Updated June 2018
If you are looking for a review of all the best portable air conditioners in the UK, you have found the right place.
We review all the latest and best portable air conditioner models on the market, to give you peace of mind that you will be choosing the right product for your home.
Below, in the table, the portable air conditioner reviews start with the most highly rated first, then descend accordingly. For people who are in a hurry, you can use the table. For people who want a more in-depth review, you can scroll further down the page, where we provide all the pro's and con's for each.
One of the best home air conditioning systems is this De'Longhi. It features a compact 30kg body with a sleek white finish. The body comes fitted with caster wheels and side carry handles for easy transportation.
This stylish air conditioner boasts from a few great features. The first one being the Silent Technology, which provides you with the ultimate air conditioning experience whilst you sleep. Creating a maximum of 50 decibels when running, the Silent function will definitely not disturb a good nights sleep.
Amongst the other features is the Air to Air technology. Meaning, it has a integral bio-silver filter fitted, which removes all the pollutants and allergens in the air.
The Amcor is a packaged central air conditioner that’s ideal for cooling and dehumidifying single rooms. It has a cooling capacity of 12000btu/hr and is recommended for use in rooms of up to 35msq. This air conditioner comes in a sleek white coloured body with a built in control panel. The control panel allows you to make any necessary settings and get quick views of the unit’s performance.
A remote control also makes it easy to make the necessary changes off board. Being a portable unit, it comes fitted with caster wheels to increase mobility. It also doesn’t need any special installation process to operate. The dehumidifier draws up to 50 litres of moisture from air making it a good choice for very warm and humid conditions.
The Amcor 12000 Btu air conditioner features a 3 speed turbo fan with sleep mode functionality. This gives you more control over the unit’s performance. The built in auto directional louvers help to disperse cooled air to different parts of the room. The refrigerant used in this air conditioning unit is R410A which is considered eco-friendly and offers excellent cooling.
The Dyson AM09 is one of the best sellers on the market today, and it really is easy to see why. Although technically not "labelled" as an air conditioner, it does everything one does and more.
To start with the weight of this product is an astonishingly light 3.9kg, coming in way under that of its competitors. At full power the unit only reaches 65 decibels which is also incredible, compared to its competitors.
Due to the range of this unit and the wide projection, it is able to cool or even heat a room to your desired temperature in minutes.
If we were to pick one of the three above to be crowned kings, it would have to be the De'Longhi. The other two are great and are more than capable of doing the job, but we feel the features of the De'Longhi and it's reputable brand name for this type of product just nudge it over the finish line so to speak first for us.
Central air conditioners differ from your portable or window installed air conditioners in terms of their size and efficiency. Central ACs are usually larger and are designed to cool and dehumidify entire buildings.
The best air conditioning systems work more or less the same way. They draw in cool air from outside and distribute it indoors. At the same time, warm air from within the house is collected and directed outwards.
To achieve this, the central AC includes different parts like fans, compressor, refrigerant, piping/ducts, expansion device and evaporator coils. The refrigerant collects and releases heat and moisture from air as it moves along the piping.
The best central ac units are either split systems or packaged systems.
Split central air conditioners are comprised of two main units, (outdoor and indoor) connected by a network of pipes. The outdoor unit contains the compressor, condenser and expansion valve while the indoor unit contains the evaporator coil.
Packaged central ACs on the other hand have all their components housed in a single unit that’s placed outside. Packaged central air conditioners come fitted with water or air cooled condensers.
A new central AC installation can see your monthly electricity bill rise significantly. Luckily for you, today’s air conditioners are being built to consume less energy while at the same time being highly efficient compared to older units. You can easily know your new air conditioners energy efficiency by looking at its Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) or its Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER). A higher SEER rating indicates that the unit is highly energy efficient. In other instances where SEER and EER aren’t provided, you can check the cooling and heating capacity which is usually given in kW or BTU.
Ease Of Installation And Maintenance
Some of the best air conditioning units are quite difficult to install and maintain. Some of the factors that determine whether a unit is easy to install and maintain include its size, weight, features it has and whether it’s a split or packaged air conditioner. Packaged units are considered easier to install and maintain.
Ease Of Operation
The best residential ac units are designed to be easy to operate. Many of these appliances include well designed control panels and easy programmability which allows them to turn on and off depending on the settings you have chosen. Other features that make modern air conditioners easy to operate include variable fan speeds and remote control operation.
Brand And Warranty
Central air conditioners can be expensive to install and maintain. You’ll want to buy a unit from a reputable brand which offers a favourable warranty policy.