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LG LP1215GXR 115V Portable Air Conditioner

Take a breath of cool air wherever you go with these portable air conditioners.

Most air conditioners are large devices hardwired into the wall. You very well can’t carry them around or install them in different rooms as you deem fit.

If you’re someone who often moves around a lot, you might instead need a portable air conditioner so you can conveniently carry the cool air with you.

Portable air conditioners are easy to carry around since they come with handles and wheels. They are also easy to program as they come with functioning remote controls.

As such, you can reliably carry your air conditioners with you wherever you go. Instead of installing air conditioners in multiple rooms around your house, you can simply wheel the air conditioner over wherever you are at the moment.

However, there are a lot of different air conditioners on the market. And all of them are equipped with different sets of features and have different cooling capacities.

In this article, we’ll give you an overview of some of the best portable air conditioners so you can make an informed purchase decision.

1. Whynter Elite ARC-122DS Portable Air Conditioner

Priced from: $418.99

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Best Portable Air Conditioner for Extremely Hot Conditions

Whynter Elite ARC-122DS Portable Air Conditioner

Whynter Elite ARC-122DS is unique because it’s one of the few dual-hose portable air conditioners on the market. If you expect that the ambient temperature might rise about 95 degrees, then you need to get a dual-hose portable air conditioner because a single-hose won’t be powerful enough.

Most dual-hose portable air conditioners are slightly difficult to handle because of the second hose. And Whynter Elite ARC-122DS is no different. However, if you’re living in an area prone to heat waves, then you’ll need this air conditioner anyway and the slight inconvenience is a worthy tradeoff.

In terms of sound output, Whynter Elite ARC-122DS is perfect. It’s completely noiseless and lets out only a gentle whirr you can hear in complete silence. However, the screen is small and you need to crouch down considerably and get close to really read the temperature. Furthermore, despite the availability of remote control, the vent has to be opened or closed manually. As such, it’s not entirely remote-handled and you might need to walk over to it occasionally.

This portable air conditioner works on three operational modes — Cool, Dehumidify, and Fan. As such, if you find that your room is getting humid, you can use it as a dehumidifier with a decent capacity of 76 pints per day.

At 60 pounds, this is quite a heavy portable air conditioner. However, it has pretty smooth wheels in place so you won’t have to concern yourself with the weight. All things considered, Whynter Elite ARC-122DS is certainly not perfect. But it’s the best portable air conditioner for rooms up to 400 sq. feet in size and if you live in an area that experiences extreme heat.

2. LG LP1215GXR 115V Portable Air Conditioner

Priced from: $399.99

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Best Portable Air Conditioner for Medium-Sized Rooms

LG LP1215GXR 115V Portable Air Conditioner

LG LP1215GXR is a portable air conditioner that’s perfect for medium-sized rooms up to 300 sq. feet in size. It can be plugged into any 115V electrical outlet. This air conditioner functions as an air conditioner and a dehumidifier. As an air conditioner, it is rated at 12,000 BTU and it has a dehumidification capacity of 1.2 pints per hour.

This portable air conditioner is also extremely user-friendly. All of the different functions and features are clearly labeled, both on the remote and the air conditioner itself. The remote control can be used to handle all the different features so you don’t need to use it manually. The air conditioner has also been designed such that it has a remote control storage slot and a cord wrap. Even the remote control is more intuitive than most others because it features a large display that gives you all the information you need, such as dehumidification levels, temperature, etc.

LG LP1215GXR is also equipped with some pretty cool features. The Energy Saver mode triggers the fan whenever the room’s temperature rises. The Auto Clean feature gets rid of moisture from the heat exchange coils, which allows you to store the air conditioner without worrying about mold buildup. Finally, the Auto-Swing feature makes the fan oscillate to facilitate air circulation.

All things considered, LG LP1215GXR is one of the best portable air conditioners for medium-sized rooms. It is extremely user-friendly and has a wide range of features. The only issue is that it is extremely loud, more so than most other portable air conditioners.

3. BLACK + DECKER BPACT08WT Portable Air Conditioner

Priced from: $254.99

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Best Portable Air Conditioner for Compact Rooms

BLACK + DECKER BPACT08WT Portable Air Conditioner

BLACK + DECKER BPACT08WT is an extremely compact portable air conditioner that only weighs 50 pounds, measures 16.5 x 11.5 x 26 inches, and is rated for 8,000 BTU. However, due to the limited energy rating, it can only be used for rooms that are up to 150 sq. feet in area.

This unit has also been designed thoughtfully. It features a cord wrap you can use for winter storage and for transporting it up and down the stairs safely. The handles aren’t as well defined as those of the aforementioned portable air conditioners, but it still provides enough grip.

This portable air conditioner is quite minimalist in its approach. It has a small display with only five buttons. There are only a few simple features and functions you can trigger. The remote is also fairly minimalist. You also have some shortcut modes. For example, the Max Mode will automatically set the air conditioner to its lowest temperature setting and automate the fan speed.

The Sleep Mode is also a pretty useful and interesting inclusion. This mode automatically turns down the LED screen’s light so you’re not disturbed. It also starts operating the fan at a low speed so it doesn’t generate noise. You can also program the Sleep Mode to automatically turn off after a set time.

The biggest drawback here is the absence of an oscillating fan. As such, even though it cools the room, it doesn’t spread the air or circulate it well, which leads to uneven pockets of temperature.

4. Frigidaire FFPA1222U1 Portable Air Conditioner

Priced from: $329.00

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FRIGIDAIRE Portable Air Conditioner

Frigidaire FFPA1222U1 is a portable air conditioner rated at 12,000 BTU and is capable of cooling rooms up to 550 sq. feet in size. This is one of the best air conditioners for moisture removal because it has an extremely effective inbuilt dehumidifier. As such, if you’re living in a hot and humid area, this portable air conditioner is perfect.

This portable air conditioner is also well designed. It has a cord wrap space at the back so that you can maintain the cord neatly and minimize tripping hazards. The biggest issue, however, is that it doesn’t have a remote control. As such, you have to manually go to the air conditioner in order to control it. Furthermore, the sleep mode isn’t very effective and doesn’t dim the LED light, which can be quite distracting.

All things considered, if you’re living in a studio apartment in some hot and humid area, Frigidaire FFPA1222U1 is perfect for you. Just be prepared to get up in the middle of the night if you need to change the temperature.

5. Honeywell MN10CESBB Portable Air Conditioner

Priced from: $389.00

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Honeywell MN10CESBB 10000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner

Honeywell MN10CESBB is one of the original portable air conditioners but it’s still very effective. This portable air conditioner is suitable for small rooms up to 350 sq. feet in size since it has only been rated at 10,000 BTU.

This portable air conditioner can also double as a dehumidifier with a capacity of 66 pints per day. The auto-evaporation feature is particularly useful in getting rid of excess moisture in the air. The digital display is equipped with touchscreen functionality and the remote control is also pretty intuitive.

All things considered, Honeywell MN10CESBB is a decent portable air conditioner for small rooms. It also looks fairly attractive and has an intuitive and sleek display. But it’s pretty overpriced considering it’s not extremely powerful.

6. LG LP0817WSR Portable Air Conditioner

Priced from: $339.99

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LG LP0817WSR Portable Air Conditioner

LG LP0817WSR is an extremely compact portable air conditioner that weighs only 56 pounds and has dimensions of 23.7 x 18.7 x 16 inches. In standard settings, this portable air conditioner is rated at only 8,000 BTU, which makes it suitable for small rooms of around 150 sq. feet area.

This portable air conditioner is equipped with two fan speeds and two cooling speeds. As such, there’s not a lot of options, but it’s ideal for people who like minimal features and options. The best feature here is the auto swing louvers that can facilitate air circulation so there are no hot spots and the cool air is perfectly dispersed.

LG LP0817WSR is also pretty user-friendly and comes with both an intuitive LED display and intuitive remote control. The evaporation system is also pretty effective and can get rid of water buildup so there’s no dripping. The dehumidifier has a capacity of 1.8 pints per hour, which is fairly standard.

All things considered, LG LP0817WSR is the perfect choice for those who want a portable air conditioner for extremely small rooms.

Rohan is a Freelance Writer and Digital Nomad who loves all things related to technology, men’s style, grooming, fitness, and — above all else — travel. When not hunkered down over his laptop in some co-working space, he can often be found hiking through unchartered territories and exploring new cities across the globe.

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