We have done many reviews of top quality and low quality brands of portable AC’s. We have decided to take our findings and come up with our top picks. These aren’t based just on price but on overall quality, performance and ability to make your room cool (as well as keep it there). We broke it down into Single hose units as well as Dual hose units. For this 2 part Article we’ve decided to start with Dual hose units first. Since most Dual hose machines suit medium to large sized rooms we decided to just list off our top three choices with no association to room size. This selection is based only on portable AC units that we’ve tested or previously owned.
#1) Whynter ARC-14SH 14,000 BTU Dual Hose w/ Heater
All we can say is we really like this cooling unit. It’s a very powerful machine, eco-friendly and is probably one of the more efficient dual hose portable AC’s on the market. Another thing about this unit is it comes with the option of a heater. This modified version can be used all year round and only for an extra $100 or so dollars. If you’re already set on getting a dual machine you really should consider researching more about this unit.
#2) Whynter ARC-12SD 12,000 BTU Dual Hose
No, we don’t have a contract with Whynter or anything. We just really like their units and how well they function. The Whynter ARC-12SD 12,000 BTU Dual Hose Unit is a very close second to its 14,000 BTU brother. It cools a smaller space but also comes with the option of a heater as well.
The Whynter ARC-12SDH w/ Heater is currently available at a lower price than the unit without. ($459.00)
#3) Danby Premiere DPAC12010H 12,000 BTU Dual Hose w/ Heater
This unit surprised us. I had not known much about Danby until we reviewed their 8000 BTU single unit. It’s introductory price of $449 made this the best priced dual hose portable AC with heater available online. Although, it’s unfortunately no longer listed at that price.
Providing a heater option seems to be a regular thing for a lot of dual units. Which in my opinion makes them even more worth the investment.
If we had to choose the Best Dual unit by price, I would have to go with the Whynter ARC-12SDH 12,000 BTU Dual Hose w/ Heater. After comparing the ARC-12SDH with the ARC-12SD side by side on the Whynter website, we can’t see any reason why a unit with more features would cost less. Either way, it’s worth looking into if you’re shopping in that price range.
Click here for our list of the Top Single Hose Units for 2012.
Or if you’d like to know which units actually sold the most last summer, see our article on The Top Selling Portable AC Units for Summer 2012