Best Evaporative Air Coolers

Review & Comparison, Last Update August 10, 2019
Hot as hell! And we're not talking about a sexy person, unfortunately. It's the weather! The air is so hot and dry it's difficult to function. What to do? We suggest you to kill two birds with one stone and buy an evaporative air cooler. It will make the room both cooler and more humid! ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2019
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
TYPE
DIMENSIONS
WEIGHT
ROOM SIZE
AIR FLOW
POWER CONSUMPTION
CONTROL
WATER TANK VOLUME
FUNCTIONS
FILTER
PECULIARITIES
WARRANTY
 
PROS

Owing to rugged body resistant to moisture and UV, the unit can be used both indoors and outdoors. Besides, you'll be able to not only precisely adjust the airflow intensity but also set the desired humidification level.  

CONS

The unit is pretty bulky.

OUR VERDICT

If you look for a highly functional and efficient air cooler to cover large areas, you'll never go wrong with the Honeywell CO30XE. Distinguished by impressive power and a capacious water tank, it's a real find for a spacious living room or bedroom, open layouts, garden patios, BBQ zones, terraces, and pool adjacent areas. 

detailed parameters
TYPE

Portable / Indoors and Outdoors

DIMENSIONS

33.7" x 18" x 13.8"

WEIGHT

24.9 pounds

ROOM SIZE

up to 320 sq. ft.

AIR FLOW

525 CFM

POWER CONSUMPTION

288 Watts

CONTROL

Electronic, RC

WATER TANK VOLUME

7.9 gallon

FUNCTIONS

4 speeds (high, medium, low and natural), Adjustable humidification, Auto-Off timer, Low water alarm

FILTER

Air filter

PECULIARITIES

Honeycomb cooling media, Top-loading ice compartment, Oscillating louvers, Castors

WARRANTY

Limited 1-year warranty

PROS
An extremely modern-looking evaporative air cooler, Luma Comfort uses a cyclonic air flow system. With this, you will feel the room cooling in mere moments! And it cools the temperature up to 30 degrees F!
CONS
No air filter and water indication.
OUR VERDICT
Luma Comfort is that evaporative air cooler you absolutely need to cool your small and medium-sized bedrooms, living rooms, sun parlors, patios, and offices. Conveniently portable, it can be moved from room to room; also, it takes little space.
detailed parameters
TYPE
Portable / Indoors
DIMENSIONS
34.5" х 12.75" х 11.25"
WEIGHT
16.2 pounds
ROOM SIZE

up to 250 sq.ft

AIR FLOW
500 CFM
POWER CONSUMPTION
110 Watts
CONTROL
Electronic, RC
WATER TANK VOLUME
1.76 gallon
FUNCTIONS
3 cooling speeds & wind modes, Programmable 8-hour timer, Sleep mode timer
FILTER
N/A
PECULIARITIES
Cyclonic cooling technology, Full tank is enough for up to 10 hours
WARRANTY

Limited 1-year warranty

PROS
The LED control panel at the front allows adjusting and monitoring the operation easily, and with the durable wheels and handle at the back moving this evaporative air cooler will be a breeze.
CONS
Needs to be placed near open windows or doors.
OUR VERDICT
If you are after a portable compact and highly capable air cooler, then you can cease the searching as you have found it! By the way, it has some interesting features.
detailed parameters
TYPE
Portable / Indoors
DIMENSIONS
31.49" x 13.54" x 15.75"
WEIGHT
23.4 pounds
ROOM SIZE

up to 175 sq.ft

AIR FLOW
300 CFM
POWER CONSUMPTION
100 Watts
CONTROL
Electronic, RC
WATER TANK VOLUME
2.6 gallons
FUNCTIONS

4 speeds (High / Mid / Low / Sleep), 7.5 hour timer, Automatic louvers oscillation

FILTER
Carbon dust filter
PECULIARITIES
Low water alarm, Detachable water tank, Full tank is enough for 6–8 hours of operation
WARRANTY

Limited 1-year warranty

PROS
NewAir AF-310 is just wonderful! Slim and tall, yet durable, it takes awesomely moderate amount of space. The oscillation can be controlled automatically, the portable evaporative air cooler has a water level indicator and an RC storage space.
CONS
No wheels. Not suited for commercial use.
OUR VERDICT
You can hardly find a better evaporative air cooler for your small room or office than this one. It takes nearly no space and cools really fast. An energy-efficient and economically beneficial decision that will nevertheless bring you all the comfort possible.
detailed parameters
TYPE
Portable / Indoors
DIMENSIONS
34.5" x 12.63" х 11.38"
WEIGHT
11.6 pounds
ROOM SIZE

up to 75 sq.ft

AIR FLOW
312 CFM
POWER CONSUMPTION
80 Watts
CONTROL
Electronic, RC
WATER TANK VOLUME
1 gallon
FUNCTIONS
3 fan speeds, Nature mode, Sleep mode, 7.5-hour timer
FILTER
Integrated air filter
PECULIARITIES
Ice box for additional cooling, Water lasts for 16–20 hours at the lowest speed
WARRANTY

Limited 1-year warranty

PROS

A built-in filter with activated carbon will efficiently capture dust, hairs, dander, and other allergens. Besides, the filter is washable, hence, you won't have to buy a replacement.

CONS

Rather high noise level at high speed. 

OUR VERDICT

This reasonably priced swamp cooler from Honeywell is thoughtfully designed to effectively cool the air in medium-sized premises. It will add a whiff of fresh breeze to your space in the summer heat, humidify the dry air in winter, and ensure that you breathe clean air free from pollutants. Perfectly portable and mobile, it can be easily moved around.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Portable / Indoors

DIMENSIONS

32.9" x 18.9" x 14.6"

WEIGHT

23.4 pounds

ROOM SIZE

up to 280 sq. ft.

AIR FLOW

470 CFM

POWER CONSUMPTION

250 Watts

CONTROL

Electronic, RC

WATER TANK VOLUME

5.3 gallon

FUNCTIONS

3 speeds (High/Medium/Low), Low water alarm, Adjustable humidification level, 8-hour timer, Sleep mode

FILTER

Carbon-dust filter

PECULIARITIES

Honeycomb cooling media, Top-loading ice compartment, Oscillating louvers, Castors

WARRANTY

Limited 1-year warranty

Honeywell CO30XE

Long-lasting Breeze for Larger Areas

If you have a large house, you know firsthand how hard creating a nicely cool environment in spacious rooms and open areas can be, especially if you live in a very hot and dry region. In such a case, many people tend to go for a centralized air conditioning system or choose to install a dedicated air conditioner in each room. However, artificially reducing air temperature, air conditioners further dry the air. And those who look for natural cooling and humidification will go for a powerful swamp cooler like the one from Honeywell.

The Honeywell CO30XE confidently stands out from the crowd of similar models for high and efficient cooling performance and pretty large coverage. Capable of circulating up to 525 cubic feet of air per minute, this model will cool down a room up to 320 sq.ft. rather quickly and can maintain consistent chill for a pretty long time. Meanwhile, you’ll notice that the unit will consume much less power than an air conditioner. With the power consumption of only 288 watts, this translates into 65% lower energy costs as compared to air conditioners.

To deliver long-lasting cooling breeze, this model combines an evaporative cooling technology with a capacious water tank. Evaporative technology uses a honeycomb cooling pad that is constantly saturated with water. While passing through the pad, warm air gets naturally cooled and moisturized by water without the use of any chemical refrigerants. A powerful fan will instantly propel the air into the room and an 8-gallon water reservoir will ensure more than 10 hours of continuous cooling. Besides, you can add some ice into the top-loading compartment for even colder air and set an automatic shut-off timer up to 7 hours that will save you the need to watch the unit operation.

Review of Honeywell CO30XE Indoor/Outdoor Evaporative Cooler (525 CFM)

Use It Anywhere

For convenient and easy unit operation adjustment, the Honeywell CO30XE comes fitted with a comprehensive control panel and even a remote control. To make the indoor environment maximum comfortable, you can choose between 2 operation modes and 4 airflow speeds. The evaporative cooling mode works great for really hot days and helps quickly renew stale air to fresh and cool whiff while a fan mode is great for less hot days to ensure efficient indoor air circulation. Four fan speeds include high, medium, low and natural speed to customize the wind strength, depending on the room conditions. In addition, you can activate the swing louvers for better air circulation.

High performance and customizable operation make the CO30XE a great choice for living rooms, bedrooms, dining rooms and kitchens with an open layout, offices, and entertainment areas. Yet, thanks to a weather-resistant design, this model is also suitable for outdoor use. Hence, if you need some extra moist and spot cooling in the garden, near the pool, on the terrace or deck, in the patio or BBQ area, now you can have it with the Honeywell and enjoy good time outdoors.

To cut a long story short, whether you need an efficient unit to cool down the indoor air in a natural way or look for a functional spot air cooler for outdoor use, you will never go wrong by picking the Honeywell CO30XE.

Honeywell CO30XE Indoor/Outdoor Evaporative Cooler (525 CFM) in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

Luma Comfort EC110S

Design and Usability

The LUMA COMFORT EC110S combines a high quality and a modern design. This portable evaporative air cooler has everything you may need to cool your bedroom, small or medium-sized living room, terrace, or office. You can move this device wherever you want owing to its wheeled feet. The dimensions here are rather compact, 34.50" x 12.75" x 11.25", so it will take very little space in your room, both while used and while hidden for storage during the season when you don't need it.

Review of Luma Comfort EC110S Indoor Evaporative Cooler (500 CFM)

Performance

Despite being really compact, the LUMA COMFORT EC110S portable evaporative air cooler has quite a power of the air flow, 500 CFM. Ideally, this device is able to cool down the room by 20–30°F. That's when the ambient conditions meet the evaporative air cooler's requirements perfectly (humidity below 40%). The water tank of the LUMA COMFORT EC110S contains 1.76 gallons of water. The cutting-edge cooling pad is designed to be really thick and rigid so that it keeps the water inside. This way, the cooling is prolonged greatly and a single water tank lasts for significantly more time.

Luma Comfort EC110S Indoor Evaporative Cooler (500 CFM) in the use

Control and Functionality

This model of a portable evaporative air cooler has electronic controls: the control buttons for a cooling speed and modes can be found on the front panel over the diffuser. And at the diffuser center, you will see an information display that will show you the current info on the device's operation. You can also control this evaporative air cooler with a remote control if the device is set at some distance from where you are. And at the bottom of the front panel, there is a water level indicator for you to see when the refilling is needed.

Detailed review of Luma Comfort EC110S Indoor Evaporative Cooler (500 CFM)

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Luma comfort ec110s evaporative cooler review
 

Honeywell CS10XE

Money-saving Comfort

If you live in a dry hot climate, a conventional air cooler is probably not something that you would buy — they make the already dry air even drier. But what to do? Well, you know how the saying goes: "Where there is demand there will be supply". So, Honeywell decided this is a good way to apply their efforts and created this Honeywell CS10XE Indoor Portable Evaporative Air Cooler. With this device, you will easily adjust the climate in a room of 150 sq.ft, make the air cooler and fresher. The cooler is quite compact and does not take a lot of space. Also, it is equipped with wheels for additional portability. The water tank is fairly big and is able to provide cooling for up to 6–8 hours continuously. This means that you will be able to enjoy decent temperature almost whole day or night. In order to provide most even cool air distribution, the manufacturer implemented automatic louvers oscillation. There are two ways to control the operation, you can use either a convenient electronic panel at the front or a remote controller. The timer feature will offer you the option to turn the evaporative cooler on for up to 7.5 hours when you leave, for example. This is really convenient — you will then come back to an already chilled and fresh room. Or you can use the timer when you go to sleep. But we have left the best part to the end. To be the cherry on the top. You'd think a device with this number of features would probably empty your pockets on bills. Not at all! During operation, Honeywell CS10XE only needs 100 Watts per hour. It's like a light bulb, no way an air conditioner can compare. So, make your room comfortable with this wonderful evaporative air cooler!

Review of Honeywell CS10XE Indoor Evaporative Cooler (300 CFM)

Some Tips

  • Maintenance is important. Evaporative air coolers lately are much easier to use but maintenance is still necessary. Look after it to be clean and to work properly, especially if the forecasts warn you about the coming heat.
  • For the same reason, models with bigger water tanks are more convenient. No need to change water too often.
  • Do not turn on an evaporative air cooler and an air conditioner at the same time. These two devices do different jobs and forcing them into a conflict may result in your electricity bills skyrocketing.
  • Clean the filter regularly. Water filters in evaporating air coolers are made to stop any impurities to ensure maximum evaporating. But filters do not dispose of those impurities for good, they stay on the filter. And when they accumulate, the evaporating slows down or even stops. If this is not a reason enough for you, we can add that accumulation of water impurities on the filters may lead to weeds growing. And weeds smell. You do not want your room to smell.
Honeywell CS10XE Indoor Evaporative Cooler (300 CFM) in the use

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User Manual


 

NewAir AF-310

Design and Usability

Visually, the NewAir AF-310 resembles a tower, it is slim and tall. The dimensions of this cooler are 34.50" x 12.63" х 11.38", so it will not take much space in your room. This wonderful design is absolutely perfect for small premises, and light weight makes the portable evaporative air cooler easy to carry from room to room. If you encountered an overdry air and wish to decrease the room temperature, this NewAir AF-310 will gladly assist you.

Review of NewAir AF-310 Indoor/Outdoor Evaporative Cooler (312 CFM)

Performance

Although it might be insufficient for large rooms, NewAir AF-310 is an evaporative air cooler that will cool small rooms (up to 75 sq.ft) comfortably with ease. This fascinating portable evaporative air cooler is really quiet, so it won't ever disturb you with irritating buzz. And owing to a 312.37 CFM air flow, it will take mere minutes to cool your room or office down several degrees. For even better results, you can load ice into a special ice box.

 

NewAir AF-310 Indoor/Outdoor Evaporative Cooler (312 CFM) in the use

CONTROL AND FUNCTIONALITY

No need to get up from a couch to adjust the cooling manually, control this portable evaporative air cooler with a remote control. At the same time, if you are near the device, the front panel is also equipped with controls for you to choose the appropriate mode. This evaporative air cooler model has quite a lot of useful options, like Nature Mode that changes the air flow automatically, or a timer that sets the auto switch-off. You can also adjust the oscillation to distribute fresh cool air evenly throughout the whole room area. It's absolutely awesome!

Detailed review of NewAir AF-310 Indoor/Outdoor Evaporative Cooler (312 CFM)

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NewAir AF-310 Multi Functional Evaporative Cooling Fan
 

Honeywell CL201AE

Powerful Air Cooling Just Where You Need It

When it comes to air cooling systems, Honeywell is an indisputable leader. Whatever is your budget and the space you need to cool down, they have something to offer for any specific needs. Thus, if you are skeptical about air conditioners seek a more natural way to cool down the indoor air that won’t cost you a fortune, the Honeywell CL201AE evaporative air cooler will come down your alley.

What you’ll get is a floor-standing unit packed in a nice-looking silver-colored slim body. Though it is not the lightest and most compact model out there, durable casters make it highly portable and side handles will let you easily roll the cooler from one room to another. A comprehensible control panel located on the top of the device and the remote control included in the set make the unit operation a breeze.

When it comes to the Honeywell CL201AE performance, excellent is the word that best describes it. Fitted with a powerful blower and branded honeycomb cooling element, this model can ensure the airflow of 470 CFM that is enough to quickly and efficiently cover the area of 280 sq.ft. Hence, it will perfectly suit any mid-sized room in your house.

In addition, you can precisely customize the cooler operation to your personal preferences and specific indoor conditions to create a maximum favorable environment. Thus, you’ll have a choice of 3 wind speeds ranging from high through medium to low and 3 humidity settings to adjust the moisture density to your liking. More than that, there is even a sleep mode allowing you to use the cooler at night and set it even in nurseries. Meanwhile, to achieve the maximum chilling effect, you can add ice to the top container and activate swing louvers that will enhance cool air circulation.

Review of Honeywell CL201AE Indoor Evaporative Cooler (470 CFM)

... and Air Cleaning

As functional as it is, this model from Honeywell comes equipped with a 5.3-gallon water tank. This capacity will ensure several hours of continuous work without the need for a refill and a low-water alarm will signal when it’s time to add some water. A built-in timer is a simple but very convenient feature that will allow you to program the unit operation up to 8 hours and leave it unattended. Once the time is over, the cooler will turn off automatically.

Like many other air coolers of this type, the CL201AE not only cools the air but also humidifies it. You can use the unit even in winter to maintain a healthy indoor humidity level during the heating season. Yet, there is more to come. Though a water-saturated cooling pad also works as a kind of filter to remove excess dust from the air, this model is also complete with a built-in carbon filter that will efficiently capture the tiniest dust particles, hairs, dander, and other allergens to exude cool, fresh, and clean air. Besides, the filter is washable, so, you won't have to buy a replacement.

To sum up, if you need a powerful, efficient, and highly functional evaporative air cooler for medium-sized areas at a reasonable price, the Honeywell CL201AE will get you covered.

Honeywell CL201AE Indoor Evaporative Cooler (470 CFM) in the use

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What Is an Evaporative Air Cooler?

Every time a stiflingly hot summer comes we wishfully think how great it would be to have a whiff of fresh air. Stop dreaming, start acting! Buy an evaporative air cooler, it is a perfect device to cool and moisturize the ambient air, making it a lot easier to breathe. And it is cheaper than an air conditioner. So, what is an evaporative air cooler? Like we said above, it's a device that cools and moisturizes the air in your room. The mechanism is pretty simple: there is a filter at the back continuously showered with water and the fan that draws the water through this filter causing it to evaporate; thus, the air is moisturized and cooled. The evaporative air cooler does not require mounting, just plug it in, pour the water into the tank, and select a mode. Mostly, the evaporative air coolers are used indoors but some innovative models work perfectly well outside too. The only limitation here is that as the evaporative air cooler cools the air with water, it is designed for dry air mostly. If the air around is already moisturized, the device will be less performing. But in a hot dry air, it will make the difference! And as a cherry on the top, the evaporative air cooler is a really energy-efficient device! Your electricity charges will be cut significantly.

For those living in the regions of high humidity and wishing to maintain comfortable temperatures in their houses, we can offer several other reviews: portable air conditioners, split air conditioners, and window air conditioners.

What Features to Compare

Design and Usability

Starting to look for an evaporative air cooler, first, consider its design and usability. For example, there are stationary evaporative air coolers that are mounted on the roof and are connected through a special ventilation duct. Or there are portable evaporative air coolers that have wheels and can be moved from one room to another. The differences in design are often also important: a slim tower portable evaporative air cooler will be more convenient in a small room than a bulkier one. By contrast, for commercial use, it will be better to buy a monoblock portable evaporative air cooler with a big diffuser. Also, such device can be used outdoors — on a patio, in a garden, or by the pool. The wheels make it easier to move the portable evaporative air cooler.

Performance

Same as any household device, evaporative air coolers have different technical characteristics, and the most important one is probably performance. It largely depends on the room size; the bigger the room is, the more powerful cooler you need, obviously. As the evaporative air coolers operate by evaporating the water, the water tank volume should also be quite large for the cooler to function longer (before you need to refill the tank). If you are busy or just don't want to refill the tank from time to time, there are models that take water just from the water pipes. The water, in this case, is supplied continuously and you don't need to participate. In a battle "evaporative air cooler vs air conditioner", when discussing energy efficiency, the former wins even without trying. They consume less energy to provide approximately the same temperature. Just look at the amount of energy your future evaporative air cooler needs and at its airflow (shown in CFM), compare them to those of an air conditioner. The difference is seen by a naked eye. The last point that we include with the performance is the noise level. We recommend you to keep in mind that more powerful evaporative air coolers might be a bit loud for a small closed room. You buy a cooler to work and rest in a cool room, right? The noise is a distraction, so take it into account.

Control and Functionality

Control and functionality can vary from model to model, too. For instance, the oscillation feature can help you control the air flow direction, and it can be controlled either manually or automatically. Some models can have an additional compartment for ice to prolong the time the evaporative air cooler operates at one fill. Also, the ice adds a bit of "frosty" feel to the air. The water level indicator will show (or even notify!) you that it is time to refill the tank. Control-wise, there are two major distinctions — some evaporative air coolers are controlled manually and some electronically. Manual evaporative air coolers are easy to manipulate and reliable. Generally, they might have fan speed adjustment, several operating modes, and oscillation. evaporative air coolers with electronic control usually have more options. There can be a timer, a sleep mode, an auto-oscillation, a Nature mode, and they can be managed with a remote control. Before you make your final decision and purchase an evaporative air cooler, carefully think about everything we've mentioned. If you are buying an evaporative air cooler for commercial use, a portable device with a constant water supply, high air flow, and mechanical control will probably be the best option. But if all you need is a device to cool and moisturize a small room to get the most comfort, then the smaller size and electronic control might be a better choice.

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