The 3 Best Portable Air Conditioner Brands: A Comprehensive Review

We have reviewed some of the best portable air conditioner brands, which are Whynter, Frigidaire and the Honeywell models. Find an overview of each brand below:

1.Frigidaire FRA053PU1 5,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner

With only 5,000 British Thermal Units of power, it is considered as one of the smallest portable air conditioners in the marketplace. This is an economical portable air conditioner with good features that can cool rooms of up to 216 square feet. However, you might want to search for a more powerful air conditioner unit if your room has other sources of heat such as a computer equipment as well as high ceilings.

The temperature control can let you set the ideal temperature as well as a sleep mode for when you are sleeping or out of the room. It possesses an 8.5 energy efficiency ratio, which is undeniably lower than many units are, although it does have some features that will let you save energy. One of them is its low voltage startup as well as control for turning it off or on during certain times of the day.

It is truly portable with built in handles and castors so you can easily roll it from one area to another. It weighs 55 pounds and needs a space of 18″ wide, 29″ high and 15″ deep. It is quite flexible when it comes to cooling a space as it has three fan speeds, three cooling speeds and a swing air direction control to guide the flow of air. If you’re across the room, you can use its handy remote control for making changes to the cooling speed or the fan.

Many portable air conditioners use a single hose system, so it is not unusual for this unit to use it too. However, you may get a hissing sound from the cracks of the doors if the room is fully closed.

This portable air conditioner is not a self-evaporative unit. This includes two ways of draining. You can either attach a hose to the dehumidifying drain outlet at the center back of the unit or look for the bottom tray with a drain that can be accessed from the back of the unit. If you lived in a humid location, you will have to rig it for constant draining, as it does not have a full pan alert. This unit dehumidifies at 1.1 pints every hour.

All mobile air conditioners produces noise and this unit is not an exemption; it is rated at 55 dBA. Consider this unit as one of the high ends of the average line of portable air conditioners regardless of size and power.

2. The Whynter 14,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner with Heater (ARC-14SH)

The higher the BTU (British Thermal Units) of an air conditioner unit, the more powerful it is. This portable air conditioner unit can cool up to 500 square feet.

If you live in an area that is both too cold and too hot, this unit is good for you as it has a dual function. It can be a dehumidifier or a heater. It includes an auto-drain technology that evaporates most of the moisture, which cuts down the amount of doing it yourself. It can remove 101 pints of moisture from the air and it warns you if the water reservoir is beyond its limits.

It weighs 80 pounds and measures 16″ deep, 35.5″ tall and 19″ wide, which is considered a large system among its peers. It has an included window kit that is easy to move and adjust as well castors. However, the kit extends to 36″ only so if you have wider windows, you’re going to need extenders.

This unit provides more efficiency and no hissing sound if your room is closed off because of its dual hose system. A hose pulls in air from outside cooling the compressor and the other hose vents the heat out of the room. It can be a noisy machine as it is rated at under 56 dBAs.

Features include a programmable timer so this is ideal for picking out the temperatures for certain times of the day. It possesses a high-energy efficiency rating of 11.12 with three fan speeds. It also includes a remote control for added convenience.

3. The Honeywell MN10CESWW 10,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner with Remote Control – White

This unit works as a dehumidifier providing relief on muggy days, and it can cool a room of up to 400 square feet.

It measures around 29″ high, 18″ wide and 15″ deep and weighs 73 pounds. As with others, this unit comes with castors and window unit, which can be moved from window to window, and is adjustable from approximately 20″ to 47″.

The Honeywell MN10CESWW has an energy efficiency rating of 11.1, which is a good one as well as a 24-hour programmable timer for controlling temperatures but it doesn’t have a sleep mode unlike others.

This unit claims to have a noise rating of 50 dBA; however, in some cases its rating can go up as high as 55 dBA. The best portable air conditioner brands will have a rate as low as 48 dBA and as high as 56 dBA.

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