Best Portable Air Conditioner Reviews UK – The Top Rated Models In 2018

This page was last updated on 1st December, 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.

Overview Of The Best Portable Air Conditioning Units In 2018


The Best Air Conditioning Systems For Home Use Reviewed


Showing a clear commitment to the portable promise, the KEYS 3-in-1 Mini Air Conditioner is created compact and suitable for any facility possible. 

Despite its small stature, this air conditioning marvel can last up to 8 hours with a full tank. Not only does it keep the wind cool and refreshing, it also purifies as another reliable function!

More than that, this mini air conditioner also comes with a eye-soothing LED mood lights to aid in sleeping better. Simply pick from the available colors, as well as the fan speed of choice. 

See what makes this mini air conditioner an awesome choice with a short list of features below and other relevant options. 

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Pros

  • Compact, very handy for almost any situation and location
  • Multi-feature humidifier, purifier and LED lights
  • Adjustable 3-wind gear setting

Cons

  • May have less longevity compared to other models

With its simple appeal, the Portable Air Conditioner is made not just for home use, but also for those on-the-go and even office-bound. 

With two speed settings, this air conditioner can cool up to 8 hours with less than 6w of power consumption. Talk about a real saver!

This cooler is also utilizable when in a vehicle, so one can worry less about accessible ventilation. 

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Pros

  • Fairly easy to bring around
  • 2 speed settings for easy adjustment
  • Using minimal power for maximum capacity

Cons

  • Requires different cables for both home and car usage

ignex

The Ignex is a packaged central air conditioner that’s ideal for cooling single rooms. It has a cooling capacity which will cool even the largest room in your house fairly quickly. 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 to get quick results from the unit.

A remote control also makes it easy to make the necessary changes off board. Being a portable unit, it comes in at a supprising 8.8kg which is the lightest model on the market. If that weight doesn't make it portable for you, the fitted caster wheels should do the trick. 

The Ignex air conditioner features a 3 speed turbo fan with sleep mode functionality. This gives you more control over the unit’s performance and will help make sure you get a good nights sleep throughout these very clammy hot nights.

Pros

  • Compact and highly portable design doesn’t need special installation process
  • Easy to operate and maintain
  • Space saving design makes it easy to use inside rooms

Cons

  • Doesn't remove moisture from the air

Conclusion

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.


A Mini Guide To Central Air Conditioners And How They Work

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.


Types Of Central Air Conditioners

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.


What To Consider When Buying The Best Home Air Conditioning Systems

Energy Efficiency

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.

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