In the past, we reviewed the Frigidaire FFAD3033R1, a 30-PPD model that has an exceptional moisture removal rate. Today, we’re going to look at its predecessor, the FAD301NWD, admittedly a fewer-feature model but it packs a mighty punch, at least in limited spaces. Come read our full review of the FAD301NWD to determine whether this older yet relevant 30-PPD dehumidifier belongs in your bedroom, apartment, or dorm room.
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30-PPD Moisture Removal Rate
The FAD301NWD is an excellent compact dehumidifier that is equipped with a 420W motor that spins an internal fan at a rate of up to 106 RPM. The result is 30 pints of moisture removed from the air every 24 hours. Obviously, this isn’t the greatest dehumidifier in terms of moisture removed per hour, but for small spaces like single bedrooms, this beauty will work like a charm.
When testing in rooms of 100 square feet, the FAD301NWD is proven to reduce relative humidity (RH) levels from 90 to almost 50% in less than 30 minutes. This dehumidifier is rated to handle rooms of up to 1,500 square feet.
Washable Mesh Filter
Like most Frigidaire dehumidifiers, the FAD301NWD comes with a decent washable mesh filter that traps airborne particles before distributing cool, dry air throughout a room. The filter itself isn’t anything special in terms of mesh size and effectiveness (not a HEPA Filter), but it does a pretty good job at retaining larger particles like pet fur.
The filter needs to be washed every three months and replaced every twelve months.
12-pint Water Tank
Something that surprised and disappointed us with the other 30-PPD Frigidaire dehumidifier was its small tank compared to its moisture removal capacity, and sadly, this holds true with the older FAD301NWD. This model comes with a 12-pint water tank that fills up in less than six hours in conditions where the RH level is greater than 60%.
It has a handy tank indicator that alerts users when to empty it out, but ultimately, you’ll have to babysit this unit to keep it running throughout the day.
Continuous Drain Port
Or you can make use of the continuous drain port located on the back of this unit. By attaching a standard 5/8-inch garden hose to the FAD301NWD, you don’t need to worry about an overflowing tank or lifting 12 pints of water to dump into a potted plant or sink. However, you do need to place the FAD301NWD at a higher elevation than the hose’s exit since it does not have a built-in pump.
Caster Wheels and Top Handle
The portability of this dehumidifier comes in the form of reliable casters and a top handle. The casters roll across smooth floors and carpets seamlessly so you can take it with you from room to room.
When you need to take the unit up and down staircases, the top handle and lightweight 20-pound build (dry-weight) should keep you and the unit upright throughout the trip.
53-decibel Noise Output
Best of all, the FAD301NWD produces a microwave-esque noise output of only 53 decibels. Sadly, this unit only has one fan speed and one volume level so it won’t produce a dry climate and white noise buzz to lull you to sleep at night.
If you’re a heavy sleeper, maybe your snores will drown out the FAD301NWD’s constant droning noises.
No Timer Function
Let’s talk about what the FAD301NWD doesn’t have going for it. To get things started, the FAD301NWD surprisingly does not have a built-in timer function.
This means you need to manually turn it on when you need it or off when you don’t instead of relying on an automated kill switch to do the thinking for you.
No Remote Control
Note how we said “manually turn it on… or off…” and not “…from a distance.” This is because the FAD301NWD does not come with its own remote control. You’ll have to leave the comfort of your bed/couch/indoor hammock to turn activate or adjust its humidity settings.
Inaccurate Digital Hygrometer
Finally, we have the inaccurate digital hygrometer which deviates from the actual RH level by more than +5%. When configuring your desired humidity level, you’ll have to set it to 5 to 10% higher than what you’d like.Related Frigidaire Dehumidifier Articles
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Verdict: Should I Get the Frigidaire FAD301NWD 30-Pint Dehumidifier?
The Frigidaire FAD301NWD 30-Pint Dehumidifier works excellently at removing limited amounts of moisture from the air before shooting out cool, dry, breathable air into the room. As for the convenience of operating it, the tiny tank, lack of a timer function and remote control, as well as the questionable hygrometer outweigh its upsides. Stick to the FAD301NWD if you need a 30-PPD dehumidifier.