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Frigidaire FAD504TDD 50-Pint Dehumidifier White
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4 out of 5 eggs Does the job, but ... 08/22/2010

This review is from: Frigidaire FAD504TDD 50-Pint Dehumidifier White

Pros: Works well - quickly removes a lot of water from the air.
I bought this from NewEgg a couple weeks ago to reduce the humidity level in my finished basement. I would have bought the 70 pint model if one was in stock but having used this for a bit I'm happy I didn't - this one does the job and the bigger model has the same capacity reservoir. As it is, I empty the reservoir twice a day on low fan speed when it's humid. On high speed it ends up shutting itself off before I can empty the bucket. The water reservoir has a handle on top and is easy to empty.

Inoffensive looks - Because this is relatively large (and noisy!) it's probably not the sort of thing that will blend seamlessly into your room. However, it looks pretty good for a big white box.

Easy to move around - not a big deal for me since there are only a couple places in the room for me to put this and I don't need to move it. In the winter when I don't need it I'll wheel it into a closet.

Cons: Side air discharge limits placement

Water reservoir small given removal capacity

Irritatingly noisy. This is my biggest disappointment with this unit. While I can accept the fan noise I find the higher-frequency compressor buzz to be very irritating. Maybe my hearing is better than many because I can clearly hear the compressor buzzing away on the first floor (it's open to the basement). I can also hear it from my 2nd floor bedroom at night when things are quiet. There's no way I'd want it in my main living area. The basement is mostly used by my kids for playing with toys and video games. When they watch a movie the unit is shut off. I have two large refrigerators, one bar fridge, a chest freezer and a new 12k BTU window A/C in my loft. This is far noisier than the refrigerators and about the same as the window shaker. A significant amount of the buzz comes from the bottom of the unit so if you can place it on carpet away from a corner (I can't) it won't be nearly as irritating

Other Thoughts: I measured the noise level to be 53-54 dBA on low speed and about 57 dBA on high speed. To put this into perspective, my clothes dryer when running empty is 58 dB (A-weighed @ 1m). My refrigerators are at most in the low 40's and blend into surrounding sounds making them hard to measure. I'll be pulling this apart to insulate the compressor, but that's me ... If you're looking for something to use in your main living area and noise bothers you you might want to look at a different model.

The water reservoir size is a decent compromise. It's small relative to the removal capacity of the unit but if it was much bigger many would find it too heavy and awkward to empty. If you have a nearby floor drain that you can use you will very quickly connect a hose to the unit. Too bad the drain hose connection is on the side instead of the back - there's no way this can look good in a finished space with a hose sticking out the side.

This is perfect to dry out an unfinished basement

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