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LG Electronics Air Conditioner Reviews (Portable & Window)

We’ve reviewed LG’s range of air conditioners. See how the different models stack up against each other.

Finding out the best LG AC can sometimes feel challenging and overwhelming if you know little about what to look for. There is a range of things to consider such as square footage (room size you plan to put your unit in) and BTUs.

In addition, which type of air conditioner do you want: portable, window, or a mini split. Moreover, you also have to choose an AC with increased energy efficiency and better CFM ratings so you get effective airflow. Some of the LG models also offer smart assistants and dehumidify features.

Want to know more about the best LG air conditioners, read on!

8 Best LG Air Conditioners Reviewed

1. LG LP0818WNR

Specification Summary
Type of AC Portable
BTU 8,000
Cooling Area 200 sq. ft.
EER 11.6
Voltage 115V

If you’re looking for a portable model, the LP0818WNR is a solid choice. This portable AC can provide cold air to a room up to 200 square feet, and while it’s air conditioning, it also works to remove moisture from the air. It uses a top inclined air discharge system with auto-swing louvers that actively work to eliminate hot spots from the room.

This portable air conditioner comes with a dehumidification mode that removes up to 4.9 pints of water from the air per hour. In addition, thanks to its rolling caster wheels, the model is the perfect climate control system when you’re on the go; not to mention, the sleek contemporary aesthetics look great in any room. Although the device is a bit bulkier and weighs about 60 pounds, the wheel system counteracts the heavy design, making it more portable.

Performance-wise, this LG model is built with 8,000 BTU cooling power and 230-CFM rating, enough for smaller rooms, and even with such powerful performance, the model functions quietly during operation. On the high setting, the noise level is about 53 decibels, and on low, it’s 50 decibels. This makes it a great addition to a bedroom or any other small room since it won’t keep you up at night.

In terms of air conditioning features, the LP0818WNR portable air conditioner comes with a two-fan speed, 2-way air deflection, a 24-hour timer, and easily adjustable and comfortable temperature controls. All of this can be controlled from either the device’s panel or the included LCD remote. You can plug it into a standard 115V, and there’s an included installation kit that makes the installation process a breeze. On top of all this, maintenance is easy, thanks to the washable air filter.

While it comes with an automatic-evaporation mode meant to be efficient, you have to drain it manually. Sometimes, it can be a huge nuisance since it needs flipping to drain its collection basket.

One drawback that this LG model has is that it comes with just two fan controls. There are plenty of 8,000 BTU portable air conditioners that offer 3 speeds, but this one only has a High and Low setting. But performance-wise and price, this small flaw is easy to overlook.

2. LG LP1419IVSM

Specification Summary
Type of AC Portable
BTU 14,000
Cooling Area 500 sq. ft.
EER 12.0
Voltage 115V

The LG LP1419IVSM portable air conditioner is arguably one of the best portable air conditioners available on the market today. Although it’s significantly more costly than the LP0818WNR portable air conditioner, there are quite a few reasons for this. First off, this model uses dual inverter technology for highly efficient performance.

LG says that “portable air conditioners with DUAL Inverter Compressor provide comfortable temperatures with up to 40% more energy savings.”

Even though the cost is high initially, you’ll be able to save a lot on your monthly energy costs. Secondly, this model can provide cold air to a room up to 500 square feet, which is more than twice the cooling area of the last LG. It has a cooling power of 14,000 BTU, and while it cools, it dehumidifies the air up to 6.8 pints per hour.

This inverter AC is all about maximum cooling for maximum comfort. LG knows that comfort isn’t just about staying cool, but also about the quiet operation. This is considered a low noise level device, and it’s always working to eliminate unnecessary noise so that you’ll barely notice it’s running. On the low setting, it has a dBA rating of 44, which is about as loud as a quiet library.

It’s not only advanced in energy efficiency and quiet operation, but also in cooling performance. It’s built with a convenient sleep mode that gradually raises the temperature throughout the night, but the best part of all is the Smart technology. This model offers WiFi connectivity and pairs with the SmartThinQ LG app so that you can control your home’s climate from anywhere, even when you’re away from the house. You can also control it with your Alexa or Google Assistant device.

If you’re searching for a model with a heating element, this LG model won’t fit the criteria; nevertheless, you’ll get a fan, air conditioning, and a dehumidification feature.

3. LG LW8017ERSM

Specification Summary
Type of AC Window
BTU 8,000
Cooling Area 350 sq. ft.
EER 12.0
Voltage 115V

The LW8017ERSM is considered a mid range LG window unit. It’s a great choice if you’ve got some money to spend, but you’re still not wanting to break the bank. It’s an 8,000 BTU AC that can cool a room with dimensions up to 350 square feet. There’s barely any installation needed other than window frame, but the included window installation kit will help with this.

We believe it’s the best window air conditioner with enhanced features and Wi Fi connectivity that you can use to connect Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Similar to most window air conditioners, this smart AC uses a top inclined air discharge design with automatic swinging louvers so that you never have to worry about hot spots throughout the room. And just like other LG portable, window and mini split systems, the LW8017ERSM features a sleek contemporary design that blends in well with any style room décor.

The 3-in-1 operation is what users seem to love most about the LW8017ERSM. The manufacturer says that “the cool mode is ideal for powerful cooling and dehumidifying on hot days. In fan mode, the fan circulates air while the dry mode is ideal for rainy and damp days.” The dehumidification feature eliminates nearly 2 pints of water from the air per hour. It also comes with a 24-hour timer, auto restart function, and a Sleep mode.

The main downside of this big unit is that it’s not the most energy-efficient LG window unit on the market. Unlike the LP1419IVSM model, this one isn’t designed to maximize your energy savings by up to 40%. The EER is 12.0, which is still adequate, the same as the 12.0 EER of the LP1419IVSM.

4. LG LP1417GSR

Specification Summary
Type of AC Portable
BTU 14,000
Cooling Area 500 sq. ft.
EER 12.0
Voltage 115V

The LG LP1417GSR is another portable air conditioner, designed for a large room size up to 500 square feet. It has a BTU rating of 14,000 with a cooling performance that is very similar to the LP1419IVSM portable air conditioner; however, it’s a lot cheaper. The main reason for the lower price tag is that it does not feature Smart technology, which means you won’t be able to control the unit with an app.

Even though it doesn’t offer Smart operation, there are plenty of other excellent features to look for. Aside from the fact that it cools adequate space, it also removes moisture by eliminating up to 3.1 pints of water from the air per hour. Similar to other AC models, it uses the top inclined air discharge design to eliminate hot spots from the room.

It comes with a 24-hour timer, an auto-restart function for power outages, easy up/down temperature adjustments, sleep mode, and a full-featured remote to control it all. It operates with the standard 115V outlet and comes with a 6-ft power cord for simple installation. You’ll need to use ducting through a window for ventilation to allow the auto evaporation system to work, but this is an easy process.

As for the flaws, some users wish that the 6-ft power cord was slightly longer, but this is an easy fix with an extension cord. The other drawback is that the LP1417GSR is that there are only 2 cooling powers, which is minimal, considering the high cost of the unit and insufficient considering the high BTU rating. But all in all, this is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a portable LG for a large space, and you don’t find Smart technology a necessary addition.

5. LG LP1021BSSM (Portable AC with Heating)

Specification Summary
Type of AC Portable
BTU 10,000
Cooling Area 450 sq. ft.
EER 12.0
Voltage 115V

Keeping yourself cool in the hotter months is a necessity (especially when all the heat is trapped within the house or room), but when the temperature dips in the colder months, having a dual function unit with supplemental heating is a great option. LG’s LP1021BSSM portable air conditioner with heat pump technology will keep you as cool as a cucumber or snug as a bug in a rug, according to your needs. Its 10000 BTU cooling capacity is optimal for spaces up to 450 sq ft, whereas its 14000 BTU heating capacity is designed for areas up to 350 sq ft.

The auto-swing oscillating air vents circulate the cool or warm air efficiently to ensure the whole space is kept in the ‘comfort zone.’ What’s more, the dehumidification function will control the humidity in your home. With a sleek contemporary design, this free-standing portable unit blends in with almost any room décor so it will fit in where you want it when you want it.

With its multiple fan control settings, you can smoothly customize your cooling needs. In addition, this smart outdoor air conditioner comes with LG ThinkQ tech that helps control the model anywhere from the room. Unlike other brands, this LG model has 50 dB noise levels. Some features include window vent installation kit, washable/removable filters, check filter alert, and remote.

6. LG LW1017ERSM

Specification Summary
Type of AC Window
BTU 10,000
Cooling Area 450 sq. ft.
EER 12.1
Voltage 115V

If you want to create a smart house, you might want to consider air conditioners that help you connect smart assistants such as Alexa and Google assistant. You can get that and more with the LG LW1017ERSM.

Receiving an excellent 5-star rating on bestbuy.com from some delighted customers, this window air conditioner not only meets but exceeds customers’ expectations.

This energy star certified unit is specially designed with energy efficiency in mind, with an impressive 12.1 EER. Its 10000 BTU cooling capacity is suitable for a room size up to 450 sq ft.  The auto restart function ensures that your AC automatically turns back on when power returns after a power outage, giving you peace of mind.

With LG’s SmartThinQ® technology, you can control your AC at home from anywhere: start or stop cooling, change the mode or set the temperature to be just how you like it when you get home. The app also works with the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa so you can change your air conditioner settings with simple voice commands from the comfort of the sofa, without having to search for that elusive remote control.

In addition to smart control, there’s a Wi-Fi control option too. The three cooling speeds and three fan controls offer maximum cooling flexibility, and the 4-way air deflection directs the air conditioning exactly where you want it.

So you can be sure that this model meets your needs, you can download the technical specification sheet from LG here.

It’s one of the best indoor and outdoor air conditioners that can also work as a perfect replacement unit against other slightly louder ACs from other brands. The setup process is convenient and it offers low noise levels (54 dB).

7. LG LW8016HR (Window AC with Heating)

Specification Summary
Type of AC Window
BTU 7500 Cooling, 3860 Heating
Cooling Area 320 sq. ft.
EER 11.2
Voltage 115V

Perhaps you’re looking for a window AC that offers the extra dimension of a little heat when you need it in the chillier months as well as keeping your entire home cool and comfortable when the temperature rises. If so, look no further than this high-performing LG LW8016HR window AC.

It offers an impressive energy efficiency Ratio (EER) of 11. 2, with 7,500 BTU cooling capacity for space up to 320 sq ft and 3850 BTU supplemental heating for up to 220 sq ft, making it ideal for smaller rooms and homes.

This Window AC has 4-in-1 functions, which means when needed, it can provide heat, dehumidification, fan, and cooling.

What we liked most about this model is that based on settings, the noise levels are increasingly low (50 dB), which is arguably among the lowest ratings that we have witnessed in our AC reviews. Also, homeowners can toggle between several cooling and heating speeds and control 4-way air direction for effective performance.

8. LG LT1037HNR

Specification Summary
Type of AC Through the Wall
BTU 10000 Cooling, 11200 Heating
Cooling Area 440 sq. ft.
EER 9.8
Voltage 230V

As an alternative to window air conditioners, this LG wall unit is not only stylish but offers powerful performance with innovative features including multiple cooling and fan controls, remote control, and a trim kit for a flush/clean installation. Delivering an effective 9,800/10,000 BTU cooling capacity and 9,200/11,200 BTU heating, with an EER of 9.7, this unit can cool or heat rooms of up to 440 sq ft.

You can control the temperature of your room at the touch of a button (or remote control). Better yet, you can set your unit with the programmable timer to come on before you arrive home, so you are greeted with warmth or glorious cool air depending on the season.

Two cooling speeds and two fan only speeds allow you to set the perfect temperature and you can enjoy the cool air even more with the 4-way air direction. By adjusting the deflection, the air is directed up, down, left or right, so you’re in control and can move the air where it’s needed most.

When the climate gets a little sticky, there’s also a dehumidification option, removing 3.2 pts/hr of moisture from the air. The remote control is easy to use, and once you’re relaxed, you can control the temperature from the comfort of your sofa.

In these energy-conscious times, the LG LT1037HNR includes an Energy Saver Mode, so you don’t have to sweat about high utility costs when you’re cooling down.

To find out if this AC unit with cooling and heating functions is suitable for your needs, you can find LG’s technical specification here.

Who Makes LG Air Conditioners?

With its origins dating back to 1958, the Korean electronics giant LG now spans all over the globe. LG’s vast range of products and appliances can be found in homes and businesses everywhere, from Home Entertainment and Mobile Communications to Home Appliances and Air Solutions. LG has grown consistently and is now one of the brand leaders globally for air conditioners.

With their wide range of air conditioning products, including portable, wall-mounted and window-mounted options, LG aims to keep you cool and comfortable — even when Mother Nature turns up the heat. LG air conditioners give you the power and technology you need to maintain the perfect temperature inside your home all year round, no matter how hot and steamy it gets outside.

LG AC Models Compared

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LG Portable 115V Air Conditioner - Rooms up...
LG LP1419IVSM Smart Dual Inverter Portable...
LG 8,000 BTU Smart Window Air Conditioner,...
LG 10,000 BTU Smart Window Air Conditioner,...
LG 7,500 BTU Window Air Conditioner with...
LG LT1037HNR 10000 230V Through-The-Wall with...
Model
LG Portable 115V Air Conditioner - Rooms up...
LG LP1419IVSM Smart Dual Inverter Portable...
LG 8,000 BTU Smart Window Air Conditioner,...
LG 10,000 BTU Smart Window Air Conditioner,...
LG 7,500 BTU Window Air Conditioner with...
LG LT1037HNR 10000 230V Through-The-Wall with...
BTU
8,000
14,000
8,000
10,000
7500
10000
Area
200 sq. ft.
500 sq. ft.
350 sq. ft.
450 sq. ft.
320 sq. ft.
440 sq. ft.
EER
11.6
12.0
12.0
12.1
11.2
9.8
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LG Portable 115V Air Conditioner - Rooms up...
Model
LG Portable 115V Air Conditioner - Rooms up...
BTU
8,000
Area
200 sq. ft.
EER
11.6
Price
-
Price
Image
LG LP1419IVSM Smart Dual Inverter Portable...
Model
LG LP1419IVSM Smart Dual Inverter Portable...
BTU
14,000
Area
500 sq. ft.
EER
12.0
Price
-
Price
Image
LG 8,000 BTU Smart Window Air Conditioner,...
Model
LG 8,000 BTU Smart Window Air Conditioner,...
BTU
8,000
Area
350 sq. ft.
EER
12.0
Price
-
Price
Image
LG 10,000 BTU Smart Window Air Conditioner,...
Model
LG 10,000 BTU Smart Window Air Conditioner,...
BTU
10,000
Area
450 sq. ft.
EER
12.1
Price
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LG 7,500 BTU Window Air Conditioner with...
Model
LG 7,500 BTU Window Air Conditioner with...
BTU
7500
Area
320 sq. ft.
EER
11.2
Price
Image
LG LT1037HNR 10000 230V Through-The-Wall with...
Model
LG LT1037HNR 10000 230V Through-The-Wall with...
BTU
10000
Area
440 sq. ft.
EER
9.8
Price

More Features of LG Portable AC Units

Smart technology is the future and many AC brands are incorporating it in their models – LG is no exception!

Some LG products allow you to stay cool and in control with their LG SmartThinQ® technology. It lets you control your model remotely, so you can start or stop cooling, change the mode, or set the temperature from anywhere.

Even if smart technology isn’t for you, you can still benefit from the many other features offered by LG such as remote operation, energy-saving features which keep the temperature at a set level without working constantly, and variable fan speeds to control the noise level of the AC and rate of cooling.

LG Versus Similar AC Brands

LG Vs Haier (For Portable Air Conditioners)

A top alternative to our pick for an LG portable AC is this unit from Haier which combines compact size and performance. Its 12000 BTU cooling power will cool a room up to 450 sq ft. It includes remote, a digital settings panel, and three cooling speeds.

Being minimalist in size and styling, it doesn’t intrude on living space unduly, and it performs well in terms of energy efficiency. It also has helpful features like auto-start and a 24-hour timer, which make it easy to ‘set and forget.’

Another feature is its self-evaporative draining system, which means you don’t have to empty the tank every day – one less thing for your to-do list. As with all portable air conditioners, it’s easy to install, with a 6ft power cord and a 5ft single exhaust hose, both of which give some flexibility on where it can be sited in your room.

In general, the Haier HPC12XCR receives good feedback, especially considering the average reviews for most air conditioners. Most users note that the cooling performance is about what they expected or better.

Related ArticleReviews of the Haier AC Line

LG Vs Koldfront (Through-the-Wall AC)

This through-the-wall AC from Koldfront is an excellent alternative to our LG top pick. It offers superb value for money and has both heating and cooling functions. With a 12,000-BTU rating, it can cool a space of up to 550 sq ft, and the 10,600 BTU heating element can heat an area of up to 450 sq ft.

Although it doesn’t offer the ‘smart’ control technology, it has remote operation, an electronic digital thermostat, a sleep mode, a 24-hour timer, and an energy-saver mode. The louvers in the output vent can be adjusted to direct air in 4 directions, and there are three fan speeds plus ‘auto.’

It also has a ‘Dry’ mode for dehumidification which extracts about 2.5 pints of water from the air per hour. The lack of a self-evaporative function means that you need to empty the tank regularly.

LG Models Versus Each Other – Portable Vs Window Air Conditioner

One of the best features of a portable air conditioning unit is that it’s super-easy to install. These products plug into a wall socket and come complete with a window kit – effectively a pipe through which the heat is removed from the air inside.

Some homeowners’ associations don’t allow the use of window air conditioners because they protrude to the outside. Portable air conditioners have the advantage because the small exhaust pipe won’t violate any such rules.

The most obvious benefit is that you can move it quickly from room to room so you can enjoy its cooling effect wherever it’s needed. A window air conditioner doesn’t offer that flexibility. If it’s not possible to vent through a window for some reason, ceiling vent kits are also available for portable air conditioners.

A small window unit, by contrast, removes the possible problem of the space taken up by a freestanding portable unit which is particularly relevant in homes where space is tight. Sitting in the existing window opening, without taking up any valuable floor space, window units undoubtedly reduce clutter.

Also, window air conditioners use energy more efficiently than portable air conditioners. This means, you get more cooling power per BTU.

A top tip is to pay attention to the BTU rating when looking at window units. The higher that number is, the bigger the room the unit can cool.

Both window and portable AC units can come with many features such as digital thermostats, remotes, and timers. The presence or absence of these factors may help your decision-making process.

Portable AC

Portable AC Setup

Window AC

Window AC Setup

Through the Wall

Through Wall AC Setup

LG Window Vs Through-the-Wall ACs

Window and through-the-wall ACs are easy to compare because they’re effectively similar in cooling capacity and size. Through-the-wall units, however, tend to be more energy efficient because they create an airtight seal in the room.

The significant differences between these types of AC units are their installation and way that they vent. Window ACs fit through casement windows or others and don’t require permanent installation. Through-the-wall ACs, on the other hand, are built into the wall. They are ideal for windowless rooms or for those who prefer not to interfere with the existing windows.

Wall air conditioners typically only vent (or exhaust) warm air through the back of the unit to the outside, while window units vent from both the sides and back. This is why the two types are not interchangeable, even if they are identical in size. Simply put, since a window model needs to vent from both the back and the sides, if it’s installed in a wall, the side vents will be blocked, and it will overheat.

Key Considerations Before Buying An LG Air Conditioner

British Thermal Units (BTU) Explained

A British Thermal Unit (BTU) is a precise measurement that represents the amount of energy required to change the temperature of a single pound of water by 1 degree Fahrenheit above or below the current temperature. It’s the most commonly used way to measure the effectiveness of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems.

Nearly all air conditioners have a tested BTU rating. A higher BTU rating means that the air conditioner is capable of cooling a larger area more effectively. LG air conditioners include products suitable for both cooling in both large and small spaces.

Cooling Area

Though it may be tempting to think that a higher number of BTUs will cool your room more effectively and quickly, it won’t be energy efficient if it’s the wrong size for the space. A potent air conditioner with more BTUs than necessary will cool the area quickly. The problem is that the unit will then cycle on and off frequently throughout the day in short bursts to maintain this temperature. This can damage internal components and shorten the operational life of the AC.

Here’s a guide to help you to calculate the optimum number of BTUs for the space you wish to cool:

Related ArticleWhat Size of AC Fits My Needs?

Calculate BTU per Square Foot

LG Air Conditioner Troubleshooting

Water is leaking from the window or through-the-wall AC unit

If water is coming from the AC unit, this may be due to regular operation, condensation process, or proper leveling. Follow this link to LG’s resolution center to identify and solve the problem.

AC Unit is not cooling

Sometimes the unit will cool at night but not during the hot day, which indicates that there is a performance issue. Alternatively, it may have ceased to function correctly at any time. Look here for a solution to the problem.

The error code is showing on the display

An error code can usually be resolved by performing a few simple troubleshooting steps. Click here to start the process of identifying the problem.

How to maintain your AC unit and keep it functioning efficiently

As with any household appliance, regular maintenance will keep it performing optimally. You’ll find maintenance tips from LG for portable, window and through-the-wall AC units, by following this link.

How do you install an LG portable air conditioner?

We find it’s better to show than to tell, so we suggest you follow this link to a video installation guide for your portable AC.

How do you drain LG portable air conditioner?

This video guide helps explain how to drain your unit.

How do you clean an LG AC filter?
  1. Pull the inlet grille forward.
  2. Remove the air filter from the front grille by pulling the air filter up slightly.
  3. Wash the filter using lukewarm water (below 104 degrees).
  4. Gently shake away the excess water, leave it to air dry and reinstall the filter.

Conclusion

There’s no doubt that home appliance market leaders LG has covered all the bases with their range of split system, portable, window and through-the-wall air conditioning units, incorporating smart technology for many of them.

From the vast range they offer, we have done the hard yards of research and narrowed down the options. We’ve selected some of the top performing LG air conditioners so you can keep your home cold (or warm) and comfortable through the seasons.

If you’re looking for a high-performing portable AC which will blend into any décor, then our top pick would be the LG LP1417WSRSM. It ticks all the boxes and gets on with doing its job of cooling your home, wherever and whenever you need it.

The addition of LG’s innovative SmartThinQ® Technology puts you in complete control, so your home can be cool and comfortable when you arrive home at the end of a long hard day.

Our Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)

Last Updated on July 9, 2022

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