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  • After another round of testing, the dual-hose inverter-style Midea Duo MAP12S1TBL is now our top pick. We’ve also added the Frigidaire Gallery Cool Connect GHPCAB1 as an also-great pick. We are aware of seasonal shortages on many picks in this category and are working to provide in-stock links at the best prices we can find.

  • After another round of testing, the dual-hose inverter-style Midea Duo MAP12S1TBL is now our top pick. We’ve also added the Frigidaire Gallery Cool Connect GHPCAB1 as an also-great pick. We are aware of seasonal shortages on many picks in this category and are working to provide in-stock links at the best prices we can find.

    Our previous top pick, the LG LPIVSM, is still a great choice if you can find it in stock, and the Black+Decker BPACT14WT remains the best budget option available.

July 20,

Portable air conditioners aren’t as mobile as their name suggests, and they’re also one of the loudest and least efficient ways to cool a room. But if you don’t have central air, and a window AC isn’t an option, a portable AC is the next best way to beat the heat—and if that’s the case for you, we recommend the Midea Duo MAP12S1TBL. It’s quieter, more powerful, and generally more pleasant to live with than nearly any of the other two dozen portable ACs we’ve tested (and the hundreds more we’ve researched) since

Most portable ACs are pretty similar, but the Midea Duo MAP12S1TBL delivers better cooling performance than other models while using less energy and making less noise. Rather than running only at max speed or nothing, the Midea’s inverter-powered compressor can operate at a continuously variable speed, so the unit has a lot more flexibility in how it reaches a desired temperature in a wide range of temperature and humidity conditions. In our tests, it was also remarkably effective at distributing the cool air, never leaving more than a 1-degree temperature difference across the room. Unlike the single-hose portables we typically recommend, the Duo has a unique “hose-in-hose” setup where the exhaust and intake are split into two separate conduits contained within a single larger tube, making it even more efficient. It’s one of the quietest portable ACs we’ve ever tested, too, with a volume that consistently measured below normal conversation levels. The Midea offers all of the standard smart-home capabilities, as well, including Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant support, and the smartphone app and the included remote offer even greater options for custom control.

If the Midea Duo isn’t available, the single-hose LG LPIVSM is another great option for a portable AC with an efficient inverter-powered compressor. It has a similar setup overall, with a built-in hose and a top-mounted fan that makes the AC sound as if it’s breathing in and out with steady wafts of white noise and cool air, plus all the same smart-home features. It’s slightly more expensive than the Midea, and some readers have complained about the timbre of its sound (though we never had any problems with that ourselves), but overall it’s still one of the best portable air conditioners you can find.

The Frigidaire Gallery Cool Connect GHPCAB1 impressed us not only with its ability to maintain a steady chill throughout the room within one-half of a degree but also with its surprisingly low-volume performance. Although it doesn’t have the same power or efficiency as an inverter model like the Midea or the LG, the single-hose Frigidaire somehow inexplicably managed to run at an even lower volume in our tests, beating both of those portable ACs by about 2 decibels. However, its window-installation kit wasn’t quite as robust, and while it offered all the same smart-home capabilities, we encountered some frustrations with the way they worked.

The popular, affordable Black+Decker BPACT14WT delivers where it counts—in cooling performance—better than anything else in its price range. But it’s a little rough around the edges compared with our other picks: Its operation is louder, its controls are clunkier, and it lacks the nice details we like about some other models. But even so, it gets the job done, and it’s a fine choice if you need a portable AC at something closer to a window-AC price.

Why you should trust us

We’ve been considering and testing air conditioners in general since and evaluating portable units in particular beginning in In that time, we’ve put more than hours into researching and testing the full field, spending dozens of hours focused on portables specifically. We’ve considered nearly different portable models and performed hands-on trials with more than 20 of the best options available. We’ve met with manufacturers at trade shows and events, corresponded with sources over years of interviews, and combed through volumes of Department of Energy material about AC efficiency standards.

This guide builds on earlier work done by Wirecutter senior staff writer Liam McCabe, who has been writing about appliances for Wirecutter since

Who this is for

If you don’t have central air conditioning, you should first look into window ACs or ductless mini-splits, which are generally more efficient and (in the case of window units) more affordable. But not every room or window type can accommodate a window AC, and mini-split installations can be too costly or complicated. If you find yourself in one of those situations, a portable air conditioner could make the difference between sweltering surroundings and comfort.

You still need to have a window for a portable AC, however, as a place to vent the heat to the outdoors. This bears repeating, because it’s a common misunderstanding regarding something called “portable”: All of these units require a window and an electrical outlet within a few feet of where they’re operating.

How we picked

Our primary concern in choosing a portable AC was finding a unit with adequate cooling performance, followed by low noise, decent efficiency, and other quality-of-life factors we measured once we saw our finalists in person.

We used independent ratings to screen candidates for cooling performance. A primary measure was seasonally adjusted cooling capacity, or SACC, a US Department of Energy calculation that represents the weighted average performance of a portable air conditioner in a number of test conditions. The SACC metric measures not only cooling capacity but also how the unit performs on muggy days or hot and dry days, and it even accounts for the effect of heat radiating back into the room from the unit’s vent. Since , SACC has gradually replaced the less-comprehensive British thermal unit (Btu) rating as the standard measurement for AC power output. Many air conditioners include both numbers—the Btu measurements developed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) were widely adopted—so we considered both stats in our selection.

In , the Department of Energy also finalized new standards for combined energy-efficiency ratio (CEER), a new metric based on SACC that considers additional factors such as standby energy usage alongside the previously used energy-efficiency ratio (EER) measurement. We didn’t concern ourselves too much with these specific numbers as long as an AC reached our minimum SACC threshold of 7, Btu per hour; anything less than that, and the AC isn’t even worth a glance. (When in doubt, consult the EnergyGuide label on the box.)

We weren’t worried about oversizing the AC for the space, either. The main risk of using an oversize AC is overcooling the area before dehumidifying it, and all of these units have dehumidifier functions that can remove moisture without chilling the space if a room gets too cold and clammy. But we were more concerned about making recommendations that could actually provide adequate power. Portable ACs are notorious underperformers, generally less efficient than their window-mounted counterparts, and we’ve frequently heard that people buy a smaller unit, find it unsatisfying, and either return it or swap it out for a larger one. Our tests have borne this out over the years, as well; we’ve seen supposedly efficient models that barely made a dent in cooling rooms they were appropriately sized for. Those results helped our decision to go big and not focus too much on the claimed square-footage requirements. So we set a baseline SACC of 7, Btu per hour, which often corresponded with 14, Btu according to the older ASHRAE standards.

With our performance needs met, we gathered a half dozen finalists and evaluated them in person, looking for the following factors:

  • Basic setup process: We noted whether it was easy to connect the exhaust tube, as well as whether the window panel required tools or cumbersome construction.
  • Performance: We evaluated how quickly a unit cooled the room and how well it dispersed that coolness throughout the space.
  • Portability: All of the units we tested had casters, but we also looked into how easy they were to move around or lift, as well as how easy they were to break down.
  • Noise: We dismissed any models with an advertised noise rating of 56 decibels or higher. We then measured the actual noise output of our finalists, noting any obnoxious mechanical sounds or frequencies.
  • Overall user experience: We evaluated what it was like to live with these machines, how intuitive they were to control, what size footprint they occupied, and what it would be like to store them in the off-season.
  • Accessories: We looked for features such as cord storage, a remote, or the ability to connect to an app—minor factors that we noted but didn’t hang any big decisions on.
  • Accessibility: With the understanding that maneuvering a portable AC into position and connecting its exhaust hoses can be physically difficult if not impossible for people with limited mobility, we sought models that made this process relatively easy, and we took note of any that used an app, remote control, scheduling, or other automations to make the devices easier to use for anyone once they’re installed and running regularly.

Our initial performance requirements for our testing narrowed the field of portable ACs to 23 promising models, and after applying our remaining criteria, we settled on five finalists to call in for testing.

What about dual-hose models?

Starting in , we began comparing dual- and single-hose models according to the same criteria, and we didn’t dismiss any models based on their hose count. Our research, however, ultimately steered us toward single-hose portable models—in part because so many newer models use this design. In fact, we found no compelling new double-hose models from major manufacturers in or (although a few new ones cropped up in , including our new top pick). Owner reviews indicate that most people prefer single-hose models, too, since they’re easier to set up and don’t look quite as much like a giant octopus trash sculpture. Although our testing has shown that dual-hose models tend to outperform some single-hose units in extremely hot or muggy weather, the difference is usually minimal, and we don’t think it outweighs the convenience of a single hose.

The one major exception, however, is if you plan on setting up your portable AC in a room with a furnace or hot water heater or anything else that uses combustion. When a single-hose AC model forces air out through its exhaust hose, it can create negative pressure in the room. This produces a slight vacuum effect, which pulls in “infiltration air” from anywhere it can in order to equalize the pressure. In the presence of a gas-powered device such as a furnace, that negative pressure creates a backdraft or downdraft, which can cause the machine to malfunction—or worse, fill the room with gas fumes and carbon monoxide. We don’t think that most people plan to use their portable AC in such a room, but if your home is set up in such a way that you’re concerned about ventilation, skip the rest of our recommendations here and go straight for the Midea Duo MAP12S1TBL or another dual-hose model like the Whynter Elite ARCDS or Whynter Elite ARCDHP.

How we tested

Over the course of a sweltering summer week in Boston, we set up our five finalists in a roughly square-foot space, taking notes and rating each model on the basic setup process, performance, portability, accessories, and overall user experience.

The makers of portable air conditioners are required to list their performance and efficiency statistics, and our research and our previous testing have proven these numbers to be accurate. By prescreening for these stats, we got the impression that every model we tested would cool a room capably. We confirmed that they did by taking measurements with two Lascar temperature and humidity data loggers—we placed one 3 feet away, directly in front of the unit, and placed the other one 6 feet away on a diagonal. With each AC set to its lowest setting (between 60 and 64 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on the unit) and the highest fan/compressor setting, we measured the temperature and humidity in the room every 15 minutes for three hours to see how well each unit dispersed the coolness and dehumidification process across the space.

We also graded the air conditioners on the general usability factors that determine what it’s like to live with one in your home. We measured the volume at each unit’s various settings—compressor on/off and fan high/medium/low—from a distance of about 6 feet with an audio spectrum analyzer app. We gauged the overall quality of the sound and noted any spikes in any frequencies that registered in the app. As we set the units up, rolled them aside, switched from one to another, and fiddled with their vent-hose attachments in the window, we learned a lot about which ones we would get for ourselves or recommend to friends.

Our pick: Midea Duo MAP12S1TBL

Our top pick portable air conditioner, the Midea Duo MAP12S1TBL, shown in a room.

The Midea Duo MAP12S1TBL is one of the quietest and most powerful portable air conditioners we’ve ever tested—but those aren’t the only reasons it stands apart from other models. The Duo is one of the rare portables with a variable inverter compressor, which allows for more fine-tuned and energy-efficient temperature control. It’s typically more affordable than the other inverter models we’ve seen, as well. The Duo is also the first new dual-hose model we’ve called in for testing since , thanks in large part to its unique “hose-in-hose” design, which places the intake and exhaust hoses side by side within a single larger hose. This detail, combined with the wide variety of window-installation panels that Midea includes in the box, makes the Duo especially easy to wrangle and install (a particularly remarkable feat for a dual-hose model). It’s one of the more attractive portable ACs we’ve seen, too, although that’s kind of like saying that R2-D2 is better looking than R5-D4—one is a little more sleek-looking, but at the end of the day, they all resemble trash cans on wheels.1 Overall, the Midea Duo does a fantastic job of achieving and maintaining a desired temperature and humidity level regardless of the weather or room conditions, with a high energy-efficiency ratio and all of the convenient smart-home features you might expect. If you have to live with a portable AC in the room, this is the coolest roommate you could ask for.

Whereas most compressors run on only two speeds—on or off—this Midea model’s variable-speed inverter can adjust to more precisely match the cooling requirements of the given conditions without creating any huge spikes in energy consumption. As a result, it’s better at cooling spaces than other models with the same power output and will save you money on your electric bill in the long run. In our tests, it produced some of the most even and consistent cooling across the room, never registering more than a 1-degree difference between our monitors positioned at 3 feet directly in front of the AC and 6 feet away on a diagonal. The Duo’s efficiency advantage is clearly demonstrated in the changing standards for measuring portable AC power output, as well. According to the old ASHRAE standards, the Duo has 12, Btu of power, just like most of the other models we tested. But according to the more comprehensive SACC performance standards, which measure across conditions, it achieves an impressive 10, Btu per hour. By contrast, the other models we tested reached SACC scores between 7, and 8,, even with a higher Btu rating by the old standards (although that also demonstrates some of the problems with those older measurements). So even though these units all had a similar (or larger) basic power-output level, the Midea Duo’s compressor setup allowed it to use that power output more effectively.

The Duo’s unique compressor design also means that it operates more quietly than other models, registering around 51 decibels on average (“normal conversation” reaches about 60 dB). The low and medium fan settings are remarkably quieter (45 dB and 48 dB, respectively) than the high setting (56 dB); as a result, the compressor is much more noticeable when it kicks on with the lower fan settings than when the whole thing is running on high. In fact, with both the compressor and the fan on high, we had trouble measuring any volume difference at all. The compressor did produce a fuller sound than the fan-only setting, especially on the lower end of the spectrum. But overall, the effect wasn’t unpleasant, and the Midea Duo was still slightly quieter than the other inverter-style portable AC we tested, the LG LPIVSM, and 2 to 5 decibels quieter than most of the other models we tested. The only exception to this trend was one of our also-great picks, the Frigidaire Gallery Cool Connect GHPCAB1, which surprised us with measurements about 1 or 2 decibels quieter than what the Midea model produced, despite its use of a standard (non-inverter) compressor. But the Midea’s compressor design means that the initial difference in sound between fan-only mode and cooling mode is much less abrupt than it is on the Frigidaire. You don’t hear that distinct “Clunk! Bu-zzz-ZZZ!” as it shifts into gear as on other portable ACs; in fact, if the Duo’s fan is running on high, you probably won’t even notice when it’s actively cooling.

The hose of the Midea Duo pick, shown attached to a window.

In addition to offering a unique “hose-in-hose” design, the Midea Duo’s hose is also built directly into the back of the AC, making it even easier to handle and store. Photo: Michael Hession

The hose of the Midea pick, showing the separate conduits for intake and exhaust.

On the outside, the Duo resembles any other single-hose portable air conditioner. But contained within that hose are two separate conduits for intake and exhaust, making it even more efficient than the competition. Photo: Michael Hession

The parts of the Midea pick, shown disassembled on the floor of a room.

The Midea Duo came with one of the most robust window-installation kits we’ve ever seen, with enough customizable options to help you make it fit almost any window. Photo: Michael Hession

The Duo’s swinging fan is a rotating cylinder that sits on top of the unit and does an impressive job of spreading the cool air around the room. In our tests, we measured the temperature from 3 feet directly in front of the AC and 6 feet away on a diagonal, and the Duo was mostly able to retain a consistent temperature within 1 degree between those two thermometers. We say “mostly” because the fan actually hurled some of the cold air over our 3-feet-away thermometer, which initially led to some inconsistent readings. Once we figured out what was happening, it made sense and actually helped to demonstrate the Duo’s impressive air-circulation prowess. After all, cold air is heavier than warm air and thus tends to sink to the ground sooner. But the Duo was able to send those initial gusts of air far enough to ensure that the cold air actually spread before it sank. Anecdotally, we could feel that physical difference in the room, too.

In addition, the Midea Duo’s hose (which is technically two hoses in one) is built directly into the AC’s rear side, in a design that can compress like an accordion in a vertical orientation that sits nearly flush with the unit. This design is easier to manage than the hoses on other models we tested—some project awkwardly out of the back, sit perpendicular to the unit, or are completely detachable so they must be stored separately and can be misplaced. The fact that this hose is anchored to the body of the AC by default also makes it easier to wrangle when you’re trying to set the AC up (thus helping you avoid the frustration of securing the hose into the window only to realize that you accidentally pulled it out of the AC, trapping yourself in a clumsy tug-of-war with an exhaust hose). To further aid in that easy installation process, the Duo also comes with more window-panel attachment options than any other portable air conditioner we’ve ever tested. We’re not even entirely sure what kinds of windows the attachments are designed for—there were only so many windows in our home to test them on. Suffice to say, the Midea Duo is more likely to have the hardware that you need for your particular situation, whatever it may be.

The control panel and display on the Duo are large and easy to navigate, with just a few LEDs that are subtle enough that they probably won’t keep you awake at night. Like the other models we tested, the Duo allows you to set it to dehumidify (without cooling) or just run it in a fan-only mode. Its drain port works like the others, as well: You can screw it open when you need to empty the unit of condensation or attach a hose to it. Note, too, that this drain is higher up on the Duo than on other models—about 1 foot up from the bottom, which should make it easier to tilt and drain. Also like other portables, the Duo uses filters that are easy to remove and clean without any additional tools. The remote control is standard, and the unit has a convenient recess on the back to store the plug at the end of the season.

The top of the Midea unit, showing the button controls and cylindrical fans.

The Midea Duo’s top-mounted cylindrical fan is impressively effective at moving air through the room. Photo: Michael Hession

The controller for the Midea unit, showing its large buttons and screen.

The Duo’s remote control is large and a little clunky, but it puts all the features you need right there at your fingertips. Photo: Michael Hession

The Duo also has smart capabilities that allow you to control it via a smartphone app, Amazon Alexa, or Google Assistant. Midea’s smart-feature functionality (both the app interface and voice commands) are relatively welcoming and easy to figure out. We appreciated that the Duo could function fully without relying on the app or the voice controls, but we valued this versatility, especially for anyone who has difficulty getting up and manually adjusting the unit itself. And as on other ACs with capable smart features, these abilities are especially handy for scheduling air conditioning times or turning the AC on or off when you’re away from home. Midea’s app also offers a “sleep curve” feature, so you can go to sleep in a blanket of cool air without having to worry about waking up when it’s too cold to get out of bed.

With a rating of 10, SACC, the MAP12S1TBL should be enough for most people. But if you need more cooling power, Midea also makes a 12, SACC (14, Btu) model, the MAP14S1TBL, as well as another portable inverter AC that provides heating in addition to cooling. We haven’t tested either of those models ourselves, but we expect them to be comparable; they’re even the exact same size as our top pick, although they both weigh a few pounds more.

Flaws but not dealbreakers

At 73 pounds, the Midea Duo is one of the heavier portable ACs out there—about 5 pounds more than our budget pick and more than 10 pounds heavier than the convertible dual-hose model we tested from GE. The caster wheels and handles make it easy enough to move around on flat areas. Carrying any portable AC up and down stairs is a challenge; the Duo’s added heft amplifies that problem.

Also great: LG LPIVSM

The LG LPIVSM portable air conditioner in front of a brick wall.

The LG LPIVSM was our top pick from to , and it’s still pretty great if you can find it in stock. Like the Midea Duo, it has an inverter compressor that makes it quieter and more efficient than other portable air conditioners, with an SACC of 10, Btu per hour—the same as the Midea, even though its power output by the older standards was comparatively higher than the Midea’s at 14, Btu per hour. It also has all the same smart-home features (though with a different user interface), a similar built-in accordion hose and sturdy window-installation kit, and a convenient pocket on the back where you can store the remote control, plug, or manual. The LG sounds similar to the Midea, too, with a pop-up fan that makes a gentle, almost breath-like white noise. It is slightly louder, but it still measures below “normal conversation” volume; compared with our budget pick from Black+Decker, the LG is about 7 decibels quieter on average with the compressor running.

Some owner reviews complain that the compressor on the LG emits a loud, high-pitched whine that sometimes makes sleeping difficult. We didn’t hear anything like that in our own tests, although we did measure a small spike in volume that occasionally popped up around the 9, Hz to 10, Hz range, and then again between 14, Hz and 15, Hz. That’s toward the upper limit of the adult human hearing range, but it could account for the problems that some people have encountered.

The LG is also the heaviest portable AC we’ve tested. This is normally fine, since the unit has wheels to help you move it around, but its weight can be a problem when you’re trying to tip the machine over to use the drain plug, which is inconveniently located at the very bottom of the unit.

The other downside is that the LG usually costs around $ more than the Midea—when it’s available, that is.

Also great: Frigidaire Gallery Cool Connect GHPCAB1

The best single-hose portable air conditioner with less power than our top pick, the Frigidaire Gallery Cool Connect GHPCAB1, shown in a room.

Although the single-hose Frigidaire Gallery Cool Connect GHPCAB1 is not an inverter-style portable AC, it proved to be even quieter and more consistent than the Midea Duo and the LG LPIVSM in the way it distributed the air around the room during our tests. With an SACC rating of 8, Btu per hour, it’s not quite as powerful as an inverter model, but it’s still better than any of the other non-inverter portable ACs we tested. The Frigidaire also cooled faster at the beginning of the cycle, dropping the temperature about degrees across the room within the first 15 minutes and averaging a degree temperature drop in every minute increment after that, in comparison with the Midea’s degree cooling average. And the Frigidaire was better than any other model we tested at maintaining a consistent temperature between the two sensors we placed in the testing room (one at 3 feet directly in front of the AC, and the other 6 feet away on a diagonal), spreading the air evenly around the room so that there was never more than a half-degree difference.

The Frigidaire’s cooling consistency was impressive (and inexplicable) enough for any portable air conditioner, though especially one without an inverter compressor. But its volume output came as a similar surprise, as it measured about 2 decibels quieter on average than the Midea. The Frigidaire’s compressor is a little more noticeable when it first kicks on, but otherwise it produces a mostly pleasant white noise that’s easy to ignore. Case in point: After our initial tests, we set the Frigidaire up in a 1-year-old’s bedroom, and it was indeed quieter than the white noise machine that the baby sleeps with anyway.

The control panel on the Frigidaire model, showing a bright LED reading of the current temperature.

The control panel on the Frigidaire is clear, but the LEDs can be a little too bright. Photo: Michael Hession

The exhaust hose of our Frigidaire pick, showing the grid cover attached to the end of the hose.

The Frigidaire’s hose includes an attractive cover for the otherwise unsightly accordion hose, and it has a protective grid over the exhaust to prevent anything from sneaking inside. Photo: Michael Hession

Like the other models we tested, the Frigidaire has a drain plug, a washable filter, and mostly seamless smart-home capabilities. Its capacitive buttons are a nice touch, too (no pun intended), although we found it difficult to remember where the power button was each time we tried to turn the machine off or on (it’s on the right side of the control panel, the opposite side from the positioning on most portables). However, the LED indicators—including the optional Quick Glance Light, which lets you know when your room has reached your target temperature—were a little too bright for our tastes. This light might be tolerable for some people in some situations, but it could be bothersome in the bedroom if you’re particularly sensitive to light. (Even after turning it “off” in the app, we still had some trouble with the Quick Glance Light annoyingly flashing in the middle of the night to warn us that the filter needed a rinse.)

Good night, too-bright LED indicators

The Frigidaire app is fine overall, and it unlocks some additional functionality, including the unit’s built-in air ionizer. We’re typically skeptical of the health claims of these sorts of ionizers, but hey, if that’s what you’re into, go for it. Our bigger gripe with the app concerns the lengthy registration process, which requires you to give Frigidaire all of your contact information, including your home address and the unit’s date of purchase. If you wait to set up your AC until an already-sweltering day, you’ll be even more annoyed when you realize you need to sign up for more junk mail before you can get cool again.

Finally, we found the Frigidaire’s window-installation kit to be somewhat lacking. Although the hose has some nice touches such as a lattice over the exhaust port and a nice cloth sheath to dress up the otherwise unsightly plastic accordion tube, this model also came with the least modular window-panel options. We had to snap one of the plastic plates in half in order to fit it snugly into a standard double-hung window. This is particularly disappointing since the window panels were one of the standout features of this model’s predecessor, the now-discontinued Frigidaire Gallery Cool Connect FGPCT1, which we previously recommended as an also-great pick.

Budget pick: Black+Decker BPACT14WT

The Black+Decker BPACT14WT portable air conditioner in front of a brick wall.

The Black+Decker BPACT14WT is loud and clumsy, yet it’s your best bet for a cheapish portable air conditioner that will actually get the job done. In previous years, we had limited our search to models with an energy-efficiency ratio of at least 9 and a seasonally adjusted cooling capacity of 7,, and this Black+Decker model just made the cut on both metrics, with an EER of and a SACC of 7, However, it’s also the most affordable option we’ve tested that meets those standards; plenty of more expensive models didn’t even reach our threshold for power and efficiency.

In our tests, the Black+Decker BPACT14WT’s condenser started at 64 dB with the fan running low—about 8 decibels louder than the Midea Duo at its loudest. Even with the condenser off, the Black+Decker still emitted about as much noise as the Midea and the Frigidaire GHPCAB1 at their absolute top volume. It also produced the most uneven range of frequencies: We measured peaks around Hz (like the low end of a guitar) and then again at the high range of 4, Hz, 5, Hz, and 9, Hz (like a bunch of cymbals and sibilant “s” sounds). This is great if you think you might enjoy listening to an amateur White Stripes cover band with a snake on lead vocals, but it might not be the best if you want to sleep or get any work done. Full disclosure: When I was measuring these frequencies with the Black+Decker running in a small, closed room, I got a headache after 15 minutes.

The black and decker portable air conditioner installed beside a window.

At pounds, the Black+Decker BPACT14WT was the second-lightest model we tested. Its rough, bumpy casters feel cheaply made but work well enough. Photo: Rozette Rago

A close up of the temperature control panel on the black and decker portable air conditioner.

The controls on the Black+Decker are touch-sensitive, but it’s hard to tell if you’ve activated them. Photo: Rozette Rago

The black and decker vent hose installed in a window.

The Black+Decker’s window setup requires a screwdriver to lock the sliding plates into place. Photo: Rozette Rago

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If you’re looking for a window air conditioner, our favorite, the GE Profile PHC08LY, is discounted from $ to $ at Appliances Connection, saving you $ This quick-cooling, window-installed unit dropped our square-foot testing room’s temperature by 10 degrees Fahrenheit in just 43 minutes—and reduced the space’s humidity by a whopping 14%. It was also quiet—quieter, in fact, than the average refrigerator. Additionally, we liked how we could monitor both the temperature and power usage settings on our AC from the GE appliances app. Since this pick is smart home-compatible, you can even add it to your Alexa or Google ecosystem. 

This GE Profile unit is both quiet and efficient.

Those looking for portable air conditioners can get a deal on another one of our favorite picks, the Frigidaire FHPCAB1, which is currently marked down from $ to $ for $ in savings. This unit chilled the sensors in its path by 20 degrees Fahrenheit in just seven minutes. (The rest of the room took an extra 20 minutes to fully cool down). We also liked its extremely compact size (it’s only about inches wide), which makes it perfect for small spaces or city apartments. This option doesn’t have Wi-Fi compatibility, though, so you'll have to manually pick the settings. That said, at its current price, this cooling essential is a steal. 

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7 best portable air conditioners of for your home

Summer is well underway, and if you live in a warm or humid climate, having an air conditioner is a necessity. There are plenty of AC configurations out there, including window air conditioning units, air coolers and portable units. If you don’t want the stress and hassle of installing a window unit, you may want to consider a portable air conditioner, which is easier to install and can be moved throughout your space.

To help you find the best portable air conditioner, we consulted cooling and appliance experts to help you find the right model for your space — and got their top brand recommendations.

SKIP AHEAD How to shop for a portable AC unit

How portable air conditioners work

Portable air conditioners typically cool the entire room by taking in warm room air, cooling it and circulating it throughout. The unit vents warm air outside via a tube connected to your window. Many units also help maintain comfortable humidity levels, explained Shirley Hood, an appliance sales specialist at appliance retailer ABT. Users then adjust things like fan speeds and temperature.

“A lot of people are using them to put them in a room where you want some window access and have floor space available,” said Hood. “They’re simple and easy to use. Typically, they’re being used in offices.”

Portable air conditioners are a pricier alternative to window units, though they’re also much easier to install and are typically more compact, so you can move the unit from room to room without much effort, noted John McKeon, MD, CEO of Allergy Standards — an organization that certifies products as “asthma and allergy-friendly,” among other things.


Best portable air conditioning units

Here are our top picks for portable air conditioner units, which can be easily moved throughout your home and are designed for easy installation and portability.

Best portable air conditioner overall: Frigidaire

Frigidaire 8, BTU Portable Air Conditioner with Remote

This highly rated model comes with a remote and programmable timer, as well as dehumidifying and air filtration features. It allows for three different fan speeds and can cool rooms up to square feet. This model weighs just over 62 pounds and comes with a Sleep mode, which conserves energy while you’re asleep and gradually increases temperature throughout the night.

Best affordable portable air conditioner: Shinco

Shinco 8, BTU Portable Air Conditioner

With 8, BTUs of cooling power, this portable air conditioner from Shinco can cool a room up to square feet in size and has three modes to choose from: cooling, dehumidifying and fan. It weighs 55 pounds and has both an LED display and remote that you can use to control it, plus a timer that can be set up to 24 hours.

Best portable air conditioner for smaller rooms: BLACK + DECKER

BLACK+DECKER BPACT10WT Portable Air Conditioner

This portable air conditioner produces 6, BTUs of cooling power and is ideal for smaller rooms under square feets. Relatively compact, it weighs only 26 pounds. It has an adjustable fan which can cool the air down to 65 degrees Fahrenheit, and has cooling, ventilation and dehumidifying features. It’s easy to install and comes with an LED screen, a hour timer and a cleaning reminder.

Best portable air conditioner for large rooms: De'Longhi

De'Longhi PACEXLVYN 14, BTU Portable Air Conditioner

With 14, BTUs of cooling power, this portable AC is designed to cool a room up to square feet in size. It's designed to auto-adjust the temperature depending on the humidity levels in the room and has dehumidifying and fan features as well as cooling.

Best smart portable air conditioner: Honeywell

Honeywell HF0CESVWK6 Smart Wi-Fi Portable Air Conditioner

This model can connect via Wi-Fi and can be controlled by your smartphone, allowing you to control your unit anywhere in the home. This model can cool rooms up to square feet and weighs just under 63 pounds. Users can also use voice commands to power on, change temperature and adjust fan speeds.

Best smart, high-end portable air conditioner: Midea

Midea MAP10S1CWT Portable Air Conditioner

This Wi-Fi-enabled Midea portable air conditioner is designed with convenience in mind: It can be controlled via a smartphone app, and it can also be paired with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant to respond to voice commands. With 10, BTUs of cooling power, it can cool a room up to square feet in size between 62 degrees Fahrenheit and 90 degrees Fahrenheit and has a hour adjustable timer.

Best smart portable air conditioner for large rooms: De'Longhi

De'Longhi 12, BTU Smart Portable Air Conditioner

This portable AC option from De'Longhi can cool rooms up to square feet in size, according to the brand. With the De'Longhi app, you can control the device from your phone — even if you're not at home. It's also compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. The air conditioner can also be used as a fan, dehumidifier and heater in the colder months.


How to shop for a portable air conditioning unit

First, assess your space. The air conditioner’s cooling ability is typically measured in British Thermal Units, or BTUs. The higher the BTUs, the more powerful the air conditioner is at keeping your room cool. On average, an air conditioning unit needs about 20 BTUs per square foot of space to keep things cool, said McKeon. It’s important to find a model that’s efficient for your space, but keep in mind that more BTUs isn’t always better.

EnergyStar, a federal program promoting energy-efficient products, has its own guidelines to help you choose the right model. As BTU capacity increases, the weight and size of the model typically will, too.

  • Cooling up to square feet: 5, to 6, BTUs
  • From up to square feet: 7, to 8, BTUs
  • From up to square feet: 9, to 10, BTUs
  • From up to square feet: 12, BTUs

“If you buy an undersized air conditioner, it's likely that the equipment may fail to keep up with cooling demands on hot days — not to mention ultimately increasing your energy bill since it's working overtime to meet that demand,” Marla Mock, VP of Operations at HVAC services company Aire Serv, previously told NBC News Shopping. “But if you purchase an oversized AC unit, it'll reach that demanded temperature too quickly, which leads to a short-cycling behavior and premature breakdowns.”

When shopping for portable air conditioning units, McKeon recommended considering the following.

  • Price: Portable air conditioners typically run between $ and $, depending on the size and amount of features.
  • Portable air conditioners either come with a single hose or double hose. Single hose models, which are more common, pull stagnant air from inside your room, cooling and recirculating it throughout. Dual-hose units, on the other hand, pull fresh air from outside and are typically pricier.
  • Some portable air conditioners equip smart technology and can be controlled via smartphone, though these models will typically cost more, too.
  • Other models come with added built-in features, like a dehumidifier, heater or air purifier.
  • You may also be able to set a timer to turn the unit on or off at specific times to reduce energy consumption.
  • Most units are labeled as self-evaporating, which reduces the need to drain water regularly from the unit.

Keep in mind your portable air conditioner needs proximity to a window and electrical outlet. These models also require some simple maintenance, including draining the water from the unit as needed, and replacing the air filters every couple of weeks. This will help avoid mold growth in your unit, which can decrease your room’s air quality, said McKeon.


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Hanna Horvath

Hanna Horvath is a personal finance reporter based in New York City. She currently writes for Policygenius and her work has appeared in Business Insider, MSN, Inc Magazine and more. 

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