This is a review of the Frigidaire FFAD5033W1 50-Pint Dehumidifier.
Frigidaire is a well-known brand of quality home appliances, including refrigerators, washers, air conditioners, and dehumidifiers. Its highest capacity dehumidifier is the 50-pint FFAD5033W1, often rated as one of the best household dehumidifiers today.
It replaces the old model FFAD7033R1 which was rated to remove 70 pints a day per the 2012 DOE standards for dehumidifiers (or 50 pints under the current standards). The counterpart FFAD5033R1 unit would now be considered a 35-pint dehumidifier. Just like the older models, the FFAD5033W1 gets mostly positive feedback from thousands of online reviews across different sites.
Power Draw: 570 Watts
Dimensions: 24.25 x 15.96 x 12 inches
Weight: 42.3 lbs.
• Energy Star certified
• Custom humidity control
• Excellent dehumidification performance
• Low temperature operation
• SpaceWise design
• Continuous draining option
• One-year warranty
How Does it Compare to Older Models (Frigidaire FFAD5033R1 Review)
The FFAD5033W1 is equivalent to the older FFAD7033R1. Both would be rated 70 pints under the 2012 standards, and 50 pints under the current one. One look and you’ll notice the differences between the two units.
The FFAD7033R1 (as well as the smaller FFAD5033R1 and FFAD3033R1) has a side exhaust, a side drain plug which requires an adapter, an extendable top handle, and a small 13.1-pint tank. Considering these drawbacks, it was still one of the best performing dehumidifiers of previous years. The dehumidifier’s energy efficiency is only one of its strongest qualities when looking at the power draw to moisture removal rate ratio.
Likewise, the current FFAD5033W1 is one of the top choices for homeowners today.
Moisture Removal Rate
High humidity can make your home a hotbed for moisture and mold. The main purpose of a dehumidifier is to remove excess moisture in the air to prevent potential humidity problems. Standard home dehumidifiers have a moisture removal rate ranging from 20 to 70 pints per day.
The Department of Energy determines these pint ratings and the testing conditions for dehumidifiers. From 2012, dehumidifiers were tested at 80°F and 60% humidity. Starting June 2019, the DOE changed the conditions to 65°F and 60% humidity. The new standard is meant to be a more realistic expectation of the dehumidifier’s performance in a basement setting. Because of this new standard, previously 30-pint, 50-pint, and 70-pint rated Frigidaire dehumidifiers are now labeled 22-pint, 35-pint, and 50-pint, respectively.
The current FFAD5033W1 unit is rated to remove up to 50 pints of moisture per day.
All the past and current Frigidaire dehumidifiers are energy efficient with an Energy Star certification. Energy Star gives this label to products exceeding the EPA’s energy efficiency requirements. This ensures that the Frigidaire effectively removes excess moisture and prevents its damaging effects, while also saving your money in the long run.
Frigidaire dehumidifiers are notably quiet with high CFM fans. While compressor-based dehumidifiers are naturally loud, a higher CFM fan can mask the compressor noise with the more pleasant fan noise. The top exhaust also helps distribute the sound more evenly, contributing to an overall pleasing white noise. The Frigidaire FFAD5033W1 produces an average noise output of 47 to 51 decibels with the three fan speeds. It’s among the quietest compressor dehumidifiers, and most customers will attest to this.
Key Features and Functionality
Frigidaire has custom humidity control with a digital humidistat which allows you to set your desired humidity level from 35% to 85% RH in 5% increments. The two digit display will show your target humidity level while setting, then the current room humidity after five seconds.
When turning on, the unit will run in Continuous mode and high fan speed by default. In the Continuous mode, the digital display will only show “CO” and not the current humidity. It’s recommended to run the unit in Continuous mode for the first three or four days until the moisture and odors are significantly reduced.
Unlike most other brands with only two fan speeds, you have three options with Frigidaire: Low at 167 CFM air flow rate, Med at 194 CFM, and High at 229 CFM, with noise levels 47 decibels, 49 decibels, and 51 decibels, respectively. Press the Fan Speed button and the indicator for your selected speed will light up on the control panel.
The Timer function enables you to either Delay Start or Delay Stop the operation from 0.5 to 24 hours. To program the unit to Delay Stop, press the Timer button while the unit is running. If the unit is off, then the Timer will set Delay Start to turn on the unit automatically. Select the time at 0.5 hour increments up to 10 hours, then at 1 hour increments up to 24 hours. If Delay Start is selected, the humidity level and fan speed will be set to your previous settings.
Frigidaire has a removable and washable dust filter behind the air intake grille at the back of the unit. After 250 hours of operation, the Filter Reset light will illuminate to remind you to clean the air filter. Remove the filter and wash with water or mild liquid soap. For more information on proper filter cleaning, refer to your owner’s manual. Once the filter is clean, dry, and replaced, press the Filter Reset button.
The Frigidaire FFAD5033W1 has a large water bucket with 16.9 pint capacity. This is considerably bigger than the average 14 pints for 50-pint dehumidifiers. When the bucket is full, the dehumidifier will shut off automatically and the Bucket Full light will illuminate to tell you when you need to empty the water. This task is made more convenient using the front loading bucket with handle and splash guard.
If you want to run your dehumidifier continuously without needing to empty the bucket multiple times a day, Frigidaire has an option for continuous drainage via gravity. To enable automatic draining, attach a standard garden hose onto the drain outlet and direct the other end of the hose to a low-level drain, sink, or bucket. Make sure the unit is placed higher and that there are no kinks or knots so that the water flows down smoothly.
Similar to other dehumidifier brands, Frigidaire offers a high-capacity unit with a built-in condensate pump. This is the FFAP5033W1, which is nearly identical to the FFAD5033W1 save for the internal pump. If you have the latter model and want the drain pump functionality, you may purchase an external condensate pump. A pump can push out water vertically up to a certain height (typically 15 feet).
In case of a power outage, the dehumidifier will save your last selected settings. Once the power comes back, it will automatically resume operation in your previous settings.
Low Temperature Operation
Frigidaire dehumidifiers stand out for their exceptional performance even in low temperatures down to 41°F. Because this unit is specifically designed to operate in lower temperatures, it doesn’t have an auto defrost mode which turns off the unit periodically to melt ice. This saves energy and ensures that your dehumidifier is maintaining operation even in colder conditions.
Build Quality and Warranty
Frigidaire’s SpaceWise design includes four caster wheels and a side handle for easy movement. The cord winder on the back also adds portability. The sleek and stylish look of this dehumidifier puts it above most other units of similar capacity. From the control panel, air grilles, to the water bucket, you’ll be able to tell that Frigidaire is built with high-quality materials.
One downside is the unit comes with an industry standard one-year warranty. A few brands such as hOmeLabs, Frigidaire’s toughest competitor, offer a two-year warranty. Another top brand, Honeywell, is guaranteed with up to five years warranty. This isn’t really a big deal considering Frigidaire’s high quality build, but a longer warranty period gives greater peace of mind to a lot of users.
Like other Frigidaire products, the FFAD5033W1 dehumidifier is very well received by customers from different online stores. It’s praised particularly for the quick and efficient moisture removal. You’ll feel a significant change in humidity within a few hours of operation. Of course, the actual performance will still vary depending on the size and dampness level of the room, but you can expect high performance from a properly functioning Frigidaire unit.
The Frigidaire FFAD5033W1 dehumidifier is on the higher end in all aspects, including the cost. If you’re on a budget, some less expensive alternatives include hOmeLabs, Vremi, and BLACK+DECKER. But if you want a durable, powerful and quiet dehumidifier and have a few more bucks to spare, then Frigidaire is your best bet.