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Frigidaire 70-pint FAD704DWD Dehumidifier Review

It’s No Contest! This is The Best Dehumidifier You Can Buy

UPDATE, December 15th, 2016:

Unfortunately, our favorite Frigidaire dehumidifiers are hard to find lately, they seem to have been removed from Amazon. I’m afraid they’re pulling this model off the market. This means that its successor, the FFAD7033R1 which I reviewed here, has become our number one pick for now.

We’re yet to test the Ivation 70 Pint Dehumidifier though, as well as the Whynter RPD-411WG and the Honeywell 70-Pint Dehumidifier.

The Honeywell has its air intake on the front and is very similar in design to our former favorite, so I’ll work on a review for this one soon. Until then, you can have a look here on Amazon.

The soon to be reviewed Ivation can be found here, and the RPD-411WG here.

I know I have mentioned that it’s impossible to find a dehumidifier which is ideal for everyone, but I wasn’t about to give up. So, I decided to find the next best model, or two to be more precise: The one that was reviewed best among the experts and people who bought it, and the one that’s best-selling. I did some digging in order to find them, and guess what? It turned out these two were the same! The “culprit” is the Frigidaire FAD704DWD Energy Star 70-pint Dehumidifier. You may also come across the Frigidaire FAD504DWD Energy Star 50-pint Dehumidifier which is exactly the same except for the capacity.

Frigidaire FAD704DWD Energy Star Dehumidifier with Automatic Humidistat

Frigidaire FAD704DWD
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Basic Information

With the ability to remove up to 70 pints of water from the air every 24 hours, this dehumidifier falls into the category of “high capacity”. Since it is so powerful, it will solve pretty much any humidity problem you throw at it.

The water tank can store up to 16.3 pints of water, and it has a very handy splash guard that prevents water from spilling out. This unit also moonlights as an air purifier since it comes with a washable air filter capable of capturing large air pollutants such as dust mites, dust, pollen and mold.

Despite its efficiency, the device can still be moved around thanks to caster wheels and the built-in carry handles located on both sides of the unit. It also boasts an Energy Star certification which means better energy efficiency so you pay less for electricity.

Intelligent Humidity Control

It’s often hard to gauge the humidity inside your home which makes it difficult to choose the right level. I say often because that’s not the case here! This dehumidifier has a humidity sensor and built-in humidistat.

All you have to do is dial in the desired relative humidity level and the unit will do everything else. The fan runs at low speed in order for the device to get the most accurate read out. Meanwhile, the compressor will maintain the humidity level and turn itself off in order to conserve energy. The range goes from 35% to 85% (if you’re interested).

FAD704DWD humidity sensor

Two-Way Drainage System

For some reason this particular model doesn’t come with a built-in condensate pump, but you can get one and integrate it into the device. However, you do have two choices included with the price. You can use the water tank to collect fluid, or continuously drain the device by connecting it to a hose.

If you choose to go with the tank option, you don’t have to worry about it overflowing since there is a transparent water line level, as well as an alert system which lets you know when it’s time to empty the reservoir. In addition to that, the dehumidifier will turn it-self off automatically once the tank is full.

Bells and Whistles

I’ve already mentioned the centerpieces of this device, but it is nice to have some toys too and Frigidaire didn’t skimp out. You can manipulate the fan by choosing one of two available speeds in case you need to dry the air fast. There is also a continuous mode which does more of the same, but keeps the compressor on at all times. If you intend to use this dehumidifier in your basement, it’s comforting to know it can operate in temperatures as low as 41F.

The Verdict

If you’re looking for nothing but the best in a dehumidifier, I think you need look no further! This is the ideal dehumidifier for any home, and any situation. Plus, it’s affordable too! In my opinion, the best thing about it is the super accurate humidity sensor along with an onboard humidistat.

The only thing that’s missing is the built-in pump, but that’s probably why it’s cheaper than I expected. I cannot recommend this dehumidifier enough, it is hands down the best model I’ve come across to date. The same can be said for the 50 pint capacity model if that will suit your needs better.

For both the 70 pint and the 50 pint model, visit Amazon where I always find great deals on price.

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