The 12 Best Portable Air Conditioners

There has been a steady increase in the average temperature of most places in the recent past. Hot weather can be very unforgiving and harsh. This is where air conditioners save the day, making it possible for you to enjoy your time anywhere comfortably.

For a long time, central air conditioners have been the most popular cooling models available. The fact that you have to install them permanently, however, makes it impossible for people who don’t own homes to use them. If your landlord didn’t have central air, you would be stuck with the outdated window air conditioner options. Portable air conditioners solve the problem completely.

You can move portable air conditioners from one place on castors, making it possible to cool whichever room you’re in using the same air conditioner. The greatest advantage, however, is that it can be used even when traveling to hot places without air conditioning.

Another great feature of portable air conditioners is that they act as dehumidifiers. They make the room they are in drier and more comfortable. They are also much more affordable than central air conditioners.

Black + Decker BPACT14HWT 14000 BTUBlack + Decker BPACT14HWT 14000 BTU

You can try this portable air conditioner when trying to save on space. Its small and compact size makes it very ideal for leaving an unassuming footprint. It also features strong fans that allow it to blow air at least 10–15 feet up or down, depending on how you adjust the levers.

It’s very easy to set up and works quickly. With this model, it won’t be long before you start enjoying its cooling effect. The fact that it is one of the quietest portable air conditioners makes it ideal for use in the bedroom during hot nights.

It has a remote control system that works for all the functions. It can receive signals from the remote from any direction, so you won’t need to worry about facing it the right way. You will need to drain and clean it regularly to make it work more efficiently and without any hitches. This unit allows you the luxury of using it throughout the year as you can also use it to heat up a room during winter. You won’t need to spend money on extra heating gadgets.


Whynter 14000 BTUWhynter 14000 BTU

When it comes to electric powered gadgets, energy consumption levels matter. The less energy a unit consumes, the better for your electric bill. The Whynter 14000 BTU is a very economical choice. It’s also very easy to set up and use.

One feature that sets it apart is the amount of moisture it pulls out of the air, making it very good for people living in highly humid areas. When it comes to cooling down a room, it works wonders in a very short time and can reduce the temperatures to ice-cold levels. It features powerful fans that effectively blow the conditioned air around the room. The positioning of the hose inlets in the unit is angled away from the air intake, making it much easier to push it against the wall without interfering with the proper airflow.

It’s a bit heavier than most of the other air conditioners in its category but still very efficient when it comes to delivering the services it is intended for. Another advantage is that you also do not have to drain it regularly to maintain it.


Honeywell 470 CFMHoneywell 470 CFM

Among the top-rated portable air conditioners in the market today is the Honeywell 470 CFM, and rightly so. It efficiently reduces the temperature in a room, and if you have ice cubes and you use them in place of the water, then it can get that much colder. This, coupled with the fact that it takes a very short time to reduce the temperature, makes it a great product.

It is very effective even in rooms that are a bit bigger than the 350sq ft. recommended in the user’s manual. The noise you get from this unit is almost like the sound that comes from a table fan, and is more like the sound of a breeze than a motor.

It has three different settings: air conditioner, humidifier, and fan. This means you can use it to regulate different conditions. The energy consumption levels are also fairly low, and it is easy to set up.

To get the best results and to minimize the noise, you need to drain it regularly. The filter is washable, which greatly minimizes the odor common to other portable air conditioners.


LG LP1015WNR 115VLG LP1015WNR 115V

The dry mode in this a/c unit is so effective in eliminating moisture in a surprisingly short period it is the ideal unit for people living in areas with above-average humidity levels. It is also very effective in reducing heat in a standard 15”x40” room, no matter how hot it is, within a very short time.

If you want a portable air conditioner with very easy to clean and store parts, then this is your best bet because it doesn’t accumulate dirt. Also, the unit comes with a complete installation kit, making it very easy to set up and start using.

LG is a leader in creating beautiful designs that easily blend in with the interior of most houses, and this unit is not an exception when it comes to perfect aesthetics. The adjustable vents, access to the filters, and the compact shape makes it very attractive for a floor air conditioner.

It’s very comforting that with all these services, you will not spend an arm and a leg on the power bill. It is a very economical model.


Haier 10000 BTUHaier 10000 BTU

If you have ever doubted products by Haier, then you need to use this portable air conditioner. From first glance, you might dismiss it, but the moment you power it on, you will realize the cooling giant you are dealing with.

This unit runs on only three modes: high, low, and dehumidifier. The fans, however, are so powerful that it can cool a 400 square foot room even when it is in low mode. The dehumidifier also works well and easily sucks water out of the atmosphere.

Many people are put off with the sound, which is on the higher side, but considering the amount of work it does, you can excuse this. Besides, it’s something that you can easily adjust to leaving with.

It’s also helpful that all the function control buttons are marked clearly, making it very easy to use. Plus, it comes with a remote control that you can use to turn it on, off, or adjust the mode from anywhere in the room. Like with most of the other portable air coolers, you need to drain it for it to function smoothly.


EdgeStar AP12000HSEdgeStar AP12000HS

Some appliances cannot be compared to others when it comes to durability, and this is certainly one of those that outclasses the rest. It can constantly run for a long time without developing faults. It effectively cools a 20”x 17” room within a very short time. Most people have reported cooling at least two rooms using just one of these units, which shows how effective it is.

This unit is also very effective in heating up a room during the cold months. It is very heavy but, at the same time, very easy to move around because of its heavy duty wheels. Because of its weight, many people might think that it is hard to set up, but on the contrary, it is very easy to set up and use.

One thing that is always a worry when purchasing a compact air conditioner is how frequently you will need to drain the water. This particular unit requires less drainage and cleaning than other units.

It is also very quiet compared to some brands in the market, but of course, it cannot be entirely silent.


DeLonghi PACAN 140ES. WH – 3A Pinguino PlusDeLonghi PACAN 140ES. WH – 3A Pinguino Plus

The first thing you will notice with this compact air conditioner is just how easy to operate it is. It has a large, clear, and easy to see LED window on top of the unit, making it very easy to program. The very functional remote also makes it very easy to use.

The dehumidifier in this unit works great, even though the tank might fill up frequently. The fact that it makes the room nice and dry is a big plus.

It is heavy but has large casters that are very handy when you want to move it from one place to the other. The setup process is simple and takes a very short time. As for noise, it is safe to say that it is quieter than most of the other brands but not entirely silent.


Honeywell MN10CESBBHoneywell MN10CESBB

Some people cannot stand noise coming from their appliances. If you are one of them and you are looking for a portable air conditioner for your home, then this is the best unit you will come across. It cools a room within a very short time (15–30 minutes) and does it very quietly. This unit has been known to cool rooms a bit larger than the standard size indicated in the product’s manual.

The manual is very easy to understand, helping the setup go quickly, and your use of the unit go smoothly. Simply follow the instructions to cooler air. You might need to drain the evaporation tank more often while using the honeywell dehumidifier but doing so is incredibly easy with clear instructions provided in the manual.

The unit can work on three modes: air conditioner, fan mode, and dehumidifier. It would be an oversight not to say that the fan mode works perfectly, and you can opt to use it on those days when it is not especially hot.

The energy consumption of this product is on the minimum side and should not be a worry for most users.


Whynter ARC-14SH 14000 BTUWhynter ARC-14SH 14000 BTU

The dual hose in this unit makes it more efficient than the others with a single hose. The dual hose does not use the already cooled air in the room to cool down the compressor, which is what the single hose units do. Since it doesn’t recirculate the already cooled air, it can achieve cooler temperatures in a short time.

The dual hose portable air conditioner also ensures that it does not create negative pressure. It does not draw hot air into the room, further ensuring much cooler temperatures. Another feature that has ensured that this unit deserves its place among the giants in the market is the fact that it emits very minimal noise compared to other portable air conditioners.

Winter will never be unbearable again with this unit because it effectively heats up the room to your desired temperatures. This means that you won’t have to spend money looking for a heater. The design of the unit is also very appealing, and it seamlessly blends in the décor of your house.



Air conditioners are all about cooling a space, and this machine does it like a pro. It effectively cools down a 160 square foot room in a very short time. Energy efficiency is another essential aspect, and you can be sure that you will not have huge electricity bills while using this unit. In fact, it has an energy efficiency ratio of 8.7.

There is nothing as comforting as knowing just what is going on in your machine, and this air conditioner gives you just capability with the LCD display showing most of the processes taking place, including when the evaporation water tank is filling. You can, therefore, be sure that you have no leaks whatsoever.

The evaporation tank does not fill up regularly either, and you take some time before you have to drain it. The unit is a bit bulky and compact, but at the same time, it has wheels that make moving it from one place to another much easier. Setting it up is also not an issue as it has a very intuitive design.

The noise level is very manageable, and you can comfortably get used to the sound it produces. The effectiveness of the unity greatly outweighs the noise, making it a non-issue.


EdgeStar AP12000SEdgeStar AP12000S

This portable air conditioner does well at keeping the temperature of a room constant after it has cooled it down. The unit automatically turns off once it achieves the desired temperature, and after that, it only works to maintain the temperature. It works equally well for cooling large and regulating the temperature of large rooms.

The thermostat and built-in shutoff ensure that it won’t waste energy. You don’t need to drain the unit regularly, either. In fact, there is nothing to drain out as only a few drops of condensation accumulate on the unit’s vent.

It features a flexible exhaust that is about 4 feet long, which helps to make it more portable.


Madoats 9.5 Inch Super Mini Portable Air ConditionerMadoats 9.5 Inch Super Mini Portable Air Conditioner

This list would not be complete without mentioning the Madoats Super Mini air conditioner. It is a very effective portable A/C unit that does not consume a lot of power. It is a very good option for people who are on a tight budget but still want to enjoy the comfort of cooler air.

The fact that it is very small personal air conditioner makes it very easy to travel with, and the size also makes it very quiet.

To get the best from this unit, add ice cubes to the water for an even greater cooling effect. Plus, you can add some essential oils to make the air in the room smell fresher.