Buyers Guide & Information

Toshiba Air Conditioner Review

Our unbiased opinion helps you choose the best Toshiba air conditioner for your home.

Best for Mid-Size Rooms

Toshiba RAC-PD1011CRU
Toshiba RAC-PD1011CRU

Our Top Pick

Toshiba 52140000 (12K)
Toshiba 52140000 (12000 BTU)

Best For Smaller Rooms

Toshiba 52140000 (8K)
Toshiba 52140000 (8000 BTU)

Air conditioning and heating systems are essential in sweltering summers or freezing winters. Most of the homes in the US have central AC units, but in areas with temperate climates, many households rely on portable AC units. With so many options on the market, we’ve compiled a list of the best high-quality Toshiba AC units. Check out this buyer’s guide to find the best product for you.

The Toshiba AC Range Explained

While there are a number of different systems that Toshiba manufactures, their most popular models are the portable AC units. They offer portable units that range from 7000 to 12000 BTUs and cover multiple different room sizes.

The best and most popular models from their line are the 8000 to 12000 BTU units, which we have reviewed below. They cover small to large rooms, respectively. Toshiba also makes split system AC units that are designed to be be placed on the wall and will cool a single room effectively.

Why Choose Toshiba

In this buyer’s guide, we are focusing on the best portable AC units to effectively cool down the rooms in your house. These Toshiba units are best for people who live in temperate climates and don’t require a year-round central AC system.

Toshiba offers unique features such as its inverter technology that allows you to use your home energy more efficiently. These portable air conditioning units offer multiple fan speeds, remote control functions, and a dehumidifier. The dehumidifier function can remove up to three pints of water from the air per hour.

3 Best Toshiba Air Conditioners Reviewed

1. Toshiba 52140000

Specification Summary
Cooling Area350 sq ft
LCD DisplayYes

This is the largest portable AC unit on our list of reviewed products. The Toshiba 52140000 12K is our top pick from the Toshiba range of air conditioners. It features the most BTUs at 12000 compared to the other two models. It is ideal for larger rooms, such as living, family, or master bedrooms.

The main difference between this model and the other two models on our list is the number of BTUs and the cooling area. We recommend this model for people who want to cool larger rooms up to 350 square feet. This Toshiba 12K model comes with a dehumidifier that can remove up to 3.5 pints of water per hour.

Similar to the other two models on our list, it comes with an auto shut off timer, sleep settings, and self-diagnostic tools. It has an energy efficiency ratio of 9.5, which means that you can save money. The included remote control will allow you to control the unit from the comfort of your couch.

Since this unit is the largest of the three in the Toshiba range, we thought it worked well to cool down large areas. The dehumidifier was impressive by removing a lot of water from the surrounding air.

2. Toshiba RAC-PD1011CRU

Specification Summary
Cooling Area300 sq ft
LCD DisplayYes

This model is the mid-size version on our list. We named the Toshiba RAC-PD1011CRU as the best Toshiba air conditioner for medium sized rooms. It is similar to the other two models on our list, but it has a cooling capacity of up to 300 square feet.

This Toshiba model is ideal for cooling down bedrooms and offices. It comes with a dehumidifier that will draw up to three pints of water from the air per hour. This is a half-pint less than the larger Toshiba 12K that we reviewed above. This model comes with a similar remote control to the other two models. It features a Louver auto swing mechanism that will distribute the air better throughout the room. The four castor wheels make it easier to move around even on carpet.

We chose this as the best mid-range model because it cools the most common rooms, such as bedrooms. We liked that the medium size is ideal for most people’s room sizes.

As Dale from the Toshiba website noted, “The installation of the window kit and hose was easy. The unit is heavy but manageable moving on carpet. It cools my bedroom of 320 square feet.”

3. Toshiba 52140000

Specification Summary
Cooling Area250 sq ft
LCD DisplayYes

Now we’ve reached the smallest unit on our list. We chose the Toshiba 52140000 (8K) as the best Toshiba portable air conditioner for small rooms. It is smaller than the other two models at 8000 BTUs. It cools rooms up to 250 square feet and has similar features to the other models.

This Toshiba 8K model is designed for small bedrooms or dens. It comes with a Louver auto swing mechanism that can more effectively circulate air. The other Toshiba models come with this as well. The dehumidifier function can remove up to 2.5 pints of moisture from the air every hour. Since it is smaller than the other models, it is quieter so it might be suitable for children’s rooms. It comes with a similar LCD remote for long-distance control.

We liked this small portable unit for small bedrooms. It worked well to cool down rooms, and it was easily moveable since it’s lightweight.

According to one family, “I have two of these units and both of them work very well! We have one running in a large den and it cools it down very well! The other unit we run in each of our kid’s rooms prior to bedtime and it cools their room down fast.”

Who Makes Toshiba Air Conditioners

In 1875, Tanaka and Fujioka created the Toshiba company in a small area in Ginza, Japan. In April 1999, Toshiba joined with the Carrier Corporation to manufacture AC units. Since Carrier is the world’s largest HVAC corporation, Toshiba wanted to provide AC units to a global market. Today, Toshiba operates sales offices on almost every continent and has manufacturing facilities in Thailand and Japan.

How Toshiba Compares with Other AC Brands

We understand that there are a ton of options out there for portable air conditioning units. Toshiba offers some great features and benefits, but how do they compare with other portable AC unit brands? Check out our list below to find out.

  • Hisense
    This is another popular brand that offers similar units to Toshiba. Hisense comes with a 2-year warranty whereas Toshiba only offers a 1-year warranty. Hisense claims to cool down more square feet than Toshiba. For example, their 8500 BTU unit claims to cool up to 500 square feet, while some customers thought that wasn’t true.
  • Frigidaire
    This company offers similarly priced models to that of Toshiba. Frigidaire tends to make different louver options, but most customers claim they are a bit noisier than Toshiba. Some consumers had an issue with leaking. They offer the same 1-year warranty as Toshiba.
  • Danby
    They offer units with slightly higher BTUs than Toshiba, but they are priced reasonably. Many customers felt that they don’t last quite as long as other models.

Overall, it appears that many customers valued Toshiba for its longevity and ease of use. They offer an easy to operate remote control. According to customers, Toshiba portable AC units did a great job of cooling down rooms.

Setting Up Toshiba Portable AC Units

Now that you’ve chosen the right size unit for your home, you need to know how to install it. The Toshiba AC units above are all similar, so the instructions below should guide you through installation.

  1. Choose the best location. You will need to place the unit near a window to allow space for the exhaust pipe.
  2. Clip the exhaust hose onto the back of your air conditioning unit.
  3. Insert the window slider into the hung window and clip on the exhaust pipe. Check that all of the exhaust air is properly exiting the window.

People Also Ask (FAQ)

Where can I download an owner’s manual online for my Toshiba air conditioner?

The instruction manuals for Toshiba portable AC units are available online.

What should I do if my Toshiba air conditioner does not work after installation?

You should follow the basic troubleshooting methods:

  • Check to make sure it is plugged in properly.
  • Make sure the water tray is not full.
  • Check that the air filter is clean and free of debris.

How do I check my Toshiba air conditioner warranty?

The units above come with a 1-year warranty from the date of purchase. If you are unsure when you purchased your unit, then it is best to contact customer service.

How do I reset my Toshiba air conditioner?

The best way to reset the unit is to unplug it for a few seconds. You can also push the reset button on the remote.

How reliable are Toshiba air conditioner units?

They come with a 1-year warranty, so you should not expect any problems before then. If you properly clean the air filter and maintain the unit, then it should last two years or longer.

Is it okay to buy refurbished Toshiba air conditioners?

You can purchase a refurbished unit from Toshiba. Each AC unit is checked and repaired accordingly. It will not come with a warranty, however. We recommend purchasing a new model if possible.

What do customers say about Toshiba air conditioners?

Most customers seem to think that the Toshiba portable air conditioning units work well. The average rating from Home Depot was around 3.8 stars, with a 70% recommendation rating.

According to Essy, “Very nice unit! Seems well made! Easy setup! Works great and does a great job of cooling!”

Another reviewer noted, “Easy to install easy to move around and it works wonderfully.”


In this buyer’s guide, we have reviewed the Toshiba range of portable AC units.

This range is best for people who don’t have a central AC system or only require air conditioning occasionally in certain rooms. These units would work well for people living in temperate climates.

Our top pick in this roundup has to go to the Toshiba 12K unit for its ability to cool down large rooms and remove water from the air.