The Best Portable Air Conditioners Of 2018

EdgeStar Ultra Compact Portable Air Conditioner

Feeling the heat and desperately needing something to cool you off?

for the last 3 weeks, we have been carefully reviewing all the portable air conditioners and on this article, we want to round them up and compare some of the best portable air conditioners of 2018.

The Best Portable Air Conditioners Of 2018 post

Below, we’ll be giving a short introduction product specs of each AC discussed in this article as to help you make an effective decision that fits your needs and requirements.

Let’s get into it….

EdgeStar Extreme Cool Portable Air Conditioner

EdgeStar Extreme Cool how to set up

The EdgeStar Extreme Cool portable AC is one of the best which we’ve ever reviewed on our site so far.

This AC boasts several unique features such as a 12-hour programmable timer, dehumidifying function with a daily capacity of 90 pints a day, a CFC-free refrigerant and also digital thermostat control.

below you will find some specs, but you can see our full detailed review of this AC here.

Product Specs:

  • Product Name: EdgeStar Extreme Cool
  • Model: AP12000S-KF
  • BTU: 12,000
  • Color: Silver
  • Heating Available: Yes
  • Insurance Offered: No
  • Item Dimensions: 15 x 17.2 x 31 inches
  • Item Weight: 69 pounds
  • Shipping: Shipping costs may apply
  • Sold by: Edge Star &
  • Remote Available: Yes

      Amazon Price:  >> Check Price <<

Honeywell Portable Air Conditioner

Honeywell Portable Air Conditioner

The Honeywell Portable Air Conditioner (see our detailed review here) is another AC on our list which has some salient features including;

A digital LCD display, large cooling area, self-evaporation system, automatic shutoff timer and is also ideal for cooling areas up to 450 square feet.

Product Specs:

  • Product Name:  Honeywell Portable Air Conditioner
  • Model: MN12CES
  • BTU: 12,000
  • Color: Silver
  • Heating Available: Yes
  • Insurance Offered: No
  • Item Dimensions: 15.7 x 16.5 x 29.3 inches
  • Item Weight: 68.3 pounds
  • Shipping: Shipping costs may apply
  • Sold by:
  • Remote Available: Yes
  • Amazon Price:  >> Check Price <<

Haier Portable Air Conditioner

Haier Portable Air Conditioner HPN1XCN

Haier expanded into the (portable) air conditioning space just a few years ago, but the company has been able to make rapid progress and has become a market leader in few segments during this time.

The Haier portable air conditioner boasts of several features like its dual hose design and it’s also capable of comfortably covering an area of 500-700 square feet (which is tremendous for a portable AC).

It also comes with 3 fan speeds and a fully functional remote control. Here are some of the specs if you want to know more about it.

Product Specs:

  • Product Name: Haier Portable
  • Model: HPN1XCN
  • BTU: 14,000
  • Color: Silver
  • Heating Available: Yes
  • Insurance Offered: No
  • Item Dimensions: 20 x 33.6 x 16.6 inches
  • Item Weight: 83 pounds
  • Shipping: Shipping costs apply
  • Sold by:
  • Remote Available: Yes
  • Amazon Price:  (see customer reviews)

EdgeStar Ultra Compact Portable Air Conditioner

EdgeStar Ultra Compact Portable Air Conditioner

The EdgeStar Ultra Compact Portable Air Conditioner is a another unique AC designed to cool small areas of up to 250 square feet and as such has a lower BTU rating of 8,000 BTU.

In terms of performance, this air conditioner is in league of its own as very few other ACs can match the functions and efficiency of this unit.

Some of the features unique to this AC are the automatic restart function, dehumidifier mode and also 3-fan speeds (which is not so common among other ACs.)

Product Specs:

  • Product Name: EdgeStar Ultra Compact
  • Model: AP8000W
  • BTU: 8,000
  • Color: White
  • Heating Available: Yes
  • Insurance Offered: No
  • Item Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.2 x 24.8 inches
  • Item Weight: 56 pounds
  • Shipping: Shipping costs may apply
  • Sold by: Edge Star &
  • Remote Available: Yes
  • Amazon Price: (see customer reviews)

Whynter Dual Hose Portable AC

Whynter Dual Hose Portable AC

The Whynter dual hose portable air con is another AC that we think deserves to be among the best portable air conditioners of 2018 list.

This AC has a BTU rating of 12,000 BTU and is equipped with a 24-hour programmable timer, upper and lower direct drain option, self-evaporative system, adjustable thermostat in addition to several other features.

Product Specs:

  • Product Name: Whynter Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner
  • Model: AP12000S-KF
  • BTU: 12,000
  • Color: White
  • Heating Available: Yes
  • Insurance Offered: No
  • Item Dimensions: 16.5 x 20 x 34 inches
  • Item Weight: 95 pounds
  • Shipping: Shipping costs may apply
  • Sold by:
  • Remote Available: Yes
  • Amazon Price:  (see customer reviews)

Final Words

We’d like to conclude this article by mentioning the fact that this list is not in any order, meaning the rankings as you see them on the page do not make one better than the other.

Each portable air conditioner included on this list has its own unique features and drawbacks and what may suit one may not be suitable for another person.

So, with that said, be sure to make your own buying decision after comparing all the ACs included on this list to what your current needs are.

Also, there are many, many ACs out there which could have be included on our list of the best portable air conditioners of 2018, but in order to keep this short, we decided to just give a mention to the best we have reviewed so far.

We will be adding more and more to this list in the coming days and weeks too so keep in touch.

Also, if you happen to have any questions regarding the ACs we mentioned above, be sure to leave them in our comment section below.

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  1. I have been looking at getting a portable air conditioner for our dance studio for a while now, but nobody seems to be able to tell me how many of these sorts of units it will take to cool a 6x15m space.

    Would I need more than one?

    Thank you for a most informative article. I have seen some interesting air conditioners here that I haven’t seen before.

    • Getting the smaller one would be best for your size. My recommendation would be the EdgeStar ultra compact air con.

      Let me know how it goes. 😉 

  2. Very nice air conditioning units. I have been buying fans for my sons room because my apartment does not have central air. Wife and my room have an ac unit giving by the apartment complex.

    We decided to give our son our room. So now we need an unit. These are great options and I like the price! Thanks for this review.

  3. The weather is getting so hot here in my country, that on some days, it is very difficult for me to sleep because I am constantly sweating throughout the night. Hence, I’m glad to have come across this review.

    The EdgeStar Ultra Compact Portable Air Conditioner seems like a great choice for me, mainly due to its small size. I have a small room, so I’m always looking for ways to save space.

    Does the EdgeStar come with warranty?

    Thanks for the great review!

    • It does come with warranty but not from the manufacturer, but from Amazon themselves.

      Yes I also live in a hot country, so I feel your pain. One of these would easily help you fight the heat.

      Hope this helps. 😉 

  4. Hmmm…. I really like the looks and size of the EdgeStar Ultra! I’m moving across the country to a dingy little place, haha – it’s a start for living on my own. BUT there is no air unit in the room.. so, I’m thinking I’ll be needing one of these. Summer can be very hot!

    I think 269$ is very reasonably priced as well. Thank you for the great review! Looks like there are a lot of good ones to choose from. But for having a small room, I’m glad they make smaller sized ones as well! 🙂


    • 🙂 Thanks for stopping . by and good luck with your new adventure 🙂 I hope you find the best portable AC you can haha 🙂 

  5. I have been considering whether a portable air conditioning unit might work for me. I am looking for something that I can easily move from one work space to another. I do not want to buy multiple units if I don’t need to. I use different work areas at different times.

    • Then a portable air conditioner is what you need my friend. 🙂 They are the best for what you need and myself I also live in a tiny studio apartment so for me this was the perfect solution. 

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂 

  6. This is a great list! I live in Arizona and it just hasn’t cooled down and I feel like I’m sinning if I touch the AC in my house because of how much work it’s taking to keep everything cool. So I keep the temperature not as cool as I’d like considering the AZ summer heat. Do these portable AC’s save on electrical costs if I used them to keep my room cool through the night?

    • You can set it for temperature control meaning it will cool it down to your desired temperature an then it just slowly (with less power) maintain that room temperature to your liking.

      So yes, if set properly; it can help you save on electric costs. 

  7. I have been looking to get a new air conditioner for my holiday rental apartment and will buy next month. To compete with my competition in the nearby hotels it is a must buy.
    So having a comparison together is really useful and additionally you have a link to your some more detailed reviews and also the Amazon reviews. I usually use Amazon as my first stop for buying so this makes it easy for me.
    I now know a bit more about what to look for an buy next month. Thanks for the review. Alan

    • Hey Alan. Thanks for stopping by.  Really glad you have found my website useful and informative. Let me know if I can help in any way. 

  8. Thank you for the very helpful review. The weather has been terrible this summer; so hot and humid. I’m glad I came across this too because it is much easier to have a portable air conditioner rather than one you have to lug in a window which is at least a two person job. This helps narrow down the decision making!

  9. This just gave me a great idea. We have forced air. It’s fairly reasonable to run the thing because we have good insulation, but the idea of setting this up in my office so that I don’t have to heat the entire house when I’m the only one home all day makes so much sense.

    Unfortunately we have one of those gorgeous open, high-ceilinged floor plans that look nice but there is no way to partition off the main parts of the house. This would work great for during the workday, and it looks like there have been a ton of good changes since I bought my last one.

    Good info.

  10. Thank you for review on these air conditioners. I have been in the market for one since moving to Florida. I really don’t mind the heat at all EXCEPT when I am ready for bed. While I don’t care if the rest of the house is 80 degrees all the time, I can’t sleep well unless it is cold!

    It is so nice to see that people are no longer subjugated to window units. If it is particularly hot, I can just roll one of these units near the window of where ever I am.

    • Exactly 😉 The smart (portable) air conditioner space has come a long way and they’re much more they they used to be.

      Glad you found this review helpful Ernest. Wish you all the best. 🙂 

  11. Thank you for the detailed information on the best portable air conditioners. I like EdgeStar Ultra Compact 8,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner the most due to its reasonable price and sufficient features for my small office. What about electricity – should I expect significant rise in my electricity bill? Or is this air conditioner energy efficient?

    • Hey Arta. These are all energy efficient. The modern, smart air cons are all coming energy efficient, any one off this list will have a low reasonable consumption.

      Let me know if you have any more questions. 🙂 

  12. When I viewed your home page, 15 ways to beat the summer heat,i thought it was practical advice that can help people. 1- KEEP IT SPICY, at first I was curious about that.However as I kept looking, you went on to explain. So, people want our statements understandable
    and you achieved that.

  13. Hi there,

    Great review!

    I was just looking around the web for a portable air conditioner because mine doesn’t work anymore. Also, I rent my second house, and I don’t want to invest in a wall air conditioner since it is much more expensive. I really like the Whynter Dual. It seems to be of high quality. I just want to know if this air conditioner requires a hole in the wall to reject the air or it does it automatically?

    Thank you for this excellent post!

  14. I’ll be needing one of these in a few months time when temperatures get higher in my living room.
    thanks for this list and the reviews. Will make my decision way easier.

    I quite like the first one , EdgeStar Extreme Cool. Don’t know why, it just looks badass :).

  15. Hi there,

    I live in Florida and we seem to get an extended power outage every year due to a hurricane or tropical storm. In this situation, it is really rough not having an air conditioner so some people use a generator and window air conditioner to serve their needs. The problem is these are not energy efficient and consume a lot of power. Which of these units work on the lowest power so I can run off a standard gas generator when I need it?



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