The Best Portable Air-conditioning Units in the Market (2017)

There are many reasons why portable air conditioners are in demand, of which mobility is the leading one. While mobility may be the leading reason why many would want to go with portable, there are many other reasons such as the fact that these units are easy to install right from the box. Actually, anyone can do this.

The fact that such units are smaller makes them cost efficient. They are not only cheaper to buy, they are also less expensive to run. Most of them are also kinder to the environment if you compare then to larger units.

We have spent some time looking through the market with the aim of identifying the best air conditioners this year, you will certainly thank yourself for the amount of time you will spend looking for a good unit. We decided to create this guide to help anyone who may not be sure of which product to buy.

Let’s start by looking at the things you need to consider when choosing a portable air conditioner. We will then look at how you can separate the good from the bad. When it comes to buying things like this, the adage knowledge is power, certainly works.

How to Choose the Best Portable Air Conditioner

Like everything else, the best portable air conditioner depends on your circumstances and needs. This is the reason why before you even think of buying one, you need to ask yourself what you need it for. Once this question has been answered you will then have an idea of the size you want.

The best air conditioner is the one that is the right size for your needs. For example, one air conditioner can be great at cooling a room with an area of 200 square meters but would struggle when it comes to a room double the size.

The second most important thing you will want to look at is efficiency. This is important as it can help save the environment while at the same time saving you money. While you are buying, ask about the Energy Efficiency Ratio, otherwise known as the EER. This tells you the number of BYUs for every watt generated.

If the unit has a larger EER it means that the machine is more energy efficient. You will also need to consider where you are going to place the unit, the amount of maintenance required, and the cost.

Features to Look for in a Good Portable Air Conditioner

If you are going to buy a portable air conditioner you certainly want to look for something that would look great in the space where you are going to put it. This is the reason why we certainly think that aesthetics is something you would definitely want to consider.

However, the looks have to be accompanied by practicality too as you are surely not buying your unit to sit there in your lounge and look pretty. The air filtration system is something you will also want to give due consideration to.

Over time, we have come to accept that the more established a brand is, the more likely they are to produce great units. So you will certainly want to look for a unit that comes from a brand that is properly established. Check the specification such as the cooling capacity, and the amount of power your unit will run on.

The one thing that the latest models are getting right is features that are designed to make the life of the user easy. Think soft touch controls, remote control, and LED backlights to deliver all relevant information that will help you to get the best from your brand new unit.

Insist on a unit that has a 24 hours timer as this helps you to start cooling a room well before you start using it.

Honeywell MN10CESWW Portable Air Conditioner

The Honeywell MN10CESWW Portable Air Conditioner can easily be thought of as the three in one solution when it comes to cooling any space. Three in one in that you are essentially getting the functionality of an auto evaporating system, a three-speed fan, and a dehumidifier.

Like all other modern portable air conditioning systems, this unit arrives with a full-function remote control which gives you the flexibility to manage the air conditioner from wherever you are in the room.

Features

The reason why this unit features in our five best products in this category has to do with some of the impressive features we present below.

  • Installs quickly and easily
  • Three fan speeds, Low, Medium, and High
  • Airflow of up to 174 CFM
  • Equipped with washable filters
  • Touch controls and digital LED display

Pros

  • The sleek contemporary design will look great in any space where you will put it
  • The compressor is designed to be environmentally friendly, saving both the environment and your money
  • Full function remote control allows you to operate the unit from wherever you are in the room.

Cons

  • There seem to be issues with Honeywell honoring warranties, you would want to be very sure about how you can claim

Summary

The Honeywell MN10CESWW Portable Air Conditioner is a modern unit designed for the discerning and discriminating buyer. This three in one solution will cool down a room measuring up to 350 square feet.

The inclusion of the remote control and caster wheels indicate that the designers had the mandate to make sure that this air conditioner was user-friendly.

Comparison

There are a few more products in the market you can look at if you want to compare, such as the Whynter Portable Air Conditioner (ARC-10WB). This one is recommended for spaces a little smaller than those covered by the Honeywell MN10CESWW.

You can also look at the Whynter Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner (ARC-14S). This one looks a little more appealing to the eye. For that, you will pay a little more than you would for the Honeywell MN10CESWW.

Verdict

We love to end each of our reviews by taking it upon ourselves to make a judgment in order to help you decide whether to buy or not. We are happy to recommend the Honeywell MN10CESWW Portable Air Conditioner. We can do so because the unit works well and looks great too.

Honeywell MM14CC Portable Air Conditioner

Honeywell is slowly becoming the synonym for modern sleek design when it comes to the production of portable air conditioning systems.

If the Honeywell MM14CC Portable Air Conditioner represents the craftsmanship you should expect from Honeywell, then it is doing the job well. As is becoming the norm at Honeywell, this unit also presents a three-in-one solution. In terms of delivery, you can expect to cool down a room measuring 550 square feet.

Features

These are some of the features that landed the Honeywell MM14CC Portable Air Conditioner in our good books.

  • Comes in black and silver
  • 14, 000 BTU ensures energy efficiency and the ability to cool down a room with an area of 550 square feet
  • 72 pints a day can be dehumidified by this unit
  • Equipped with digital LED controls and a remote control

Pros

  • We certainly love the colors black and silver, both are not fighting colors
  • The 24-hour automatic timer allows you to cool down a room before you use it even though you are away

Cons

  • Even though the makers of this unit say it will cool 550 square feet, take this statistic with a pinch of salt

Summary

The Honeywell MM14CC Portable Air Conditioner is indeed a true reflection of the craftsmanship you can expect from a company like this.

This particular product comes with all the modern features including an LED display, a three-in-one function, and a remote control. It also looks quite aesthetically appealing. While it is advertised to cool down pretty large rooms, this is proving to be not the case in real life situations.

Comparison

Just in case you are already looking for something to compare, you can check out the Black+ Decker BPACT10WT Portable Air Conditioner. Of course, the main difference is that this one is 10, 000 BTU where the Honeywell MM14CC comes at 14, 000 BTU thus making it more efficient but powerful.

You would also want to look at the Frigidaire FFRS0833Q1 Air Conditioner. This one comes at 8,000 BTU which also means that when compared to the Honeywell MM14CC, it is less efficient.

Verdict

We think that the Honeywell MM14CC Portable Air Conditioner is a great product; that is if you ignore the advertising that tells you it cools down bigger rooms than it actually does.

If you are planning to use it in a room measuring about 400 square feet, then you certainly will love this unit. We recommend it because it is endowed with a number of modern features that make it user-friendly.

Frigidaire FFRA0511R1 Mini-Compact Air Conditioner

If your idea is to cool a room measuring up to 150 square feet, then you will certainly want to look at the Frigidaire FFRA0511R1 Mini-Compact Air Conditioner. This is certainly not one of those units that will catch your eye. There is nothing modern about its look.

However, this does not make it any lesser effective than those that look better than it does. With this unit, also do not expect to sit at one place and control it remotely as it does not come with a remote control.

Features

Even though this unit does not strike you as a modern sophisticated one, we certainly think that it has some great features that make it a good investment.

  • Operates at 5000 BTU
  • Designed to be window mounted
  • Uses mechanical controls which you must rotate
  • Dual fans speeds, air direction, and cool speeds
  • Designed to operate quietly

Pros

  • Affordable, thanks to the fact that it does not have all the bells and whistles
  • Compact and economical
  • Easy to install

Cons

  • Too small to cool large rooms

Summary

The Frigidaire FFRA0511R1 Mini-Compact Air Conditioner is the product for someone who is not worried about all the bells and whistles that come with modern portable air conditioning systems.

This is the reason why the unit comes at a very affordable price. This is certainly not the product for someone looking to cool down a room larger than 150 square feet.

Comparison

We wanted to see whether the market still has any simple stuff such as the Frigidaire FFRA0511R1 Mini-Compact Air Conditioner so we found the Koldfront Window Air Conditioner. Compared to the Frigidaire FFRA0511R1 this one comes with more efficiency at 8, 000 BTU. It also has a few modern features such as the 24-hour timer.

If you are looking for something within the Frigidaire stable then you can go with the Frigidaire FFRS0833Q1 Air Conditioner. It is 8, 000 BTU making it a little more efficient than the Frigidaire FFRA0511R1 Mini-Compact Air Conditioner.

Verdict

We did earlier say that a product is only the best if it will meet your needs and circumstances. If we are going to recommend the Frigidaire FFRA0511R1 Mini-Compact Air Conditioner, we will do so for someone looking forward to cooling down a very small space. If you are looking to cool a bigger space, keep looking.

Honeywell MN12CES Portable Air Conditioner

If you are looking for a portable air conditioning unit which is as aesthetically appealing as it is practical, you may as well say you are looking for the Honeywell MN12CES Portable Air Conditioner.

This product is a true reflection of the craftsmanship that we have all come to expect from Honeywell. Think 12, 000 BTU, a modern sleek design, and power to cool down a room measuring up to 450 square feet and you will have an idea why we include this unit in one of the best products this year.

Features

The Honeywell MN12CES Portable Air Conditioner has got some pretty impressive features such as the ones we list below.

  • Designed to deliver powerful air flow without making a lot of noise
  • Equipped with a digital LED display
  • Controls on the unit itself and a remote control
  • Operates on three speeds

Pros

  • The 1 to 24 hour on/off timer gives you control of the unit so that you can switch it on before you use a room
  • 12, 000 BTU ensures efficiency and power

Cons

  • The unit is quite heavy

Summary

The Honeywell MN12CES Portable Air Conditioner is a well-designed beautiful unit that will look great wherever you place it. It sets up pretty quickly, that is if your windows are not too complicated.

The black finish makes it look cool and well built. Just take note of the fact that it can be quite heavy, so you can expect the delivery guy to hate you by the time they arrive at your doorstep.

Comparison

There are a few other products in the market that compare quite well to the Honeywell MN12CES such as the Whynter Dual Horse Portable Air Conditioner (ARC-14S). Of course, you will appreciate that at 14, 000 BTU the Whynter Dual Horse would be more efficient.

We also identified the Black+Decker BPACT10WT Portable Air Conditioner. Just like with the Honeywell MN12CES, this unit comes with pretty modern features such as the remote control and an LED panel which tells you exactly what the temperature is.

Verdict

If there is anything such as love at first sight when it comes to electrical gadgets, we would have said it was love at first sight when we saw the Honeywell MN12CES Portable Air Conditioner. It is designed to be good-looking yet practical too.

As you can see from our features section of this review, we found more things to like than to hate. For this reason, we will endorse this product without the risk of contradicting ourselves.

Keystone KSTAP14B Portable Air Conditioner

When we saw the claim that this unit can cool a room up to 700 square feet, we sat up straight. This will certainly be the biggest of all the units we have featured.

The unit also comes with all the features that define a modern machine such as an LED display, and a remote control that can sense the temperature. This gives you the ability to control the temperature of a room from wherever you are in the room.

Features

As you can see already, the Keystone KSTAP14B is one air conditioner certainly blessed with features that others can only dream of.

  • 14, 000 BTU ensuring efficiency
  • Connects to an 115 V outlet
  • Can cool a room to the size of 700 square feet, so they claim
  • Equipped with an auto restart function

Pros

  • The “follow me” remote can sense the temperature and allow you to adjust from wherever you are
  • Looks great to the eye
  • Noise levels are low

Cons

  • This machine is quite heavy
  • The 700 square feet claim, seems to be just that, a claim

Summary

The Keystone KSTAP14B Portable Air Conditioner is a cool product endowed with some sophisticated features that some products in its class can only ever dream of. Think the “follow me remote”, and you will know what we are talking about. It is also a good looking product.

Just take note that the product is quite heavy. Do not get the 700 square feet story excite you too much as you could get disappointed. It will comfortably cool rooms much smaller than that.

Comparison

After saying all the good things about the Keystone KSTAP14B Portable Air Conditioner, you would think that there is no reason to compare it with anything else. We looked at the Whynter Dual Horse Portable Air Conditioner because we thought at 14, 000 BTU it would be a product that comes closer.

You can also check out the Honeywell MN12CES Portable Air Conditioner. This one comes at 12, 000 BTU. It also features an airflow which is quite powerful. Its 1 to 24 hours timer ensures you can start cooling a room before you get into it.

Verdict

We certainly love the Keystone KSTAP14B Portable Air Conditioner for its modern features. At 14, 000 BTU you can certainly expect it to be more efficient and powerful. We recommend it because it is certainly one of the leading products in its class.

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