Portable Air Conditioners Buying Guide
Our buying guide will explain which type of portable air conditioner would suit you most, how much you can expect to pay for one, and which features are worth looking out for.
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Excellent for renters
Summer hot nights can be annoying but this cool-only machine does away with the hot annoyance for a small rental bedroom in a shared house accommodation with only on-roof heating system, size of the room probably no bigger than 3 meters width, height and length
. It is noisy but only in intervals of long whispering silence when room temperature reaches above 23'C and the setting kept on low for a small room. How long does it remain quiet while keeping the room cool depends on how clever you are in keeping gaps in door or window closed or blocke...
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Excellent cooling and great value for money. Portable and great for rentals/extra rooms.
Bought this last Summer after moving into a new place without air conditioning and not being able to sleep in the heat. Just brought it out again and remembered how much of a godsend it is on high 30 degree days. It brings down the temperature to a more manageable low-mid twenty degrees in less than half an hour. Used in a 5 x 6M room. You get used to the noise, which is a bit more than a ducted or split system. But as a solution for renters or someone who doesn't have the money for an electrician to install built-in systems, this is a winner. ...I've previously bought an ALDI version which I gave up on after a week, totally useless. I also got another one for around the $400 mark which also struggled to bring down the temperature. Spend a bit more on a Rinnai 4.1kw and you won't regret it. It genuinely cools your place like a split-system.
Good quality. Cools well - but quite noisy indeed.
We've had this unit for a year and it cools well and is economical to run. However, two things stand out as problems with this unit. The cooling vent points upwards instead of out in front, so sitting in front of it to cool down is frustrating. Secondly, its notably noisier than our other portable air conditioner of the same power. In the end we had to retire the Rinnai to a not often used room as its just too noisy and get another portable air conditioner that is much quieter. We got another portable air conditioner today (notably cheaper) and...its so much quieter. Rinnai is such a well known brand (we have two other Rinnai products) but this particular model is just too noisy to use in a room that is fairly quiet. If it was used during the day in a kids play room or garage etc, I'd say it would be passably okay.
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Window mount literally melted
The window mount for the exhaust pipe literally melted from the heat after only 1 or 2 weeks of use approx 3 hours a day.
Can't find replacement, as others have said unless I pay an exorbitant price. Now it's basically useless. Pretty unreal that a simple spare part is so hard to acquire.
As per review says
Before I bought this unit, I read the review here. Majority of the review is good. Indeed it is as good as it says. Unfortunately it is not reverse cycle and the cable length is slightly shorter that what you would expect. It cools reasonably well. I have yet to test it on a very hot summer. So far its performing well. It is only slightly louder than a pedestal fan when the compressor is not running, but when compressor is running, its abit louder than you might expect, which is normal.
- Customer service is very helpful and I am very satisfied with the product.
- At full blast, its actually quite loud.
Purchased in May 2019.
Good portable Air Con
I bought this unit a month ago and am very happy with my purchase. It is a little noisy as all portable units are but otherwise works well. It cools the room nicely and keeps it at temperature all night long.
Purchased in February 2019 for $728.00.
Good cooling. Economical. Noisy.
We've owned this model for a couple of weeks and are fairly happy with it. We have solar power, so can measure how much power we are using each day and this Rinnai model is notably cheaper to run than our other portable air conditioner, which is a different brand. It cools one to two rooms well and works particularly well on the dehumidifier option. However, it is notably noisier than our other model when the compressor comes on. There is also no way to easily have the cold air blow directly on you, as for some curious reason, the airflow comes out of the top of the unit. Still, it cools well, so we will learn to live with these problems. Just don't buy this model if you want the quietest compressor. There are quieter units out there.
Purchased in January 2019 for $699.00.
Neat design, a little bit noisy when everything gose quiet and sleep. Every half to one hour we have to clean the water out otherwise the air con stop generating cooling air. The water must be pumped out at the very bottom of the machine so we have to stack the machine up to be able to let water fully flow out.
Overall, I'd say average.
Perfect for apartment living
It’s design is good, but the most important things to me when looking for an air conditioner: ability to cool, noise levels.
If you have a bedroom you want to cool down, this is the machine for you. Make sure you know the space you need to cool before deciding on which machine you need. This machine allows you to sleep well through those hot summer nights, however you may need ear plugs if you are a light sleeper. Additionally the unit slides quite easily around rooms and did an admirable job cooling down our open space living room & kitchen within our apartment. I’d recommend this machine!
Average portable air con...
Knowing portable air con are the last resort....we bought Rinnai RPC41WA.
nice looking air con, i mean design.
- Expensive . I paid around $750 @ good guys.
- Power lead is way too short.
-Window kit is flimsy, windows can hardly hold it. No screws provided.
- Most annoying is the manual which got nothing.
-May cool down the bed room, avoid using in the lounge...takes ages ...
This airconditioner is the best it gets cold instantly and my bedroom is so cool i turn it off after 10 minutes i would not have survived the 40 deg summer without Rinnai 3.5
Anyone looking for a portable aircon thats not noisy and has various options go for this great brand
Expensive Spare parts
Dont even think of buying this unit, I have similar experience as others buying spare parts. Its very stressful and currently Reccee Plumbing are re-seller for spare parts and I have been quoted 210$ Windows Slide kit. I am now with useless unit and will to search if I can source other company's air conditioner spare parts that can be used.
Great unit, shame about spare parts
We have this unit to cool our bedroom and it does work very well. However, during a move the window slide kit was lost and attempts to buy a replacement have been extremely stressful. I spoke to the Good Guys who directed us to Rinnai Spare parts, who in turn told me they don't sell them directly to customers and to go via their partner Harvey Norman and when we did they said the kit was $120!!! for a piece of plastic!!! Outraged at the rip off cost for a simple kit. I am not going to pay this and so the unit itself is now useless - Rinnai, you need to get your spare parts arrangements sorted as this is unacceptable!
Works well in smaller rooms
We had this set up in our bedroom over the summer. It did an admirable job of cooling that space but was a little too loud to sleep with it running. On the hottest days we tried moving it to the lounge room but that was too much for it and it didnt get on top of the heat. It was good if you were sitting right in front of it though - like a personal cooler. It comes with widow hoses, so it needs to be pretty close to a window for the hot air to go out. I am giving this a medium high score. It works well in small spaces but has definite limitations.
Good Cooling Bit Noisy
What a relief to have some cooling in our bedroom. This machine has certainly earned its keep this summer and made unbearable hot weather just fine. I really like its portability. We can just roll it into the room where it's needed, attach the hose and turn it on. The only negative factor is the fan noise when trying to sleep. Its enough to get on my nerves but it's definitely worth it for the cooling. We will pack it away soon and bring it out next season.
Love it, its a monster cooler
We purchased this product from the Good Guys. It has served us extremely well this summer. It cools the room in about 20 minutes. We placed it in our bedroom. Please dont expect the same, when the room is not closed or if it is the sitting room. The assembly provided had a covering for the window, i installed it and it didnt cover the whole gap, but it still cooled the room real quick, It is ofcourse noisy, but it does the job. I never put an outlet yet for the water , but it still works fine. Very satisfied with this air con.
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This portable A/C easily cools my big bedroom within minutes during the 40 degree days
This is premium quality air conditioner which does the job of cooling down a large room very easily during those sticky hot Melbourne days/nights. Has a convenient timer to setup for how long to run the A/C. Very easy to setup and has included window installation kit for sliding door windows. Would highly recommend over other expensive brands.
Exceptional cooling ability but also very noisy
Had this unit for almost 2 years now. It has awesome design. Very good to look at. The remote adds lots of extra features and functions like eco run and night mode. My bedroom have only french window so I couldn't use the window mount. I extended the plastic exhaust hose with steel hose of the same diameter and mounted it to manhole cover in my ceiling. It works a treat. I find it quite noisy especially at night when the surrounding noise is low. Also the the self-evaporating feature is worth to mention as there is no need to empty any canisters of condensed water.
Cooling superb but noisy in bedroom
I bought this unit as it was rated the best, it’s performance I cannot underrate as it cools fantastic. Setting it up was a breeze, though it works more efficiently if you wrap the exhaust hose to contain the heat ( I used polyester wrap from the local sewing shop). The unit is in a unit bedroom of middle size & I was expecting it to be a little loud but to be honest it is quite loud. I turn it on for a while to cool the room then just use a fan. If the unit was in a larger bedroom it would be fine I think, so in a house possibly ok. Though on ...the few over 30 degrees nights we had I was glad I left it running as no way you could sleep otherwise. The only other thing you will need is a large plastic storage container for the water outlet if you don’t put the outlet down a drain. I got the 52 litre one from Big W, which means to can run it all night without the worry of water overflow. The unit also has swing louvres to circulate the air. I did try it on dehumidify to see if the noise lessened & no change. All in all it does a great job cooling, if you can sleep with loud noise then go for it. For the bargain of being portable the rest is of no consequence as most rented places don’t have air conditioning, this solves that problem. The unit looks great as well, much more stylish than some others & easy to move on the castors on a carpet floor.
Good for small rooms but noisy
We bought Rinnai as we trust the brand.
Our lounge area is 60m2.... the unit works best at 25m2. That said it does surprisingly well at maintaining an already cooler temperature (rather than lowering the temperature) in the lounge.
The unit is noisy, even on its lower fan settings.... but that’s the compromise with an all in one unit.
Portable? It has wheels.... but with the hose etc it can be quite cumbersome
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Questions & Answers
Hi, I have had my portable airconditioner for approximately 8 months now. I use it all night every night and some of the day. I have not had to empty the unit at all yet. While it is on I can now hear water swishing around in the unit, it sounds like a washing machine. I tried to empty some water out of the unit but none came out. Is this normal?
Hi Chanelle H,
Thanks for the question, the amount of liquid build up in your unit directly relates to the level of humidity. Prior to Summer, if the humidity has been moderate, the build up of liquid will have been minimal. The RPC range of portable air conditioners are designed to remove any condensation from the air by pumping it into the hot outlet pipe. On days of high humidity there can be a build up of liquid collected which will accumulate, however the liquid needs to build up to a certain point before draining is required. Operating the cooler on DRY (de-humidifying) mode on days of high humidity may reduce the production of condensate. Should you wish to discuss this further please contact our Technical Department on 1300 555 545 (option 3).
Hi I have the RPC41 and I have had it for one year and a bit!
Last year it never gave out any water this year I have had buckets !!!! Why is this?
Hi Mel M,
Thanks for the question, the RPC range of portable air conditioners are designed to remove any condensation from the air by pumping it into the hot outlet pipe. However, on days of high humidity there can be a build up of liquid collected which will accumulate and have to be drained. Operating the cooler on DRY (de-humidifying) mode may reduce the production of condensate.
Are the two black screw in plugs in the back of the unit supposed to be plugged in..i just moved my unit and the bottom plug is out.
Any help would be great, I don't want to blow it up.
Thanks in advance amanda
Hi Amanda P,
Thanks for the question.
The top plug is to be left out as this is a drain outlet for the air conditioner, the second plug should be left in as this connection is not used in this model.
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