You know what’s worse than unbearable heat and having no means of beating it? Nothing. The wrath of global warming is upon us, causing the mercury to shoot up through the roof, even in countries which have never been familiar with the real concept of smoldering hot summer.
Portable air conditioners are a snap to install and if you end up finding the right model for the size of your room, you’re all set. But how to find the right model in a market that keeps introducing new models with distinct features almost every single day?
That’s where our research team comes to your rescue. We deal with electronics for living and love dissecting them to determine what’s junk and what’s not.
In this segment, we compiled a list of 10 best portable air conditioners that are non-gimmicky, reliable, highly functional and most importantly, a great value for money. Since none of us have all the time in the world, we’ll get straight down to the business:
Product Name »
(Best of the Best)
16.5 x 12.2 x 27.6 in
13.8 x 27.2 x 14.6 in
16 x 19 x 35.5 in
17.1 x 13.8 x 28.1 in
14.5 x 13.8 x 27.2 in
17 x 13 x 31.3 in
17.1 x 13 x 29.1 in
16 x 13.5 x 29 in
13.5 x 14.6 x 27.7 in
15.2 x 18.1 x 29.3 in
Best portable air conditioners over dozens of competitive models from different brands listed below:
Vremi’s new line of affordable portable air conditioners launched in 2020 is available in 10,000-14,000 BTU range, for rooms up to 650 sq.ft. The 10,000 BTU model we are reviewing is rated for rooms of 250-350 sq. ft which is just about fine for small basements, bedrooms, office rooms, studio apartments, and the likes.
We kid you not, this is one of the quietest portable ACs we have ever come across. The sound never exceeds 50 decibels, even at its max speed. It won’t interrupt you with a loud gurgling noise when you are trying to read a book or catch some sleep after a long day.
It helps to keep the room temperature between 18-degree to 32-degree celsius which is adequate to keep your and your family cool and comfy, no matter how hot it is outside. To save energy and prevent your electricity bill from blowing off, the compressor will shut off as soon as the room reaches your desired temperature.
Installation is pretty straightforward. The kit includes everything, including a 5.6 ft. hose and a window kit that extends to about 60 inches and works for both vertical and horizontal windows. The unit comes with big caster wheels for easy portability. There’s also a very capable built-in dehumidifier that sucks up to 2.2 liters of moisture from the air per hour.
The unit is easily programmable with a built-in 1-24 hours timer, 3 fan speeds, and 4 operating modes. Top-air vent and fan oscillation to properly circulate the cool air in all corners of the room are nice touches.
The large LED display control panel is easy to view in both broad daylight and darkness. You also get a remote control with it which brings all the settings at your fingertips. Just fine-tune the AC to do everything you want it to do and forget about it.
Available in 8,000-12,000 BTU range, this is another solid portable AC to invest in if you are on a shoestring budget. It’s not a name brand but that doesn’t matter to us as long as the product delivers. The 8,000 BTU model has a sleek and streamlined design and will easily fit small living rooms, condos and garages without eating up important space.
You can switch between 3 operating modes, program the device to run for a certain number of hours and set the desired temperature using either the included remote control or the touch screen panel on the body of the unit. It also integrates a decent built-in dehumidifier to transform your clammy room into a cool and comfortable living space.
The unit runs on standard household current and its phenomenal cooling efficiency will definitely help you cut down your power bill. The kit includes a window installation plate that might require you to cut a small hole in your window to fit the sealing plate. The unit isn’t that heavy, moreover, it is equipped with wheels for quick and pain-free portability.
This cooling monster from the house of Whynter is significantly more powerful and effective at cooling down large rooms than most standard portable air conditioners. Depending on the temperature, humidity of your area and the height of your ceilings, the model can cool up to 400-500 sq. rooms in just a couple of minutes after powering on.
All the accessories you will need for installation are included in the box to help you get started right away. You don’t have to be a pro to assemble and set up this AC to your window outlet, be assured. This portable AC doubles up as an efficient air purifier with its high-quality built-in and easily washable pre-filter and carbon filter.
Environment conscious folks can run this unit all day guilt-free, thanks to its eco-friendly CFC-free operation. You can fine-tune all the settings including modes, temperature, and timer using a convenient remote control. We loved the fact that it doesn’t consume tons of energy and the compressor turns off automatically when the room reaches your set temperature.
This model is specifically designed for sliding and double-hung windows, something to keep in mind during the selection process. The box includes a 50-inches window kit which is compatible with most windows, an 84- ⅜” power cord and a 5 feet exhaust hose, making installation a snap without the help of any special tools.
Once the setup is done, plug it to your home’s 120 v outlet and enjoy! Its strong and sturdy oscillating fan blows chilled air in all zones. It’s powerful enough to cool down up to 400 sq.ft rooms in 15-25 minutes, even during the hottest days of the year. For a 14,000 BTU AC, the unit is quite small, making it ideal for consumers looking for a space-saving design.
The portable AC can be easily programmed to run or stop whenever you want it to, using the beautifully streamlined digital controls on the unit or by using the remote that comes with it. We’d say the AC is moderately noisy on regular to moderate settings but quiet as a mouse on sleep mode. The filter is conveniently placed at the back for easy access and cleaning.
Another space-saving design suitable for rooms up to 200-350 sq. feet, this unit from SHINCO has one of the simplest setup procedures as far as portable ACs are concerned. It operates on standard U.S household voltage and comes with a 3 ft. exhaust hose that can be expanded to 6 ft. The dehumidifier option works fine enough in a moderately clammy atmosphere.
It utilizes self-evaporative technology which will only enhance the cooling efficiency but also spare you the trouble of manually emptying the reservoir multiple times a day as it expels the collected moisture through the vent hose.
Go for the largest BTU available (that is 14,000 BTU) if you want to cool down a master bedroom or large living room and don’t have a central AC system. This model’s impeccable cooling power can make the mercury drop to the desired temp setting in roughly 15 minutes. We couldn’t have asked for more.
Here’s another decent alternative to traditional air conditioning systems to grace our list of the best portable air conditioners. The window kit can be seamlessly expanded to fit wide and tall windows or cut short to fit smaller windows.
Don’t worry if you have no prior experience of installing a portable AC. The whole process is quite self-explanatory. Plus, the well-explained manual and tons of YouTube tutorials will walk you through the process. Given the price tag and its tremendous cooling capacity for small to medium-sized rooms, it’s a steal!
Like the previous unit, this one also incorporates a self-evaporative system to recycle that accumulated moisture to cool down the condenser coils. Hence, you will hardly ever have to manually empty the reservoir.
The built-in dehumidifier functions well below 95% indoor humidity. Overall, it’s a highly efficient portable AC, even better than some cheap off-brand window or split ACs, if you will. Moreover, the cost of running it is less than the operation cost of a regular AC. If that doesn’t sound enticing enough, what else will?
At number 7 on our final list of the best portable air conditioners of 2020, we have a sleek and minimalistic unit that’d be perfect for condos, studio apartments, small garage or closets. Like all the models listed in this segment, this one also comes with all the equipment you will need for installation.
The adjustable window kit can be extended or cut short to fit most double-hung and sliding windows. By making a few adjustments here and there and the help of a handyman, you can fit the exhaust hose through a wall as well.
As for the performance, it’s air conditioning and dehumidifying abilities are as good as it gets in this price range. We were especially impressed by the terrifically convenient and power-saving sleep mode and eco timer. You can make all the adjustments using the large LED control panel on the unit or via a remote control. It’s a self-evaporative unit, so forget about emptying the water collection reservoir.
Della isn’t a name brand like Whynter or Black+Decker but it definitely is a shining example of an off-brand reliable portable AC. The 10,000 BTU model under the scanner is best suited for rooms up to 450 sq.ft.
Its solid and consistent dehumidifying setting along with the cooling function will turn your clammy room into a chilled and superbly comfortable living space in as little as 15 minutes.
You can fine-tune the fan speed, modes and operation timing both manually and via the nifty remote control provided with the unit. The setup is very basic, just hook up the hose and window kit as directed in the manual, plug it to your home’s regular power outlet and enjoy.
Mind you that although it’s a self-evaporative unit, you might need to empty the reservoir once a day if you are using a dehumidifier setting in a highly humid (around 85-95% humidity) atmosphere.
We are pretty sure you have come across several models by this brand during your own research. The brand has a big reputation for crafting some of the finest, most tech-rich and robust portable ACs the market has to offer. This simple-looking black and white design is an ideal fit for someone who doesn’t want to fiddle with too many settings.
It cools down well and fast. It also incorporates a dehumidifier and air purifier filters to keep the indoor air fresh and free from airborne contaminants. Its self-evaporative technology works tremendously well, meaning you don’t have to empty the bucket when the humidity shoots through the roof. The smart and efficient digital thermostat and remote control operation offer a fantastic user experience.
This is one of the very few portable air conditioners in this price bracket that’s equipped with a thermal overload protection feature. If voltage fluctuation is a common issue with your home’s power lines, this product is worth having a look. The stylish and contemporary black frame air conditioner will add a splash of glamour to your living or workspace.
Front-facing digital touch screen control panel, remote control energy-conserving timer, 3 fan speed settings, and virtually quiet operation make it a worthy investment for anyone looking for a high-performance cooling system as an alternative to a central AC system. The adjustable window kit and hose takes 5-10 minutes tops to set up in place.
That was pretty much it. We are quite hopeful that you have made up your mind by now. Honestly, there’s no such thing as the best portable air conditioner.
What’s best for you might not be up to the task for someone else. There are several factors at play here such as room size, ceiling height, current temperature, humidity level, availability of all the installation requirements, yada yada! Take all the factors into account before you finalize your purchase.
If you still have any cloud of confusion left in your mind, feel free to shoot up your questions to us. We will be happy to answer.
Also, we don’t want you to jump the guns unless you’re absolutely sure. So feel free to cross-check the information we provided. The internet is infested with tons of misleading information. Our team puts a lot of effort to vet all the information we receive before bringing them to you.