DeLonghi Pinguino PAC N90ECO Silent review

Test score

81%

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 verdict: One of the best

It’s a Best Buy. The DeLonghi Pinguino PAC N90ECO Silent cools a room quickly and distributes air evenly and it’s easy to use once it’s all set up. But while ‘silent’ is a stretch, it’s quieter than most on its lowest setting and it’s louder than average on its highest setting.

Pros
  • Cools a room quickly and evenly
  • Generally easy to use
  • Quieter than most on lowest setting
Cons
  • No window kit

DeLonghi PAC AN98ECO Real Feel review

£639.00Typical price

Test score

81%

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 verdict: Great air conditioner

The DeLonghi PAC AN98 ECO Real Feel is one of the best portable air conditioners you can buy. It will cool your room quickly and, compared with many others, it’s easy to use and energy efficient. Be aware that it’s louder than most on its maximum setting, though, and isn’t the easiest to move around.

Pros
  • Cools a room quickly
  • Generally easy to use
  • Quieter than most on lowest setting
Cons
  • Doesn’t distribute temperature as evenly as some
  • Harder to move around than some

Domo DO324A review

£662.00Typical price

Test score

79%

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 verdict: A terrific air conditioner

This is a very good portable air conditioner that scores well across the board and will cool a room quickly and evenly. It’s a Which? Best Buy.

Pros
  • Cools a room quickly and evenly
  • Generally easy to install and use
Cons
  • Larger and heavier than most

AEG Chillflex Pro AXP26U338CW review

Test score

77%

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 verdict: Good, but better options available

This AEG is a Which? Best Buy. It scores well across the board and will cool a room quickly and evenly. It’s quiet compared with many portable air conditioners – both on its highest and lowest setting – but it could be easier to use in some ways.

Pros
  • Cools a room quickly and evenly
  • Generally easy to use
  • Quieter than many
Cons
  • Setting up the machine and cleaning the filter could be easier

AEG ChillFlex Pro AXP26U558HW review

£499.00Typical price

Test score

77%

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 verdict: Quiet

A great portable air conditioner. It will cool a room quickly and evenly, and it’s quieter than most.

Pros
  • Cools a room quickly and evenly
  • Generally easy to use
  • Quieter than average
Cons
  • Getting it set up could be easier
  • Cleaning the filter could be easier
  • Large and heavy

AEG ChillFlex Pro AXP34U338CW review

£600.00Typical price

Test score

75%
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 verdict: A decent air conditioner

A good air conditioner that performs well across many of our tests, although it could be easier to use in some ways.

Pros
  • Cools a room quickly and fairly evenly
  • Generally easy to use
Cons
  • Setting it up and cleaning the filter could be easier

DeLonghi Pinguino PAC N82 ECO review

Test score

75%

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 verdict: A decent air conditioner

This is a good portable air conditioner that falls just short of the threshold required for becoming a Which? Best Buy. It can drop a room’s temperature by 10°C quickly and without using up too much energy compared with many other portable air conditioners. It’s generally easy to use too, and it’s quiet (by portable air conditioner standards) on its minimum setting.

Pros
  • Cools a room quickly
  • Easy to use
Cons
  • Setting it up could be easier
  • Other models cool a room more evenly

Electriq P12HPW review

Test score

72%

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 verdict: Good

This is a decent portable air conditioner, which will cool your room quickly and evenly. It’s fairly noisy, even by air conditioner standards, though, it’s not especially energy-efficient and there were a few other niggles which held it back from scoring highly enough to earn our Best Buy recommendation.

Pros
  • Cools a room quickly and evenly
Cons
  • Weak password policy

Challenge 7K review

£350.00Typical price

Test score

71%

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 verdict: A decent air conditioner

Most people in the UK will be better off with a fan than any kind of portable air conditioner. If you are going to buy a portable air conditioner, however, this is a reasonable model particularly for the price.

Pros
  • Cools a room quickly and evenly
  • Small
  • Lightweight
Cons
  • Ease-of-use niggles
  • No supplied window venting attachment

DeLonghi PACEX100 Silent review

Test score

67%

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 verdict: An OK air conditioner

This is a reasonable portable air conditioner, although not among the best we’ve tested. It’s certainly not ‘silent’ though (no portable air conditioners are), nor even one of the quietest.

Pros
  • Cools a room quickly
  • Generally easy to use
Cons
  • Doesn’t cool a room particularly evenly

DeLonghi PAC EX120 Silent review

Test score

63%

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 verdict: Slightly disappointing

There are good aspects to this air conditioner – for example, it cools a room quickly. But it doesn’t distribute its cool air evenly across a room compared to most of the others we’ve tested, so you will feel cooler and warmer depending on where you are, which is slightly disappointing.

Pros
  • Cools a room quickly
  • Easy to use
Cons
  • Doesn’t distribute cool air evenly around a room

Black & Decker BXAC40006GB review

Test score

63%

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 verdict: Hard to move

The Black & Decker air conditioning unit BXAC40006GB impressed us in many ways, but it’s one of the hardest to move around of any we’ve tested. You won’t want your air conditioner set up all year round, given the British climate, so you will inevitably need to move it at some point. Choose a Best Buy air conditioner instead.

Pros
  • Rapid and even cooling
  • Quiet on lowest setting
  • Easy to use in many ways
Cons
  • Very hard to move around

Logik LAC10C19 review

£299.00Typical price

Test score

63%
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 verdict: Delivers the basics well

This is a decent portable air conditioner that’s scored fairly well in many of our tests, but it’s not good enough overall to be a Which? Best Buy.

Pros
  • Cools a room quickly and evenly
  • Easy to install and use
  • Relatively energy efficient
  • Keeps a room at an even temperature
Cons
  • Larger and heavier than most
  • Difficult to move about
  • Air distribution could be better

GoodHome Takoma 12000BTU review

£339.00Typical price

Test score

59%

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 verdict: Rather disappointing

This is a rather mediocre air conditioner that doesn’t stand out from the crowd and there are many models that are better than this.

Pros
  • Fast at cooling a room
Cons
  • Uneven temperature distribution
  • Could be easier to use

Inventor Chilly 9000BTU review

Test score

58%

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 verdict: Rather mediocre

This basic portable air conditioner gets the job done, but it’s not as quick or efficient as our Best Buy models.

Pros
  • Easy to use
  • Quieter than many
Cons
  • Temperature distribution could be better
  • No supplied window nozzle

Russell Hobbs RHPAC4002 review

Test score

58%

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 verdict: Middle of the road

This is a mediocre portable air conditioner that hasn’t disgraced itself in any of our tests, but it hasn’t really excelled at anything either. There are much better options available.

Pros
  • Fairly quick to cool a room
  • Easy to install
  • Emptying its tank is straightforward
Cons
  • Rather mediocre in many respects

Princess 01.352103.02.001 review

£400.00Typical price

Test score

53%

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verdict: Not great

This is a disappointing portable air conditioner. It’s very slow at cooling a room, it’s among the least energy-efficient portable air conditioners we’ve tested and isn’t particularly easy to use. There are much better options available.

Pros
  • Compact and lightweight for a portable air conditioner
Cons
  • Takes a long time to cool a room
  • Hard to use in some ways
  • Particularly inefficient with energy

Electriq EcoSilent8 review

Test score

50%

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 verdict: Disappointing device

This is a pretty poor air conditioner that’s slow to cool a room and isn’t easy to use. It’s also noisier than its name suggests.

Pros
  • Easy to install
  • Fairly easy to use
  • Good temperature distribution should prevent hot spots
Cons
  • Very slow at cooling a room
  • Noisy when working hard
  • Emptying its water tank is a pain