Frigidaire FFAD7033R1 Review

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Pros

  • Removes moisture more quickly than most other 70 pint dehumidifiers we tested
  • Well above average energy efficiency due to its high moisture removal rate
  • Above average performance in our noise output tests – very quiet for its size class
  • Very low percentage of negative consumer reviews in addition to our own observations about its superior build quality indicate that it’s more durable and reliable than most other 70 pint dehumidifiers on the market

Cons

  • A slightly below average sized water tank for its size class

Included With Your Purchase

  • Dehumidifier
  • Gravity Drainage Adapter
  • Instruction Manual
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Quick Review Summary

The Frigidaire FFAD7033R1 70 Pint Dehumidifier with Effortless Humidity Control (White) is quite simply the best 70 pint dehumidifier we’ve tested and reviewed thus far, for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, it does best what a dehumidifier is designed to do – it removes moisture quickly and, just as importantly, it does so efficiently. Of the sixteen 70 pint dehumidifiers we’ve tested, it removed moisture more quickly than fourteen others in our first moisture removal test, and all other 70 pint dehumidifiers in our second moisture removal test. It’s also very quiet, highly durable, notably adjustable, and surprisingly versatile. For a detailed description of its performance in each one of our four hands on performance tests, in addition to a thorough analysis of its features and functionality and how it compares to the other 70 pint dehumidifiers we tested – in other words, for detailed analysis – see our full review below. For a more complete summary of how this Frigidaire dehumidifier’s performance and features make it our #1 recommendation in the 70 pint dehumidifier category for 2017, see our final thoughts at the end of this review.

Some Notes Before We Start The Review

The FFAD7033R1 is only the latest 70 pint dehumidifier to be released by Frigidaire. Today, you can still very easily purchase the previous model, the FAD704DWD, online. We want to note here that because both units are still readily available for sale and more importantly, because we rated the FAD704DWD as one of the best dehumidifiers in 2014, we’ll be comparing the FFAD7033R1 to the dehumidifier it’s replacing (the FAD704DWD) throughout this review. Is the FFAD7033R1 a better option than the FAD704DWD? Are these two dehumidifiers essentially the same or does each offer unique features and functionality? Do we still recommend the FAD704DWD as the best dehumidifier for the most situations or does its replacement, the FFAD7033R1, now take the crown as the king of dehumidifiers? We’ll be answering these questions and more as we cover each dehumidifier’s features and functionality below. Rest assured, we’ll also be comparing the FFAD7033R1 to the other fifteen 70 pint dehumidifiers we’ve tested thus far throughout this review but we wanted to make it clear before get started that the fact that we’ll be comparing these two dehumidifiers, specifically, is not without good reason.

We also want to make an additional note about the FFAD7033R1′s “newness”. The truth is that it’s quite common for dehumidifier manufacturers to release new “updated” models almost on a yearly basis. Thus, it came as no surprise to us when Frigidaire decided to release the FFAD7033R1 about two years after they released the FAD704DWD. The FAD704DWD was itself the successor to Frigidaire’s previous 70 pint offering, the FAD704DUD. We’ve had a new Frigidaire 70 pint dehumidifier model about every two years at least for the last six years. In order, in the last six years, we’ve seen the release of the FAD704DUD, the FAD704DWD, and now the FFAD7033R1 which was most recently released in 2015. Each new iteration has seen a variety of different modifications and with most of these modifications have been improvements rather than downgrades. We were eager to get our hands on the FFAD7033R1 to see how it would measure up to its previous iteration not only as far as features and functionality are concerned, but also in terms of its performance in our four hands on performance tests. That being said, let’s get started with our review.

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Performance Test Results

Energy Efficiency

The FFAD7033R1 is an energy star rated dehumidifier with a manufacturer specified maximum power draw of 745 watts. The previous model, the FAD704DWD, has the exact same manufacturer specified maximum power draw of 745 watts. To better compare the power draw of these two units and also to better compare the power draw of all of the 70 pint dehumidifiers we tested, we conducted our own in house energy efficiency test. We set the test environment to approximately 50% relative humidity for each test and measured the power draw for each dehumidifier we tested under these conditions. What would our own tests show? Not surprisingly, both Frigidaire units also drew exactly the same amount of power in our in house energy efficiency test. The measured power draw for each unit was 632 watts at 50% relative humidity.

Compared to other 70 pint dehumidifiers we tested, this measured power draw of 632 watts is slightly above average, as ten out of the sixteen 70 pint units we tested had a measured power draw of 620 watts or less. Five units had a measured power draw of only 590 watts and the most energy efficient 70 pint dehumidifier we tested, the RCA RDH705, was measured to draw only 571 watts of power.

Power Draw Vs Moisture Removal Rate In Determining Energy Efficiency

You might be inclined to think that because the FFAD7033R1′s measured power draw was higher than average, that it is also less energy efficient than average. This, however, is simply not the case. As we discuss at the bottom of the page here energy efficiency is directly related to moisture removal rate (time). As you’ll see in our discussion of this unit’s moisture removal rate below, the FFAD7033R1 removed moisture much faster than most other 70 pint dehumidifiers we tested. Because it can dehumidify the same humid environment in less time, it is actually more “energy efficient” than any particular dehumidifier that is rated to draw less power but takes more time to dehumidify the same environment. That is to say that in any situation in which the dehumidifier is going to be running for an extended period of time, moisture removal rate will actually play a larger part in energy efficiency than base power draw. For this reason, we evaluated the Frigidaire’s moisture removal rate in addition to its power draw in assessing its energy efficiency compared to other 70 pint dehumidifiers we tested..

Manufacturer Specified Power Draw Vs Real World Power Draw

You might be confused as to why our in house testing resulted in a measured power draw that was considerably less than the manufacturer specified maximum power draw for all of the dehumidifiers we tested. The answer is rather simple. As humidity increases, so does power draw. In the simplest terms, the dehumidifier’s compressor has to “work harder” to dehumidify a very humid environment compared to a less humid environment. Our test environment wasn’t very humid, thus our testing resulted in lower numbers for measured power draw. Manufacturer specified power draw is more indicative of how much power the dehumidifier will draw at maximum capacity when dehumidifying an environment that is at maximum humidity (100% relative humidity).

Energy Efficiency Conclusion

So, in evaluating the Frigidaire’s energy efficiency, you want to compare our test results in addition to the manufacturer specified power draw in order to determine how its power draw compares to that of other dehumidifiers in its class. The environment you’ll be dehumidifying isn’t always going to be at maximum humidity levels. It may be at 80% or even 60% relative humidity for much of the time you’re dehumidifying, in which case you’ll want to prioritize our test results. Maybe you have a very severe humidity problem in which the environment is perpetually near 100% relative humidity, in which case you’ll want to prioritize manufacturer specified power draw.

Again, the FFAD7033R1 was measured to draw 632 watts of power at 50% RH and should draw as much as 745 watts of power at 100% RH. Data for the FAD704DWD is exactly the same.

While the measured power draw of 632 watts is higher than average for the size class (the average is 615 watts), the unit’s specified power draw of 745 watts is right around the average (the average is 744 watts). Additionally, and more importantly, the FFAD7033R1 has a well above average moisture removal rate. The FAD704DWD does not. Thus, despite the fact that both the FFAD7033R1 and the FAD704DWD have exactly the same measured power draw and manufactured power draw, the FFAD7033R1 is the more energy efficient dehumidifier. In comparing the FFAD7033R1′s performance to other 70 pint dehumidifiers we tested, it is also one of the most energy efficient 70 pint dehumidifiers overall.

Noise Output

Going into our noise output testing we expected the first major difference between the FFAD7033R1 and the previous model (FAD704DWD) to be in how much noise each unit produces. While we didn’t expect the newer model’s fans or compressor to necessarily be any less noisy, we still expected it to be the better option for those consumers looking for a low noise output dehumidifier. Why? This expectation was based on the fact that the new model intakes air through the back of the dehumidifier and exhausts air through the side of the dehumidifier. The previous model (FAD704DWD) took in air through the front of the dehumidifier and exhausted air through the top of the dehumidifier.

What does this mean for you as a consumer? The FFAD7033R1 taking air in through the back of the dehumidifier means that if you place the dehumidifier close to the wall in any particular room the fan will be pulling air towards the wall and not towards the center of the room where you or your family members might be located. This results in less audible noise being produced in the room. Additionally, the exhaust is on the side of the unit which means that you can orient the dehumidifier to exhaust in a certain direction. The FAD704DWD exhausts through the top of the unit which makes it much more difficult to control noise caused by the unit’s exhaust. You cannot “orient” it to direct noise in a particular direction. For these reasons alone, the FFAD7033R1 is already the much better choice if you’re looking for a more quiet dehumidifier.

Considering the information above, our noise output test results were far from surprising. The FFAD7033R1 garnered above average test results in all four of our noise output tests. It also outperformed the FAD704DWD in each test. At close range (in which the sound meter was positioned right above the dehumidifier’s control panel) the FFAD7033R1 was measured to produce 61.2 dB of noise on high fan speed and 57.2 dB of noise on low fan speed. Compare these results to the high fan speed close range average for the category of 67.2 dB and the low fan speed close range average for the category of 63.4 dB – the category being the 70 pint size class (the average of the sixteen different 70 pint dehumidifiers we tested).

At long range (in which the sound meter was positioned 10 feet away from the dehumidifier) the FFAD7033R1 was measured to produce 52.9 dB of noise on high fan speed and 48.8 dB of noise on low fan speed. Compare these results to the high fan speed long range average for the category of 53.5 dB and the low fan speed long range average for the category of 50.3 dB. The FFAD7033R1 is a great choice if you’re looking for a quiet 70 pint dehumidifier.

Moisture Removal

While the changes in design we discussed above (side exhaust vs top exhaust and back intake vs front intake) are good for noise output they do make moisture removal more challenging. Again, the previous model FAD704DWD pulls in air through the front of the unit which means that if you have it located close to the wall it will pull in air from the center of the room. The FFAD7033R1 pulls in air from the back of the unit which means that if you have it close to the wall it will pull in air between itself and the wall, which is obviously much less optimal for efficient moisture removal in any particular room. To maximize moisture removal efficiency we suggest that you either place the FFAD7033R1 in the center of the room (for severe humidity problems) or orient it so that the front of the unit is towards the wall and the back of the unit is facing the center of the room.

Additionally, the older model exhausts through the top of the unit which is more optimal for dispersion of dehumidified air. The newer model FFAD7033R1 exhausts through the side of the unit which, depending on the unit’s location in the room, may result in less even distribution of dehumidified air. Again, how well the FFAD7033R1 dehumidifies will largely depend on its orientation in the room you’re dehumidifying. Trying to orient the exhaust so that it directs outgoing air more towards the center of the room, vs directing the air towards a corner of the room.

From the discussion above, you might be inclined to think that the FFAD7033R1 didn’t perform as well in our moisture removal tests. Let’s see what happened.

The FFAD7033R1 placed second (out of sixteen 70 pint dehumidifiers we tested) in our 90% to 40% test and first (again out of sixteen) in our 80% to 50% test. It dehumidified our 50 sq ft test environment from 90% relative humidity down to 40% RH in under 10 minutes, accomplishing the feat in 9 minutes, 41 seconds. Only the Honeywell DH70W did so faster (9 minutes, 21 seconds). Compare this result to the 12 minutes, 14 seconds it took the FAD704DWD (which placed 10th) in the same test.

The FFAD7033R1 dehumidified the same room from 80% RH down to 50% RH in 4 minutes, 41 seconds. Compare this result to the 6 minutes, 27 seconds it took the FAD704DWD.

Clearly, based on our hands on testing, the FFAD7033R1 removes moisture more quickly and more efficiently than the FAD704DWD by a considerable margin (more than 20% faster). It also removes moisture more quickly than thirteen other 70 pint dehumidifiers we tested. If moisture removal rate is important to you (if you’re trying to dehumidify as quickly as possible) then the FFAD7033R1 is again an excellent choice. Not only does its high moisture removal rate result in faster dehumidification, but it also results in lower electricity costs. Because this dehumidifier will dehumidify any particular space faster than almost any comparable dehumidifier, it won’t need to run as long. And because it won’t need to run as long, it won’t draw power for as long. This reduced duration in power draw results in lower electricity costs.

Hygrometer Accuracy

Perhaps the most disappointing test results we obtained from testing the FFAD7033R1 were those results obtained from testing the dehumidifier’s hygrometer accuracy. It was measured to read the ambient air’s humidity between 3 and 4% below the actual room humidity. Many of the 70 pint dehumidifiers we tested were measured to read room humidity to within 1 or 2%. What does this test result mean for you as the consumer?

Should you set the desired humidity level on the dehumidifier to 40% RH, it will cycle off after reaching 43 or 44% actual room humidity. If you set the desired humidity level to 35% RH, it will cycle off after reaching 38% to 39% RH. The truth is that most consumers (if not all consumers) will never require their dehumidifier to set the humidity in a room to an exact number. If you’re comfortable at 40% RH and set the dehumidifier to 40% RH while the room only reaches 44% RH, chances are you’ll never be able to notice the difference. In other words, you won’t really be able to feel the difference between 44% and 40% relative humidity.

Why then do we test hygrometer accuracy to begin with? We test hygrometer accuracy only because it indicates the quality of the built-in hygrometer which can be indicative of other internal parts used in manufacturing any particular dehumidifier. There may also be some consumers who value hygrometer accuracy and want to be sure that if they set their dehumidifier to 40% RH that the room will actually reach 40% RH.

Included Features, Functionality, Build Quality, Warranties, and Value

Durability (Build Quality)

General Impressions

The FFAD7033R1, out of the box, looked to be made of much higher quality materials than those used to manufacture the previously popular FAD704DWD. For one, the LED display is visibly much higher quality. The buttons on the control panel also feel like they’re of higher quality. The water collection bucket and the brace across the top of the bucket look to be made of sturdier higher quality materials. The mechanism that secures the bucket into place when placed inside of the main body of the dehumidifier is also of higher quality. Additionally, the handle on the water bucket is of higher quality.

A problem area (as far as durability is concerned) for a lot of dehumidifiers equipped with a top handle is, you guessed it, the top handle. Large capacity (70 pint) dehumidifiers, especially, are quite heavy. Most are at least 40 pounds with many weighing in at a weight upwards of 50 pounds. Lifting up such a large weight by a singular extendable handle can cause potential issues if the handle isn’t very high quality. Despite the fact that we tested the FAD704DWD last year, we ordered another one this year to directly compare it to the FFAD7033R1 side by side. One of the things we compared on both units was the top extendable handle. Even though it may appear to be a very small part of the dehumidifier’s overall design, assessing such a small part can give us greater insight into the overall quality and durability of the dehumidifier. That being said, there’s definitely a lot more play (side to side movement possible) in the previous model’s top handle compared to the latest iteration’s top handle. The handle on the FFAD7033R1 also feels much more sturdy and solidly constructed. This is only one example of how the FFAD7033R1 is built better than the FAD704DWD. Overall, we were very impressed with the FFAD7033R1′s superior build quality and the quality of the materials used in its manufacturing.

Consumer Reviews

During hands on testing we only have any particular dehumidifier in our possession for less than a month. During this time we run it extensively to perform various tests but we still don’t run it nearly as much as the average consumer does during the course of even the first few weeks of ownership. For this reason we use consumer reviews as an additional tool in assessing how durable any particular dehumidifier is. We can physically inspect the dehumidifier and comment on the quality of its parts and workmanship but, just like you, we have to rely mostly on consumer reviews to find out just how durable any particular dehumidifier is over the course of several months of use. Of course, many consumers post a review when they first get the dehumidifier. Most, however, leave a review at least after a few months of use. We use these reviews as a guide to help us better understand how durable and reliable any particular dehumidifier is.

With that being said, at the time of this editorial review, the FFAD7033R1 has received over 250 consumer reviews with an exceptionally low negative review rate (% of reviews that are 1 or 2 star) of only 5%. This is the lowest negative review rate of all of the 70 pint dehumidifiers we’ve tested. The FAD704DWD stands at a negative review rate of 11% while the average negative review rate for the 70 pint size class is 19%. With such a low percentage of negative reviews it’s only reasonable for us to conclude that the FFAD7033R1 is one of the more durable and reliable dehumidifiers on the market.

Overall Category Score

Over 250 consumer reviews, the large majority of which are positive, indicate that the FFAD7033R1 is both a durable and a reliable option in the 70 pint dehumidifier size class. Our own observations confirm that the FFAD7033R1 should prove to be one of the most durable and reliable 70 pint dehumidifiers that the market has seen thus far. It earns a perfect 5/5 for durability.

Adjustability

The FFAD7033R1 has many of the same features that the FAD704DWD came equipped with. Like the FAD704DWD, it also features a humidistat that can be adjusted in 5% increments, a timer that can be adjusted in half hour increments up to 10 hours and 1 hour increments up to 24 hours, and a continuous mode. Like its predecessor it lacks an auto mode. We do note here that the FFAD7033R1 features three fan speeds (high, medium, and low) while the FAD704DWD only features two fan speeds.

Overall Category Score

The FFAD7033R1 has standard humidistat adjustability, slightly above average timer adjustability, and an above average number of fan speeds (most of the 70 pint units we’ve tested only have two fan speeds). It features a continuous mode but not an auto mode. We dock a point for its lack of an auto mode but it immediately gains a half point back with its inclusion of a third fan speed. The Frigidaire earns an almost perfect 4.5/5 for adjustability.

Versatility

Set Humidity Range

The Frigidaire FFAD7033R1 is a 70 pint dehumidifier with effortless humidity control – it can be set to a desired humidity level as low as 35% and as high as 85%, which is exactly the range of the previous model, the FAD704DWD. This is also a fairly standard range for most other 70 pint dehumidifiers we’ve tested. There are models available that can dehumidify down to as little as 30% RH but like we discussed in the section on this unit’s hygrometer accuracy above, you’ll be hard pressed to feel the difference between 30% and 35%. 35% is already quite dry by most standards.

Operating Temperature Range

The FFAD7033R1, similarly to its predecessor and most other dehumidifiers in the 70 pint size class, can be operated in temperatures as low as 41° F and as high as 90° F. Note that these are only manufacturer guidelines. In other words, this is the temperature range in which the dehumidifier will work most efficiently. While the lower end of the range is fairly concrete (we don’t suggest you run this dehumidifier in temperatures below 41° F), the upper end of the range is more flexible. You’ll still be able to run this unit in temperatures greater than 90° F. You should be aware, however, that it won’t be as efficient at 90°+ F as it will be around 80° F or 70° F.

Gravity Drainage

One major difference between the FFAD7033R1 and the FAD704DWD is the fact that the newer model now features drainage coming out of the side of the dehumidifier. The previous model drained out of the back of the dehumidifier. The newer model also requires that you install an additional included drainage adapter onto the drain outlet before connecting a garden hose to use gravity drainage. The previous model only required you to remove the drain cap on the back of the dehumidifier before connecting a garden hose.

We’re not the biggest fans of these changes but we understand that gravity drainage on the new model can still work and can still work efficiently. For one, unlike the adapter on the Keystone KSTAD70B that has to be connected using two included screws, the adapter on the Frigidaire is threaded so that you can easily connect it by hand without needing to use any tools or extra accessories. Secondly, while we personally prefer to have drainage coming out of the back of the dehumidifier, this is nothing more than personal preference. You may like the fact that the unit drains out of its side and/or it may be more convenient for your particular setup.

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Built-in Pump

The FFAD7033R1 does not come equipped with a built-in pump. You will need to buy a condensate pump and pump hosing separately if you need to drain the dehumidifier to a location far away or above it.

Overall Category Score

The FFAD7033R1 earns an above average 4.5 for versatility. Its set humidity range and operating temperature range is average to above average for its size class and while an extra adapter is required for gravity drainage, its threaded for easy installation.

Extra Features

Again, the FFAD7033R1 has many of the same extra features (or lack of extra features in this case) as the FAD704DWD. It doesn’t measure or show ambient temperature and more notably, it doesn’t have a warning LED that illuminates when defrost mode is activated. It does, however, come equipped with a check filter light. Note that the FFAD7033R1 does have a defrost mode that activates automatically when the dehumidifier senses frost build up on its evaporator coils. There simply isn’t a warning light that illuminates to let you know when and for how long it stays activated.

Overall Category Score

The FFAD7033R1′s lack of extra features earns it a below average 3/5 in the category.

Ease of Use

LED Display Clarity

We discuss this unit’s LED display clarity and compare it to that of other models in the size class in the section on this unit’s aesthetics later in the review.

Setup Difficulty

As was true for the FAD704DWD, setup is a breeze on the FFAD7033R1. Settings and features are clearly marked with no ambiguous buttons or warning lights. On many other 70 pint dehumidifiers we’ve tested you’ll definitely want to read the dehumidifier’s manual before trying to operate it. This is not the case with the FFAD7033R1. All settings/functions are easily accessed and inputted without issue.

Filter Removal Difficulty

The FFAD7033R1′s air filter is easily removed as the filter is easily accessed on the back of the unit (the FAD704DWD features a bottom slide out filter on the front of the unit that requires you to remove the water tank before removing the air filter).

Manual Clarity

This unit’s manual is very clear and well organized. Although the dehumidifier is generally easy to use and operate, you’ll find detailed descriptions and diagrams throughout the manual for more “advanced” setups such as setting up gravity drainage for example.

Water Tank Size

The FFAD7033R1 does feature a smaller condensate collection bucket (water tank) than its predecessor. The FAD704DWD features a 16.3 pint bucket. The FFAD7033R1 only has a 13.1 pint bucket. This approximately 20% reduction in water tank size means that you’ll be emptying the unit’s water tank 20% more frequently than you had to on the previous model. Of course, if you’re draining the unit via its external drain then this change is of no concern to you, but if you’re like most consumers you’ll be emptying the unit’s water tank every few hours. A smaller water tank means you’ll be emptying and replacing it more frequently. This is a definite negative for the FFAD7033R1 – perhaps its greatest negative overall.

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Overall Category Score

The FFAD7033R1 is very easy to use but it’s less efficient to use because of its smaller water tank. Despite it being the only real negative in the category, it’s a big one, and for its smaller water tank alone we have to give the FFAD7033R1 only an average 3.5/5 for ease of use.

Aesthetics

What immediately struck us when first taking the FFAD7033R1 out of its box, was the fact that it was a surprisingly modern looking appliance. Almost all of the 70 pint dehumidifiers we’ve tested thus far (with only a one or two exceptions) look as if they could have been manufactured in the 1990s or even the 1980s. The plastics on these units have a beige color very reminiscent of the type of plastic you might have seen on appliances manufactured in decades preceding the 2000s. While most types of appliances (vacuums, steam irons, etc.) have seen a more modern approach to their design over the last few years, the same cannot be said for dehumidifiers. The FFAD7033R1 breaks this mold with a much more modern design than what we’re used seeing in a dehumidifier.

The plastics used on the FFAD7033R1 all have a clean white color with a glossy finish, unlike the beige matte finish on the previous model, the FAD704DWD. The control panel has a much more modern feel and design and the dehumidifier is even equipped with a very modern looking blue LED on the front panel that flashes when the water collection bucket is removed or not replaced correctly.

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Portability

We rated the FAD704DWD as one of the most portable 70 pint dehumidifiers on the market in 2014. This was primarily because it featured side pocket handles and a top extendable handle. It also featured outstanding cord storage. The FFAD7033R1 again features a top extendable handle and excellent cord storage. However, it does not come equipped with side pocket handles, which is disappointing for a several reasons. If after years of use the top extendable handle on the dehumidifier does break, side pocket handles prove invaluable. Additionally, it’s more comfortable to pick up a dehumidifier by its side handles (vs picking it up by the top extended handle) for some consumers.

That being said, as we cover in the durability section earlier in this review, the top handle on this dehumidifier is much better quality than the one equipped on the previous model. It is such a high quality that we really cannot imagine a scenario in which it will ever break, outside of extreme abuse. The fact that some consumers prefer picking up a dehumidifier by its side pocket handles still remains. But the fact that the handle that is included (the top handle) is highly durable makes our first concern -that you might need side pocket handles in case the top handle breaks – a moot point.

Overall Category Score

The FFAD7033R1 weighs 47 pounds which is only 1 pound more than the FAD704DWD (46 pounds) but 7 pounds more than the very light and portable Keystone KSTAD70B which weighs only 40 pounds. If you’re looking for a portable dehumidifier the FFAD7033R1 is certainly not a bad choice, with its very sturdy top extendable handle and excellent cord storage, but there are better choices out there. That being said, those better choices are only better choices if portability is of utmost concern to you, in which case we’d probably recommend a smaller dehumidifier (that’s lighter) anyway. All in all the Frigidaire earns a respectable 3.5/5 for portability.

Warranty (Manufacturer’s)

The FFAD7033R1 comes with the same full 1 year warranty that comes with the FAD704DWD. Like its predecessor, it also comes with a 2 to 5 year warranty on the sealed system of the dehumidifier (the compressor, condenser, etc.). This type of warranty is standard for the 70 pint size class although there are exceptions. If you’re looking for a dehumidifier with a better warranty you only have two choices – the Danby DDR70A2GP and the ArcticAire ADR70A2G, which both come with a full 2 year warranty (vs the 1 year on the Frigidaire).

Value

At the time of this review the FFAD7033R1 is retailing for about $270 while the FAD704DWD is priced about the same, also at around $270. The average price of all sixteen 70 pint dehumidifiers we’ve tested is $254. In evaluating the FFAD7033R1′s value we have to consider what it is and what it offers, and how these things compare to other 70 pint dehumidifiers on the market. We do so in the final thoughts section below.

Final Thoughts

In trying to determine whether the FFAD7033R1 is worth its approximately $270 price tag we said that we have to consider what it is and what it offers and then compare those things to the competition.

So, what is the FFAD7033R1 and what does it offer? The FFAD7033R1 is, first and foremost, a dehumidifier. You’re buying this appliance to dehumidify a home or a place or business. The FFAD7033R1 is, simply put, a much better dehumidifier than most other 70 pint dehumidifiers we tested. That is to say, it dehumidifies faster and more efficiently than most other units we tested. It was the second fastest in dehumidifying our test environment from 90% relative humidity down to 40% RH and the fastest (out of the sixteen 70 pint units we tested) in dehumidifying the same space from 80% RH down to 50% RH. Keep in mind that because it removes the same amount of moisture faster than a comparable dehumidifier it will also use less electricity than any comparable dehumidifier because it will need to run for a shorter duration of time. Definitely take this into account as you consider its price tag. The cost of a dehumidifier doesn’t end when you pay the purchase price of 200 plus dollars. These are heavy duty power hungry appliances and in most cases in which they’re needed they’re going to be running for long periods of time which results in substantial energy costs. The FFAD7033R1 is not only going to remove moisture faster, but it’s also going to do so more efficiently than every other 70 pint dehumidifier we’ve tested.

Secondly, the FFAD7033R1 is quiet. It rated above average in all of our noise output tests. Its design also lends itself to being a good option if noise output is important to you (we discuss this in greater detail in the respective section on noise output near the beginning of the review).

Thirdly, the FFAD7033R1 is a very durable and reliable dehumidifier as we discuss in the respective section on durability earlier in the review. This quality once again ties into value. Yes, the FFAD7033R1 is slightly more expensive than many other comparable 70 pint dehumidifiers, but consider the fact that that extra $20, $30 of savings can turn into a $200+ loss if the less expensive dehumidifier breaks outside its warranty period. That is not to say that the FFAD7033R1 is impervious to breaking down while other dehumidifiers are not. All that we’re saying is that you definitely want to take into account that consumer reviews and our own observations indicate that it’s more durable than most other 70 pint dehumidifiers on the market.

With all of the positive things that we’ve had to say about the FFAD7033R1 you might be inclined to think that we’ve been paid to endorse Frigidaire’s products. Rest assured, this is not the case. We bought this dehumidifier and every other dehumidifier we’ve tested from the same retail stores you’ll be buying your dehumidifier from. We simply feel very strongly about the quality of this dehumidifier. We’ve tested a lot of dehumidifiers over the last few years and we’ve seen a lot of dehumidifiers that have been cheaply built and unintelligently designed. Despite these issues these dehumidifiers still retail for upwards of at least $200. The Frigidaire is a breath of fresh air. At around $270 it really is a substantial upgrade over its predecessor and a much better dehumidifier than any other 70 pint dehumidifier retailing for mostly under $270. We can say without hesitation that it’s the best dehumidifier we’ve tested thus far. The FFAD7033R1 receives our highest recommendation as the best buy in the 70 pint size class in 2017.

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Comments

  1. Dave Snowdy says

    I’m looking to dehumidify a garage for my antique car because I’m getting white mold spots on the interior. The garage is less than 500sq. ft. with a garage door. The seal is pretty decent. I do have a hotel room type of AC in the garage and I can get the garage pretty cold with it. But I don’t want to run an AC all the time here in Louisiana with months of nearly 100% humidity and 90+ degree temperatures. It doesn’t have a very high SEER rating.
    I do have a drain in the closet that I can pump condensation to.
    I guess I’m asking if a 70 pint is overkill and is it typical to dehumidify a garage that isn’t 100% tight, especially in my climate?

    • Admin says

      A 70 pint unit definitely isn’t overkill. And it’s by no means atypical for you to use a dehumidifier under the conditions you specified.

  2. Christopher Lynn says

    This review is outstanding. I’m not doing any more research. I was becoming nauseous and weary trying to compare the capabilities and tradeoffs of all the different dehumdifiers . The tradeoffs were well-considered and not to be found in any review that I have found. I’m buying the 33R1. Thank you.

  3. Erik says

    Is it safe to put FFAD7033R1 in bedroom (60-75% during summer) overnight while sleeping? The current humidity causes condensation on windows and probably mould issue. Does it have a humistat control which will switch them on and off automatically? Any other less noisy option especially for the bedroom dehumidifier, such as Meaco.. would be appreciated!

    • Admin says

      Yes, this dehumidifier will work quite well in a bedroom at the humidity levels you specified. It will shut off automatically when the room reaches the set humidity. This is one of the most quiet dehumidifiers on the market.

    • Admin says

      Using an extension cord with this particular model or any other compressor based dehumidifier is not recommended.

  4. Vincent says

    This unit is impressive, but I need one with a built in condensate pump for a crawlspace. What 50 and 70 pint units would you recommend?
    Thanks

  5. Monica says

    The warranty and additional sealed unit warranty on the dehumidifiers need to be mentioned in your results. While Frigidaire gives a one year warranty they have 2-5 years on the compressor. I am now buying my fourth dehumidifier in a little over 6 years as the coils freeze and they stop working. So far they have all been covered by either the manufacturer’s warranty or my credit card warranty that gives an additional warranty over the original manufacturer’s warranty. My latest Frigidaire unit is being replaced under the sealed unit 2-5 yr warranty. I will only consider dehumidifiers with the sealed unit warranty that is critically important and should be referenced in any dehumidifier reviews.

  6. Carl says

    I see they also make this newer unit in 30 and 50 pints models. I have a very small crawlspace, but it is very wet. Things I have read seem to say the space size is the main driver of pint removal need. My space is about 15′ x 20′ and only 4′ high. Would like your thoughts and advice. Thanks.

  7. Jim Bernard says

    Our basement is 2200 sq.ft. unfinished. Is the big enough to handle that? We’re in coastal Maine. Thanks

  8. Aaron says

    I have a largish one-bedroom apartment (I don’t know the exact square footage — maybe 850 sq. ft.?) that’s quite cluttered with boxes and bookshelves, limiting the options for placing a dehumidifier. The bedroom is where the humidity buildup is creating the most problems, although the bathroom — which has no exhaust fan — is the principal source of moisture. There is also a short hallway between the bedroom, bathroom, and living room where I might place the unit if the cord were long enough. Which position would be best to reduce overall humidity?

    • Aaron says

      Also, how long is the cord? (My apartment was built in the ’50s and has a troublesome shortage of power outlets, with NONE in the hall area that might be the most logical place to put a dehumidifier.)

    • Admin says

      We would recommend placing the dehumidifier in a central location if you can (the way you described your apartment this would be your hallway).

  9. Sharon says

    The block in my basement has become porous and wet with all the northeast rain, so much so I had a severe mold issue and had to have remediation. The contracts has recommended sealing the block and using 2 commercial EnviroBoss dehumidifiers (80 pints water removal AHAM (80°F/60% Rh) to the tune of $2,400. How does this unit compare to a commercial unit like EnviroBoss?

    Thank you in advance for your reply.

  10. Dale says

    I have been using a Frigidaire FAD504DWD for 4 years with good results . I decided to upgrade to the 70pt. FFAD7033R1.
    It is being used in a very well encapsulated crawl space. In general , what speed is most cost effective to run the unit to maintain a 55% humidity level? — high speed to decrease run time , or a lower speed to lower the electrical draw, but with more run time?

    Thank you very much for your great / informative website !!

    Dale

  11. Sam says

    I would like to reiterate: Thank you for your research and excellent analysis/commentary!

    I have a Hisense 70 pint runs all the time and never reaches the goal. The mfg. says it’s only for 500 sq, ft. So even thought it’s 8 months old I am looking at replacing it.

    My question is:
    My home has 900 sq feet in the basement and 1900 on the first floor. Am I expecting too much from a 70 pint dehumidifier?

    • Admin says

      Setting up a dehumidifier for use over two floors is tricky. If there’s sufficient air flow in the home (provided by a central AC unit or the like) one dehumidifier should still be effective under the conditions you specified. If not, you will need to purchase one dehumidifier for the first floor and an additional unit for the basement.

  12. brad says

    We have had bad luck with a pair of Frederich D70 humidifiers, one of which died after 6 months in our 2300 sq ft. apt. One in MBR and one in LR. Very, very noisy. Results were good (but noisy) for maybe 6 months, and again the one has died. Thought they were the “best” and now not surprised in reading your excellent reviews. Will purchase one (or likely two) of the Frigidaire FFAD7033R1, no. 1 for humidity removal and 2. lower-ish noise.

    Question for you is this; for a 2100 sq ft. 3 level townhome, should we expect the one unit (placed in the utility area with alot of air intake in the basement before going through the smallish Carrier Air Handler unit – and do well with the whole TH? Should we plan on a 2nd unit on 3rd floor somewhere to help? Waterfront TH, windows are not high end, and summer is already humid even with AC. Mid Atlantic area with humidity rates at 80% with temps anywhere from 80 – 99 degrees. (This is a rental TH for us for two years only.) I’m OK to spend the money on a pair, but probably not 3 (one per floor). What would your thoughts be? We are ok with very low humidity levels!

    Finally, I’m so pleased to have come across your site with such fantastic testing, reviews and results. Really impressive – and again grateful; because we all really depend on folks like you. thanks again.

    • Admin says

      I would start with one dehumidifier, placed in the location you specified (by the air handler). If you don’t find that it sufficiently dehumidifies, then purchase an additional unit. Unfortunately, there’s no way to know for sure what will or will not work without testing it in the actual space you need to dehumidify first. That’s why I recommend that you start with as little investment as possible and only purchase additional units if necessary.

  13. David says

    I’ve got a basement with about 1200 square feet of finished space and roughly another 800 square feet of non-finished space that I want to dehumidify. Never really had a moisture problem. Didn’t install air/heat in the basement because it’s always pretty comfortable as is. Is the FFAD7033R1 to much for this space or would I be better off with the 50 pint unit?

    • Admin says

      See our general buyer’s guide for our thoughts on purchasing a 70 pint vs. a 50 pint dehumidifier. The short answer to your question is that this FFAD7033R1 is far from being too large for an 800 square ft. space and would be the better buy compared to its 50 pint equivalent.

  14. Nick says

    What do you know about the hOme 50 dehumidifier? I don’t know who manufactures it but reviews on amazon were very positive.

    • Admin says

      We have yet to test the Home 50 pint dehumidifier and therefore cannot really comment on how it compares to the units we have tested for review.

  15. JEB says

    Concerning the model FFAD7033R1 using Gravity Drainage feature (continuious drainage) , please advise the miniumum size ID and length of hose I am allowed to use. Thank you

    • Admin says

      You can use as short and thin of a hose as you’d like as long as it has standard garden hose connectors. For example, you could use a 1/2″, 5/8″, or 3/4″ hose provided it has a standard connector (which most hoses do).

  16. Brian says

    This is a very nice de-humidifier. Looks great – runs very QUIET. Very impressed with the FFAD7033R1. 30 minutes and all humidity was removed in a connected kitchen and living room. Only issue is the humidity reading is off comparing the to the digital gage I have. Easy to work around. Definitely would recommend this product. Very glad I bought it after reading this article.

  17. Sara says

    Is it worth buying the Asurion extended warranty plan offered for this dehumidifier? Has anyone had experience with this? If something goes wrong, do they cover the cost of shipping the unit back for repair?
    thanks!

    • Anonymous says

      yes, it worth buying. my fad704dwd13 stopped working 14 months after i bought it. had bought the warranty from Asurion. no problem. they gave me full purchase price refund through Amazon to purchase a new one. told me to discard the old one. no hassle. will buy again for my next one.

  18. Jeff says

    You say that it lacks an “auto” mode. Does this mean it keeps running even after it has reached the set humidity level?

    • Admin says

      No, it does not. Auto mode varies from model to model but normally, all it does is automatically set a desired humidity level (without requiring you to manually input a desired humidity level). It’s really more of a gimmick than it is a helpful feature which is why we don’t detract much from this unit’s score in the adjustability category for not having it.

      Read more about “auto mode” here.

  19. John says

    The OLD unit I am replacing draws air from the back and discharges out the front. It is used in the basement that is divided by a wall. I place it to draw air from the side that has the washer/dryer and sump pump and push the ‘dried’ air into the other side. SO, would I be off to buy the FAD704DWD to try and accomplish the same thing? Does the top air discharge come out at an angle to the front of the machine?

    • Admin says

      The FAD704DWD unfortunately doesn’t discharge air at an angle. It discharges it straight up and out of the dehumidifier.

      I don’t believe we’ve tested a unit that processes air the way you describe your old unit doing so. The closest would be the FFAD7033R1 that discharges out of its side.

  20. Joan fry says

    Is the FFAD7033R1 included among the many Frigidaire dehumidifier models that were recalled due to fires. 2.5 million dehumidifier were recalled starting in 2013 and expanded in 2014. The recall included thirteen models of Frigidaire brand.

  21. Jana says

    We purchased this dehumidifier and need to buy a hose for it to drain to a floor drain in our basement. 1- Any suggestions on a reliable hose will work best with this unit? and 2- Do we need to get a pump if the hose is draining downward into a drain that is approximately 5 feet away?

    • Admin says

      Any standard garden hose can be used to drain this unit although shorter hoses will work best (a 5 ft. or 15 ft. hose, for example). If you’re draining downward a pump won’t be required even if the drain is 5 ft. away from the dehumidifier.

  22. Ben says

    If I want to automatically drain with a 3/8″ tube to a drain about 5 feet away, will I need a condensate pump (beside the hose to 3/8″ tube adapter)?

  23. VAB says

    Do you know if the Frigidaire FFADO33R1 will be able to automatically pump and then stop pumping when necessary? I was originally looking for a unit that had built in pump because of need? It will be pumping into a non-floor drain.

  24. Cameron Harris says

    When looking for a dehumidifier to place in one of our offices, I apparently made the mistake of getting an LG, it lasted about 1 week.

    THEN I found the FAD704DWD from Amazon and picked one up right away hoping for a better experience. I was impressed to say the least. We’ve had the FAD704DWD running 24/7 non-stop for over 18 month on full power! Never had a single issue with this dehumidifier. Its fairly quiet just working away doing its job in the back corner, almost forget its even there. We may have cleaned the filter twice at most in the span of 18 months and its no doubt overworked dehumidifying a 1,500sf building with 30ft ceilings! Despite all this it keeps the entire building at 40% humidity (according to the nest thermostat, which btw is installed a great distance away) and it just keeps going!

    We buy all sorts of office equipment, almost on a daily basis and this is the only review in three years ive honestly felt compelled to write simply because Im just that impressed with this dehumidifier and I want to tell anyone looking, THESE ARE THE BEST!

    Im hesitant to buy the new model FFAD7033R1 because the FAD704DWD just works so good and I cant imagine how it could be any better but after reading this buyers guide im going to give it a try get the new model for dehumidifying my house.

  25. Larry Canter says

    Once the humidity setpoint is reached do both the compressor and fan stop or does the fan run continuously as some other brands do?

    • Nate says

      The fan will keep running for a couple of minutes after the compressor shuts off. The coils are still very cold and are able to remove an extra bit of moisture as the fan forces air over them. After a couple minutes, the fan will also shut off.

      In newer versions of this exact model (manufactured November 2016 and later?), the fan will cycle on a for a couple of minutes, without the compressor, only to allow the hygrometer a more accurate reading. The fan will cycle routinely throughout the day just to measure the humidity. Otherwise, the hygrometer will continuously display very high (false) humidity levels. Listen carefully, and you might notice only the fan is running once in a while for a couple of minutes *without* the compressor. This is a smart feature to routinely sample the air.

  26. Doug says

    I use my unit in an encapsulated crawl space and turn the unit off in cold winter months by pressing power off button. Will setting be saved when I turn unit back on using power button. I don’t unplug unit. Thanks.

  27. Tony Manna says

    My house is approx 980 sq feet.

    It has two bedrooms adjacent to each other, each approximately 120 sq feet.

    The bedrooms are at the end of a hall that is 4 feet wide and 10 feet long.

    The rest of the house (living room, kitchen, dining room and Florida room) is a common area, with no separating walls, that measures approx 675 sq feet.

    My question is this … If buy a 70-pint dehumidifier and put it in the middle of the above-described “common area” (675 sq. ft.) will it be able to dehumidify the two bedrooms that are down the aforementioned hall 4 feet wide by 10 feet long?

    • Admin says

      Yes, it should. But it will take much longer than if you were to put the dehumidifier within the actual rooms that you want to dehumidify. If you’re set on keeping the dehumidifier in the common area you could put some fans in the bedrooms to help circulate air throughout the house. This would greatly improve the efficiency of the dehumidifier in dehumidifying the whole house.

  28. Fred Ebers says

    Which dehumidifiers work best at higher ambient temperatures? I expect to go above the 97 degrees F that the Frigidaire is rated for. My size would be in the 30 to 50 pint per day capacity range. The unit also has to restart automatically after a power outage.

    • Admin says

      Your options are unfortunately very limited if you want to consistently operate a dehumidifier in temperatures above 97 degrees.

      Both the EcoSeb DD122EA-Classic and DD322EA-Classic can be operated in temperatures up to 104° F. These units are really your only consumer-grade options.

      Otherwise, both the Dri-Eaz LGR 2800i and LGR 3500i can be operated in temperatures up to 125° F. However, they are both very expensive commercial grade dehumidifiers. You can read more about them in our commercial dehumidifier buyer’s guide.

      In all honesty, for an especially warm space such as the one you described, you would probably be much better off using a regular consumer-grade compressor based dehumidifier (such as the FFAD5033R1 if you’re looking for a 30 or 50 pint unit) in conjunction with a portable AC unit instead of using any of the dehumidifiers we mentioned above above.

  29. Jerry says

    I want to get a dehumidifier for my RV, it is only 24′ long and about 8′ wide (~ 1500 cu ft). I live in the Pacific Northwest, it rains a lot starting in October and ends sometime in May/June. I know you say larger is better, but is the 70 pint unit too big for this size of space? Does the Frigidaire unit shutdown at a set temperature? I have a heater in the RV that is connected to a Thermocube so when the temperature gets down to 35 then the heater will run until it gets up to 45.

    • Admin says

      If you’re looking for something smaller in size that’s going to work great at lower temperatures our recommendation would be either one of these two desiccant units:

      More expensive with more features:
      http://www.dehumidifierbuyersguide.com/ecoseb-dd122ea-classic-review/

      Less expensive with less features but with the same capacity as the unit above:
      http://www.dehumidifierbuyersguide.com/ecoseb-dd122ea-simple-review/

      Both units are much smaller in size than the FFAD7033R1 and either will work much better at temperatures below 40 degrees.

      At temperatures above 40 degrees the Frigidaire is going to give you much better dehumidification but it is much larger in size. The FFAD7033R1 measures about 15 inches wide, 12 inches deep, and 25 inches high. The Ecoseb units are about 11 inches wide, 7 inches deep, and 19 inches high. It doesn’t sound like much of a difference but they are actually quite a bit smaller (not to mention lighter) than the Frigidaire.

      To summarize:

      If you want maximum dehumidification and superior reliability, don’t need the unit to work at temperatures below 40 degrees, and can deal with an appliance as big as the Frigidaire in your RV, it would be our recommendation.

      If you want something that’s going to give you dehumidification below 40 degrees and is going to be quite a bit more manageable (smaller and lighter) in a space such as an RV then our recommendation would be either one of the Ecoseb desiccant units.

      A compromise between these two options would be the 30 pint FFAD3033R1 (see our review for it here). It’s still not going to work very well below 40 degrees but, assuming your heater keeps the space above 40 degrees, will offer better dehumidification than the Ecoseb units (30 pints instead of 15 pints of dehumidification per day) and is still smaller (it’s roughly 11x14x21 inches) than the FFAD7033R1. Note that the 50 pint FFAD5033R1 is just as big as the 70 pint unit.

  30. Jim says

    I own the FAD704DWD model for last two years, this unit is amazing. Only issue so far is clean air filter light comes on way to soon after cleaning. And the handle design on bucket isn’t strongest, ended up breaking after a few months. Bucket still easy to lift without handle though.

    • Admin says

      No, the unit doesn’t need to be raised. The condensate pump will work just fine if it’s placed at the same level as the dehumidifier.

  31. Doug Kelsey says

    What about a power loss? Does this unit come back on when power is restored or must it be manually restarted?

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