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Whynter ARC-14S Review

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The premium Whynter ARC-14S air conditioner quickly cools large rooms and has user-friendly controls. However, its high noise level and lack of app/voice assistant support don’t warrant its steep price point.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The premium Whynter ARC-14S is a portable air conditioner with cooling, dehumidifying, and fan modes. Its 14,000 BTU power capacity cools rooms up to 500 square feet, and you can adjust the mode, fan speed, timer, and temperature settings on the control panel with the included remote. It also has an LCD temperature display and operates at a 75 dB noise level.

Like the best air conditioners, it boasts a washable pre-filter, dual-hose cooling mechanism, and an activated carbon air filter. Additionally, it has an eco-friendly CFC-free R-32 refrigerant and is backed by a 1-year warranty.

Consensus

our Verdict

The Whynter ARC-14S portable AC unit offers cooling, dehumidification, and air circulation functionality with its powerful 14,000 BTU capacity. It excels at cooling large 500-square-foot spaces with its dual hose mechanism and three fan speeds, but its 75dB noise level renders it the loudest option among our verified, tested air conditioners, disrupting quiet sleep environments and work productivity.

The user-friendly control panel lets you adjust the mode, fan speed, timer, and temperature while the LCD shows the set temperature and timer. Moreover, you can change these settings with the included remote, but no voice assistant or app integration reduces convenience. It boasts a quick installation (under 15 minutes), an energy-efficient 7.68 SEER rating, and a low 1.3kWh power draw, but unlike the smallest portable air conditioner, it’s heavy at 73 lbs.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Excellent cooling
    • The Whynter ARC-14S is a portable air conditioner designed for spaces up to 500 square feet, offering cooling, dehumidification, and air circulation capabilities.

    • Its 14,000 BTU capacity with dual exhaust hoses quickly cools large living rooms and studio apartments. It also provides three fan speeds.

  • User-friendly controls
    • Its intuitive control panel includes power, mode, fan speed, timer, and temperature set control buttons. You can view the set temperature and timer settings on the LCD display.

    • Additionally, the included remote enables you to adjust your cooling preferences conveniently from a distance. For a unit with a Bluetooth-enabled remote, check our De’Longhi PACEX390LVYN review.

Reason to Avoid

  • High noise level
    • Its loud 75dB noise level is disruptive for quiet sleep environments and workspaces, ranking the loudest among our verified, tested air conditioners. For an AC that facilitates a quiet sleep environment, read our Tosot Ashrae 8000 BTU review.

  • No smart features
    • This model lacks Wi-Fi support for voice recognition and app integration, requiring you to rely solely on the remote control to adjust settings. For a model with smart features, read this Whynter ARC-1230WN review.

Whynter ARC-14S Specs

Airflow RateAirflow Rate
App CompatibleApp Compatible
Auto Shut-OffAuto Shut-Off
BTU Cooling RatingBTU Cooling Rating
Cord LengthCord Length
DepthDepth
Energy Efficiency RatioEnergy Efficiency Ratio
Energy Star CertifiedEnergy Star Certified
Form FactorForm Factor
HeightHeight
Integrated HeaterIntegrated Heater
Max Window Opening HeightMax Window Opening Height
Max Window Opening WidthMax Window Opening Width
Min Window Opening HeightMin Window Opening Height
Min Window Opening WidthMin Window Opening Width
Number Of Cool SettingsNumber Of Cool Settings
Number of Fan SpeedsNumber of Fan Speeds
Recommended Room SizeRecommended Room Size
Remote ControlRemote Control
Sleep ModeSleep Mode
TimerTimer
WeightWeight
WidthWidth
Wireless ConnectivityWireless Connectivity

All Specs

Test Results

Cooling Speed (minutes per degree)0
Operating Noise (dB)75
Power Draw (kWh)1.3
Wind Speed (mph)0

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Market Context

The premium Whynter ARC-14S is a portable air conditioner with cooling, dehumidifying, and fan modes. Its 14,000 BTU power capacity cools rooms up to 500…

The premium Whynter ARC-14S is a portable air conditioner with cooling, dehumidifying, and fan modes. Its 14,000 BTU power capacity cools rooms up to 500 square feet, and you can adjust the mode, fan speed, timer, and temperature settings on the control panel with the included remote. It also has an LCD temperature display and operates at a 75 dB noise level.

Like the best air conditioners, it boasts a washable pre-filter, dual-hose cooling mechanism, and an activated carbon air filter. Additionally, it has an eco-friendly CFC-free R-32 refrigerant and is backed by a 1-year warranty.

Both the Whynter ARC-14S and Whynter ARC-1230WN are premium portable AC units with 14,000 BTU power capacity. However, the ARC-1230WN offers better value, given its…

Both the Whynter ARC-14S and Whynter ARC-1230WN are premium portable AC units with 14,000 BTU power capacity. However, the ARC-1230WN offers better value, given its smart app connectivity for seamless control and low noise levels, creating a more peaceful sleep environment.

The premium Whynter ARC-14S has almost double the BTU capacity of the mid-range Tosot Ashrae 8000 BTU, which means it’s better at cooing larger spaces,…

The premium Whynter ARC-14S has almost double the BTU capacity of the mid-range Tosot Ashrae 8000 BTU, which means it’s better at cooing larger spaces, and its slightly higher SEER rating provides higher energy and cost savings. However, the Ashrae 8000 BTU’s optional WiFi functionality allows you to control the unit using the integrated Gree+ smartphone app, unlike the ARC-14S.

The Whynter ARC-14S and De’Longhi PACEX390LVYN share similar features and price points. Still, the latter edges out the ARC-14S by incorporating humidity sensors in the…

The Whynter ARC-14S and De’Longhi PACEX390LVYN share similar features and price points. Still, the latter edges out the ARC-14S by incorporating humidity sensors in the remote to ensure the area where you’re sitting is always kept cool. Moreover, unlike the ARC-14S, its Bluetooth-enabled remote allows you to control the unit up to 33 feet away.

Airflow Rate

388 CFM

220 CFM

App Compatible

Yes

Yes

Auto Shut-Off

Yes

n/a

BTU Cooling Rating

14,000 BTU/hr

14,000 BTU/hr

Cord Length

6"

6.4 ft

Depth

16.75"

15.35"

Energy Efficiency Ratio

10.7

7.78

Energy Star Certified

No

No

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