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.

$521 at Amazon

Best for Small Rooms: Black + Decker 8,000 BTU portable air conditioner

Cools the air to 65 degrees and has a sleep mode for extra quiet when you're resting. Cools rooms up to 150 square feet. Great for dorm rooms, cabins, campers, offices, and more. Easy to use, easy to clean, and easy to store when you're combine. Includes cooling, fan mode, and dehumidifying.

$398 at Amazon

Best Energy Efficiency: Honeywell 12,000 BTU dual-hose portable air conditioner

Two separate exhaust hoses lets you pull in air from the outside and expel warm air or moisture outside. Makes the machine cool faster and efficiently. Can cover a room between 400 and 550 square feet. Has a washable filter and a full window kit for easy installation.

$550 at Amazon

Best on a Budget: Whynter ARC-102CS compact 10,000 BTU portable air conditioner

Can handle rooms up to 215 square feet. Includes an auto drain function to fully exhaust all condensate. It can also dehumidify and has a fan mode with two speeds. Comes with a remote control so you can adjust it from across the room.

$348 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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