Honeywell HL12CESWK 12,000 BTU Contempo Portable Bedroom Air Conditioner

Last updated date: November 16, 2020

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8.4

Honeywell HL12CESWK 12,000 BTU Contempo Portable Bedroom Air Conditioner

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We looked at the top Bedroom Air Conditioners and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Bedroom Air Conditioner you should buy.

Editor's Note November 16, 2020:
Checkout The Best Bedroom Air Conditioner for a detailed review of all the top bedroom air conditioners.

Overall Take

A freestanding unit that can be moved from room to room, this air conditioner also contains a dehumidifier that continuously drains, so there’s no bucket or container to manually empty. This unit offers dual filters and can cool up to 550 square feet, thanks to 12,000 BTU.


In our analysis of 7 expert reviews, the Honeywell Honeywell 12,000 BTU Contempo Portable Air Conditioner placed 2nd when we looked at the top 5 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

The Honeywell hl Series portable air conditioner combines 3-in-1 technology into one luscious and sleek body, cooling and dehumidifying areas 450-550 square feet. It features an auto-evaporation system, a reliable dehumidifying function as well as a traditional three speed fan only function delivering optimum cooling, dehumidification and fresh ventilation. The full-function remote control allows you to operate each feature from across the room. Unlike a fixed air conditioner unit, the Honeywell portable air conditioner requires no permanent installation and the smooth-gliding caster wheels provide easy mobility from room to room. A special sleep mode setting allows you to control the temperature for comfort during the night. This portable air conditioner comes with everything needed including a flexible exhaust hose and an easy-to-install window venting kit. The window vent can be removed when the unit is not in use.

Expert Reviews

User Summarized Score

8.2
2,324 user reviews

What experts liked

Users also praise the unit for its accessibility and convenience; it’s just the right size for easy transportation. Additionally, the unit works well, quickly and thoroughly cooling down whatever space it is in.
- Ice Cold Living

What experts didn't like

While this unit can be used for rooms up to 700 sq. ft., it works best in rooms closer to 450 sq. ft.
- Ice Cold Living

An Overview On Bedroom Air Conditioners

Air conditioning is a comfortable convenience that can be a necessity for people with temperature sensibility, breathing issues, or chronic pain. Although most homes now offer full-house air conditioning run on a central HVAC unit, older homes might not; alternately, homeowners may want to cool a single room at night rather than an entire house, to save money on the utility bills.

Most people sleep better during hot evenings if a room is not just cool, but low humidity as well, so many single-room air conditioning units also include a dehumidifier option. Since most of these units are portable, they can also be used to keep an office or study manageable during the daytime, then moved into a bedroom at night.

The first thing to consider when looking at bedroom or single-room air conditioners is the size of the space to be cooled; larger spaces will need a unit with more capacity, which usually means more expensive. Also consider whether the room suits a standard window mount or one of the new upstanding units, many of which come with wheels for even easier relocation.

Many units offer a combination dehumidifier and regular fan, so consider whether these options are helpful or unnecessary. Since so many things in life now are digital, also consider whether or not the added convenience of remote controls, voice activation or smartphone integration are amenities that will add value.

The Bedroom Air Conditioner Buying Guide

  • Window units automatically drain any gathered condensation outside into the yard. With standalone units, you’ll want to check whether they have a reservoir that needs to be emptied at certain intervals, or a drainage hose that will require an out-the-window connection.
  • Larger rooms will require bigger BTUs, but watch the noise level — larger units can make more noise. If quiet is necessary, there are high-efficiency models available.
  • Size isn’t everything; if a room has big windows that take in sun, or is near a kitchen, for example, that room may also require a unit with higher BTUs to keep up with the higher heat load.
  • For homeowners with allergies, check the filters on a single-room unit; many offer filters that will reduce the amount of dust and allergens in the room while cooling, or during use as a fan.
  • Units with remote controls can be switched on/off and changed from across the room; units with smartphone capabilities can be controlled from outside the house.