The Best Portable Air Conditioners to Beat the Summer Heat in Your Home

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Best Portable AC Units

Summer is on its way, and so are the days of lounging by the pool and getting an effortless summer tan. If you don't have central air conditioning in your home, the summer heat can be dreadful — especially when you have to deal with hot air indoors. Portable air conditioning units are versatile appliances that help you beat the heat nearly anywhere you want in your home. 

You will want to consider locations of ventilation and drainage in your living space, but if you're looking for some cool air in your home office, bedroom, or kitchen, there's a portable AC unit that will do the trick. Some of these versatile appliances can even double as dehumidifiers and air purifiers. Of course, if you really want to stay comfortable during the summer heat, we suggest you pair a portable air conditioner with a smart tower fan in another room.

Whether you're looking for a classic portable unit or a smart cooling system, shop our picks for the best portable air conditioners below.

The Evapolar evaChill is the perfect portable air conditioning unit for anyone who's tight on space or lives in a small apartment. 


This SereneLife portable air conditioner is the perfect year-round air conditioner. Not only does it act as a cooling system, a dehumidifier and fan, but it can also act as a heater during those winter months. BTW, a higher BTU (or British Thermal Unit) rating means an air conditioner can cool a larger area.


The Insignia Portable AC Unit has over 500 reviews on Best Buy, which has earned it a nearly 4.5-star review. This AC unit is perfect for anyone who's eco-conscious. Thanks to its sleep mode, it reduces the energy it uses at night.


This Black + Deck portable AC unit comes with cooling vents as well as dehumidifying modes to make sure you can sleep comfortably this summer. Plus, it comes with wheels for some extra mobility, as well as a remote control. 


This portable air conditioning unit has a dual hose system that also filters dust and dehumidifies the air around you. The AC unit even lets you know when its filter needs to be cleaned. And of course, the WiFi connectivity allows you to control the temp on this device from the comfort of your phone.


This portable AC unit is built for medium to large rooms. Thanks to its SmartHQ app, you can make sure this unit delivers consistently cool air, so you don't have to deal with the sweltering summer heat. 


Equipped with multiple fan speeds and connectivity with Alexa and Google Home, this LG 8,000 BTU AC Unit is sure to keep you refreshingly cool this summer. 


Use a remote control to set and adjust the temperature on this 12,000 BTU air conditioner (which is equipped to cool rooms up to 400 square feet). Plus, you can transform this portable air conditioner into a window unit with a quick-install window kit that comes with this model. This 3-in-1 works as a fan, cools the air around you and acts as a dehumidifier (a self-evaporating dehumidifier at that). 


The carbon air filter on this 14,000 BTU portable air conditioner acts as a partial air purifier and works to get rid of odors, gases and chemicals in your living room (all while producing nice and cool air). Thanks to the dual hose system, this unit can cool up to 500 square feet and reduce humidity levels simultaneously.



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