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Friedrich P09B Review

Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued.

Our Verdict

The Friedrich P09B is a great choice for rooms up to 400 square feet and has a full suite of convenient features to keep you cool and comfortable.

For

  • The Friedrich P09B can remove five pints of moisture from the air every hour, making it an excellent unit for humid climates.

Against

  • This is one of the largest and heaviest portable air conditioners we evaluated.
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This Friedrich portable air conditioner has a slick, modern design that matches with just about any decor.

This Friedrich portable air conditioner has a slick, modern design that matches with just about any decor.
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The Friedrich P09B has an uncomplicated control panel, so it’s easy to adjust settings.

The Friedrich P09B has an uncomplicated control panel, so it’s easy to adjust settings.
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The remote has an LCD screen, so it’s easy to see the Friedrich P09B’s current settings and adjust them from across the room.

The remote has an LCD screen, so it’s easy to see the Friedrich P09B’s current settings and adjust them from across the room.
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The Friedrich P09B has two handles to help you transport it.

The Friedrich P09B has two handles to help you transport it.
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The Friedrich P09B’s dual exhaust system helps circulate cool air and remove hot air from your house.

The Friedrich P09B’s dual exhaust system helps circulate cool air and remove hot air from your house.
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Since it has four casters, you can roll this Friedrich AC on hard surfaces or low-pile carpet instead of carrying it.

Since it has four casters, you can roll this Friedrich AC on hard surfaces or low-pile carpet instead of carrying it.
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The back of the Friedrich P09B has a filter that removes debris from the air.

The back of the Friedrich P09B has a filter that removes debris from the air.
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There is an online copy of the user manual, so you don't have to keep track of the physical copy that comes with the machine.

There is an online copy of the user manual, so you don't have to keep track of the physical copy that comes with the machine.
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The Friedrich P09B’s window kit is easy to install and can adjust to fit windows from 26 to 46 inches wide.

The Friedrich P09B’s window kit is easy to install and can adjust to fit windows from 26 to 46 inches wide.
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If you have any trouble with this Friedrich machine, you can contact customer support through the online email form.

If you have any trouble with this Friedrich machine, you can contact customer support through the online email form.

Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.

The Friedrich P09B has an airflow rating of 212 cubic feet per minute, meaning it circulates a fair amount of air through the machine, effectively cooling rooms up to 400 square feet. If you live in a humid environment where walls and clothing run the risk of mildew and mold, this AC unit is an excellent choice because the dehumidify mode can operate independently of cooling and remove up to five pints per hour of excess moisture from your home, more than any other machine we reviewed.

Although the Friedrich P09B's energy efficiency of EER 9.4 isn't as impressive as the Whynter ARC-12S's EER 11.1, it's still efficient compared against many portable air conditioners on the market. We estimate the Friedrich P09B to cost around $85 a year to operate, but this will differ based on your usage. The Friedrich weighs 71 pounds, making it one of the heaviest portable air conditioners we reviewed. We suggest having someone help you if you need to move it up or down stairs.

This cooler has three fan speed settings, allowing you to select just how quickly the machine cools your room. It includes a fan-only mode to circulate air through the room without cooling. The Friedrich P09B only produces 50 decibels of sound on its highest setting, which is about as loud as a calm conversation between two or three people. This decibel rating makes it one of the quietest portable air conditioners we reviewed.

Unfortunately, the machine lacks a sleep mode to gradually raise the temperature at night to keep you from getting too cold while you sleep. The Friedrich is also missing oscillating louvers to help spread cool air throughout the room. This machine comes with a remote control that includes an LCD screen, allowing you to easily see the air conditioner's current settings and change them as you need. A 24-hour programmable timer allows you to schedule specific on and off times, a great feature for cooling down your room before you get home from work without wasting electricity all day.

The included window kit fits windows up to 46 inches wide, while the vent hose extends to 5 feet long. This unit comes with the UL-Listed mark, which means it has been independently tested by a third-party certification company and has met or exceeded specific safety requirements.

This portable air conditioner comes with the industry standard one-year warranty on the appliance, but it has a five-year warranty on the compressor - the longest compressor warranty we have seen for a portable air conditioner. At the time of writing this review, the Haier HPC12XCR costs $499, making it the third-most expensive model we reviewed and about $70 costlier than average.