Written by Jenny McFarlane

Five best portable AC units

Looking for the best portable air conditioner? Here’s our top 5 you can buy right now…

delonghi portable air conditioner ac unit in a bedroom with double bed and large sliding doors

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On sultry summer nights, air conditioning can provide some sweet respite. But you might not want to go to the expense and bulk of a permanent unit that will sit twiddling its thumbs and taking up sace during the colder months. Instead, consider the very best mobile air conditioners that you can move from room to room, taking the cool with you…

Honeywell MN12CES Portable Air Conditioner, £738.95

Honeywell mn12ces portable air conditioner in white

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The more you pay for a portable air conditioner, the more you get. Look for the BTU – British Thermal Unit – rating, with the higher rating meaning the more powerful the AC unit. The Honeywell MN12CES is expensive but packs a powerful 12,000 BTU’s which is enough for large rooms. It’s highly portable with wheels so you can roll it to where you need it most, while it comes with the added functions of dehumidifier and fan. It’s everything you want an AC unit to be.

De’Longhi PAC AN112 Portable Air Conditioner, £679

delonghi pac an112 air conditioner in white plastic

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De’longhi have an admirable range of portable air conditioners, but the PAC AN112 might be the pick of them. Despite its heft – 30kg – it’s portable, A+ rated for energy and has 11,000 BTU’s so is suitable for medium to large rooms. If you’re using this in your bedroom, you’ll be able to sleep easy as, at 47-50 decibels when in operation, it’s one of the quietest AC units on the market.

AEG PX71-265WT Air Conditioning Unit, £699

AEG air conditioner in grey and white

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Most air conditioning units are purely about function over form, but if you do want an AC that isn’t an aesthetic nightmare, then take a look at the AEG PX71-265WT. Its handsome in comparison to most of its competitors and doesn’t stint on the cooling either. It’s only 9000 BTU, so best utilised in small to medium rooms, and can be controlled with an app, which is ideal if you want to start chilling the room while you’re sweating on the commute home.

Amcor SF8000E Portable Air Conditioner, £199.98

An Amcor SF8000e portable air conditioner

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Budget portable air conditioners tend to be noisier and weaker, but they’re also a good solution for small rooms, if you need to buy more than one, or you’ll only need it occasionally. After all, it’s not like our summers are famed for their longevity. The Amcor SF8000E is affordable, punches its weight in smaller rooms, and is less chunky than some of its more powerful counterparts.

Inventor Chilly Portable Air Conditioner, £293.49

White inventor chilly air conditioner

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The Inventor Chilly has good eco credentials – it uses the R290 refrigerant which is set to be the industry standard from 2020. It comes bundled with everything you need – exhaust hose and other accessories – has a remote control and manages 9000 BTU’s despite its compact frame. Roll this into the small-to-medium room of your choice and say goodbye to sweltering conditions.


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