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Frigidaire 70-Pint Dehumidifier FAD704DUD

*Est. $250
Reviewed
July 2013
by ConsumerSearch
Frigidaire FAD704DUD

Best dehumidifier

Pros
  • Very effective at water removal
  • Quiet
  • Energy-efficient
Cons
  • No auto defrost
  • Continuous drainage doesn't work well

Bottom line

The Frigidaire 70-Pint Dehumidifier FAD704DUD is ideal for both general home use and in basements, thanks to its effectiveness at lower temperatures. Features such as auto shutoff and continuous drainage make this unit easy to use and practical in different environments. Moreover, this unit can remove up to 8.75 gallons of excess moisture per day.

Performance

Effective even at lower temperatures. This model is the top-rated dehumidifier in one professional comparison test of 17 dehumidifiers, earning excellent scores for water removal and energy efficiency and good scores for humidistat accuracy. It can be used in spaces as large as 1,400 square feet.

Testers at AllergyBuyersClub.com find that the Frigidaire 70-Pint Dehumidifier FAD704DUD works effectively, even at temperatures between 37 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit, making this dehumidifier ideal for use in cooler areas and basements. In testing, this unit removes up to 8.75 gallons of excess moisture per day.

The most common complaint is the location of the humidity control sensor. Some Amazon owners say that because it's located inside the unit, it seems to be affected by the wet coils inside, reducing accuracy.

Ease of use

Drainage issues. With three water removal options and "effortless humidity control," editors of AllergyBuyersClub.com say the Frigidaire 70-Pint Dehumidifier FAD704DUD couldn't be easier to use. A full-tank alert lets you know when it's time to empty the unit. Because it will restart automatically after a power failure, one Amazon reviewer says it can be used in an unoccupied home with little monitoring.

Some owners complain that the drain hose is difficult to use. If the unit isn't set to continuous-operation mode, it's not possible to hook up the drain hose to a sump pump or floor drain. One owner remedied this problem by removing the tank, putting a plug in the drain hole leading to the tank and propping the unit up so water feeds to the drain hose. Other users have similar complaints, saying the drain hose doesn't function well at all. However, a few owners say they contacted Frigidaire and received a free Continuous Drain Kit EA155D that solves the problem.

The Frigidaire FAD704DUD is easily portable, thanks to casters and handles that make moving this unit a breeze. The collection container is also easy to empty, according to editors of AllergyBuyersClub.com.

Noise

Super-quiet. One professional testing organization gives the Frigidaire 70-Pint Dehumidifier FAD704DUD good scores for its noise level. Owners posting reviews to sites such as Amazon.com and Walmart.com agree, frequently citing quiet operation as one of the perks of this unit. Editors at AllergyBuyersClub.com say it's "so quiet while running you may actually think it is not even on."

However, there are some user complaints that the dehumidifier can be loud when the fan is at high speed. One Amazon reviewer says, "The noise is mostly just from the flow of air, which is less annoying that the buzzing or rattling noises some dehumidifiers make."

Cost of ownership

Energy-Star rated. The Frigidaire 70-Pint Dehumidifier FAD704DUD is an Energy Star-rated appliance, meaning it consumes less electricity with normal use than non-rated models. However, as some owners posting reviews to Walmart.com and Amazon.com have noted, this unit must be run in continuous mode to use the automatic drain hose, which will consume more electricity.

This Frigidaire model is backed by a one-year warranty for the unit and a five-year warranty on the refrigeration system. Owners posting feedback to Amazon.com and Walmart.com say the manufacturer is difficult to work with on warranty issues, although the company has offered rebates on repeat purchases.

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Our Sources

1. ConsumerReports.org

ConsumerReports.org editors evaluate 17 dehumidifiers (seven large-capacity and 10 medium-capacity models). Each model is rated for its water removal at various temperatures and humidity levels, humidistat accuracy, energy efficiency and noise level at the highest setting. Overall, five dehumidifiers are recommended.

Review: Dehumidifier Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Updated April 2012

2. AllergyBuyersClub.com

The editors of AllergyBuyersClub.com award the Frigidaire FAD704DUD an overall score of 4 stars out of a possible 5, noting it's ideal for both basement and general home use. The reviewer says it can dehumidify spaces of up to 1,400 square feet effectively and is "so quiet while running you may actually think it is not even on." Testers found that even at temperatures between 37 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit, this dehumidifier still works like a champ, making it suitable for use in cooler basements. A handful of customers give the dehumidifier an average 4.8-star rating.

Review: Frigidaire FAD704DUD 70 Pint Dehumidifiers, Editors of AllergyBuyersClub.com, As of July 2013

3. Amazon.com

We found more than 950 reviews for the Frigidaire FAD704DUD at Amazon.com, with an overall rating of 4 stars out of 5. Although most owners say this dehumidifier is very effective, especially in basements, and quiet, some complain that attaching a garden hose for drainage doesn't work. We also saw a couple of complaints about Frigidaire refusing to provide repairs under warranty.

Review: Frigidaire FAD704DUD 70 Pt. Dehumidifier, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of July 2013

4. Walmart.com

The Frigidaire FAD704DUD receives more than 300 reviews at Walmart.com, with an average rating of 4.5 out of 5. Owners say this dehumidifier is effective, quiet, energy-efficient and easy to maneuver, but some complain that the continuous-drainage option doesn't work. We also read a few complaints that the humidity control is inaccurate.

Review: Frigidaire 70-Pint Dehumidifier, White FAD704DUD, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of July 2013

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