Best air con units still on sale in the UK

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Air conditioning units, or AC machines, are in hot demand this summer, especially for bedrooms. (Getty Images)

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With record temperatures throughout most of the summer so far, it's no surprise there's been a rush on every kind of cooling device available.

Whether it's neck fans, the ever-popular Dyson fan, or gadgets to keep your pet cool, it seems we're keen to invest in anything that might offer some respite.

Even though the heatwave is due to 'break' from tomorrow and cool down a little, the temperatures will still be balmy and warm for the most part.

Plus, given this summer's track record so far, we're bound to get another spell of searingly hot weather soon. So it's best to be prepared, no?

Let's not forget that even with 'cooler' temperatures in the mid-twenties it's still going to feel uncomfortably warm if you're working from home at the kitchen table, a desk in the bedroom or in the living room.

So we've rounded up the best air conditioning units that are still available so you're prepared for whatever comes our way.

Shop our top air conditioning unit picks

Rhino AC9000 Portable Air Conditioner & Dehumidifier | £349.99 from Tool Station

Rhino AC9000 Portable Air Conditioner & Dehumidifier
Rhino AC9000 Portable Air Conditioner & Dehumidifier

"A bit larger than it looks in the pictures and ice cold," says one happy user. The Rhino AC9000 Portable Air Conditioner & Dehumidifier is a 3-in-1 device, as it is a cooling air con unit, dehumidifier and fan all in one, so no wonder it has received an average of 4.7 out of 5 star rating.

It has a three-speed fan setting, as well as an automatic swing function, to ensure the entire room is cool. It also has a timer, which can be programmed to suit your needs, plus it has a low noise level of 65dB.

This design comes with handles and castors to easily manoeuvre around the home, as well as an exhaust hose with adapter, window sealing plate assembly and remote control, so you don't have to move a muscle.

DELONGHI Pinguino PAC EM77 ECO Portable Air Conditioner | £429.99 from Curry's

This nifty unit can cool rooms up to 70m³ and has a Class A energy rating - meaning it's energy efficient. It has three fan speeds, a 24 hour electronic timer and thermostat, plus a handy auto-mode that'll adjust the speed to keep the room at the temperature you want.

And it can also work as a dehumidifier, making it perfect for the steamy humidity we've been having. With customers saying: "Does a good job and cooling the rooms down very quickly"; "it’s quite strong and not very noisy"; and "cooling down half of the house in less than 2 hours", this is a popular purchase.

Portable Air Conditioner | £500 from Homebase

Portable Air Conditioner
Portable Air Conditioner

This sleek Portable Air Conditioner is trending now and we can see why - it provides the powerful cooling function we have been dreaming of, with a 12000 BTU cooling capacity.

It has two speed settings, as well as three operating modes, plus a 24-hour timer so you can programme it to suit your schedule.

Challenge 5K Air Conditioning Unit | £299.99 from Argos

Challenge 5K Air Conditioning Unit
Challenge 5K Air Conditioning Unit

Shoppers have hailed Argos' Challenge 5K Air Conditioning Unit a "life saver" in the heatwave, and easy to set up. And it's selling super fast, so don't delay.

This appliance recycles warm air and transforms it into cool air. It has a cooling capacity of 5000BTU, which provides a full blast of cool air, a 24-hour timer, as well as a low noise level of 63dB and an LED display, an auto restart function, auto protection and self-diagnosis. There is also a one-year guarantee.

Goodhome Takoma Mobile Air Conditioner | £289.99 from Screwfix

Goodhome Takoma Mobile Air Conditioner
Goodhome Takoma Mobile Air Conditioner

The Goodhome Takoma Mobile Air Conditioner is one of the more affordable AC units available to buy. A recent purchaser raved: " Really recommend this unit, cools the room really quickly, thumbs up."

Similar to most air conditioning machines, this doubles up as a dehumidifier also. It has variable speed settings, as well as self-evaporation, and works with "environmentally-friendly cooling gas" to ensure you stay cool this summer.


Igenix 5 Litre Air Cooler with LED Display
| £114.99 from Rymans

Perfect for small spaces, this slender air con unit. Small but mighty, it has a 5 litre water tank, a three-speed oscillating fan with three wind modes and a seven-hour timer with LED display and remote control.

And the brand says that compared to traditional air conditioning units, air coolers like this are more environmentally friendly and cost-effective.

Air Conditioning Centre With Wifi 12000 BTU Cooling & Heating Portable Conditioner | £579.99 from Amazon

This portable unit is Wifi enabled (it's compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant). A quiet-running unit, it weighs 30kg but is on castor wheels so is easily pushed around. It comes with a ducted exhaust hose to vent the hot air outside the building (along with an adjustable window-mounting panel for ease of set up).

There is generally no need to empty the water tank (except if it's super humid) because it can condense the water out with the exhaust air via its inbuilt condensate pub.

It has a programmable 24-hour timer, automatic defrosting function to prevent ice build up, a large LED display, an infra-red remote control and a layer of dust-proof mesh to ensure you have clean air circulating.

Maximum recommended room size: 35m² and a 20m² conservatory. It also offers a dehumidifying function, and in the winter can be used for heating - so you can use it all year.

Happy purchasers said it has made their living spaces "cool and comfortable", that it's "fabulous" and one person who'd been struggling to sleep said: "love this!"

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