Best Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner

Every home has that one room that just refuses to stay cool enough in the summer. For some homes, it’s the garage or the frog over the garage. For others, maybe your central air doesn’t reach a room of your house where you spend most of your time. Maybe you have a workshop in the backyard separate from the house (or at your place of business) and you need to add air conditioning. A puny window unit isn’t going to cut it, but putting in a separate central air unit is far too expensive. Fortunately, this is the reason dual hose portable air conditioners exist. Check out our reviews and buyer’s guide to help you pick the best unit for the large space you need to keep cool.

5 Best Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner

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Name

Capacity (BTU) 

Editor Rating

Price

Whynter ARC-14S Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner

Whynter ARC-14S Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner 

14,000

Whynter ARC-122DS Elite Dual Hose Digital Portable Air Conditioner

Whynter ARC-122DS Elite Dual Hose Digital Portable Air Conditioner

12,000

EdgeStar AP14001HS14,000 BTU Dual Hose

EdgeStar AP14001HS Portable Air Conditioner and Heater with

14,000

Haier HPND14XCT 115V Dual-Hose Portable

Haier HPND14XCT 115V Dual-Hose Portable

14,0000

Friedrich P12B 11,500 BTU - Best Midrange

Friedrich P12B Dual Hose Portable Room Air Conditioner

12,000

Reviews of the Best Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner

1. Whynter 14,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner (ARC-14S)

Whynter ARC-14S Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner

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If you live in a studio apartment or have a studio space with no air conditioning, working and l living in that space can be unbearable during hot city summers. Whynter’s ARC-14S is the ideal dual hose portable AC. No need to install a permanent solution in your space, just roll the ARC-14S to up to a window, fit the dual hose panel in the frame, plug it in, and you are good to go. No more sweating away your most productive hours of the day in a dead heat: the Whynter ARC-14S is going to keep you cool and dry regardless of the weather outside.

Key Features

  • 3 modes: AC, Fan, Dehumidifier
  • Wireless remote
  • Thermostat controlled
  • Washable pre-filter and carbon air filter
  • Dehumidifier tank with 3 pint capacity

Pros

  • Ideal size for studio/small apartment or workspace use
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    Dehumidifier function for keeping humidity at your desired level
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    Can be programmed on a 24 hour cycle so you don’t have to worry about turning it off and on

Cons

  • Heavy enough to make it a chore to carry up or down stairs
  • Dehumidifier tank only holds 3 pints and must be emptied or it shuts off
  • There needs to ba an AC outlet close enough to the window that you can plug in the unit and have the hoses circulating air in and out of the workspace.

2. Whynter ARC-122DS Elite Dual Hose Digital Portable Air Conditioner

Whynter ARC-122DS Elite 12000 BTU Dual Hose

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A quiet portable AC for small spaces, this attractive 12,000 BTU portable AC unit helps you maintain comfortable conditions in your living or workspace. Once the window panel is in place, all that’s left to do is plug it in and set the thermostat to your desired temperature. The ARC-122DS handles the rest. Use it to cool the room, circulate air in and out of a window or dehumidify your space. The ARC-122DS is built to give you control of the conditions in your work or living or workspace again, and it is an effective means of keeping everything just the way you like it at home or in your shop.

Key Features

  • Auto-drain function circulates all condensate air out of the room
  • Three Modes: AC, Dehumidifier, and Circulator Fan
  • Built-in casters for easier mobility around the house
  • Wireless remote and programmable thermostat controls
  • Backlit display for easier readability in low light conditions

Pros

  • Compact cooling unit that also acts as a dehumidifier
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    Integrated casters make it easy to move from room to room as needed
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    Programmable thermostat lets you set what temperature to keep the room and save energy

Cons

  • Not the easiest to move between floors even if it does roll room to room
  • Only good for smaller spaces and shops (under 500 square feet)
  • Unit will shut off automatically when the dehumidifier tank is full, requiring regular attention when dehumidifying your workspace

3. EdgeStar AP14001HS Portable Air Conditioner and Heater with

EdgeStar AP14001HS14,000 BTU Dual Hose

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Dehumidifier and Fan for Rooms up to 525 Sq. Ft. with Remote Control
When you need to add some climate control to a 500 square foot space, this is the single hose air conditioner you want. You will need access to a window for the exhaust hose, but beyond that you can roll this little AC unit into your living space, workspace, or damp basement and put it to work. 

Not only does it function as a standard AC unit with 14,000 BTUs of cooling power, but it also functions as a circulator fan and a dehumidifier. You can move air through the room and control the humidity of your space just as easily as you cool the room down. Additionally, if your space is too cold in the winter, the EdgeStar AP14001HS also has a heater function to supplement your existing heating system and keep your space cozy during the colder seasons of the year. All in all, it’s a good unit to have year round if you want some air and temperature control in a small enclosed space.

Key Features

  • 4 Modes: AC, Fan, Dehumidifier, Heat
  • Programmable 24-Hour Thermostat
  • Set and Forget 
  • Single Exhaust Hose and Window Panel Kit (fits basement windows, too!)
  • Rolls on built in casters for better mobility

Pros

  • Cools a 500 square foot space quickly and effectively
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    Also great for controlling humidity in your basement or other damp workspace/living space
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    Window panel and exhaust hose can be installed in minutes with no special tools

Cons

  • While this unit is small, it only has one hose for exhaust, making it less effective as a cooling unit
  • Takes longer to cool a room down from higher temperature since it is a single hose portable air conditioner
  • Difficult to move between floors due to weight in spite of casters

4. Haier HPND14XCT 115V Dual-Hose Portable

Haier HPND14XCT 115V Dual-Hose Portable

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An excellent dual-hose unit that has a smaller footprint than similarly priced models, the Haier 14000 provides 14,0000 BTUs of cooling power in spaces up to 500 square feet. The included window kit allows you to set up the intake and vent hoses so you can enjoy cool, dehumidified air in whatever room of the house you choose. It also functions as a circulator fan system and as dehumidifier, so even when you aren’t using it to keep cool it can pump fresh air into your living/workspace or control the humidity so the air doesn’t feel so close.

The Haier 14000 is a standout performer among dual hose portable AC units, and it makes an excellent standalone or complementary cooling unit for any small space.

Key Features

  • Wireless remote controls all functions
  • 3 Modes: Cooling, Dehumidifier, and Fan
  • Backlit digital display with timer
  • Thermostat automatically maintains your desired room temperature
  • Tough built-in casters for easier movement around your home

Pros

  • Small footprint without compromising cooling power
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    Electronic thermostat control helps save energy by turning the unit on and off automatically to maintain temperature 
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    Included remote has a storage pocket right on the front of the device

Cons

  • Noisy when operating despite its smaller size and dual hose system.
  • Dehumidifier tank is small and requires frequent emptying when in use
  • Does not have a 24 hour timer

5. Friedrich P12B Dual Hose Portable Room Air Conditioner

Friedrich P12B 11,500 BTU - Best Midrange

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One of the most compact units you can buy commercially, the Friedrich P12B is a diminutive portable single room air conditioner that can bring 12,000 BTUs of cooling power to bear in a 500 square foot space. It also has a self-evaporating condensate system, so you don’t need to empty a bucket or tank to keep it running. All you have to do is roll it up to a window, install the included window panel, plug it into power and switch it on. You are all ready to enjoy cool dry air in your work or living space whenever things start getting too hot to handle during the winter months. It may be small, but the Friedrich P12B holds its own alongside much larger and louder dual hose portable room air conditioners that have a much larger footprint. It’s a great option for anyone looking to keep a small room cool and dry without installing a more permanent air conditioner solution.

Key Features

  • 3 Mode Operation: Cooling, Fan, and Dehumidifier
  • Large intake and exhaust hoses provide faster cooling and better air circulation
  • Integrated casters make moving the unit to an out-of-the-way space safe and easy
  • Programmable thermostat and timer make keeping your space cool and dry easy while minimizing energy use

Pros

  • Small footprint despite large diameter hose and window panel
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    Easy to set up and operate
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    Timer and thermostat save your money on your energy/utility bill

Cons

  • No remote control
  • Output/intake fans are relatively small
  • No programmable 24-hour timer

What Are the Hoses For?

The hoses on a dual hose portable air conditioner are used to pull fresh air from outside your window through the condenser/cooler unit and out into the room. The second hose is used to vent hot air from the room to the outside simultaneously, allowing you to lower the room temperature more rapidly if it’s already warm in the space. This dual hose system is ideal if you are leaving the AC off for extended periods of time during the day and only turning it on when you are in the space where it will be used.

Single Hose versus Dual Hose AC

Single Hose

The benefit of a single hose system is it single circulator fan that vents air out of the room. This makes single hose units less noisy than dual hose models, but their major drawback is they take longer to cool a room compared to their dual hose sister models.

Dual Hose AC

These AC units excel at cooling or dehumidifying inside air rapidly, as they both vent hot air from the room via an exhaust fan and hose, and they bring in fresh air from the outside before cooling it. This continuous intake to exhaust circulation is more efficient, and it cools the air more rapidly than single hose AC units. Their major drawback over a single hose system is they tend to be noisier when in operation, but if the noise level isn’t a factor for you then they are definitely the superior choice.

Benefits of Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioners

  • Cool a room faster
  • Control the humidity of a room more effectively since they draw outside air and are not as susceptible to the sources of humidity already in the room
  • Vents hot air from the room using its exhaust fan as it pulls cool air in and dehumidifies/cools it
  • Fan function is far more effective than on single hose units for circulating air around the room

Conclusion

For our money, the hands down winner of Best Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner goes to the Whynter 14,000 BTU Dual Hose Portable Air Conditioner (ARC-14S). It’s a dual hose system that has all the features you want it to: three mode operation, stays quiet while running, has a remote control, and can be programmed on a 24-hour timer in addition to running in thermostat mode to save energy and money on your utility bills. When you go looking for dual-hose portable air conditioner for your work or living space, definitely check out the Whynter ARC-14S. It’s a great buy that offer fantastic value for the money.

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