SPT WA-8070E 8,000 BTU Portable AC Review

SPT WA-8070E 8,000 BTU Portable AC ReviewHave you just about had enough with the heat? Are you looking to cool a small room and not spend a grip a cash to do it? If so, the SPT WA-8070E 8,000 BTU portable air conditioner may be just what you’re looking for.

But what should you know about it? And does it have all of the features you need? For this, and our candid thoughts and impressions on this model’s value, please keep reading.

Key Features & Specifications

-Coverage Area & Cooling Power

Packing 8,000 BTUs of cooling power, the WA-8070E is sufficient to cool typical rooms up to 200 – 250 square feet in area. Remember, this is only an estimate, and if your room has additional heat factors – like high ceilings, little or no insulation, or a big, sunny window, this coverage area will be reduced.

-Condensate Removal System

Nobody wants to babysit their portable air conditioner, which is why we were glad to see this unit was equipped with a “self-evaporating” condensate system. This is a design whereby condenser water is dried or blown off through contact with the exhaust stream, so the water evaporates quicker than it accumulates. The end result is that, under most circumstances, you should never need to drain this unit manually.

SPT WA-8070E Digital Control PanelHowever, please be aware that these systems can sometimes be foiled by super high-humidity environments. In such cases, condensate may still accumulate. As such, if your area experiences very high humidity (e.g., >60%) for long periods of time, check the unit once and a while just to make sure you don’t need to drain it.

-Thermostat Control / Remote Control

This portable AC unit comes with modern digital thermostatic controls and an convenient setpoint display. Digital controls are far better than analog and can achieve the best setpoint accuracy. Moreover, you can adjust temperature setpoint and other functions with the full-function remote control included with this model.

-Exhaust Hose Type

SPT WA-8070E: rear view showing single vent hookup.This is a single-hose exhaust system. This means that the WA-8070E will necessarily draw some of your indoor air to cool off the unit’s internal parts (mainly the compressor) and then eject it outdoors. These exhaust systems are easy to hook up compared to dual-hose types (because there is only one vent to deal with) and are considerably cheaper to make as well. However, all things being equal (which they are often not), they tend to be slightly less efficient than dual-hose units. This is because cooled indoor air is lost to some degree, and outdoor air is sucked up to take its place, making the air conditioner work a bit harder.

As we always say though, you must also consider an air conditioner’s “EER” score before evaluating its overall efficiency. This we will do next!

-Energy Efficiency

The best way to understand how efficiently a portable air conditioner uses electricity is to know its Energy Efficiency Ratio, or “EER.” This is a product of the unit’s BTUs divided by its total wattage, so higher scores mean that a model is more efficient. Most units fall somewhere between 8.5 and 10.2 or so.

In this case, the SPT WA-8070E scores an EER of 8.9 – which is not bad but nothing to brag about. Ideally, we like to see scores approaching or exceeding a “10.0,” especially for single-hose units. Nevertheless, we wound not consider this an inefficient air conditioner, just relatively average relative to its class.

-Noise Levels

Consumers are always looking for models that can run quietly, and in this regard, the WA-8070E is pretty good. Specifically, this unit is rated to produce 54 db of sound pressure. This is roughly equivalent to human whispering/low conversation. As a result, we think that most users should be able to use this model in bedrooms, studies, offices, or anywhere else you require quieter operation.

-Size / Dimensions

This is a relatively compact air conditioner (as far as portables go) with dimensions of roughly 30 inches in height, 14 inches in width and 15 inches in depth. It weighs approximately 51 pounds. This makes the SPT fairly easy to move around for most users, and even easier to situate unobtrusively among furniture.

-Other Features

  • Two fan speeds;
  • Directional louvers;
  • Dehumidifier function rated @ 46 pints/day;
  • Auto restart (in case of power interruption);
  • Washable air filter;
  • Rolling casters for mobility;
  • Programmable (up to 24 hour) timer.

User Reviews & Satisfaction Ratings

With predominantly 4 and 5-star reviews, the SPT WA-8070E is one of the best-rated small portable air conditioners in its class. Among other things, users consistently remark on this model’s solid performance, reliability and value. We encourage you to browse some of the actual reviews for this product below:

Price and Value

Currently available for around $270 shipped, you just can’t deny the value you get with the WA-8070E. Indeed, this is nearly as inexpensive as some portable evaporative coolers, which makes it a very good choice for those looking to cool down a small room, both affordably and reliably.

Concluding Thoughts & Impressions

The SPT WA-8070E 8,000 BTU portable air conditioner does nothing revolutionary and brings average energy efficiency. However, it cools powerfully, is easy to install, and gets the job done with little fuss and no water draining (in most cases). Furthermore, it brings a very solid suite of design features and functionality at a terrific price – making it available to just about anyone who needs a little refuge from the heat, but doesn’t want to spend a load of cash in the process.

In short, we think this is a great value-driven option that will meet or exceed most consumers’ expectations.


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