Updated April 04, 2019 by Daniel Imperiale

The 8 Best 8,000 BTU Air Conditioners

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We spent 21 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top options for this wiki. When you're looking for a new air conditioner, it can be enticing to reach for the most powerful thing you can afford, but that might turn out to be a waste of money. These 8,000 BTU units are ideal for rooms of up to 350 square feet, and anything bigger is liable to be overkill. We've included portable models as well as those that install in your window or through your wall. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best 8,000 btu air conditioner on Amazon.

8. Danby DPA080

7. LG Window White

6. Frigidaire Portable

5. Della Portable Cooling

4. Frigidaire Mini Compact

3. Koldfront Cool 115-Volt

2. Shinco Portable Dehumidifier

1. Black+Decker Window

Editor's Notes

April 03, 2019:

Given that this is a category where most of the options are going to operate at the same power level, it's imperative to take a look at ancillary features and unit performance in order to create a viable ranking. There's also the difference between portable and window or through-the-wall options to consider. The Black+Decker model that tops our list does so on the strength of its design, with a simple and highly legible button layout that will be easy to see for perhaps an elderly user with weaker eyes, but that wouldn't embarrass a bachelor at the same time. Among portable ACs, one of the most exciting was the Frigidaire we included, but its indirect airflow pattern makes it so that the evaporative cooling effect you might feel from a breeze across your skin is mostly non-existent.


Daniel Imperiale
Last updated on April 04, 2019 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel Imperiale holds a bachelor’s degree in writing, and proudly fled his graduate program in poetry to pursue a quiet life at a remote Alaskan fishery. After returning to the contiguous states, he took up a position as an editor and photographer of the prestigious geek culture magazine “Unwinnable” before turning his attention to the field of health and wellness. In recent years, he has worked extensively in film and music production, making him something of a know-it-all when it comes to camera equipment, musical instruments, recording devices, and other audio-visual hardware. Daniel’s recent obsessions include horology (making him a pro when it comes to all things timekeeping) and Uranium mining and enrichment (which hasn’t proven useful just yet).


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