I bet you landed on this page because you are curious to know about the best portable air conditioner for your home, apartment or even business. If so, then sit back as we are about to give you a rundown of some of the top picks for the coming year.
But first, there is one thing that we want to make clear. This article is only going to outline the best dual hose machines. If you already understand the difference between a dual hose and a single hose air conditioner then feel free to skip to where our top picks actually begin. Otherwise, keep reading.
You see, most of the other articles you’ll find that discuss their top picks don’t really break down the difference, which is very crucial when spending so much money on a machine. A dual hose unit is one that is equipped with two exhausts. One that is capable of drawing in air while the other is capable of exhausting out heat. This helps to minimize any negative pressure within your room and also helps to cool your room faster.
On the other hand, single hose units are only equipped with one hose. Therefore they only have one pathway to use while trying to take away heat and bring in cool air at the same time. This is less efficient and usually takes longer to cool your room. Generally dual hose units cost more, weigh more and make more noise than single hose machines, but that is not always the case.
As you can see, this differentiation is quite important between the two. In most top lists you are comparing apples to oranges. That is why we decided to give you a separate breakdown between the top dual hoses and the top single hoses that you can find online.
Ok. Now that we’ve gone through all of that, let’s get to the list.
#4 Friedrich PH14B 13,500 BTU w/ Heater
At number 4 we have chosen to go with the Friedrich PH14B 13,500 BTU portable AC with heat pump. It’s a great machine that does an excellent job of cooling and heating for your room. Depending on the number of people and the type of area that you’re trying to cool, at 13,500 BTUs this machine is capable of working in a room that is just under 500 square feet. Although, as per the manufacturer this machine is capable of cooling rooms up to 700 square feet.
To be honest this manufacturer has always been kind of an unknown to us, although over the past year has proven to be one of the best in the dual hose department. This machine is also capable of heating at 11,000 BTUs, has 4 operational modes including a dehumidifier, 3 fan speeds, 24-hour timer, 6 foot long power cord, casters, handles and more.
#3 Whynter ARC-12SD 12,000 BTU
Coming in at number 3 we have chosen to go with the Whynter ARC-12SD 12,000 BTU portable air conditioner. The reason why we have chosen this machine is because of its cooling ability at such a low price tag. Many single hose models cost just as much but don’t cool anywhere near as efficiently. Also, this machine is built by one of the most reliable and durable manufacturers on the market. Whynter has been in the industry for a very long time and has produced many top rated single and dual hose air conditioners that are available for home and business users.
At 12,000 BTU this AC is capable of cooling rooms up to 400 square feet. However, some claim that they can get just as much cooling power in rooms that are slightly larger. While this model includes 3 operational modes, the SDH model bumps that up to 4 by including a heater as well.
#2 Toyotomi TAD-T40LW 14,000 BTU w/ Heater
Next up at number 2 we have chosen the Toyotomi TAD-T40LW 14,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner with heat pump. This Japanese made brand is probably another unknown to many in the AC market, although it’s definitely not a machine to pass by.
This 14,000 BTU AC can cool rooms up to 500 square feet and also heat rooms at a power of 11,000 BTU. Besides Whynter, we have to admit that this is probably one of the more powerful, durable and efficient portable AC’s that we have ever used. We know that there are many people that only swear by American products, although you may be greatly surprised at this manufacturer’s quality if you take a chance on this unit.
The Toyotomi is also capable of self evaporating its excess condensation. However, if you simply use it as an air conditioner there is a very small chance you will have to worry about regular drainage or watching your machine for spills.
#1 Whynter ARC-14S 14,000 BTU
Last but not least, at number 1 we have selected the Whynter ARC-14S 14,000 BTU portable AC. This is possibly one of the most popular and most purchased portable AC units that you will find online. This model has gone through many changes over the years, and is now one of the more modern looking, durable and advanced machines that you will find in its class.
The great thing about this powerful machine is its ability to cool your room in a short amount of time. While running at 14,000 BTUs, this machine is capable of maintaining temperatures in rooms around 500 square feet and larger. The ARC-14S has three operational modes although is also capable of 4 modes if you opt for their SH model instead. Not only that, but the ARC-14S is also capable of automatic shut off, auto drain technology, 24 hour timer mode and more.
Another bonus about this unit is that it regularly goes on sale. So you can easily pick it up for just as much and sometimes less than the cost of a single hose unit.
- Whynter ARC-110WD 11,000 BTU
- Whynter ARC-126MD 12,000 BTU
- Soleus Air LX-140 14,000 BTU
We hope that this list has helped you in your quest to finding the right dual hose portable air conditioner for your home, apartment or office space. There are literally tons of different units that you can find online, however there are only a few that have build up a solid reputation and continue to deliver consistently year in and year out.
If you have any questions or would like to read a full review on any of the machines mentioned in this acticle, be sure to see the description for more information.
Stay tuned for the Top 5 Single Hose Units for 2016, coming soon!