Aldi Sterling Portable air conditioner
I bought one last summer in 2013 for $399 & I luv it. It works great & keeps my place so cool. I wouldn't b without it. No problems so far. Good unit.
My husband bought one a week ago. Even with the ceiling fan on high the machine doesn't go below 30 degrees with hours (and I mean hours) of running. Really noisy. The box says low level noise! Laughable. It is cool if you stand right in front of it. I have been able to fall asleep but if you wake up falling back to sleep is a chore. An assault on the senses+++. Now to convince my husband to return it.
everything else. Hate to think how much power is being gobbled up.
Noisy , does not meet specifications
It was a very hot day. My house temperature was 36 degrees C. I set up the Stirling portable air conditioner in my 14 sq m bedroom and it worked noisily and flat out all day to keep my bedroom cooled to 32 degrees C. NOT GOOD AT ALL !!!!
Did not meet specifications.
Save your money. Bad product. Worse customer service.
I purchased two units from Aldi for $399 each. Upon unwrapping one, I discovered a faulty remote. I phoned Tempo Aust, and was promised a new one within the week. A week passed, no remote. Another call to Tempo. More promises. Still no remote. After numerous long distance phone calls, 59 days of waiting, I returned both units to Aldi. It was bulky and the window mount kept falling apart. Had a faulty remote. Rotten customer service.
Terrible Customer Service. After 59 days, still no genuine assistance. Returned to Aldi.
2 yrs on no improvement
At almost $400 in December 2013 had thought an improvement would have been made. No, still very noisy and very little cold air . Not enough to cool a small bedroom with windows and doors shut. I would not recommend purchasing this. You would not be able to sleep for the noise it makes on all fan settings.
Nicely to look and wheels well. Hose outlet to window fits well. Nice to have the remote that came with it.
Too noisy and very little cold air emanating from the machine.
Unlike most other people who have rated this cooler I have found this one o.k. so far. I only paid $299 for this unit compared to one I have owned before which cost $900 (NoboCool Australian Made). Set it on 24C and cooled a 4m x 4m room in 30 minutes, the compressor shuts off when it reaches the set temp so maybe other people have either installed it incorrectly or they have the temp on too low. Overall I give this a 5 star for the type of product it is, all portable air-conditioners are big and heavy but this one comes with wheels so I am not...complaining for the price I paid. There is an old saying, "You get what you pay for". Oh I almost forgot most other brands including the expensive ones give only 12 months warranty this one gives you 24 months. Even if it breaks down after two years at $299 I wouldn't care if it broke down. Cheap ($299), portable (goes in any room), wireless remote, easy to install, 2 Year warranty (most other brands give only 12 months and you have to pay for extra warranty) Takes room up (but so do all brands including the expensive ones), noisy (but so do all brands including the expensive ones, I know due to owning an expensive brand).
I am taking this unit back to aldi asap. And i will buy a 15000 btu aircon from bunnings for $699. If i were you i would stay away from these sterling portable air conditioners. Even though it's cheap if it can not cool a small room it's a waste of $350
looks nice, has wheels, easy to wheel around, soft touch controlls, swing fan, remote controll,
Does not cool a 3x3m room. The air coming from the unit is not very cold at all and i just measured it with a thermometer which read 17 degrees celcius after 5 mins of sitting in the fins. It's 3:20 am with the aircon full blast and it's cooler outside.
This has been brilliant during the recent Melbourne heatwave, bringing my bedroom temperature down to 22 degrees from a starting point of 30 (and the outside temperature hovering around 40-44 degrees). That's for a medium-sized bedroom, about 3 by 4 metres. It was no good at cooling the whole house, but for one room it was great.
I saw this at my local Aldi, but before buying I compared it to other portable air conditioners at Harvey Norman. At $400 it was much better priced than the $600-$800 Harvey Norman charges for equivalent products. I...t's also actually much nicer looking than those competitors! I was surprised at how quiet it is - it sounds like a fan and a fridge at the same time; easy to sleep through. The air conditioner comes with a hard plastic window bracket that lets the heat exhaust through the window. The bracket is adjustable but doesn't seal well. You will need to stick foam weatherstrips on the bracket to seal it properly. Like all big products from Aldi, this airconditioner only appears in stock from time to time. However you can find it from other places under different brands. Aldi calls it the Stirling AC25P; it is made by a generic manufacturer in China and maintained/serviced by AWA in Australia. You'll find it under the Conia and Heller brands, and probably others too. Note that the Aldi 'Stirling' model is the 1HP version; the Heller ACKP12C is a 1.5HP version that looks to be about 30% more powerful.
I purchased AM-12C53RA1(A7) from ALDI, on the brosure it said cool and heat, a couple of months later in winter I have realised it does not heat.
The unit in Summary was absolute rubbish, we had it on in the living area, which is 7x3 metres and it did not cool the room down at all. Not to mention it was so noisy, we had to scream at each other to communicate.
We have now moved it to a room 3x2.5 metres and it takes up most of the room.
Very disapointing purchase, However since my purchase, I have been told by many people that his is very common with portable air conditioners. so if your not renting, purchase split air.
Heavy, Painful to setup, No heat function, Takes up a lot of room, noisy
Works really well for a small room / bedroom. Very happy with my purchase.It is heavy and bulky - you need to get someone to help you move it. Would definitely buy another one.
Relatively quiet, very reasonably priced, easy to use.
Very heavy, Has begun to rattle and hum a bit loudly after a year of use (rectified by putting a magazine under one wheel!)
I decided to purchase one of these units based on a review I had seen here. I eventually took the first one back and got another one and it was the same to I returned it. The units are inadequate for cooling even a small room (3 by 3 m). I hooked up the unit absolutely following the instructions and switched it on. I close the room for one hour. When I came and checked the room temperature had fallen from 30C to 29C. I left the machine running for the next 4 hours and the drop in temperature was only down to 27C. The compressors ran constantly ...during the full 5 hours at about $.50 per hour. I decided to measure the temperature of the cool air (not cold) coming from the units and the temperature was 21C. I checked the unit I have in my lounge and this outlet temperature was 10C. I then checked my car air conditioner and the outlet temperature was 10-11C. There is definitely a flaw in the units as they do not have enough temperature differential to cool this little room down to a set temperature of 25C let alone any cooler than this. There is no mention in the literature or on the box to tell what maximum size of room it will cool. I think these units I tested would have problems cooling a closet. These conditioners are just plain inadequate for proper cooling of any space. The design was pleasant and fairly quiet. This unit just cannot do the job. It is too small and the compressor runs constantly at $.50 per hour.
works only well in small rooms
way to heavy to carry around
would not buy again but what can you get for less money...
price is low
to heavy to move around
only cools small rooms well
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