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Honeywell 8,000 BTU Review

This is a user-friendly device with mostly decent scores but ultimately has poor cooling abilities
Honeywell 8,000 BTU
Credit: Honeywell
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Price:   $369 List | $395.00 at Amazon
Pros:  Programmable timer, okay energy efficiency
Cons:  Poor cooling performance
Manufacturer:   Honeywell
By Buck Yedor and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Aug 3, 2021
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#8 of 9
  • Cooling Power - 40% 3
  • Portability - 25% 7
  • Noise - 20% 6
  • Energy Cost - 15% 6

Our Verdict

The Honeywell 8,000 is another run-of-the-mill AC unit that underwhelmed our testers. While this unit had mostly average scores in our testing metrics, it seriously lacked in its cooling performance. It is reasonably energy-efficient, fairly quiet, and easy to move from room to room. It has some enjoyable features like a programmable timer but when it comes down to it, an AC unit with poor cooling abilities just isn't worth it.

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Pros Programmable timer, okay energy efficiencyGreat value, highly portable, performed well in our energy-efficiency test, solid cooling performanceVery quiet, decently portable, solid cooling performanceEnergy efficient, easily portableEasy to move, decent energy efficiency
Cons Poor cooling performanceRuns on the louder sideExpensive, bulky window insertUnderwhelming cooling abilitiesPoor cooling abilities, noisy
Bottom Line This is a user-friendly device with mostly decent scores but ultimately has poor cooling abilitiesYou'll save cash and receive exceptional performance, though it does run a touch louder than othersIf you live in a consistently hot climate, this is our favorite dual-hose portable ACThe lower cooling abilities do not quite make up for the energy-efficient capabilitiesThis 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%)
3.0
6.0
6.0
3.0
5.0
Portability (25%)
7.0
9.0
6.0
8.0
8.0
Noise (20%)
6.0
4.0
8.0
7.0
4.0
Energy Cost (15%)
6.0
7.0
5.0
10.0
6.0
Specs Honeywell 8,000 BTU SereneLife SLPAC10 Whynter ARC-122DS E... Airo Comfort Midea 3-in-1
Remote Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Timer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Interface location Top Top Front Top Top
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
Cord Wrap Yes Yes No Yes Yes
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: 52"
Min: 37"
Max: 50 1/8"
Min: 20"
Max: 46"
Min: 26.5"
Max: 48"
Min: 26.5"
Max: 48"
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
BTUs 8,000 10,000 12,000 10,000 10,000
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

Performance Comparison


The Honeywell 8,000 though sleek-looking, scored pretty poorly...
The Honeywell 8,000 though sleek-looking, scored pretty poorly overall.
Credit: Laura Casner

Cooling Power


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 model has a very user-friendly interface.
This model has a very user-friendly interface.
Credit: Laura Casner

Portability


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.

One of this model's most redeeming qualities is how portable it is.
One of this model's most redeeming qualities is how portable it is.
Credit: Laura Casner

Noise


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.

Energy Cost


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.

Value


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.

Conclusion


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.

Unfortunately, this model just doesn't have enough cooling power to...
Unfortunately, this model just doesn't have enough cooling power to be one of our top picks.
Credit: Laura Casner

Buck Yedor and Austin Palmer