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We test 14 portable air conditioners in our labs, including models from DeLonghi, Dimplex, Omega Altise and more.
Split-system air conditioners are the most popular type in Australia, but if installing one isn't an option for you, portable air conditioning may be the solution. We review 14 models, priced between $309 and $1299, with cooling and heating capacities of 2.85kW to 4.4kW. Use this report to find out:
Also check out our buying guide so you know what features to look for. Want to know how we get the performance scores for portable air conditioners? Read about how we test them.
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The overall score is made up of cooling performance (40%), energy efficiency (30%) and ease of use (30%).
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.
Testers look at stability, portability, installing the window kit, removing and refitting the air filter, water drainage, controls (including remote controls) and instruction manuals.
Is not comparable between portable and built-in air conditioners.
Approximate cost of operating the unit at maximum capacity for four hours per day for three months in hot weather, based on 28c/kWh.
Recommended or typical retail, as of October 2014.
'Active' indicates the model can still be found in shops and 'inactive' means it's a discontinued model. In some instances, at the request of members and when products are still available on the second-hand market and websites like eBay, we include discontinued models in the tables.
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.
These results are comparative only; what you actually hear depends on the environment.
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