Summer in the City: The Five Best Portable Air Conditioners

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Best bang for the buck:


Frigidaire FRA073PU1

BTUs: 5,000
Room Size: Up to 290 square feet
Dimensions (HxWxD): 32″ x 20″ x 16.75″
Weight: 64 pounds
Extras: Three speeds, remote control

Purchase: Amazon ($280) | Compare: Google

This Frigidaire beats the $300 starting price of most portable air conditioners but promises an extra 40 square feet of cooling power—most others at this price claim to be able to cool rooms up to 250 square feet or smaller in size.

If you’re looking for a similar option in town, Best Buy has the 7,000-BTU version of this unit for $300.

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I had no idea that there were so many different types of portable air conditioners. My husband and I have a little apartment, and we need some air conditioning. I really like the one that doubled as a space heater, we could use it all year long!