Best Portable Air Conditioners for Effective Cooling

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 6, 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
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
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
Air Consumption
180 CFM
Dehumidifying Capacity
48 pints per day
Cooling Area
200 sq. ft.
Weight
47.6 lbs
Max Power Consumption
880 Watt
Energy Efficiency Ratio
9.1 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

This conditioner features as many as 2 air filters. They are installed in the upper and lower parts of the unit, which ensures better air purification.

CONS

The assembly instructions are a bit confusing. 

OUR VERDICT

It's an excellent portable air conditioner for huge areas. The unit can instantly cool down your room to the needed temperature.

detailed parameters
Cooling Capacity

14000 BTU 

Air Consumption

497 CFM

Dehumidifying Capacity

71 pints per day

Cooling Area

700 sq. ft.

Weight

73 lbs

Max Power Consumption

1580 Watt

Energy Efficiency Ratio

8.9 EER

Filter

2 Air filters

Usability

Auto Drain Function, 24-hour programmable timer, 3 fan speeds, Remote control, Caster wheels, Window kit, Sleep mode

Warranty

1-year limited 

PROS

This portable conditioner doubles as a heater. It can heat the air in your room up to 95 F. Excellent for hot summers and cold winters.

CONS

It's rather loud. 

OUR VERDICT

The Black & Decker BPACT12HWT conditioner is a nice choice for small apartments. It's compact but powerful.

detailed parameters
Cooling Capacity

12000 BTU Cooling, 10000 BTU Heating

Air Consumption

Non specified

Dehumidifying Capacity

~ 101 pints per day

Cooling Area

150-250 sq. ft.

Weight

68 lbs

Max Power Consumption

~ 830 Watt

Energy Efficiency Ratio

9.61 EER

Filter

Slide-out filter

Usability

Auto Drain Function, 24-hour programmable timer, Heating mode, 3 fan speeds, Remote control, Caster wheels, Window kit, Sleep mode

Warranty

1 year for labor, 1 year for parts and a total of 5 years for compressor part only

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
 

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
 

LG LP0814WNR

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.
Review of LG LP0814WNR Programmable with Auto Cool

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.
LG LP0814WNR Programmable with Auto Cool in the use

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.
Detailed review of LG LP0814WNR Programmable with Auto Cool

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LG 8000 btu portable air conditioner.
LG LP0814WNR
LG LP0814WNR
 

Sunpentown WA-1420E

Performance

The SPT WA-1420E Portable Air Conditioner may look small but it works beautifully, keeping large rooms cool during the string of hot days. Boasting 14,000 BTU capacity, the unit can instantly cool down rooms up to 700 square feet. So, it's a great choice for large family rooms, dining rooms, and kitchens. Although it cools huge areas efficiently and quickly, it runs quietly. The air conditioner has 3 fan speeds: high, medium, and low. Plus, fan can just circulate the air throughout the room. The unit features Self-Evaporative system that exhausts most condensate. So, you'll need to drain water less frequently.

This conditioner can also work as a dehumidifier. It collects somewhere about 4 gallons per day and exhausts out the hot air. The quality of the unit is excellent, and the design strikes a fantastic balance between durability and light weight. The air conditioner is not too large or clunky looking. It's attractive and sleek, so it will perfectly complement any room. For its design and the area it cools, you can't beat it.

Review of Sunpentown WA-1420E 14,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner

Mobility

This portable conditioner is pretty simple to set up. The whole assembly will take you no more than 1 hour. The unit is supplied with an easy-to-use window kit. And if you want more mobility, you can replace the drain tube that comes in the package with a longer one. The air conditioner has sturdy wheels, so it's easy to roll around the house. The vent can be 'folded up' for compact transportation and storage.

Sunpentown WA-1420E 14,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner in the use

Usability

Equipped with a convenient control panel, the AC is very easy to operate. The control panel has clearly labeled buttons and a large LED display showing current settings. In case of a power outage, the intelligent "Auto Restart" function will automatically resume the operation of the unit. Also, the conditioner features a 24-hour timer allowing you to pre-set time when the unit should turn on/off. It's supplied with a remote so that you can easily change settings even without leaving your sofa.

Detailed review of Sunpentown WA-1420E 14,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner

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Sunpentown WA-1420E
Sunpentown WA-1420E
 

Black & Decker BPACT12HWT

Performance

Small but mighty. That's about this BLACK+DECKER Heating Portable Air Conditioner. It's pretty compact for a 12,000 BTU and is ideal if you want to save some space. Additionally, it doesn't put as much stress on the electrical system as larger units. The BLACK+DECKER conditioner has strong fans and can quickly cool down rooms up to 150-250 sq. ft. The unit can blow air 10-15 feet up or down depending on how users adjust the louvers. The strong fan blows frigid air when running optimal and can cool from stuffy 95 degrees down to pleasant 75 degrees in just an hour. After it reaches the desired temperature, it shuts off automatically or operates on fan mode. In addition, this B&D unit has a fast cool feature. For sure, this floor conditioner can be slightly loud, but it produces white noise that can even help you sleep better.

Also, the unit can heat a room approximately 10' x 20', which is a great feature for cold winter months. And the dehumidifier function is very helpful during muggy days. It can remove up to 84 pints of moisture per day.

Review of Black & Decker BPACT12HWT Portable Air Conditioner with Heating

Mobility

This unit is easy to install. It even comes with all materials required for sealing off the window (around the section the hose attaches to). All directions are clear, and you'll be able to install the conditioner by yourself in less than an hour.

Like all portable conditioners, the exhaust tube might get quite warm. So, we suggest putting an insulated sleeve around it to get much more cooling. Also, keep in mind that the closer the unit is to the window, the shorter the exhaust tube should be. The exhaust hose of this portable conditioner can be extended up to 4 feet and 11 inches.

This B&D unit comes with caster wheels and side carrying handles for easy transportation. The rolling casters slide smoothly along any floor surface.

Black & Decker BPACT12HWT Portable Air Conditioner with Heating in the use

Usability

The BLACK+DECKER portable conditioner requires low maintenance. It has a bucket-less design, thus it needs no emptying of water. The unit is equipped with a slide-out filter that can be easily rinsed under a faucet.

As for the controls, it has both an electronic control panel with LED digital display and a remote. The remote is intuitive and responsive. Like most air conditioners of this type, this one features a handy 24-hour on/off timer and sleep mode.

Detailed review of Black & Decker BPACT12HWT Portable Air Conditioner with Heating

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Black & Decker BPACT12HWT
Black & Decker BPACT12HWT
 

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