Here Are The Top 10 Best Portable Air Conditioners As Of April, 2019
Alphachooser's list of the newest portable air conditioners includes only air conditioners that obey to these criteria:
- Our portable air conditioner list obviously excludes evaporative coolers (most of which are also portable), because they have their own category
- Some of the portable a/c models shown here also include a dehumidifier function, acting as two devices in one.
- Portable ACs are a frequent choice for sliding glass doors, with the use of an appropriate vent kit.
Because of this portable air conditioner's overall ranking of 86%, we believe that the JHS A001-10KR is, as of now, Alphachooser's best portable air conditioner 2019. Furthermore, we think that our sample of 103 reviews from our sources gives us a high confidence level (more on confidence levels) that justifies labelling it a "no-brainer best choice."
|Average rating: (86%) (103 reviews)|
Honeywell's MO08CESWB is a portable 8000 BTU air conditioner designed to cool home spaces of up to 450 square feet -- most of its reviewers have their MO08CESWB units running in computer rooms, home offices, and bedrooms that are significantly smaller. It has a washable dust filter and a built-in dehumidifier function that enables it to suck up to 61 pints of moisture out of the air per day. It offers both a continuous draining and an auto-evaporation setup, both of which have a common goal -- to spare users from emptying its water reservoir manually.
The Honeywell MO08CESWB, which has an aggregate rating of 4 stars, has a total 247 reviews under its belt. A good number of its satisfied buyers appreciate its more streamlined design than those of several other portable ACs (most of which are listed here at Alphachooser), which, according to them, means that this unit does not take up much space nor disrupt the whole aesthetic of the room. One particular user even described it as attractive to the eye -- its White base color is complemented by either a Blue, a Silver, or a Black accent.
While many users praise its looks, however, some question its actual build quality, with one reviewer saying that it feels flimsy and that it gyrates gradually. A few other buyers also complained that it does not cool the room as much as they had hoped, although, on the contrary, many enthused enthused users say that the MO08CESWB is perfect for apartment living. As for its noise level, some users find this Honeywell model's buzz intolerable, while others recognize that it makes noise, but do not find it intrusive. Several others were simply happy with the fact that it does not roar as much as conventional window-mounted ACs.
All said, our automated review crawler surveyed 23765 reviews for portable ACs and determined that the Honeywell MO08CESWB is worthy of a spot among the top 10 models in this category, ending up as Alphachooser's second best portable air conditioner 2019.
Width: 14.6 inches
Height: 27.7 inches
|Average rating: (84%) (247 reviews)|
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Width: 18.375 inches
Height: 30.125 inches
|Average rating: (80%) (84 reviews)|
EdgeStar's AP12000S is a high-capacity (12000 BTU) portable air conditioner and dehumidifier that features 3 fan speeds, a 90-pint-per-day dehumidifying-only option, and an auto-drain system that, according to one of its 216 reviewers, requires no more than a 5-inch hole. Its package includes a washable pre-filter, a replaceable carbon filter, and a full-function remote control. Like most other portable ACs, it comes with caster wheels. That said, some users say that the AP12000S is significantly-heavier than a lot of alternatives listed here at AlphaChooser and, consequently, a bit harder to transfer from room to room. Several buyers also noted that its window kit is rather thin and flimsy. Most of the complaints about this model, however, come from buyers who received units that were broken right out of the box or stopped working entirely after several weeks.
On the other hand, this 4-star unit's biggest strengths, according to its reviewers, is its actual cooling capacity. Some reviewers describe it as a little workhorse, while one particular user says that it easily maintains a 70-degree Fahrenheit temperature without any trouble -- the same user cautioned that the AP12000S struggles a bit when the heat peaks at around 90 degrees Fahrenheit, though. Another thing that buyers love about the AP12000S is its smart look (as one user puts it), which is another way of saying that its metallic finish separates it from the majority of other dehumidifying portable air conditioners, most of which stick to classic white plastic exteriors. As for its noise level, reviewers cannot seem to agree, with some saying that it's a bit noisy, while others say that it's rather quiet, given its 12000 BTU rating.
So, when it comes to portable AC-slash-dehumidifiers, our automated review crawler, which evaluated 23765 reviews for units in this category, determined that the EdgeStar AP12000S is an Alphachooser good choice, rightly joining our list of the top 10 models in this category.
|Average rating: (80%) (216 reviews over 2 sources)|
Della 048-GM-48383 Portable Room Air Conditioner
Width: 13.5 inches
Height: 29 inches
|Average rating: (84%) (34 reviews)|
|Average rating: (78%) (98 reviews over 2 sources)|
Midea MPF10CR71 Portable Room Air Conditioner
Width: 17.1 inches
Height: 28.3 inches
BTU rating: 10000
|Average rating: (80%) (9 reviews)|
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Midea MPF12CR71 Portable AC
BTU rating: 12000
|Average rating: (80%) (9 reviews)|
Midea MPF08CR71 Portable AC Unit
BTU rating: 8000
|Average rating: (76%) (23 reviews)|
Width: 17 inches
Height: 27.165 inches
Shinco SPHN12W Portable Air Conditioner
Width: 13 inches
Height: 33.3 inches
Width: 17.5 inches
Height: 28.75 inches
Width: 12.2 inches
Height: 25 inches
Width: 23.6 inches
Height: 17.8 inches
BTU rating: 14750 (SoleusAir claims that it is 15400 BTU, but the Energy Guide sticker states it at 14750)
The Emerson Quiet Kool EAPC14RD1 is a high-capacity portable air conditioner that boasts a 14000 BTU rating -- one of the highest in its category. While ACs with similar BTU ratings are designed to cover up to 500 square feet, its Amazon page only indicates a coverage of up to 350 square feet. It comes with a 24-hour timer, an auto-evaporation system, and a 1-2-5 warranty package (1 year for labor, 2 for parts, and 5 for the unit's compressor). It scores an EER (Energy Efficiency Ratio) of 9.6, which does not sound that promising, knowing that a few other 14000-BTU models boast 11 or higher ratios.
Regrettably, this (rating temporarily unavailable)-star Quiet Kool model is apparently not a very quiet one, with most of its disappointed reviewers complaining about its operational noise, though this does not come as a surprise to us here at AlphaChooser, since noise is pretty much the bane of high-capacity air conditioners. Some users reported that their units make high-pitched or rattling sounds, which, for one particular buyer, makes it impossible to hear the TV without raising the volume significantly or to have a conversation.
Luckily for the EAPC14RD1, the majority of its reviewers agree that it blasts cold air into the room without a problem. One buyer even described its output as a freezing arctic blast. Also, while there were a number of complaints about its noise, as mentioned earlier, some satisfied buyers found its noise bearable, ergo, it's not loud enough to keep you awake at night -- one of them even says that its ambient noise feels like a soft wind. Also, many buyers appreciated this model for being easy to setup.
So, for a verdict on the Emerson Quiet Kool EAPC14RD1, we look to our automated review crawler, which analyzed a grand total of 23765 reviews for portable air conditioners, and here's what it says: The Quiet Kool EAPC14RD1 is only a so-so choice, at least compared to the top-ranking models in this category.
Width: 17.52 inches
Height: 28.35 inches
Rated at (rating temporarily unavailable) stars as of this AlphaChooser review, the Whynter ARC-122DS is a portable air conditioner that doubles as a dehumidifier and a standard fan. It boasts a 12000 BTU rating, which is particularly high for a portable AC unit. Its defining features also include a dual-hose system claiming to facilitate better space utilization and efficient cooling -- single-hose setups tend to cause negative air pressure within the room. Speaking of efficient, a good number of its reviewers loved the ARC-122DS for its power-efficient operation, which is not a usual thing that users say of a 12000-BTU model. There's little room to protest its efficiency, though, taking into consideration the user anecdotes and the fact that, as pointed out by one bill-cautious buyer, it has a high EER (Energy Efficiency Ratio) of 12.
This dehumidifying portable air conditioner also garnered praise for its quiet operation, with some users noting that its compressor is extremely quiet, while its fan's buzz is tolerable enough so as not to keep you from sleeping. Its 52dB maximum noise level, after all, is one of the lowest within this AC category. Having said that, the Whynter ARC-122DS still has its fair share of negative feedback -- as of this write-up, 12 percent of its total reviews were 1-star rants. Some unhappy buyers mention that this model is pretty difficult to get to work correctly, while others complain that it's bigger and heavier than many alternatives, defeating the whole portability concept. One particular buyer also grumbled about its loudness, although the number of users who claim otherwise is overwhelming, showing once again just how relative noise perception can be. A few other reviewers reported their units failing after only a few months of operation.
At the end of the day, however, after rummaging through 23765 reviews for portable dehumidifier-slash-ACs, our shopping algorithm determined that the Whynter ARC-122DS is not the best choice, at least as far as aggregated review scores are concerned.
Width: 13.39 inches
Height: 30.71 inches
Essentially the BPACT14HWT without the heating capability, the Black + Decker BPACT14WT is a portable room air conditioner with a comparably high BTU rating of 14000, the highest in this particular Black + Decker series. It comes in a 3-in-1 design, which basically means that it has a dehumidifying mode and a fan mode on top of its actual cooling option. Averaging a user rating of (rating temporarily unavailable) stars, it sports top-mounted electronic controls and a remote control.
As of this AlphaChooser write-up, most of the BPACT14WT's reviewers seem to agree about its powerful cooling performance, one of them being pretty thrilled to report that it helped make the atmosphere within their 1900 sq. ft. home comfortable, despite only being designed for rooms of around 300-350 square feet, according to Amazon. One other user describes it as a cooling beast, while another was pleased that it manages to maintain an ambient temperature of roughly 76 degrees Fahrenheit against the 90-degree outside temperature. Many users were also pleased about its design, saying that it is quite small for something rated at 14000 BTU.
Some common complaints about this unit involve its operational noise (Keep in mind that its 16 percent 1-star review ratio was well within the acceptable range for portable ACs as we were checking it out), with one likening the sound to some paper flapping inside its shell. Some less-salty buyers also recognize the noise, but don't put it past that of a regular electric fan -- as one buyer puts it, what air conditioner is totally quiet anyway? Another buyer also says that the window-mounting kit could have been designed way better, but most other reviewers did not seem to have any trouble setting it up.
Turning to our automated review crawler, which analyzed 23765 reviews for portable AC units, for a verdict, the Black + Decker BPACT14WT winds up as a not-so-compelling choice, given the higher user ratings of the models at the top of this list.
The Black + Decker BPACT12WT is a portable AC that is offered in a variant equipped with a heating mode on top of the usual cooling, dehumidifying, and fan options. It comes with a slide-out filter, programmable electronic controls coupled with a top-mounted digital readout panel, and a remote control that we here at AlphaChooser, along with many of its reviewers, consider to be a rather nifty bonus feature, coming from an air conditioner that moves around using caster wheels. This particular model shares its Amazon page with its 14000-BTU, 10000-BTU, and 8000-BTU siblings, all of which also come with heat-pumped-equipped variants of their own.
A good number of its positive reviewers praise the BPACT12WT for successfully cleaning the air, which for some, was a life-saver, since it removed common allergy triggers. Others also noted that it's body is not as bulky as you might expect for a portable AC unit with a high 12000 BTU rating -- remember, it also comes in variants with higher or lower BTU ratings, obviously to cater to different buyer needs. While a good number of reviewers found its cooling capability satisfactory, it seems like it's the BPACT12WT's heating feature, which means that it can be useful during both summer and winter seasons, that stole the show.
On the flip side, most of its reviewers, including some that gave it 5 stars at the end of the day (It has an average rating of (rating temporarily unavailable) stars), agree that this portable AC is a rather loud one, with a particular user likening the noise to a piece of paper incessantly flapping inside its body. Another reviewer describes the ambient noise as a violent rattle -- noise tolerance, after all, is relative. Some other reviews talk of BPACT12WT units that don't quite get the job done or ones that died within the first year of use.
When it's all said and done, though, the Black + Decker BPACT12WT, according to our review-crawling software, which, by the way, evaluated 23765 reviews for portable air conditioners, is a tolerable choice at best, with aggregated review scores indicating that better ones, most of which top this list, are not hard to find.
Width: 16.875 inches
Height: 27.375 inches
Width: 15.7 inches
Width: 18.90 inches
Height: 31.30 inches
Width: 11.8 inches
Height: 30.9 inches
Height: 32.5 inches
Whynter's ARC-08WB is a portable air conditioner (It uses caster wheels to move around) whose 8000 BTU rating makes it fit for bedrooms or other home spaces of up to 250 square feet. Measuring only 13.7 inches wide and 28.9 high, it comes with a self-evaporation system that promises to remove most of the condensate under average ambient conditions as well as a full-function remote control, which, as far as this AlphaChooser list is concerned, is not that common of a feature among portable AC units. This (rating temporarily unavailable)-star model's physical size also comes off as convenient for many buyers, with one of them saying that its compact form makes it extremely easy to cool any room of the house -- it also comes with a plastic window kit, obviously for those who don't plan to wheel it around that often, if at all.
As for its actual cooling performance, the ARC-08WB, which, by the way, comes with dedicated fan-only and dehumidifying-only modes as well, received a lot of positive feedback from its reviewers. One certain user reported that it needs just 1 hour to cool a 15 x 12 feet bedroom, while another one says that it makes their 10 x 10 bedroom icy cold with relative ease. A different buyer also mentioned that the ARC-08WB cut their electricity bill by a whopping 75 percent.
Sadly, for this 8000-BTU model, some of its users were not impressed (It had a 16 percent 1-star rating ratio at the time of writing), with its operational noise getting most of the flack. Some users describe the noise as unbearable, while a few others talk about some internal ratting sounds when the compressor is on. A couple of buyers also muttered about its drain hose setup, saying that the tubing constantly falls off on both ends even with the slightest movement.
Width: 13.70 inches
Height: 28.90 inches
Width: 13.88 inches
Height: 29.75 inches
The EdgeStar AP10002BL is a 10000-BTU portable air conditioner whose Black finish, according to a good number of its reviewers, makes it sleeker than most other portable AC units found on this AlphaChooser list. In conjunction with its color, users also generally loved its compact form factor, with one of them mentioning that this model's footprint of 13 x 15 inches is among the smallest out there, that is, as far as portable units rated at 10000 BTU go . Its features include a typical washable pre-filter, a replaceable carbon filter, and three speed configurations. It also comes with a remote control that can be kept inside a dedicate compartment on one of its edges.
For one user, the AP10002BL is not as portable as they had hoped, since it has a 4-feet exhaust vent requirement -- needless to say, it may be a little tricky to setup in an RV. A couple of other users also noted that it is not as power-efficient as some other portable AC units, since it tripled their electricity bills. Another buyer cautioned that its exhaust hose tends to heat up a lot, although it did not seem to slow down its cooling performance.
On the flip side, many users agree that the AP10002BL, which, by the way, has an average user rating of (rating temporarily unavailable) stars, cools rooms as intended, with a certain buyer reporting a drop from 95 degrees Fahrenheit down to a comfortable 76 degrees. Also, while a few users complained about its operational noise (Some talk about fans that make constant grinding noises), the majority of others attest that, for a 10000 BTU model, it operates rather quietly.
All said, AlphaChooser's shopping algorithm, which scoured our sources and analyzed a total of 23765 reviews for AC units that fall into this category, concludes that the EdgeStar AP10002BL is not a particularly impressive portable AC, since there are several better ones (in terms of review scores) listed here.
Width: 13.37 inches
Height: 30.68 inches
Width: 19.25 inches
Height: 24.75 inches
Width: 19 inches
Height: 35.5 inches
Width: 18.39 inches
Height: 30.12 inches
Height: 29.61 inches
LG's LP1013WNR is a 10000-BTU portable air conditioner that comes with most of the essential features that users usually look for in AC units of its kind. These include a 24-hour on/off timer, multiple fan speeds, and an auto-evaporation system. LG also throws a remote control in the package. With an aggregated user rating of (rating temporarily unavailable) stars when we, at AlphaChooser, were checking it out, the LP1013WNR received a lot of praise for its more-than-decent cooling performance -- one user even wrote that their room is now too cold, obviously meaning it as a compliment. Another happy buyer says that it cools their 400-square-feet room rather nicely, even though it is a bit over the 300-square-feet cooling coverage usually promised by most portable 10000-BTU ACs. A couple of other things that some of its reviewers (we relied on of 'em) loved are its easy-to-clean filter and clean design concept. One particular buyer says that it looks nice and is easy to wheel around the house, although another user feels that it takes up more room than you would expect for a portable air conditioner.
Operational noise seems to be a hot debate for the BPACT14WT (as is the case with many other portable ACs), with a few disgruntled buyers saying that it is miserably loud and some enthusiastic users saying that it's quiet enough so as not to drown out conversations or prompt you to turn the TV audio up. Another complaint, although evidently an isolated one, since we did not find any similar anecdote at the time of writing, involves a unit with a faulty self-evaporation system that leaked water all over the carpet.
All-in-all, our shopping algorithm, which examined a grand total of 23765 reviews for portable air conditioners across our sources, ascertains that the Black + Decker BPACT14WT is only a passable choice at best, at least when compared to the better-reviewed ones that place higher on this list.
Width: 17.03 inches
Height: 31.28 inches
Promising to cool rooms of around 550-700 square feet, the Honeywell MM14CCS is a 14000-BTU-rated portable air conditioner. Unlike most others in this AlphaChooser category, it does away with a classic White finish and instead dons a Black-Silver colorway, which, for many of its buyers, makes it prettier and sleeker than most tantamount models from competing brands. This (rating temporarily unavailable)-star model comes with a standard auto-evaporation system, a washable dust filter, and a built-in dehumidifier function with a claimed dehumidifying rate of 111.6-pints-per-day (which is more than most householf dehumidifiers!). It also offers three speed configurations, a sleep mode, and a full-function remote control.
Apart from its attractive design, users generally found its actual cooling performance to be more than satisfactory, with one of them saying that it manages to cool a 24 x 11 feet room as well as its adjacent spaces easily, which is not often said about portable ACs. Some users also loved the fact that its hose, as one of them puts it, locks in great -- complaints about flimsy drain hose setups are one of the most common ones for portable AC units, second only to noise.
Speaking of noise, some critical reviewers say that while it cools just fine, its operational buzz sounds like that of a dryer and it vibrates incessantly. Most other buyers see the glass as half full, though, saying that its cooling capacity easily makes up for the noise. After all, a quiet AC does not exist, and if one did, we're pretty sure it won't be a portable 14000-BTU model.
So, with our review-crawling algorithm having weaved its way through a grand total of 23765 reviews for portable air conditioners, it's more than safe to say that the Honeywell MM14CCS is not quite up there in terms of aggregated user ratings, but don't fret, since better-reviewed ones are also presented on this AlphaChooser list.
Width: 19.92 inches
Height: 34.02 inches
Width: 15.63 inches
Height: 35 inches
Width: 13.75 inches
Height: 29.50 inches
Available in White, Black, and Black with a Silver accent, the Honeywell MN10CESWW is a portable AC unit whose 10000 BTU rating makes it fit for rooms within the 300-450 square feet range. Its key features include an auto-evaporate system that removes the need for emptying its water bucket manually, a standard washable dust filter, and a simple remote control that gives it a slight edge versus some other portable units featured here at AlphaChooser. This (rating temporarily unavailable)-star Honeywell model also comes with a built-in dehumidifier that pulls up to 80.1 pints of moisture daily, which one user described as outstanding, although rather overshadowed by its actual cooling performance .
Some other user anecdotes (It currently has reviews under its belt)) include one buyer saying that its performance makes it worth every penny spent, one calling it a good investment that does not blow up the electricity bills, and another noting that it is not as loud as some salty reviewers say, likening the noise to that of a typical box fan. While on the topic of noise level, another enthusiastic buyer describes the MN10CESWW as very quiet, even when the AC mode is cranking. Going back to its performance, several reviewers were pleased that this portable AC keeps the temperature levels within a comfortable range -- somewhere along the lines of 70-75 degrees Fahrenheit.
Some of the most critical reviews about this model mention that it is made of rather cheap components (Some units broke down within one year of purchase) and that its in-the-box window-mounting kit feels flimsy. We take these grievances with a grain of salt, though, since only 16 percent of its total review count were 1-star ratings as we were writing this -- a rather typical figure for portable air conditioners, in a world where we've yet to find perfection.
So, looking to our automated review crawler, which examined 23765 reviews for portable air conditioners, we can say that the Honeywell MN10CESWW is a passable choice, but make sure to check out the best-reviewed models listed here as well.
What we like in it:
- The auto-evaporate system that eliminates the water-emptying process and water-dripping.
Width: 14.76 inches
Height: 30.51 inches