Best portable air conditioners Thrifter 2020

Of course you want an air conditioner that can cool a room. It's just not conditioning air otherwise, right? But portable air conditioners can do so much more. It's the portability that's the key because you want a device you can move from room to room, but you also want it to be efficient and quiet. And you might even need it to have certain features like a HEPA filter or a dehumidifier. We've got the best roundup of portable air conditioners available in 2020.

Best Overall: SereneLife 10,000 BTU portable air conditioner

Top Pick

Cover up to 400 square feet. This 3-in-1 design includes a Window Mount kit, remote controls, and rolling wheels for simple maneuverability. Use it as a dehumidifier, air purifier, or a fan. Also includes a 9,000 BTU heater.

$400 at Amazon

Best for Fast Cooling: Whynter ARC-14S 14,000 BTU portable air conditioner

Uses a dual hose design to cool up to 500 square feet and do it faster than most. Has a max airflow of 430 m3/h with three adjustable fan speeds and a dehumidifier. Includes a window kit, activated carbon air filter, washable pre-filter, and more.

$484 at Amazon

Best Functionality: Black + Decker BPACT14WT portable air conditioner

Black + Decker is a well-known brand, and this is a very popular air conditioner. The 14,000 BTU can keep you cool, and the fan speed cools the air down to 65-degrees Fahrenheit. Works for rooms up to 350 square feet. Roll it into the room, set up the hose and window adapter, plug it in, and you're good to go until you don't need it anymore.

$403 at Amazon

Best Quiet Performance: Honeywell HL10CESWK portable air conditioner

Cools rooms up to 450 square feet. Includes thermal overload protection for your safety and automatic vertical wind motion to distribute air more evenly. Protects from dust and hair, and the filter can be cleaned easily under a faucet. Powerful with 12,000 BTUs, but you can go for less BTUs and pay less if you don't need that much.

$550 at Amazon

Best on a Budget: Shinco 8,000 BTU portable air conditioner

Built for a smaller room up to 200 square feet, this air conditioner still includes a built-in dehumidifier, a fan mode, and super quiet AC. The LED display makes adjusting the settings super easy, and it comes with a complete window mount exhaust kit.

$300 at Amazon

Best Air Purifier: Dyson Pure Cool personal HEPA air purifying fan

Smaller than a true portable air conditioner, the Dyson Pure Cool Me will remove all the allergens and pollutants around you using a fully-sealed HEPA filter and activated carbon filter. Built for more precise airflow control and easily changeable filters.

$450 at Amazon

Too Cool

Here's the great thing about portable air conditioners: they don't care what time of year it is. You might think you only need cool air during the summer and warm air during the winter, but these machines are often designed with a lot more than cool air in mind. Sometimes you just need a fan to get the air moving even without the cooling effects. Sometimes you need a dehumidifier no matter the time of year. The right portable air conditioner can fulfill your needs at any time. Plus, sometimes you just have that one room in your house that doesn't want to be the same temperature as the others. Grab a portable air conditioner to cool it off when it's getting too warm.

Are you someone that deals with bad allergy reactions during different times of the year? Grab the Dyson Pure Cool for some personal, in-your-face, air-purifying that will make sure you're breathing HEPA filtered air while you work. Or grab the Whynter ARC-14S which has an activated carbon filter and easily washable pre-filter and can cover an entire room.

Plus, since many of them are designed with wheels and storage, they are pretty easy to put away when you don't need them anymore. Our top pick, the SereneLife 3-in-1 portable air conditioner has rolling wheels so you can do exactly that. And Black + Decker's portable air conditioner is super simple to set up and put away as well, designed with that convenience in mind.

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