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Portable Air Conditioners Buying Guide

Our buying guide will explain which type of portable air conditioner would suit you most, how much you can expect to pay for one, and which features are worth looking out for.

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  • Build Quality
    3.7 (3)
  • Value for Money
    3.3 (3)
  • Ease of Use
    4.0 (3)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.5 (2)
  • Room Type
    • Living/Dining Area (2)
    • Small Bedroom (2)
  • Noise Level
    3.0 (3)
  • Heating / Cooling Speed
    4.0 (3)
  • Portability
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Millie71

Millie71Mid North Coast, NSW

  • 3 reviews

Disappointed

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Purchased in November 2021 at The Good Guys for A$849.00.

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Ease of Use
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Heating / Cooling Speed
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Home Insulation Level Average
Room Type Living/Dining Area and Small Bedroom
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Kelly T.

Kelly T.Greater Melbourne (Outer), VIC

My Summertime best friend!

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I have owned this portable air conditioner for 8 years now and it is just as good as the day I brought it home. It cools my lounge room very quickly and maintains that cool temperature even on the hottest of days. I have owned other portable aircons in the past and none come even close to this one. It's quiet, portable, fits in almost every space and if taken care of will last you over a decade. Only one thing I would like to add, I would much prefer to be able to adjust the way the air flows. Other than that I would recommend this to everyone that's looking to buy a portable air conditioning unit.

Purchased in January 2021 at The Good Guys for A$899.00.

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Home Insulation Level Average
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Colleen Willis

Colleen WillisSydney, NSW

  • 2 reviews

Too LOUD

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No, too loud for me. False and misleading information on the description.When the unit is first turned on I was impressed with the noise level, just a mild humming noise, I thought great, yep, I can live/sleep with that. Low and behold after 3 minutes the unit kicks in and the noise coming from the machine is just like the rest of the portable air cons "loud".I was advised that Olimpia has the quietest air cons on the market that is why I went with that brand. Even the wording on the packaging the unit comes in won me over. On the box it states SILENT. Returned the air con back to the good guys for a refund.
Now, that is another review in itself and it is not a good one.

Purchased in November 2021 at The Good Guys for A$600.00.

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Home Insulation Level Average
Room Type Small Bedroom
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meagain

meagainJervis bay, Nsw

  • 11 reviews

Good for defined rooms only.

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Date PurchasedOct 2018

Barely adequate

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Date PurchasedNov 2016
Hollowman

Hollowmanmelbourne

  • 4 reviews
  • 1 like

Portable Air-Con In Our Bedroom

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We used this most of the time in our bedroom and it did an admiral job. You just hook the window pipes up and away you go! It even come with a simple remote control so I can turn it off and on without getting out of bed. It put out more cold air than I expected from such a neat little machine and was not too noisy - I could sleep with it on just fine. Good unit!

Date PurchasedOct 2017
Drewster69

Drewster69Hillman

  • 13 reviews
  • 4 likes

Great for bedroom

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As we have no internal cooling system at home I bought one of these units to cool the bedroom to make sleeping easier during the very hot Perth summer nights, and what a great unit it is. I put it on an hour or so before going to bed and come into a nice cool room prime for sleeping. Highly recommended :)

Date PurchasedNov 2017
Okan

OkanMelbourne

  • 2 reviews
  • 1 like

Great for small apartments

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This is a great portable air conditioner for rooms and small apartments. Although it does an excellent job at cooling down the room it’s in, the air fails to travel as far as advertised. Additionally, the unit can get quite loud at times due to the compression of air. The portability and easy installation make up for these issues however.

Date PurchasedApr 2017
Nathan

NathanBrisbane

  • 3 reviews

Perfect solution

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My parents have recently sold and currently renting until they find their next dream home. The master bedroom doesn't have an air conditioner so I started researching this portable air con and weighing up the pros and cons decided upon the Olimpia Splendid Piu. They are completely happy with it and highly recommend it!

Date PurchasedFeb 2018
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Ineffective

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Very disappointed with this unit given the price and performance claims made by the manufacturer. With an ambient temperature of 37 degrees in the house, the unit struggled to make any significant impact in a closed 20 square meter room. The unit is relatively portable via the built in wheels but proximity to a window or external area to vent the hot exhaust limits the portability of any such unit. The instructions aren’t great but setup is relatively straight forward. Compared to other units, the PIU is relatively quiet but it would be too noisey to leave on whilst sleeping. Suggest that consumers look for alternatives unless you’re prepared to sit directly in front of the unit to obtain any real benefit.

Date PurchasedJan 2018
chris

chris

  • 6 reviews
  • 1 like

Powerful and not too noisy

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This air conditioner is a work horse. I've left it on for hours at a time and never had a problem. A lot of portable air cons are really noisy....this is bearable. It won't cool a huge room but if you sit near it in a large room you feel good. In a smaller room it will cool the entire room but I would find it too noisy in an enclosed space.
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It's easy to maintain btw

Date PurchasedDec 2016
Barbara

BarbaraBrisbane

  • 4 reviews
  • 1 like

So good

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We recently bought 1 and we like it very much.
It cools really quick and so quiet when in use
So happy with our purchase
I would highly recommend this to anyone.. especially during the hot months when we need to stay cool.
One appliance that we just can't do without

Date PurchasedApr 2017
John L

John L

  • 6 reviews
  • 2 likes

Not bad at all

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I was doing shift work and was sweating buckets during the heat wave in Queensland. I ended up going out and buying one of these units. It's a good bit better than what I thought it would be. It cools down my room quickly, and although it's loud compared to units in the walls, it does ok. It's not powerful enough to cool down a large living room without insulation and with leaky windows, which is understandable, but it's definitely a keeper for the bedroom. It's pretty easy to assemble and connect up as well.

Date PurchasedJan 2017
HONEST REVIEW

HONEST REVIEWMELBOURNE

  • 7 reviews
  • 1 like

Mediocre

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I actually liked this product for the price that I paid for. The actual air was surprisingly quite cool, I liked the product for the price I paid.

I upgraded to a split system later; but with that comes a higher price tag of around $2500/3000.

All in all I would rate this Olimpia GOOD.

Date PurchasedDec 2016
Diane

DianeBowenfels

  • 2 reviews

Brilliant

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I am extremely satisfied with my purchase, it was easy to set up and easy to move around from room to room, as I would have it in my bedroom at night when we were having heatwaves. Best thing I have bought in a very long time and can't do without it.

Date PurchasedFeb 2017
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Carla

CarlaItaly

  • 3 reviews

It's good but not the best.

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First of all, i would like to say something about Olimpia. Olimpia make good products and not crappy ones. But if we talk about this particular product, i'd say that the product could've been better. The design of the product is not so good, the cooling is quite good but again i'd say that it's not the best in this price range so maybe you might want to try something else and not fall for this one.

Date PurchasedOct 2016
angie

angiemelbourne

  • 3 reviews

Okay though nothing special...

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Date PurchasedJan 2016

Very unhappy

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Date PurchasedNov 2014
Aranciata-oz

Aranciata-ozSydney

  • 16 reviews

Does the job but a bit noisy and leaks on floor if you're unprepared/unaware!

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Tony_1956

Tony_1956Melbourne

  • 7 reviews

Good choice for a rental property.

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Questions & Answers

garba s.

garba s.asked

Olimpia Splendid Piu 14

How to refill gas?

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Robyn Dutton

Robyn Duttonasked

Olimpia Splendid Piu 14

Can I turn of the timer and have the cooling going all the time? If so, how do I do it?

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Stuart R.

Stuart R.asked

Olimpia Splendid Piu 14

I purchased the Air Pro 14P at the end of December 2022
I have used it for roughly 1 week & it seems quite good
However when the unit is not in use it has a strong smell of Gas
Is this normal or should i take the unit back to the Good Guys?

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Millie71
Millie71

I have used mine since about November 2022 and no gas smell. I would definitely take it back.

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