The Best Air Conditioning Units To Buy 2021

Keep cool this summer and every summer with our list of Air Con units to buy in 2021

Hello and welcome to our guide on the best air conditioning units to buy in the uk for summer 2021. We’ve had a bit of an odd year or so to say the least but one thing that has stayed more consistent over recent years is our every growing need for air con units in the UK.

We’re not Florida where it’s 30 degrees all year round but from April – September we are getting a warmer climate with hotter days and the average temperature being in the high teens with it being around 20 degrees in some parts of the country during these months.

Being British we’re never fully prepared for anything even when it’s a season that comes around every year we never seem to be prepared so don’t worry you don’t need to flick through hundreds of fans and AC units on Wickes or Homebase, instead we’ve cut down a guide to the best air conditioning units to buy in the UK for 2021, enjoy.

Do I really need air conditioning in the UK?

Believe it or not the United Kingdom can actually get hot and stay hot, the difference with heat in Britain compared to the rest of Europe is ours tends to be more humid and lot stickier.

Take a look below at average weather data for London Heathrow airport. This is 30 years of data from 1981-2010 as you can see from April to October the average temperature is at least 15 degrees and goes above that in the peak summer months such as July and August, although this is only averages and not the highs, it might seem like a distant memory now but back in  2018 most parts of the UK had 50 days of consecutive sunshine, where the temperature was often above 20 degrees and was also the joint hottest summer on record.

The Best Air Conditioning Units To Buy 2021

Are Air Con units expensive?

AC units can range from anywhere from £200 to well into the Thousands, as with anything you get what you pay for, whilst you probably won’t  be picking one up from the middle aisle at Aldi you can still purchase one at a reasonable price, the benefit is they tend to last a long time too.

How much does Air Con cost to run UK?

This is a very common question when it comes to air conditioning and just how expensive are they to run, we Brits love a good bargain but we’re also happy to pay a reasonable price for comfort, particularly in those warmer months of the year when it can get horrible and sticky at night. 

The cost of running portable AC units at home varies depending on what unit you purchase and what you pay for your energy but we’ve found they aren’t too expensive to run and of course aren’t used year round. 

BTU ratings on air conditioning machines is a good place to start when querying how much they cost, a typical 10,000 BTU machine will cost around 10 pence per hour to run, meaning if you ran it for the warmest twelve hours of the day you’d be paying £1.20 for the comfort of air con that day. Should we see a month long heatwave then you’d simply multiply that figure by 30 meaning you’d be paying an extra £36 that month on your electricity bill. 

Bear in mind you probably wouldn’t be using AC all day, all week, month or year so please take running costs with a pinch of salt.

What is a BTU in air conditioning?

BTU means British Thermal Unit. 

in the industry of energy, particularly heating and cooling British Thermal Units are used to measure the amount of heat that an air conditioning unit can remove from a room per hour.

Now that’s the jargon busted, let’s crack on with our guide to the best air conditioning units to buy in the UK for 2021.

LOGIK LAC07C19 Portable Air Conditioner

The Best Air Conditioning Units To Buy 2021

RRP £229. Great Value

Stay Cool all Summer with the  Logik LAC07C19 Portable Air Conditioner.

If you’re someone who tends to struggle to sleep in the warmer nights or just fancies being that bit cooler then this is a perfect choice for you. The air conditioner has a sleep mode to keep your bedroom cool before automatically switching itself off. There is also a programmable timer, so you can set it to start and stop automatically during a 24-hour period.

The auto restart function means the Logik LAC07C19 will automatically resume the previous setting if the power gets cut off unexpectedly. With its self-evaporative system and handy wheels, the Logik LAC07C19is an ideal addition to any home.

We think this is a brilliant unit and very affordable too with an RRP of just £229 available at Curry’s here.

Product info

  • Air flow rate: 319 m³/h
  • 2 speed settings
  • 24 hour timer
  • Remote control

PRINCESS 352101 Portable Air Conditioner

The Best Air Conditioning Units To Buy 2021

RRP £279

Make your room less humid and hot during summer months with the Princess 352101 Portable Air Conditioner. A programmable timer and 3 modes help you find the most comfortable settings. It has a low energy consumption so it’s kinder to the planet and to your wallet.

Again this is a very good machine and great value for money at just £279. Ideal for those who are looking to get a mid-range air con unit with great reliability. A great addition to our list of the best air conditioning units to buy in the UK for 2021Find it at Curry’s Here

Product info

  • 785 Watt air conditioner
  • Cooling capacity 7000BTU, Range up to(m²): 16
  • 3 modes; cooling, dehumidifying and fan
  • Noise level 65dB Max air flow 320m3/, suitable for spaces up to 60m3
  • 0.5L water reservoir, moving moisture from the air @ 0.8L/h & adjustable fan speed
  • Digital control panel and timer, automatic shut off and water tank full indicator

AEG Chill Flex Pro AXP26U558HW Air Conditioning Unit

best air conditioning units

RRP £549.

A top quality machine from a top quality brand. This air conditioner from AEG will keep you comfortable in even the hottest weather. Thanks to its 1000 Watt power output, meaning it doesn’t take long to cool the room down at all. It has three separate fan settings too and it’s dehumidifying function removes excess water from the air. 

This machine has an RRP of £549 which is on the pricier side of this list but don’t be put off by that, if you’re after a decent machine that will last years then it’s worth the extra buck. Currently on sale at AO and can be found Here

Product info

  • 1000 Watt Power Output
  • Rated A+ for energy efficiency
  • 3 speed settings to choose from
  • Dehumidifying function removes moisture from the air
  • Can be operated by remote control

Black & Decker BXAC40008GB Air Conditioning Unit

Black & Decker BXAC40008GB Air Conditioning Unit - White

RRP £449

The Black & Decker BXAC40008GB is a fine air con unit built to last and built from a reputable brand known for it’s expertise.  Whether you’d like a gentle breeze to keep you cool, or an icy cool airflow similar to antarctica then you’re in luck as this unit has three different settings which is handy and can easily be adjusted. There’s also a handy auto option that will automatically adjust the temperature depending on how hot or cold the room gets.

The dehumidifier function removes close to 30 litres of moisture everyday from the air.  There’s a handy remote too  which means you don’t need to try and move if you’re stuck to the leather sofa.

This unit is priced at £499 and although the price can vary we’d imagine it will remain as is throughout the summer months. The Black & Decker BXAC40008GB air con unit is a fantastic machine and rightfully made it onto our list of the best air conditioning units to buy in the UK for 2021 and is available from AO and can be found here

Product info

  • 1350 Watt power output
  • 3 speed settings to choose from
  • Dehumidifying function removes moisture from the air
  • Automatically adjusts temperatures to suit your needs
  • Can be operated by remote control

5000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner

5000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner

RRP £230. Great Price

This very popular and very affordable AC unit from Daewoo is fantastic value for money. This machine can be stored anywhere in the house as it’s easy to move about and comes with a 1.5m air duct pipe, there’s also a handy remote control meaning you can sit back and relax whilst cooling down. It also has two separate fan settings as well as dehumidifying options too.

This is currently best priced at Wickes for £230 and can be found Here

Product info

  • 3 in 1 air conditioning unit
  • Cooling, fan and dehumidifying functions
  • Self evaporative system
  • Water full indicator
  • Led display with remote control

Daewoo Esg 12000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner

daewoo portable air conditioner 12000 btu

RRP £339.

This portable air con unit from Daewoo is the version up from the machine above on the list, slightly more expensive but also very efficient at cooling the room down! it comes with three settings, a self evaporate function as well as an auto swing function also. It’s ideal for those looking to cool a room down very quickly and efficiently. – the only downside is it can be a bit noisy so not always perfect for the bedroom overnight. 

This unit is on sale at Wickes and can be found Here

Product info

  • Cooling, Fan And Dehumidifying Functions
  • Self Evaporate System
  • Improved Cooling Efficiency
  • Soft Touch Button Control With Led Display
  • Auto Swing Function

De'Longhi PAC AN112 Silent Air Conditioner

De'Longhi PAC AN112 Silent Air Conditioner
The De’Longhi Pinguino PAC AN112 Silent Portable Air Conditioning unit. The Real Feel is the innovative De’Longhi technology securing the best comfort level thanks to the combination of temperature reduction and humidity control. It uses a natural high efficiency gas, propane R290 which has no greenhouse emmisions making this a very ecological unit.
Thankfully you won’t be kept awake at night with this machine on as it has silent technology including a honey-comb shaped grid, minimizing the noise of the air flow towards the holes and to the special 2 speed condensation ventilator. This may be the most expensive unit on our review of the best air conditioning units to buy in the UK for 2021 but don’t let the price put you off as it’s a very popular machine.

Product Info

  • R290 propane gas:  natural refrigerant gas, non-toxic, eco-friendly and offering energy savings
  • Real feel technology: unique De’Longhi technology, enabling PAC to act automatically on temperature and relative humidity
  • Fan function
  • Dehumidifying function
  • Exclusive condensate recirculation system
  • 3 fan speed to have the maximum power or the minimum noise leve

electriQ EcoSilent 8000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner

This electriQ EcoSilent 8000 air conditioner is arguably one of the most popular models on the market at the moment and also very affordable. It’s compact, portable design gives it enough power to easily cool down a room in a short period of time.

Not only is this unit great at cooling your home down but it also acts as a dehumidifier and removes excess moisture from the air which reduces the growth of horrible substances like mould and damp in the home, making it great for those days when doing the washing at home. This unit is also eco efficient as it uses half of the water collected to cool the condenser coils down.

Product info

  • 4 in 1 – Works as an air conditioner, fan or dehumidifier with Sleep mode
  • 8,000 BTU – Perfect for cooling medium-sized rooms up to 20 SQM
  • 5-speed turbo fan – Gives you the best balance between quiet and powerful airflow with the latest DC Fan
  • 24 hour timer – Helps save on energy usage and can be set to pre-cool rooms
  • Quick and easy operation – control panel, LED display and remote control
  • Highly portable design – Built-in carry handle and castors for easy movement
  • Manually Adjustable Louvres for Custom Air Direction
  • Swing function for improved cooling air flow
  • Dimensions (W*H*D): 364 x 689 x 348mm
  • Weight: 25Kg

And there you have, that was our guide to the best air conditioning units to buy in the UK for 2021. This should save you both time and hopefully money as you can compare units before purchasing, don’t forget to get in quick before they all go as they’ll be in high demand in 2021!. Happy Shopping