Frigidaire Dehumidifier 70 Pint Review
Your homes humidity levels are more important than you think, and whilst you may not pay attention to them – If they are too low or too high then you will surely notice. Too much moisture and you are increading risks of mold and bateria induced health hazards _ Something that we all need to focus on now more than ever before. Too much humidity can also cause long lasting damage to household items and textiles – Even the construction materials themselves. We tested the Frigidaire 70 pint dehuditer in a very mois area – The basement. Lets see the resulrs.
Performance: Extremely effective
We tested all units at approximately 50% relative humidity for energy usage. While the FAD704DWD tested only average in this category, it wasn’t less energy efficient than the most efficient units by a wide margin. The unit is rated at 745 watts by the manufacturer. At 50% humidity the Frigidaire only drew 632 watts of power compared to 590 watts for the most energy efficient units we tested.
Note that the dehumidifier will draw closer to the manufacturer specified 745 watts of power in higher humidity environments (above 80% RH). At lower humidity, power draw will be less, and the unit should draw power closer to what we measured in our real world test (632 watts).
The bottom line here is that the Frigidaire wasn’t the most energy efficient large capacity dehumidifier we tested. However, the difference between this unit’s power draw and that of the best performing units is marginal at best and this Frigidaire is still a very energy efficient dehumidifier.
Design: Modern and sleek
The design of this dehumidifier is one of the best available on the market. Its simple, minimilistic with a modern and sleek feel – Some may feel that this constitutes it as being boring, but for us, we feel the sturdy consitrction and high gloss finish give it a polished feel and maskes wiping it down a breeze. The design and shape are “big & beefy” measuring 11.6 x 15 x 24.4 inches and weighing 47 pounds.
Setup Process: Simple, but you might break a sweat
The Frigidaire 70-Pint Dehumidifier unboxes easily. Everything is already put together, so it’s ready to go right out of the box. Set up can be as simple as plugging it in (if you’re operating in the manual emptying mode), provided you’ve let the unit stand upright for two hours before starting it up. Aside from the instruction manual, a small drainage adapter is the only separate component in the box, so keep an eye out for it. As a note, if you aren’t accustomed to lifting 50-pound appliances and carrying them downstairs, be sure to ask for help. Even with the handle, we found this wasn’t a one person job.
Regardless of whether you plan on emptying this unit manually or setting it up for continuous drainage, you’ll want to ensure proper airflow, especially by the rear section of the unit. To avoid overheating, place the dehumidifier somewhere it will have at least 12 inches of space on all sides. And, like many appliances, be sure to plug it directly into an outlet. For fire safety, you should never use an extension cord.
One more factor to consider during set up is your home’s temperature. This unit, just like its 30-pint sibling, is designed to operate in temperatures ranging from 41 degrees to 90 degrees, so it’s perfect for a chilly basement. If your space is hotter than 90 degrees, you may want to consider removing humidity from the air by way of an air conditioner.
Set up for Continuous Drainage: It was easy to screw the drainage adapter into the port on the side of the dehumidifier. Then, we just attached a garden hose and ran it to the sump pump. Because the sump pump is at ground level, this set up allows gravity to do the work rather than requiring an extra condensate pump to force the water up and into a sink.
Keeping the exterior of this unit clean is very easy; a quick swipe with damp rag takes care of dust without trouble. For performance maintenance, you’ll need to routinely clean the filter. Because cleaning the filter is only required after 250 hours of use, we’ve yet to experience a filthy filter. We did take the filter out and wash it anyway, though. We found that it snaps in and out of the back of the unit quite easily and is a cinch to scrub clean as it’s made of sturdy (and reusable) antibacterial mesh. The filter should be completely dry before you put it back in the dehumidifier, so either let it air dry or pat it completely dry with a towel.
We adore and appreciate its minimalist feel. No bells, no whistles, just sturdy construction.
The unit will alert you when it’s time for a cleaning. But, unless you’re near your dehumidifier regularly, we recommend setting a reminder to check it every couple of weeks, at least until you’re in the habit.
Noise: Entirely tolerable
The Frigidaire performed really well in all four of our noise output tests. Of the ten 70 pint units we tested, the Frigidaire was the quietest top exhaust fan unit. Three of the ten units we tested had a side exhaust fan while the remaining seven had an exhaust fan at the top of the unit. Those units with side exhaust fans all had lower noise output readings, not because they were the quietest but simply because the exhaust vent was pointing away from where the reading was taken. We get into greater detail regarding this issue here.
In any case, the Frigidaire was generally one of the quietest dehumidifier. It performed well in both the control panel reading which was taken right next to the unit.
Unexpected Perk: Laundry is easier
Our delicate clothing and ‘lay flat to dry’ pieces dried much faster on our basement drying rack than ever before. Prior to running the Frigidaire 70-Pint dehumidifier, our clothes would lay damp on the rack through at least three loads of laundry. Now, by the time we go downstairs to switch out a load, many pieces of clothing are already dry.
Sizing: Picking the right dehumidifier
There are two major factors to consider when selecting the size of your dehumidifier: the size of your room and the average humidity level. Our basement is 800 square feet and very damp. So far, this 70-pint dehumidifier is performing quite well. On the other hand, if your space were only slightly damp, a 70-pint dehumidifier could handle a space larger than 1,500 square feet. In fact, some reviewers noted they were able to dehumidify an entire newly constructed 4,000-square-foot home.
Price: Middle of the pack
When looking at price , you may think it’s expensive. But, when you consider that it can often be found at online retailers for nearly $50 less, the Frigidaire 70-Pint Dehumidifier ends up at a reasonable price point. Another factor to keep in mind—many states participate in rebate programs for Energy Star certified appliances like this one. The rebates and incentives program in our state offers a $50 rebate for this particular unit, so it’s definitely worth looking into. However, even if you can get a rebate, a purchase involving a few hundred dollars is nothing to sneeze at, which is why we highly value Frigidaire’a extended sealed-system warranty.
Competition: With options like these, you can be choosy
hOomelabs 70-Pint Dehumidifier: The hOmelabs 70-Pint Dehumidifier is the stiffest head-to-head competition for the Frigidaire 70-Pint Dehumidifier. It’s got great packaging which allows you to pull the box off of the dehumidifier rather than pull the dehumidifier out of the box, saving your back from unnecessary strain. And, it can be found for under $200 at some brick and mortars.
On the downside, it doesn’t have a retractable handle and the matte, textured plastic doesn’t necessarily feel high-quality. As for maintenance, the models are an even match and they’re both Energy Star rated. However, if you’re in an extreme hurry to dehumidify a space, take note that the hOmelabs dehumidifier needs to stand upright and unboxed for 24 hours before use as opposed to the Frigidaire which only requires two hours upright.
TOSOT 70-Pint with Internal Pump: The TOSOT 70-Pint is a compelling competitor because it isn’t much more expensive, but it includes an internal pump that can direct water up to 15 feet in any direction. This dehumidifier would be a good fit for someone who didn’t have a gravity-fed drainage option and didn’t want to deal with installing an additional condensate pump. Drawbacks to the TOSOT are that it’s hard to keep clean and only comes with a 1-year warranty.
Frigidaire 50-Pint Dehumidifier: If you love the look, feel, and warranty of the Frigidaire 70-Pint Dehumidifier, but simply don’t need that much capacity or are worried that oversizing your dehumidifier may lead to higher temperatures in your basement, you’ve got another option. Consider Frigidaire’s mid-sized version, the Frigidaire 50-Pint with Effortless Humidity. This unit sports an identical design and is essentially the same size and weight but costs roughly $30 less.