Best Portable Air Conditioner Review 2019.
Portable AC units:
#1.) JHS WiFi Portable AC Review
#2.) Honeywell Contempo Portable AC
#3.) Black & Decker Portable AC
#4.) JHS Portable Air Conditioner
#5.) DeLonghi Pinguino Portable AC
#6.) Shinco SPF2-12C Review
#7.) Colzer Portable Air Conditioner
#8.) Costway Portable Air Conditioner
#9.) LG Portable Air Conditioner
#10.) Costway 10K BTU Portable AC
#11.) Honeywell Portable Air Conditioner
#12.) Shinco Portable Air Conditioner
* FYI: links go to Amazon (had the best prices for ACs)
✅ Top #1 Pick: JHS WiFi Portable AC Review
The JHS 10K BTU is one of the first “smart” portable ac units.
It’s a 3-in-1 portable air conditioner that connects to your home WiFi — control it w/ the mobile app!
Rooms: 300 sq. ft.
Using the mobile app you can control:
- ON/OFF (turn off if you forget!)
- Select exact room temp
- Increase/decrease power
- Change mode (fan or dehumidifier)
- Switch to sleep mode
You can also connect it with Amazon Alexa or Google Home for voice controls.
Buyers love the voice commands and say it’s even more convenient than using the mobile app — especially if using as a bedroom portable ac!
The JHS WiFi air conditioner also includes new features such as no-drip design, water-full notification (for dehumidifier) and auto-evaporation system.
Very affordable w/ very good buyer reviews.
Honeywell Contempo was a top seller in 2018.
This year Honeywell decided to expand the Contempo series by adding more sizes + features.
- HL10CESWK: 10K BTU (350 – 450 sq. ft.)
- HL12CESWK: 12K BTU (450 – 550 sq. ft.)
- HL14CESWK: 14K BTU (550 – 700 sq. ft.)
Buyers love its quiet operation — extremely quiet when you’re trying to sleep.
Installation: 10-15 mins (approx.)
Noise Level: 49 – 52 decibels.
If you’re a light sleeper, the Honeywell Contempo Portable AC is perfect for you!
Portable AC comes w/ dual motor and offers 3 speeds — the new sleep mode is great for keeping noise 49-50 dBs (and save on electricity!).
Mixed buyer reviews, but 2019 models have very good buyer reviews.
Black & Decker 10K BTU is a very popular 3-in-1 unit.
The 10000 BTU portable AC quickly cools rooms up to 250 sq. ft.
Rooms: 20 x 20 ft.
It was a top seller last year — Black & Decker recently expanded the line to include more sizes.
- BPACT08WT: 8000 BTU (150 sq. ft.)
- BPACT10WT: 10000 BTU (250 sq. ft.)
- BPACT12WT: 12000 BTU (300 sq. ft.)
- BPACT14WT: 14000 BTU (350 sq. ft.)
Buyers love its powerful cooling + affordable price. It uses vertical air motion for consistent cooling throughout a room.
Using the remote control you can adjust to the temp you want.
powerful dehumidifier, auto-evaporation system, easy install
Very affordable models.
The JHS portable air conditioner is a new release, but is trending to be a top 5 seller this year.
It’s available in two sizes:
- A018-12KR/C: 12K BTU (400 sq. ft.)
- A018-14KR/C: 14K BTU (500 sq. ft.)
Buyers love it’s fast cooling speed (only 15-30 mins) + easy installation.
Portable AC includes a built-in dehumidifier which removes 55-65 pints of air moisture daily (depending unit size).
You’ll also love the adjustable thermostat — set your desired temp (61°F – 88°F) using the digital panel or remote control.
Lots of buyers say it’s great as a bedroom AC since it’s relatively quiet (54 dBs).
The Delonghi Pinguino is perfect for medium size rooms.
It’s designed with whisper-quiet technology and reduces noise nearly 50% — buyers say it’s one of the best portable air conditioners for light sleepers.
Power: 14,000 BTU
Rooms: 450 sq. ft.
Remote control includes adjustable temperature (instead of increasing/decreasing power). Buyers say it reaches desired temp quickly and maintains it throughout the day or night..
Also comes w/ specialized air filter which removes mildew, mold, and odors.
Dehumidifier features a “No Drip” function which lessens condensation + helps avoid leaks.
Expensive, but mostly positive user reviews.
The new Shinco SPF2-12C Air Conditioner is a newer model, but is trending to be the top seller this year.
As a compact ac unit, it’s very high-powered — perfect for cooling large areas up to 550 sq. ft.
Great option for homes with open-layouts or rooms w/ high ceilings.
Power: 12,000 BTU
Rooms: 300 – 550 sq. ft.
As a portable air conditioner, it operates quietly under 52 decibels — using the remote control you can set it for “sleep mode”.
Shinco air conditioners are avail in three sizes:
- Shinco SPF2-08C: 8K BTU (350 sq. ft.)
- Shinco SPF2-10C: 10K BTU (450 sq. ft.)
- Shinco SPF2-12C: 12K BTU (550 sq. ft.)
All have the same features, but different ac motors.
Lots of good reviews from buyers + affordable price.
The Colzer 14,000 BTU portable air conditioner is high-end, luxury unit.
Perfect for medium or large rooms, it quickly cools areas up to 500 sq. ft.
Noise level: < 56 dB (very quiet)
Dehumidifier: 160 pints daily (20 gal.)
Buyers confirm that it’s very fast — they feel a difference immediately and have their desired room temp within 10-mins.
As a 4-in-1 unit it offers:
cooling, dehumidifier, fan + heater (for winter)
The built-in dehumidifier is powerful as well — it can remove up to 160 pints of air moisture daily (up to 20 gallons per day!).
Colzer portable AC is a newer model, but offers a lot of features others don’t.
It also has lots of positive buyer reviews!
Costway offers multiple 10k BTU portable AC units, but this one is becoming the most popular.
Buyers love its compact size.
You also can’t see it in the image, but it has wheels on the bottom making it very portable.
Rooms: 200 – 300 sq. ft.
Noise level: <56 dBs
As a 10k BTU portable air conditioner, the Costway can cool rooms up to 300 sq. ft.
Smaller than most, but its compact size won’t take up much space — great for bedrooms, city apartments, or home offices.
Medium price w/ solid buyer rating.
The new LG portable ac units are high-powered and very affordable.
Best part is that it’s very low noise.
When you set on sleep mode, the noise won’t reach above 53 decibels — buyers say it’s practically silent compared to their previous model.
It’s offered in 3 sizes.
- LP0818WNR: 8k BTU (200 sq. ft.)
- LP1018WNR: 10k BTU (300 sq. ft.)
- LP1218WNR: 12k BTU (400 sq. ft.)
Each LG portable AC includes a smaller dehumidifier and multiple fan speeds.
As a newer model there’s not many reviews, but so far it’s gotten very good ratings.
Many love its affordable price.
This 10k BTU Costway AC is an upgrade from 2018 model.
It’s offered in 8,000 or 10,000 BTU — quickly cools rooms of 161 sq. ft. (62°F – 86°F)
Using the remote control you can set the room temp, switch to dehumidifier (50 pints per day) or 4 fan speeds.
Downside is its lower output — it’s good for smaller rooms or complimentary unit for larger rooms.
washable filters, no-drip design & easy installation kit
Costway portable ac has strong reviews + very affordable price.
The Honeywell Compact was another top seller in 2018 (because of its affordable price!).
There’s a few models available, but the 10,000 BTU appears to be the most popular.
Buyers say it’s very quick at cooling rooms up to 350 sq. ft.
Buyers love the sleep mode feature.
Honeywell Portable AC is able to keep noise below 53 dBs and maintains temp very well. It’s the perfect solution for light sleepers.
Noise: < 53 decibels
Temp: 70°F – 77°F
Buyers say it takes only 10-15 mins to install
Tons of happy buyers because of its affordable price + fast cooling.
The Shinco SPS5-14H is meant for large rooms (although smaller versions are available).
It was released just a few months ago and already is getting very good reviews from buyers.
As a portable air conditioner it offers 4-in-1 functionality:
air conditioner, dehumidifier, fan, heater (for winter)
Very powerful dehumidifier, it can remove up to 105 pints of moisture per day (10-12 gallons!)
Shinco offers their SPS5 unit in 4 sizes:
- SPS5-08C: 8K BTU (up to 200 sq. ft.)
- SPS5-10C: 10K BTU (up to 300 sq. ft.)
- SPS5-12C: 12K BTU (up to 400 sq. ft.)
- SPS5-14H: 14K BTU (up to 650 sq. ft.)
More expensive than others, but one of the best in terms of power.
If you have a large room, open layout, or high ceilings, I think the Shinco SPS5-14H is the one for you!
Notable #1 — Quilo Portable Air Conditioner
The Quilo portable AC flies under the radar, but is still a top recommendation.
It’s avail in comes in 3 sizes
- Quilo QP110WK: 10K BTU (450 sq. ft.)
- Quilo QP112WK: 12K BTU (550 sq. ft.)
- Quilo QP114WK: 14K BTU (700 sq. ft.)
After reading many buyer reviews, the Quilo 12,000 BTU is a good option for high ceiling or open layouts.
Remote control lets you set/change the room temps + speed. You can also activate the dehumidifier or fan.
Temp range: 61°F – 89°F
Quilo AC comes 95% preassembled — buyer say it takes only 10-15 mins.
Solid buyer reviews and medium price.
Notable #2 — Frigidaire Portable Air Conditioner
The Frigidaire portable air conditioners are compact, but extremely powerful.
It’s offered in 4 sizes (some include a heater):
- FFPA0822U1: 8K BTU
- FFPA1022U1: 10K BTU
- FFPA1222U1: 12K BTU
- FFPH1222U1: 12K BTU (w/ heater)
- FFPA1422U1: 14K BTU
- FFPH1422U1: 14K BTU (w/ heater)
One of the most expensive, but comes w/ high-end features + excellent reviews.
Portable AC maintains a consistent temp in an energy efficient way — using the remote control, set your desired temp and Frigidaire automatically adjusts for it.
Built-in dehumidifier is high-performing as well: removes 3.8 pints/hr (80-90 pints daily)
Also includes air purifier function — while circulating air, the Frigidaire portable AC uses an antibacterial filter to remove odors, dust + airborne pollutants.
Good reviews, but expensive price tag.