Portable Air Conditioner Reviews.
In the last 1-2 years portable air conditioning tech has produced quieter and more efficient cooling. Prices have also decreased (per BTU).
Today’s top models are high-powered, affordable cooling units. Some of the features you can expect include:
auto evaporation, dehumidify, adjustable temp, Wi-Fi mobile app control
Below is my list for the best portable air conditioners Canada for 2021.
Prices range from, $279 to $799.
- Danby Portable Air Conditioner Unit
- DeLonghi Portable Air Conditioner Unit
- Whynter Portable Air Conditioner
- De’Longhi Pinguino Portable AC Unit
- Black+Decker Portable Air Conditioners
- Honeywell Compact Air Conditioner
- Honeywell Contempo Air Conditioner
- Senville SENP/10 Air Conditioner
- DeLonghi Portable AC Units
- Frigidaire Portable Air Conditioner
The Best Portable Air Conditioners 2021
The Danby 12,000 BTU portable air conditioner is the best new model in 2021.
Also produced by TCL it’s designed for medium size rooms – it’s a true 3-in-1 unit with fast air conditioning, multiple fan speeds, and room dehumidifier.
Cooling: 12,000 BTU
Rooms: up to 450 sq. ft.
As a single hose unit it quickly cools and includes a powerful dehumidifier. The direct drain option removes up to 55 pints (per day).
Danby DPA120B6WDB-6 is the best portable air conditioner with a dehumidifier.
Super versatile option for homes or apartments!
Not many frills, but the Danby portable ac is a good, affordable option. (sizes occasionally sold out)
Positive buyer reviews online!
The DeLonghi 3-in-1 portable air conditioner was the top seller in Canada last year.
It uses whisper-quiet technology to reduce noise by nearly 50% — buyer reviews say it’s one of the best portable air conditioners for larger rooms & city apartments.
Cooling: 12000 BTU
Rooms: up to 450 sq. ft.
Using the remote control, you can adjust for the temp you want (instead of increasing/decreasing speed).
Buyers say DeLonghi portable ac is super fast to cool rooms!
Users also confirm that it’s able to maintain cooler temps all day long. Or switch it to a large-capacity dehumidifier, or whisper quiet mode (for night use).
Also comes w/ specialized air filters which circulates air-flow to remove mildew, mold, and odors.
Dehumidifier features a “No Drip” function that lessens condensation (helps avoid leaks).
Lots of good reviews, but very expensive.
The Whynter 14,000 BTU is the best portable air conditioner with dual hose.
It’s a super powerful model that quickly cools large rooms up to 500 sq. ft. ~ also an option to include heating (for winter)!
AC Cooling: 350-500 sq. ft.
Dehumidify: 101 pints per day
Whynter ARC-14S models are the best portable air conditioners for overall value.
They’re super energy efficient ~ using a self-evaporation system they use water condensation (from the dehumidifier) to cool the ac coils.
Whynter portable air conditioner consumes 20-30% less energy.
Buyers also love its quiet operation + adjustable temp settings. As a 14000 BTU portable air conditioner it’s good for bedrooms or entire 1-2 BR apartments.
Noise level (dBs): < 56 dB
Also includes a powerful, built-in dehumidifier w/ continuous drainage (for basements).
Dehumidifier: 100-pint (12.6 gal.)
Expensive, but it’s best portable air conditioner for energy efficiency.
Lots of happy buyer reviews!
The De’Longhi PACN110EC is the best portable air conditioner with 3-in-1 functionality.
Sleek w/ a stylish design, the De’Longhi PACN110EC is a fast cooling unit that’s super energy efficient and whisper-quiet.
Cooling: 11000 BTU/hr
Rooms: 400 sq. ft.
In terms of efficiency, it’s one of the newest DeLonghi Pinguino ECO models.
The De’Longhi PACN110EC is considered a “Silent” portable air conditioner because of its whisper-quiet technology.
Whisper quiet portable ac for bedrooms, home office or large room.
Perfect for cooling medium sized areas, it comes with a built-in thermostat. Using the remote control you can even set the exact room temp!
Buyers also love the new “Real Feel” function – it auto manages cooling for perfect room temp and relative humidity level.
De’Longhi PACN110EC air conditioner includes:
R290 refrigerant, user-friendly digital controls, 24 hour timer
For the price arguably the best portable air conditioner for medium rooms..
Black+Decker Portable AC is was voted the best portable air conditioner in 2021.
There’s a few models available, but the 10000 BTU is the most popular because of its versatility –– perfect size for bedrooms!
Cooling: 8000-14000 BTU
Buyers say that it cools rooms “rapidly” within 10-15 mins.
It uses vertical air-motion to disperse cold air quickly. This also helps it maintain cooler temps for long periods of time.
Remote control lets you set a desired temp (instead of increase/decrease power).
powerful dehumidifier, auto-evaporation system, easy install
Lots of positive reviews w/ affordable price.
The Honeywell Compact is another top seller from last year.
Buyers love that it’s super affordable, especially for its size — there’s a few models, but the 10,000 BTU appears to be the most popular.
Cooling: 8,000 BTU /10,000 BTU
Rooms: up to 350 sq. ft.
The built-in dehumidifier is able to remove up to 44 pints of moisture per day — not the largest on my list, but it should be enough for most homes.
It also is equipped w/ auto-evaporation system for good energy efficiency and lower noise.
Honeywell Compact AC keeps operation below 53 decibels.
Install: 10-15 mins
For light-sleepers looking for an an affordable unit, the Honeywell Compact is a good option.
The Honeywell Contempo AC was a top seller last year.
As a 3-in-1 unit it includes a powerful dehumidifier and adjustable temp settings (using the remote control).
Available in 4 sizes:
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Buyers love its quiet operation on the lower speed settings.
Honeywell added a new “sleep mode” function which can be activated w/ the remote control.
Noise level: < 52 decibels
Honeywell Contempo includes a dual motor and multiple speeds.
If you’re a light sleeper, the Honeywell Contempo AC is the one for you!
DeLonghi Pinguino is the best portable air conditioner for 350-450 sq. ft.
It’s a whisper-quiet model that’s designed to lower noise by 50% (compared to similar BTU units).
Cooling: 14,000 BTU
Rooms: 350 – 450 sq. ft.
Using the remote control you can set the actual room temp ~ it adjust cooling power to reach and maintain your desired temp!
Super easy maintenance for a portable ac unit!
DeLonghi Pinguino also comes w/ specialized air filter.
It quickly circulates room air up to 5x per hour and the filters remove dust, mildew, pollutants & odors.
Also includes a built-in dehumidifier.
The dehumidify mode is a nice added benefit humid regions (i.e. Montreal or Toronto)!
24 hour timer, “Real Feel” for ideal temp/humidity, sensor-touch panel, LED remote control
Lots of good reviews, but very expensive!
The Senville SENP/10 is one of the top new models in 2021.
Little expensive, but has some newer features and good buyer reviews. Few variations available.
Senville SENP/10: 10,000 BTU
Senville SENP/14: 14,000 BTU
AC Unit Pricing: Medium
It comes w/ new turbo function, giving it better speed and power than similar models — it’s one of the fastest cooling air conditioners on the market.
Includes a built-in dehumidifier w/ continuous drainage.
At max power it can remove up to 26 liters of moisture (per day).
Dehumidifier: 26.4 liters (7-gal)
Buyers love that it runs very quietly too.
You may hear a low-ambient noise, but the Senville SENP/10 portable air conditioner won’t go above 55 decibels.
Not many reviews, but trending to be a top seller in 2021.
Don’t be fooled by the its smaller, compact size — the Frigidaire portable air conditioners are more powerful than most on my list.
Frigidaire portable ac units are available in four sizes.
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The larger 12,000 and 14,000 BTU units are a little more expensive, but offer fast cooling for large rooms.
Most of all, buyers like that the Frigidaire AC maintains a consistent temp and remains energy efficient.
Using the remote control, you can choose your desired temp.
simply set the temp you want and let the AC do the rest!
Also includes an air pollutant filter — while circulating air, the Frigidaire AC uses an antibacterial filter to reduce odors, dust + pollutants.
Some mixed reviews but most are positive.
The 6 Best Portable Air Conditioner Canada 2020
Below is our review from the year before – many of the units on this list are still among the best portable air conditioner units in Canada 2021.
They may not be the newest models, but chances are that prices have lowered from their release in 2020.
FYI ~ Some portable air conditioners may be out of stock.
The De’Longhi 3-in-1 was the best portable air conditioner canada in 2019.
It is more expensive than others on my list, but as a portable air conditioner it offers fast, powerful cooling and quiet operation — similar BTU models are much louder.
Cooling: 11,000 BTU
Rooms: up to 350 sq. ft.
As a 3-in-1 portable ac unit you can choose air conditioning, dehumidify, and fan mode.
De’Longhi 3-in-1 portable air conditioner comes w/ a high-powered dehumidifier — removes up to 75 pints of air moisture.
Dehumidify: 10 gallons (per day)
FYI: Stand-alone dehumidifiers of this size can cost $150-250 (without the AC).
Buyers confirm that it operates quietly, making it perfect for bedrooms, especially light sleepers.
heater (for winter), fast install, no-drip function, 12-hr timer
Expensive, but lots of happy buyer reviews online.
The TCL 8,000 BTU is the best portable air conditioner under $400.
It’s designed for medium size rooms – a true 3-in-1 unit / air conditioning, fan mode, and room dehumidifier.
Cooling: 8000 BTU
Rooms: up to 350 sq. ft.
As a single hose portable air conditioner it quickly cools and comes w/ a powerful dehumidifier. Good for basements, the direct drain function removes up to 55 pints (per day).
TCL 8,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner is nearly identical to the Danby DPA080E2WDB-6.
For homes that don’t need a Wi-Fi function or Real Feel temp detection, the TCL 8000 BTU is a very good, affordable option – fast at cooling and quiet for night use.
Good buyer reviews online!
The Ivation portable air conditioner is an option for medium size rooms.
It is a 5-in-1 AC unit that delivers fast + effective cooling.
Cooling: 10000 BTU
Rooms: up to 400 sq. ft.
Ivation portable AC comes w/ a remote control that lets you adjust the temp from 62°F – 86°F.
Dehumidifier is able to remove 61 pints per day + drain alert (letting you know when to empty the water bin).
Buyers confirm it quietly cools rooms – good option as a portable air conditioner for bedroom.
Lots of positive reviews online.
The Eco-Air 10000 BTU portable air conditioner is a new model in 2020.
As you’d guess it’s super eco-friendly. It’s designed to keep energy consumption from 0.5-2.0 W ~ up to 75% lower energy use!
Cooling: 10000 BTU
It comes w/ new turbo function, which gives it quicker cooling than similar models.
Eco-Air portable ac is also very versatile ~ machine includes a built-in dehumidifier and can be hooked up for continuous drainage in basements.
On max power it can dehumidify up to 1.1 liters of moisture (per hour).
Dehumidifier: 26.4 liters (7-gal)
Buyers love that it runs very quietly too. The Eco-Air portable air conditioner offers low-ambient noise that stays below 55 dBs.
For even quieter operation it has a “Sleep Mode” which makes it ideal to run at night or in home offices.
Not many reviews, but it’s expected be a top seller this summer.
The JHS 10,000 BTU is one of the first “smart” portable ac units in Canada.
It is a 3-in-1 portable air conditioner which connects to your WiFi.
Rooms: 300 sq. ft.
Using the mobile app you can control most functions.
- ON/OFF (turn off if you forget!)
- Select exact room temp
- Increase/decrease power
- Change mode (fan or dehumidifier)
- Switch to sleep mode
- Set timers
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 Smart air conditioner also includes no-drip design, water-full notification (for dehumidifier) + auto-evaporation system.
Affordable unit w/ good buyer reviews.
The JHS portable air conditioner comes in 3 sizes:
- A019-8KR/A: 8,000 BTU (200 sq. ft.)
- A018-12KR/C: 12,000 BTU (400 sq. ft.)
- A018-14KR/C: 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.
You’ll also love the adjustable thermostat.
Using the remote control you can select the temp you want.
Temperature: 61°F – 88°F
Buyers say it takes only 15-20 mins for it to fully cool a room.
Portable AC includes a built-in dehumidifier — able to remove 55-65 pints of moisture daily (depending unit size).
Lots of buyers say it’s great as a bedroom AC since it’s relatively quiet (54 dBs).
The Delonghi PACN110EC is very quiet + easy to install.
As a portable air conditioner it arrives mostly preassembled — takes only 5-10 mins to set up.
Power: 11000 BTU
Rooms: 350 sq. ft.
It includes a powerful dehumidifier which removes up to 36 liters of moisture daily.
Along with the dehumidifier, the Delonghi Pinguino PACN110EC features “no drip” design — it’s automatically recycles condensation to prevent leaks.
Reading reviews, it’s very popular as a bedroom portable ac (especially for those living in a city).
Very low noise, it stays below 53 decibels.
Delonghi PACN110EC is a high-end ac, but has good buyer ratings.