Frigidaire FAD504DUD Review

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With built-in casters, this 50-pint dehumidifier is truly portable and also relatively quiet. A built-in air filter helps remove odors as well as moisture. Reviewers say it's easy to use, and both consumers and experts have found it effective.

This 50-pint dehumidifier doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles, but generally it does what it's supposed to, according to Frigidaire FAD504DUD reviews: absorb any excess humidity dampening the house.

Users say they find the unit quiet enough to run on high when people are in the room. One consumer posting on Amazon declares the noise practically nonexistent when compared with the sound of two previous dehumidifiers. The 2-gallon bucket is easy to empty, Frigidaire FAD504DUD reviews say, and a splash guard helps prevent spills. The continuous drain feature, however, seems to be a different story. Consumers posting reviews on the Frigidaire's website and on Amazon complain that the unit doesn't properly drain through a hose. Several report that a call to Frigidaire yielded a free modification kit that solved the problem. Others mention that the unit has to sit on an uneven surface or be propped up slightly in the front so it tilts backward, letting gravity draw the water out.

Still, judging by comments, the Frigidaire FAD504DUD (starting at $189, Amazon) works very well. Reports of it reducing the humidity from 90 percent to around 55 percent within 24 hours are not atypical. A consumer product testing site awarded the unit high ratings, particularly for water removal and the accuracy of the humidistat. It can operate without freezing at temperatures as low as 41 degrees.

The dehumidifier shuts off automatically when the bucket is full, and an indicator light goes on. A washable, antibacterial mesh filter is designed to reduce airborne particles. This dehumidifier is Energy Star compliant and comes with a 1-year warranty.

Elizabeth Sheer

Elizabeth Sheer is a Brooklyn-based writer and researcher. In addition to researching and writing about household appliances and other consumer items, Elizabeth draws on her history of preparing cooking-related articles to conduct taste tests on all things delicious.

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