Portable air conditioners 2020: Affordable cooling solutions
A portable air conditioner is an effective and efficient way to cool your home, or a single room, on hot summer days (or even year-round in some places). You can place the unit and direct the airflow to exactly where you need it, and most air conditioners are quiet enough to carry on a call while it is running. The Whynter ARC-14SH is the best portable air conditioner for most people. It cools areas up to 500 square meters to a cool 61 degrees Fahrenheit. Part of what makes this device work so well and quickly is its dual hose system and automatic drain function. In addition, it works as a heater on colder days.
Best overall: Whynter ARC-14SH
With two hoses, the Whynter ARC-14SH portable air conditioner cools large areas – up to 500 square meters – to 61 degrees Fahrenheit very quickly. It collects over 100 liters, or 12.5 liters, of moisture from the air every day and recycles it to both cool the home faster and eliminate the need to empty a collection bucket. You can control temperatures and program settings from the digital control panel or with the supplied remote control. This Whynter air conditioner is environmentally friendly because it is lead-free and uses CFC-free refrigerant.
- Cools 500 square meters
- Double heater and cooler
- Automatic drain
- Washable filter
Cools quickly and efficiently
This AC unit cools 500 square feet using a dual hose system and humidity in the air. It includes doubles as a heater.
Best value: Black & Decker BPACT10WT
Source: Black & Decker
This portable air conditioner cools a decent area, including small homes and apartments. The lowest setting reaches 64 degrees Fahrenheit with both temperature and 24-hour programming that can be easily set from the control panel or the supplied remote control. This Black & Decker air conditioner has a bucket-free design so that it draws moisture from the air. it allows it to evaporate instead of accumulating. The filter is removable and washable for easy maintenance. All mounting and mounting brackets and supplies are included.
- Value for your money
- Reusable filter
- Bucket free
Black & Decker BPACT10WT
Cool with a markdown
This air conditioner freezes 250 square meters. It collects and evaporates moisture from the air and has no tipping bucket.
Best Alexa enabled: MIDEA Smart air conditioning
The MIDEA smart air conditioner connects to your smartphone and Bluetooth-enabled devices, such as Amazon Echo, so you can control, set and control this portable air conditioner from another room or while away from home. This unit cools up to 200 square feet of space, which is pretty decent coverage. MIDEA has other units that go up to 275 square meters. This air conditioner cools your room to 62 degrees Fahrenheit. The window hose extends to almost five meters, and MIDEA includes all the brackets and mounting tools you need to install it correctly. The MIDEA air conditioner is compact, about the size of a trash can in the kitchen, but it’s quite heavy – 68 pounds. It can be easily maneuvered out of the way of traffic due to the wheels it is mounted on.
- App and Bluetooth enabled
- Includes installation kit
Best Alexa enabled
MIDEA Smart air conditioning
Alexa, turn on the a / c
MIDEA MAP08R1CWT can be controlled from Bluetooth devices, including Amazon Echo. it cools up to 150 square meters.
Best for large rooms: Honeywell HL14CESWB
This air conditioner is a bit large, but still compact enough to be placed off the road. It has two filters that draw dust, hair and other particles to clean the air as it cools it down. Honeywell HL14CESWB cools large areas, up to 700 square meters and can be programmed with a 24-hour timer. Hibernation lasts for 10 hours and runs this Honeywell air conditioner in a lower, quieter setting while still maintaining cool air outlet.
- Cools 700 square meters
- 24-hour timer and 10-hour sleep mode
- Two filters
Best for large rooms
Lots of chill too much space
The double filters in this air conditioner purify the air when it cools up to 700 square meters. It has a timer and a 10-hour sleep mode.
Best personal air conditioner: Ontel Arctic Air Portable Air Conditioner
Ontel Arctic Air portable air conditioners act as an evaporating air or swamp cooler. It requires the addition of water for it to work and cool you down. When full, Arctic Air cools continuously for up to eight hours. It can also be used as a humidifier and air purifier. It is only about 12 inches high and weighs less than 3 pounds when empty. You can use this personal air conditioner as a table fan, even if it does not tilt or swing. The vents move to help the airflow where you need it, and it has three fan speeds. It is silent and can be connected to either an electrical outlet or a USB port to turn it on. Ontel Arctic Air has seven ambient light colors that you can choose to light up, or make them circulate through all the colors.
- Easily portable
- Personal hydration
- Sitting at the table
- Does not cool rooms
- Does not oscillate
Best personal air conditioning system
Ontel Arctic Air Portable Air Conditioner
No need to share
This air conditioner cools down small spaces. It can also be used as a personal humidifier.
The bottom line
Before choosing a portable air conditioner, get an idea of how big the room is where the unit should be placed. The average size of a living room is 216 square meters, while a bedroom is about 132 square meters and a kitchen between 240 and 360 square meters. Knowing this will eliminate several air conditioning models based on the inability to cool your home.
The Whynter ARC-14SH is the best and most flexible option because it is efficient enough to cool most areas, including a studio apartment. It works in both humid and dry environments and will recycle moisture drawn from the air to cool the air circulating through it. This means that there is no collection bucket that needs to be emptied. You can set the thermostat down to 61 degrees Fahrenheit, but this unit can also be used as a heater. Settings can be controlled from the digital panel on the air conditioner or with the included remote control. The Whynter ARC-14SH is quite large, weighs 80 pounds and has a high price tag. But the amount of flexibility and efficiency of cooling and heating is worth the price.
For a more budget-friendly alternative, check out the Black & Decker BPACT10WT. It works in the same way as the Whynter ARC-14SH, but freezes a smaller area – 250 square meters compared to 500 square meters – and is much cheaper. Black & Decker is also bucket-free, but allows accumulated moisture to evaporate instead of recycling it. In addition, it cools to 64 degrees Fahrenheit. This Black & Decker air conditioner is quite loud, around 75 dB. This is about twice as tall as a refrigerator and 50 percent higher than the Whynter ARC-14SH.
Credits – The team that worked on this guide
Nicole Johnston writes for several Future Publishing brands, including TechnoBuffalo. She has over 13 years of research and writing experience in both the public and private sectors. She has a keen eye for finding good product solutions for consumers and businesses.
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