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When it comes to scorching summer temperatures, a little bit of cooling relief goes a long way. And if you’re like a lot of people dealing with excessive heat inside and outside of the workplace, a portable cooling device is just what you need. No matter how small your space may be, there’s a portable air conditioner to suit your cooling needs.
Below, find a list of eight of the best portable air conditioners, mini personal air coolers, and eco-friendly fans to buy for summer — or anytime of year, depending on where you live. The items listed were chosen based on capabilities and functionality, as well as affordability, size, and customer reviews. They’re great for offices, living rooms, dorm rooms, kitchen, basement, and other areas that you might need to keep cool. For more shopping recommendations check out these work from home essentials.
This remote-controlled portable air conditioner is designed to work in rooms up to 350 square feet. At 27.50″, it’s perfectly sized for a bedroom, living room, dorm, or office space. The three-in-one unit features cooling, fan, and humidifying capabilities with two fan speeds, a programmable 24-hour timer, and a remote control so you can set the temperature and fan speed from across the room. There’s also a built-in timer that can be preset to turn on and off, and it has wheels so you can move it around easily. A venting kit and power chord come included with the AC, which weighs 50 pounds.
With 8,000 BTU, the Shinco Portable Air Conditioner cools spaces of up to 200 square feet. It has a built-in dehumidifier, a dual-speed fan, self-evaporative cooling technology, and it’s just under 27″ tall. You’ll need to put it near a window for it to work (an exhaust hose and window kit are included), but you won’t need any extra tools to set it up.
Moving on to a cheaper option, this Sharper Image Portable Evaporative Cooler combines the natural, eco-friendly properties of evaporating water with an exceptional fan to keep any room cool and comfortable. The cooler lowers the room temperature while consuming the same amount of electricity as a standard light bulb. To use, simply fill the 1.5-gallon water tank and click the wireless remote to control the air speed and oscillation. The 35″ fan features an easy-to-read LED screen, four wheels, and two reusable freezer packs for added cooling power. It’s recommended for rooms up to 250 square feet.
Switching gears to something more compact, personal air coolers are becoming popular because of mobility and energy efficiency. This adorable desktop cooler from Sharper Image will make a great addition to your office, or another small area. It humidifies, cools, and filters the air in your personal space up to 45 square feet. The cooler has an eco-friendly evaporative cooling system that lowers the temperature, along with an adjustable airspeed and auto shutoff timer, and it uses just two pints of water. It works for up to 13 hours on a full tank.
Another mini cooler option, this model from Wildyak is designed to bring cool air directly to the person using it. It’s only around 10” tall so don’t expect it to cool the entire room. It’s equipped with three-speed wind, a nightlight with a timer, and an air cooler so you can add ice water (or crushed ice) to the tray to deliver that cool mist on a hot day. Compared to others, this battery-operated mini cooler has pretty good customer reviews, and you can pair it with a portable neck fan.
If you’re looking for an alternative to a portable air cooler or air conditioning unit, the Fine Sky Air Cooler might do the trick. This bladeless, 43″ tower fan features an adjustable timer, LED touch display, three speed settings, and cooling and humidifying functions — which includes a large capacity tank that increases the humidity without having to frequently add water (the air cooler absorbs heat through water evaporation to bring a natural and chilled airflow into your space).
Like other micro cooling systems, the Comlife Portable Air Cooler is an environmentally friendly and energy-saving purchase. Besides cooling, this portable device has wind and mist capabilities, and you can adjust the speeds to three different levels. Other features include up to 120-degree oscillation, and a 700 ml water tank that last for up to 12 hours. The cooler uses motor and ultrasonic technology instead of paper filters, and based on most of the customer reviews, it gets cool pretty quickly — plus you can add ice to the top of the cooler to enhance the cooling effect.
The Colzer 1,400 BTU Portable Air Conditioner cools and dehumidifies spaces of up to 500 square feet. This multi-functional, remote-controlled air conditioner is equipped with cooling, dehumidifier, fan, and auto functions. There’s also sleep mode, which turns to low speed and low noise while you rest. The air conditioner has a washable filter in the back; it’s easy-to-set-up, and it has wheels for mobility. You also won’t have to worry about it being too noisy, and the low energy consumption design offers cooling relief for apartments, bedrooms, and other spaces.