The LG LW8011ER is discontinued, but has been replaced by the very similar LG LW8012ER (*Est. $220), which we also review.
Reviews from both owners and experts show the LW8011ER 8,000-BTU air conditioner to be a good choice for cooling a 350-square-foot room. In professional tests comparing multiple window-mounted ACs, this model performed beautifully. On the downside, a number of owners dislike the amount of noise it makes, although many with this complaint still give it a high rating based on its ability to efficiently cool a room.
With features including a 24-hour programmable timer, remote control and an "AutoRestart" function that automatically turns the unit back on when power is restored after an outage, most owners appreciate the value offered for this model's comparatively low price. Lab tests reveal an inability to direct air to the left well, but this issue doesn't come up in user reviews. If a quiet unit is important to you, the higher-priced Friedrich Kuhl SS08M10 (Est. $820) might be worth a look; a few reviews report noise-free operation.
ConsumerReports.org tests about 40 window air conditioners and gives them an overall score based on energy efficiency, noise and their ability to restart after a power outage. These units also receive a rating for ease of use and airflow direction to the left and right. The LG LW8011ER is included in this testing.
Review: Air Conditioners Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
HomeDepot.com is the only site at which we found user reviews for the LG LW8011ER. More than a dozen owners are mostly complimentary, giving this unit 4.5 out of 5 stars. Negative reviews reference the amount of noise it produces, but nearly all owners are pleased with the cool air output and ease of use.
Review: LG Electronics 8,000 BTU Window Air Conditioner with Remote, Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of April 2012