After 28 hours of research evaluating 60 products, we picked Whynter ARC-14SH 14000BTU Portable Air Conditioner as our top choice.
Since many homes, apartments and offices are not connected to super pimp central heating and cooling systems finding the best portable air conditioner possible can make life a lot more comfortable.
But, finding the right unit for your space can be tricky; a highly-rated portable ac will provide significant cooling capacity without hogging too much energy. They will also run fairly quietly.
And, if you want to be sure your portable AC can handle your space, don't just look at the BTUs - also look at the specs recommended by the manufacturer. They don't always match as well as you think they should.
Not sure which to choose? We found the best portable air conditioner for every situation, so peruse our picks and pick the one that matches your needs the closest.
These highly rated "small air conditioner" units not only perform well but also provide a steady amount of cool air that will allow you to sip your lemonade without breaking a sweat.