Customer Reviews For The Honeywell CL201AE Evaporative Cooler with Remote Control, 470 CFM (Gray)

Overall Rating

4 Reviews
4 customers recommend this product
Andy H
June 29, 2022
Verified Purchase
perfect for my workplace

needed a water cooler that could cool my business and this seems to do the job just right. if you put ice in it and makes the cooling process even faster.

Vickey Hermes
July 15, 2020
Verified Purchase
Portable Cooler

I ordered directly from Honeywell because many of the big box stores insist on a lesser quality product to cut cost. I received my cooler and it was easy to unpack. Plugged it in, added water and walla I had cool air. I am very satisfied with the product.

eileen gayle
June 15, 2020
Verified Purchase

So far so good but it is noisy.

Swamp Thang
September 19, 2019
Nice for Bedroom

Rating: 4 to 4.5 pretty darn good! I use this unit for my medium-medium small bedroom in semi-arid So.California off nice cool air, has convenient remote, tolerable fan noise I think of it as white noise, humidity/cooling level adjustment knob inside top ice cube compartment. Really cuts back on electric bill by allowing spot cooling of specific areas of my home. I do find it a bit difficult to read the print on the units control panel & the remote. The water tank is quite large so I don't have to be run to refill it frequently during high use days. When purchasing an evap cooler it's important to pay attention to the sq footage it's recommended for as this will coincide with the level of air flow from the unit...the larger the area an evap cooler is good for the cooler & more force of air flow coming from a particular unit..that is very important to understand so you get the best unit for the intended area you plan to use it for. Using these evap coolers in humid conditions is not effective humidity over 50-60% won't allow for effective cooling. You MUST have good ventilation by way of open windows & doors or your room will become like a warm/hot swamp. It's important to know that algae, mold & bacteria will grow if you leave water sitting in the tank for extended periods of time. You must run the unit on fan only mode after using it in cooling mode to allow the honeycomb wetting pad to dry & prevent mold & odor accumulation. Pros: Good for average sized bedroom. Holds large volume of H2O. Remote is convenient & has convenient side pocket holder. Moves considerable volume of air Large water port on side of unit Easy access ice cube apartment to top of unit increases cooling effect Cons: small print on control panel & remote difficult to read as print is small & black on grey background. Water level indicator is a bit difficult to read as its a white plastic float-style piece that bobs in the water tank...takes some getting used to. Panel to back of unit has 12 screws that are cumbersome & must be removed to access honeycomb wetting pad & to allow inspection of inside of water tank for potential algae/mold growth or other maintenance would be nice to have some way of opening it other than numerous small screws.

How can I improve the performance of my Air Cooler?
  • Ensure adequate cross ventilation
  • Evaporative Air Coolers should not be used in enclosed spaces. Doors and windows should be opened to allow free air flow. An Air Cooler works best when placed near an open window, drawing outside air and circulating it in the room before exiting via a window or door. The maximum cooling effect is felt when a person is near the flow of air coming out of the Air Cooler.
  • Check the humidity of your room
  • Evaporative Air Coolers are more effective in environments with maximum relative humidity of 60% or less. If you live in a humid location, air coolers can still be a welcomed, energy saving cooling mechanism for your home by scheduling the air cooler to switch on at specific, drier times during the day. For example, during the hottest hours of the afternoon. Honeywell Air Coolers can also be paired with your air conditioner to extend air conditioner cooling so you can save energy by switching off the air conditioner and extending the cooling effect by switching on a Honeywell Air Cooler
What is an evaporative air cooler?
Honeywell Evaporative Air Coolers are an environmentally-friendly and cost-friendly cooling option for your home or office. Much like a breeze flowing across a lake or the refreshing cool air you feel near a waterfall, air coolers produce a comfortable, cool breeze with the natural process of water evaporation.
How is an air cooler different from a standard fan?
Normal fans use fan blades to circulate air around the room without offering any cooling. Air coolers use the natural process of water evaporation to cool incoming hot air and use a powerful fan to evenly distribute newly cooled air. The temperature of dry air can drop significantly when liquid water transforms to water vapor (through evaporation).
What is Honeycomb cooling media and how does it help in cooling the air?
Honeywell air coolers use a proprietary Honeycomb Cooling Media. This matrixed irrigation pad is the powerhouse behind the evaporative cooler. Its extensive surface area allows for ample water saturation, which in turn offers plenty of evaporation and evaporative cooling.
How do evaporative air coolers work?
Evaporative air coolers include two motorized components: a pump and a fan. The pump circulates water around the unit and saturates a honeycomb-shaped irrigation pad. The fan blows air through the wet irrigation pad, causing the moisture to evaporate into vapor. The conversion of heat energy into evaporative energy results in a coolness in the outgoing air. An example of this is felt in a lakeside breeze: the air along a lake or waterfall feels cooler than the air inland. This is because heat has been converted into water vapor.
How large of an area will it cool?
The cooler's CFM is the key indicator of its cooling capacity. A cooler with a CFM of 200 for example, is a spot cooler, and can affect a radius of about 50 sq. ft. A cooler with a CFM of 2000 can cool a space that is about 500 sq. ft. Bear in mind, though, that evaporative air cooling is also highly dependent on the heat and humidity of its environment for appreciable cooling.
Can I use an air cooler in my garage?
A garage is very suitable for evaporative cooling. Its open ventilation can assist with the airflow the air cooler needs. Additionally, if your floor plan allows for it, you could roll in a large capacity Honeywell outdoor air cooler model, equipped with hose connection, for continuous, hassle-free cooling.
Can I use an air cooler while running central air or central heat?
An evaporative air cooler can reduce the need to solely rely on costly central air to cool down your home. The air cooler can assist in circulating central air throughout the room, as well as boosting the air conditioner's cooling action. Less air conditioning translates into more cost-savings. The air cooler will also help by adding moisture to air that is over-dried by air conditioning. During the winter, air coolers can also be set to a low fan speed to act as a humidifier, alleviating the drying effects of central heat by adding humidity to the air.
How do I prevent mildew and bacteria?
To avoid mildew or bacteria, you can add a small amount of vinegar to the water tank. Alternatively, you can purchase a specialized bacteriostatic water treatment - easily available online. Also, be sure to follow best maintenance practices, by letting the cooler run on fan-only mode for 15 minutes after using evaporative cooling, to dry out the honeycomb pad and prevent mildew.


Honeywell Evaporative Air Coolers are an environmentally-friendly and cost-friendly cooling option for your home. Much like a breeze flowing across a lake or the refreshing cool air you feel near a waterfall, air coolers produce a comfortable, cool breeze with the natural process of water evaporation. When warm air is drawn into the Honeywell Evaporative Cooler, it is filtered through a wet honeycomb cooling medium, which absorbs heat and naturally cools and humidifies the air. A powerful fan pushes the cool air out of the front of the unit into the surrounding area. This no-compressor system cools naturally, efficiently and inexpensively.


Evaporative Air Coolers are more effective in areas with maximum relative humidity of 60% or less. Warm, dry air is important for more effective evaporative cooling and the temperature decrease will be greater in drier environments because higher evaporation occurs when the humidity is low. Evaporative Air Coolers produce moisture and can be used to increase humidification in a room. They are ideal for maintaining a cool breeze and increase comfort in homes located in drier regions.


Air coolers use the natural process of water evaporation to cool incoming hot air and use a powerful fan to expel the newly, cooled air. The temperature of dry air can drop significantly when liquid water transforms to water vapor (through evaporation).


Air conditioners require a chemical cooling refrigerant and an energy-consuming compressor to transform hot air into cool air. The hot air must be released outside the room. The more complex composition of Air Conditioners also makes them more expensive to purchase as they consume significantly higher electricity during use.

Evaporative Air Cooler

  • Evaporative cooler for indoor cooling - cools up to 280 Sq. ft.
  • Ideal for cooling small to medium spaces
  • Honeycomb cooling media and carbon dust filter for optimum cooling
  • Powerful 470 CFM air flow
  • Side handles and four durable caster wheels allow easy mobility
  • Adjustable humidity control lets you set the moisture level of the Honeycomb

Energy Efficient

  • Non-compressor system cools naturally, efficiently and inexpensively
  • Low power consumption of 250 watts
  • 5.3 gallon (20 L) water capacity
  • Low water alarm for easy maintenance
  • Top-loading ice compartment for faster cooling
  • Oscillating louvers

Electronic Display & Remote Control

  • Easy-to-use control panel
  • 3 speed settings include: high, medium and low
  • Full-function remote control
  • Automatic off timer
  • Unpack, add water, plug it in, and use

What's in the Box?

  • 1 CL201AE Honeywell Indoor Evaporative Air Cooler
  • 1 Remote Control
  • 1 Owner's Manual, Safety & Maintenance Guide & Warranty

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