Frigidaire FAD704DWD Energy Star 70-pint Dehumidifier Review

Frigidaire FAD704DWD DehumidifierThe freestanding Frigidaire FAD704DWD 70-pint Dehumidifier is an Energy Star Compliant 70-pint per day dehumidifier capable of continuous operation when the unit is located near a suitable drain. It features full-function electronic controls, an easily accessible collection container with level indicator, and a washable filter that removes both moisture and airborne particulates. The integrated casters allow you to move the unit easily to wherever it’s needed.

PROS:

  • Energy-efficient – This new model uses 20% less electricity than its predecessor Frigidaire FAD704DUD.
  • Removes water effectively even when operating at low temperatures down to 41 °F.
  • Continuous operation (gravity drain) is possible when unit is located near a suitable drain.
  • Allows you to control the exact percentage of humidity in your room.
  • Full tank alert system with auto shut-off.
  • Capable of dehumidifying large room up to 1400 sq. ft.

CONS:

  • Not so quiet – A slight whistle when the compressor is running.
  • Without auto defrost.
  • Heavy, weighs 46 pounds.

BOTTOM LINE:

Ideal for home use or in basements, the Frigidaire FAD704DWD dehumidifier can remove up to 70 pints of excess moisture per day. This unit is designed to effectively operate even at low temperatures down to 41 °F. The water bucket is conveniently located in the front of the unit for easy access, while the carry handle and splash guard make emptying your bucket hassle-free. The Effortless™ options allows you to continuously drains your dehumidifier when unit is located near a suitable drain, so you don’t have to empty the water bucket.

The Frigidaire FAD704DWD dehumidifier also carries a very affordable price tag. Overall, it’s one of the best dehumidifiers (if not the best) on the market today.

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Frigidaire FAD704DWD Dehumidifier Overview

The appearance of the FAD704DWD dehumidifier is identical to the older model FAD704DUD. The only differences between them are some minor changes in the electrical specifications:

FAD704DWD: Amps (Cool) – 7.8; Horsepower (Cool) – 1.00; Watts (Cool) – 745

FAD704DUD: Amps (Cool) – 7.2; Horsepower (Cool) – 1.03; Watts (Cool) – 765

The Frigidaire FAD704DWD Energy Star 70-pint Dehumidifier protects your home from mold and mildew caused by excess moisture. It also helps eliminate bacteria in the air that can make breathing difficult. This dehumidifier is capable of continuous operation when the unit is located near a suitable drain. It features full-function electronic controls, an easily accessible collection container with level indicator, and a washable filter that reduces bacteria, room odors and other airborne particles. Its effortless humidity control allows you to control the exact percentage of humidity in your room. The SpaceWise portable design includes a top handle, integrated side handles and caster wheels making it easy to move your unit from room to room. Plus, you’ll save money with its Energy Star efficiency.

Home Environment and Air Quality Improvement:

  • Energy Star 70 pints per day dehumidifier for rooms up to 1400 sq. ft.
  • Protects your home from mold and mildew caused by excess moisture.
  • SpaceWise design includes top handle, integrated side handles and caster wheels.
  • Helps eliminate bacteria in the air that can make breathing difficult.
  • Antibacterial mesh filter reduces bacteria, room odors and other airborne particles.

Continuous Draining Options:

    Continuous Pump Option

  • Continuous operation (gravity drain, no pump) is possible when unit is located near a suitable drain.
  • Effortless™ full tank alert system with auto shut-off.
  • 2 fan speeds for more flexibility.
  • Front, pull-out 16.3 pint tank with handle and splash guard.
  • Effortless™ humidity control allows you to control the exact percentage of humidity in your room.

Electronic Controls:

    Electronic Controls

  • Electronic controls with digital humidity readout.
  • Low temperature operation saves energy and money.
  • Extra long 6 feet three-prong power cord makes extension cords unnecessary.

Warranty:

1-year Full & 5-year Sealed System (the compressor, condenser, evaporator and tubing)

See Instruction manual for more details.

Frigidaire has two smaller (and cheaper) dehumidifiers which are both worth looking into:

1. Frigidaire FAD504DWD Energy Star 50-pint Dehumidifier, same features & specs as FAD704DWD but has a lower dehumidification of 50 pints.

2. Frigidaire FAD301NWD Energy Star 30-Pint Dehumidifier, with 30 pints of dehumidification, and a mechanical control.

For full details of all 3 models, please refer to the comparison chart below.

Comparison – FAD704DWD, FAD504DWD & FAD301NWD:

Dehumidifier FAD704DWD FAD504DWD FAD301NWD
Dehumidification 70 pints/day 50 pints/day 30 pints/day
Performance Certification AHAM* AHAM* AHAM*
Dimensions Height / Width / Depth 24.65″/16.08″/11.32″ 24.65″/16.08″/11.32″ 19.8″/14.57″/11.54″
Estimated Cost of Ownership $230 $200 $170
Buy from Amazon Buy Frigidaire FAD704DWD Buy Frigidaire FAD504DWD Buy Frigidaire FAD301NWD
Voltage Rating 115V / 60Hz 115V / 60Hz 115V / 60Hz
Plug Type (NEMA) LCDI, 5-15P LCDI, 5-15P LCDI, 5-15P
Power Cord Length 6 ft. 6 ft. 6 ft.
Amps (Cool) 7.8 4.8 3.4
Watts (Cool) 745 530 420
EEV (Liters per KW-Hour) 1.85 1.85 1.85
Refrigeration R410a R410a R410a
Relative Humidity Range 35-85% 35-85% 35-85%
Control Panel Location Top Center Top Center Top Center
Filter Access Bottom Slide-Out Bottom Slide-Out Bottom Slide-Out
Air Discharge Top Top Top
Controls Electronic Electronic Mechanical Dial
Fan Speed (Fan) 2 2 1
Low Temp Operation Yes Yes Yes
Bucket Full Indication Yes Yes Yes
Auto Shut-Off Yes Yes Yes
Digital Humidity Readout Yes Yes No
Continuous Drain Operation Yes Yes Yes
Filter Check Yes Yes No
24 Hour On/Off Timer Yes Yes No
Anti-Bacterial Mesh Filter Yes Yes Yes
Energy Star® Yes Yes Yes
Safety Certification UL/CUL (SA 11089) UL/CUL (SA 11089) UL/CUL (SA 11089)
Air CFM (High) 194 194 106
Container Capacity 16.3 pints 16.3 pints 12 pints
Product Weight 46 pounds 37 pounds 31 pounds
Shipping Weight (Approx.) 50 pounds 41 pounds 34 pounds
Warranty 1 Year Full/5 Year Sealed System 1 Year Full/5 Year Sealed System 1 Year Full/5 Year Sealed System

Note: AHAM* stands for “Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers”

Frigidaire FAD704DWD Dehumidifier Review

Important Notes On Selecting A Location For Your Dehumidifier:

1. Dehumidifier must be operated in an enclosed area to be most effective. Close all doors, windows, and other outside openings to the room. The effectiveness of the dehumidifier depends on the rate at which new moisture-laden air enters the room.

2. Place dehumidifier in a location that does not restrict airflow through the front of the unit or out of the louvers on the left side of cabinet.

3. A dehumidifier operating in a basement will have little or no effect in drying an adjacent enclosed storage area, such as a closet, unless there is adequate circulation of air in and out of the area. It may be necessary to install a second dehumidifier in the enclosed area for satisfactory drying.

4. The dehumidifier must be installed on a level floor that will support it with a full bucket of water.

5. There should be a minimum of 12 inches clearance around the dehumidifier.