Black and Decker Portable AC Review.
The Black & Decker 3-in-1 portable AC units were top sellers last year.
For 2020 they expanded their portable AC series to include more sizes for larger rooms — still the BPACT08WT appears to be the most popular.
Black and Decker offers this AC unit in 4 sizes:
|Black+Decker AC||Cooling Power||Room Size|
|BPACT08WT||8000 BTU||150 sq. ft.|
|BPACT10WT||10,000 BTU||300 sq. ft.|
|BPACT12WT||12,000 BTU||400 sq. ft.|
|BPACT14WT||14,000 BTU||550 sq. ft.|
As a 3-in-1 portable air conditioner, you can choose from the following modes:
air conditioning, dehumidify, 3 fan speeds
What’s surprising is how affordable they are — compared to similar BTU sizes, each is 10-15% cheaper.
For this review I’ll refer to the BPACT08WT (8000 BTU) portable unit.
Black and Decker BPACT08WT Review:
The 8,000 BTU is perfect for smaller rooms.
Reading buyer reviews I notice a lot of purchases are for city apartments — many buyers love how quickly it’s able to cool rooms in peak summer months.
Coverage: 150 square feet
Room size: 15 x 10 ft.
Noise Level: 54 – 75 dBs (on high)
FYI — I’m using info found on Black and Decker website. Some info online is incorrect (i.e. actual room size is 15 x 10 ft.)
Buyers confirm it’s easy to install.
Takes only 10-15 minutes to install (comes 95% preassembled!).
All models come w/ a remote control and allow you to set your desired room temperature.
other models include a remote, but only allow you to increase/decrease power.
Buyers confirm that once you set the temperature, the BPACT08WT is quick to get there — reading buyer reviews, it takes only 5-10 mins to reach it.
Temperature: 62°F – 88°F
Here’s a few scenarios in which I think Black & Decker 8000 BTU would be a good fit for.
bedrooms, city apartments or flats, medium-size living rooms, dorm rooms, or garage activities (like ping pong)
The Black and Decker Portable AC unit comes 95% preassembled — here’s a run-down of what to expect in the box.
- BPACT08WT Unit (52.9 pounds)
- Window kit w/ exhaust hose
- Hose is 5 ft. long
- Water drain hose
- Remote control
- Water bin (for dehumidify mode)
- 4 caster wheels
Black & Decker Portable AC Features:
- Model: BPACT08WT
- Capacity: 8000 BTU
- Area Size: 100 – 150 square feet
- Rooms: 15 x 10 ft.
- Temperature: 62°F – 88°F
- Remote control
- Adjustable temperature settings
- Refrigerant = R410a
- Slide-out, washable air filters
- Compatible for most windows
- Double hung
- Sliding windows
- Caster wheels = portable ac
- 3 fan speeds
Black & Decker BPACT08WT Review:
I personally think the Black and Decker Portable ACs are some of the best options available online — Amazon had the best price compared to other sites (in the USA).
If there’s a notable downside, it’s the noise level.
Black & Decker’s portable AC is louder than comparable models.
At 75 decibels it’s loud, but that’s running at max power — might be loud initially, but to maintain temperature it likely ranges 54 to 60 dBs.
Overall, I think the Black and Decker BPACT08WT is perfect for most scenarios. It’s quick to cool rooms and runs quietly when maintaining a cooler temperature.
Lots of positive buyer reviews and the price is very reasonable!