If there’s anything we don’t like, it’s being subject to sticky, sweltering temps in the summer. So, we turn to (and quite literally, turn on) a trusty air conditioner.
It’s one of those practical luxuries you can’t seem to neglect as your weather app is circulating with sun emojis, right? They’re a worthwhile investment and one worth picking up ASAP (along with the best humidifiers and dehumidifiers we rounded up — yep, there’s a difference).
After all, now’s the perfect time to snatch one for yourself for all-day, cool comfort.
We curated an edit of the 15 best air conditioners of 2022 to make life easy-breezy for you. From portable air conditioners to ones fit for your window, there’s an option for everyone.
Ahead, find our top models, backed by hyper-enthusiastic reviewers. It’s one of our most useful shopping guides for that (not to mention, one of the coolest).
With the most overall reviews on Amazon, we’re not at all surprised Black+Decker’s Portable Air Conditioner is the star of the show. With a remote control, an adjustable fan and its win-win situation for being easy to clean and easy to install, we’re just about ready to pick this one up.
2. Whynter Portable Air Conditioner, $500, original price: $600
Sleek and clad with an activated carbon filter, Whynter’s Portable Air Conditioner is perfect for those who want to be cool yet also crave a modern aesthetic. This model cools up to 500 square feet of space and comes with advance auto drain technology to use and recylce your room’s moisture for producing cool air (pretty amazing, huh)?
3. Midea Smart Inverter Window Air Conditioner, $359, original price: $399
If you’re on the market for a wall-mounted air conditioner, Midea’s Smart Inverter model deserves all of the acclaim. It’s designed to be nine times quieter than traditional units (hallelujah) and is Energy Star-certified to conserve 35% more energy.
Not to mention, its U-shaped design allows your window to open, allowing you to bring fresh air into your home. It’s also Wi-Fi-enabled and can be controlled with the paired MideaAir app on iOS or Android.
4. Frigidaire Window-Mounted Room Air Conditioner, $355, original price: $379
Frigidaire, aside from creating sleek, stellar fridges, creates a well-received air conditioner that’s less than $400. This model is one of our favorites for a couple of reasons: (1) it has three different fan speeds for customized cooling, (2) has a sleep mode to maximize energy savings and (3) has a programmable timer to preset the unit on or off in 30-minute increments.
5. SereneLife Compact Portable Air Conditioner, $280, original price: $320
If we’re being honest, some of us want to be cool as a cucumber but don’t have the space for a monstrosity of a unit (we get it, which is why SereneLife’s is one of our favorites). The highly rated machine has a lightweight body, comes with three operating modes — cooling, dehumidifier and a fan — and has a remote control for easy-to-use handling.
6. GE Smart Window Air Conditioner, $525
GE’s Smart Widnow Air Conditioner is a splurge, yet worth it. The unit is Energy Star-rated, is incredible for small rooms (thanks to its 12,000 BTU specs, though this can be customized) and is easy to use, much ado to the paired SmartHQ app to control the window showpiece from anywhere.
Midea’s fan-favorite window air conditioner is available in a portable option: the Duo Smart Ultra-Quiet model. With a concrete emphasis on ultra-quiet, we swear by this one for its innovative duo-house design, which enables the unit to intake air inside and exhaust it outdoors.
If you’re on a budget and are desperate for anything to keep you cool, Ontel’s Arctic Air Pure Chill 2.0 is a pretty nifty buy. It has nearly more than 2,000 pleasant reviews and is fit for your nightstand, dorm room or small space that needs a bit more breeze.
9. Sensibo Sky Smart Home Air Conditioner System, $99, original price: $159
The Sensibo Sky Home Air Conditioner System checks off all our our boxes as far as these units go: it’s voice-activated (of course), scans temperature and humidity levels to maintain that comfortable ‘real feel’ temperature and is virtually invisible. Plus, you can automatically turn it off or on from your mobile device.
Stellar for cooling up to 400 square-foot spaces, Shinco’s Portable Air Conditioner is a durable option that’s easy to install and easy to maneuver. Its lowest speed is ultra-quiet, too, and great for sleeping.
11. Breezewell 3-in-1 Evaporative Portable Air Conditioner, $116, original price: $190
Ideal for dry climates, Breezewell’s 3-in-1 Evaporative Portable Air Conditioner is a much-needed model to snag in a jiffy. Not only does it have three modes — wind, humidification and cooling — but it runs on 75% less electricity than the average brand (impressive) and, just as impressively, it’s less than $120.
Reviews: 139 + top-rated
As one of Bed Bath & Beyond’s top-rated items, Costway’s Portable Air Conditioner is one for the taking. Its water tank runs for nearly eight hours, it comes with a remote control for convenience and even has a built-in timer so you can be notified when it’s running. That said, it’s one of the best well-priced ones we found that doesn’t compromise quality.
Alexa, can you turn the air on? That voice commands sounds nice, and with Toshiba’s WiFi Portable Air Conditioner, it’s possible. It’s compatible with your BFF Alexa or Google Assistant, circulates and even dehumidifies air well and has an easy-to-use digital control panel. If you want a model that’ll last for years, this one fits the bill.
14. Vremi Portable Air Conditioner, $300, original price: $400
Dubbed an Amazon’s Choice product, Vremi’s Portable Air Conditioner has an auto shut-off feature (which we thank the heavens for, along with our electric bills), an LED display for touch-of-a-button convenience and is easy to move and install. For $100 off, it’s definitely worth the grab right now.
15. Cool Living Window Air Conditioner, $510
If you’re on the hunt for a wall air conditioning unit, consider Cool Living’s model. Clad with an installation kit at your disposal, it’s perfectly compact for your bedroom or dorm room alike, along with having different warranty options to choose from.
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