Best Portable Air Conditioner Review 2019.
Staying cool in the summer can be an expensive luxury, but it doesn’t have to be!
To help you with your search, here are the best rated portable air conditioners. They are affordable + offer new features for 2019.
Portable AC ratings:
#1.) Whynter ARC-14SH Portable AC
#2.) Honeywell Contempo Air Conditioner
#3.) Shinco Portable Air Conditioner
#4.) DeLonghi Pinguino Air Conditioner
#5.) JHS Portable Air Conditioner
#6.) Frigidaire Portable Air Conditioning Unit
#7.) Costway Portable Air Conditioner Reviews
#8.) Honeywell Portable Air Conditioner
#9.) DeLonghi Portable AC Unit
#10.) Quilo Portable Air Conditioner
** FYI: links go to Amazon (had lowest AC prices)
✅ Top #1 Pick: Whynter ARC-14S Review
The Whynter ARC-14S Portable AC comes w/ a heat pump — use it all year-round!
It’s very popular online because of its energy efficiency, meaning you’ll save money month-over-month.
Units: ARC-14S / ARC-14SH
AC Power: 14,000 BTU
Room size: 400 – 550 sq. ft.
Also very quiet for a portable air conditioner at 56 decibels. Both models are good for homes with high ceilings or open layouts.
Many buyers say they are the best portable air conditioners for large rooms.
Using the remote control you can easily adjust the temp — simply select your desired temp and let the Whynter AC do the rest!
Temperature: 61°F – 89°F
Simply set your desired temp and let the AC do the rest!
Expensive, but lots of positive reviews and a top seller.
The Honeywell Contempo AC was a top seller last year and was expanded for 2019.
Buyers love its quiet operation — extremely quiet when you’re trying to sleep.
Noise Level (dB): 47 – 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.
Even on “high” it’s still relatively quiet compared to a window unit or mini split system.
It’s currently offered in 4 BTU sizes:
|Honeywell Contempo||Power||Room Size|
|HL09CESWK||9000 BTU||up to 400 sq. ft.|
|HL10CESWK||10000 BTU||350 – 450 sq. ft.|
|HL12CESWK||12000 BTU||450 – 550 sq. ft.|
|HL14CESWK||14000 BTU||550 – 700 sq. ft.|
Also comes w/ an energy-saving sleep mode so you can set it before bed — or use the remote control for changing speeds.
Lots of positive reviews and ratings.
The 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.
Shinco AC: 12,000 BTU
Room size: 400 – 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: 8,000 BTU (200 – 350 sq. ft.)
Shinco SPF2-10C: 10,000 BTU (300 – 450 sq. ft.)
Shinco SPF2-12C: 12,000 BTU (400 – 550 sq. ft.)
All have the same features, but different ac motors.
Lots of good reviews from buyers + affordable price.
The Delonghi PACN135EC is the most popular Pinguino model this year.
It’s a bit expensive, but as a portable air conditioner it offers powerful cooling and quiet operation — similar size units are much louder than the PACN135EC.
Power: 6800 BTU
Room size: 400 – 550 sq. ft.
As a 3-in-1 portable AC you can choose air conditioning, dehumidify, and fan mode.
Delonghi PACN135EC includes a unique “combo mode” — it runs the air conditioner and dehumidifier together, giving you the ideal temperature and humidity level.
Dehumidifier: 11 gallons (daily)
Buyers confirm that it operates quietly, making it perfect for bedrooms (light sleepers will love it!).
no-drip technology, 12 hour timer, eco-friendly refrigerant, fast cooling
Lots of positive reviews from buyers.
JHS portable air conditioner is this year’s top new model.
They offer four models, all of which are best sellers and have lots of positive buyer reviews.
– 8,000 BTU (200 sq. ft.)
– 10,000 BTU (300 sq. ft.)
– 12,000 BTU (400 sq. ft.)
– 14,000 BTU (500 sq. ft.)
Even though it’s fairly new, it’s already gotten excellent buyer reviews.
Many 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 Frigidaire portable air conditioner are high-powered, compact units.
Multiple BTU sizes available.
|Frigidaire Portable AC||Power||Room Size||Noise Level (dB)|
|FFPA0822U1||8,000 BTU||350 sq. ft.||≤ 51 decibels|
|FFPA1022U1||10,000 BTU||450 sq. ft.||≤ 51 decibels|
|FFPA1222U1||12,000 BTU||550 sq. ft.||≤ 51 decibels|
|FFPA1422U1||14,000 BTU||700 sq. ft.||≤ 52 decibels|
It’s a little more expensive than other ac units, but includes high-end features + top buyer reviews.
Most of all, the Frigidaire AC maintains a consistent temp and remains energy efficient.
Using the remote control, you can set your desired temp and it will automatically adjust its speed to reach it. Other ACs let you adjust the speeds only.
** Also read Sarah’s Top Portable ACs for 2019
The built-in dehumidifier is high-performing as well — removes 3.8 pints/hr (80-90 pints/day)
It also includes an air purifier function — while circulating air, the Frigidaire AC uses an antibacterial filter to remove odors, dust + airborne pollutants.
Tons of positive buyer reviews!
This Costway portable air conditioner is an upgraded model from 2018.
It’s offered in 8,000 or 10,000 BTU — quickly cools rooms of 161 sq. ft. (62℉ – 86℉)
Using the remote control you can set the room temp, switch to dehumidifier (50 pints daily) or 4 fan speeds.
Downside is its lower output — it’s good for smaller rooms or complimentary ac for larger rooms.
Included features: washable filters, no-drip design & window install kit kit
Costway portable ac has good reviews + very affordable price.
One of the newest additions to Honeywell’s family of Portable ACs (there’s 3 on my list) is the Honeywell Compact Portable Air Conditioner.
It weighs only 43 pounds, making it one of the lightest portable acs on the market.
There’s a few models, but the 10,000 BTU appears to be the most popular — it quickly cools areas up to 350 sq. ft.
Buyers love the sleep mode function — it keeps operation noise below 53 decibels and maintains temp 70 – 77°.
Honeywell Compact Portable AC is the perfect solution for light sleepers.
Install is also easy and takes only 10 to 15 mins.
Best of all it has an affordable price and lots of good buyer reviews.
The DeLonghi 14,000 BTU is the most powerful AC on my list (and the most expensive).
It comes w/ Bio-Silver Filter that circulates airflow to reduce mildew, mold, or odors.
Power: 14,000 BTU
Room size: 600 sq. ft.
Even though it weighs 72 pounds, it’s very portable w/ castor wheels for easy mobility.
Also comes w/ “No Drip” function which lessens condensation and helps avoid leaks.
User-friendly controls come w/ adjustable thermostat + 3 fan speeds.
You can also change temperature using the remote control — ideal for bedrooms.
The Quilo portable air conditioner is for larger rooms (although it is offered in multiple sizes).
After reading online reviews, the Quilo 12,000 BTU is a good choice for cooling spaces up to 550 sq. ft.
Quilo QP112WK portable air conditioner comes w/ 3 speeds + built-in dehumidifier.
Powerful AC unit for larger rooms, high ceilings, or open layouts.
Remote control lets you adjust room temps, 61°F – 89°F
It comes with a medium price tag.
Notable #1 — Black and Decker Portable AC
The Black & Decker Portable AC was a top seller last year.
Since there’s 6 power options, I personally would choose the 10,000 BTU — it’s more versatile and can be used for mostly any residential scenario.
AC Power: 10,000 BTU
Room Size: 200 – 300 sq. ft.
Another plus is the reusable filter, which is easily removed and easy to clean.
It’s also extremely quiet at 55 db noise level.
The Black+Decker portable air conditioners are another good option for bedrooms or home offices.
Includes functional remote control for adjusting:
toggle speed/power settings, set room temp, changing mode of operation, 24-hour timer
Solid alternative if you can afford a slightly higher price tag.
** Lily’s full review of Black+Decker Portable Air Conditioner
Notable #2 — Honeywell Portable AC Review
Honeywell Portable Air Conditioner (model # MN12CES) comes w/ flexible exhaust hose + window venting kit .
Even though it’s a DIY air conditioning unit, it’s fairly easy to install (confirmed by buyers)
Features like drain alert, remote control + auto evaporation feature make the Honeywell Portable AC easy to use.
Fairly powerful at 12,000 BTUs, it can cool rooms of 550 sq. ft.
** Read Zivana’s full review of the Honeywell Portable AC + Dehumidifier
- Capacity: rooms up to 550 sq. ft.
- Cooling capacity: 12,000 BTU
- Dehumidifier: 80 pints (per 24-hrs)
- Remote control + 3 fan speeds
- Automatic evaporation system
- Little more noise than others on our list
Notable #3 — Ivation Portable Air Conditioner
If you want to cool your home with the highest efficiency, the Ivation AC is a solid choice.
As one of the most affordable ACs on the market and still as powerful as more expensive portable ACs.
The 10,000 BTU Ivation Portable AC cools rooms of 400 sq. ft. and allows you to adjust the temp.
Using the remote control room temp: 62°F (17°C) – 86°F (30°C)
What makes this AC different is the 5 cooling modes which easily cover most rooms in your home. Cooling speeds include: cool, fan, dry, auto, or sleep
- Capacity: up to 400 sq. ft.
- Size options: 3
- 8,000 BTU ; 10,000 BTU ; 12,000 BTU
- Dehumidifier: 61 pints (per 24-hrs)
- Remote control functionality
- 5 different cooling modes
- Affordable model
- Little noisier
Notable #4 — Emerson Quiet Kool Portable AC
** Strong reviews online – reviews note how smooth and quiet it runs
One of the pros of this AC is the powerful, but it’s noise level – very quiet making it perfect for bedrooms.
At 14,000 BTU it can cover 350 square feet + comes w/ dehumidifier feature for removing air moisture.
Remote control functionality — control fan speed, room temp + sleep timer
- Capacity: rooms up to 350 sq. ft.
- Cooling power: 14,000 BTU power
- Temp range: 62°F – 86°F
- Remote control + 3 fan speeds
- 24-hour sleep mode and timer
- Dehumidifier function
- Fairly expensive
Notable #5 — DeLonghi Pinguino Portable Air Conditioner
This DeLonghi Pinguino is a more budget-friendly portable air conditioner.
Designed with a powerful AC motor, it offers fast cooling and quiet operation.
Power: 13000 BTU AC
Areas: 550 square feet
Also includes 4-in-1 functionality:
cooling, dehumidifying, fan, and heat mode.
Like the 14000 BTU, it comes w/ advanced heat pump for winter.
Also very quiet operation, making it perfect for bedrooms!
Notable #6 — DeLonghi PACC100EC Review
The PACC100EC is a DeLonghi 400 sq. ft. portable air conditioner.
As a 10,000 BTU unit it offers fast cooling and quiet operation for medium size rooms.
As a dehumidifier, it removes 49-76 pints of water per day.
Includes a 24-hour ON / OFF timer with remote control.
Other features: 3 fan speeds, washable filters + no-drip technology
Notable #7 — Frigidaire Portable Air Conditioner
The Frigidaire 12,000 BTU portable ac includes an auto restart function — it seems like a basic feature, but it saves energy up to 30% (and helps decrease your energy bill)
Includes 3 cooling speeds + 3 fan speeds.
There’s also a dehumidifier function which removes up to 3.10 pints of air moisture (per hour).
Includes auto oscillation feature which circulates cool air evenly throughout 550 sq. ft. rooms.
Also comes w/ remote control and 24 hour timer (for bedrooms)