Best Portable Air Conditioners

A portable air conditioner is a small, moveable air conditioning unit that's usually no larger than a bedside table. It keeps a set temperature by pulling warm air from a room and cooling it, via a refrigerant and an exhaust hose. Any remaining air is vented outside. Continue reading...

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Price
$129 to $1,499
$129
$1,499
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Cooling Power
0.35 kW
Heating Power
2.88 kW
Reverse Cycle
Cooling Capacity
1,190 BTU
Depth
157 mm
700 mm
Width
135 mm
750 mm
Height
140 mm
1,105 mm
Max Room Size
3

Based on 188 reviews
Coolzy-Pro

Coolzy-Pro 🏆 2024

4.4  (40)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $749
  • Cooling Power1.1 kW
  • Reverse Cycle No
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Dora
DoraNTDarwin, NT4 posts
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Fantastic machineI'm in Darwin where temperatures and humidity can be a bit brutal. I've had one of these for years and it's been fantastic to deal with the conditions. Show details ·  1
Omega Altise OAPC10

Omega Altise OAPC10

3.5  (51)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $449
  • Cooling Power2.6 kW
Michelle W
Michelle W6 posts
 
So noisyThis product is dreadful. It’s unbearably noisy every 5 min. Registering at 85 db.
Do not buy this product Show details
Honeywell CL30XC

Honeywell CL30XC

3.8  (9)
 Summary
Jordan
JordanSAMetropolitan Adelaide, SA
 
Does nothingWe live in South Australia. It does nothing at all in our conditions. We end up just using our $50 fan, as it does the same job, but a lot quieter Show details
Olimpia Splendid AirPro

Olimpia Splendid AirPro

3.4  (10)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $1,099 to $1,399
  • Cooling Power2.93 kW to 5.2 kW
  • Reverse Cycle No
Dimitri M.
Dimitri M.QLDSouth East Queensland, QLD
  18 C5.3kW
Coolzy-Go

Coolzy-Go

3.6  (9)
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  • Price (RRP) $549
  • Reverse Cycle No
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s r.NSWNorthern Region, NSW4 posts
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Honeywell CL60PM

Honeywell CL60PM

3.8  (6)
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Gary D
Gary DNSWHunter Region, NSW10 posts
 
Dimplex Multi-Directional DCP Series

Dimplex Multi-Directional DCP Series

3.5  (6)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $700 to $800
  • Cooling Power3.2 kW to 4 kW
  • Reverse Cycle No
ember
emberWAPerth, WA48 posts
  DCP14MULTI
DeLonghi Pinguino Air-to-Air PAC EL112CST

DeLonghi Pinguino Air-to-Air PAC EL112CST

3.6  (5)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $899
  • Cooling Power2.9 kW
peter
peter60 posts
 
Omega Altise OAPC1615W

Omega Altise OAPC1615W

4.7  (3)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $698
  • Cooling Power4.7 kW
TakeMyMoney
TakeMyMoneyQLDSouth East Queensland, QLD
 
Honeywell CS10XE

Honeywell CS10XE

2.8  (6)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $379.95
  • Reverse Cycle No
Neil O.
Neil O.SAMetropolitan Adelaide, SA2 posts
 
Glorified fanReally we can’t tell a significant difference between cool and fan mode.
Easy to operate, seems well built .
What else to say in thirty words.
Five four three two one. Show details
Arctic Air Pure Chill Cooler

Arctic Air Pure Chill Cooler

2.4  (5)
 Summary
  • Reverse Cycle No
Heather N
Heather N
 
Not good cheap @ nastyVery very disappointed with this product ! Cheap @ nasty. Don’t purchase this product. Not what it says it is. Show details
Polocool Whisper PQ10C

Polocool Whisper PQ10C

4.0  (2)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $799
  • Cooling Power2.7 kW
  • Reverse Cycle No
Marcus
Marcus
 
too noisyable to cool down a small room, but it’s too noisy to sleep with, not the noisiest one I’ve ever heard, but still noisy enough. Show details
Honeywell CL40PM

Honeywell CL40PM

2.7  (3)
 Summary
$599RRP
Jan
Jan
 
  • Price (RRP) $499
  • Cooling Power3.3 kW
  • Heating Power2.9 kW
  • Reverse Cycle Yes
robyn s.
robyn s.
 
Keeps beepingLove how unit cools but can't stop it beeping turned off and on at wall Show details
Olimpia Splendid Procool 16 E

Olimpia Splendid Procool 16 E

2.3  (3)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $1,499
  • Cooling Power4.7 kW
  • Reverse Cycle No
Jane E.
Jane E.SAMetropolitan Adelaide, SA4 posts
 
Omega Altise Slimline

Omega Altise Slimline

2.3  (3)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $599 to $1,099
  • Cooling Power3.5 kW to 5.2 kW
Paul and Tony
Paul and TonyWAPerth, WA2 posts
  Verified 4.6kW
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  • Price (RRP) $269
  • Reverse Cycle No
Andrew S.
Andrew S.
 
TCL TAC-12CPB/MZ

TCL TAC-12CPB/MZ

5.0  (1)
 Summary
  • Heating Power3.5 kW
  • Reverse Cycle No
Philz
PhilzBrisbane26 posts
  Verified
Dimplex DCP Series

Dimplex DCP Series

5.0  (1)
 Summary
  • Cooling Power1.93 kW to 2.56 kW
Michael D.
Michael D.QLDFar North Queensland, QLD2 posts
  DCP7W
Excellent quality works amazingly goodIt is better than the current air-conditioning unit I have I can really notice the difference right away as it's in a steel shipping container and keeps it freezing cold thanks dimplex it's a really good air-conditioning unit Show details ·  1
Excelair EPA20A (5.4kW)

Excelair EPA20A (5.4kW)

5.0  (1)
 Summary
$1,099RRP
Gregory Jonathan R.
Gregory Jonathan R.116 posts
  Verified
Devanti EAC-C-BT-18J-WH

Devanti EAC-C-BT-18J-WH

5.0  (1)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $159.99
  • Reverse Cycle No
JeannetteK
JeannetteKVICGreater Melbourne (Metropolitan), VIC9 posts
  Verified
Light enough to be portable and very coolingWe needed something between a fan and the AC out in the family room. This is perfect. It's not icy cold like the AC but it cools the room beautifully instead of just circulating the hot air as most fans do. I love it. Show reply
InAlto IAP3800W

InAlto IAP3800W

5.0  (1)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $699
  • Cooling Power3.8 kW
Kate555
Kate555NSWSydney, NSW49 posts
  Verified
Midea Portable Air Conditioner MPPD35C (3.5kW)

Midea Portable Air Conditioner MPPD35C (3.5kW)

4.0  (1)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $959
  • Cooling Power3.5 kW
  • Reverse Cycle No
DaveH
DaveHNSWSydney, NSW2 posts
  Verified
Very pleased with our purchase. Would recommendThis portable AC is fantastic. It cools our son’s room very quickly and it cools all parts of the room, not just some areas. Quick & easy to install. We highly recommend this unit.
Vostok 3.5kW VOSPAC12KWA

Vostok 3.5kW VOSPAC12KWA

4.0  (1)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $699.99
  • Cooling Power3.5 kW
  • Reverse Cycle No
alphacinator
alphacinatorVICGreater Melbourne (Outer), VIC107 posts
  Fair Incentive
Omega Altise OAPC29

Omega Altise OAPC29

4.0  (1)
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OzzySanta
OzzySanta2287NSW, 228712 posts
  Verified
Unfortunate defect but excellent customer service!I bought from good guys and after a month use it stopped blowing cool air. Possible compressor failure. In the hot summer, hot air was coming out instead. Goodguys was very efficient, they immediately replaced my unit with a new one. Hopefully this one doesn't die on me again. If not, everything is ok for me, cant complain much. Show details ·  3
Teco TPO52CFAT

Teco TPO52CFAT

3.0  (1)
 Summary
  • Cooling Power5.2 kW
  • Reverse Cycle No
Carl
CarlNSWSydney, NSW18 posts
 
Carson PA250 II Portable Air Conditioner

Carson PA250 II Portable Air Conditioner

3.0  (1)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $759
  • Cooling Power2.64 kW
  • Reverse Cycle No
Rod
RodVICGreater Melbourne (Outer), VIC8 posts
 
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Olimpia Splendid Silent 10 P

Olimpia Splendid Silent 10 P

3.0  (1)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $999
  • Cooling Power2.4 kW
  • Reverse Cycle No
Jeff
JeffNSWSydney, NSW4 posts
 
DeLonghi Pinguino Air-to-Air PAC CN93ECO

DeLonghi Pinguino Air-to-Air PAC CN93ECO

3.0  (1)
 Summary
  • Cooling Power2.6 kW
rapapa
rapapa47 posts
  Verified
DeLonghi
DeLonghi   DM   
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Teco TPO20CFBT

Teco TPO20CFBT

3.0  (1)
 Summary
  • Cooling Power2 kW
  • Reverse Cycle No
Peter
Peter2 posts
 
Unsure about itHad only a week, worked great for a week then constantly shows up with full tank error, have fit the hose to the bottom drain but unsure whether this will fix the problem. Not really sure how much power it uses as ive only had it a week. Show details

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Is a portable air conditioner worth it?

These little air conditioners are great for rooms that are sensitive to the weather outside, for example small rooms that get flooded with direct sunlight. They're good at providing cooling comfort for 1 to 2 people in these small rooms.

If you're getting a reverse cycle portable air conditioner, you can use it for rooms that are teeth-chatteringly cold as well, as these units are designed to both cool and heat.

Portable aircons can also help to complement the work of larger ducted air conditioners or split system units on especially scorching (or freezing) days.

Here are some pros and cons of portable air conditioners to help you decide whether investing in one is worth the money.

Pros
Portability means you can use it to cool multiple rooms.
Travels with you when you move house.
Many have reverse-cycle functionality, giving them dual cooling and warming functions.
Cheap and easy to install.
Cheaper models are around $100, which is much cheaper than split system air conditioners.
Cons
Not effective at cooling or warming larger rooms.
Not as powerful as split system air conditioners, and less efficient.
Installation requires a window or a duct in the wall.
Some portable ACs produce a lot of condensation and can leave wet spots on the floor.

Factors to consider when buying a portable air conditioner

Size

Consider the size of the room or rooms you're cooling, as this determines the cooling power you need, measured in kilowatts. Portable aircons work better in smaller spaces, such as bedrooms or studies.

They also often have a one-directional airflow, which makes them suitable for heating up a person, rather than a room. With a larger space, you’ll need a more powerful cooling system such as a split system air conditioner or a ducted air conditioner. Keep in mind however that a more powerful aircon usually means more noise and a more prominent, permanent unit.

Calculate your kilowatts

To find out how many kW your portable AC should be, measure the room/s that you’re intending to use it for. The measurement should be in square metres - you do this by calculating the length and width, and multiplying them. For example a room 8m long x 4m wide would be 32sqm.

Portable Air Conditioners Sizing Chart

Installation

Some portable ACs require installation, while other's don't. If installation is required, it’s minimal and fairly straightforward. The box will usually come with an exhaust hose and a product manual with installation instructions. You attach one end of the exhaust hose to the air con, and the other end to a window or a duct in the wall. You may even be able to vent the AC through a door. The exhaust hose will usually stretch about 2 to 3 metres, giving you a little bit of leeway.

Sometimes a venting kit is also included, to make it easier. If you’re planning to use the portable AC for multiple rooms, buying a second venting kit and installing it in the other room could save your summer self some time.

If you don't have an exhaust point in the room you're cooling, a portable air conditioner that requires installation is probably not practical for you, as these models often rely on an exhaust hose.

Noise

Portable air conditioners contain a compressor and a fan, both of which produce noise while operating. A portable air con with powerful cooling capacity and a fast cooling speed tends to produce a noisier unit. This is irrespective of size – you may think that a smaller AC will be quieter, but this isn’t true. Think about the following when choosing a portable AC that's not too noisy.

Which rooms are you cooling or heating?

Aim for a balance between cooling capacity and a noise level you can tolerate. For example, you might prefer a quieter model in your bedroom or office. Also consider whether the room is carpeted (as this can absorb echoes or reverberation) and whether it’s well insulated, as this can also tamp down the noise.

Check the decibel level (dB) of a prospective air conditioner

Most portable air conditioners are between 48-60 dB. For reference, the average noise level for a portable AC is around 53dB, similar to the sound of a normal conversation. A decibel rating of 53 dB and under is suitable for most rooms. If you don’t want to compromise on performance, the highest dB rating that would still be somewhat ear-friendly is 58 db.

Pro tip: If you’re shopping in-store, ask the salesperson to demonstrate how quiet the AC really is, as this will give you a more real-to-life understanding of the noise you'll be living with when your aircon is turned on.

Condensation

Since summer can often be humid and air conditioners are cold (the nature of their job), condensation is bound to happen. However sometimes the degree of condensation a portable aircon generates can be surprising. Some air conditioners that aren’t effective at dealing with condensation may even leave wet spots on the floor.

Since cleaning up after your AC is probably not high on your list of fun things to do, it’s helpful to understand how a portable air conditioner will handle condensation. These are the three options you have when it comes to condensation – choose one that will be sustainable and easy to manage for you.

  • Drip air conditioners: These contain condensation containers, which are internal containers that collect water and have to be emptied periodically.
  • Partial drip air conditioners: Some condensation collects inside a drip pan, and the rest is vented outside. This pan sits on your floor and needs o be emptied to prevent overflow.
  • No drip air conditioners: Also called a self-evaporating air conditioner or an auto drain system, this is the most ideal solution when it comes to condensation. No drip ACs collect moisture and humidity that would usually turn into condensation and evaporate it like magic (...or technology) – requiring no action on your part.

Price

Price can be divided into two parts: the initial purchase price of your unit, and ongoing running costs.

Purchase price

This can range between $60 to over $1400. The price is determined by several factors, including brand, cooling power and capacity (measured in BTU), whether the AC is designed for both cooling and heating (a reverse cycle portable air conditioner) and the number of extra features it has. Many cheaper models are evaporative coolers, which use a fan and water pump rather than a fan and a compressor with a refrigerant.

Running costs

This can be hard to gauge as portable ACs aren’t required to have an energy star rating, which usually indicates cost effectiveness. A more energy efficient portable AC will be dual hose, with a separate intake hose and exhaust hose.

Efficiency is also influenced by the placement of the portable AC in the room. Avoid placing it in a sunny spot, as this means the air conditioner must expend more energy to regulate the room. Also change your filters regularly, as this helps your portable air conditioner operate optimally.

Extra features

There are some extra features that can help make your portable air conditioner easier to use and more efficient.

  • Air vents: To add cool air into a room with multiple people in it, you’ll probably want an oscillating fan that moves from side to side rather than just up and down.
  • Dehumidifier: Removes dampness from the air, which helps with allergies and makes a room more comfortable on hotter days.
  • Reverse cycle: Allows the refrigeration cycle to be reversed, meaning an air conditioner can double as a cooler and a heater, increasing its functionality for use all year round.
  • Remote control: One of the simple conveniences in life, a remote control lets you control the air conditioner from a distance, so you can adjust the temperature or switch it on and off without getting up.
  • Self-evaporator: This ensures collected humidity and moisture from your room is simply evaporated, so you won’t have to constantly empty the collected water out.
  • Wi-Fi Smart controls: These let you operate your portable air conditioner via a smartphone app, so you can turn your portable AC on an hour before you get home for ultimate temperature control and comfort. Many are also compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

Wrapping up

The main thing to consider if you're in the market for a portable AC is your room size and whether your room can accommodate an exhaust hose. Also consider the amount of noise and condensation you can handle, as well as whether you'd like any handy extra features such as a dehumidifier.

No matter whether you're shopping online or in-store, remember to do some research first. Our portable air conditioner reviews can really help you find a portable AC that will last you several summers.

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