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Soleus Air PH3-12R-03 Portable Air Conditioner Review

Overall Rating:
4.0 out of 5 stars
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Soleus Air PH3-12R-03

Soleus Air have recognized that people don’t want several units in their homes doing individual jobs to help keep the atmosphere comfortable. They listened to consumer demand, and brought the multifunctional PH3-12R-03 to the market. This model will act as an air conditioner, dehumidifier, fan and heater. Add to this the fact it’s completely portable, and you have a unit that has “all in one” capability.

Review Details

This model has a cooling capacity of 12,000 BTU, making it perfect for mid-sized rooms of up to 425 square feet. Complete with heat pump and auto-evaporative technology, the PH3-12R-03 will act as a dehumidifier, heater and air conditioner. Equipped with an R-410A refrigerant, when used as an air conditioner, it will help keep energy bills down.

This model is truly a “one size fits all” unit and it will keep the atmosphere indoors at a comfortable level no matter what time of year it is. With Oscillating louvers, when on the A/C mode, this unit will prevent hot-spots from occurring in the room – a problem many other manufacturers have. Add to this the LCD display, digital controls and fully functional remote control, the PH3-12R-03 is incredibly easy to use.

What We Liked

  • Quiet and Effective A/C
    The decibel level with this model only reaches a level of 45, making it incredibly quiet. It also has oscillating louvers which eliminate the problem of hot-spots within the room.
  • Portability
    With heavy duty casters and both window and exhaust hoses included, this model is highly portable.
  • Ease of Use
    You can expect to make use of a 24 hour clock timer, on-board control panel, easy to read programmable digital display (multi-color) and remote control.
  • Dehumidification Mode
    When used as a dehumidifier, the Soleus PH3-12R-03 has the capacity to remove 63 pints of moisture per day.

What We Didn't Like

  • Wasted Energy
    This model is not Energy Star Rated which isn’t a huge problem. However, although the compressor will automatically switch off when the desired temperature has been reached, the fans do not. This can lead to issues with running costs.
  • True Portability
    When used as a heater, the PH3-12R-03 can easily be moved from room to room. However for A/C or dehumidification it does need to have an outlet such as a window (a common issue only ventless units don't have).


Soleus Air have done their best to make sure the consumer can buy a multi-purpose unit that heats, removes moisture and cools the air (in 2 ways). For the price range – a little over $400 - it does the job at hand adequately. However, there are mixed reviews on how well this unit works depending on what functions you need. This said, given the number of functions this model has and the price range, it’s a good buy.

Review by AirReflect ©
Last modified: April 21, 2013 (Prices are updated daily)
Soleus Air PH3-12R-03
Dimensions (L x W x H):
22.1 x 13 x 24.9 inches
70 lbs
Power Supply:
115 Volts, 60 Hz
1100 Watt, 10 Amp
Noise level:
45 dB
Coverage Area:
425 Square Feet
285 Cubic Feet per Minute
Heater Mode:
Cooling Capacity:
12000 BTU/h
Heating Capacity:
12200 BTU/h
Hose Type:
Adjustable Fan Speed:
Yes, 3 speeds
Remote Control:
Fan-Only Mode:
Air Direction Control:
Oscillate Option:
Air Filter:
Particle Filter:
Antimicrobial Protection:
Dehumidification Option:
Dehumidification Capacity:
55 Pints per Day
Automatic Restart:
Efficiency Ratio:
10.9 EER
Drain Option:
Energy Star Certified:
1 year

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