Hisense Portable Air Conditioner Reviews and Buying Guide 2020

Hisense portable air conditioners might be the best brand you’ve never heard of.

We’re not in the marketing business, so we don’t say that lightly. The Hisense portable AC lineup isn’t large, but it offers a good selection of models from 8,000 to 14,000 BTUs and features including heat mode and WiFi connection.

This Hisense Portable AC review has details including Hisense portable air conditioner prices, performance and convenience features and more.

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Our Best Portable ACs and Buying Guide has comprehensive information about these handy air conditioners, costs, choosing the right one for your needs and much more. If you’re just beginning your search for a room air conditioner, it is loaded with useful details.

Hisense Portable Air Conditioner Features

Here are the key performance and convenience features on all Hisense portable air conditioners – in addition to AC mode.

  • Dehumidification Mode (Dry the air without cooling – more details below)
  • Evaporated condensation, so there is no condensate drain tank to empty or hose to run to a drain.  
  • Caster wheels for moving the unit from room to room (though not so easy on thick carpet)
  • Remote with all functions – in fact, there are more functions on the remote than on the control panel
  • Timer
  • R410A refrigerant, which has been in use for more than a decade. It does not deplete ozone, but has a higher global warming potential (2088) than the R32 refrigerant used on LG’s top model and a few other portable air conditioners.

This overview table shows models, sizes, key features and price for comparison at a glance.

Model

Sizes / BTUs

Key Features

Room Size

EER (1)

Pints/Hr (2)

Refrigerant

MSRP

AP14- & 10-19CW1G

10K, 14K

WiFi, Remote, 24hr timer

300 & 500 s.f.

6.1 & 7.4

2.3 & 3.6

R410A

$420 & $600

AP1419CR1G

14K

Remote, 24hr timer

525 s.f. 

6.7

3.4

R410A

$500

AP1319HR1G

12K

Heat, Remote, 24hr timer

400 s.f. 

6

2.9

R410A

$550

AP1219CR1W (3)

12K

No heat, Remote, 24hr timer

400 s.f.

6

2.9

R410A

$460

AP1019CR1G

10K

Compact, Remote, 24hr timer

300 s.f. 

5.8

2.5

R410A

$370

AP0819CR1W

8K

Compact, Remote, 24hr timer

200 s.f.

5.6

2.2

R410A

$320

*(1) EER is Energy Efficiency Rating - Rating how efficiently the unit uses electricity.

*(2) This is dehumidification - The amount of moisture removed per hour in cooling or dehumidification mode

*(3) This is the same model as the one above it but without heating

Before we go any further, a quick explanation…

Feel free to skip this if you’re not interested in technical stuff.

If you’ve looked at the Hisense portable air conditioner page, you’ll see that the BTUs listed for each model are about half of what we list them as. What’s the problem?

It’s this. For decades, ASHRAE, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, has tested ACs for efficiency.

Well, portable ACs have an energy efficiency problem not shared by window ACs, central split system ACs or mini split ductless ACs. They bring warm outside air into your home, which we explain shortly.

As a result, the US Department of Energy does its own testing and takes this inefficiency into account. It turns out that the effective cooling power of a portable air conditioner is about half of what ASHRAE determines the unit can do if only heat removal and not heat gain is considered.

Most brands list just the higher ASHRAE number or they list ASHRAE and DOE numbers. Hisense is one of the only brands that lists only the DOE numbers, which in our opinion are more accurate.

So, we give Hisense credit for being the most honest in that regard. We use the higher number for consistency. And you can see that Hisense model numbers are coded using the ASHRAE numbers. E.g., the AP1419CW1G is a 14,000 BTU unit by the old measure.

When you’re comparing the cooling capacity of portable air conditioners, make sure you’re comparing BTUs of cooling as determined by the same source, the DOE or ASHRAE. Or, consider the square footage the unit is designed to serve.

Here is a fuller explanation of some features plus those not found on all Hisense Portable ACs.

1. Heat

The Hisense AP1319HR1G is a true heat pump. Yes, it cools, pumping heat from inside your home to the outside.

But the flow of refrigerant can be reversed, so that the unit gathers heat from outside air and releases it inside your home. Two things to note:

-Heating isn’t very effective in freezing weather. The colder it gets outside, the less heat there is to capture and bring inside.

-In cold climates, don’t expect heating mode to supply all the heat you need. Consider it supplemental heating to support your furnace, heat pump or boiler.

Benefit: Efficient and effective supplemental heat. Heat produced by a heat pump costs less than space heater heat.

2. Dehumidification Mode

All units feature this mode.

If your home ever feels damp but not warm, then you might want drier air but not cooler air. That’s the ideal time to use the portable air conditioner as a dehumidifier.

Benefit: Humidity is removed and exhausted from the house. The heat that is removed in the process is released back inside, so it doesn’t get cooler indoors.

3. WiFi / Smart Technology

Two models, the AP1419CWIG and 1019CW1G, are called Hisense HiSmart portable air conditioners because they offer WiFi and an app for controlling the AC from anywhere.

Benefit: This is convenient and efficient.

For example, rather than arrive home to a hot house/room, or leaving the AC on all day and wasting energy/money, use the app to turn on the AC an hour before you arrive home to make sure the space is cool when you get there with far less waste.

These two units also work with Google Assistant and Alexa for convenient voice command.

4. Evaporation, Not Tanks

ACs dehumidify the air as well as cool it, as you know if you’ve seen water dripping steadily from the back of a window air conditioner.

Benefit: These units, as most quality portable air conditioners do, evaporate the moisture out the exhaust hose, so there is little, if any, in the unit’s drain. Open the drain plug periodically and have a small container handy, but there probably won’t be much condensation there to drain.

Features Not Available on Hisense Portable ACs

There is one feature missing from Hisense portable air conditioners.

Dual Hose Exhaust

We discussed the built-in inefficiency of portable air conditioners compared with other AC types. Here’s what happens.

A single-hose AC draws in air from the room, extracts heat and humidity from it, and exhausts it to the outside.

As a result, negative pressure is created inside. As air goes out, air is pulled into your home through cracks in the exterior or drafty doors, etc. That air is warm and humid. The net effect is that the AC doesn’t reduce heat in the room by as many BTUs as the same size window AC would.

A two-hose system is better because inside air isn’t exhausted. Instead, heat and moisture are pulled from the air, and the cooler, drier air is cycled back into the room. The first hose brings in outside air to cool the compressor and refrigerant, which get very hot as they remove heat from the air. The second hose exhausts it.

Model Comparison

Here’s a quick breakdown of the Hisense portable AC models.

Top of the Line: The AP1419CWIG and 1019CW1G are considered the best, most feature-rich portable air conditioners from Hisense. Your options are models with coverage of 300 square feet or 500 square feet.

These models are equipped with WiFi and work with smart home devices like Alexa and Google Assistant.

Mid-grade: The AP14CR1G, AP1319HR1G and AP1219CR1W are solid units with good features – dehumidification, evaporation, timer, remote, etc. The first two are identical except the second has Heat mode.

Compact portable air conditioners: The AP1019CR1G (10K BTU, gray) and the AP0819CR1W (8K BTU, white) are identical except for color and size. They have a smaller footprint than most portable air conditioners, so they are a good fit where floor space is limited.

How Hisense Portable ACs Compare to Other Brands

Hisense’s lineup is quite similar to major brands Haier, LG, Frigidaire and Honeywell. Both DeLonghi (10) and Whynter (16) have more models to consider.

The Good

Hisense delivers good basic features, which we’ve been over a few times – Dehumidification and evaporation on all models, plus timers and full-function remotes.

This compares with Honeywell, LG and Frigidaire.

Heat pump models: The two heat pumps serve a purpose where winters can be cold and supplemental heat is required – or in warmer climates that just need a little heat during occasional winter cold snaps.

Haier, Whynter, Honeywell, Della, LG and DeLonghi also make heat pump portable air conditioners.

WiFi & App: This Android / iOS system makes control of the unit very convenient, and it helps users cut energy costs. DeLonghi, LG and Frigidaire also have WiFi/smart models. Haier, Whynter and Honeywell are among brands that don’t.  

What’s Missing?

Dual-hose models. Only a few brands make them, including Haier and Whynter.

Hisense Portable AC Prices by Size

If you know what size model you need, based on the square feet it will serve, then here are your price options at the various sizes.

AC Size

Room Size

Price Range

8,000 BTU

200 - 250 s.f.

$320

10,000 BTU

300 - 400 s.f.

$370 & $420

12,000 BTU

400 - 500 s.f.

$460 & $550

14,000 BTU

500 - 650 s.f.

$500 & $600

These prices, and prices in the table above, are MSRP (manufacturers suggested retail prices). Online and local retailers sell Hisense and all portable air conditioner brands for less than the MSRP.

Choosing the Right Hisense Portable Air Conditioner

Which Hisense makes the most sense for you?

1. Know what size you need by measuring the room/zone it will serve. The room or zone should have doors that can be closed to keep cooled air where you want it. Measure length x width to get square feet.

2. If the room has 9-foot ceilings instead of 8-foot ceilings, add 10% to the floor space. Add 20% for 10-foot ceilings.

3. Choose the right feature for your climate:

-Dehumidification mode in wet, humid climates.

-Heat mode for homes that get chilly and need supplemental heat.

4. Consider a WiFi model if you enjoy smart technology.

There are more factors to consider in our Portable AC Buying Guide.

Pro Picks

These are the top Hisense portable air conditioners in several popular categories.

Overall Best Portable AC: Hisense AP1419CW1G

Most Efficient Portable AC: Hisense AP1419CR1G

Best WiFi Portable AC: Hisense AP1019CW1G

Best Portable AC with Heat: Hisense AP1319HR1G

Best Budget Portable AC: Hisense AP1019CR1G

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