Vremi 10,000 BTU Review
Pros: Quiet, programmable start and stop times
Cons: Expensive, awkward to carry
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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||Expensive, awkward to carry||Runs on the louder side||Expensive, bulky window insert||Underwhelming cooling abilities||Poor cooling abilities, noisy|
|Bottom Line||This unit receives below-average scores in just above 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 in our fleet.
The built-in grips on the Vremi are tiny. The small grips, combined with a very uneven weight distribution, make this machine awkward to pick up. The saving grace for this machine is that it weighs 54 pounds — it's of the lighter units to pick up. Getting this unit set up in a window is straightforward but requires the use of 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 overall is still very quiet. 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.
The Vremi doesn't give much of a compelling reason to justify its price. While its low scores might feel more acceptable from a budget model, we expected a lot more from a unit with such a high price tag. This unit has one of the lowest values of any of the air conditioning units we reviewed.
Our overall lowest scoring model, the Vremi is a tough sell. While it is objectively quiet, it isn't particularly more pleasant to be around than the majority of the other options we tested. It's awkward to move around, expensive to run, and has subpar cooling abilities. The Vremi leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to portable ac units. The lowest overall scored device we tested, this unit is a far cry from our top picks.
— Buck Yedor and Austin Palmer