UK Portable Air Conditioners // UK Portable AC + Heat Pump
After reading tons of reviews and descriptions, I identified these as the best portable air conditioners for this summer.
Here’s are my picks for the best portable ACs.
#1.) Inventor Portable Air Conditioner
#2.) DeLonghi Air-to-Air Portable AC
#3.) Amcor Portable Air Conditioner
#4.) Igenix IG9902 Portable AC Unit
#5.) EcoAir Artica WiFi Air Conditioner
#6.) Electrolux Portable Air Conditioning Unit
#7.) TROTEC PAC 2000 Portable AC
#8.) VonHaus Portable Air Conditioner
** FYI — UK air conditioner links go to Amazon (which typically has the best prices)
✅ Top #1 Pick: Inventor 8.000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner
The newest addition to Inventor’s family of Portable ACs is their light-weight, 8.000 BTU unit.
Considering the price — it’s quickly becoming the most popular in 2018.
⭐⭐ UK’s Best Value Portable Air Conditioner ⭐⭐
Weighing just 24 kilograms — it’s one of the lightest portable air conditioners on the market. (it might feel heavy at 24kgs, but smooth glide wheels make it easy to move around the house. Portable for anyone – children and adults)
** In my opinion Inventor makes the best portable air conditioners in the UK — I also like how they’re AC units are very affordable for the average consumer.
Another great feature is that it’s a super quiet AC making it ideal for bedrooms. The noise level is marked at 54 dBs — Even running at full power, it’s not as loud as many of the other portable air conditioners on the market.
Definitely one of the best portable air conditioners for those who live in high humid areas (especially if you’re living near water)
- Power: 8.000 BTU
- Weight: 24 kilograms (lightweight!)
- Noise level: 54 dBs
- ** Very quiet AC unit – great for bedrooms!
- Wireless remote control
- Wheels = very portable AC unit
- Easy installation
- Does not include a washable filter
One of the most powerful portable air conditioners on our list – it can cool rooms up to 55.7 sq. metres
Comes with DeLonghi’s patented Bio Silver Air Filter that cycles air and filters for mildew, mold, and odors.
Little heavier at 30 kgs, but still very portable w/ easy-spin wheels. Also has “No Drip” technology which recycles condensation (meaning it won’t leak)
⭐⭐ UK’s Best Large-Room AC Unit ⭐⭐
User friendly controls come w/ adjustable thermostat + 3 different fan speeds.
You can also adjust temperature w/ the remote control and it’s very quiet @ 47-50 dBs — ideal for bedrooms.
- Power: 10.000 BTU AC
- Room size: cools up to 56 sq. metres
- Weight: 30 kilograms (fairly lightweight)
- Noise level: 46-50 dBs
- No-Drip technology — nice feature in humid areas!
- Bio Filter for air purification
- Adjustable thermostat + 3 Fan speeds
- Remote Control
- Very expensive!
- ** Most expensive AC on my list
DeLonghi Alternative #1 — PAC EX100 Pinguino Silent AC
With an A+ Energy Efficiency rating and super quiet technology, the Pinguino EX100 has excellent buyer reviews.
The 24-hour timer and adjustable thermostat w/ climate light indicator let it stand out from the Air-to-Air.
Downside is that it’s much more expensive — still a great alternative if you can afford the super high price!
DeLonghi Alternative #2 — De’Longhi 120.000 BTU Air Conditioner with Heat Pump (PACEX120)
Doesn’t have reviews yet, but the De’Longhi PACEX120 has some upgraded features I really like.
It uses a propane R290 refrigerant which doesn’t produce greenhouse emissions and has high cooling power @ 12.000 BTU — It’s relatively quiet too @ 49-53 dBs. Also the initial set up looks simpler than others. Also the advanced heater pump for heat mode is unique to air conditioners – especially unique for Delonghi ACs.
Personally if I could afford it, I’d probably take the dip & be the first official buyer — It’s 1.5x more powerful than the other Portable ACs produced by De’Longhi.
DeLonghi Alternative #3 — DeLonghi PAC EX100 Silent Air, AC Unit
Another DeLonghi alternative with superb buyer reviews — the PAC N87 uses a different R410A refrigerant gas that’s more eco-friendly (fewer greenhouse emissions)
The remote control also appears to have more button options: swing oscillation, timer button, and silent mode.
The 12.000 portable air conditioning unit is one of the newer ones to hit the market — already it has very strong UK customer reviews.
In terms of power it’s middle of the road and can cool 32 sq. metres (330 sq. ft.). Like most Amcor ACs it’s ready for use straight away. No installation necessary.
Other features include a dehumidifier (50 litres per day), 2 fan speeds, and low noise level. You’ll have to take their word for it since the product description doesn’t state the decibel level, but if it’s under 54 dBs, it’ll be good for bedrooms.
⭐⭐ Best Mid Size Room Portable AC ⭐⭐
I think it’s a fair price – definitely not the most expensive and certainly not the cheapest on my list.
** For its square metre coverage – Amcor 12.000 BTU is ideal for medium size rooms & home offices
- Power:12.000 BTU AC
- Capacity: 30 – 32 sq. metres
- Weight: 30.5 kgs
- 3-in-1 mobile air conditioner
- 2 fan speeds
- No installation required
- Dehumidifier = 50L per day
- Ideal for mid-size rooms + home office
- Not most powerful at 12.000 BTU
As one of the better-known appliance brands, Igenix has some of the best sellers in the mobile AC space.
What I like about this one is the 3 wattage options:
- 1000 W (3-in-1)
- 1300 W (4-in-1)
- 2000 W (4-in-1)
The 3-in-1 includes air conditioning, fan, & heating functionality. AC unit it has a power of 9.000 BTU capacity w/ temp range of 18°C – 32°C
4-in-1 includes a dehumidifier function + 11.500 BTU capacity which is big enough to cool larger rooms. As a dehumidifier it’ll remove up to 31 Litres per day – in fairness I think that’s a little weak. The Amcor detailed in this list can do 50L per day.
Igenix has good online reviews as an air conditioner, but if you’re relying on the dehumidifier I’d go with the Amcor 12.000 BTU
- Power options: 9.000 or 12.000 BTU
- Weight: 25 kgs (lightweight)
- 3 wattage options
- Temp range: 18°C – 32°C
- Dehumidifier = 31L per day
- 4-in-1 includes a heater
- Remote control mobile AC
- Fan functionality
- Dehumidifier isn’t very strong
If you want to cool your home with the highest efficiency, the EcoAir Artica is what you need — it’a little more expensive than others, but has better efficiency and WiFi capability most don’t have. In my opinion it’s still affordable and much better than doing a full HVAC install.
The 8.000 BTU Artica Portable AC can cover 16 sq. metres. and allows you to adjust the temp.
Using the remote control you can toggle: 16°C – 30°C
⭐⭐ Most Efficient, UK Portable Air Conditioner ⭐⭐
What makes this AC different is the 3 fan speeds which is helpful when it’s night and you don’t like the noise level an AC makes. It also has a dehumidifier for the day-time when humidity is highest.
- Room Size: up to 16 sq. metres
- Remote control
- ** Temperature range of 16°C – 30°C
- EcoAir comes in 2 power options
- 8.000 BTU
- 8.000 BTU (with WiFi)
- Bottom continuous drainage to avoid leaks
- Cooling + dehumidifier option
- Very affordable
- Expensive, but can downgrade to make it more affordable
The 9000 BTU powered portable air conditioner is ideal to cool and heat medium-sized rooms. It’s one of the few ACs you can use throughout the whole year without having to buy additional heating machines.
What customers love about this AC is that it’s super quiet! Made w/ upgraded 2018 technology, it uses minimal electricity and produces minimal sound of 65 dBs (decibels).
⭐⭐ UK’s Best Year-Round Portable Air Conditioner ⭐⭐
Low noise also leads to less energy consumption. Your bills will keep decreasing and you will give the good night rest you deserve.
** It’s the perfect long-term solution for people living in areas with a mixed climate.
FYI — it’s occasionally sold out!
- Power: 9.000 BTU
- Dimensions: 46.5 x 39.7 x 76.4 cm
- Cooling + heating modes
- Dual layer of mesh and filters
- Full auto mode
- Quiet operation
- Remote control included
- Heavier than other units
Thanks to the compact size, Trotec is a true space-saving air conditioner.
You can place it anywhere in the house, even in the tightest corners and it will fit right in. In the compact machine is a high-powered, 7000 BTU engine that can cool rooms of 65 m³ down to 16 degrees quickly and easily.
The other functions aren’t to be underestimated either. It’s also a powerful dehumidifier with a capacity of 0.75l\h and a convenient aerator producing air flow of 330m³/h — This further increases the air-quality in your space, making it comfortable to stay in.
- Power: 7.200 BTU
- Weight: 24 kgs
- Noise level: 65 decibels
- Best for rooms up to approx. 65 m³
- Cooling capacity of 2.1 kW / h
- Dehumidification capacity of 0.75 l/h
- Dimensions 30 x 37.5 x 80.7 cm
- Remote control
- Little louder than other portable AC units
Your electricity bills increase during summer due to the increased electricity consumption of the AC. That’s why you need an AC like VonHaus that cools your air efficiently but also doesn’t ruin your electric bill.
It’s an energy star rated AC with features that allow you to have complete control over the air flow and settings.
The 24-hour timer allows you to set the settings up-front, while the remote control allows you to set the settings from a distance. You can set the air conditioner on low or high speed according to your preferences and needs with the push of a button. It’s a machine made to give its users maximum comfort with minimal effort.
- Power: 9.000 BTU
- Dimensions: 89 x 40.5 x 38.5 cm
- Weight: 27 kgs
- Oscillating vent
- Swing mode and sleep mode
- High and low speed
- Remote control with LED display included
- Little more more noise than others on my list
(electriQ brand has similar units as Honeywell in North America)
What makes it different than the other comparable units on the market – it’s super quiet.
If you’re a light sleeper, this is the Honywell Contempo is perfect for you! (fyi — it’s occasionally sold out)
⭐⭐ Most Energy-Efficient Portable AC ⭐⭐
Contempo’s dual motor offers 3 speeds and produces lower noise levels when it’s set (even at the highest speed)
Apart from the noise, the dual motor has an energy-saving sleep mode so you can set it before you go to bed – allows you to have a good quality rest while saving on the energy bill.
** You can also read my full review of the Honeywell Contempo Portable AC
Honeywell Contempo is ideal for people with trouble sleeping or young children
- Room size: cools up to 65 square metres (14.000 BTU)
- 1-Remote control
- Honeywell Contempo comes in 3 power options
- 10.000 BTU
- 12.000 BTU
- 14.000 BTU
- 3-fan speeds
- Dual filtration
- 24-hour timer w/ sleep function
- Dehumidifier removes 111 pints in 24 hours + continuous drain option
- ** Super quiet operating – great for bedrooms!
- Very expensive – much more than other portable air conditioners
One of the best conveniences of the Frigidaire — its auto restart function. It seems like a simple feature, but it really saves on electricity costs.
It also features an auto oscillation to circulate cool air evenly, throughout the room — quick cooling + distributes cool air throughout the room.
⭐⭐ Best Air Conditioner + Dehumidifier ⭐⭐
Comes with a remote control and 3 cooling speeds + 3 fan speeds
** Frigidaire portable AC also acts a dehumidifier w/ remote control
- Remote control
- Can cool rooms up to 32 sq. metres
- 3 cooling speeds + 3 fan speeds
- Auto-swing louvers
- Dehumidifier removes 3.10 pints per hour
- 12.000 BTU
- 24-hour ON / OFF timer
- ** Expensive – more than other portable AC units