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Frigidaire FFAD7033R1 Review

By: Carl Laron on June 26, 2018

Bottom Line

The 70-Pint Frigidaire FFAD7033R1 dehumidifier is a top choice among both experts and users. Its sleek styling and relatively quiet operation are major pluses for those that need a dehumidifier for a living room, bedroom or other living spaces.

Pros

  • Durable
  • Relatively quiet
  • Attractive styling

Cons

  • Small collection bucket
  • Limited placement flexibility
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Breaking it down

Performance

Top performer. Testing shows that the Frigidaire FFAD7033R1 is just about the best 70 pint dehumidifier you can buy. It's recommended by every expert that's evaluated it -- living up to its promise of removing up to 70 pints of moisture per day. The FFAD7033R1 is Energy Star qualified, which means it does its job without costing too much in terms of electricity.

Ease of use

Careful placement required. The sleek styling of the Frigidaire FFAD7033R1 makes it a better fit in living spaces than many, more industrial-looking dehumidifiers, but does mandate more careful placement for the best performance. The intake is on the rear, rather than the front, and the exhaust through one side. Some experts go so far as to suggest placing the dehumidifier so that the back is facing the room in the case of severe humidity conditions, but for most people, just ensuring that the exhaust and intake have at least a little bit of clearance from the nearest walls should suffice. The bucket is smaller than found on some models, but while that means more frequent emptying, it also means that lugging it to a sink is less arduous. 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. If you want a built in pump, the Frigidaire FFAP7033T1 (Est. $280) has one and is otherwise essentially identical. Experts are of a split opinion regarding this version, as are users, but feedback is better than with most dehumidifiers with a built-in pump.

Noise

Reasonably-quiet. This Frigidaire 70-pint dehumidifier gets generally good feedback regarding noise. Some experts regard it as one of the quietest dehumidifiers you can buy. Others say some dehumidifiers are quieter still, but that the Frigidaire FFAD7033R1 is still very good in that regard. 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 FFAD7033R1. It has a decently long track record (it's been available since 2015) and has amassed thousands of user reviews, mostly positive. Dehumidifier Buyer's Guide says that it's impressed with the both the build quality and the quality of the materials used. 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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