The Kenmore 70101 is a 10,000-BTU window air conditioner that can cool a room of approximately 450 square feet. Most reviews are positive, with consistent reference to the AC's ability to cool well. One user says the unit is a little noisy on the highest setting but quiet on all others; just one other comment concerning noise references the loud beeps that accompany pressing buttons to change settings. Owners appreciate this air conditioner's small chassis and light weight, which they say helps make installation easy.
One user praises the 70101's moisture removal, saying it collects a much greater amount of water than air conditioners used previously, but another faults the eight-way air direction for not directing the air down. A couple of owners say the remote control is difficult to read and the flat buttons make it hard to press what's intended. On the whole, user comments indicate that they're pleased with the Kenmore 70101 and the cooling power that comes from such a small package. Still, the 10,000-BTU Frigidaire LRA107BU1 (*Est. $280) amasses more positive owner reviews, and expert testers say it delivers better airflow to the left and right.
The Kenmore 70101 is sold only at Sears, so Sears.com is the best destination for user reviews. The air conditioner is included in expert tests at ConsumerReports.org
ConsumerReports.org evaluates more than 40 window AC units of various capacities. The Kenmore 70101 is one of the tested models, and ratings are summarized in an easy-to-read chart.
Review: Air Conditioners Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not dated
Sears.com offers the only source for user reviews of the Kenmore 70101, which gets 4.5 out of 5 stars based on comments from about two dozen owners. Reviewers agree on the unit's ability to cool well and install easily, but a few find it slightly noisy and say the remote is difficult to use.
Review: Kenmore 10,000-BTU Room Air Conditioner Energy Star, Contributors to Sears.com, As of April 2012