5 Best Portable Air Conditioners

5 Best Portable Air Conditioners to Buy Today

Last Updated on September 2, 2020 by Karen Maldonado

What is the best portable air conditioners to buy in 2020

When shopping for the best portable air conditioners on the market today, you have to determine what your needs are. Do you need the portable air conditioner to cool a large room or a small room, for instance. Area is one of the factors that determine your choice.

Our team have researched the best portable air conditioners out there, and picked the top 5 best A/C units, with different price points, cooling capacities, and other features depending on your needs.

 

Best Overall Choice

Whynter Elite ARC-122DS

Award winning,  most efficient and fastest cooling portable air conditioner. Good Housekeeping’s “Best Portable Air Conditioners”.

  • BTU: 12,000
  • Cooling area: 400 sq ft
  • Noise level: <52 dB
  • Modes: Cooling, dehumidifing, fan
  • De-humidification: 76 pints/day
  • Timer: Yes

The Good

Easy installation, quiet operation, self exhausts moisture, compact, easy to move around.

The Bad

Some reported leaks, especially when it gets very humid.

The Bottom Line

Effective cooling of a midsize room, quietly.

Best Portable AC for Large Rooms

LG Portable Air Conditioner

LG’s air conditioning unit make those hot days of summer cooler with a touch off white noise.

  • BTU: 14,000
  • Cooling area: 500 sq ft
  • Noise level: 45 dB
  • Modes: Cooling
  • De-humidification: 74.4 pints/day
  • Timer: Yes

The Good

Easy setup, effective quick cooling of a large room. Self exhausts moisture.

The Bad

LG’s customer service gets mixed reviews, some users find it a bit noisy and loud.

The Bottom Line

Great for large room in spite a a little hum.

Best Budget Portable Air Conditioner for a Small Room

BLACK+DECKER Portable Air Conditioner

Perfect for small rooms, nothing this powerful at this great price.

  • BTU: 8,000
  • Cooling area: 150 sq ft
  • Noise level: 75 dB
  • Modes: Cooling, dehumidifying, fan
  • De-humidification: N/A
  • Timer: Yes

The Good

It’s cause room fast easy installation filter is easy to clean very maneuverable

The Bad

Gets loud as the highest fan setting.

The Bottom Line

Excellent cooling power, portable, great for small rooms.

Best Quiet Air Conditioner

Honeywell Portable Air Conditioner

  • BTU: 14,000
  • Cooling area: 550 – 700 sq ft
  • Noise level: 49-52 dB
  • Modes: Cooling, dehumidifing
  • De-humidification: 111 pints/day
  • Timer: Yes

The Good

Honeywell Portable AC’s dual motor technology means lower noise levels. Smart Digital Thermostat system. Easy to maintain The Self-Evaporation system means bucket-less operation.

The Bad

The hum or white noises changes, not a constant hum, some users find it distracting.

A bit on the expensive side.

The Bottom Line

One of the best, well-equipped units. Looks great in any room. Quiet operation.

 

Best Smart Air conditioner Works with Alexa and Google Home

De’Longhi 4-in-1 Portable Air Conditioner

Smart air conditioner works with both Google assistant and Alexa comes with an app you can create your ideal settings by choosing temperature set schedules fan speeds and molds. While home you can use voice commands with your smart speakers to modify your settings.

  • BTU: 12,500
  • Cooling area: 500 sq ft
  • Noise level: <52 dB
  • Modes: Cooling, dehumidifying, fan
  • De-humidification: N/A
  • Timer: Yes

The Good

Multi function for maximum comfort for in one unit features cooling dehumidifying and the fan as well as the heat more to take the chill out of cool nights in the morning, very portable quite operation and no drips or leaks.

The Bad

Doesn’t have a thermometer. Some find the supplied tube too short

The Bottom Line

Does an excellent job cooling, the WiFi connectivity and remote operation through the app  are convenient to have.

 

 

Portable Air Conditioners Comparison

Best Overall Choice
Editor's Choice
Best Portable AC for Large Rooms
Best Budget Portable AC for Small Rooms
Quiet
Best Quiet Air Conditioner
Best Smart A/C Works with Alexa/Google Home
Whynter Elite ARC-122DS 12,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable...
LG LP1417GSR 14,000 BTU Graphite Gray Portable Air...
Black + Decker BPACT08WT Portable Air Conditioner,...
Honeywell HL14CESWB Air Conditioner, 14,000 BTU,...
De'Longhi 4-in-1 Portable Air Conditioner,...
Whynter Elite ARC-122DS 12,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable...
LG 14,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner
BLACK+DECKER Portable Air Conditioner
Honeywell Air Conditioner
De'Longhi 4-in-1 Portable Air Conditioner, Dehumidifier, Heater & Fan + WiFi,
BTU
12,000 BTU
14,000 BTU
8,000 BTU
14,000 BTU
12,500 BTU
Area
400 sq ft
500 sq ft
150 sq fft
700 sq ft
500 sq ft
Item Weight
60 pounds
75 pounds
26 pounds
64 pounds
83.8 pounds
Product Dimensions
17 x 29.5 x 16 inches
14.76 x 17.44 x 29.53 inches
16.5 x 11.5 x 26 inches
18.9 x 20.5 x 18.2 inches
34.5 x 19 x 17 inches
Cutomer Rating
-
Prime Beneffits
-
-
-
Price
$411.72
Price not available
$295.00
Price not available
$1,535.95
Best Overall Choice
Whynter Elite ARC-122DS 12,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable...
Whynter Elite ARC-122DS 12,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable...
BTU
12,000 BTU
Area
400 sq ft
Item Weight
60 pounds
Product Dimensions
17 x 29.5 x 16 inches
Cutomer Rating
Prime Beneffits
Price
$411.72
More Details
Editor's Choice
Best Portable AC for Large Rooms
LG LP1417GSR 14,000 BTU Graphite Gray Portable Air...
LG 14,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner
BTU
14,000 BTU
Area
500 sq ft
Item Weight
75 pounds
Product Dimensions
14.76 x 17.44 x 29.53 inches
Cutomer Rating
-
Prime Beneffits
-
Price
Price not available
More Details
Best Budget Portable AC for Small Rooms
Black + Decker BPACT08WT Portable Air Conditioner,...
BLACK+DECKER Portable Air Conditioner
BTU
8,000 BTU
Area
150 sq fft
Item Weight
26 pounds
Product Dimensions
16.5 x 11.5 x 26 inches
Cutomer Rating
Prime Beneffits
Price
$295.00
More Details
Quiet
Best Quiet Air Conditioner
Honeywell HL14CESWB Air Conditioner, 14,000 BTU,...
Honeywell Air Conditioner
BTU
14,000 BTU
Area
700 sq ft
Item Weight
64 pounds
Product Dimensions
18.9 x 20.5 x 18.2 inches
Cutomer Rating
Prime Beneffits
-
Price
Price not available
More Details
Best Smart A/C Works with Alexa/Google Home
De'Longhi 4-in-1 Portable Air Conditioner,...
De'Longhi 4-in-1 Portable Air Conditioner, Dehumidifier, Heater & Fan + WiFi,
BTU
12,500 BTU
Area
500 sq ft
Item Weight
83.8 pounds
Product Dimensions
34.5 x 19 x 17 inches
Cutomer Rating
Prime Beneffits
-
Price
$1,535.95
More Details

 

 

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