Honeywell 8,000 BTU Review
Pros: Programmable timer, okay energy efficiency
Cons: Poor cooling performance
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|Pros||Programmable timer, okay energy efficiency||Great value, highly portable, performed well in our energy-efficiency test, solid cooling performance||Very quiet, decently portable, solid cooling performance||Energy efficient, easily portable||Easy to move, decent energy efficiency|
|Cons||Poor cooling performance||Runs on the louder side||Expensive, bulky window insert||Underwhelming cooling abilities||Poor cooling abilities, noisy|
|Bottom Line||This is a user-friendly device with mostly decent scores but ultimately has poor cooling abilities||You'll save cash and receive exceptional performance, though it does run a touch louder than others||If you live in a consistently hot climate, this is our favorite dual-hose portable AC||The lower cooling abilities do not quite make up for the energy-efficient capabilities||This is an expensive machine that is easy to move around but ultimately offers poor cooling abilities|
|Rating Categories||Honeywell 8,000 BTU||SereneLife SLPAC10||Whynter ARC-122DS E...||Airo Comfort||Midea 3-in-1|
|Cooling Power (40%)|
|Energy Cost (15%)|
|Specs||Honeywell 8,000 BTU||SereneLife SLPAC10||Whynter ARC-122DS E...||Airo Comfort||Midea 3-in-1|
|Modes||Cool, dry, fan, auto||Cool, dry, fan||Cool, dry, fan||Cool, dry, fan||Heat, auto, cool, dry, fan|
|Number of Fan Speeds||4||3||3||3||4|
|Measured Weight||61.2 lbs||54.7 lbs||60.4 lbs||51.5 lbs||56.2 lbs|
|Window Kit Length (without modification)||Min: 26.6"
Max: 50 1/8"
|Measured kWh on High (Average)||0.86 kWh||0.91 kWh||1.06 kWh||0.71 kWh||0.85 kWh|
|Measured dBa on High at 4'||59.5 dBa||62 dBa||57 dBa||58 dBa||60.5 dBa|
|Room Rating||350 sq ft||350 sq ft||400 sq ft||350 sq ft||200 sq ft|
|Single or Dual hose||Single||Single||Dual||Single||Single|
|Projected Summer Cost||$127.80||$116.22||$131.61||$88.17||$122.60|
|Measured Temperature Drop After 60 Minutes||6.9ºF||11ºF||10°F||6ºF||8ºF|
Our Analysis and Test Results
While the Honeywell isn't the absolute worst performer in this metric, it did come in second to last place in cooling abilities. With a starting temperature of 82 degrees, the ambient air temperature only dropped 6.9 degrees after an hour of this machine running, leaving us at 75.1 degrees. Given that this machine is listed as working for rooms up to 350 square feet, we were disappointed by these lackluster results.
This machine has a smooth plastic handle that is built into the very top of the device. The depth of the grip accommodates your whole fingertip, and despite its heavyweight, is surprisingly easy to pick up. This unit doesn't fit in windows smaller than 36" unless you trim the plastic frame. The instruction manual makes no note of this, so it's a little unclear if that is the expectation.
The noise produced by the Honeywell is relatively inoffensive. It makes a slight hum while in use but is consistent and non-rattly sounding. When tested with our decibel reader, it was right in the range of all of the other units, coming in at 59.5 dBa. In our tester's subjective opinion, the noise was not annoying but not entirely unnoticeable, again putting it squarely in the middle of our test group.
Assuming you use the device for 12 hours a day over the course of the summer months, we calculated that the average use cost is around $128.00 per three months. The Honeywell isn't the cheapest to run, but is also not the most expensive.
While this device had mostly average scores, it has a relatively high MSRP considering its cooling abilities. For the money, there are a couple of devices that perform much better and are ones we would first and foremost recommend.
The Honeywell 8,000 is a mediocre air conditioning unit that at the very least has a polished user interface. This unit hums along somewhere in the middle and is neither a top scorer nor at the absolute bottom in any of our testing metrics. It has lower cooling abilities, which ultimately tanked its overall rating. It produces very little noise, is decently portable, and runs on the lower side of energy costs.
— Buck Yedor and Austin Palmer
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