Are you searching for an inexpensive option to keep the home more bearable throughout the hot summer? Are you wondering whether you can get away with spending less?
Buzzrake collected thousands of user reviews and comments from around the web to answer these very questions. We looked at portable units priced at $250 or less, and analyzed user opinions about them.
The results aren't promising...
Inexpensive air conditioners are typically much smaller with much smaller cooling areas. They have less power and lower BTUs as well.
There are several areas where these portable AC units fall short. Users report that cheaper portable ACs tend to have lesser quality, lower customer satisfaction scores and aren't nearly as quiet as larger units. Users aren't pleased with their cooling ability and design features either. Overall, users rate these units below average for almost everything.
If you're still keen on keeping your costs low, check out the list of inexpensive units below. These are ranked the best of the <$250 group.