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Best Portable Air Conditioners

A portable air conditioner is a small, moveable air conditioning unit (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...

Portable Air Conditioner Buying Guide

A portable air conditioner is a great way to stay cool, but with the array of choices, finding the best portable air conditioner can be complex. This portable air conditioners buying guide is here to help you meet your AC match so you can spend a cool time together.

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Polocool PC-53AP/C / PC-58AP/C / PC-44BP/C

Polocool PC-53AP/C / PC-58AP/C / PC-44BP/C · includes 3 listings

3.8 from 89 reviews
Cooling Power4.4 kW to 6 kW
Reverse Cycle No

Starting close to $1,000 for the smallest model, the Polocool PC range of portable air conditioners is a little dear, but with their high rating, are worth it according to reviewers.

Price (RRP) $1,049.00 to $1,395.00

  • Build Quality
    4.0 (9)
  • Value for Money
    3.4 (10)
  • Ease of Use
    3.9 (10)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.0 (10)
  • Noise Level
    3.0 (10)
  • Heating / Cooling Speed
    3.5 (10)
  • Portability
    3.6 (10)
  • Features On/Off Timer, Remote Control and Dehumidifying Function
  • Cooling Capacity19,000 BTU to 20,000 BTU
  • Auto Restart FunctionNo
  • Max Room Size 30 to 42
Kogan Portable Air Conditioner

Kogan Portable Air Conditioner · includes 4 listings

3.3 from 162 reviews
Cooling Power2.9 kW to 4.7 kW
Reverse Cycle Either

Retailing for $599 but commonly on sale for cheaper, the Kogan Portable Air Conditioner offers an affordable cooling option for rooms that are either 15 square metres or 50 sqm.

Price (RRP) $599.00 to $999.00

  • Build Quality
    3.6 (22)
  • Value for Money
    3.2 (23)
  • Ease of Use
    3.9 (22)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.8 (19)
  • Noise Level
    2.9 (21)
  • Heating / Cooling Speed
    3.5 (20)
  • Portability
    3.9 (20)
  • Features On/Off Timer, Remote Control and Dehumidifying Function
  • Cooling Capacity10,000 BTU to 16,000 BTU
  • Maximum Noise Level55 db to 56 db
  • Max Room Size 20 to 30
  • Max Room Air Flow 350 m³/h to 406 m³/h
Rinnai RPC35WA / RPC41WA

Rinnai RPC35WA / RPC41WA · includes 2 listings

3.7 from 41 reviews
Cooling Power3.5 kW to 4.1 kW
Reverse Cycle No

Retailing for around $849 for the smaller 3.5kW model, is Rinnai's compact range of portable air conditioners worth its price in cooling power?

Price (RRP) $699.00 to $749.00

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  • Build Quality
    3.5 (15)
  • Value for Money
    3.4 (15)
  • Ease of Use
    4.1 (15)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.6 (14)
  • Noise Level
    2.8 (16)
  • Heating / Cooling Speed
    4.0 (17)
  • Portability
    3.9 (16)
  • Features On/Off Timer and Remote Control
  • Cooling Capacity12,000 BTU to 14,000 BTU
  • Auto Restart FunctionNo
  • Max Room Size 21 to 25
  • Max Room Air Flow 410 m³/h to 450 m³/h
Omega Altise OAPC10

Omega Altise OAPC10

3.5 from 46 reviews
Cooling Power2.6 kW

Designed with an in-built air conditioner, fan and dehumidifier, this Omega Altise air conditioner is marketed to remove up to 2.4 litres of humidity per hour, while directional air louvres help to circulate the cool air produced.

Price (RRP) $399.00

  • Build Quality
    3.8 (6)
  • Value for Money
    3.5 (6)
  • Ease of Use
    4.2 (6)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.5 (4)
  • Noise Level
    2.0 (5)
  • Heating / Cooling Speed
    4.0 (5)
  • Portability
    4.2 (5)
  • Features Dehumidifying Function, On/Off Timer and Remote Control
  • Cooling Capacity10,000 BTU
  • Dimensions 730 x 360 x 320 mm
  • Max Room Air Flow 380 m³/h
ALDI Stirling Portable Air Conditioner

ALDI Stirling Portable Air Conditioner · includes 9 listings

3.3 from 74 reviews
Cooling Power1.9 kW to 4.1 kW
Reverse Cycle No

Price (RRP) $299.00 to $399.00

  • Build Quality
    3.3 (11)
  • Value for Money
    3.3 (12)
  • Ease of Use
    4.2 (11)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.1 (11)
  • Noise Level
    2.8 (12)
  • Heating / Cooling Speed
    3.4 (12)
  • Portability
    3.4 (12)
  • Features On/Off Timer, Remote Control, Wi-Fi Smart Control and Dehumidifying Function
  • Cooling Capacity7,000 BTU to 14,000 BTU
  • Maximum Noise Level66 db to 67 db
  • Auto Restart FunctionNo
  • Max Room Size 14 to 30
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Are portable AC's good?

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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. 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.

Here are the two main considerations when it comes to portable air conditioners:

Room size: Portable aircons work better at cooling smaller spaces, such as bedrooms or study rooms. They also often have a one-directional airflow, which makes them suitable for heating up a person, rather than a room.

Portable aircons don’t heat up large rooms as efficiently as a split system air conditioner or ducted air conditioner, so you might be better off opting for those if you’re prefer more cooling capacity.

Installation: To install a portable air conditioner in a room, you’ll need an exhaust point, such as a window or ducted wall. Installation is typically minimal, and the box will usually come with an exhaust hose, venting kit and a product manual with instructions.

While these air conditioners are technically portable, all rooms need to have an exhaust point. Some more powerful models are also bulkier than you would expect, reducing the portability factor.

You can also opt for a portable air conditioner with convenient features, such as a remote control, timer, dehumidifier and Wi-Fi compatibility. Simply experiment with the filters on the left hand side above to help find the best portable air conditioner for you.