Frigidaire FAD704DWD Review

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Bottom Line

The 70-pint Frigidaire FAD704DWD draws kudos all around as a top portable dehumidifier. It's rated to work at temperatures as low as 41 degrees Fahrenheit -- though performance takes a hit when temperatures go that low. Otherwise, it's ideal for use in most basements and, being portable, can be moved to other rooms as needed. The 16.3-pint collection bucket can be a chore to empty, but this Frigidaire's large capacity means you'll need to do so less often. There's a hose bypass for sending collected moisture down a floor drain, but no pump for sending water up to a sink or out a basement window.

ProsDurable, Quiet, Large collection bucketConsA little louder than some dehumidifiers

Breaking it down

Performance

Slow and steady wins the race. Testing shows that the Frigidaire FAD704DWD performs as advertised, removing up to 70 pints of moisture per day. It's not the fastest worker, however, beaten in tests at DehumidifiersBuyingGuide.com's by other dehumidifiers, including the similar Frigidaire FFAD7033R1 (Est. $270). The FAD704DWD is Energy Star Qualified, which means it does its job without costing too much in terms of electricity.

Ease of use

Big bucket. The 16.3-pint collection bucket on the Frigidaire FAD704DWD is toward the top end of what you'll find in a portable dehumidifier. That means that it's a little heavier to remove and empty than the buckets of some competing models, but you'll need to do it less-often and that's a big plus in the eyes of experts and owners. It lacks an auto defrost mode, but one expert notes that it has frost control features that allow the FAD704DWD to be used in colder rooms (it's rated to operate in rooms as cold as 41 degrees Fahrenheit) -- though that same expert says that performance in a very cold room is only fair. If you want to skip the bucket and use the hose bypass, you'll either need to have floor drains, or spring for an external pump to send water up to a sink or out through a basement window, as there's no built-in pump. There's also no auto restart, so the dehumidifier will need to be manually restarted in the event of a power failure. Experts and owners judge set up and use to be easy, and the manual to be above average when it comes to clarity. If you do plan to move the dehumidifier around, portability is enhanced by having both top and side handles, as well as casters for easy rolling. However, at nearly 50 pounds, it can still be a load to tote around.

Noise

Reasonably-quiet. This Frigidaire 70-pint dehumidifier is louder than some other dehumidifiers, partially because it locates its intake at the front of the unit, and its exhaust on the top. However, that also allows greater placement flexibility -- including right against a wall (something that negatively impacts performance in dehumidifiers with rear intakes, such as the Frigidaire FFAD7033R). Still, noise levels are low enough for one professional testing organization to give the FAD704DWD a Very Good rating on that criteria. While the 70-pint capacity is on the high side of what portable dehumidifiers are capable of, experts note that means that the unit's compressor will cycle on and off less frequently, helping to keep noise levels in check.  

Durability and reliability

Terrific track record. As a category, dehumidifiers sometimes struggle to last much longer than their warranty period, but feedback paints a different story when it comes to the Frigidaire FAD704DWD. It has a long track record (it's been available since 2013) and has amassed thousands of user reviews, mostly positive. Overall build quality also receives a positive assessment from DehumidifierBuyersGuide.com, which notes that the parts that are subject to the most stress and abuse are well made. This Frigidaire model is backed by a one-year warranty for the unit and a five-year warranty on the refrigeration system.

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Our Sources

1. ConsumerReports.org

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ConsumerReports.org tests the Frigidaire FAD704DWD dehumidifier for its performance, noise level, ease-of use and more. Ratings are assigned, as is an overall rating that can be compared to other, similar dehumidifiers that are tested.

2. DehumidifiersBuyersGuide.com

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Though this review is completely anonymous, it's also one of the most comprehensive and complete evaluations of the Frigidaire FAD704DWD that we found. Testing is comparative, extensive and well documented. Important operational and practical highlights and lowlights are pointed out without reservation, and a clear conclusion is reached. However, while the Frigidaire FAD704DWD was formerly named the best 70-pint dehumidifier, it's been since bumped from its perch by the newer Frigidaire FFAD7033R.

3. Amazon.com

Frigidaire FAD704DWD Energy Star 70-pint Dehumidifier, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of July 2016

We found the largest accumulation of user reviews for the Frigidaire FAD704DWD at Amazon.com -- more than 5,550, and all are unique to the site. Satisfaction is good overall, and this portable dehumidifier earns a rating of 4.3 stars.

4. Walmart.com

Frigidaire 70-Pint Dehumidifier, FAD704DWD, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of July 2016

There are more than 3,400 reviews and ratings at Walmart.com, though a good number come from the manufacturer's web site. Be that as it may, feedback is stellar overall, with a 4.5 star rating and recommendations from 92 percent of owners.

5. HomeDepot.com

Frigidaire FAD704DWD Energy Star 70-Pint Dehumidifier, Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of July 2016

Although the numbers again include feedback originally left at the Frigidaire web site, we found around 1,570 user reviews posted at HomeDepot.com. Satisfaction is, again, high, with a 4.5-star rating. Around 91 percent say that they would recommend the FAD704DWD to a friend.

6. BestBuy.com

Frigidaire - 70-Pint Dehumidifier - White, Contributors to BestBuy.com, As of July 2016

BestBuy.com users post more than 290 unique reviews of the Frigidaire FAD704DWD. Satisfaction is again high, with a 4.6-star rating and 96 percent offering it a recommendations. Though not counted in the above totals, the site also provides a separate listing of reviews left at Frigidaire's site.