Portable air conditioners review 2008

They’re still ugly and noisy, but they’re getting better at keeping you cool.
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  • Updated:11 Jul 2008


Portable air conditioner

Test results for six portable air conditioners priced from $699 to $999

If you’re dreading the thought of sweltering in a rented home this summer, a portable air conditioner may look tempting.

Though you're still better off with a built-in split system — they’re more energy efficient and powerful and can cool down a room faster — if you’re renting or looking for a portable air conditioner for the home office or holiday house, these six units may help you keep cool.

To see whether they’ve improved since we last tested them, we bought six portable, single-unit air conditioners with a claimed cooling capacity of around 3.5 kW, which is suitable to cool a large bedroom or medium-sized living area.

And the good news is they’ve improved significantly compared with the lot we tested last year, which we found generally ugly, noisy, high-maintenance and less effective than their built-in counterparts.

Please note: this information was current as of July 2008 but is still a useful guide to today's market. For more recent information, see our Portable air conditioners review 2011.

Brands tested

  • Convair Supercool TRB
  • Convair Supercool FR
  • Delonghi Pinguino Eco PAC T120
  • Delonghi Pinguino PAC C100
  • Kelvinator KPK35CRA (A)
  • Tecoair TAC1319C

(A) Discontinued, but may still be available in some stores.



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