Best Portable Air Conditioner

Which is the best portable air conditioner for your home?

We get this question a lot. We thought we would put up a page with our recommendations of “buy it for a lifetime” products. Our recos are ranked according to the size of the place you need to cool down, from a large apartment (14 000 BTU – 700 sq. ft.) to a smaller room (5 000 BTU – 150 sq. ft.), and everything in between!


→ The best portable air conditioners in August 2017 according to The Air Geeks:

  1. ARC-14S by Whynter (14 000 BTU) • ~$600
    (see our test of the Whynter - ARC-14S)
  2. MN12CES by Honeywell (12 000 BTU) • ~$500
    (see our test of the Honeywell - MN12CES)
  3. MN10CESWW by Honeywell (10 000 BTU) • ~$400
    (see our test of the Honeywell - MN10CSWW)
  4. ARC-08WB by Whynter (5000 to 8000 BTU) • ~$300
    (see our test of the Whynter - ARC-08WB)

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So what are the best rated home portable air conditioner units? Here is the top 4, detailed, ranked by British Thermal Units (BTU) : follow the geek!

The best ~14 000 BTU portable air conditioner in 2017 (very large spaces)

When you need a very reliable, efficient and smart portable air conditioner, what is the smartest choice? We think we have what you are looking for.

Why? An all-around excellent unit by a very good brand in the AC unit space – deserves the title of best 14000 BTU AC unit!

Our rating :  ★★★★½ 

→ Buy now : ARC-14S by Whynter on Amazon.com (free shipping)

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The best ~12 000 BTU portable air conditioner in 2017 (large spaces)

Large spaces need very powerful air conditioners. An excellent 12 000 BTU air conditioners will significantly cool down an apartment within 10 minutes or less while being easy to use and operating quietly.

Why? A long-time favorite and best-seller on the home market, the MN12CES by the excellent brand Honeywell dominates the category thanks to its efficiency and sturdiness. Go for it.

Our rating :  ★★★★½ 

→ Buy now : MN12CES by Honeywell on Amazon.com (free shipping)

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The best ~10 000 BTU portable air conditioner in 2017 (medium spaces)

An AC unit with a power of 10 000 BTU is suitable for a 300 sq. ft. space, we are talking large rooms and small apartments. The best ac unit in this category has to have it all : power, silence, efficiency, for an affordable price.

Why? The brand delivers with a nicely built and smart air conditioning unit that beats the competition at this price level. Well done!

Our rating :  ★★★★☆ 

→ Buy now : MN10CESWW by Honeywell on Amazon.com (free shipping)

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The best ~8 000 BTU portable air conditioner in 2017 (small spaces)

Small spaces (200 sq. ft. or less) require silence (air is cooled down in offices, living rooms, children’s bedrooms…) and of course efficiency, at a small price. Well, we think we have a winner here!

Why? The US brand delivers on the promise of an excellent, silent ac unit around the $300 mark – a feat for great air conditioners. Way to go!

Our rating :  ★★★★½ 

→ Buy now : ARC-08WB by Whynter on Amazon.com (free shipping)