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Honeywell HL12CESWB air conditioner

About

The Honeywell HL12CESWB is part of the Air Conditioner test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Air Conditioner models like the HL12CESWB are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Predicted reliability: <p>Predicted brand reliability icons are based on estimated problem rates for newly purchased portable air conditioners, not under service contract, within the first four years of ownership.</p>

Owner satisfaction: <p>Owner satisfaction icons are based on the proportion of members who are extremely likely to recommend their portable air conditioner brand to their friends and family.</p>

Comfort: How quickly the air conditioner on its low fan setting cooled a room sized for the particular unit and how accurate it came to meeting the temperature set point.

Results in the following chart are gathered from Consumer Reports’ 2018 Summer Survey of 1,480 portable air conditioners, owned by members who purchased a new unit between 2008 and 2018.

Our predicted brand reliability ratings are based on a statistical model that estimates problem rates within the first 4 years of ownership, for portable air conditioners that are not covered by an extended warranty or service contract. We also adjust for the median number of months of use per year. The median in our survey was 4 months per year. Higher ratings are indicative of better reliability. Brands receiving a red or orange rating cannot be recommended by CR at this time.

Our owner satisfaction ratings are based on the proportion of members who are extremely likely to recommend their portable air conditioner brand to friends and family.

Predicted Reliability

Danby
Honeywell
LG
Whynter

Source: Consumer Reports' 2018 Summer Survey

Owner Satisfaction

Danby
Honeywell
LG
Whynter

Source: Consumer Reports' 2018 Summer Survey

Features

Remote control Remote control A remote control for multimedia.
Yes
Electronic control with built-in timer Electronic control with built-in timer A growing number of air conditioners now have electronic controls. Much like the digital thermostats for heating systems, these can (fairly reliably) hold the room at a certain temperature, shown on a digital display. Many also include a timer feature that allows the user to set an "on" or "off" time--great for, say, having the air conditioner activate automatically to cool a room before you return home from work.
Yes
Auto fan speed Auto fan speed This feature automatically varies fan speed according to differences between room temperature and the thermostat setting. When the difference is wide, the fan runs at higher speed; when the gap is more modest, the fan runs more slowly. The speed will change automatically as needed, to respond to changes in selected setting or room temperature.
No
Dirty filter indicator Dirty filter indicator This indicator light or flag signals when the filter needs cleaning. It's usually triggered after a certain number of hours of operation have elapsed on the internal clocks in electrical control models. Flag-type indicators can activate in the event that dirt and debris blocks the filter.
No

Specs

Btu/hr. Btu/hr. The unit's cooling capacity, as supplied by the manufacturer (and as certified by the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, AHAM, unless otherwise noted in the Recommendations & Notes). Capacities range from 5,000 British thermal units per hour (enough for a modest-sized bedroom) up to 12,500 Btu/hr. (adequate for a large, sun-drenched room or even two interconnected rooms).
12000
Weight (lbs.)
67