Haier Portable Air Conditioner Reviews and Buying Guide 2020

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Haier portable air conditioners are among the many popular appliances from this top-selling brand. The lineup of Haier portable ACs includes basic, better and best models.

This Haier Portable Air Conditioner Review gives product details for each of the 6 models. It is designed to make your buying decision easier based on their size, features, performance, cost and pros & cons.

Did you know?

We’ve completed a Portable Air Conditioner Buying Guide that explains everything about these appliances including their pros, cons, features and more.

We’ve also completed reviews like this of other top brands like LG, Honeywell, Whynter, DeLonghiFrigidaire, Della and Hisense.

Haier Portable Air Conditioner Features

All models have a few things in common:

  • Dehumidify mode (explained below)
  • 24-hour timers and remote controls that allow you to control every function of the unit
  • Caster wheels that make it easier to roll from room to room
  • Window kits for quick, tight installation
  • R410A refrigerant which is better for the environment than old types like R22, but with a higher global warming potential (GWP of 2088) than newer R32 refrigerant (GWP of 675)

Before giving more details about important features, here is an overview of Haier models.

Model

MSRP

BTUs

Room Size

EER (1)

Pints/Hr (2)

Key Features

HPND14XHT

$649

14K

500 s.f.

8.5

3.75

Heat, Dual hose, Dehumidify Mode

HPND14XCT

$609

14K

500 s.f.

8.5

3.75

Dual hose, Dehumidify Mode

HPC12XHR

$519

12K

400 s.f.

9

3.2

Heat, Single hose, Timer

HPC12XCR

$479

12K

400 s.f.

9

3.2

Heat, Single hose, Timer

HPP10XCT

$369

10K

300 s.f.

Not listed

3.6

Heat, Single hose, Timer

HPP08XCR

$319

8K

250 s.f.

8.4

3.6

Heat, Single hose, Timer

1. Dual Hoses

A system with two houses is more efficient and cools more quickly than a single-hose. Here’ why.

When a single-hose portable air conditioner exhausts hot air to the outside, it creates negative pressure in your home. This pulls in air from the outside anywhere it can get in, usually around doors and windows. The air being pulled in is warm and humid.

A two-hose system doesn’t create negative pressure. Instead, the unit pulls in air from your home, cools and dehumidifies it, and sends it back into your home.

As heat is removed from indoor air, the unit’s compressor and refrigerant get very hot. The second hose pulls in outside air to cool them. Sure, the air is warm, but still cooler than the compressor and refrigerant. The air cycles through, cooling the unit, and is sent back outside.

Benefit: Faster and more efficient cooling – and lower energy bills as a result.

2. Heat Too

The HPND14XHT and HPC12XHR are heat pumps.

They are fitted with a reversing valve. When in AC mode, the refrigerant absorbs heat indoors and the heat is exhausted to the outside.

In heat mode, air is pulled into the unit from outside. Heat is extracted from the air – yes, cold outside air contains some heat. The heat is concentrated in the refrigerant and released into your living space.

There are two drawbacks, but the technology on a portable air conditioner is still impressive.

First, the heat pumps aren’t effective in freezing whether

Secondly, they don’t make enough heat to be the sole source of heat in a cold climate. If it’s 55 degrees outside and you want it to be 70 inside, the heat pump might be sufficient. Much colder than that, and you’ll need another heat source such as a furnace, split or mini-split heat pump, etc.

Benefit: Supplemental heat. And heat pumps cost less to operate than space heaters. This is because they don’t make heat, like a space heater does. Instead, they bring in heat from outside.

3. Evaporative Technology

As you know, air conditioners dehumidify the air. That moisture has to go somewhere. Perhaps you’ve seen it dripping out the back of a window AC.

Haier portable ACs use technology that evaporates the condensation and exhausts it out the hose attached to the window opening. The units do have condensate drains, and you should open them occasionally with a bucket handy. But most times, there won’t be more than a few drops of water.

Benefit: No condensate tank to empty.

4. Dehumidify Mode

Does the air in your home ever feel cool yet muggy?

You wouldn’t appreciate running the air conditioner in such weather. It would dry the air, but just make you chillier.

Instead, you could turn your Haier portable AC to Dehumidify mode. The refrigerant would make the coil cold by removing heat from the air, as it does in AC mode. The coil gets cold as a result, and moisture from the air condenses on it and is evaporated out the exhaust hose.

The heat that is removed is cycled back into your home rather than being exhausted, as it would in Air Conditioning mode.

Benefit: Drier air without making it cold too.

Features Not Available on Haier Portable ACs

These are feature-rich portable air conditioners.

There’s one feature available on other brand Portable ACs not offered currently by Haier.

WiFi/Smart Connections

Many brands make at least one WiFi model or smart AC that works with Alexa, Google Assistant or other system. The Frigidaire FGPC, LG FGPC and Hisense AP1419CW1G are all WiFi and/or smart home portable air conditioners.

Quick Note on Efficiency Ratings

In the table above, the Energy Efficiency Ratings, or EER, are those supplied by ASHRAE, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers. This is the organization that tests all types of air conditioners.

However, because portable ACs pull in some air from outside, the US Department of Energy does their own efficiency testing that takes this into account. As a result, the US DOE EER ratings are always 25% to 50% lower than the ASHRAE ratings.

The Haier Portable Air Conditioner page doesn’t list any efficiency ratings. We’ve researched them for your convenience. Some brands list both ASHRAE and DOE ratings.  

Model Comparison

We mentioned basic, better and best models. There are two Haier portable air conditioners in each.

Basic: HPP08XCR & HPP10XCT

These are affordable, single-hose ACs. The first is 8,000 BTUs (notice the 08 in the model number. Most ACs are coded this way). The second is 10,000 BTUs. Neither offers heat. They have 2-speed fans.

Pros: Excellent features including Dehumidify Mode, evaporation of condensation rather than a condensate tank, full-function remote and a timer with 1-24 hour settings. Prices are competitive.

Cons: Single-hose units are less efficient than dual-hose, so they will use more electricity to provide the same level of cooling.

Best Use: When you want basic AC, don’t need WiFi and live in a mild or cool climate that requires occasional air conditioning.

Better: HPC12XHR & HPC12XCR

These units are exactly the same except that the HPC12XHR is a heat pump, providing both air conditioning and heating. That’s what the H in the model number means, opposed to the C in the other, which is code for cooling or air conditioning. Both are 12,000 BTU models.

Pros: These, according to ASHRAE ratings, are the most efficient Haier portable ACs. The model with heat supplies supplemental heating that costs less to produce than space heater heating. Good features including 3-speed fans, Dehumidify Mode, 24-hour timers and full-function remote.

Cons: Single-hose systems have lower US DOE energy ratings because they draw in hot/humid air through drafty locations of your home.

Best Use: Ideal for cooling (or heating) a larger space. Since they are single-hose systems, they are not ideal for warm, humid climates.

Best: HPND14XHT & HPND14XCT

These are the top of the line, identical 14,000 BTU units except that the HXT model heats.

Pros: Higher quality. Dual hose systems that cool more quickly and efficiently than single-hose portable air conditioners. They have all the features the others do plus 3-speed fans and 4-way air louvers for better control of airflow.

Cons: Higher cost, but you get more capacity and efficiency for the price.  

Best Use: These are ideal for warm climates since they use a two-house setup. The unit with Heat is a good choice for climates where summers are hot but winter can get pretty cold.

How Haier Portable ACs Compare to Other Brands

With six portable air conditioner models, Haier’s lineup is one of the smallest. This is true especially when compared with DeLonghi’s 10 models and Whynter’s 20+ portable ACs.

The Haier portable ACs do cover the same size range, 8,000 to 14,000 BTUs, that most other brands do. Timers and remotes are standard. A few offer Dehumidify Mode ideal for cool, humid weather when you’d like drier air but not a drop in temperature.

The Good

Haier makes two dual-hose models, which we recommend in very warm climates. However, that option is available only on the two largest units. But that’s pretty good since most brands – LG, DeLonghi, Hisense, Honeywell etc., don’t make any dual hose models.

Two units have heat – a 14K and 12K model, so you have an option there.

What’s Missing?

There are no WiFi or smart Haier portable air conditioners at this time.

Haier Portable AC Prices by Size

We’ve listed prices for each model in the table above.

If you know what size you need and have a budget, this table gives you your options at a glance.

We use the MSRP from the manufacturer. As you shop for Haier portable air conditioners, you’ll find that Amazon and most other retailers sell them for less than the MSRP.

AC Size

Room Size

Price Range

8,000 BTU

200 - 250 s.f.

$319

10,000 BTU

300 - 400 s.f.

$369

12,000 BTU

400 - 500 s.f.

$479 - $519

14,000 BTU

500 - 650 s.f.

$609 - $649

Choosing the Right Haier Portable AC

Our Portable Air Conditioner Buying Guide has more detail, but here is the basic idea.

1. Choose a size suitable to the square feet you want the unit to serve. To get square feet, measure length x width.

2. Add 10% to the room size for 9-foot ceilings; Add 20% for 10-foot ceilings.

For example, if you have a 300 square feet room but it has 10-foot ceilings, you should look at units designed for 360 square feet at least. In Haier models, that would be a 12,000 BTU AC which can serve up to 400 square feet. It’s OK to have a unit that is somewhat too large, but obviously you don’t want one that is too small.

3. Select one of the dual-hose systems if your summers are very warm and/or humid.

4. Choose a model with Heat mode if you need supplemental heat during cold weather.

Pro Picks

Here are our top choices in important categories.

Most Efficient Portable AC: Haier HPC12XCR

Best Features on a Portable AC: Haier HPND14XHT

Best Portable AC with Heat: Haier HPC12XHR

Best Budget Portable AC: Haier HPP08XCR

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