The Best Portable Air Conditioner


The Whynter – ARC-122DS Elite is the best portable air conditioner for blazing summer heat waves.

We spent three summers researching and testing eight different portable air conditioners. We used them in bedrooms, living rooms and offices. We tested in controlled conditions using space heaters, and also in real summer heat waves.

When purchasing a portable air conditioner, the top features to consider are: • Performance: portables aren’t as efficient as window units, so make sure you’re getting something that works for you • Noise: monster-sized 14,000 BTU models are better at cooling a room, but they can be unbearable to sleep beside.

Portability: We also picked models that are lighter and easier to move around • Controls: remotes, sleep modes, and timers go a long way to helping you use an AC more efficiently.

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