Hands up if you’ve found yourself plastered to the floor trying to cool off on a hot day! If you’re anything like us these last few weeks, we can bet you’ve been trying all kinds of ways to cool yourself down! While we’re working from home during this period (and missing the air-conditioning in the office), keep yourself cool with these best air coolers in Singapore that will help turn down the heat!
Which is better: air cooler or aircon?
Before deciding on the best air cooler in Singapore for your living room or bedroom, you might want to know the difference between air coolers and air conditioners first. Generally, buying an air cooler is much cheaper (more than 70% cheaper) compared to installing an entire air conditioner in your room. Check out our comparison table of air coolers vs aircons to decide which is better for you!
|Air conditioner||Air cooler|
|Price||From $1,000 per unit||From $20|
|Portability||Non-portable||Portable options. Easy to move around from room to room.|
|Energy Efficiency||High power consumption to generate greater cooling power||Less power consumption — uses about one-fifth the electricity of an air conditioner|
|Refrigerant||Uses chemical refrigerants such as R22, chlorofluorocarbons and hydro-chlorofluorocarbons||Uses water as its only refrigerant|
|Humidity||Dehumidifies air and reduces moisture||Acts like a humidifier because of its evaporative cooling process|
|Cooling Power||Can reduce surrounding temperatures by more than 10 degrees Celsius||Can reduce surrounding temperatures by five to 10 degrees Celsius|
|Temperature Precision||Can control the temperature of surroundings precisely||Not as precise with the temperature it cools its surroundings to|
|Maintenance||Requires hired specialists for maintenance at a fee||Can be done by anyone|
In short, air coolers are your best bet if you’re looking for an affordable option that is also low maintenance and energy-efficient! Some things to look out for when picking the best air coolers are:
- Size — portable air cooler that you can shift to different rooms when needed
- Humidifying — helps to maintain moisture levels in the air
- Ionising — purifies the air by removing particulates and odours
- Large and small capacities — water tank refill rates are dependent on the capacity
With numerous advantages, you’ll be able to easily set it up for personal use or when you have friends or family over. Read on for our review of the best air coolers and pick out the model that’s the right fit for you!
Best air coolers under $200
1. iFan Evaporative Air Cooler (IF7850)
The iFan Evaporative Air Cooler (IF7850) (available on PowerPac Official Store) allows you to toggle between three fan speeds and comes with automatic oscillation control. That means, no more movie nights interrupted by fights over which direction the air cooler should face! Simply adjust its settings with the remote control without having to leave your seat. This PowerPac air cooler is also incredibly lightweight and comes with hidden wheels — making this portable air cooler easy to transport from room to room.
2. Mistral Air Cooler (MAC001E)
This sleek Mistral Air Cooler (MAC001E) (available on Mayer Official Store) offers a solution for those looking for an air cooler with multiple features. It comes with user-friendly buttons, three different fan modes, a 15 hour timer and a 10L capacity. This value-for-money air cooler also packs an extra punch with its cooling capabilities. It’s built with a honeycomb cooling pad that better retains water and cools the room faster!
3. SONA 8L Remote Air Cooler (SAC 6029)
The SONA 8L Remote Air Cooler SAC 6029 (available on Sona_Official_Store) is an ionizer for purifying air with an infrared remote control that lets you switch between presets easily. This air cooler has normal, natural and sleep wind modes and three fan speeds to toggle between. It also uses horizontal oscillation to deliver cold breezes further!
4. Aerogaz 5L Air Cooler (AZ-1638AC)
Not only does this Aerogaz 5L Air Cooler (available on Ministry of Electronic (MOE)) have power saving features, it can also be controlled by a touch switch and remote. It is water and ice compatible and boosts a honeycomb shape for cooling efficiency. No wonder this is one of the best air coolers that many are after! Make full use of the power saving features by setting a timer for this Aerogaz air cooler. Turn it on right before you arrive home from work and time it to turn off in the middle of the night while you sleep in order to save energy.
Best portable air coolers
5. Arctic Air Cooler
If you’re looking for a lightweight and portable air cooler, then look no further! One of the many advantages the Arctic Air Cooler (available on First Room.sg) delivers is its petite cube shape, which makes it easy to place even on your coffee table. It also charges via USB, making it simple to power up whenever required!
6. Mini Air Cooler with USB Cooler and Portable Aircon Fan
Another best air cooler recommendation we have is this Mini Air Cooler with USB Cooler and Portable Aircon Fan (available on JOMO Living). Perfect for placing on your work desk or bedside table, enjoy your own personal ‘air con’ with this portable air cooler! Choose the aromatherapy model as it comes with four features — cooler, humidifier, purifier and with an aromatherapy function that fills the room with cooling fragrance.
Pro Tip: When the weather gets too hot, we suggest placing the detachable large 320ml water tank into the fridge or freezer before using it with your mini cooler for a blast of cold air!
7. Retro Personal Portable Air Cooler
Think air coolers are not cool (pun intended) enough to match with your stylish home interior? Think again! The Retro Personal Portable Air Cooler (available on ZO Life House) boasts a vintage stereo design that will look fancy in any corner of your home. It also comes with a sturdy handle and is lightweight (less than 1kg) so you can easily carry the portable air cooler wherever you go — even on a picnic! Just remember to charge it via the USB port so it’s ready to go!
8. Xiaomi Microhoo 3 In 1 Mini Air Cooler
Another mini powerhouse is the Xiaomi Microhoo 3 In 1 Mini Air Cooler (available on better.meme.sg). As a small and compact air cooler, it does not take up much space and is convenient to carry to offices, bedrooms or wherever you need it! This Xiaomi air cooler comes with a detachable 1L water tank which is more than sufficient to last you a few hours. Add a few drops of essential oil into the water tank and the misty air would have a hint of fragrance.
Best air coolers that ionise and humidify the air
9. Mistral Air Cooler with HEPA Filter (MACF7)
Enjoy cleaner and cooler air with the Mistral Air Cooler with HEPA Filter MACF7 (available on j_s_trading) which is equipped with a HEPA filter to eliminate up to 99.97% of airborne pollutants. Additionally, it contains a built-in ioniser to further purify the air, making it one of the best air coolers for your baby’s nursery room! Moreover, you need not worry that your little bub will be awoken by the noise of the portable air cooler as it comes with a sleep function to cool your baby’s room in silence.
10. 4-in1 EuropAce Evaporative Air Cooler (4751V)
Enjoy purified air with your loved ones at home with the EuropAce Evaporative Air Cooler ECO 4751V 4-in1 (available on Asia Excel Pte Ltd)! It boasts a thick honeycomb filter for stronger cooling efficiency. Did we mention it’s also one of the best air coolers for its multi-functionality? In addition to being an evaporative air cooler, this Europace air cooler works as a humidifier, air purifier and fan all in one! Its built-in LED touch panel display gives it a sleek look and equips it with better functional efficiency.
11. Mistral Remote Air Cooler with Ionizer (MAC1600R)
The Mistral MAC1600R Remote Air Cooler (available on Gain City Official Store) is packed with handy features to combat the heat. It can keep a space of up to 25 square metres cool for up to 24 hours and will automatically switch off after that time. Its LED control panel lets you set six cooling speeds — three for regular use and three for sleep. This Mistral air cooler’s built-in ioniser function purifies the air of particulates and microbes, which helps maintain the quality of air circulating through your living room. We also like how it raises an alarm to remind you to fill it up with more water when needed.
Best air coolers with more than 10L water tanks
12. TOYOMI Air Cooler (AC 1953)
Its remote control isn’t its only handy feature — the Toyomi AC 1953 Air Cooler (available on Toyomi Singapore Official Store) also comes with a water tank that holds up to a whopping 20 litres so that you can use it continuously for 24 hours — perfect for those warm nights where sleep seems to escape you. You can trust the honeycomb system to deliver purified and humidified air. Additionally, its auto-swing window is designed with a net to keep mosquitoes away from entering the cooler’s vents.
13. PowerPac iFan Air Cooler 18L
Is your standing fan just not cutting it? Equipped with a vortex air flow and special cooling pads with multiple inlets, the PowerPac iFan Air Cooler (available on PowerPac Official Store) will keep you cool without you waking up in a pool of sweat. Its 18L capacity allows it to maintain cool airflow for up to 13 hours! It’s practical too as the large water tank is detachable for easy cleaning and maintenance. Plus, this PowerPac air cooler has universal wheels (think luggage wheels!) installed as well for enhanced portability.
14. EuropAce 5-in-1 Evaporative Air Cooler (ECO 8401W)
If you’re looking for an air cooler that can do it all, the EuropAce 5-in-1 Evaporative Air Cooler Eco 8401W (available on Europace Official Store) has got you covered. This Europace air cooler with a 20L capacity works as a fan, air purifier and ioniser all-in-one! It also comes with a compartment for ice cubes and a thick honeycomb filter for better cooling efficiency.
15. Maxcool MCI-CF10B Evaporative Air Cooler
Hate the hassle of refilling your air cooler’s water tank? We promise you those troublesome top up sessions will be few and far between with the Maxcool MCI-CF10B Evaporative Air Cooler (available on Maxcool). It comes with one of the largest water tanks we’ve ever seen — a whopping 35L which lasts up to six hours on the maximum setting! The Maxcool air cooler is definitely one of the best air coolers for large homes or office spaces.
16. Honeywell 30L Evaporative Air Cooler (TC30PEUI)
We’ve another air cooler recommendation if your top priority is to reduce refill trips! The Honeywell TC30PEUI (available on Mart-velous) might just be the best air cooler for your needs as it delivers with a 30L water tank. That’s not all! This Honeywell air cooler also comes with a fully functional remote control as well as two years of warranty for cautious buyers. The powerful airflow of 407 cubic feet per minute makes it perfect for sweltering hot days. Additionally, this portable air cooler has wheels so you need not worry about spilling the water tank when you’re transporting it around.
17. Sona Honeycomb Air Cooler
Equipped with double-turbine blowers, the Sona Evaporative Remote Air Cooler (available on Sona Official Store) will keep you cool and fresh all day. Its 30L capacity allows it to maintain cool airflow for up to 12 hours! Make use of its double oscillation feature by placing this Sona air cooler in the middle of your office or living room instead of shoving it into a corner. This ensures everyone gets to enjoy the cold wind!
WFH and chill with these best air coolers in Singapore
Singapore’s unforgiving weather can be just plain uncomfortable for everyone, especially when many of us are working from home during this period. For a more comfortable WFH experience, you can also beat the heat with some of the best standing fans and avoid backaches with the best standing desks in Singapore!
This article was updated on 18 August 2021. Additional research done by Fatimah Tasmeem.
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