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.
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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.
Heat, Dual hose, Dehumidify Mode
Dual hose, Dehumidify Mode
Heat, Single hose, Timer
Heat, Single hose, Timer
Heat, Single hose, Timer
Heat, Single hose, Timer
1. Dual Hoses
A system with two houses is more efficient and cools more quickly than a single-hose. Hereâ 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 doesnât 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 unitâs 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 â 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 â 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 arenât effective in freezing whether
Secondly, they donât make enough heat to be the sole source of heat in a cold climate. If itâs 55 degrees outside and you want it to be 70 inside, the heat pump might be sufficient. Much colder than that, and youâll 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 donât 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 youâve 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 wonât 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 wouldnât 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.
Thereâs one feature available on other brand Portable ACs not offered currently by Haier.
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 doesnât list any efficiency ratings. Weâve researched them for your convenience. Some brands list both ASHRAE and DOE ratings.
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, donât 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. Thatâs 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, Haierâs lineup is one of the smallest. This is true especially when compared with DeLonghiâs 10 models and Whynterâs 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 youâd like drier air but not a drop in temperature.
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 thatâs pretty good since most brands â LG, DeLonghi, Hisense, Honeywell etc., donât make any dual hose models.
Two units have heat â a 14K and 12K model, so you have an option there.
There are no WiFi or smart Haier portable air conditioners at this time.
Haier Portable AC Prices by Size
Weâve 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, youâll find that Amazon and most other retailers sell them for less than the MSRP.
200 - 250 s.f.
300 - 400 s.f.
400 - 500 s.f.
$479 - $519
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. Itâs OK to have a unit that is somewhat too large, but obviously you donât 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.
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