4 Best Portable Air Conditioners

4 Best Portable Air Conditioners

After 28 hours of research evaluating 60 products, we picked Whynter ARC-14SH 14000BTU Portable Air Conditioner as our top choice.

Quick List: 4 Best

The top four picks on our list
Best Portable Air Conditioner Overall
Whynter ARC-14SH 14000BTU Portable Air Conditioner
  • Unit works great 
  • Largest room capacity at the price range
  • Quieter than expected 


Best Quiet Portable Air Conditioner
Haier HPC12XCR 12000BTU Portable Air Conditioner
  • Unit works fantastically 
  • Cools room quickly 
  • Good quality and easy to install 


Best Portable Air Conditioner for Small Spaces
BLACK+DECKER BPACT12WT 12000BTU Portable Air Conditioner
  • A compact, fairly inexpensive solution for cooling smaller spaces
  • Reliable, versatile, and beautifully portable
  • Cools down your room very quickly
Best Portable Air Conditioner with Dehumidifier
Honeywell MN12CES 12000BTU Portable Air Conditioner
  • Fantastic at cooling 
  • Way quieter than expected 
  • Not a drain on electricity 


Since not all homes, apartments, and offices are 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.

Editorial staff