Frigidaire 30-Pint vs. 50-Pint vs. 70-Pint: Dehumidifier Comparison
If you live in a humid part of the globe, then you are probably too familiar with how uncomfortable it can be sitting at home with sweat dripping down to your… nether regions. And don’t think that cracking a window will shoo away the humidity. Ohhoo no, you’re just inviting bugs into your home, creating a whole range of different problems.
Your best bet to get rid of excessive moisture particles from the air is by getting a dehumidifier. But finding the right dehumidifier can be a challenge in and of itself, so it’s always good to look at who’s leading the market. One of the most popular dehumidifier brands is Frigidaire, which has been in the home appliance industry for more than a century. In this article, we’re going to compare and contract their 30-pint, 50-pint, and 70-pint models to help you decide how large of a dehumidifier you need.
Moisture Removal Rate
Dehumidifiers come in different sizes and with different capacities. You’ll want to choose a dehumidifier based on how humid your home is. Dehumidifiers with larger motors will snatch and condense more airborne water particles than smaller units.
When looking at these three Frigidaire dehumidifiers, we can see that they have their own water removal rate stats. The 30-pint, 50-pint, and 70-pint models remove up to 3.7 gallons, 6.34 gallons, and 8.72 gallons every 24 hours respectively. Obviously, apart from the size of the water basins, each of these models is designed for lowish, mediumish, and highish humidity levels. Respectively.
Water Basin Capacity
Dehumidifiers are supposed to make you and your home as comfortable as possible, but this is only achievable if you don’t have to babysit the appliance to make sure it doesn’t overflow. The problem that most first-time dehumidifier buyers experience is a model that’s far too small for their liking.
The size of the water basin plays a role in convenience, not performance, so this should not be your first consideration. With that in mind, you should be aware of how humid your home is before choosing how large or small a dehumidifier to get.
In order, the 30-pint, 50-pint, and 70-pint dehumidifiers from Frigidaire fill up in about 24 hours when running on their highest setting and in their optimal humidity ranges. If, for instance, you were to get the 30-pint model while living in Florida, your home would still be excessively humid, and the basin would fill up just as quickly as the more powerful 70-pint model.
Since each of these Frigidaire dehumidifiers are designed with different water-removing capacities, they operate optimally in differently sized rooms. The 30-pint model works best in rooms that are less than 1,000 square feet. The 50-pint model is made for larger rooms of up to 2,000 square feet. As for the 70-pint model, the largest of the three, it can retain its water removal rate in rooms of up to 4,000 square feet. Choosing which of the three that’ll work best for you depends on how large or small of a room, you plan on using them in.
Now, we can’t ignore that emptying the basin out of the dehumidifier is a pain in the neck. In fact, there are those that would probably turn the appliance off entirely than lift the basin and pour its contents out into a sink. Thankfully, Frigidaire already thought of this inconvenient task and equipped all three of their dehumidifiers with drain ports. All you need is to place the dehumidifier near a door or window, connect a standard garden hose with internal threading onto the drain port, and let the baby run on its own.
However, you should know that these dehumidifier models do not come with internal pumps. This means that you can’t have the hose running upward through a window since the water will collect into the hose, and the basin will overflow. Instead, you need to have the garden hose running downward in order for gravity to do its thing. This is kind of a hassle, especially if you don’t have a counter or table located near a window.
Let’s say that can’t connect a garden hose to any of these dehumidifiers, so instead, you need to dispose of the basin’s contents manually. When the basin has reached full capacity, a bright LED light will turn on, letting passersby know that the time has come to empty it out. In addition, these dehumidifiers come with an automatic shutoff feature which kills the unit before the basin can overflow so your pretty hardwood floors will be safe from water damage.
Apart from having an auto-shutoff feature, all three of these Frigidaire dehumidifiers can start on their own accord. The auto-start feature begins when the dehumidifier tests the relative humidity in a room and deems it too humid for comfort (you set your own comfort level). The device will turn on and automatically adjust its fan speed based on the relative humidity level.
Unreliable Humidity Readings
Since these dehumidifiers have to test the humidity level of a room before cranking its fan to the highest speed, it only makes sense that it knows how much moisture is in the air. Unfortunately, the opposite is more likely true. For some reason, the three dehumidifiers we tested out automatically turned on even though our rooms were properly dehumidified.
The sensor is most likely the problem. Either that or the placement of the sensor is located too close to the water basin and thus reads the humidity level of the basin and not the room. Whatever the case, it’s causing far too many problems.
These Frigidaire dehumidifiers don’t just condense water vapor. These models also have a built-in air filtering system which improves the quality of indoor air as it works. To trap airborne pollutants, these dehumidifiers come equipped with a reusable filter. Simply remove the filter from inside the dehumidifier, run it under hot water while squeezing the dirt out, and install it back inside of the dehumidifier. On average, these filters will work for roughly 12 months before needing to be replaced.
ENERGY STAR Certified
Since dehumidifiers will be left to their own devices for almost the entire day, it’d be nice if they didn’t consume a ton of electricity while in use. Well, the good thing is that all three of these Frigidaire dehumidifiers are ENERGY STAR Certified, meaning that they’ll hardly use any electricity and, as a side effect, make our world a better place to live in. Thanks, Frigidaire!
Easy to Relocate
Humidity doesn’t just infect a single room while leaving other spaces in your home moisture-free. Unless you plan on investing in a full-home dehumidifying system, you’re better off getting a portable dehumidifier that you can take with you wherever you’re chilling. Each of these units has a handle located near the control panel and digital display for easy lifting.
All three of these Frigidaire dehumidifiers are lightweight (between 30 and 50 pounds, dry weight) and sit on top of four large casters for effortless maneuverability. We’d just like to remind you that before attempting to move these units from room to room, you should dump empty the basin to reduce the risk of spillage.
The amount of noise made by a dehumidifier is based on how quickly the fan needs to spin. Obviously, a larger dehumidifier with a larger motor, fan, and greater water removal capacity will buzz more loudly than their smaller counterparts.
This is true with all three of these Frigidaire dehumidifiers. The 30-pint model produces roughly 50 decibels on its lowest setting and up to 65 on turbo.
The 50-pint model reaches a maximum of 80 decibels. And the beastly 70-pint model drones at roughly 95 decibels on its high setting.
Dehumidifiers are naturally loud, but it’s safe to say that Frigidaire has upped its soundproofing game by reducing the maximum noise output by several decibels when rivaled against other comparable models. This is actually one of the company’s selling points, and it indeed works.Related Frigidaire Dehumidifier Articles
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Frigidaire 30-Pint vs. 50-Pint vs. 70-Pint: Dehumidifier
So after giving these three Frigidaire dehumidifiers a run, we found that they’re pretty good, except for the unreliable humidity sensor that kick-starts the appliance to life even when the room is below the pre-set level. We can only assume this is not a problem in overly humid places, but in other places this will be a tremendous problem.
Despite being ENERGY STAR certified, you’d probably end up spending more on electricity than you need to since the dehumidifier will run when unnecessary.
But if you can live with spending a little bit more on electricity (which will accumulate over time), then there’s really nothing to complain about. These three Frigidaire dehumidifiers are made for differently sized rooms and for various parts of the world based on their respective humidity levels. Choose the one that best suits your needs and you won’t be (too) disappointed with your choice.