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10 Portable Air Conditioners That Can Actually Fit Your Windows

Woman's Day Logo By Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping Institute of Woman's Day | Slide 1 of 15:  This story was updated in May 2022 to ensure all portable air conditioners tested and vetted by Good Housekeeping Institute Chief Technologist were in stock and reflected current pricing.If you don't have central air and need to cool a room ASAP, the first question you have to address is whether you want to buy a portable AC unit or a window air conditioner. When deciding whether or not to buy a portable air conditioner, the experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute take into account how well they perform, how efficient they are and whether they are easy to use. A portable air conditioner is the best route if you can't install a window air conditioner in your space because of design limitations or building restrictions. It’s also a better pick if you’d like a mobile air conditioning unit that can be moved from room to room or stored away at the end of the season. Our top picks The experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute rounded up the best portable air conditioners on the market based on categorical expertise from brands we trust, love and use. Since the onset of the pandemic we have road tested nearly 24 models, and reviewed documentation on newer variants of ones we've previously reviewed. We look to see how easy they are to set up, how efficiently they cool a space and how intuitive they are to operate and maintain. The following models were selected because they are efficient at cooling and cutting down on high humidity and easy to use and install. Here are the best portable air conditioners you can buy:

This story was updated in May 2022 to ensure all portable air conditioners tested and vetted by Good Housekeeping Institute Chief Technologist were in stock and reflected current pricing.

If you don't have central air and need to cool a room ASAP, the first question you have to address is whether you want to buy a portable AC unit or a window air conditioner. When deciding whether or not to buy a portable air conditioner, the experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute take into account how well they perform, how efficient they are and whether they are easy to use. A portable air conditioner is the best route if you can't install a window air conditioner in your space because of design limitations or building restrictions. It’s also a better pick if you’d like a mobile air conditioning unit that can be moved from room to room or stored away at the end of the season.

Our top picks

The experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute rounded up the best portable air conditioners on the market based on categorical expertise from brands we trust, love and use. Since the onset of the pandemic we have road tested nearly 24 models, and reviewed documentation on newer variants of ones we've previously reviewed. We look to see how easy they are to set up, how efficiently they cool a space and how intuitive they are to operate and maintain. The following models were selected because they are efficient at cooling and cutting down on high humidity and easy to use and install. Here are the best portable air conditioners you can buy:

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