How to Find the Best Portable Air Conditioners

A portable air conditioner is the best solution when you don’t have a ducted HVAC system in your home, or your landlord won’t allow you to install a window unit. But portable air conditioners are no longer unsightly and bulky like they were last century. Today’s models not only look sleek and attractive in your living room but they can also effectively cool your space.

There are a few factors to take into consideration before purchasing that new a/c unit. Here are a few tips so you make the right purchase.


A portable air conditioner starts at around $150 to cool a smaller room, and up to $800 for a quality unit that will last for years. Usually the cost is affected by how powerful the air conditioner is. You’ll need to figure out what size of room you need your portable a/c to cool, or whether you want to buy two or three units for your home.

Energy Usage

Using an air conditioner every day for the next four months is going to seriously impact your energy bill. Some of the better units on the market actually have a programmable thermostat. This means that the cool air will stop pumping out once an optimal room temperature has been reached. This also contributes to your comfort, so you’re not always getting up to adjust the unit. And as long as you keep the unit clean and well maintained, your a/c is going to function efficiently for the years ahead.

Source of Ventilation

Air conditioners will vent out the hot air, so you must keep your unit by a window. Most portable types of a/c will come with a window venting kit. You’ll get instructions on how to set up your unit so that it adequately vents out the window. The advantage of this type is that you can simply move the air conditioner easily from room to room if you wish. Or, if you’re going out and want to secure your window, the tubing is easily removable. Before buying your air conditioner check and see how far the ventilation kit can reach. You may need a kit that allows for better flexibility if you can’t place your unit directly beneath the window.


All air conditioners make noise, but some make more noise than others. Look for a quieter unit that contributes calming background noise that will block out outdoor sounds. If an a/c has been designed to be quieter, the manufacturer will mention it first thing in marketing materials, as it’s a highly desirable feature.


Finally, the various features of your air conditioner are going to contribute to your final decision. An auto drain system is handy, as you’ll never have to worry about cleaning out a water reservoir. A remote control is essentail for when you’re laying in bed watching TV at night. Some even have a heat and AC combo function.

An air conditioner can be the difference between having an unbearably hot summer, or a fun and exciting summer.

Here are the Best Portable Air Conditioners we’ve found on the market in 2018

Rank Picture Portable Air Conditioners HIGHLIGHTS Price
1 Frigidaire 12,000 Btu Cool Connect Smart Everybody agrees to say that this is the best portable air conditioner you can find on the market. A great price and a lof of nice technologies such as Wifi, mobile app etc... CHECK PRICE
2 Whynter 12,000 BTU 3 different modes to fit everybody's needs and a remote control make of this Whynter one of the best air conditioner you can buy. CHECK PRICE
3 Whynter ARC-122DS Elite Great design, great price. This portable air conditioner cools rooms faster than its competitors with less energy. CHECK PRICE
4 Haier Portable Electronic Air Conditioner Also a great Air conditioner, 3 different cooling modes and a great display & design ! CHECK PRICE
5 Honeywell MN10CESWW Very simple set up and a great no-drip auto evaporation system. CHECK PRICE
6 LG Electronics LP1415WXRSM Very powerful one with smartphone control. Definitely a great choice ! CHECK PRICE
7 NewAir AC-10100E A carbon filter that can be very useful if you live in an area with a lot of pollution. CHECK PRICE
8 LG Electronics LP1414GXR If you prefer a black one, then the LG is really good. It has good performances and it comes with a Window Installation Kit, which can be very useful ! CHECK PRICE


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