The Best Tent Air Conditioner for the Money

Let's be honest, sometimes it gets a little hot when we're camping outdoors in the summertime or in a desert climate. For times like these, a little cool air would be the perfect solution and it's with this spirit that we've reviewed the top 35 best tent air conditioners for the money. From small portable units to large, high-voltage contraptions, we've found the perfect air conditioner for your tent this summer! 

25. EdgeStar 12,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner and Heater - $359

This tent air conditioner is a portable unit, that you can plug in anywhere to cool up to 425 square feet. It has a programmable 12-hour timer, remote control, and is on caster wheels to move it around. A bonus is that uses R-410A refrigerant for cooling, which does not contribute to ozone depletion. Out of 83 reviews the product rates 4/5 stars, 55 positive and 28 critical. Most people like it, saying that it is sufficient. There only complaints seem to be with, where you must empty the water out, (too close to the ground), too noisy, and can't adjust the vents up and down, only side to side. The critical complaints were that it did not cool the room, units broke, or missing parts.

 

24. ClimateRight Room Air Purifier - $303.44


This next product received 20 reviews with a rating of 3.8/5 stars. This tent air conditioner and heater is for outside to heat and cool small sheds, teardrop campers, and pop-up tents, and other small structures. Most people love the product with a few not being happy with the remote control. The only problem with the remote control, is when the unit is mounted on the outside of a shed. You must go outside to use the remote.

23. Frigidaire Mini Air Conditioner - $134.55

This tent air conditioner is a window unit, 5000 BTUs for cooling a 150-sq. ft. room. It has 2-way air control, slide out filter for easy cleaning, and Low voltage start-up conserves energy to save money. 1,872 reviews, rated 4.2/5 stars which is good, given the amount of reviews. Most people were pleased, saying ample coolness, long cords, and even one lady who said she put it in herself, proclaiming herself to be an old lady. Some complaints were that it was too cold, noisy, or only worked at night when no sunlight out.

22. Lifesmart EZcool Indoor/Outdoor Portable Tent Air Conditioner - $249.99


This is a 2-port space air cooler to cool 500 sq. ft. It uses 12 volts of electricity and provides 9-12 hours of cooling comfort. Receiving only 14 reviews this products rates 2.2/5 stars. 50% of the consumers were very unhappy with this product, saying it does not cool the room down, and costs too much. Out of the happy customers, they used it mostly as a fan blowing directly on them, not for the entire room. Then again, this is not an actual air conditioner, more like a misting fan.

21. Coleman Zephyr Tent Air Conditioner - $39.89


This little tent air conditioner, is just that. It is for tents, so that you can have ventilation and light in your tent. You mount it using magnetic force. The magnet is attached to the fan/light, then use place the steel bar on the outside where you want the device to be. It requires 4 D cell batteries. You can use either the fan or the light, or both simultaneously. Out of 370 reviews, it received 2.6/5 stars. The reviews are somewhat split down the middle with most people either loving it, or hating it, and some in between. The people that loved it said it was adequate and everything worked great. The most complaints seem to be with the fan motors quitting after a short time, never to work again, however the light still worked. Also, some said it was too loud.

20. Lmeison Cool Mist Tent Humidifier - $22.11


This is a Cool Mist Mini Traveling Humidifier. It can be taken anywhere you need to use it. Uses 3 AA batteries, or a USB plug, and a 600ML water bottle. There is only one reviewer that gave it 5/5 stars. This person gave it as a present, and the receiver loves it, taking with her on vacations, or just moving it from room to room.

19. Portable 12-Volt Air Conditioner for Tents - $299.99


This tent air conditioner is a 12-volt portable unit to use in sleepers, campers, boats, and tents to help cool people and pets. It does not have any consumer reviews yet. It claims to use less energy than one tail light bulb so that your vehicle will not suffer a dead battery. Uses water (as oposed to ice) and you plug it in like a cigarette lighter in a car.

18. EdgeStar Smaller Footprint 10,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner for Tents - $309


This is a portable 10,000 BTU tent air conditioner that can be rolled around or put in a window. It has 3 settings, remote control, replaceable carbon filter included, window kit and covers 350 SQ. ft. This unit has 65 reviews with a 3.5/5star rating. Of the 43 positive reviews, most were very content with their purchase. They just had some minor issues, such as the wheels on the bottom work so well that they must block it against something while in the camper, or that it works well but does not seem to be the same as a 10, 000 BTU window unit. The critical reviews were anywhere from faulty units to it does not keep a tractor cab cool, to the drainage not working properly, and it spills the water when you move it.

17. Honeywell 21 Point Portable Evaporative Air Cooler - $161.58


This 21-Pint Indoor Portable Evaporative Air Cooler tent air conditioner is ideal for use in dry heat, low humidity areas such as New Mexico, Texas, etc... It is not really an air conditioner but more of an air cooler that you use with windows and doors open. It covers 175 SQ. ft. It does not use a compressor so it has a low energy use. 757 reviews gave it 3.2/5 stars, with mixed reviews. the people loving it, were all in dry hot areas like Southern California, some in South Florida who used it with an air conditioner. The complaints ranged from receiving it broken, too, "it's not an air conditioner", leaks, no drain, and just did not do its job.

16. O2COOL 10-inch Portable Fan with AC Adapter - $17.99


This is not a tent air conditioner, but a portable fan, with two speeds, and 10 in inch blades. You can plug it in, or use 6 D cell batteries that are supposed to last up to 40 hours. With 1,234 reviews and 4.2/5 star rating, most people were very happy with the fan. Only 21% were not. The most complaints stemmed from people being happy with earlier models of the same fan, but not this current model. Some said they quit working, no power, too small, and too noisy.

15. Portable LED Camping Lantern with Fan - $16.99

This next product is a hangable camping lantern and fan. It is small, about 6 1/2 X 7 inches, so does not take up space and requires 2 'D" cell batteries. It has 18 bright LED lights and promises to run for 37 hours. Out of 1,279 reviews, it received 3.8/5 star rating. The greater majority liked the product saying it has great lighting, lightweight, affordable, and you don't need electric. Most of the complaints came from it not cooling the area enough, and the longevity of the product. They said it only has a short life so it's best if you use this tent air conditioner in short bursts.

14. Greenery Portable Outdoor Fan for a Tent - $15.02


This is a mini portable tent air conditioner fan. It is so small it can fit in a purse. Can be USB powered or use 3 "AA" batteries. You can also pour some perfume drops for an added pleasurable aroma. The 12 reviews received earned a 3.3/5 rating. Most people loved it for the ease of convenience, but others said for the money, does not work and was too noisy.

13. NewAir Indoor/Outoodr Portable Tent Fan - $85.25


This is another hot/dry climate indoor/outdoor portable evaporative air cooler. It is a humidifier, fan, and swamp cooler. It cools 100 SQ. ft. has a 7 1/2 hour timer, and a remote control. With 492 reviews, it scored 2.8/5. Half of it with some in between and the rest were unhappy. The happy people say it works great and that the only reason people are unhappy with it are that they are in humid climates. Unhappy claim it just does not work, got mold, and left puddles.

12. WoneNice Portable Small Fan and Mini Tent Air Conditioner - $13.49


This is not a tent air conditioner. It is a portable fan that you can add water to for a mist. Uses USB or 4 "AA" batteries for up to 5 hours of cooling. Received 2.9/5 stars from 543 consumers. People were split down the middle on this one. They either loved it, and the price, or thought it was cheaply made and not worth it.

11. Portable 12-Volt Outdoor Air Conditioner - $299.00


This is a portable 12-volt tent air conditioner that uses a cigarette lighter adapter, but you can order a converter if you wish. Only one review, giving it 5/5.This consumer used the previous model, this one is better. They use it in Nevada, Utah, and Arizona.

10. Hands-Free Personal Cooling Device - $29.99


This is a neat little gadget. It is a clip-on fan, not necessarily a tent air conditioner. Uses USB or 2 "AA" batteries. 371 reviews gave it 3.5/5 stars. Most people loved it adaptability, for strollers, desks, wearing, wherever used. Some complained that it was cheaply made and broke too soon.

9. EdgeStar Eco-friendly Ultra Compact  Tent Air Conditioner - $269.00


This portable, compact 8,000 tent air conditioner covers 250 SQ. ft., and only costs about .95 a day to operate. You can use it in a window or roll it where you need it. 114 reviews gave it a 3.8/5. Most people were pleased with the product for small rooms. The unhappy people say their unit came damaged, leaked, or was not as lightweight as the manufacturer claims.

8. Arctic King Cool-Only Room Portable Air Conditioner - $292.02


This tent air conditioner is basically for a baggage compartment in an airplane or maybe a closet you want to keep cool. It features flexible duct for cold air output,
pump out feature to empty cooler, and has an 84" plug cord. Only 3 reviewers gave 3.5/5 stars. One person owned an airplane and said it was great, the other says the fuse blows a lot, and the last person is a bus driver who bought it to cool her spot. This was not the right product for her need.

7. 12-Volot Portable Air Conditioner for Tents - $299.00


This is the portable tent air conditioner to use in boats, cars, trucks, and campers. It has the cigarette adapter plug. No reviews for this one. It weighs less than five pounds, 12 V fans use adjust from.8 amps to 24 amps, uses less than a tail lamp battery use in a car, so it should not kill your vehicle battery.

6. GoCool 12V Portable Air Conditioner for Camping or RV Camper - $439.00


This is another 12-volt portable tent air conditioner, for use in a camper, semi-truck, or tent. It has AC/DC hookup, uses water, and even rolls with a handle like a suitcase or cooler. 11 reviewers gave it 3.5/5 stars. 

5. Luma Comfort EC110S Portable Evaporative Cooler with 2 - $106.25


Receiving 3.0/5 stars this tent air conditioner is another portable evaporative cooler. It covers 250 SQ. ft. and has three cooling speeds. The most complaints stem from poor craftsmanship that make it not last long, or that it was bought for the wrong climate.

4. Frigidaire 115V Window-Mounted Min Air Conditioner - $134.55


This tent air conditioner is a mini window unit of 5,000 BTU's to cover 150 SQ. ft. Receiving 4.1/5 stars from 1,400 reviewers, a good portion were happy with the product, easy installation, works, and inexpensive. The complaints were, too loud, sharp edges broke or did not cool the space used.

3. Wooboo Mini Cooli 5th Generation Mini Portable Fan - $19.99


This is not a tent air conditioner. It is a hand-held fan powered by a built-in battery and USB. Great for walking, hiking, or wherever, and can be stored in a pocket. Received 3.3/5 stars.

2. Koolatron P-20 Thermo Compact Cooler/Warmer - $82.13


This is an 18qt cooler, for mini vans, SUV's, and cars. Scoring 4.2/5 stars. It is a plug-in cooler to keep food cool. Great for a while but may burn out your cigarette adapter.

1. MeMeDa 5V Mini USB Portable Bladeless Tent Air Conditioner - $15.99


Another tabletop, handheld, battery operated or USB fan safe for kids. Received 3.8/5, so not bad for the price. As always when searching for your new tent air conditioner, read the reviews that are specific to the type of unit you need, then make an educated purchase.

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