Looking for the best portable air conditioner because it's suddenly getting really hot? Don't worry: many of the air con units below can be delivered to you right away, just in time to save you. Nothing provides the long-term cooling efficiency of the best portable air conditioners.
Sure, you can try to keep cool when the mercury rises with the best fan you can find, a wet flannel wrapped around the neck, or even a session under the best lawn sprinkler… But nothing beats the best portable air conditioning units./aside">>
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list of the best portable air conditioners
Unless the climate of the UK and Northern European changes more radically, and we have year after year of long, sweltering summers, there's still probably not much value in getting an integrated air con system installed.
The best portable air conditioning, however, can do a great job at cooling a room with less cost and inconvenience, and can be stored in a utility room, loft, shed or spare corner when not needed. If a portable AC unit is too big, it's also worth checking out evaporative coolers, which can be smaller and quieter – we've got our portable air conditioner vs evaporative cooler guide to explain all the differences.
What is the best portable air conditioner in the UK?
We’ve digested a raft of professional and user reviews and scoured the bowels of the internet to bring you this list of top units to keep you cool.
Our favourite UK-centric model is the MeacoCool MC Series 14000, which is perfectly ample for most living spaces when it comes to cooling capacity. It has various modes, it's pretty well-sized for a portable AC, and it doesn't look too offensive (which is no guarantee among portable AC, trust us).