Product Reviews - Dehumidifiers

Frigidaire FAD504DWD Energy Star 50-pint Dehumidifier

April 1, 2016 • By

If you are looking to remove excess moisture in your home without breaking the bank, then consider investing in a dehumidifier. Dehumidifiers curb the growth of mold and mildew that tend to grow in places such as basements, bathrooms and other damp areas of your home.

The medium-sized Frigidaire FAD504DWD 50 Pint dehumidifier has been rated one of the top 50 pint dehumidifiers in its class and for good reason. It manages to stay low in price without sacrificing much in features and reliability.

The Basics

The Frigidaire FAD504DWD dehumidifier functionality is exceptional. It is also one of the most inexpensive in its class.

One of the best features about this dehumidifier is that it is easily adjustable and very versatile. The humidity level can be set in 5% increments as well as go up to 85% Relative Humidity (RH) and as low as 35% RH.

It also has a timer which can be set on a delayed start or stop. The timer can also be set to half hour increments for up to 10 hours or at one hour increments from 10 to 24 hours. The standard operating temperature ranges from 41 to 96 degrees which is a great feature and means that the FAD504DWD can be used in a number of different climates.

If you are looking for a unit that removes moisture in the air as quickly as possible, then this dehumidifier may not be the best option as it is too small to do so. However, it did prove to work efficiently in removing excess moisture in smaller rooms.

The size of this dehumidifier also has its benefits as it is easy to transport compared to other dehumidifiers that remove moisture at a faster rate. Compared to other dehumidifiers in its class, the Frigidaire Dehumidifier was one of the lightest medium capacity dehumidifiers.

In terms of aesthetics, I found this dehumidifier rather appealing compared to other dehumidifiers in the market. The cream color is versatile and can go unnoticed in similarly neutral surroundings like a bathroom. The noise level of the FAD504DWD is a lot less appealing though, so watch out for that.

One of the most problematic extra expenses of a dehumidifier is that it uses a lot of electricity – leaving you with a higher than usual bill to pay. At 50% humidity, it drew up to 460 W of power. The size of the dehumidifier plays a role in the amount of power it uses and this one fits the range for what is to be expected from machines of this size.

The Verdict

Apart from not having a defrost mode, I found this dehumidifier to be very versatile and reliable. It has well-functioning features but falls short on energy-saving and a slightly below-average moisture removal rate. It is important to consider the noise level from this machine as well, since it has been acknowledged as being quite loud. This could, understandably, be a deal-breaker for some people.