- Built-in pump model offers terrific drainage options
- Low noise output
- Auto defrost with accompanying indicator light
- 2 year warranty
- Below average performance in our moisture removal testing
- Small water tank
- Poorly labeled control panel
- Gravity Drain Hose
- Pump Drain Hose
- Instruction Manual
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Quick Review Summary
We tested the DDR050BJPWDB for this review. However, note that much of the review also applies to the non-built-in pump equivalent – the DDR050BJWDB. The two units are almost identical except for drainage options (built-in pump, included hoses) and a slightly different control panel – to allow for pump control on the built-in pump model.
The DDR050BJPWDB was an average to below average performer in our performance tests. The one exception was noise output testing – in which its measured noise output was less than most other 50 pint dehumidifiers we tested. We delve deeper into its performance in all of our testing and make comparisons to all of the other 50 pint units currently on the market in the full review below.
Performance Test Results
The Danby was measured at 572 watts of power draw during testing. This was right about the average for all of the 50 pint units we tested.
The Danby was a slightly below average performer in our moisture removal tests – meaning it took slightly longer than most other 50 pint units we tested to dehumidify a 50 sq. ft. room from 90% down to 40% relative humidity (RH) in the first test and from 80% down to 50% RH in the second test.
Energy efficiency for any particular appliance is dependent on total power draw AND the time it takes the appliance to perform a particular task.
According to our testing the Danby draws an average amount of power, but it draws that power over a longer period of time to accomplish a specific task (dehumidify our test space). And so, according to our testing, the Danby exhibited below average energy efficiency.
Raw Noise Output
The Danby was one of the “quietest” 50 pint dehumidifiers we tested.
The hOmeLabs HME020031N is the only model currently on the market that was tested to be “quieter” than the Danby.
Note that here we’re talking about raw noise output. We placed a sound meter next to these units and measured decibel levels. The “quieter” units were measured at lower decibel levels – and such was the case for both the hOmeLabs and the Danby units.
Raw noise output is important, but so is the quality of the noise the unit produces. In describing the quality of the noise the Danby produces we have to talk about its side exhaust.
During testing, we found that side exhaust units didn’t cover up compressor noise as well as top exhaust units. Why not? Because the fan noise coming out of the exhaust is more directional in side exhaust units. With a side exhaust unit, if you stand opposite of the direction of the exhaust, the perceived loudness of the fan is low. In top exhaust units the fan noise distributes throughout a room omnidirectionally which results in a perceived fan noise that is louder on such units, no matter where you stand relative to the dehumidifier.
Dehumidifier noise quality depends on the ratio between compressor noise output and fan noise output. The higher the fan noise output compared to the compressor noise output, the less compressor noise is audible. And this is a good thing. Why? Because fan noise is a clean white noise. Compressor noise is a grating buzzing noise that isn’t very pleasant to listen to.
The Danby’s side exhaust gives it the advantage of being one of the “quietest” dehumidifiers we tested. It also gives it the disadvantage of not being able to cover up its compressor noise as well with emitted fan noise. The Danby still earns a slightly above average grade in the category.
Earlier we mentioned our two moisture removal tests – in the first test we measure how long it takes the unit to lower room humidity from 90% down to 40% RH. In the second test, from 80% down to 50% RH.
The Danby was a slightly below average performer in both tests. It took 11 minutes, 33 seconds in the first test (90% to 40%) and 6 minutes flat in the second (80% to 50%).
For comparison, the top rated Frigidaire FFAD5033W1 took 7 minutes, 56 seconds in the first test and 5 minutes, 19 seconds in the second. These were some of the best results we saw in the 50 pint size class.
The hOmeLabs’ performance was closer to average. It took 10 minutes, 3 seconds in the first test and 5 minutes, 33 seconds in the second.
The Danby also exhibited slightly below average hygrometer accuracy. It read room humidity from 3 to 5% over the actual room humidity. For example, it would read 54% when the actual room humidity was 50%.
Top rated units like the hOmeLabs and Frigidaire have more accurate hygrometers – both units read mostly within 2% of the actual room humidity.
Included Features, Functionality, Build Quality, Warranties, and Value
Durability (Build Quality)
The DDR050BJPWDB, overall, features average build quality compared to all of the other 50 pint dehumidifiers we’ve tested.
We do have one specific complaint regarding the unit’s design. There is a plastic “arm” that extends down into the unit’s water tank. This arm is supposed to stay in a horizontal position when you remove the water tank. There’s a latch holding it in this horizontal position (see photo below).
However, during testing, we often found the arm unlatching and moving to a vertical position when removing the water tank (see photo below).
When we tried to replace the tank the arm would prevent the tank from fitting into place. We then had to manually move the arm back into a horizontal position before replacing the tank.
It’s quite possible for you to experience this same scenario when using the Danby on a day to day basis. When this scenario becomes problematic is if you don’t notice the arm hanging in a vertical position and try to force the bucket in. It would be quite possible to break the arm from its attachment, permanently damaging the dehumidifier.
Note that we do not know if the non-built-in pump DDR050BJWDB has this same arm extension.
This unit, like most of the other 50 pint units we tested recently, is relatively new to market. As such, it hasn’t received consumer feedback over a long enough period of time for us to glean any helpful information regarding long term reliability from the same reviews.
Overall Category Score
The Danby earns only an average score in the category – a 3/5.
The Danby allows you to set a desired humidity level in 5% increments. This is the industry standard.
The unit also features an industry standard timer – it can be set in half hour increments up to 10 hours and then 1 hour increments from 11 up to 24 hours.
The unit features two fan speeds although you will almost always keep it on only one – high fan speed – to mask grating compressor noise.
The DDR050BJPWDB features a continuous mode and an auto mode. The former (continuous mode) is quite helpful while the latter is somewhat unnecessary. We’ll explain more in the next section on versatility.
Overall Category Score
The Danby earns a 4.5/5 in the category.
Set Humidity Range
The Danby can be manually set between 35% and 85% RH – on this setting the unit will stay on until the desired humidity level is met. For example, if you were to set it to 40% RH the unit would stay on until room humidity was 40%. If room humidity were to go back up the unit would cycle back on. This is “manual” mode.
The unit’s continuous mode is helpful because the unit will continue to run even past a room humidity of 35% RH on this mode. If you really want to dry out a room you can do it with continuous mode.
The unit’s auto mode is much less helpful. It essentially sets a “desired” humidity level for you. Instead of you having to input a humidity level you’re comfortable with (likely close to 50% RH), the unit will automatically set it to the same approximate range.
Note that most other 50 pint units we tested offer a similar set humidity range (35% to 85%). Nearly all units feature a continuous mode. Many also feature an auto mode.
Operating Temperature Range
The unit’s operating temperature range is 41° F to 90° F. This is just about the same as it is for every other 50 pint compressor based dehumidifier on the market.
Danby built-in pump dehumidifiers have always offered terrific drainage options. The DDR050BJPWDB is no different. It comes with a 2 ft. long gravity drain hose. Most other dehumidifiers don’t come with a hose at all – with such units you have to supply your own garden hose to use gravity drainage. A few other models we tested came with a drain hose but they were all only 1 ft. long. This Danby is the only modern unit we’ve tested that comes with a 2 ft. long hose (on right in photo below – the pump hose is on the left).
Note that the DDR050BJWDB does not come with a gravity drain hose.
The DDR050BJPWDB does feature a built-in pump while the DDR050BJWDB does not.
Overall Category Score
The unit earns a perfect 5/5 in the category, mostly due its excellent drainage options.
This unit does not display temperature. Earlier Danby units like the DDR70A2GP did display room temperature but this functionality has been phased out with newer models like the DDR050BJPWDB. Note that none of the modern units we’ve tested (that includes most popular brands) come equipped with a temperature display either.
This unit features a defrost mode and a defrost indicator light. The light is very helpful as it will alert you when frost builds up and that the dehumidifier is actively working to melt the frost (this involves shutting off the compressor and only running the fan).
This unit does have a check filter light.
Overall Category Score
The Danby earns a 4.5/5 in the category.
Ease of Use
LED Display Clarity
The LED display is clear and easy to read.
The unit does have a bit of a learning curve as there are no text labels for control panel buttons or indicator lights. You’ll likely have to reference the unit’s manual to figure out what certain buttons do and what certain indicator lights are warnings for.
Filter Removal Difficulty
The Danby features a combination filter/back grille. The combo filter/grille is easy to remove and clean.
We have no complaints here.
Water Tank Size
The Danby does have a below average size water tank. Its capacity is only 12.6 pints.
Most other high capacity dehumidifiers we tested have a tank with a capacity of at least 14 pints. Certain top rated units, like the Frigidaire FFAD5033W1, have a tank with a capacity close to 17 pints.
Overall Category Score
A non-user friendly control panel and a below average size water tank gives the Danby a below average 3/5 in the category.
All 50 pint units are heavy (close to 50 lb.) and relatively large appliances (about 2 ft. tall and 1.5 ft. wide). This Danby is no different.
It features two side pocket handles for pick-up and a plastic “buckle” on the back that you can use to wrap the power cord around.
Overall Category Score
The Danby earns a slightly below average 3/5 in the category.
The Danby comes with a 2 year “carry in” warranty. The fact that the warranty lasts for 2 years is definitely a good thing. Most other 50 pint dehumidifiers on the market (including the top rated Frigidaire) only come with a 1 year warranty.
The “carry in” component of the warranty could be less of a positive. Our interpretation here is that you need to take the unit into an authorized service center to have the unit replaced/repaired under warranty. Most other units allow you to simply ship the unit back to the manufacturer and receive a repaired/replaced unit back without the hassle of going to a specific authorized service center.
On the flip side of things, if an authorized service center is in close proximity to you, you may very well have a better experience with Danby than you might with another manufacturer.
Value is about what you get for your money. With the Danby you get mostly average to below average performance (energy efficiency, moisture removal rate, etc.) with an above average warranty. The non-built-in pump version normally retails for right around the same price as most other 50 pint units on the market. All of this makes for an average value compared to the competition. The pump version adds a built-in pump, but usually at an added cost equivalent to simply adding an external condensate pump to a non-built-in pump unit.
Have a question or comment? Let us know below.
My unit is not on the recall list. The unit worked well for about the first 10 months, but now it runs on all of the different settings but will not draw the water from the air. The unit has iced up in the past. It will no longer allow me to set the humidity level either. My final sure sign that the unit is no longer working as it should is that it is blowing cold air. I tried calling and after waiting 2 minutes, was advised to submit a form online. I am currently trying to submit a web submission form online, but after hitting the submit button, it just keeps spinning. Disappointing and frustrating. I highly doubt that I’ll be buying another Danby product.
As David 9ABOVE) indicates, the pump feature is not adequately described in the manual. The manual doesn’t even show the pump outlet, nor adequately describe how to use it. other than that, I find the unit to be very good at doing what it is supposed to do.
The water accumulated in the tank has a red oily substance on plastic bottom and floating in water…..where is that coming from? red indicator? minerals from air? I am cleaning it with vinegar solution…..what to do…… Thank you
I struggled at first with getting the pump feature to work. Puddles on the floor … not sure of the proper position of the pump arm due to the very poor documentation on the pumping feature. So the first key is to be sure the provided hose is fully inserted into the port on the rear of the unit. By the way it can be removed, but you have to pinch the small spring loaded release buttons around the port while pulling on the hose which is a bit challenging. The pump arm has to be in the lowered position to pump before the tank water level is too high and overflows. You have to insert the empty bucket part way into the unit while reaching into the bucket to release the pump arm from its locked position in the holder. Double-check to make sure the arm is lowered before you activate the built-in pump feature. Whenever you remove the bucket, the back edge of the bucket will push the pump arm into its up and locked position. Fortunately, you only have to remove the bucket for cleaning and reinsert the bucket occasionally, perhaps once a month, to prevent mold and mildew from building up in the standing water in the bucket. That is the pump only pumps some of the water out of the bucket. It is a trickle of water and takes about 4 or 5 minutes to complete the cycle. You’ll hear the hum of the pump motor which is noticable but not very loud. I have a Midea 50 pint unit with the same design and it’s working fine. Hope this helps.
If the Danby dehumidifier has a description of a 50 pt unit why does the tank hold only 12.6 pts
50 pt refers to how much moisture it can draw from the air in a 24 hr period, not the holding capacity.
Can i set this up to run 24/7 or so it will turn on directly (when plugged in) looking to put inside a boat to lower humidiry but I’d like it to run either constantly or on a timer(have a manual outlet timer)
You can optionally do continuous operation or set it to a particular humidity level.
I have two units running in my place, since I keep a huge personal library of books, and I’m always concerned about the possibility of mold issues. The first unit I owned is called a Whynter, it came from Costco online and its a workhorse from day one. I did need initially once to speak with customer support and the lady was extremely kind and helpful.
Yes, it can be a little louder, but I have a big place and I’m not usually hearing it. It came with an 18″ hose that attaches to the back and I bought an add’l one and did connect the two. I have it draining out the window, with the hose suspended in a way where it is lower than the drainhole of the unit, but the opposite end is still visible if I stand at the window. For me, I want to see the drip, the rate, the size of the drops, etc. I need that visual affirmation that this thing is pulling water out of my home and my air.
For that reason this new Danby machine is probably going to be returned. It has a bucket, which I don’t want to use, which is odd shaped and looks like it is designed and shaped to spill water all over my home every time I tried to empty it if I did want to use it. Then it has a drain button and a hose, in my case it was a six foot hose they gave me, and from what I am able to understand from the owner’s manual, the hose somehow drains when the bucket is full, and that the bucket needs to be emptied anyhow every week or so, to prevent sitting water and contamination etc.
So one, I still have water in the machine, and two, I can’t see the slow drip that I want to see? While your review seems all ecstatic about the pump feature, I am either not understanding it or it is very silly. Why not just have an option of routing the water directly to the hose as the Whynter unit offered me?
I bought this new Danby machine after work on Friday and opened and started to install it on Saturday. When I called Danby, late Saturday morning, I got a prolonged voice mail system with too many options that in the end said they were closed until Monday? In prime June selling season? With an eight day straight heat wave coming and with unclear directions provided with the unit? That tells me that this company doesn’t think or care about people.
On a speculation level alone I am convinced that the unit will not offer me the slow drip that I can observe, that for me is a deal breaker if I can’t have it. Now, after reading the reviews and hearing that the customer service stinks even on weekdays, I am not even sure if I will even get an answer before packing it up and taking it back to the store. All in all, a big turn off for a sizeable purchase of a small appliance to a senior citizen who lives alone and didn’t want this to be so burdensome. Thanks!
I’ve been using this model for about 9 months. Have maintained and cleaned it as directed. Worked fine at first. Lately, however, it’s been freezing up. The compressor never seems to stop running, leading to freeze-up. Some electronic component has gone bad, for no apparent reason.
Can the Danby Dehumidifier Model DDR050BJWDB be set for a desired humidity?
Yes, it can.
Just bought the dehumidifier. The internal pump doesn’t seem to be pumping much, just a small dribble every few seconds. Certainly not enough pressure to go the 24 inches into the sewer line. So now there is a puddle on the floor. (good thing I have a dehumidifier in the area) I’ve pushed the hose in as far as it can go in the back, zip tied it so it doesn’t fall off and set the pump on the control panel. is there another setting I need to adjust to have it pump correctly?
Using the pump feature is not clear in the manual. The manual doesn’t show the pump connection location like your picture does. Manual says to remove cap of which there is no cap. Once the tubing is in the connection it’s impossible to remove it to adjust the tubing length from the pump end.
Their help line is no active – ridiculous.