Top Portable AC Units for Under $500

Whynter ARC-12S Eco-Friendly 12,000 BTU Single Hose

Whynter ARC-12S Eco-Friendly 12,000 BTU

We understand that buying a portable air conditioner can be expensive. Plus finding a full review of these products can be very difficult as well. That’s why our one of our main goals is to provide you with as much information as possible so you can compare and make an educated decision on which unit is right for you.  If you’re new to the world of portable AC’s then you should read our article on what to look for when buying the best portable air conditioner before going out and making any purchases.

The list below is a mixture of single hose and dual hose units. It’s in no particular order and is based on units that we have reviewed.

Whynter ARC-12S Eco-Friendly 12,000 BTU (Single Hose)

For a single hose unit this does a great job. Its regular price is listed at about $500 but it’s currently going for $385. The fact that it’s a single hose unit with such a high BTU power makes it even more worth the price.

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ARCTICPRO YPC-07C 7000 BTU Portable Home Electric Air Conditioner

ARCTICPRO YPC-07C

ARCTICPRO YPC-07C 7000 BTU Portable Home Electric Air Conditioner (Single Hose)

I know, it looks ancient. Like it came from the 80’s or something, but it does work very well. It’s a single hose unit and has just as many functions as any other single hose portable AC available now. At $239 you can’t really go wrong if you’re cooling a small room.

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Koldfront Ultracool PAC1401W 14,000 BTU Single Hose

Koldfront PAC1401W

Koldfront Ultracool PAC1401W 14,000 BTU (Single Hose)

Again another single hosed unit, but I believe that this one is very underrated. There are many mixed reviews online about the Koldfront Ultracool PAC1401W but I think some of its faults it has caused the average user experience to be a bad one. If you don’t know much about portable AC’s I can easily see why you might rate this unit low, although with a few adjustments you can take advantage of 14,000 BTU power at a very good price.

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Whynter ARC-14S 14,000 BTU Dual Hose w/ Heater

Whynter ARC-14S

Whynter ARC-14S 14,000 BTU (Dual Hose)

This is probably one of the best dual hose units available. Regular price for this unit is $600 and above. I believe it’s currently on sale, but right now its priced at under $500. If you’re looking for an AC that is reliable, powerful and efficient, then this one might be what you’re looking for. To be honest if you can get any Whynter dual hose product for under $500, it’s a good deal in my opinion.

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Danby Premiere DPAC12010H 12,000 BTU Dual Hose with Heater

Danby DPAC12010H

Danby Premiere DPAC12010H 12,000 BTU (Dual Hose)

Right now the Danby Premiere DPAC12010H is one of the best priced dual hose units with heater available online. It’s a great machine that’s eco-friendly and does a great job of cooling your room. When this unit first came out its regular price was just under $600. About a month later the regular price has dropped to $499. It’s currently on sale for $449.99 $420.93. For what this unit is capable of I think it’s a really good deal.

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**Edit 07.29.12**

Since writing this article we’ve reviewed more units that deserve to be on this list. See below for a link to their reviews:

Honeywell MN12CES 12,000 BTU Single Hose /w Dehumidifier Review 

Haier CPN11XCJ 11,000 BTU Single Hose /w Dehumidifier Review

Amico AP11000 11,000 BTU Single Hose Review