Portable Air Conditioner Reviews 2017 – Best Bang for Your Buck

In the following guide, we will be taking a look at the best portable air conditioners  available in the market today. There will be an in depth analysis of what they will be capable of in normal usage situations. So if you're in the market for portable air conditioners, read on!

Do I Need a Portable Air Conditioner?

​While air conditioning systems are the ideal solution to unbearable heat, it's not often feasible for some due to strained finances. Not only does air conditioning cost money to install, you take a hit in the power bill too.

There are window type units you can install but often times these are pretty unsightly and can ruin the lines of your house. The common option is to install centralized cooling and heating - but these can get really expensive.

For it to work, you have to install ducting all around the house. That means ripping out the ceiling - requiring you to hire licensed contractors to do the work for you,

This is where portable air conditioners come into their element, Whereas in the past, portable air conditioners have been thought of as sub-par when compared to centralized cooling solutions  the recent improvements in tech in the recent years have improved portable air conditioners immensely. They finally make sense as a long term solution to cooling your home. The best part is, you don't even have to alter anything in your house. All you need is a window for the exhaust tubing and you're good to go. You can cool any room in your house 

​It's unbelievably practical. Lets say you have an extra room you don't usually us and you suddenly have visitors - you can just cart it in the room and presto, it's air conditioned. No muss no fuss. 

Whilst not as widespread in Europe as it is in the U.S (Due to the heat and humidity in a lot of areas) air conditioning units are thought of as a necessity, with 86% of the U.S population possessing an air conditioning unit in 2007 compared to just 10% in 1965.

EDITORS PICK!

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Product

BTU

Cooling Capacity

Rating

Price

JAPHETHS PICK!​

Koldfront PAC1401W

14000

500 Square Foot

ADAS PICK!​

Haier HPN12XCM Portable Air Conditioner

12000

450 Square Foot

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EDITORS PICK!​

Global Air NPA1-10C Portable Air Conditioner

10000

300 Square Foot

I Have a Large Room, Will My New Portable Air Conditioner Cool It Effectively?

When you are looking for a new portable air conditioner, there are a few aspects you need to think about.  When trying to decide if it is the right machine to cool your space, you need to consider how large the volume of the space is. For example a 9000 BTU (british thermal unit) portable ac is enough to cool a 400 square foot space, If you place that unit in a smaller space then (depending on the portable air conditioner's power system) one or two things may happen: 

1. The portable air conditioner cycles too soon and the unit can't remove the humidity in the air properly

2. It lowers the life of your portable air conditioner and increases maintenance costs. Since it cycles so quickly, the start and stop cycle can take its toll. 

3. It increases the power consumption. It takes power to start up the compressor motor. Though a motor may be rated at 700 watts- that rating is how much power it consumes while running.  It may take three times the wattage to start it up. Continuous cycles can drive the power consumption even higher. 

However if your portable air conditioner unit is too small, then it will run continuously while failing to provide actual cooling. That's a waste of your money right there. 

A lot of factors also need to be considered when choosing a portable a.c. Aside from room size, you also need to consider how many people normally stay in that room. How much sunlight can get into the room (if you don't have insulated glass) What appliances do you have in your room- which one of them give off heat? You need to consider all these factors when making your choice.

To give you a rough idea of how to choose the a machine that can keep even the biggest rooms feeling fresh and cold there is a rating system in place that uses the BTU (British Thermal Units) per hour rating.

Most rooms in the U.S have ceilings that are about 8 foot but if your rooms differ from this please adjust the estimations accordingly. For a rough guideline please see the following estimates but please remember as already mentioned there is other environmental factors you must think of when doing your calculations.

  • 8,000 BTUs will cover 200 sq. ft. (1,600 cubic feet)
  • 10,000 BTUs will cover 300 sq. ft. (2,400 cubic feet)
  • ​12,000 BTUs will cover 400 sq. ft. (3,200 cubic feet)
  • ​13,000 BTUs will cover 450 sq. ft. (3,600 cubic feet)
  • ​14,000 BTUs will cover 500 sq. ft. (4,000 cubic feet)

How Do You Vent a Portable Air Conditioners?

Most portable air conditioners include window kits to allow the hot air that is produced by the sytem to be vented away from the room that you are trying to keep cool. As long as you have standard windows, this should be a suitable option for you. But, you have to also be aware that the manufacturers recommend that you do not extend the venting hose and as they are usually only between four to five foot long and the fact that they also say you are not to use extension cords either so you must ensure that you have a power socket close to the window if you use this option.

For sliding windows, you need to make sure that the bracket will be long enough to fit the opening. Units that feature double window brackets generally work well for sliding windows. A double bracket includes the standard window bracket plus an additional filler bracket.

When working with sliding doors, the window brackets will not be long enough to fill the vertical opening, so you'll need to fill the extra space with some other material like plywood or Plexiglas. Browse our most popular portable ACs for sliding windows or doors.

Some people prefer to exhaust hot air through a wall vent, directly outside or to another room, such as a garage or storage room. You can use a jigsaw to cut the correct size hole in the wall—but make sure to use a pipe and live wire detector to ensure there isn't any wiring or plumbing where you want to cut the hole. You can seal the edges of the hole with silicone or caulk.

Is It Hard to Maintain my New Portable Air Conditioner?

The most important part of maintaining your new air conditioner is the removal of the moisture that the machine pulls out of the air. Each model deals with this differently with some even using designs that are fully self-evaporating so you do not need to worry about emptying trays but most of the models feature trays that you need to empty at regular intervals but others do have hoses or pumps to remove the water by draining it out to a different place.

Hopefully after reading this you have a little bit of a better idea as what to look for whilst browsing for your new portable air conditioner so now we will show you some of what we feel are the best available on the market today.

So Here are Our TOP 10 List of Portable AC in 2017

1

Honeywell MM14CCSBB

Key Features:

  • 14000 BTU
  • Cools Areas up to 550 square foot
  • ​Auto Shutoff Timer
  • ​Digital LCD Display
  • Remote Control

The Honeywell MM14CCSBB is a very sleek and stylish unit that is very well made and thanks to Honeywell’s long tradition of making great products it is packed full of features to help you to keep your home at a consistent cool and comfortable temperature.

Included with this package is a full function remote control that allows you to have just as much control from your sofa with the easy to read back lit LCD screen on the front of the machine as you would have if you were stood in front of the air conditioner pressing the buttons manually.

As well as being powerful enough to keep even large rooms of up to 550 square foot cool on a hot summer’s day the MM14CCSBB also features a fan only function for the days where it is not necessarily hot enough for the air conditioning to be on but you would still a good air flow throughout your room. You also have an eco-friendly dehumidifier that is able to remove as much as 95 pints a day from the air in your home.

You do not need to worry about having to find somewhere to drain you portable air conditioner and neither do you need to worry about having to remember to empty the drip tray as this has been designed with an auto-evaporation function so the machine captures all the water then uses the heat of the machine to cause it to evaporate with no need to worry about any drips or leaks.

Surprisingly for a machine of this power Honeywell have been able to create a great machine that can cool even a large room but they have been able to keep the noise levels down as low as 54 decibels which is very impressive. Add this to the fact that it also features a fully automatic timer that can be set for anything between 1 and 24 hours so it really has been created so that you can set it and forget it.

2

Whynter 14,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner with Heater

Key Features:

  • 14000 BTU for Cooling
  • 13000 BTU for Heating
  • Cools Areas up to 500 square foot
  • Auto Shutoff Timer
  • Remote Control
  • Digital LCD Display

The Whynter 14,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner with Heater (ARC-14SH) is a very high end bit of kit that has been made to be very powerful especially for a portable air conditioner but equally as important is the fact it has been made ECO-Friendly with CFC free refrigerant and is completely lead free.

Unlike many other portable air conditioners Whynter have designed the ARC-14SH to be able to be used all year round as when it starts to get a bit colder outside so that you no longer need to use the air conditioner it has a very well made heating system so that you can use it to stay warm even in rooms up to 500 square foot.

It has a remote control included with the unit so that you are able to control it from anywhere in the room and has a washable pre-filter and an activated carbon filter to remove unwanted dust and other irritating particles that may be in the air, especially helpful for those who suffer with allergies.

This air conditioner has the ability to work as a dehumidifier that can remove as much as 101 pints a day from the air with a digital thermostat that allows for precision control of the rooms temperature within ranges of 61°F - 89°F. Another premium feature is the patented auto drain function allows you to let the machine run without worrying about having to empty the tray as it turns into condensation automatically.

3

Koldfront PAC1401W

Key Features:

  • 14000 BTU for Cooling
  • Adjustable Digital Thermostat
  • Cools Areas up to 500 square foot
  • Auto Evaporation
  • Remote Control

The Koldfront PAC1401W is a strong air conditioner that offers a cooling capacity of 14,000 BTU. This unit is suitable for medium and large spaces as it can cool a room of up to 500 square foot. The PAC1401W features a fan only setting as well as a dehumidifier that capable of removing up to 72 pints from the air in high humidity areas.

Koldfront give us a full featured remote control with a digital display that shows the temperature of the room and gives you the ability to control your system from anywhere in the room with a digital thermostat control that has a setting range of between 62°F and 88°F.

The dehumidifier function works exceptionally well and thanks to its high quality replaceable carbon filter that can be washed it is very good at removing any odours that may be lurking around your home.

4

Honeywell MN12CES

Key Features:

  • 12000 BTU for Cooling
  • Adjustable Digital Thermostat
  • Cools Areas up to 400 square foot
  • Auto Evaporation
  • Remote Control

The Honeywell MN12CES is slightly cheaper than the more powerful version we reviewed above although this has been designed specifically for rooms of 400 square foot. It has a built in humidifier that can remove 70 pints of moisture from the air in 24 hours and also has the ability to just use the fan function on its own.

You are able to adjust the temperature from 69 °F to 90 °F and thanks to the auto-evaporation system and its programmable timer up to 24 hours allows you to set this and forget about it whilst it creates a perfectly comfortable area for you to live in.

Included with the MN12CES is a window venting kit that simply fits into any standard window allowing you to remove it when the air conditioner is either not in use or if you move it into a different room which thanks to its easy glide castors is a simple thing to do.

5

DeLonghi PACAN120EW

Key Features:

  • 12000 BTU for Cooling
  • Adjustable Digital Thermostat
  • Cools Areas up to 450 square foot
  • Auto Evaporation
  • Remote Control

The DeLonghi PACAN120EW is a very stylish unit that will fit into any home, it comes in a glossy white finish with silver detailing and with an easy to read large display. The style doesn’t just stop with the machine though as included with this Delonghi portable air conditioner is a full featured remote that also has a good sized display on it making it easy to set the temperature from your sofa or bed and so you don’t lose the remote when it’s not in use there is a slot on the top of the machine for storage.

Obviously the style of the machine is secondary to how it functions and thankfully the PACAN120EW does not disappoint. For a start they use their patented Whisper Cool technology for the times when you are trying to really relax. If you are watching TV for instance or trying to get off to sleep then if you switch on this setting it reduces the sound the machine gives off by a massive 50%

6

LG LP1215GXR 12,000 BTU 115V Portable Air Conditioner

Key Features:

  • 12000 BTU for Cooling
  • Adjustable Digital Thermostat
  • Cools Areas up to 400 square foot
  • Remote Control

LG are well known for nice looking products and here we have a very nice modern unit in matt black with black controls and a digital display on the front. It also includes a full function remote that controls all the functions from anywhere in the room. This air conditioner has been designed with an oscillating vent so the cool air spreads evenly throughout the room.

Another nice feature that LG have added to this unit is the ability for it to switch itself back on if there has been a power cut, so if your power goes off whilst you are out then you are still able to look forward to coming back to a nice cool home just as long as your power returns before you do.

7

Haier HPN12XCM Portable Air Conditioner

Key Features:

  • 12000 BTU for Cooling
  • Adjustable Digital Thermostat
  • Cools Areas of up to 450 square foot
  • LCD Remote Control
  • Auto Evaporation

The Haier HPN12XCM Portable Air Conditioner is another modern looking air conditioner that has been built from sturdy materials though it is still really easy to manoeuvre if you are needing to move it from room to room, it has been made from materials that are 100% free from any lead or mercury and uses eco-friendly refrigerant so if you are someone who worries about their effect on the environment then this is a great unit for you.

Another nice feature that is missing from other brands is the fact you can wash the filter instead of needing to replace it so if you find that it is not removing any lingering odours then if you wash the filter it should be like new again.

8

Honeywell MN10CESWW 10,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner

Key Features:

  • 10000 BTU for Cooling
  • Adjustable Digital Thermostat
  • Cools Areas of up to 350 square foot
  • Remote Control
  • Auto Evaporation
  • Programmable Timer

For those of you who only need a small portable air conditioner for smaller rooms then you can’t go wrong if buy Honeywells MN10CESWW you can’t go wrong, though it is only rated at 1000 BTU this is great for a smaller room such as a bedroom as it also means is wonderfully quiet so is ideal for getting some good sleep in a cool room.

Thanks to its size it is so easy to move from room to room if necessary but the small size doesn’t stop them packing it with features, with a remote control for easy adjustment and the ability to dehumidify your room or even just use it as a fan you can be sure to get what you need from the MN10CESWW.

9

Shinco YPL3-10C 10,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner Cooling/Fan

Key Features:

  • 10000 BTU for Cooling
  • Adjustable Digital Thermostat
  • Cools Areas of up to 300 square foot
  • Remote Control
  • Auto Evaporation
  • Programmable Timer

The Shinco is another great unit aimed towards those that want to keep a smaller room cool, features two speeds so if you do keep it in your bedroom or if you are doing something that needs that extra bit of quiet then you can set it to the lower setting. Even though it’s a small size it is still packed with features that are usually reserved for more expensive models such as its automatic evaporation system which allows you to let it run for as long as you need without having to worry about emptying the tank.

10

Global Air NPA1-10C 10000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner

Key Features:

  • 10000 BTU for Cooling
  • Adjustable Digital Thermostat
  • Cools Areas of up to 300 square foot
  • Remote Control
  • On/Off Timer

Global Air have created a great portable air containing unit here with two speeds so you can slow it down when you need some quiet time and with a dehumidifier that removes 46.5 pints of moisture each day, for such a compact air conditioner with a BTU of 1000 this is very impressive.

Also included is a remote control so that you do not need to leave the couch when you want to adjust the temperature and whilst lots of units have an off timer the Global Air NPA1-10C has an on and off timer so you can set your own cooling schedule. A nice little bonus is the fact they when they created this unit they also thought to add a reusable washable filter which can save a fair bit of money as sometimes replacement filters can be very expensive.

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