There’s nothing that can bring the mood down more than summertime heat. Cranking an air conditioner may not be the most cost-effective solution since it might not do anything to get rid of humidity. The most effective tool you can rely on in this case is, obviously, a dehumidifier.
We’ve looked at the 50-PPD FAD504DWD, and today, we’re going to see what its big brother, the 70-PPD FFAD7033R1, has in store for us. Frigidaire has broken traditional by not releasing any more 70-PPD models after this one in over five years, so our examination of this product will tell us whether this model is any good.
1,400-square-foot Coverage Capacity
Unlike its smaller brother model, the FAD504DWD, this one has a “limited” reach of 1,400 square feet. However, this should still prove more than enough to cover living rooms, kitchens, and basements, let along home office rooms and bedrooms.
Its shorter reach also ensures that its beefy motor is more capable of moving large quantities of air and enhancing dehumidifying performance.
70 Pints of Moisture Removal Daily
The one thing that Frigidaire can guarantee with this model is that it can remove up to 70 pints of water per day. Now that’s a lot of moisture that would otherwise have your shirt sticking to your back all day long.
This also inhibits mold growth by eliminating the very thing that creates the perfect breeding grounds, saving not only drywall but your health over time.
For those of you who needs a dehumidifier for their basement, garage, attic, or any room in between, you can rely on this 70-PPD beast to handle such a demanding task.
This is a great dehumidifier to have when it’s pouring and have nowhere to hang your laundry or need to get rid of excess moisture after snow has thawed. Just be sure to keep it in 1,400-square-foot spaces at max.
Mini 13.1-pint Water Collection Reservoir
Surprisingly, this model’s water collection reservoir isn’t an upgrade from its 50-PPD counterpart. It still features a 13.1-pint reservoir that will fill up way before the 24-hour point, assuming you run the device 24/7.
Thankfully, it has an auto-shutdown feature that kills the motor and compressor when the reservoir reaches max capacity. Simply put, you won’t need to worry about sopping-wet carpets or warped floorboards.
Continuous Draining via Standard Garden Hose
If you don’t like the thought of manually emptying out the water collection reservoir, you can always connect a standard garden hose onto the exit port for continuous, hassle-free drainage. And just like its 50-PPD brother, this one doesn’t have a built-in pump that shoots water vertically.
You’ll either have to purchase one separately or place at above a window or sink to let the water drip downward.
No Defrost Mode
As a large 70-PPD model, you’d expect it to come with safety features that ensure maximum performance for extended periods of time. However, this isn’t the case—without a defrost mode, when the coils become covered in frost and ice, the FFAD7033R1 becomes basically an expensive paperweight.
You’ll have to give it a few hours or even days of rest before the compressor will return to its normal, ready-to-dehumidify state.
False Hygrometer Readings
The problem with certain Frigidaire models is that their built-in hygrometers aren’t exactly reliable in giving accurate readings. It typically offers a false reading between 5 and 15% over the actual relative humidity level which may lead you to turn the dehumidifier off far after reaching a healthy, livable humidity rating.
This isn’t the worst thing to happen in the dehumidifier world, but you’ll need to pay extra attention to how long you allow the FFAD7033R1 to run.
If there’s one thing Frigidaire does right, it’s making whisper-quiet dehumidifiers. From its lowest to highest fan speed settings, it generates between 35 and 67 decibels, making it the right dehumidifier to place in your bedroom at nighttime.
Consider the gentle humming sounds coming from its motor to be white noise that lulls you to sleep. As long as it’s at least 10 feet away from your bed, you shouldn’t be jolted awake by the compressor.Related Frigidaire Dehumidifier Articles
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Verdict: Is the Frigidaire FFAD7033R1 Any Good?
In the end, what we can safely conclude is that the FFAD7033R1 is simply a bigger, stronger model than the 50-PPD FAD504DWD. However, its capacity is limited to only 1,400 square feet so you’ll need to be mindful of where you place it.
In addition, it does come with a few notable downsides, namely its inaccurate hygrometer and lack of defrost mode, but with enough care, you should be able to get a lot of good out of the Frigidaire FFAD7033R1.