The DeLonghi America PACAN120EW 12,000 BTU Whisper Cool Portable Air Conditioner is one of the quietest units you’ll find, but that doesn’t mean it lacks cooling power or plenty of added features. This unit is truly one of the best units on the market today.
- Noise level
- Cooling power
- Helpful features
The first thing you’ll notice out of the box is the smaller size of the unit, along with all of the features on the unit’s screen. There’s plenty to go around, creating one of the most seamless, consistent, and quietest portable air conditioner experiences possible.
DeLonghi isn’t hiding mediocre cooling performance behind a smokescreen of cool features -- the America PACAN120EW is on par with the best units in the 12,000 BTU category.
The DeLonghi America PACAN120EW has a relatively low decibel rating of 53 on its highest setting, but with one touch of the Whisper Mode button and you've reduced the noise level by almost half. Whisper Mode seems to be an extremely efficient fan setting that manages to disperse a good amount of cool air without the noise level of a high fan setting.
It’s not recommended to start off on this mode, but rather switch to it when the room is near the temperature level you are aiming for. It’s more of a coasting setting.
The screen on the DeLonghi America PACAN120EW has three different light colors to let you know when you are getting close to your set temperature, and when you actually reach, keeping you informed from across the room.
Another great feature of the DeLonghi America PACAN120EW is the Real Feel setting, which helps to balance out the ideal humidity level with your set temperature. This creates a better atmosphere in the room, and helps to kind of close the gap if the BTU amount isn’t perfectly matched to the space.
The DeLonghi America PACAN120EW is a great unit, but it could be even better if they would tweak one small thing.
Getting onto a manufacturer for the looks of a unit may seem petty, but keep in mind that portable air conditioners aren’t something you can really hide. Some companies go out of their way to make a more aesthetically pleasing unit, but DeLonghi was too busy putting all of these great features in.
The result is a model that kind of resembles a fancy fan.
Room size: 450 square feet
BTU rating: 12,000
Drainage: Self Evaporation
Noise level: 53 (db)
Price: about $600
The DeLonghi America PACAN120EW not only cools your room off at a rapid pace, it remains quiet once it’s gotten there. The other features all combine to make this one of the best units you can get -- but be prepared to pay a little extra for it.
Buy this unit if you want a quiet portable air conditioner for somewhere like a baby’s room, or in the living room.