KUL - 8500 BTU Portable Air Conditioner - KU32085 Reviews

KUL - 8500 BTU Portable Air Conditioner - KU32085

ratings (2 Epinions reviews)
Share This!
  Ask friends for feedback

Kul 8500 BTU Portable Air Conditioner from Lowes

Aug 1, 2010
Review by  
Rated a Very Helpful Review
  • User Rating: Very Good

  • Ease of Use:
  • Durability:
  • Ease of Cleaning:
  • Style:

Pros:It cools things down pretty well in smaller rooms

Cons:Very noisy, poor instruction manual leads to modified install process

The Bottom Line: You'd be much better off buying a window unit instead of this thing.


Down here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, it's not unusual for the temperature to rise above 100 degrees during the summer. In fact, it's 101 outside right now as I write this review on the first of August. The air conditioner in my house struggles with this kind of heat, and during the afternoon it gets up to 80+ degrees inside my home even with the air blowing full blast. I've talked to many friends about this and they are all having the same problem right now in this heat.

In order to help offset our central air conditioning system during the peak hot days, my wife and I decided to buy this Kul 8500 BTU Portable Air Conditioner from Lowes for $299. We had considered getting a window unit, but preferred the idea of having a portable A/C that we could move between rooms. During the day, especially on weekends, we set it up to blow in the living room. In the evening, we hook it up in our bedroom to cool things down for the night. Even at night, the temps are still in the 80's down here.

This portable A/C unit is about the size of an office garbage can, although it weighs a good 50 pounds. It has wheels on the bottom and handles on the side, but it's not too hard to push across carpet. It has an air conditioning mode, a dehumidifier mode, and regular fan mode. You can also program it so that it cuts off when it reaches that temperature. The cold air blows out of a large opening on top.

I found this portable air conditioner to be extremely noisy while running. It does cool pretty well for a 12x15 room, but it makes a lot of racket. Some of the user reviews on Lowes.com complained about the noise level and rightly so. I don't know if I could sleep in the same room with this thing running. With it in the living room with us, I have to turn my home theater surround sound up ten levels above usual to make up for the sound. When we set it up in the bedroom, we turn it off before going to sleep.

Installation of this portable A/C is kind of a pain due to the poor design of the ventilation system. You have to connect a large duct hose from the unit to a window in order to exhaust the hot air. The problem is the junky way in which the hose connects to the piece that snaps into the back of the unit. You have to screw it on using the bendable hose, but nowhere in the instructions does it tell you to do this. I had to figure it out on my own because it would not stay in place. If it is not in place properly, hot air will leak out and then this A/C will be heating and cooling at the same time, and that's no good.

On the other end of the hose is where it connects to your window. They give you this wide plastic slider thing that fits at the bottom of the window, but the way in which it connects only works if you have no window sills. Mine only stick out less than two inches from the wall, but it is enough to block this thing from fitting. I had to cut a piece of scrap wood to stick at the bottom of my window to raise up the vent piece enough to fit the duct hose. The foam sealer they give you is not enough to make a decent seal, so you're going to have heat coming in from the window. The fact that heat seeps in from an improperly sealed window that is right next to your A/C unit means it's never going to be operating as efficiently as it ought to be.

Overall, I am not very happy with my Kul 8500 BTU Portable Air Conditioner. It does a decent job of cooling a smaller room, but it makes way too much noise while doing it and the installation required modification to fit what I think are pretty standard size windows. For what this thing cost, I could have bought two window units and probably had much more efficient cooling.


Recommend this product? No


Amount Paid (US$): 299

Read all comments (2)

Share this product review with your friends   
Share This!


Related Deals You Might Like...

Kul 12000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner

Kul 12000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner

Kul 12000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner
Sears Marketplace
Delonghi - C Series 12000 Btu Portable Air Conditioner - White

Delonghi - C Series 12000 Btu Portable Air Conditioner - White

DeLonghi PAC-A120E 12,000 BTU A Series Portable Air Conditioner, Recycles Condensation, LED Display, 3 Fan Speeds and Side Carry Handles DeLonghi PAC-...
eBay

$549.99

FREE Shipping
Whynter 10000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner with Remote

Whynter 10000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner with Remote

Whynter is going green! With this new eco-friendly CFC-free, lead-free and high energy efficiency Whynter 10,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner, you can...
Walmart.com

$348.99

FREE Shipping
Whynter 10000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner Multicolor - ARC-10WB

Whynter 10000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner Multicolor - ARC-10WB

Shop for Air Conditioners (Portable) from Hayneedle.com! The Whynter 10000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner has a compact design that makes it perfect for...
Hayneedle

$373.99

FREE Shipping
Amana 70000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner (Refurbished) APO77R-R

Amana 70000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner (Refurbished) APO77R-R

The Amana APO77RR 7,000 BTU portable air conditioner can cool areas as small as 151 square feet and as large as 250 square feet. No permanent installa...
Sears Marketplace
P09B 9 300 BTU Portable Air Conditioner with 212 CFM  3 Fan Speeds  Self Evaporative

P09B 9 300 BTU Portable Air Conditioner with 212 CFM 3 Fan Speeds Self Evaporative

Today the fundamental direction of Friedrich is to be the top manufacturer of specialty air treatment products for the worldwide market Moving the com...
AppliancesConnection

$489.00

FREE Shipping
Friedrich P09B 9,300 BTU Portable Air Conditioner with 212 CFM P09B

Friedrich P09B 9,300 BTU Portable Air Conditioner with 212 CFM P09B

LCD remote control Plugs into a standard 115volt outlet Enironmentally friendly R410A refrigerant Cools or dehumidifies Exhaust hoses that extend from...
HomeClick

$529.10

+$49.00 shipping
Whynter Portable Air Conditioner. 14,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner with Dehumidifier, Heat and Remote ARC-14SH

Whynter Portable Air Conditioner. 14,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner with Dehumidifier, Heat and Remote ARC-14SH

Shop for Heating, Venting & Cooling at The Home Depot. With this new Eco-friendly CFC free, lead free and high energy efficiency portable air conditio...
Home Depot

$589.00

FREE Shipping
Sunpentown 14000 Btu Portable Air Conditioner Cooling A/c, Ac Fan Dehumidifier

Sunpentown 14000 Btu Portable Air Conditioner Cooling A/c, Ac Fan Dehumidifier

WA-1410E portable air conditioner with remote control and Ionizer/UV has 1330W and 14,000 BTU's and is designed to fit in most average-size rooms up t...
eBay

$549.00

+$75.00 shipping
Whynter 10000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner Multicolor - ARC-10WB

Whynter 10000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner Multicolor - ARC-10WB

Shop for Air Conditioners (Portable) from Hayneedle.com! The Whynter 10000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner has a compact design that makes it perfect for...
Hayneedle

$373.99

FREE Shipping