Do you know how much it costs to have regular air conditioning installed? $3,000 to $7,000.
Who can afford that?
Portable air conditioners on the other hand usually cost less than $500. And they can be really quiet too.
There’s no competition really, is there, it’s a no brainer.
There are some great quiet portable air conditioners on the market at the moment, and we’ve had a really good look, and have come up with our top 5 favorites to show you (which are also very quiet in terms of noise levels).
Our reviews on those are coming up very shortly, and after that we’ve also got a very handy buying guide for you. You can use it as a checklist to make sure you’ve thought of everything before you buy.
In a hurry? This is our winner!
Quietest Portable Air Conditioners – Comparison Table
|SereneLife 10,000 Portable Air Conditioner + 9000 BTU Heater, 4-in-1 AC Unit with Built-in...||3,976 Reviews||$381.99 $360.39||See Details|
|Black + Decker BPACT10WT Portable Air Conditioner, 10,000 BTU||4,059 Reviews||$449.99||See Details|
|Honeywell HL12CESWK Contempo Series Portable Air Conditioner, Dehumidifier & Fan with Dual...||1,900 Reviews||$549.99 $412.49||See Details|
|Alen BreatheSmart FLEX Air Purifier,H13 True HEPA for Large Rooms up to 700 Sqft, SleepScore...||1,217 Reviews||$379.00||See Details|
|NTMY Portable Air Conditioner Fan, Mini Evaporative Air Cooler with 7 Colors LED Light, 1/2/3 H...||751 Reviews||$47.99||See Details|
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OK, so there are a few different things you might want to consider before you buy.
Let’s go through them.
Room air conditioner vs Personal air conditioner
What is your intention with your portable air conditioner? Do you want to cool down the whole room, or are you happy to just have a personal air conditioner to cool you down where you sit or work?
This is a big decision because, not least because it affects the whole room, but also because of how much it influences the cost.
In our top 5 picks we tried to include some of each, but have concentrated on room air conditioners.
In our top 5 picks we tried to include some for different levels of budget. Personal air conditioners generally cost $20 to $60, whereas portable room air conditioners can generally cost anywhere from $250 to $450.
Our advice would be to set a budget and buy accordingly. Because many features in the more expensive ranges can be also found in the more affordable options available.
How quiet is it?
Noise levels are measured in decibels. The higher the decibel rating, the louder the sound. A normal conversation is about 60 decibels, so you’ll definitely want your portable air conditioning to have a decibel rating under 60.
You should be able to let anything below 60 decibels fade into the background and not be disturbed by it.
The thing is though, the decibel rating isn’t always provided in all the product descriptions you find online, so in this instance you need to do a little digging and look at customer feedback, and see what other customers have said about how quiet or noisy it is.
It’s worth noting at this point that you don’t necessarily need silence in order to get to sleep, and a sustained low background noise can actually help you to get to sleep in many circumstances.
How portable does it need to be?
How much do you think you’ll want to move the air conditioner around?
Are you going to stand it on the floor against a wall and leave it there? Or do you want it to have a built-in handle, or castors, so you can carry it around depending on where you want to go?
How powerful is it?
The larger the room that needs cooling, the more powerful an air conditioner you need.
The power of a portable air conditioner is measured by its BTU rating. The higher the BTU rating the better able the AC is to cool down the room.
But, as the BTU rating increases, so does the weight, size and cost of the air conditioner.
Our advice is to measure the size of the room first, so you know what you’re working with. While the number of decibels of an AC aren’t always in the product descriptions, the BTU, and what size room it can cool, will be in the product descriptions.
There aren’t many brands dominating the best seller lists for portable air conditioners amongst retailers, but there was one brand that stood out to us, and that was Black & Decker.
Some portable air conditioners also have dehumidifying properties. So if the intended room for the AC can be a little on the damp or humid side, then this is also something to consider.
If however you find the room too dry, then you could go for an AC that sprays a cool mist, like our number 5 pick, the NTMY Portable Air Conditioner Fan.
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