10 Best Portable Air Conditioners in 2020
Excellent cooling systems, energy efficient, and silent – this machine is perfect for daily use.
A budget-friendly portable air conditioner with chilling capacities that also has cooling, dehumidifying, and fan options.
A fantastic portable air conditioner with wifi enabled systems, Alexa by Amazon Voice commands, and touch responses.
|Best Portable Air Conditioners||Key Features||Price|
|TROTEC PAC 2000 E Portable Air Conditioner||Good quality basic portable air conditioner for small rooms||£|
|Inventor Cool Portable Air Conditioner||Good quality, basic unit with remote control, window kit, and hose||£|
|Igenix IG9901 3-in-1 Portable Air Conditioner||Good quality portable air conditioner with remote control and self-evaporating water technology||£|
|Klarstein Pure Blizzard Portable Air Conditioner||Good quality machine with adjustable oscillating vents||££|
|Pifco P41008 3-in-1 Portable Air Conditioning Unit||Good quality air conditioning unit with 24-hour function, and window mount||££|
|Igenix IG9901 WIFI 3-in-1 Portable Air Conditioner||Great quality wifi enabled, Amazon Alexa controlled trendy portable air condition||££|
|Amcor Portable Air Conditioning Unit||Excellent quality, compact model that uses minimal power and is cost effective||££|
|Air Conditioning Centre Portable Air Conditioning Unit KYR-25CO/X1C||Good quality portable air conditioner with a ducted exhaust hose and window mount||£££|
|Inventor Chilly Portable Air Conditioner||Excellent portable air conditioner with omnidirectional castors and R290 gas||£££|
|De'Longhi PAC EX100 Pinguino Silent Air Conditioner||Excellent portable air conditioner with cooling and dehumidifying properties that actively remove allergens and pollutants from the air||£££|
Portable Air Conditioners
There are so many fabulous things to do in summer – barbeques, beach days, summer treks and hikes, balmy evening dinners by candlelight, and lounging by swimming pools to name a few. But like all good things that come to an end, the downside of summer is the constant sweat, humidity, and scorching heat of the sun. Hot and stuffy rooms are no fun for anyone. Homemakers across the UK, independent professionals, and service persons will all tell you the downsides of trying to get work done in the heat.
Using a portable air conditioner is probably the most natural solution to all these issues with heat. With a portable air conditioner, you can wheel the machine for a comfortable temperature wherever you go. Portable air conditioners are great investments instead of installing permanent ones in every room. Not only do you save a lot of electricity bills, but also conserve energy while you’re doing it. Plug and play portable air conditioners can simply be connected to the nearest power outlet for instant cooling.
This review consists of the best portable air conditioners for the British heat. The product reviews are arranged in increasing price points with comparisons made for quality, cooling, and efficiency.
Buying tips for portable air conditioners
- Portable air conditioners (PACs) in Britain are rated in British Thermal Units (BTUs). A higher BTU is indicative of a larger area that can be cooled, while the converse is also true. For this reason, it is a good idea to understand space constraints before purchasing a portable air conditioner. A 9000 BTU machine can efficiently cool a room that is 45 cu. m.
- Due to ventilation and dissipation, you should select a model that will take less space since it will need to be kept near a door or a window to allow air to move freely.
- While buying a PAC, select one with the least amount of noise. Near soundless portable air conditioners will help you concentrate on your work better.
The TROTEC PAC 2000 E Portable Air Conditioner is pegged at 7000 BTU and is ideal for small rooms. Compact and trendy, this machine looks sleek and blends well with the surroundings. The lowest temperature it can cool up to is 16 degrees. Lightweight at 24 kg, the TROTEC PAC 2000 E Portable Air Conditioner can easily be manoeuvred to different places in the house.
This variant is also a dehumidifier and can be used comfortably as either a cooler or dehumidifier. The TROTEC PAC 2000 E Portable Air Conditioner also has a dehumidifying capacity of 0.75 litres per hour. Additionally, it comes with remote control for ease of access and use.
- 7200 BTU
- Cools up to 16 degrees
The Inventor Cool Portable Air Conditioner is a basic portable air conditioner with 8000 BTU strength that is strong enough to cool a small room size. This variant has three fan speeds that can be adjusted according to preference. It also has three modes that it can be turned to – cool, dehumidify and fan. All this and more is controlled by a button panel with four buttons on the top of the machine. You can also change the settings via a remote control that allows you freedom of movement.
The Inventor Cool Portable Air Conditioner comes with a hose and window kit for you to set it according to your preferred position. Unlike other machines that have an auto option, the vanes on this one have to be focused manually so you can direct the air. The white plastic case of the Inventor Cool Portable Air Conditioner is nondescript and can easily blend into your surroundings. For other great home items see our guide on water softeners.
- 8000 BTU
- Cooling, dehumidifying, and fan modes
- Three fan speeds
The incredibly stylish Igenix IG9901 3-in-1 Portable Air Conditioner is a beautiful addition to the home or office. It can be used as a portable air conditioner, dehumidifier, or fan depending upon your requirement. With this machine, you need to invest just once and use the fan and dehumidifier as and when required throughout the year. The water accumulated during the cooling process self-evaporates thanks to an advanced technological improvement in the automation.
At 9000 BTU, the Igenix IG9901 3-in-1 Portable Air Conditioner can cool a medium-sized room adequately. It comes with remote control, a sleep mode to save energy bills and a 24-hour timer. Additionally, it has three fan modes and can be adjusted according to convenience.
- Air conditioner, fan, and dehumidifier
- Sleep mode and a 24-hour timer
- Three fan modes
The German-designed Klarstein Pure Blizzard Portable Air Conditioner is at a BTU rating of 7000 and so is ideal for small rooms and compact office spaces. It has an energy rating of A+, and so is one of the more ecological models on this list. It has low noise levels and is suitable for night time use or while working. The black body of the machine is sleek and looks very stylish.
This variant comes with a switchable dehumidifier option and adjustable oscillation controls for the vents. The Klarstein Pure Blizzard Portable Air Conditioner comes with a timer, a remote control, castors, and an easy to use control panel.
- 7000 BTU
- A+ energy rating
- Remote control
The multifunctional Pifco P41008 3-in-1 Portable Air Conditioning Unit is a dehumidifier, air conditioner, and fan built together. It is designed to fit a standard sized window and at 7000 BTU can cool down a small to medium sized room very well. This variant comes with good quality castors that do not bend or break easily. Slightly overweight at 23 kg, this portable air conditioner can easily be wheeled from one room to the next.
The compressor can be slightly louder than the other ones on this list, but for the price, this is an excellent portable air conditioning unit. The Pifco P41008 3-in-1 Portable Air Conditioning Unit comes with remote control and a window mount and a 1.5 m exhaust pipe. This variant also comes with a 24-hour timer to help you set the time and save electricity costs in the long term. For some kitchen items see our guide on hot water dispensers.
- Dehumidifier, air conditioner and fan
- Fitted good quality castors
- Remote control
The Igenix IG9901 WIFI 3-in-1 Portable Air Conditioner is Wifi enabled, can be controlled by a smartphone app, and by Amazon’s Alexa Voice Command. This super trendy, futuristic-looking design is meant for tech-savvy people who like integrated home systems for comfort and use. It also has an extremely easy to use remote control and touch panel.
The Igenix IG9901 WIFI 3-in-1 Portable Air Conditioner has a 9000 BTU and is excellent for medium to large sized rooms. With a 24-hour timer, you can easily save electricity costs in the long term. The 3-in-1 modes present in this machine are the air conditioner, dehumidifier, and fan. The dehumidifier can efficiently help remove up to 27 litres of water per day.
- Wifi enabled – Amazon Alexa and an App
- Easy to use touch panel and remote control
- Cooler, fan, and dehumidifier
The Amcor Portable Air Conditioning Unit is a 12000 BTU model and is very popular with the British masses. This variant also doubles as a dehumidifier and can work at 50 litres a day, if needed. It can cool a medium to large room quite efficiently and is known to be a workhorse of good quality. Ideal for bedrooms and night time, the sound levels are lower than 54 decibels.
The Amcor Portable Air Conditioning Unit has multiple fan speeds and can easily be adjusted to preference with the help of a control panel on the machine as well as a remote control. Additionally, it consumes minimal power and is very cost-effective in the long term.
- 12000 BTU
- Low sound levels at 54 decibels
The Air Conditioning Centre Portable Air Conditioning Unit KYR-25CO/X1C has a powerful compressor manufactured by Toshiba. Slightly heavy at 27 kg, this portable air conditioning unit comes with its own sturdy non-wobbly castors, and so is easy to move around freely between rooms. It comes with a removable filter that can be cleansed according to requirement and an inbuilt condensation pump for constant cold air.
The Air Conditioning Centre Portable Air Conditioning Unit KYR-25CO/X1C has adjustable speed settings that you can also use to control the noise levels since slowing the machine a bit can help reduce the noise levels drastically. This variant comes with a remote control so that you can adjust the temperature from the comfort of your chair. This machine also comes with a ducted exhaust hose and window mounting option for ultimate comfort. For other home items see our guide on recliner chairs.
- Remote control included
- Adjustable fan speed
- Inbuilt condensation pump
The Inventor Chilly Portable Air Conditioner is a 9000 BTU machine that offers excellent instant cooling turning the temperatures chilly in a short span. It weighs 25 kg and is known to be a lightweight, easy-to-wheel model. The refrigerant used in this machine is the R290 that is several times more eco-friendly than other refrigerant gases. The omnidirectional castors help in smooth movement around the room, but if you want to move this variant up and down the stairs, you may face a few issues.
Usually, the installation of the Inventor Chilly Portable Air Conditioner takes approximately fifteen to twenty minutes, and once done, it is effortless to operate. This variant is capable of removing almost 1 litre of moisture per day thanks to its dehumidifier properties. This model is also one of the quieter ones on this list with 51 to 53 decibels.
- Lightweight at 25 kg
- 9000 BTU
- Low noise levels
This machine from De’Longhi uses ‘Real Feel Technology’ to help the room reach optimal cooling effects through a combination of cooling and dehumidifying. Theis cutting edge technological advancement helps users reach perfect conditions to continue their daily work in a short period as compared to many others on this list. The De’Longhi PAC EX100 Pinguino Silent Air Conditioner is rated at A++ for energy conservation.
Since this machine works continuously in the background, it doesn’t come with a timer function and has to be manually switched off. The stylish design is coupled with integrated remote control. Additionally, this variant also features an integral bio-silver air filter that actively removes pollutants allergens from the air to make the air clean.
- Energy rating A++
- Integral bio-silver air filter
- Real Feel Technology for temperate optimisation