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Portable air conditioner reviews

Last updated: 28 July 2015

If a split-system system isn't in your budget, is portable air con the solution for you? We test and review the leading brands on the market to help you buy with confidence. Find out how we test portable air conditioners. If you're not sure what kind you need, first use our expert buying guide.

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Use this report to find out:

  • our picks for the best overall performers
  • which models are most energy-efficient
  • which models are easiest to use
  • which models cost the least to run in hot weather.

Our comprehensive test also gives detailed stats for those who like to drill down, and good and bad points for each air conditioner.

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Our test is performed by an accredited laboratory. The air conditioners are tested in a 4.5m x 4m room with a 2.4m insulated ceiling.

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This score is based on the power used versus the temperature drop achieved in our test. Portable air conditioners don't currently have energy star-rating labels.

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