Product Reviews - Dehumidifiers

Frigidaire FFAD5033R1 Energy Star Dehumidifier

February 29, 2016 • By

 

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The Frigidaire Energy Star 50-Pint Dehumidifier is designed to protect your home from the growth of mold and buildup of mildew caused by excess moisture. It also has the added advantage of eliminating bacteria which can cause breathing difficulties in those suffering from respiratory problems. Approved by ENERGY STAR, the Frigidaire Dehumidifier does not omit any harmful greenhouse gases.

The Basics

Released in 2015, the Frigidaire Energy Star 50-Pint Dehumidifier is one of the newer models in the Frigidaire range. Even though it received mixed reviews online, it has proven its reliability and durability. Unfortunately it may not stand the test against its competitors, or even the Frigidaire 70-Pint Dehumidifier.

This 50-pint dehumidifier can be classified as a medium sized dehumidifier, as it removes up to 50-pints of moisture from the air per day. It is suitable for use in larger rooms such as the lounge, and is particularly good to use in the basement. Many basements tend to have a buildup of mold and mildew due to the wet and cold conditions during the winter months. To combat this, the need for a dehumidifier arises. The Frigidaire Energy Star 50-Pint Dehumidifier is capable of continuous operation if the unit is located close to a drain.

I made use of this humidifier in my basement and the lounge area and it worked well in both. It has been marketed as being energy efficient, but I am not entirely sure that I am convinced. I have found that previous dehumidifiers of the same size have used less power.

The Frigidaire Energy Star 50-Pint Dehumidifier has three fan speeds which you can adjust to your preferred speed depending on the room. What should also be noted is that this dehumidifier is quite loud. This didn’t really matter much when placed in the basement, but it was definitely noticeable when placed in the lounge area. The amount of noise the dehumidifier make solely depends on the fan speed. The lowest setting of the fan is adequate for smaller room like the lounge, and is a lot quieter.

The Frigidaire Energy Star 50-Pint Dehumidifier has a 13.1 pint size bucket which is suitable for larger rooms, but does need to be emptied at regular intervals. The dehumidifier does come with an automatic shut-off function once the tank is full, which avoids spillage in your home.

There is an adjustable humidity level that can be set in conjunction with the dehumidifier timer. I would often place it in the basement for a 24 hour period and leave it to run.

Even though this appliance is an excellent device to use, I do have one gripe: I wish it had a defrost mode.

Aesthetically the Frigidaire Energy Star 50-Pint Dehumidifier is able to blend into its surroundings. It is rather compact and flat so I was able to push it against a wall without it taking up too much space. I did find moving it around quite a task as it is quite heavy.

The Verdict

Frigidaire is a trusted brand and I do think that this is a good dehumidifier despite not having a defrost mode and its weight. If you are looking for a more heavy duty dehumidifier then perhaps consider the 70-pint rather than the 50-pint dehumidifier by Frigidaire.