If you have spent any time researching home dehumidifiers within the last few years, you are bound to have come across the brand Frigidaire. A common household name, Frigidaire manufacture just about every home appliance available and have an outstanding reputation for quality and value for money.
The Frigidaire FFAD7033R1 (70 pint model) is their most popular dehumidifier, with the company having sold thousands of units over the last few years it has been on the market. Does this dehumidifier live up to the hype and deliver satisfactory performance for your average homeowner? Stick around and we’ll give you our verdict.
As we regularly mention, 70 pint dehumidifiers are often the best choice for most homeowners due to their superior cost, performance and efficiency ratio. The FFAD7033R1 is no exception and is one of the most powerful portable dehumidifiers you can buy for your home, office or any other indoor space.
The 70 pint capacity rating allows this model to extract up to 70 pints of moisture from the atmosphere over a 24 hour period, making short work of the damp, humid air within your home. Whether you live in a large home or a small home, this dehumidifier will rid you of your moisture problems quickly and quietly.
Unlike most other dehumidifiers, Frigidaire haven’t given a name for the technology they utilize to ensure their models are as quiet as possible in use. Which is funny, because this dehumidifier is actually the quietest available within this size category.
The loudest noise output we could produce from this model on its highest fan speed was just over 60 decibels at close range. To put that into context, the average car interior at 70 mph is around 70 decibels, almost three times louder.
At a more realistic distance from the unit, we recorded a sound output of just over 50 decibels which is less than the volume of your average conversation. If we were going to label any dehumidifier as ‘whisper quiet’, it would be this one.
No modern dehumidifier would be complete without a built-in humidity display. The purpose is to provide you with real-time information relating to the humidity of the room or area in which the dehumidifier is placed.
Using the control panel, simply set the target humidity to the desired level and this model will automatically dehumidify the surrounding air until that level is reached.
This dehumidifier is capable of being programmed to reach a humidity level of anywhere between 35% and 85% which is more than enough for most uses and provides a great deal of flexibility.
For reference, mold and mildew in addition to airborne allergens grow and spread much easier as soon as the atmosphere reaches 60% relative humidity. In our experience, most homeowners will be happy with a setting of around 45% humidity as this provides for a comfortable indoor environment.
The operating temperature range for this model is specified at between 41 - 90 degrees Fahrenheit which is about average for this size category.
We wouldn’t recommend operating your dehumidifier below this temperature range for prolonged periods of time, but you do have a little more flexibility at the upper end.
Included as part of this model is a water reservoir with a capacity of 13 pints or 1.625 gallons of water. In practice, this means that you will be required to empty the reservoir up to every 4 hours, dependant on the humidity level of the area you are dehumidifying.
During our test procedure, we were not required to empty the water tank any more frequently than once a day whilst it was being used in an average sized open lounge with a medium level (55%) of relative humidity.
Accessing the water reservoir is simple enough, simply pull it out and discard the collected water before reinserting.
As you would expect, you are provided with the option of utilizing the auto drain function which requires the use of a suitable length of hose. If you would rather not have to empty the water tank whenever it is full, simply insert your hose into the marked location so that water will drain away to your location of choice, whether a floor drain, sink or out of the nearest window.
This model is not supplied with a hose so one will need to be bought separately. Standard garden hose will be sufficient.
As with any good dehumidifier, a built-in air filter is included which is designed to filter air as it passes through the device. The filter is located to the rear of the device and can easily be removed for replacement or cleaning.
You are also provided with a filter alert indicator which will notify you when the filter requires cleaning. This will vary depending on how often you run your dehumidifier, but we would clean it once every month or so.
Safety is important when leaving any electrical device running unattended. For this reason, most dehumidifiers come fitted with an automatic shutoff feature if a fault is detected.
In addition, this model has the capability of restarting itself and resuming operation in the event of a power outage which is very useful if you plan to use it within a basement or attic.
The Energy Star certification has been achieved with this model which essentially denotes that it meets a certain standard of efficiency.
In real terms, the FFAD7033R1 has a specified maximum power draw of 745 watts. We find that a power consumption figure of around 630 watts is more typical whilst in use under normal conditions.Compared to other dehumidifiers within this size category, these power consumption figures are about average. Whilst not the most power efficient model available, the FFAD7033R1 makes up for it with its superior performance.
The FFAD7033R1 doesn’t have any notable features that aren’t available elsewhere. But what is far more important is just how well this dehumidifier stacks up in real world use. Here are the advantages and disadvantages to give you an idea.
It isn’t the cheapest dehumidifier available, but it is most definitely one of the best. So much so that we've included it in our best dehumidifier of 2019 round up.
The FFAD7033R1 is powerful, quiet, efficient, well built and reliable, providing you with the only dehumidifier you will ever need for your home.
You will notice that there is also a 30 and 50 pint variant of this model which are essentially the same apart from their reduced water removal capacities. We recommend the 70 pint model for all but the smallest of rooms.
We’re confident that you will love the FFAD7033R1 as much as we do and have no hesitation in recommending this dehumidifier.