Experts and owners praise the quiet operation of the 70-pint Frigidaire FAD704TDP and its efficiency at extracting water from the air. Good Housekeeping says it exceeded 70 pints in their testing, and editors praise the roomy 17-pint water collection container. Other standout features are the display of the room's current humidity level and a light that signals it's time to clean the air filter. Frigidaire makes several models of 70-pint dehumidifiers that seem to be nearly identical. The similar Frigidaire LAD704TDL (a Lowes.com exclusive) is included in another expert review that gives it high marks for water removal, humidistat accuracy, efficiency and noise. It seems to lose efficiency in colder temperatures, however. If you need to dehumidify a cooler basement, the Danby DDR7009REE (*Est. $210) may be a better choice since it also has automatic defrost and will restart after a power outage.
Good Housekeeping includes the Frigidaire FAD704TDP in a comprehensive review of numerous dehumidifiers. This particular model of Frigidaire isn't in the lineup at ConsumerReports.org, but editors do rate the similar Frigidaire LAD704TDL, a Lowes.com exclusive. Both models received the Energy Star label after efficiency testing by the EPA. We found hundreds of reviews by owners at Amazon.com and a fewer number at appliance retailer ABT.com.
1. Good Housekeeping
Editors at Good Housekeeping recommend the Frigidaire FAD704TDP and 10 other dehumidifiers with a 50-pint capacity or greater. Testers compare moisture removal and many other factors. It's not clear which models didn't make the cut.
Review: Best Dehumidifiers, Editors of Good Housekeeping
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) measures dehumidifier efficiency in liters of water removed per kilowatt-hour of energy consumed. The Frigidaire FAD704TDP is among the numerous models that received Energy Star certification after efficiency testing.
Review: Dehumidifiers for Consumers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy
ConsumerReports.org editors evaluate the 70-pint Frigidaire LAD704TDL (sold only at Lowes.com), rather than the Frigidaire FAD704TDP, among seven models with a 65- to 70-pint capacity. In addition to water removal performance, it tests humidistat accuracy, energy efficiency, frost control and noise. Three large-capacity dehumidifiers receive a recommendation.
Review: Dehumidifier Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, May 2011
AllergyBuyersClub.com sells a variety of allergy-related products, including dehumidifiers. Editors give the Frigidaire FAD704TDP a 4-star rating, reserving the perfect 5 stars for high-end dehumidifiers that cost more than $1,000. They say this unit is effective for dehumidifying up to a 1,400-suare-foot living area or basement. Only two customers have posted reviews, but both give it a perfect 5-star rating.
Review: Frigidaire FAD704TDP 70 Pint Dehumidifiers, Editors of AllergyBuyersClub.com
The Frigidaire FAD704TDP is the top dehumidifier in owner reviews at Amazon.com. More than 360 owners give it an overall rating of 4.4 stars out of 5. They agree it's relatively quiet and has many convenient features, like a display of the current humidity level in the room. A few owners who are using it in a basement report mechanical problems, which may be due to the condenser icing up.
Review: Untitled, Contributors to Amazon.com
The Frigidaire FAD704TDP is one of the top two dehumidifiers in owner reviews at ABT.com. It receives a solid overall rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 from more than 70 owners. Reviews say it's very effective at removing moisture from the air and has a rather quiet hum while operating.
Review: Frigidaire 70 Pint Capacity White Dehumidifier - FAD704TDP, Contributors to ABT.com