Quick Review Summary
Released in 2015, The FFAD5033R1 is one of the three new Frigidaire dehumidifiers. This model is supposed to be the replacement of the previous Frigidaire FAD504DWD model. Both previous and new model share some aspects like dimensions, weight as well as other features. Like it’s name implies, it’s capable of removing 50 pint of moisture per day at normal conditions, but it’s also capable to remove 100 pint in extreme humidity level. The design of the newer one is way better than the older with sleek and round lines, but let’s look at what it has inside.
Frigidaire FFAD5033R1 Main Features
This dehumidifier comes with many interesting features like the electronic controls panel where you find fan speeds, filter clean, bucket full indicator and many more. This model has a removable bucket that collects the dehumidified water. This new model’s tank capacity is a little bit lower than the previous one : 13.1 pint tank vs 16.3 pint tank. This is somehow important because when you’re not around, and the tank is full, the dehumidifier would stop working automatically. When your’re not far from the unit, you can hear the beep indicating that the bucket is full and needs to be emptied. While the 70 Pint Frigidaire has more advantages, the 50 pint Frigidaire is better on this point as it will require less emptying and replacing time than a its 70 pint counterpart that removes moisture and collects water more quickly.
- Removes 50 pints of moisture from the air per day (Energy Star certified)
- Uses standard 115V electrical outlet
- 13.1-pint tank with handle, splash guard and full tank alert and auto shut-off
- A money saver Low temperature operation (41°)
- Adjustable humidistat
- Ready-Select electronic controls with digital humidity display
- 24-hour on/off timer and control lock ( great if you have kids)
Energy Efficiency and Performance
In terms of power draw, the FFAD5033R1 was tested in specific conditions and the result was 36 watts more consumption than the average dehumidifiers in its size class. In this test, the humidity level was at approximately 50%. The top performing 50 pints units were able to draw 439 of power in this test. When it comes to higher humidity levels, it was reported that this model is able to draw power not far from what the manufacturer have put on its advertising in terms of wattage, which is 525 watts of power when humidity is at its max.
When we compare the FFAD5033R1 to the FFAD7033R1 which is a 70 pint, the 50 pint Frigidaire draws 215 watts less power than the 70 pint that is rated 745. If we do the math, this is 40% less, which is a big difference. Nevertheless, I want to point out that power draw is not the only characteristic that matters when it comes to energy efficiency. The rate by which a dehumidifier removes moisture is also an important point to consider when evaluating any dehumidifier’s energy efficiency. Later on this review, I will show you some data from a comparative test between the 70 pint and the 50 Frigidaire where you can see that the Frigidaire 70 pint removes moisture 100% more quickly its smaller bother. This clearly means that a dehumidifier higher in terms of power draw and which can remove moisture more quickly is in some cases better in power efficiency than a lower power draw, slower dehumidifier. As a result, when we consider the power draw to moisture removal rate ratio, the seemingly advantage of Frigidaire 50 pint’s energy efficiency fails in front of the Frigidaire 70 pint which is much more higher in the overall energy efficiency.
Is This Dehumidifier Quiet ?
Just like every machine that has a fan, the Frigidaire FFAD5033R1 has a noise output. This dehumidifier was tested at long range ( 10 feet away from the unit) on low fan speed, and the average noise output was 48.8 dB (decibels). Generally, this is not considered noisy and we can say that it’s a quiet dehumidifier. Surprisingly, you may think that the Frigidaire 50 pint is much quieter than it’s bigger brother, 70 pint, but according to tests, this is not true. While the average noise output of the 50 pints in the previous was 48.8, the 70 pint is only 2 decibels higher (50.3 dB ). So if you’re to decide whether you buy the 70 or the 50 pint Frigidaire based on which one is more quiet, this is not a parameter to take in consideration because it’s trivial. The noise level though increases on the medium and high fan speed settings on both dehumidifiers. It’s important to know that the Frigidaire FFAD5033R1 is one of the most quiet 50 pint dehumidifiers out there. Also, many dehumidifiers have only two fan speeds, while this one has three.
Just like the older model, this one has also gained in popularity and is highly recommended by many customers. From the point of view of customers, the Frigidaire FFAD5033R1 has received a great deal of positive reviews. On Amazon, this model is rated 4.4 out of 5 stars with more than 2700 customers reviews. There are of course some negative customers, but the percentage is very low compared to the positive ones.
As you’ve seen in this review, the Frigidaire FFAD5033R1 50 pint dehumidifier does have pros and cons like any product, but it’s still highly rated device which is capable of fulfilling the task of removing moisture from small and medium spaces. Last time I checked Amazon, there were a discount on it, Click Here to go to this offer’s page. If the space you want to dehumidify is bigger, then you may consider the 70 pint Frigidaire, read our review about it here.