Best Portable Air Conditioners

Last update December 30, 2016
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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Cooling Capacity
Cooling Area
Dehumidifying Capacity
Air Consumption
Weight
Max Power Consumption
Usability
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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
Cooling Area
500 sq. ft.
Dehumidifying Capacity
101 pints per day
Air Consumption
222 CFM
Weight
80 lbs
Max Power Consumption
1250 Watt
Usability
Auto Drain Function, 24-hour programmable timer, 3 fan speeds, Remote control, Automatic cut-off, Caster wheels, Window kit
Filter
Washable pre-filter, Carbon air filter
Energy Efficiency Ratio
11.2 EER
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
Cooling Area
350 sq. ft.
Dehumidifying Capacity
68 pints per day
Air Consumption
174 CFM
Weight
63.9 lbs
Max Power Consumption
900 Watt
Usability
Auto Drain Function, 24-hour programmable timer, 3 fan speeds, Remote control, Caster wheels, Window kit
Filter
Washable pre-filter
Energy Efficiency Ratio
11.1 EER
PROS
User-friendly controls allow you to quickly adjust all the necessary settings to create a comfortable indoor climate.
CONS
Supplementary insulation is required, as the exhaust hose gets rather hot during operation.
OUR VERDICT
Ideal air conditioner for cooling small premises like bedrooms, kitchens, or small living rooms.
detailed parameters
Cooling Capacity
8000 BTU
Cooling Area
200 sq. ft.
Dehumidifying Capacity
48 pints per day
Air Consumption
180 CFM
Weight
47.6 lbs
Max Power Consumption
880 Watt
Usability
Auto Drain Function, 24-hour programmable timer, 2 fan speeds, Remote control, Caster wheels, Window kit
Filter
Washable pre-filter
Energy Efficiency Ratio
9.1 EER
PROS
This is one of the most lightweight and compact air conditioners on the shortlist, which makes the unit easy to move around.
CONS
If the air conditioner is used in highly humid premises, you have to drain the condensed water from time to time.
OUR VERDICT
Due to high energy efficiency, this model offers the most cost-effective way to cool your home as well as small offices or server rooms.
detailed parameters
Cooling Capacity
8000 BTU
Cooling Area
250 sq. ft.
Dehumidifying Capacity
72 pints per day
Air Consumption
174 CFM
Weight
40.3 lbs
Max Power Consumption
700 Watt
Usability
Auto Drain Function, 24-hour programmable timer, 3 fan speeds, Remote control, Caster wheels, Window kit
Filter
Washable pre-filter
Energy Efficiency Ratio
11.4 EER
PROS
This multifunctional device can provide both cooling and heating of the premises. A self-diagnostic air conditioning system detects faults if they occur.
CONS
Non-removable internal water tank.
OUR VERDICT
DeLonghi air conditioner unit will be appropriate for those who want to have a year-round appliance, which can be used in living rooms or other large premises.
detailed parameters
Cooling Capacity
13000 BTU (Heating capacity: 13000 BTU)
Cooling Area
500 sq. ft.
Dehumidifying Capacity
87 pints per day
Air Consumption
206 CFM
Weight
67.5 lbs
Max Power Consumption
~1150 Watt
Usability
Heating function, Auto Drain Function, 24-hour programmable timer, 3 fan speeds, Remote control, Caster wheels, Window kit
Filter
Washable pre-filter
Energy Efficiency Ratio
11.3 EER

What Is It

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 To Look For

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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Review of Whynter Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner

Whynter Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner

Whynter Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner

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.

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.

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.


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Review of Honeywell MN10CESWW Portable Air Conditioner

Honeywell MN10CESWW Portable Air Conditioner

Honeywell MN10CESWW Portable Air Conditioner

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.

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.

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.


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Review of LG LP0814WNR Portable Air Conditioner

LG LP0814WNR Portable Air Conditioner

LG LP0814WNR Portable Air Conditioner

Performance

LG portable air conditioner has a maximum cooling capacity of 8000 BTU, which is enough for effective cooling of small rooms or offices of up to 200 sq. ft. A 2-speed fan provides the optimal air flow of up to 180 CFM. Moreover, this device is capable of dehumidifying air in humid premises with a moisture removal capacity of 48 pints per day. This energy-efficient air conditioner unit consumes no more than 880 Watts of electricity when operating at the maximum power. Therefore, it's a good choice for those who are looking for a reliable and cost-effective device.

Mobility

LG air conditioner is probably one of the most portable units in its class. This 47.6-pound appliance has 4 comfortable caster wheels, which greatly improve the overall mobility of the unit. They are specifically designed to glide smoothly across any floor surface, including tile, parquet or carpet without causing any damage. The device comes with a window kit, which is quite easy to install and it fits most types of windows.

Usability

This room portable air conditioner has an integrated 24-hour timer, which allows you to automatically switch on or off a unit at a specified time. In case of power outage, a device will start working again after power is restored. A remote control allows you to easily operate all settings from anywhere in the room for your comfort. This model is equipped with an automatic evaporation system, which provides continuous operation without having to remove excessive moisture.

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


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Review of Haier HPB08XCM Portable Air Conditioner

Haier HPB08XCM Portable Air Conditioner

Haier HPB08XCM Portable Air Conditioner

Performance

Haier portable air conditioner is one of the most energy-efficient models in its class with 11.4 ERR and the cooling capacity of 8000 BTU. Therefore, the unit can easily cool the area up to 250 sq. ft. The air conditioner air flow rate can reach 174 CFM when operating in the cooling mode as well as in the vent mode position. Additionally, this multi-purpose air conditioning unit can be used as a dehumidifier, which is capable of removing up to 72 pints of moisture per day, thus maintaining the optimal indoor environment.

Mobility

The compact size and ultra light weight (40.3 lbs) allow you to easily move the unit from room to room. Besides, the model comes with convenient caster wheels for easy sliding along any smooth, flat surface or fast on-site turning around to change the airflow direction. Also, it comes with a complete installation package and a window kit to remove hot air through the window. And a single-pipe system and a simple design enable consumers to quickly disassemble and re-install a unit to another window.

Usability

With the help of this model, you won't have to worry about constant removing excessive condensed water from the unit, as an auto drain function completely removes excessive warm moist air outside by itself. The unit can be easily programmed to automatically switch on and off within 1-24 hours. The remote control provides you with a hassle-free way to control all functions of the unit without leaving your cozy chair or sofa. Moreover, a washable pre-filter is in charge of air purification - it prevents dust and larger particles from getting into the air in your room. Yet, you can easily remove the old filter and replace it with a new one instead.


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Review of DeLonghi PACN130HPE Portable Air Conditioner

DeLonghi PACN130HPE Portable Air Conditioner

DeLonghi PACN130HPE Portable Air Conditioner

Performance

DeLonghi is an all-season portable air conditioner. It has four operating modes: cooling, dehumidifier, fan and heating. This unit allows you both cooling and heating an area of up to 500 sq. ft. The maximum heating capacity amounts to 13.000 Watts, whereas the maximum cooling capacity also equals 13.000 BTU. This home portable air conditioner includes a 3-speed fan that provides 206 CFM air flow. The air dehumidifier removes up to 87 pints of the excess moisture per day. The maximum energy consumption is about 1150 Watts with 11.3 EER.

Mobility

DeLonghi portable air conditioner includes a set of exhaust hoses and components, which allow a unit to fit any window. Also, there is a cover-supporting flange to keep a unit attached to the wall. This portable unit features robust castor wheels and side carry handles with the help of which you can transport it anywhere in the house to find the right locations for your appliance. It can be a great alternative if you want to cool multiple rooms.

Usability

This portable air conditioner comes with a convenient remote control, which can be used to change operating modes, set a timer and fan speeds. A programmable 24-hour timer allows you to turn a device on and off automatically at the time you choose. A built-in washable pre-filter removes the accumulated dust and captures larger particles in the air, preventing them from getting inside the unit. Moreover, the anti-freezing protection allows you to use an air conditioner as a heater in cold weather.


DeLonghi PACN130HPE Portable Air Conditioner
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