The Best Personal Air Conditioners – Review

The Best Personal Air Conditioners – Review explores the features and pros and cons of 5 portable air conditioners; Bokang, Novamilion, Wildyak, Torras Coolify, and Whynter Elite.

The price range is from under $25 to over $200. If you need a personal portable air conditioner unit meant for a desk or end table, a neck fan, or a larger room air conditioner, all are covered here.

Something to be aware of is with the mini air conditioner/humidifier works better in a dry climate. They do tend to bring up the humidity in a room.

With all products, features can change, so before purchasing, be sure the features that attracted you to the product are still the same.

Top 5 Picks
Bokang
The Bokang has a price coming in under $25.00. It’s lightweight, portable, and small, making it perfect for personal cooling in dorms and on desks.
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Novamilion
This lightweight, portable AC unit comes with seven different color color-cycle options. It comes with three speeds and offers cooling and dehumidifying options for optimum comfort throughout the year.
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Wildyak
The Wildyak Evaporative Air Cooler comes with 3 speeds and 2 mist modes. Be aware, as the previous portable air conditioners, this is for personal use. You are not able to cool a room.
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TORRAS Coolify
What a great idea. The TORRAS Coolify is worn behind the neck, which allows for hand-free cooling. Great for outside or in the house to cool off.
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Whynter Elite
The Whynter Elite has won awards from Good Housekeeping 2019 as the Best Overall Portable Air Conditioner to Buy and The New York Times Wirecutter as the best cooling and comfort portable AC. The Whynter Elite was also recognized by Consumer Reports as one of the top two highest scores in 2019.
Ability to cool up to 400 square feet.
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Under $25

Bokang

Best Personal Air Conditioners - Review - Bokang

Features

  • 2 Colors
  • USB Powered
  • 1 Speed
  • LED Nightlight
  • Add Water To Cool
  • Personal Size

Specifications

  • Weight
    • 1.98 pounds
  • Approximate Dimensions
    • 5.91″D x 5.94″W x 6.73″H
  • Manufacturer: Bokang
  • ASIN: B09XMH7GJY

Pros

  • Light-weight
  • Price

Cons

  • Personal Use – Will Not Cool a Room
  • Small Size

Review

The Bokang has a price coming in under $25.00. It’s lightweight, portable, and small, making it perfect for personal cooling in dorms and on desks.

It works by filling the container with clean, purified water. Adding ice allows for a more cooling effect than you will get from just water.

The Bokang is suitable for personal use, say on a desk or bedside. It acts more like a fan or humidifier. It comes with a great price tag, but if you are looking for something to cool a room, this is not the portable air conditioner fan for you


$25 to $50

Novamilion

Best Personal Air Conditioners - Review - Novamilion

Features

  • 3-Speeds
    • Low
    • Medium
    • High
  • Up To 4-5 Hours Use
  • 7 Different Colors with Color-Cycle Option
  • Lightweight
  • Portable
  • Cordless
  • Rechargeable Battery

Specifications

  • Weight
    • 2.35 pounds
  • Dimensions
    • Approximately 6.5 x 5.5 x 6 inches
  • Cools Approximately 45 sq ft.
  • Manufacturer – NA Portable Air Conditioners

Pros

  • Portable
  • 7 Color Light Option
  • Lightweight

Review

Cons

  • May Be Too Small For Some People

The Novamilion personal evaporative cooler comes in at under $50, a small appliance for personal use.

Being a personal cooler, it will not be large enough to cool a room but will cool you somewhat if the cooler is close by. Perfect for use on a desk or end table.

This lightweight, portable AC unit comes with seven different color color-cycle options. It comes with three speeds and offers cooling and dehumidifying options for optimum comfort throughout the year.

It also comes with a rechargeable battery that can run continuously for 4-5 hours on low setting. Having a rechargeable battery allows for cordless use. You can move freely from room to room without having to plug in. The lightweight design makes it easy to carry around.

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$50 to $100

Wildyak

Best Personal Air Conditioners - Review -  Wildyak

Features

  • 3 Speeds
  • 2 Mist Modes
  • 90° Wind Guide
  • Water Shortage Reminder
  • Timer
    • 2 hour
    • 4 hour
  • Color
    • Dark Blue
  • 7 Colored Lights
  • 4000 MAH Rechargeable Battery
  • Suitable for Close Range Use

Specifications

  • Weight
    • 2.33 lbs
  • Package Dimensions
    • 10.75″ x 7.8″ x 6.1″
  • Brand: Wildyak
  • ASIN: B08YRW53FC

Pros

  • 3 Speeds
  • 2 Mist Modes
  • 90° Wind Guide

Review

Cons

  • Cannot Cool Whole Room
  • Must Be In Close Proximity

The Wildyak Evaporative Air Cooler comes with 3 speeds and 2 mist modes. Be aware, as the previous portable air conditioners, this is for personal use. You are not able to cool a room. Many people report needing to be within 6 inches to feel the air.

Portable and small, this is ideal for a desk, end table, or night table.


$100 to $200

TORRAS Coolify Portable Air Conditioner Neck Fan

Best Personal Air Conditioners - Review -  Torras

Features

  • Colors
    • Black
    • White
  • Sweatproof/Waterproof
  • Bladeless
  • Automatic Turn Off At 30 Minutes
  • USB Charging
  • 6-month Warranty

Specifications

  • Fully Charge in 3 Hours
  • Weight
    • 12.3 ounces
  • Manufacturer: TORRAS
  • ASIN: B08X4X74GR

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Pros

  • Bladeless
  • Sweatproof/Waterproof
  • Warranty

Cons

  • Only The Back Fan Cools
  • Short Battery Life
  • Price Point

Review

What a great idea. The TORRAS Coolify is worn behind the neck, which allows for hand-free cooling. Great for outside or in the house to cool off.

Being bladeless, there is no risk of hair getting caught in any blades. Also, being bladeless makes it safer for children.

There are three speeds. The higher the speed mode, the less the charge lasts. On medium, it should last about 4 hours.

This great little accessory with so many uses – do you work outside, exercise, or run warm this could be an excellent investment.


$200 & Above

Whynter Elite Dual Hose Model Portable Air Conditioner

Best Personal Air Conditioners - Review - Whynter

Features

  • Three Operational Modes
    • Air conditioner
    • Fan
    • Dehumidifier
  • Cools Up To 400 sf
  • Full Thermostatic Control
    • (61°F – 89°F)
  • Digital Readout
  • 24 Hour Programmable Timer
  • Washable Pre-Filter & Activated Carbon Filter
  • Remote

Specifications

  • Weight
    • 60 lbs
  • Dimensions
    • 17 x 29.5 x 16 inches
  • Full Installation Set Includes Extendable Exhaust And Intake Hose (Up To 60″) And Window Kit: 6.5″ W X 20″ (Min)/ 46″ (Max) L
  • Manufacturer: Whynter LLC
  • ASIN: B01AA8WOAK

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Pros

  • Cools Effectively
  • Great Customer Service Experience
  • Washable Filters

Cons

  • Leaks Water
  • Pay For Return Shipping
  • Installation Can Be Difficult

Review

The Whynter Elite has won awards from Good Housekeeping 2019 as the Best Overall Portable Air Conditioner to Buy and The New York Times Wirecutter as the best cooling and comfort portable AC. The Whynter Elite was also recognized by Consumer Reports as one of the top two highest scores in 2019.

With those types of recognitions, it isn’t surprising that it comes with great reviews.

Unlike the other reviews in this post, the Whynter Elite is a room-size portable air conditioner having the ability to cool up to 400 square feet.

When initially setting up the Whynter it requires a 4-hour delay before starting. Be sure to follow this step, or you may have trouble with its cooling.


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Final Thoughts

With all products, features can change, so before purchasing, be sure the features that attracted you to the product are still the same.

Like all products, the best portable air conditioner is based on your needs. In reading The Best Personal Air Conditioners – Review, I hope you were able to gather information to help your purchasing decision.

If you have any stories or experience purchasing a personal air conditioner, I would love to hear about it. Please comment below.

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