so good. Had to buy it to replace a (well known) competitor's unit that only lasted a little over 2 years. That unit seemed to do a great job until the coil in front started freezing up and getting covered in ice. Once that happened it stopped DEHUMIDIFYING! I paid a decent amount for it, so I was super bummed when it stopped working.
Bought this unit after reading good reviews for Danby dehumidifiers. I use this unit (as I did my last unit) on the keep-it-at-X-percent-humidity setting (sorry, don't know the official term for that setting). Seems to do a good job pulling the moisture out of the air so far and gets it to the level I set it to (usually 45 or 50%) even on the Low setting. (I just hope it lasts years and years.)
A few things to point out...
(1) The drain hose that is included with the unit is fairly short (3-6 feet, I'd say) and cheap. You'll definitely want to use the drain hose option over the constantly-emptying-the-bucket option and, with that being said, you'll want to buy a nicer (longer and better quality) drain hose (around $10-$15). (2) The fan on this unit runs 24/7 when the unit is turned on. But that's not to say that the unit is always dehumidifying and sucking moisture from the air...in the current setting I have it on (see above for that) the fan is ALWAYS going and then the dehumidifying mechanism only clicks on when necessary to keep it below my set humidity level. Again, just to be clear, the fan runs (and therefore the unit sounds like it's ON...ALWAYS - 24/7) The only way to make the fan stop is to hit the unit's Power button to turn the unit off. That may sound like an obvious and stupid statement to some, but the fan on my last unit only ran while the unit was actually dehumidifying and periodically when it would check the humidity level. I haven't calculated the energy costs, but I'm sure this unit is costing me more to run than my last unit. But whatever. (3) This unit is fairly loud. It has two fan settings...Low and High. Both have some noise to them. I run this unit in my basement, so the noise isn't a big issue for me. But since I started using the unit I sometimes notice a bit of a "buzz" in my house...and that buzz is the DEHUMIDIFIER!..and I keep it on Low! But, again, NOT a MAJOR issue for me. But sometimes when I'm on my main floor and the house is quiet I hear the buzz (or maybe you could call it a "hum"...???) and I think "Jollaweez! That thing's kinda loud down there!" And then I move on. (4) Did I mention the fan stays on 24/7 when the unit is in the ON position? Well, it's worth mentioning if I didn't.
I think that's all I've got to say. A better review, as far as I'm concerned, would be to ask me how the unit's doing in 5 or so years. I'm hoping it's still humming along and sucking that humidity out of the air. Then I'd consider giving it a 4.5 or higher. I just don't want to shell out two hundred and fifty plus bones every few years on a new dehumidifier. That's all.
July 15, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Gringa Would definitely reccomend.
I am very happy with this product so far. Yes, a bit noisy but works wonders. My house smells fresh and clean. Just turn it on while I'm not home and it seems to be enough.
January 28, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Dan63 Works as Advertised
I'm using this in a basement which is roughly 2900 sq. ft. In the past, I've had to operate 2 de-humidifiers to try to keep the basement humidity around 55%. I've tried several different vendors over the years only to find that they had trouble keeping the humidity down and would stop working after 2 to 3 years. I've had this de-humidifier in operation for 17 days and what a huge difference. I only have this one and it took the humidity down to my setting of 55% in 2 days while raising the temperature about 2%. What a great difference! I'm very impressed with the results. Hopefully, it will last beyond the 2-year warranty.
I was led to believe that it would be noisy, but I run it on high during the day and on low overnight and I have to open the basement door to determine if it is running. I'm very pleased so far.
July 17, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5Â by Steve300 Almost works
Frustrating product in that the dehumidfier works well. the problem is the external drain does not work so if you put one of these in your basement you'd have to carry the bucket upstairs a few times a day to empty it. I purchase two and both had the same problem; they'd drain water to the external drain for awhile but at random intervals the water would go into the bucket. Danby acknowledged the problem with a statement that there is a drain sensor that sometimes shuts the external drain. As a design defect I don't see how to work around this problem. Home Depot was very good in making both easy to return but it was a lot of work to carry them up and down and up the basement stairs.
July 20, 2014