In my pursuit for perfect portable air conditioner units, through researches along with analysis made on a lot of customer feedback, I was able to identify 10 of the top rated portable air conditioners that offers real quality in consideration to their prices:
- American Comfort: ACW500C
- Amico: AP11000
- Frigidaire: FRA053PU1
- Haier: HPN14XCM
- Honeywell: MN10CESWW
- Koldfront: PAC1401W
- LG: LP1414GXR
- Soleus: LX-140
- Sunpentown: WA-1070E
- Whynter: ARC-14SH
Comparison of 10 Best Air Conditioner “Portable” Units
It’s certain that you would like to make the best informed decision in selecting the right unit for yourself. If so, you should significantly look into the pros and cons of each product. But believe me, there is no product available that is 100% perfect. The good news is, there are some that can get pretty close to achieving a satisfactory result in portable air conditioning.
Now, we have here a technical specification comparison of the 10 best portable air conditioners. It comes along with an Amazon rating and price:
*BTU means British Thermal Unit. You can learn its significance and how to make computations of it, way down below.
|Parameters||American Comfort: ACW500C||Amico: AP11000||Frigidaire: FRA053PU1||Haier: HPN14XCM||Honeywell: MN10CESWW|
|Price & Image|
|Customer Reviews||3 Reviews||15 Reviews||152 Reviews||174 Reviews||1911 Reviews|
|Cool Area (Sq. Ft.)||350||400||216||500||400|
|Item Weight (lbs)||67||55||64||83||49.6|
|Product Dimensions (inches)||16.3 x 15.8 x 33.1||17 x 13 x 31.3||14.6 x 17.5 x 28.2||20 x 33.6 x 16.6||15.2 x 18.1 x 29.4|
|Warranty||1 Year Parts, 5 Year Compressor||1 Year||Full 1 year warranty parts & labor, Limited 2-5 year warranty-sealed system||1 year parts and labor||1 years plus 4 years parts|
|Our Review||Read Our Review||Read Our Review||Read Our Review||Read Our Review||Read Our Review|
|Parameters||Koldfront: PAC1401W||LG: LP1414GXR||Soleus Air LX-140||Sunpentown: WA-1070E||Whynter: ARC-14SH|
|Price & Image|
|Customer Reviews||292 Reviews||98 Reviews||163 Reviews||30 Reviews||1398 Reviews|
|Cool Area (Sq. Ft.)||500||600||525||300||500|
|Item Weight (lbs)||75||71.7||96||53||80|
|Product Dimensions (inches)||19 x 22 x 35||13 x 18.5 x 33.3||20 x 23.5 x 35||15 x 13.8 x 29.5||16 x 19 x 35.5|
|Warranty||3-Year Limited Warranty||1-Year Limited Warranty Parts and Labor||1-Year Limited Warranty Parts and Labor||1-Year Limited Warranty||1-Year Warranty, 3-Year Warranty on the Compressor|
|Our Review||Read Our Review||Read Our Review||Read Our Review||Read Our Review||Read Our Review|
Top 10: Portable Air Conditioner Reviews
Here goes a brief review on the top 10 portable air conditioner units:
To start, what I like the best about the American Comfort product is the way it’s been designed with the most advanced features in portable air conditioning. In addition to providing you a comfortable and cool place with its 13000 BTU power, especially when the temperature becomes unbearable, it also boasts a functionality of working as a dehumidifier.
Aside from that, the following are some advantages that makes this unit one of the best:
- This item is multifaceted where it can operate as a cooling unit, dehumidifier, and air purifier. The dual purpose model includes a heater.
- The air purification system is built with a washable filter that also comes with an activated carbon filter to help reduce unpleasant room odor. Good for people with asthma or allergies to avoid airborne contaminants. (1)
- Its dehumidifier function helps eliminate about 66 pints of moisture each day which can cause growth of molds and fungus.
- Compact in its built and features integral handles and caster wheels, making portability convenient.
- It’s also nice to know that it’s been engineered with programmable timers and electronic display, which means that you can make adjustments and directly control the airflow conveniently. (2)
- Prides an AutoDrain technology so you don’t have to manually perform any draining.
- Its ABS plastic window venting kit is a perfect solution if you’ve got no appropriate window size.
- Energy efficient
On the other hand, what I least like about this unit is it can only cover spaces or rooms with less than 350 sq. ft. Moreover, it generates a humming sound but not as bad as other portable air conditioner units. But according to those with good noise tolerance level, unlike me, barely hear a sound.
If you’re looking for a portable air conditioner to be used in a larger room, the Amico AP11000 is built with the capacity to cool and dehumidify a room with an area of up to 400 sq. ft. But of course, results can be affected by how much heat is being circulated in the room – probably due to direct sunlight entering the room. This unit has a power of 11,000 BTUs. For even at a lower price tag, it can rival the expensive portable air conditioners.
Here are the good points that make Amico another top portable air conditioner:
- It is one with the lowest noise ratings at only 48 dBA.
- The unit comes with castors so users can roll it easily from room to room.
- It is lighter than most portable air conditioners. It only weighs 55 pounds.
- It has a programmable timer and temperature control that can be adjusted via its console or with a remote.
- Its dehumidifier setting can clear out 61 pints of moisture from the air each day.
- It has an auto-evaporative function to vent the moisture outside.
Although, there may be some minor drawbacks about this unit, it is still holds its position as one of the best. For example, its window kit is only made of foams, so you have to purchase a second one. It also doesn’t list its energy efficiency rating and lacks the sleep mode option which is important when the unit is not in use. Moreover, in humid conditions, you have to drain the unit manually.
The Frigidaire FRA053PU1 is a relatively powerful portable air conditioner especially when you consider it’s price point. It is for this one reason among others that it is included on our list.
While it is truly the least powerful portable AC on the list, we decided to include it for those limited with a tighter budget. If you only have a few hundred dollars to spend on a portable AC, and don’t foresee yourself upgrading within a couple of years, then this is a great choice.
This can also be the preferred choice for parents looking to buy their children a decent quality portable air conditioner to help feed a growing comfort. The setup of the unit is super simple and requires no complicated tools.
In fact, within minutes of unpackaging, you can enjoy a power of 5000 BTU to cool down up to 216 square feet room. The quality of components used are nothing short of what you would expect from any Frigidaire product.
The warranty included will keep you feel comfortable that it remains covered for many months to come, and as not with any product, it brings a full 1 year warranty on parts and labor, along with a limited 2-5 year warranty-sealed system.
A window kit is also included in the package and contains means of adjustable options for a perfect window fit. Overall, this is the prime choice for those looking for a serious and reliable unit for as cheap as possible.
While the Haier HPN14XCM might ring up at the uppermost price range of what most beginners are wanting to spend, it truly is (in our opinion) one of the perfect and most reliable portable air conditioner for new users.
The reason? Well for starters, in addition to it’s modern design, the Haier HPN14XCM has numerous certifications to put the new user at ease.
It can work as an air conditioner and dehumidifier eliminating 3.3 pints of water an hour, making the initially daunting task of dealing with humidity infinitely easier. (3)
Many beginners get disheartened, and undeniably even give up, after spending money on really cheap air conditioners trying to make a saving but ended up costing a lot more in the long run.
Starting out with a top proven product completely eliminates that frustration and enables beginners to be able to enjoy a truly comfortable night and day, immediately.
The Haier HPN14XCM is the perfect balance of quality and price point. The best portable air conditioners are arguably the epitome of quality comfort, and this is a mid-range portable AC in the Haier line.
Serious beginners will find it easier to have more enjoyment (and by extension motivation in regards to right comfort) with the Haier HPN14XCM than they would with most other products.
Sometimes great things come in small packages. The 49.6lbs Honeywell MN10CESWW is a prime example.
While being, by far, the smallest and one of the most inexpensive units on the list, it has the most positive reviews and totally makes up for in convenience and mobility.
Many users can conveniently transfer the unit from room to room where it may be needed, or far outside of the house to another place. For such individuals, packing around a larger unit, as a comparison, just isn’t totally feasible.
The Honeywell MN10CESWW was made with these people in mind. It comes with both a light body and rotatable castor wheels which make it easy to drive out to a new location, set up to a room, and begin experiencing a cooling comfort all in a matter of minutes. (4)
It is also a great buy for families who have younger kids who may express interest in an ecofriendly environment, but are unsure whether this interest will be helpful in the long run for their kids. (5)
In such cases, parents may not want to invest the amount of money that high quality units demand. But, such parents will also be well pleased with chemical free Honeywell.
While many characteristics of this unit are to be appreciated, it admittedly has a significantly smaller aperture than the rest of the pack. This means that it is also significantly a bit less powerful and covers only up to 400 square feet – although it is still many times more powerful than other units!
Concerned parties should also bear in mind that even though it is intended to be portable, it is still a delicate appliance and owners should be gentle in packing it around. If you aren’t looking for anything particularly powerful and plan on observing in many different areas, then you’ll be hard pressed to find another portable air conditioner of this quality built for easy transfer.
While not quite as wide as the Haier HPN10XCM and Soleus Air LX-140 unit, the Koldfront portable air conditioner is actually a bit bulky as well, weighing about 75 pounds.
It is also noticeably tall due to it’s high power capacity. Like it’s relatives on the list, the Koldfront PAC1401W is solidly built. You can say at first look that several of the cheaper products on the market have weak bases and are made with “cost saving” materials.
On your first encounter with the Koldfront PAC1401W, you’ll know that it’s anything but cheaply built. This is a portable air conditioner that will last for years.
It’s wheeled mount allows you to easily transport it around the house or any other flat surface. Be aware that when using the unit, it may produce a small negative air pressure being a single hose unit. (6)
It also includes 24/7 programmable system to help beginners schedule use. The PAC1401W is actually one of the most popular among all portable air conditioners that Koldfront offers. It is marketed for it’s portability, and is a great solution if you often need its usage from one place to another, and want something much more powerful than the Honeywell MN10CESWW unit.
It has 14,000 BTUs that can cover an area of 500 sq. ft. This is a great product, well priced for those who want an amazing experience, but aren’t yet ready to pay a higher price to join users with top of the line high-priced equipment.
The LG LP1414GXR isn’t multi-colored with cute pictures painted on the box, but why do we feel it’s perfect for a child?
First of all, understand that this unit is an actual real portable air conditioner, not just some kid’s toy. It’s best for children in a big room for they are quite better at handling noise and remain comfortable, not like adults. The unit has a noise level of 58dBA. (7)
LG LP1414GXR is well priced, and available for not much more than many units that are much less powerful that are marketed directly to families. The price of course is an important factor in making it a feasible choice for anyone looking for a great present for a family’s comfort.
However, the quality of the cooling that the unit delivers (which is many times better than most cheap products) ensures a rewarding experience for your children, which can help a child foster and experience a wonderful and fulfilling comfort.
Unlike many other products to consider, the LG LP1414GXR portable AC unit will not break after a few uses, and will certainly last for many years to come. This is the perfect product for parents wanting to buy a great portable air conditioner for the family to use in order to achieve enough and healthy sleeps, instead of unreliable equipment which might only be used a few times at best.
With over double the BTU power size of the Frigidaire unit, this portable air conditioner is one of the priciest on our list, but it’s also has highest area coverage of about 525 square feet. But a bit lower in price among other 14000 BTU units.
The quality of cooling comfort the unit produces is on par with the levels required by most new users seeking for top results. Although it does come with a higher price tag, it is money well spent as you definitely get the most out of each dollar.
The Soleus Air LX-140 is suitable for all levels of users. While many budding cooling comfort seekers buy a low range unit in the beginning, those who stick with it often feel the need to purchase a better one within a year as they advance in their needs.
However, it is not an issue to worry about with this choice. The Soleus Air LX-140 will satisfy the clarity cravings on both cooling and dehumidification needs. An additional attribute is an Energy Efficiency Rating of 10.1 that could help you put a cap on electricity bills. (8)
Like with the other portable air conditioners on our list, the Soleus Air LX-140 supports a window kit so to get a perfect fit for the exhaust. This is great for newcomers to the field, but won’t be necessary for those with a little more experience.
The whole piece weight about 96 lbs, which is a bit more bulky than the other units. This can make it a little more difficult to transfer if you plan to use it in different locations. However, this is expected in most portable products.
The higher BTU power the unit has, the bigger and less convenient it will be to transport. Either way the Soleus Air LX-140 is most likely the best choice for those who know that their desire for outstanding comfort will not quickly fade.
If you want a portable air conditioner that you certainly won’t feel compelled to replace within a few years, the Soleus Air LX-140 is strongly recommended for you.
The Sunpentown WA-1070E product has some good properties too that made me include it in this list of the best portable air conditioners. What I like most about the product is the fact that it is one of the few to have the lightest weight among the ten (10) products on the list, with only 53 pounds.
It makes it look a little smaller than the others. Being one to be of the smallest in size, it is also the lowest in price.
The following are some of its properties that are also worth noting:
- It is a very robust product with a fire resistant PVC plastic housing.
- It is purchase-ready with a very high quality built-in tank and extendable exhaust host of up to 59 inches.
So, if you are looking for a good investment, then this would probably one of your best options. However, it has some disadvantages too. For example, a number of users are having a difficult time installing the host to get the exhaust to work well.
Aside from that, the following aspects are some of the things that its manufacturer need to improve about the product:
- It has a high noise level of about 53 decibels. This is not advisable for people who have very low noise tolerance. However, this is a personal preference for some users don’t find it relevant at all.
This is a great choice for any buyer. Crafted by well-known manufacturer Whynter, it is a really solid portable air conditioner.
The Whynter ARC-14SH comes with a powerful BTU of 14,000 to cover an area of 500 sq. feet. It is ecofriendly and integrated with an energy efficient technology along with antimicrobial washable filter that purifies air. (9)
It also comes with 4 multi-directional casters which is great for easier portability of use around the house.
The unit is also perfect for use in cooling a room fast with its dual exhaust host. That said, there’s no negative pressure.
While this product comes strongly recommended for users, some may be put off by some of the limitations that comes with purchasing the product and that is its noise level of up to 56 dBa.
With it, the coolness and fresh air that can be received from the unit is many times more satisfying in achieving a great experience than with many products.
To sum it up, this sleek designed 100% CFC free product is a great home portable air conditioner for the entire family.
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So what is the best portable air conditioner out there? I find all these 10 products from 10 different brands to be among a few of the best portable air conditioners. There are actually a lot of other units available but these are but the units that meets my requirements. My personal favorite is LG LP1213GXR but its high cost doesn’t practically make it to be my best choice.
If I’ve only got 1 vote, I would gladly give it to Whynter ARC-14SH for it has proven itself to be the product that fits most of the criteria placed. And it’s much more affordable, considering that it also has a very good set of advantages (i just love its sleek modern design!) and only a few minor disadvantages. Moreover, I can see that 234 people recommends it at this point, and I can’t just simply ignore the fact that it’s actually worth it. Key factors + several satisfied customers have convinced me that this certainly is the best portable air conditioner!
The other 9 products presented are certainly of great value as well. You’ll surely get what you paid for, but of course, Whynter ARC-14SH should be one of your best options!