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Frigidaire FAD704DWD Review

By: Carl Laron on July 20, 2017

Bottom Line

The 70-pint Frigidaire FAD704DWD draws kudos all around as a top portable dehumidifier. 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 it's larger than typical size means you'll need to do so less often.

Pros

  • Durable
  • Large collection bucket
  • Flexible placement

Cons

  • A little louder than some dehumidifiers
Our Analysis
Specs

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 DehumidifierBuyersGuide.com by other dehumidifiers, including the similar Frigidaire FFAD7033R. 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. 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. 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 or in a corner (something that negatively impacts performance in dehumidifiers with rear intakes and side exhausts, 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. The 70-pint capacity is on the high side of what portable dehumidifiers are capable of, and as a result, 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. Early versions of this model were caught up in a massive recall that effected many dehumidifiers made between 2003 and 2013 (3.4 million in total in the U.S., and across multiple brands), but the current version is not effected. Overall build quality 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.

Our Sources

Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

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.

Mary H.J. Farrell, May 8, 2017

If you don't have a ConsumerReports.org subscription, this free article summarizes their findings and provides some general guidance. The top dehumidifiers in three capacity categories are named, including the Frigidaire FAD704DWD, which is named the best large capacity model.

Editors of DehumidifiersBuyingGuide.com, Not Dated

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.

Contributors to Amazon.com, As of July 2017

We found the largest accumulation of user reviews for the Frigidaire FAD704DWD at Amazon.com -- nearly 6,000, and all are unique to the site. Satisfaction is good overall, though feedback is comingled with that of two smaller dehumidifiers (for a total of more than 11,100 reviews in all). As a series, these Frigidaire dehumidifiers earn a rating of 4.1 stars.

Contributors to Walmart.com, As of July 2017

There are more than 4,400 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.

Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of July 2017

Although the numbers again include feedback originally left at the Frigidaire web site, we found more than 2,700 user reviews posted at HomeDepot.com. Satisfaction is, again, high, with a 4.5-star rating. Around 92 percent say that they would recommend the FAD704DWD to a friend.

Contributors to BestBuy.com, As of July 2017

BestBuy.com users post roughly 370 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.

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