Ultimate TCL Air Conditioner Review: A 2021 Buying Guide

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Most Singaporeans are familiar with major air conditioning companies such as Mitsubishi, Panasonic, and Daikin but rarely hear of TCL (as such, we made a roundup review of all major aircons in Singapore in this article).

This China-based aircon brand, established in 1981, continues to make a name for itself in the aircon industry with its lineup of high-quality products.

In this article, we’ll give you a rundown of everything you need to know about TCL aircon — from pros, cons to overall series features.

Pros And Cons

Currently, TCL is known to have the cheapest air conditioning lineup in the market. But when it comes to user reviews of both customers and repair experts, the brand falls short of its higher counterparts at the mid-range quality.

The Good


TCL air conditioners have some of the lowest prices in the market. With this, customers like to purchase the brand for its affordability compared to other known brands like Daikin, Mitsubishi, Panasonic, etc.


For its affordable price point, TCL offers a solid lineup of air conditioners that perform as well as can be expected.

Great Features

TCL units are equipped with a full range of features such as quick cooling, dust filter, and antibacterial modes such as Auto Clean, TitanGold, Plasmaster Ion.

The Bad


Several user reviews have pointed out that some TCL units perform louder than expected, causing disruptions in sleeping patterns and causing slight inconveniences.

Mid-Level Brand

Compared to its more known aircon counterparts, TCL still has a lot of catching up to do in terms of performance, quality and overall brand recognition.


  • Relatively lower price range than other brands
  • Solid performance for its affordable price point
  • Equipped with great features like antibacterial modes


  • Quite noisy as pointed by several users
  • Mid-level brand compared to top aircon manufacturers

TCL Aircon Product Lineup

TCL TAC-10CPA/HA Portable Aircon

The TAC-10CPA/HA is a portable air conditioning unit model with an energy efficiency rating of 8.7, our top range for the best TCL portable air conditioner. Caster wheels and designed handles are key elements of the product's construction and help you move the model around the house or office.

Overall, for homeowners or others who prefer to switch from room to room during the day, the TAC-10CPA/HA is a great substitute. We suggest that you pick up the TAC and see if it matches your family, rental house, or commercial office space as well.

TCL TCLPAC12 Portable Aircon

The TCL TCLPAC12, the most efficient unit in TCL's line of portable air conditioners, has a cooling capacity of 3.5kW and is ideal for rooms up to 25m2 in size. It gathers up to 2.57L per hour of moisture and features a self-evaporative process that eliminates the need for a hose or drip tray. You don't need to install this aircon because its wheels help you move the aircon around easily.

TCL TCLPAC10 Portable Aircon

For those living in a small space and do not need a large air conditioner, TCLPAC10 could be a suitable option listed on your consideration. With a 3KW cooling capacity, it could be said that this model is ideal for rooms measuring up to 22m2. It is also suggested that up to 1.89L of moisture per hour is obtained, which is extremely useful for keeping cool on humid days.

TCL WB05C 1.6KW Window Box Aircon

The TCL TCLWB05C is a good choice for cooling small rooms measuring up to 10m2 if you are looking for a portable window or wall box air conditioner. It shares many features that are similarly seen in other items from TCL, such as the swing feature and a 24-hour timer. But this unit does not have heating functionalities that have only a 1.6kW cooling capacity, unlike other versions available from the company.

TCLWB09 2.6 KW Window Box Aircon

You can consider having the TCL TCLWB09 Window Box Air Conditioner for year-round cooling and heating. It has a cooling capacity of 2.6kW and a heating capacity of 2.4kW. This device comes with three fan speeds, identical to other products in the series, and includes features such as sleep mode, swing mechanism, and a 24-hour timer. 

TCLB14 4.1KW Window Box Aircon 

One of the brand's most efficient window box air conditioners is the TCL TCLWB14 Window Box Air Conditioner, providing a 4.1 cooling capability and 3.6 kW heating capacity. It has 3 fan speeds and can have a temperature range of 18C to 31C.

TCLSS12 3.2KW Reverse Cycle Split System Aircon

In summer, you naturally feel sweaty and can find air conditioners such as the TCL TCLSS12 with an integrated dehumidifier to eliminate any excess moisture in the room. You can choose between a unit with 3.2kW cooling capacity or one with a 3.2kW heating capacity. 

The model also has an indoor noise range varying between 35 dB(A) and 41 dB(A) if you are looking for an air conditioner that won't disrupt your sleep or interrupt a conversation (A).

TCLSS 5KW Reverse Cycle Split System Inverter Aircon

The TCL TCLSS18 is one of the most efficient split system air conditioners from the brand and provides a cooling capability of 5 kW and a heating feature of 5.2 kW.

Besides, the appliance of this product will turn off automatically after 10 hours of continuously operating. So, you don't need a mind forgetting to switch off, which leads to money-waste. Similarly, you can set the timer program to operate during certain times. 

TCLSS09 2.5kW Reverse Cycle Split System Inverter Aircon

The TCL TCLSS09 is the cheapest split machine air conditioner currently available with a more affordable brand option. It provides a cooling capacity of 2.5kW and a heating capacity of 2.5kW. Although the least efficient model in the series is the TCL TCL SS09, its noise level of 39 dB makes this unit suitable for bedrooms.


Although not a major air conditioner company like Mitsubishi or Daikin, TCL is still considered suitable for those who want to put the price on top priority. For those who live in small apartments, or motels, stay in a short time, TCL will be right for you. Hopefully, with the above analysis, you will consider and choose the brand’s most suitable aircon type for yourself.

Still undecided? Check out our Trentios aircon review guide and find out more portable air conditioners available for you!

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