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Whynter ARC-12SD

Whynter ARC-12SD
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151 reviews

Nov, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 151 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the design and performance. The size and price also get good views, but some have doubts about the reliability and noise.

usability, price, size, performance, design

noise, reliability

On average, users rate this product 79/100.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 129 user reviews of Whynter ARC-12SD from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Air Conditioning on

usability, price, size, performance, design


82% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Whynter 12,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner, Frost White (ARC-12SD)

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big and noisy but does the job


You will need 2 people to get this monster size box into your home or one person with long, strong arms to haul into your home! It's gigantic!! Although it says to take off exhaust hoses to use as dehumidifier, good luck getting them off; they do not...

price ok, easy to set-up

BIG & noisy when compressor kicks in, hard to get hoses off

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Garage use


This is not the smallest sized A/C, but if you need something that will blast cold air, this is probably your best bet. I've previously had a Haier that this replaced and this Whynter unit cools faster and keeps cooler much better. I've been told it's...

Cools fast



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Cools Quickly


After the humid heatwaves in Southern California last month I finally decided to buy an a/c. Unfortunately, I haven't a chance to really put this a/c through it's paces yet. Our most recent heatwave was the dry Santa Ana variety. Not nearly as...

Cools Quickly

Not as cool as I hoped - so far

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Rated As Best Portable AC


The vertical installation was easy in a sliding window, but I had to make modifications because the kit wasn't made to specs and directions were unclear. I ended up using plenty of duct tape to seal the cracks and anchor the kit. The product...

Quick cooling, easy installation, good price

Ambient light from display, noise, short power cord

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Overall great unit


Overall great. Works as promised. But, the drain is too close to the ground and can't get anything underneath to catch the water. Also the window attachments are terrible, wound up making my own.

Easy to set up. Gets cold and stays cold

Window attachment, draining hose

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I believe that for a 12000 btu ac, is not as cold


It should cool down the bedroom faster and better. I thought that since this is a 12.000 BTU AC, I was going to get a better quality

Not sure

It should provide more cooling

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somewhat loud, but dual hose system works well.


Cools room very quickly. This dual hose unit is the only way to go. Don't waste your money on a single hose unit. They just pull hot humid air back into your home. I can't believe there are so many single hose units on the market.

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Does a good job of cooling


It is easy to operate. We could sleep even though when the compressor is on it is noisy. It would be easier to install if we had windows that lifted rather than cranked out however I wouldn't say it was difficult to install. I made a full length panel...

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Easily cools our basement rec room and bedroom


I read many reviews before making this purchase and so far have not been disappointed. Our one "problem" that needed to be solved was how to seal off the rest of the basement window that was not covered by the plate w/extension and hoses. We...

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Quality item


Purchased this AC unit to cool our sunroom ( 14X14) which is also a secondary living-tv room. The unit works well and keeps the room at 75 degrees on a 90 degree day. As some other people have mentioned I had to modify the installation for a 4 foot...