Vremi 10,000 BTU Review
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|Pros||Quiet, programmable start and stop times||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||Average performance across the board, awkward to carry||Runs on the louder side||Expensive, bulky window insert||Underwhelming cooling abilities||Poor cooling abilities, noisy|
|Bottom Line||This unit receives average scores in every testing metric and has a high list price for its performance||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||Vremi 10,000 BTU||SereneLife SLPAC10||Whynter ARC-122DS E...||Airo Comfort||Midea 3-in-1|
|Cooling Power (40%)|
|Energy Cost (15%)|
|Specs||Vremi 10,000 BTU||SereneLife SLPAC10||Whynter ARC-122DS E...||Airo Comfort||Midea 3-in-1|
|Modes||Cool, dry, fan||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||54.4 lbs||54.7 lbs||60.4 lbs||51.5 lbs||56.2 lbs|
|Window Kit Length (without modification)||Min: 20"
Max: 50 1/8"
|Measured kWh on High (Average)||0.95 kWh||0.91 kWh||1.06 kWh||0.71 kWh||0.85 kWh|
|Measured dBa on High at 4'||58 dBa||62 dBa||57 dBa||58 dBa||60.5 dBa|
|Room Rating||250 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||$132.51||$116.22||$131.61||$88.17||$122.60|
|Measured Temperature Drop After 60 Minutes||8.37ºF||11ºF||10°F||6ºF||8ºF|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Cooling power is, of course, the hallmark ability of a quality AC unit. The Vremi, while not the bottom of the barrel, fell pretty far down on the list in terms of cooling power. Our testing room started at 80.74 degrees, and after running the machine for an hour, cooled the room down to 72.37 degrees. This gave us a total temperature reduction of 8.37 degrees, putting this unit toward the bottom of our fleet.
The built-in grips on the Vremi are tiny. The small grips, combined with a very uneven weight distribution, make this home appliance awkward to pick up. The saving grace for this machine is its lower weight of 54 pounds — it's of the lighter units to pick up. Getting this unit set up in a window is straightforward but requires a screwdriver.
The low-level hum produced by the Vremi should be a non-issue for all but the most sensitive to noise. The compressor has a slight rattle when it runs but is still very quiet overall. It produced 58 dBA when we measured its sound output on our decibel reader, which makes it objectively one of the quieter units. Subjectively, the low rattle kept it from scoring higher in this metric.
The Vremi is moderately expensive to operate. Assuming you run this machine for 12 hours a day for three months, your operational costs will be right around $132. When you factor in its poor cooling power, it doesn't feel like you're getting your money's worth.
Should You Buy the Vremi 10,000 BTU?
As our overall lowest scoring model, the Vremi is a tough sell. It's awkward to move around, expensive to run, and has subpar cooling abilities, leaving a lot to be desired.
What Other Portable Air Conditioners Should You Consider?
The AC unit we recommend over all others is the SereneLife SLPAC10. This model has a great energy cost to cooling ratio and has an approachable sticker price. If you are looking for maximum cooling power regardless of energy expenditure, check out the Whynter ARC-14SH, which will suit those in the hottest climates very well.
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