Best Outdoor Air Conditioner Review 2018Last Updated: October 1, 2018
While not actual aircon systems, these portable outdoor air conditioner units work particular well on patios, decks and household lawns: those enclosed, private spaces where you like to spend time relaxing by yourself or with family. Take our reviewers’ tips to find the unit that will work best for your needs.
When you’re talking about finding the best outdoor air conditioner it’s almost a misnomer as the best such units are not actually air conditioners at all but evaporative air coolers. This is like a halfway house between a fan and an air conditioner. These units do not have condensers, but tanks of ice and water that evaporate over time while the fans and blowers provide a steady flow of cooling air into the areas where you wish to direct it.
These units are particularly suitable for outdoor areas such as patios, decks and household lawns, those enclosed, private spaces where you like to spend time relaxing by yourself or with family
Best Outdoor Air Conditioner Review
Our team looked across the range of the best portable air conditioner appliances and coolers to compile this Buyers Guide to and reviews of the best outdoor air conditioner appliances.
Topping our best outdoor air conditioner roundup is Lasko’s Misto fan, which produces a fine mist that cools you down while you relax outdoors. Capable of reducing air temperature by up to 25 degrees, the fan is ideal for relaxing on your deck or patio, sports, picnics and other outside activities. The Misto fan has a water shut-off valve, while the misting kit is detachable for ease of cleaning. This is a safe unit, with a sealed ball-bearing motor. It has inline GFCI with a three-prong grounded plug.Check Price >
While the Honeywell 1540 is an evaporative air cooler rather than an air conditioner, it is nevertheless absolutely ideal for keeping your outdoor seated areas comfortably cool and airy. This is a low-energy unit compared with the typical air conditioner, and it is exceptionally ‘plug-in and switch on’ easy to use. As a bonus, it’s also ideal for indoors, particularly in more enclosed spaces of up to 850 square feet. Its continuous water supply connection & 15.8-gallon water tank, in addition to its overflow protection system, allow for long periods of unattended operation.Check Price >
The Luma Comfort EC110S is a three-in-one portable system that serves as an air cooler, tower fan and humidifier. It works particularly well in hot and dray climates of low humidity. Not only will this great little unit keep you cool when you are relaxing out of doors, it can also give a literal breath of fresh air to indoors areas, reducing temperatures by up to 30°F. The Luma Comfort EC110S has three cooling speeds and wind modes, and oscillates for widespread coverage of areas of up to 250 square feet.Check Price >
Portacool’s PAC2KCYC01 is one of the most user-friendly of the outdoor machines we reviewed. Ready to use out of the box, the unit is solidly constructed, made up of a durable one-piece, rust-free, leak-proof moulded polyethylene housing for its motor. This appliance has great energy efficiency while it uses no harmful chemicals in operation. The appliance can efficiently and effectively reduce temperatures by up to 30°F. The unit comes with a convenient 0.75in water hose connection, to help you achieve even longer running for your Portacool PAC2KCYC01.Check Price >
The NewAir AF-310 makes an immediate first impression with its tall, slim design, which not only saves space in the home, but also provides 60-degrees of oscillation, thereby improving circulation, not only within rooms but also in outdoor decking or patio areas. This is actually three appliances in one: a swamp cooler, a tower fan, and a humidifier. Use could not be easier, with an icebox and also a water level indicator that notifies you when refilling is necessary. Other convenient features for this unit, which would be particularly suited for the climate of the Southwest and Midwest regions of the US, include a remote control and an electric timer.Check Price >
Another winner from Portacool, the PACCYC06 is a model of air cooling efficiency, which is effective in areas of up to 300 square feet. This superior fan has an 8-gallon water tank, and users have the option of manual or host connection. With its compact size and recessed caster wheels, this unit will never get in your way and can be transported throughout the home with ease. This is an eco-friendly unit, ready to use out of the box, that can lower temperatures by up to 30°F.Check Price >
The Luma Comfort EC220W is a high-power 1650CFM evaporative cooler that is effective for areas of up to 650 square feet. Like its ‘sister’ product, the EC1105, this is a three-in-one appliance—a combination of air cooler, tower fan and humidifier-that works best in hot, dry conditions of low air humidity. This Luma Comfort appliance has a powerful blower design with widespread oscillation, and has three cooling speeds and wind modes that will always ensure a fresh breeze, even in the hottest of conditions.Check Price >
Another of the most effective air cooling units, the SPT SF-48LB, while not an air conditioner, is almost as good as one. While running at an energy-efficient 140W of power, this SPT unit has a 3D honeycomb cooling pad for enhanced cooling performance, while its auto-swing louvers and continuous water supply connection guarantee an efficient cooling stream of fresh air to the outdoor areas where you need it. This unit has three fan speed and is also equipped with a super-convenient sleep mode.Check Price >
Last but not least, the Honeywell CO25AE has lots to recommend it. It’s not just a fan, but an air cooler that reduces temperature through water evaporation. Its powerful air flow is idea for spot cooling small to medium indoor and outdoor spaces. This works best in climates of low humidity. It can generate a moist, cool breeze during the summer, and can act as a humidifier during the winter months. This non-compressor system comes with loads of features including an easy to use remote control, a low water alarm, an energy-saving timer, and adjustable humidification.Check Price >