RCA RACE8001 Review

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This 8,000-BTU model has its fair share of attractive features, but it's not Energy Star qualified. Users report that excessive noise and an inability to control airflow leave them cold.

RCA RACE8001 reviews are mixed. Most users seem satisfied with the cooling performance of this 8,000-BTU window air conditioner, but others complain that it's difficult to control. In a review on Amazon, a customer laments that adjusting the louvers doesn't change the direction of the airflow. Reviews on the Walmart website paint a picture of an air conditioner that emits only freezing air at full blast; there's little distinction among the fan speeds and no way to reduce the noise. Although complaints about noise are common, an unusually high percentage of reviewers (about a third) mention that the RCA RACE8001 is loud.

The RCA RACE8001 (starting at $229, Amazon) has three fan speeds and modes. It also features a sleep function, which gradually ups the temperature during the night, and auto restart, which restores the most recent settings after the power goes off. This air conditioner has an energy-efficiency ratio of just 10.8 and lacks an energy saver mode, both of which prevent it from qualifying for Energy Star certification.

Where to buy

Buy it from Sears or Amazon.

Despite a largely unchallenged ability to cool down a room up to about 350 square feet, the RCA RACE8001 has little else to recommend it to budget buyers. It lacks crucial features such as an energy saver function, it's not nearly efficient enough to meet Energy Star requirements, and many users find the noise level off-putting. With so many good cheap options available, this lackluster unit doesn't make our cut.

Gina Briles

Gina K. Briles writes family, household, and shopping-related product reviews. She is a displaced Jayhawk and a coffee addict living in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two small children, and Vizsla dog.

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