Danby DDR60A3GP

Editor rating

4.5/5 on Oct 4, 2015

User's rating

77 reviews

PROS

  • Large room size
  • Pump system
  • Digital display and timer
  • Frost control
  • Auto restart
  • Remote control

CONS

  • Continuous fan
  • Issues performing well in cold room
  • Poor customer service

VERDICT

If you have a large man cave that is prone to moisture, you will find the Danby DDR60A3GP to be a very handy appliance. Along with performing well at removing moisture in the surrounding air, this unit also offers Frost Control and Auto Restart. It includes a pump system too, which makes water removal easier at a higher height. However, users will have to contend with a continuous fan, noise, and what is potentially a less-than-helpful customer service team.

Features:

  • Tank size: 15 pts
  • Removes 60 pts/day
  • Energy Star Compliant
  • 2 fan speeds
  • Condensate pump
  • Auto restart
  • Frost control
  • Digital readout
  • Timer
  • Castors
  • Includes: Remote control, drain hose, washable air filter, and owner's manual

Large Room Size

The Danby DDR60A3GP dehumidifier has impressive room coverage of 3,600 square feet. It overall does well at removing moisture from a room of this size, as per a high number of online reviewers who attest to this fact. Perhaps the favorable consumer rating is because it is capable of continuous drainage, thanks to its included condensate pump.

Pump System

The unit includes a condensate pump and 16-feet drain hose. This option allows for draining at higher levels, such as a sink or exterior window, which makes it easier to empty the internal water bucket. For busy people, this is a great feature as it saves time and energy!

The drain hose is included with purchase. If you wish to drain the bucket manually instead, you can, of course, use that method instead.

Digital Display and Timer

The electronic controls on the Danby humidifier give it a contemporary appearance and make it a cinch to adjust its features, including the 24-hour Timer. The Timer provides an easy way to program when the appliance turns on and off, so there is no wasted power.

Frost Control

Should frost form on the coils, the DDR60A3GP unit turns itself off. That means the unit won't waste energy by continuing to operate without dehumidifying. The feature will also help keep your next power bill in check.

Auto Restart

If you live in an area that is highly susceptible to power outages, you will appreciate Auto Restart. It starts the Danby unit back up after power is restored in your home, without you having to remember to turn it back on manually. Plus, it will restart at the same settings it was at before the outage. Smart!

Remote Control

Of the five dehumidifiers we reviewed here, the DDR60A3GP 60-pint model is the only one with a remote control. The remote is handy for users who have mobility problems.

Speaking of mobility, the unit has castors so that you can easily move it from room to room. Humidity be gone!

Now for the pitfalls of the Danby DDR60A3GP:

Continuous Fan

Even when the compressor has turned off, the fan stays on. The only time that the fan will shut itself off is when the internal bucket is full. The continuously running fan means, you guessed it, a noisy unit. If you plan to be in the same room as the unit, the noise level (maximum level is 55dB) may be an issue for you.

Issues Performing Well in Cold Room

Testing has shown that the appliance struggles to perform at its best in cold rooms. On a positive note, the dehumidifier has a low-temperature feature that enables the unit to continue working until it reaches 41 degrees Fahrenheit.

Poor Customer Service

Several reviewers online, at multiple sites, express displeasure with Danby's customer service team. Some people explain they were unable to reach a service representative while others say they reached poorly trained personnel who did not understand the units' issues or offered no assistance.