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Here Are The Top 10 Best Portable Air Conditioners 2020

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:
Great
Because of this portable air conditioner's overall ranking of 90%, we believe that the LG LP1018WNR is, as of now, Alphachooser's best portable air conditioner 2020. Furthermore, we think that our sample of 5140 reviews from our sources gives us a high confidence level (more on confidence levels) that justifies labelling it a "no-brainer best choice."

LG LP1018WNR

  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Remote control
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets
Alpha
Rank:
#2
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
Good
Because of 4.5 stars derived from 975 reviews, here is second best portable air conditioner. * By the way, this list is based on a full aggregation of hundreds of portable air conditioner reviews from across the web.

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
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Alpha
Rank:
#3
Our
Score:
4.4
Confidence
Level:
Good

Frigidaire FFPA1422R1

  • Energy Star Compliant
  • Remote control
  • Anti-bacterial Filter
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets
Alpha
Rank:
#4
Our
Score:
4.3
Confidence
Level:
High

Frigidaire FFPA0822U1

  • Energy Star Compliant
  • Remote control
  • Anti-bacterial Filter
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets
Alpha
Rank:
#6
Our
Score:
3.9
Confidence
Level:
High

Black + Decker BPACT10WT

  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Remote control
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets
Alpha
Rank:
#7
Our
Score:
4.2
Confidence
Level:
Good

Amana AMAP101AW Portable Room Air Conditioner

  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Energy Star Compliant
  • Remote control
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets
Alpha
Rank:
#10
Our
Score:
3.9
Confidence
Level:
High

Black + Decker BPACT08WT Portable Air Conditioner

  • Remote control
  • 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

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

Koldfront PACI14020HGY

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

SereneLife SLACHT128

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

SereneLife SLACHT108 Portable Air Conditioner

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

Midea MAP08S1BWT Portable Room Air Conditioner

  • Drain Condensate Evacuation
  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Wi-Fi Enabled
  • Alexa-compatible
  • Remote control
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Friedrich ZoneAire P10SA Portable AC

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

Friedrich ZoneAire ZHP14DA Portable AC Unit

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

KUPPET YDL001-10C Portable AC Unit

  • Remote control
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

Commercial Cool CCPACA14HW6C

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

Shinco SPS5-08C

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

Midea MPF14CR81-E

  • Drain Condensate Evacuation
  • 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

Shinco SPS5-12C

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

Shinco SPF2-12C

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

Midea MPF08CR81-E

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

RolliCool COOL310-19

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

Shinco SPS5-10C

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

Koldfront PACI12020HSV

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

Shinco SPS5-14H

  • Self-evaporative drainage
  • Drain Condensate Evacuation
  • Remote control
  • Dehumidification Mode
  • With Built-in Heater

Koldfront PACI14020CGY

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

Hunter HPAC-12C150

  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Energy Star Compliant
  • Remote control

JHS A018-14KR

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

Rosewill RHPA-18001

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

SPT WA-P841E

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

Costway Portable 10000-BTU

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

Rosewill RHPA-18002

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

Della 048-TL-PAC10K

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

JHS A016-10KR/B1

  • Self-evaporative drainage
  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Energy Star Compliant
  • Wi-Fi Enabled
  • Remote control
  • Dehumidification Mode

LG LP0818WNR

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

Emerson EAPE14RD1

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

Rollibot COOL100H

  • Drain Condensate Evacuation
  • Wi-Fi Enabled
  • Alexa-compatible
  • Remote control
  • Dehumidification Mode

ClimateRight CR5000ACH

  • Dual-hose
  • Remote control
  • With Built-in Heater
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

SoleusAir PMX-10-01

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

SoleusAir PMX-08-01

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

Midea MPF12CR81-E

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

Della 048-GM-48384

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

Della 048-GM-48382

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

LG LP1417WSRSM

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

Della 048-GM-48383

  • Drain Condensate Evacuation
  • Remote control
  • Removable Water Tank

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

Black + Decker BPACT12HWT

  • Self-evaporative drainage
  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Remote control
  • With Built-in Heater
  • Removable Water Tank
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets
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 (rating temporarily unavailable) stars, has a total 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 80837 reviews for portable ACs and determined that the Honeywell MO08CESWB is a respectable choice, however, in terms of overall user review ratings, it's an average portable AC at best.

Honeywell MO08CESWB

  • Drain Condensate Evacuation
  • Remote control
  • Dehumidification Mode
  • Removable Water Tank

Danby DPA080BBUWDB

  • Drain Condensate Evacuation
  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Remote control

Danby DPA100EAUWDB

  • Drain Condensate Evacuation
  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Remote control

Quilo QP114WK

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

Frigidaire FFPA1222U1

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

Frigidaire FFPA1022U1

  • Window Mounting Kit
  • 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

Della 048-GM-48334

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

Ivation IVAPAC12KBTU

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

JHS A019-08KR/A

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

JHS A019-8KR

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

JHS A018-12KR

  • Self-evaporative drainage
  • Drain Condensate Evacuation
  • Energy Star Compliant
  • Remote control
  • Dehumidification Mode
  • Removable Water Tank
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

JHS A001-10KR

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

Ensue 99913

  • Self-evaporative drainage
  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Remote control
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets
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 80837 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.

Emerson Quiet Kool EAPC14RD1

  • Drain Condensate Evacuation
  • 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

Emerson EAPC12RD1

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

Frigidaire FGPC1244T1

  • Energy Star Compliant
  • Wi-Fi Enabled
  • Alexa-compatible
  • Remote control
  • Anti-bacterial Filter

Emerson Quiet Kool EAPC8RD1

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

LG LP1417GSR

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

LG LP1217GSR

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

LG LP1417SHR

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

LG LP1017WSR

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

ClimateRight CR10000ACH

  • Dual-hose
  • Remote control
  • With Built-in Heater
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

Amana AMAP121AD

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

Koldfront PAC1402W

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

Koldfront PAC802W

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

SPT WA-1351DE

  • Self-evaporative drainage
  • Dual-hose
  • Drain Condensate Evacuation
  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Remote control
Japanese brand Toyotomi's TAD-T40LW model is a portable air conditioner that boasts a high 14000 BTU rating, which is one of the highest in this particular category. Aside from its cooling capability, this (rating temporarily unavailable)-star unit also features a heat pump rated at 11000 BTU, essentially making it fit for both summer and winter seasons -- a key facet that most of its reviewers praised, not to mention one that separates it from the cooling-only portable ACs found here on AlphaChooser. It features an auto-evaporation system claiming to remove most of the condensate that it generates while running. Also, the TAD-T40LW operates on a dual-hose system, which, according to user reviews , enables it to cool and clean the air more effectively than competitors with single-hose setups.

While a lot of its verified buyers are satisfied with its actual cooling/heating performance, some unhappy buyers hit it with 1-star ratings, mostly because it's apparently, as one user puts it, crazy loud -- noise is a common issue among portable ACs and ACs in general, for that matter. Some other users, however, see that glass as half full, saying that, although they wish that it ran quieter, this Toyotomi model achieves comfortable temperature levels with ease. One particular unhappy buyer says that it made the air smell like mildew after running for several hours, while some enthusiastic users praised it for its relatively light body and accompanying remote control, the latter being a nice bonus, coming from an AC that you can easily wheel around the house.

So, with our shopping algorithm having weaved its way through a grand total of 80837 reviews for air conditioners of this kind (including the aforementioned user anecdotes), the Toyotomi TAD-T40LW ends up as an interesting choice, but it's not exactly a noteworthy model, as far as portable ACs go.

Toyotomi TAD-T40LW

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

Whirlpool WHAP142AW

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

Amana AMAP081AW

  • 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 80837 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

Senville SENP/14

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

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