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Whynter ARC-14S

$495
Reviewed
May 2013
by ConsumerSearch
Whynter ARC-14S

Pros
  • Large capacity
  • Doesn't need to be drained too often
  • Quiet
  • Good warranty
Cons
  • Mixed reviews on cooling performance
  • Heavy (80 pounds)
  • Installation can be tricky

Bottom Line

The 14,000-Btu Whynter ARC-14S packs enough power to cool a large room (over 350 square feet), but owners are divided over its performance. While most say it cools a large area with ease, others complain that it struggles when the temperature gets above 85 degrees. Also, while most users find it easy to install, some say hooking up the exhaust hose is tricky. However, owners do agree that this unit is quieter than most.

Performance

Mixed reviews on cooling. Users report widely different results with the Whynter ARC-14S. Some say it performs well even on sweltering summer days, while others say it's useless when the temperature is over 85. A couple of reviews suggest that the problem may be poor air circulation; it packs plenty of cooling power but doesn't circulate the air well. This is also a problem for other portable air conditioners, such as the top-rated NewAir AC-12000E (Est. $460) . On the plus side, the Whynter is more energy-efficient than most portable air conditioners, and it's also quieter.

Ease Of Use

Self-evaporation works well. The Whynter has a self-evaporation system (referred to as "auto drain" in the manual), which vents out collected moisture through the exhaust hose. Most users say this feature works well, virtually eliminating the need to drain the air conditioner. Many owners also say installation is easy, but a few complain that the exhaust hose is too short and the screws in the window mount pop out easily. Also, a few users find the 80-pound unit difficult to maneuver.

Value

A bit pricey. At nearly $500, this is one of the most expensive portable air conditioners we cover. However, the unit may pay for itself in the long run, as it's energy-efficient and gets no complaints about durability. It's also backed by a better-than-average warranty, which covers the whole unit for one year and the compressor for three. Whynter also covers shipping costs if you encounter a problem within the first two months. And many user reviews say this unit's sleek looks also add to its value.

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Our Sources

1. Amazon.com

We found over 100 reviews for the Whynter ARC-14S at Amazon.com, with ratings averaging 3.7 stars out of 5. Owners are divided over just about every aspect of this unit's performance, from cooling power to ease of installation to noise level. The one thing nearly everyone likes is its looks, which are described as "robotic" and "sleek."

Review: Whynter 14,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner (ARC-14S), Contributors to Amazon.com, As of May 2013

2. HomeDepot.com

The Whynter ARC-14S receives roughly 30 reviews from owners at HomeDepot.com, and nearly all of them are positive. Users generally say this air conditioner delivers good cooling power, is easy to install and doesn't make too much noise. However, a few owners disagree, complaining that it doesn't perform well in large rooms or at high temperatures. Still, the unit earns a strong overall rating of 4.1 stars out of 5.

Review: Whynter 14,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner with Dehumidifer and Remote , Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of May 2013

3. Sylvane.com

The 15 or so reviews we found for the Whynter ARC-14S are generally very positive. Owners say it's easy to install and move from one room to another, and most agree that it cools the whole room with ease. They're more divided over noise level, however, with an equal number praising its quietness and complaining that it's too loud. Overall, the air conditioner earns a rating of 4.2 stars out of a possible 5.

Review: Whynter 14,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner, Contributors to Sylvane.com, As of May 2013

4. Meijer.com

Meijer is a retail superstore, like Target or Walmart, but limited to a handful of Midwestern states. We found about a dozen reviews for the Whynter ARC-14S at its website, with ratings averaging 4.2 stars out of a possible 5. Reviewers generally praise this unit's cooling power, and most say it's also quiet. The most common complaint about it is that it's too heavy.

Review: Whynter ARC14S Eco-Friendly 14000BTU Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner, Contributors to Meijer.com, As of May 2013

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