When its smoking hot out there is nothing more than I crave than to get inside into the cold ac.
It makes it even more special when I didn’t have to break the bank and having an AC that I can move around freely unlike some more traditional stationary and built in ac units. So of course, my mission was to find the ACs that are both portable and under 200$.
Cheap Portable Air Conditioner Under $200 – Top 5
#1 COSTWAY 10,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner
This Costway AC is not only an excellent AC unit for a great price but it also comes with a built-in dehumidifier and remote control is also included. The reason I choose this AC as my number one choice is because everything is simple and effective with this AC. The initial set up was a breeze to get things up and running and the actual effectiveness of the AC is great.
It has the power to cool down most studio sized apartments or massive rooms on its own with its power. It also runs surprisingly quietly for such an affordable unit – even when on the higher speed setting of which there are 2 it runs quietly.
Not only do you have the AC with this unit, but you also have the dehumidifier and on the days it isn’t as hot you can simply use it as a fan which is a nice option to have. It also has some programmable features such as setting a programmable timer to pre-set and it also has the option to automatically turn on when a certain temperature is reached.
- Runs quietly
- Dehumidifier built in
- Excellent programmable features
- Remote control included
#2 BLACK+DECKER BPACT08WT
The lowest priced unit comes in at slightly over 200 at the time of writing and with 8000 BTU of power. This amount of power should be enough to keep a medium sized room cool.
The thing I like about this unit is its effectiveness. It works flawlessly for any medium or small sized room. Once you try to cool a bigger room or roomy studio apartment it may start to struggle. It comes with 3 modes the AC mode, the dehumidifier mode, and the fan mode all of which work great. Again, this unit was one of the quietest AC units that I tested and that for me is a nice selling point.
Another thing I liked about this AC is the digital display – you can easily adjust the room to the temperature that you like and let the AC do the rest. It’s simple and very effective overall.
- Great build quality
- Easy to move around
- 3 different modes
- Nice LED display
- Keeps room cool well
- Quiet operation
- May not be sufficient for bigger rooms/spaces
#3 Global Air 10,000 BTU
The first thing I liked about this unit was its build quality. Its definitely one of the best built ACs in this price bracket. As for the set up with this unit it was a doodle and literally only took me about 30 minutes to get up and running.
Another thing I like with the Global Air AC is its display it allows you to set the temperature that you want, and it will continue to blast until your target temperature is reached and will try to keep you as close to that temperature consistently, which is a set and forget feature that I really like.
On the display you can also adjust the speed to either low or high and you also can change modes from the AC (cooling mode) or to the fan mode. You can also have it set to auto where it will choose depending on current temperature and target temperature. There is also a timer feature if you want to make use of that.
As for the cooling with this AC it works great and with the power can keep a medium to large sized room cool with its 10,000 BTU of power.
- Brilliant build quality
- Seamless operation
- Little costlier than 1st 2 options
#4 Whynter 8,000 BTU
The installation with the air conditioner was one of the easiest that I did. Its just a matter of clicking a few things in place and cutting off the window guard and then we are ready to go!
This AC has 3 different modes of operation the modes being cool mode (standard ac mode), dry mode (dehumidifier mode) and finally fan mode. There is also an automatic mode where it will switch between the modes as it needs to which is nice for a person who like to set and forget their air conditioner. It comes with a 24-timer mode which is handy to have and also comes with a remote control.
The unit itself it quite compact and one of the most portable AC units I used. It also is incredibly well made, and I am sure it will last for years to come. As for the operation of the unit it works well for me in a medium sized room and operation was quite quiet and hardly even noticeable.
- Well made
- Very portable
- Quiet operation
- Most effective 8,000 BTU unit I tested
#5 Newair Cooling System
My final option in my list isn’t even an air conditioner but instead a special kind of fan system. How this unit works is that you fill it up with water and ice ideally. This colder water will be used to keep the room cool. The of course apparent issue it that you will constantly have to be changing the water and ice manually but perhaps its worth it for you.
When I compare the cooling effectiveness of this system it simply isn’t as good as a traditional ac, but it definitely does make a solid difference though if you are somewhere where it’s very hot it may not be your best option. But for somewhere that just needs a little cooling and in a smaller space this may be something to consider. Also, if you compare the cost of running this unit it is much less costly in terms of electrical use when compared with a traditional ac, so you also have that benefit as well.
One other thing I would like to mention that this technology will only work in hotter and dry climates so most places on the west coast for example could most use of it quite well whereas on the east coast that simply won’t be effective.
- Very low running cost
- Hassle having to top up with cold water consistently
- Not as effective as a traditional ac
- Only works in dryer climates