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Not only is the LG LP0817WSR our #5 pick for the best LG air conditioner, but it also is our #4 pick for the best air conditioner for sliding windows! Designed for one big room (or two small rooms!), these lightweight portable air conditioners sport digital controls, are rated at 8,000 BTU, include an LCD remote, and even come with an installation kit for the exhaust hose! Read on to learn more about the LG LP0817WSR and how it compares to other top-rated air conditioners.

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Why We Like It – LG LP0817WSR

In this LG LP0817WSR review, we’ll go over what makes this LG portable air conditioner so good! This LG LP0817WSR 115V Portable Air Conditioner provides cool air effectively in areas up to 200 square feet, is rated at 8,000 BTU, and has an auto evaporation system to eliminate the need for a drainage pipe.

  • Simplistic-Yet-Elegant Design
  • Includes An LCD Remote Control
  • This Portable AC Unit Only Weighs 58.4 Lbs.
  • Only Works In Areas Up To 200 Sq Ft (Essentially One Room Or Two Small Rooms)
  • Not As Effective As A Window Unit


The LP0817WSR air conditioners perform well, but they are only effective for small areas up to 200 sq. feet (if you’re going to be cooling larger areas, consider the LG LP1419IVSM or the LG LW1816ER instead). Each AC unit is rated for 8,000 BTU, has an oscillating air discharge design, and features an auto-evaporation system that removes the need to constantly empty a bucket. The unit has 3 modes and two different fan speeds for you to choose from, which can easily be cycled through using the touch controls or the remote control. It is very similar to the LG LP0818WNR model that cools up to 200 sq ft and is also remote-controlled.

Energy Efficiency

These LG LP0817WSR ACS are rated for 8,000 BTU (5,500 BTU – DOE). Unfortunately, LG didn’t provide an Energy Guide, so it’s hard to get an estimate on the yearly cost of operation. However, an 8,000 BTU air conditioner usually costs around $0.11 per hour to run, so you can get a rough idea of how much it will cost you throughout the year by calculating your daily use by the number of days you run the device. The unit has a 24-hour timer, so you can make sure you don’t leave the device constantly running. Another unit with a timer that has a slightly higher BTU is featured in this Frigidaire 10000 BTU air conditioner review in case you need some more power.

Speaking of power, if you want to keep your home and unit safe, you’ll want to learn the steps to wire AC disconnect.


Included with each air conditioner are two filters; one air filter and another one for the condenser coil. These are made of mesh, making them easy to clean and eliminating the need to buy new filters when one gets dirty. We recommend hand washing them and letting them dry before reinstalling them. Oddly enough, this model doesn’t appear to have an indicator for when the filters need to be cleaned, so you will have to keep track of the overall performance of the device and clean them when necessary.


Like many other LG air conditioners (and most ACs in general), the LP0817WSR is primarily white. However, it does go to light grey towards the back of the device. There aren’t any other color options offered. The casing is shiny plastic, but it’s sturdy enough that it shouldn’t break or crack easily, although it is prone to scratches. As long as you keep the front away from sharp objects this won’t be a problem. The plastic design overall has received mixed reviews, with some users reporting rattling sounds from the plastic pieces.


Expect to spend at least $329 for this device (although some sellers offer it at prices up to $480!). For that price, you will get the air conditioner, the remote control, two mesh filters, and the window installation kit for the hose (check out our LG LW1017ERSM review for a similarly priced window unit). As usual, LG offers a one-year warranty on both parts and labor for this air conditioner. The unit seems to perform pretty well overall, scoring 4.1 out of 5-stars based on 1,890 customer reviews.

LG LP0817WSR Wrap Up

Overall, the LG LP0817WSR is a great portable air conditioner for smaller spaces. While you will definitely want a different model for larger spaces, we think this is the perfect unit for a backroom or an apartment. You should check prices regularly for this device, as the offers often vary by seller.

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