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5/31/17 (Likely Available 5/28/17) Aldi Special Buys - Easy Home 5000 BTU Window Air Conditioner w Remote $99.99, 8000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner $199.99

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It's getting hot, and Aldi looks like they're gonna have some nice AC deals next week. 5000 BTU window AC with a Darth Vader looking remote for $99.99, 8000 BTU portable unit with a slightly less Darth Vader looking remote for $199.99.


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For the 8000 BTU portable, it says it's called "Easy Home" ... Can't find anything online for Easy Home portable A/Cs. Is this rebadged from some other company's product?

Would love to find review to see how loud the unit is, for example.

Thank you for posting this.
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I also noticed this at my local Aldi, I happened to be browsing the Target AC options and noticed that this one looks similiar...

http://www.target.com/p/keystone-...A-15639382
https://www.amazon.com/Keystone-W...B00IJYGQLQ


I wonder if this could be identical?
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Thinking about buying the $99 window unit as a backup. I have an 8000 and a 6500 that are about 6-7 years old. And if one goes out, I would have a backup.

5000 isn't as strong but walmarts cheapest with a remote is $134.

Of course, I could get off my tightness and spend $2000+ on a new AC unit.

Nah.

I bet I am the only millionaire too tight to spring on AC.
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I went to 2 Aldi stores and they were both sold out of the $99 unit. I'll try my luck tomorrow!!
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Went to my store thinking about buying one but they had a TON of them after I initially thought they had sold out. The 8000 BTUs were at the very front so I thought these might have been sold out but then I found then and they had a ton.

So I decided to wait. My credit card statement cycle ends on the 9th so buying then or closer to then gives me an extra month to pay.

My question is, the box shows 2 different remotes but it doesn't indicate that there are 2 remotes in the box and its not clear if its a 2 sided remote. So if someone could chime in I would appreciate it.

I'm trying to decide if I should just get a 10-12k btu instead and then make it semi-permanent where I don't take it out even in winter. That would require some specially cut wood at least.
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My impression of those window-less units is they are crap. That's from reading the various reviews of other brands. Because initially, I wanted one of them. Ive read reviews from people who said an 8000 BTU unit did not cool as well as a 5000 btu window unit.
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My impression of those window-less units is they are crap. That's from reading the various reviews of other brands. Because initially, I wanted one of them. Ive read reviews from people who said an 8000 BTU unit did not cool as well as a 5000 btu window unit.
I have recently had both, and they DEFINITELY don't. Most of it is due to the very hot exhaust hose that radiates heat back into the room. Additionally - unless it's a dual-hose version - the unit sucks in room air and exhausts it outside. Which means it's actively removing cooled air from the room.

A window based AC unit will be much more efficient as it uses outside air to remove compressor heat, and can usually be set to only cool and recirculate room air.

The in-room AC units are really only a reasonable option when 1) they are a two hose design that uses outside air for the compressor cooling, and 2) there's simply no way to get a window/wall AC unit installed.
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I just picked up the $99 window unit this morning. I'll set it up later today when I get home from work.

My old unit had mold in it, it was loud, no remote control, and the slides on the side had become brittle and stiff from old age. I gotta say this one will be a nice upgrade.

I'll report back my thoughts with a mini review.
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Went to my store thinking about buying one but they had a TON of them after I initially thought they had sold out. The 8000 BTUs were at the very front so I thought these might have been sold out but then I found then and they had a ton.

So I decided to wait. My credit card statement cycle ends on the 9th so buying then or closer to then gives me an extra month to pay.

My question is, the box shows 2 different remotes but it doesn't indicate that there are 2 remotes in the box and its not clear if its a 2 sided remote. So if someone could chime in I would appreciate it.

I'm trying to decide if I should just get a 10-12k btu instead and then make it semi-permanent where I don't take it out even in winter. That would require some specially cut wood at least.
It doesn't have two remotes. One picture is of the control panel on the unit and the other is the remote.
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I'm really pleased and happy with my $99 5k BTU unit. It turned out to be a good buy for the features and quality. My only regret is not having bought at least a second unit. I tried 5 different Aldi stores and couldn't find anymore yesterday. Frown

I guess I'll have to settle for a Walmart GE $135 5k BTU unit that doesn't even have a LCD display on it's remote. Frown
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Is their price back up and what is their usual price for 5k BTU unit?
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Went to my store thinking about buying one but they had a TON of them after I initially thought they had sold out. The 8000 BTUs were at the very front so I thought these might have been sold out but then I found then and they had a ton.

So I decided to wait. My credit card statement cycle ends on the 9th so buying then or closer to then gives me an extra month to pay.

My question is, the box shows 2 different remotes but it doesn't indicate that there are 2 remotes in the box and its not clear if its a 2 sided remote. So if someone could chime in I would appreciate it.

I'm trying to decide if I should just get a 10-12k btu instead and then make it semi-permanent where I don't take it out even in winter. That would require some specially cut wood at least.
it is a picture of the control panel, not a 2nd remote
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My impression of those window-less units is they are crap. That's from reading the various reviews of other brands. Because initially, I wanted one of them. Ive read reviews from people who said an 8000 BTU unit did not cool as well as a 5000 btu window unit.
I agree. Got a good deal on a portable.. Broke after 2 years of rare use. They take up a lot of space, too.
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I have to say that I'd rather a plain jane, simple 5k BTU over one with electronic controls simply because I like to control mine with my phone using a wifi power adapter. With a cheap wifi adapter, you can turn your window unit on and off whenever you want... I got mine for about ten bucks from Home Depot on clearance, but Walmart sells them for about $20 regular price and they'll even let you set schedules and things like that.

I've got one expensive LG in the bedroom that's like this cheaper 5k unit with remote and a cheap Kenmore that I picked up open box for $30 at Sears and I much prefer the Kenmore because of the simplicity and ease of use... I love just being able to turn it on with my phone.
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