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Here Are The Top 10 Best Portable Air Conditioners 2021

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, but this list does include regular AC units that are self-evaporative (no need for a drain)
  • 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.


The List:

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Alpha
Rank:
#1
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
High
Because of this portable air conditioner's overall ranking of 90%, we believe that the Black + Decker BPACT08WT is, as of now, Alphachooser's best portable air conditioner 2021. Furthermore, we think that our sample of 6659 reviews from our sources gives us a high confidence level (more on confidence levels) that justifies labelling it a "no-brainer best choice."

Black + Decker BPACT08WT

  • Remote control
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets
Alpha
Rank:
#2
Our
Score:
4.4
Confidence
Level:
Great
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 8413 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 4.5 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 144296 reviews for portable air conditioners, is not the absolute best, but it nonetheless deserves a spot among the top 10 units in this category, ending up as Alphachooser's second best portable air conditioner 2021.

Black + Decker BPACT12WT

  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Remote control
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets
Alpha
Rank:
#3
Our
Score:
4.4
Confidence
Level:
High

Black + Decker BPACT10WT

  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Remote control
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets
Alpha
Rank:
#4
Our
Score:
4.3
Confidence
Level:
Great

SereneLife SLACHT128

  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Remote control
  • With Built-in Heater
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets
Alpha
Rank:
#6
Our
Score:
4.3
Confidence
Level:
High

SereneLife SLPAC105W

  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Wi-Fi Enabled
  • Remote control
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets
Alpha
Rank:
#7
Our
Score:
4.3
Confidence
Level:
High

SereneLife SLPAC12.5 Portable Room Air Conditioner

  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Remote control
Alpha
Rank:
#9
Our
Score:
4.3
Confidence
Level:
High

SereneLife SLACHT108

  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Remote control
  • With Built-in Heater
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets
Alpha
Rank:
#10
Our
Score:
4.3
Confidence
Level:
Great

Whynter ARC-14S 14000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner

  • Dual-hose
  • Remote control

CCH YPL3-10C Portable Room Air Conditioner

  • Self-evaporative drainage
  • Drain Condensate Evacuation
  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Remote control

More portable air conditioners, sorted by the latest model first:

DeLonghi PACEX390LVYN

  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Remote control
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

Tosot GPC05AK-A3NNA2B Portable AC Unit

  • Self-evaporative drainage
  • Drain Condensate Evacuation
  • Remote control
  • Dehumidification Mode
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

Keystone KSTAP13MAC Portable Air Conditioner

  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Remote control
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

Keystone KSTAP08MAC

  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Remote control
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

Haier QPSA13YZMW Portable AC Unit

  • Self-evaporative drainage
  • Drain Condensate Evacuation
  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Energy Star Compliant
  • Remote control
  • With Built-in Heater
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

Haier QPCA12YZMW Portable AC

  • Drain Condensate Evacuation
  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Energy Star Compliant
  • Remote control
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

Haier QPCA10YZMW Portable AC

  • Self-evaporative drainage
  • Drain Condensate Evacuation
  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Energy Star Compliant
  • Remote control
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

Midea MAP08R1CWT

  • Drain Condensate Evacuation
  • Remote control
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

Haier QPCA09YZMW

  • Self-evaporative drainage
  • Drain Condensate Evacuation
  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Energy Star Compliant
  • Remote control
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

Haier QPWA14YZMW

  • Self-evaporative drainage
  • Drain Condensate Evacuation
  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Energy Star Compliant
  • Wi-Fi Enabled
  • Remote control
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

GE AHY08LZ

  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Wi-Fi Enabled
  • Remote control
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

Avenger JHS-AO18-10KR

  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Remote control
  • Dehumidification Mode
  • With Built-in Heater
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

AireMax APO108C

  • Self-evaporative drainage
  • Drain Condensate Evacuation
  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Remote control
  • Dehumidification Mode
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

AireMax APO110C

  • Self-evaporative drainage
  • Drain Condensate Evacuation
  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Remote control
  • Dehumidification Mode
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

AireMax APA112C

  • Self-evaporative drainage
  • Drain Condensate Evacuation
  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Remote control
  • Dehumidification Mode
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

DeLonghi Pinguino PACEL276HGRFK

  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Wi-Fi Enabled
  • Alexa-compatible
  • Remote control

Costway EP24041

  • Self-evaporative drainage
  • Drain Condensate Evacuation
  • Remote control
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

Friedrich ZoneAire P10SA

  • Energy Star Compliant
  • Remote control
  • With Built-in Heater
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

Friedrich ZoneAire P12SA

  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Energy Star Compliant
  • Remote control
  • With Built-in Heater
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

Perfect Aire PORT8000A

  • Drain Condensate Evacuation
  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Energy Star Compliant
  • Remote control

Perfect Aire PORT12000A

  • Drain Condensate Evacuation
  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Energy Star Compliant
  • Remote control

Frigidaire EC100WF

  • Self-evaporative drainage
  • Remote control
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

SPT WA-1484E1

  • Self-evaporative drainage
  • Drain Condensate Evacuation
  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Energy Star Compliant
  • Remote control
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

Midea MPF10CR81-E

  • Drain Condensate Evacuation
  • Energy Star Compliant
  • Remote control
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

Colzer 3202A

  • Drain Condensate Evacuation
  • Energy Star Compliant
  • Remote control
  • Dehumidification Mode
  • With Built-in Heater
  • Removable Water Tank
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

Shinco SPF2-12C

  • Self-evaporative drainage
  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Remote control
  • Dehumidification Mode

Koldfront PAC10013CBL

  • Self-evaporative drainage
  • Drain Condensate Evacuation
  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Remote control
  • Dehumidification Mode
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

Shinco SPF2-08C

  • Self-evaporative drainage
  • Remote control
  • Dehumidification Mode
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

SPT WA-P841E

  • Self-evaporative drainage
  • Drain Condensate Evacuation
  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Remote control
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

SoleusAir PMX-10-01

  • Drain Condensate Evacuation
  • Remote control
  • Dehumidification Mode
  • Removable Water Tank
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

Della 048-GM-48384

  • Self-evaporative drainage
  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Remote control
  • Dehumidification Mode
  • With Built-in Heater

SoleusAir PSC-14HP-01

  • Drain Condensate Evacuation
  • Remote control
  • Dehumidification Mode
  • With Built-in Heater
  • Removable Water Tank
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

SPT WA-P951E

  • Self-evaporative drainage
  • Drain Condensate Evacuation
  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Energy Star Compliant
  • Remote control
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

Whynter ARC-102CS

  • Drain Condensate Evacuation
  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Remote control
  • Dehumidification Mode
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

Frigidaire FFPA0822U1

  • Energy Star Compliant
  • Remote control
  • Anti-bacterial Filter
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

Quilo QP112WK

  • Self-evaporative drainage
  • Drain Condensate Evacuation
  • Remote control
  • Dehumidification Mode
  • Removable Water Tank

SPT WA-1288E

  • Self-evaporative drainage
  • Drain Condensate Evacuation
  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Energy Star Compliant
  • Remote control
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

Emerson EAPC10RD1

  • Self-evaporative drainage
  • Drain Condensate Evacuation
  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Energy Star Compliant
  • Remote control
  • Dehumidification Mode
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

Whynter ARC-126MDB

  • Dual-hose
  • Drain Condensate Evacuation
  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Remote control
  • Dehumidification Mode
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

Keystone KSTAP06D

  • Self-evaporative drainage
  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Remote control
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

LG LP1217GSR

  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Remote control
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

EdgeStar AP14003W

  • Self-evaporative drainage
  • Drain Condensate Evacuation
  • Remote control
  • Dehumidification Mode
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

Haier HPP10XCT

  • Self-evaporative drainage
  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Remote control
  • Dehumidification Mode
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

Amana AMAP101AW

  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Energy Star Compliant
  • Remote control
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

SPT WA-1240AE

  • Self-evaporative drainage
  • Drain Condensate Evacuation
  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Energy Star Compliant
  • Remote control
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets
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 144296 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.

Whynter ARC-122DS

  • Dual-hose
  • Remote control
  • Dehumidification Mode
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

Tosot TPAC10C

  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Energy Star Compliant
  • Remote control
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

Haier HPC12XCR

  • Self-evaporative drainage
  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Remote control
  • Dehumidification Mode
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

Arctic Wind AP12018

  • Self-evaporative drainage
  • Drain Condensate Evacuation
  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Dehumidification Mode

Haier HPC12XHR

  • Self-evaporative drainage
  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Remote control
  • Dehumidification Mode
  • With Built-in Heater
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets
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 144296 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.

Black + Decker BPACT14WT

  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Remote control
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

TCL TAC-12CPA/HA

  • Self-evaporative drainage
  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Energy Star Compliant
  • Remote control
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

Whynter ARC-101CW

  • Drain Condensate Evacuation
  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Remote control
  • Dehumidification Mode
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

Whynter ARC-148MHP

  • Self-evaporative drainage
  • Drain Condensate Evacuation
  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Remote control
  • Dehumidification Mode
  • With Built-in Heater
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

Whynter ARC-148MS

  • Self-evaporative drainage
  • Drain Condensate Evacuation
  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Remote control
  • Dehumidification Mode
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

NewAir AC-10100E

  • Self-evaporative drainage
  • Drain Condensate Evacuation
  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Energy Star Compliant
  • Remote control
  • Dehumidification Mode
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

SPT WA-1240H

  • Self-evaporative drainage
  • Drain Condensate Evacuation
  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Energy Star Compliant
  • Remote control
  • With Built-in Heater
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

Whynter ARC-110WD

  • Self-evaporative drainage
  • Dual-hose
  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Remote control
  • Dehumidification Mode
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

Danby DPA120HB1WDB

  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Remote control
  • Dehumidification Mode
  • With Built-in Heater
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

NewAir AC-14100E

  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Energy Star Compliant
  • Remote control
  • Dehumidification Mode
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

LG LP1419IVSM

  • Self-evaporative drainage
  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Wi-Fi Enabled
  • Alexa-compatible
  • Remote control
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

Whynter ARC-12SD 12000 BTU

  • Dual-hose
  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Remote control
  • Dehumidification Mode
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

Whynter ARC-14SH

  • Dual-hose
  • Drain Condensate Evacuation
  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Remote control
  • Dehumidification Mode
  • With Built-in Heater
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

Whynter ARC-12SDH

  • Dual-hose
  • Drain Condensate Evacuation
  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Remote control
  • Dehumidification Mode
  • With Built-in Heater
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

Friedrich ZoneAire PH14B

  • Self-evaporative drainage
  • Dual-hose
  • Energy Star Compliant
  • With Built-in Heater
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

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