Best Quiet Portable Air Conditioners in 2020

The keys to cooling are three things: 1. How well (efficiently) does it cool the room, even at the hottest times of the day, is the room still cool. 1. How noisy is the unit? Is it going to disrupt my concentration, interrupt family time? 1. How easy is it to setup, move and maintain.

These criteria are what we are using to select these?

How efficient is the unity?

We are using industry standards, is the unity energy star rated, what is it's Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER), and more

How noisy is the unity?

Noise is a key factor in determining if a unity is just going to blend in. But in fact the noise of the unit is not the only consideration, for example a standard tower AC unit at it's lowest setting is around 52 dBA of pure white noise, it doesn't vary, it is consistently white noise. When the unit is kicked up to the middle setting it jumps to 60 dBA but still consistent white noise, at it's highest setting it jumps to 72 dBA of white noise.

In all three of these cases the loudness of the noise doesn't bother me, because the volume level is the same, and it is consistent. For an AC unit which has a compressor that sometimes isn't the case and we would like to point that out where possible.

How hard is it to setup, move and maintain?

What we are looking for here is how much does the unit weigh? Does it have casters? Is there a vent hose? Is there an internal reservoir or drainage? Is the unit an evaporative unit (meaning that it releases collected moisture out through exhaust vent).

The Picks

Based on these criteria here are the top picks.

Best Overall

This unit exemplifies a good cost to performance ratio, and is extremely quiet.

1st Runner up

Product Depth (Inches) 13.5 inches Product Height (inches) 27.7 inches Product Width (Inches) 14.6 inches Adjustable Humidistat (Boolean) Yes Air Conditioner Features Adjustable Humidistat,Automatic Shutoff,Filter Light Reminder,Overload Protection,Self-Diagnostic Tools,Timer


The thing that we liked about this unit is that not only is it quiet and performs well, there are several units in the same family to cover bigger rooms, with similar performance and noise characteristics.

Most Innovative

Product Depth (Inches) 15.75 inches Product Height (inches) 31.51 inches Product Width (Inches) 14.96 inches Adjustable Humidistat (Boolean) Yes Air Conditioner Features Adjustable Humidistat,Sleep Setting,Timer,Wi-Fi Enabled


The Rollicool has added wifi support and voice commands through an Alexa skill, a very cool feature. Don't have to worry about keeping track of another remote, or worse yet losing it and having to replace it.

Product Comparison By Specifications

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Details ROLLICOOL/ROLLICOOL JHS/JHS Toshiba/Toshiba Quilo/Quilo LG Electronics/LG Electronics Honeywell/Honeywell
Model COOL-208-20 A001-10KR/D RAC-PD1412HRU QP114WK LP1417SHR MO08CESWK

Overview

Product Depth (Inches) 12.9 inches 12.6 inches 15.6 inches 16.7 inches 14.76 inches 13.5 inches
Product Height (inches) 28.14 inches 28.8 inches 30.1 inches 31.2 inches 29.53 inches 27.7 inches
Product Width (Inches) 12.0 inches 14.6 inches 17.5 inches 19.4 inches 17.44 inches 14.6 inches
Adjustable Humidistat (Boolean) Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
Air Conditioner Features Sleep Setting,Timer,Wi-Fi Enabled,Wireless Drain Hose Connection,Sleep Setting,Timer Sleep Setting,Timer Sleep Setting,Timer Adjustable Humidistat,Automatic Shutoff,Drain Hose Connection,Filter Light Reminder,Overload Protection,Timer Adjustable Humidistat,Automatic Shutoff,Filter Light Reminder,Overload Protection,Self-Diagnostic Tools,Timer
Air Conditioner Product Type Portable Unit Portable Unit Portable Unit Portable Unit Portable Unit Portable Unit
Air direction/circulation 1-way 2-way 2-way 1-way 2-way 4-way
Amperage (amps) 10.0 9.3 12.0 10.5 12.0 6.3
BTU Cooling Rating (ASHRAE) (BTU) 10000 BTU 10000 BTU 14000 BTU 14000 BTU 14000 BTU 8000 BTU
BTU Cooling Rating (DOE SACC) (BTU) 5500 BTU 10000 BTU 10000 BTU 8500 BTU 8000 BTU 4000 BTU
Color Family White White Black White Gray White
Combined Energy Efficiency Ratio (CEER) 8.13 -- -- 0.0 0.0 0.0
Commercial/Residential Use Residential -- Residential Residential Residential Residential
Controls Digital Digital Digital Digital Digital Digital
Cooling Area (Sq. Ft.) 275.0 220.0 450.0 700.0 500.0 350.0
Cord Length (ft.) 3.0 5.0 7.54 0.0 50.98 6.0
Decibel (Sound) Rating 52 dBA 54 dBA 55 dBA 52 dBA 54 dBA 53 dBA
Decibel Rating 52 dBA 54 dBA 55 dBA 52 dBA 54 dBA 53 dBA
Dehumidifier Included With Dehumidifier With Dehumidifier With Dehumidifier With Dehumidifier With Dehumidifier With Dehumidifier
Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) 8.13 9.5 9.5 10.3 0.0 9.0
Filter Type Other Washable Washable Washable Washable Washable
Heater Included Without Heater Without Heater With Heater Without Heater With Heater Without Heater
Included Casters,Drain Hose Included,Window Venting Kit Included Casters,Drain Hose Included,Remote Control,Window Panels Casters,Remote Control Casters,Remote Control Casters,Drain Hose Included,Remote Control,Window Panels,Window Venting Kit Included Casters,Remote Control,Window Panels,Window Venting Kit Included
Moisture removal capacity (pints/day) 84.5 50.7 96.0 111.6 74.4 44.0
Number of Fan Speeds 3.0 2.0 3.0 3.0 2.0 2.0
Number of cool settings 1.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 2.0 2.0
Product Weight (lbs) 48 lbs. 53 lbs. 78 lbs. 72 lbs. 77 lbs. 43 lbs.
Returnable 180-Day 180-Day 180-Day 180-Day 180-Day 180-Day
Vent Hose Exhaust Configuration Single Hose Single Hose Single Hose Single Hose Single Hose Single Hose
Voltage 115 115 115 115 115 115
Wattage 1100 1050 Not Measured 1173 1370 700
Certifications and Listings No Certifications or Listings CSA Certified -- No Certifications or Listings -- FCC Listed,cULus Listed
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year 1 Year Limited 1 Year 1 year limited 1 Year Parts & Labor Warranty 1-year limited

Article last updated at: 09/03/2020