Reviews say the NewAir AC-10000E is the best portable air conditioner because it cools effectively and is so easy to install and use. It's sturdy and takes up little floor space, with a low-maintenance evaporation system and air filter. Energy-saving features include a high EER rating and 12-hour programmable timer, keeping up 325 square feet cool without skyrocketing your utility bill. Owners say it's reliable, though the one-year limited warranty is shorter than most.
Quickly cools smaller spaces. "Does the NewAir AC-10000E cool down a room fast? Oh yes, it's like feeling the icy exhale of winter itself once you set up the unit and turn it on," according to ApartmentTherapy.com, a blog about apartment living. An owner review at Air-n-Water.com says there's "no problem leaving it off for extended periods of time; when you turn it back on, it cools whatever room you have it in quickly and efficiently." The NewAir is best for rooms up to 325 square feet, but it's about as noisy as larger units. "This sucker is loud. At full blast, you definitely know the unit is on," says Gregory Han with ApartmentTherapy.com.
User-friendly setup and operation. The NewAir AC-10000E is easy to set up and maintain, according to reviews. "Installation is fairly simple, though the large extendable window hose kit can be a bit ornery to direct in the right direction," says Han. A few owners also say the hose is a little short and can be difficult to connect to tall windows. The AC-10000E's built-in evaporation system manages about 50 pints of water per day; some owners in humid climates say they need to periodically empty the water reservoir or install a drain hose.
Low utility costs. With an energy efficiency rating (EER) of 11.6, the NewAir is the most energy-saving portable air conditioner in our report. "A 12-hour programmable timer allows you to set up the unit to blast cool your room while you're away, and turn off after a set amount of time," says Han. The AC-10000E includes a one-year limited warranty, which is the shortest we've seen for portable air conditioners, and requires owners to pay for shipping costs. Owners give it an average of 4 out of 5 stars for product construction, saying it's sturdy with an easy-to-read display. Overall there are very few complaints about durability.
1. Apartment Therapy.com
ApartmentTherapy.com, a website dedicated to improving apartment living, reviews the NewAir AC-10000E in this single-product review. The portable air conditioner gets praise for quickly cooling down about 300 square feet. Its loud noise and unattractive appearance are minor drawbacks. Although this is an older review, the company has not made any changes to the unit.
Review: Re(al)view: NewAir AC-10000E Portable Air Conditioner, Gregory Han, July 10, 2009
About 190 owners review the NewAir AC-10000E here, giving it 4.4 out of 5 stars. It gets high marks for being easy to use and install, with owners praising its durable build and overall performance. A few say it's a little noisy and the vent hose is too short.
Review: NewAir AC-10000E 4-in-1 Portable Air Conditioner, 10,000 BTUs, Contributors to Air-n-Water.com, As of May 2014
About 40 owners review the NewAir AC-10000E here, though most reviews are more than two years old. With an average score of 4.6 stars out of 5, this is one of the highest-rated portable air conditioners at this retail website. Most say it's easy to install and cools effectively.
Review: NewAir AC-10000E 10,000 BTU Auto-Evaporative Portable Air Conditioner, Contributors to Air-Conditioner-Home.com, As of May 2014