Best Portable Air Conditioners for Effective Cooling

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 5, 2017
Do you wonder how to survive a hot summer or how to heat your room in winter? Perhaps, it's high time to think about a reliable and cost-efficient portable air conditioner that will maintain the optimal temperature in your room. This review will help you find the one you need. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Cooling Capacity
Air Consumption
Dehumidifying Capacity
Cooling Area
Weight
Max Power Consumption
Energy Efficiency Ratio
Filter
Usability
Warranty
 
PROS
Whynter portable air conditioner features a dual-hose venting system, which makes it much more efficient than single-hose air conditioners.
CONS
High-brightness display might be a bit inconvenient in darkness.
OUR VERDICT
This portable air conditioner effectively cools large areas. Thus, it's a perfect solution for owners of large apartments who will appreciate its nice modern design and excellent performance.
detailed parameters
Cooling Capacity
14000 BTU
Air Consumption
222 CFM
Dehumidifying Capacity
101 pints per day
Cooling Area
500 sq. ft.
Weight
80 lbs
Max Power Consumption
1250 Watt
Energy Efficiency Ratio
11.2 EER
Filter
Washable pre-filter, Carbon air filter
Usability

Auto Drain function, 24-hour programmable timer, 3 fan speeds, Remote control, Automatic cut-off, Caster wheels, Window kit

Warranty

1 year

PROS

This conditioner is one of the most lightweight models in its class.

CONS

When running at max settings, it's a bit noisy.

OUR VERDICT

This Haier conditioner is perfect for mid-sized living rooms or even small offices. Plus, it's very convenient to use.

detailed parameters
Cooling Capacity

12000 BTU

Air Consumption

188 CFM

Dehumidifying Capacity

84 pints per day

Cooling Area

 350-450 sq. ft.

Weight

56 lbs

Max Power Consumption

1050 Watt

Energy Efficiency Ratio

11.4 EER

Filter

Washable pre-filter

Usability

Auto Drain function, 24-hour programmable timer, 3 fan speeds, Remote control, Automatic cut-off, Caster wheels, Window kit

Warranty

1 year

PROS

Owing to sleek modern design, this conditioner will blend beautifully into any room decor.

CONS

Only 2 fan speeds.

OUR VERDICT

If you need an AC for a small room, LG offers you a perfect climate-control solution! The LP0817WSR is a powerful reasonably-priced model.

detailed parameters
Cooling Capacity

8000 BTU

Air Consumption

250 CFM

Dehumidifying Capacity

43.2 pints per day

Cooling Area

200 sq. ft.

Weight

58.4 lbs

Max Power Consumption

1040 Watt

Energy Efficiency Ratio

7.7 EER

Filter

Washable pre-filter

Usability

Auto Drain function, 24-hour programmable timer, 2 fan speeds, Remote control, Caster wheels, Window kit

Warranty

1 year

PROS
Highly convenient display with accurate feather-touch controls. The unit cools air by 3-4° within 10 minutes, which is quite fast for this type of air conditioners.
CONS
According to the product manual, you must not bend an exhaust hose of the unit while in use, so the placement isn't easy enough.
OUR VERDICT
Excellent combination of energy-efficiency and high performance. It is perfect for small and medium-sized premises.
detailed parameters
Cooling Capacity
10000 BTU
Air Consumption
174 CFM
Dehumidifying Capacity
68 pints per day
Cooling Area
350 sq. ft.
Weight
63.9 lbs
Max Power Consumption
900 Watt
Energy Efficiency Ratio
11.1 EER
Filter
Washable pre-filter
Usability
Auto Drain Function, 24-hour programmable timer, 3 fan speeds, Remote control, Caster wheels, Window kit
Warranty

5 years

PROS

Operating in Sleep / ECO mode, the conditioner will automatically set and maintain the optimal temperature.

CONS

The power cord could be a bit longer. 

OUR VERDICT

This portable AC is silent, functional, and smart. The best choice for bedrooms!

detailed parameters
Cooling Capacity

8000 BTU

Air Consumption

No information

Dehumidifying Capacity

61 pints per day

Cooling Area

250 sq. ft.

Weight

57.2 lbs

Max Power Consumption

900 Watt

Energy Efficiency Ratio

8.9 EER

Filter

Washable pre-filter

Usability

Auto Drain function, 24-hour programmable timer, 3 fan speeds, Sleep/ECO function, Remote control, Automatic cut-off, Caster wheels, Window kit

Warranty

1 year

What is a Portable Air Conditioner

Nowadays, an air conditioner is a widespread modern appliance, which is used to survive during hot summer days. However, people who live in rented apartments cannot afford to install an air conditioner. Though there are people who live in private houses, but they simply don't want to spoil external building aesthetics with bulky outdoor units. The only way out is to buy a portable air conditioner which is designed for effective cooling of the premises where it's impossible to install other types of air conditioning systems. These portable units can be used anywhere in your house. For instance, you can cool your living room during the daytime, and then you can easily move the appliance to cool your bedroom at night. Such air conditioning units feature an easy-to-install window venting kit. You just need to adjust a vent pipe to the window and connect it to the mains. Even housewives will easily cope with this task. A wide range of available models allows you to choose an air conditioner that suits your needs best.

If you want to install a stationary air conditioner to cool only one room in your house, then take a close look at split air conditioners or window air conditioners with a window slide bar that fits in standard windows.

What Features to Compare

When you decide to purchase an air conditioner, Performance is one of the most important features that need to be considered. It goes without saying that performance is a key factor in creating a proper indoor climate. This primarily depends on 3 essential functions: cooling capacity, ventilation, and dehumidification. The cooling capacity determines how much and how fast a unit can cool a room. It is measured in BTU (British thermal unit), where BTU is the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit. When used in relation to an air conditioner, BTU means the cooling capacity of one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit. For example, a model with a cooling capacity of 10.000 BTU can efficiently cool an area of 350 square feet. When it comes to the heating capacity, it is directly proportional to the cooling capacity. The ventilation is used to circulate and cool the air. The air flow is measured in cubic feet per minute (CFM). For example, in a room with an area of 350 square feet and a 10-foot ceiling height, an air conditioner with the air flow of 200 CFM can force the total air volume through the system within 18 minutes. The higher the CFM is, the faster the air is cooled or heated in the room. The dehumidifier helps reduce indoor humidity to the desired level. It is measured in pints of moisture accumulated for a specific period of time, normally during a day. If an air conditioner is used in a humid climate, it is better to choose a model with dehumidifying capacity of more than 90 pints per day. The power consumption is another important feature. Energy efficiency of the unit is determined by performance-to-consumption ratio. The higher this ratio is, the more efficient an air conditioner is. If the EER value is over 10, an air conditioner is considered to be energy efficient.

Since air conditioners are portable devices, their Mobility is one more essential feature that should be taken into account. Primarily, you should decide whether you will use the device to cool a single room or multiple ones. If you plan to use an air conditioner as a stationary unit, then it's worth paying attention to the window kit and the vent pipes length. It should be taken into consideration that the longer the pipe is, the easier it is to place a unit. On the contrary, the shorter the pipe is, the less heat will come to the room from the outside. If you constantly move your device from one room to another, you should consider its weight, size, wheels and side carry handles for easy transportation.

The Usability includes an automatic drain system, a remote control for convenient use, a programmable 24-hour timer to set on/off time, and many other extra features.

 

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Whynter Dual Hose

Performance

This high-preforming portable air conditioner is characterized by high efficiency and modern design. It is capable of quickly cooling up to 500 square feet with 14,000 BTU cooling capacity. The temperature in the room can be adjusted in the range from 61° F to 89° F. Besides, this multifunctional appliance can be used as a dehumidifier to remove up to 101 pints of excess moisture per day. A powerful fan is incredibly performing and it provides the maximum air flow of 222 CFM. Furthermore, you can adjust the air circulation rate, which allows selecting the optimal operating temperature. This model is a fairly cost-effective appliance, consuming 1250 Watts with 11.2 EER.
Review of Whynter Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner

Mobility

Whynter Dual Hose portable air conditioner is fitted with multidirectional casters for smooth movement and easy transportation. An easy-to-install venting kit facilitates the process of adjusting a unit to the window. A 60-inch exhaust hose can be easily adjusted to the window for your convenience. Due to window slide bar fixtures, a unit fits in any standard windows up to 46 inches wide. Since this room portable air conditioner is rather heavy, it's better to use it permanently in one place.
Whynter Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner in the use

Usability

This model of a portable air conditioner features an LCD display, which shows the current indoor temperature, fan speeds, operation modes and timer settings. A remote control is included for your comfort. A 24-hour programmable timer can be set to automatically turn the unit on or off at any time you need. This unit is equipped with an auto drain technology that removes excess moisture without having to constantly drain water. When the water tank is full, an air compressor turns off. Besides, a washable pre-filter in combination with a carbon air filter perfectly purify the air.
Detailed review of Whynter Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner

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Whynter Dual Hose
Whynter Dual Hose
 

Haier HPC12XCR

It Will Make Your Life Better

If heat is just killing you, it's time to stop this with the Haier Portable HPC12XCR air conditioner! Boasting 12000 BTU capacity, it can instantly cool down rooms up to 450 square feet. The unit has 3 fan speeds: high, medium, and low. 

The conditioner features a programmable 24-hour timer allowing the device to turn on and off automatically at the time you choose. Therefore, the air conditioner can start working at a pre-assigned time to chill your room before your arrival. 

Made with a user in mind, the device has "Auto Restart" function that will automatically resume the operation of the unit after a power outage. The conditioner can also dehumidify the environment by removing up to 84 pints of moisture per day. Also, it has a built-in pre-filter capable of cleaning the air from dust.

Equipped with a convenient control panel, the device is very easy to operate. Plus, it's also supplied with a handy full-function remote. Thus, you can easily change settings even without leaving your comfy couch.

Review of Haier HPC12XCR Portable Electronic Air Conditioner

Minimal Maintenance

The HPC12XCR conditioner requires really low maintenance. For example, the mesh pre-filter is easily washable and has a convenient slide-out design. And owing to the auto evaporation technology, the air conditioner automatically drains condensed water. 

Haier HPC12XCR Portable Electronic Air Conditioner in the use

A Few Words about Installation

The HPC12XCR is supplied with a complete quick-install window kit, so it's very easy to setup. You just need to put it on a flat surface, install the exhaust hose, and connect the unit to the grid. That's all! Now you can turn on the device and enjoy fresh cool air. The only drawback some users note is that the air conditioner is a bit noisy when running at the maximum settings.

Detailed review of Haier HPC12XCR Portable Electronic Air Conditioner

Hassle-free Transportation

The HPC12XCR conditioner is equipped with robust caster wheels and side handles allowing you to easily move the unit from room to room. The power cord is long enough to let you reinstall the unit to any other window in your house.
Haier HPC12XCR Portable Electronic Air Conditioner application

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Haier HPC12XCR
Haier HPC12XCR
 

LG LP0817WSR

Small Beast

For the price, this LG free-standing conditioner is a real catch! It's equipped with a 24-hour timer, and you can preset the time for the conditioner to turn on/off. The AC runs smoothly and quietly, so it won't disturb you even at night. Just make sure to leave some space around the fan. 

After a power cutoff, the air conditioner will turn on and automatically resume the operation. The device is also capable of dehumidifying air - it can remove up to 43.2 pints of the excess moisture per day. This very feature ensures that neither mold nor mildew will appear in your room. 

The conditioner is beautiful in its simplicity. It has a modern sleek design without all those extra frills, thus it will look great in any environment. It's manufactured from high-quality materials and will stand the test of time. 

Review of LG LP0817WSR Portable Air Conditioner with Remote Control

Effortless Transportation

The LP0817WSR portable AC features robust easy-roll casters and side carry handles allowing you to move the unit from room to room effortlessly. It's a great alternative for those who want to cool multiple rooms. So, you are free to use this conditioner in your living room during hot days and in your bedroom at nights. This one can really give you back countless nights of sound sleep!

LG LP0817WSR Portable Air Conditioner with Remote Control in the use

Excellent For Small Spaces

The performance of this AC is 8000 BTU, which is quite enough for cooling bedrooms, offices, and small living rooms (up to 200 square feet). At 27x13x17 inches, the appliance is really compact and can easily fit into tight corners. 

Detailed review of LG LP0817WSR Portable Air Conditioner with Remote Control

Get a Full Control of It

The AC unit is fitted with an easy-readable LED panel that allows you to change settings. Plus, the package also includes an LCD remote.

LG LP0817WSR Portable Air Conditioner with Remote Control application

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LG LP0817WSR
LG LP0817WSR
 

Honeywell MN10CESWW

Performance

Honeywell portable air conditioner has 10.000 BTU of cooling capacity, which is sufficient for effective cooling of spaces up to 350 sq. ft. It is capable of both cooling and dehumidifying the environment by removing up to 68 pints of moisture per day. This portable air conditioner unit features a fan, which effectively cools and circulates the air in a room, generating up to 174 CFM of air flow. It operates at 3 speed levels: Low, Medium, and High. This appliance has a maximum power consumption of 900 Watts with 11.1 EER.
Review of Honeywell MN10CESWW Auto‐Evaporation System

Mobility

This portable unit comes with a 47-inch extendable exhaust hose and an adjustable window bracket, which fits standard windows from 20 to 47.25 inches wide. The model has reliable caster wheels which provide mobility, smooth and effortless transportation of the unit from one room to another so that you can place your appliance anywhere you wish. Thus, if you are going to buy an air conditioner, mobility is an important feature which needs to be surely considered.
Honeywell MN10CESWW Auto‐Evaporation System in the use

Usability

This home portable air conditioner unit features an auto-evaporation system that removes condensed water for more efficient cooling, providing continuous operation with no water to drain. Besides, the appliance has a washable pre-filter which cleans the air from dust and large particles. The unit comes with an LED control panel and a remote control. Also, there is a built-in 24-hour timer which can be set to automatically turn the unit on or off.
Detailed review of Honeywell MN10CESWW Auto‐Evaporation System

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Honeywell 10,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner with Timer with Alberti Popaj
Honeywell MN10CESWW
Honeywell MN10CESWW
 

Koldfront PAC802W

For Restful Sleep

With the PAC802W portable conditioner from Koldfront, you can always count on restful night sleep! The thing is that it features Sleep/ECO function to make your sleep as comfortable as possible. Operating in this mode, the device will increase the temperature by 2°F for the first hour. Then, it will maintain the optimal temperature for the next 7 hours and return to the original settings. The temperature range of the PAC802W makes 62°–88°F. When your room reaches the desired temperature, the fan runs much quieter than when it's cooling. We would like to point out that Sleep mode dramatically decreases the energy consumption of the device. 

Of course, this air conditioner has some other useful functions. A 3-speed fan lets you select the optimal cooling rate. Note that the PAC802W can not only cool but also remove up to 61 pints of excess moisture a day. 

The device has a 24-hour timer that can automatically turn the unit on/off at the preset time. Thanks to the self-evaporating system, you won't need to remove built-up condensate. The conditioner will do that for you!

Review of Koldfront PAC802W Portable Air Conditioner

Easy to Control!

Like most advanced models, this one has both a control panel with digital display and a remote. The remote is intuitive and super responsive.  

The conditioner has 4 caster wheels which slide smoothly along any floor surface. So, you can easily transport it anywhere in your house. The exhaust hose can be extended up to 48 inches.

Koldfront PAC802W Portable Air Conditioner in the use

Useful Tips

We recommend you to follow some simple rules to prolong the service life of this portable conditioner:

  • Let it stand still in an upright position for at least two hours before the first use. 
  • Plug the appliance into a grounded outlet only.
  • The air conditioner must be installed at least 20 inches from other objects. The clearance around the unit ensures efficient air conditioning.
Detailed review of Koldfront PAC802W Portable Air Conditioner

Best For

Finally, we would like to say a few words about its cooling capacity. The performance of this air conditioner is 8000 BTU, which is quite enough for chilling spaces up to 250 square feet.

Koldfront PAC802W Portable Air Conditioner application

Additional Info

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Koldfront PAC802W
Koldfront PAC802W
 

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