Best Value Cheap Air Conditioners To Buy In 2024

January 25, 2024 – 4 mins read

Baby, it’s hot outside, but with an air conditioner at the ready you’ve got it made in the shade – in every room of the house. Installing an air conditioner does not need to be a costly exercise. In fact, the best cheap air conditioners are out to impress, with features that make it easy to cool your bedroom, home office or the whole house in a jiffy.

Renting? Put a cheap portable air conditioner on your shopping list and watch the indoor temperature drop! Here’s how to find the best cheap air conditioner to suit your needs.

“Start your search for an air conditioner by measuring the dimensions of the space you want to cool,” says Scott Bazley, The Good Guys Buyer – Seasonal. “You’ll need a unit that’s powerful enough to reach all corners of the room, while still delivering on energy efficiency for ongoing savings.”

A woman enjoys a blast of cool air from her wall-mounted air conditioner

Are Cheap Air Conditioners Good?

You bet they are! Plus, you can have peace of mind knowing that air conditioners sold in Australia must comply with strict manufacturing standards. Air con units must also display an Australian Government Energy Rating label, which makes it easy to compare energy efficiency and potential running costs. Hot tip: the more stars an air con has, the cheaper it will be to run.

Also, keep in mind that portable air conditioners tend to be cheaper than split system or reverse cycle air conditioners. You’ll also pay more for features such as wi-fi connectivity, which lets you control your air con from your smartphone.

“Start your search for an air conditioner by measuring the dimensions of the space you want to cool. You’ll need a unit that’s powerful enough to reach all corners of the room, while still delivering on energy efficiency for ongoing savings.”

Who Makes The Best Cheap Portable Air Conditioners?

For low-cost cooling in a single room, a portable air conditioner could be just the ticket. Plus, you can take it with you when you move house. The De'Longhi portable air conditioner range boasts folding castor-style wheels to make moving easy, plus special ice block fittings to boost the cooling setting.

Thankfully, movability doesn’t have to come at the cost of design. The EWT range includes modern slimline coolers for a fashionable solution that will slide into any space. Tight on space in your rental or caravan? Omega Altise has you covered with compact budget air conditioners.

Shop Cheap Portable Air Conditioners

Artic Air Pure Chill
EWT 9L Evaporative Cooler

De'Longhi Evaporative Cooler

Omega Altise 2.6kW Portable Air Conditioner

Side on angle image of an Omega Altise 2.6kW Portable Air Conditioner

Who Makes The Best Cheap Reverse Cycle Air Conditioners?

Reverse cycle air conditioners are the best of both worlds: cool in summer and warm in winter. It does mean a step up in the budget but it’s an investment in year-round comfort.

Looking for high-end wireless tech so you can sync your air con to your smartphones or smart speaker? Then look at the lower-priced Kelvinator range. If a healthy home is high on the wish list, consider budget-friendly Samsung models that feature an air purifier as an added bonus.

Shop Cheap Reverse Cycle Air Conditioners

Dimplex C2.6kW H2.4kW Reverse Window Box Air Con

Hisense C2.5kW H3.2kW Reverse Cycle Split System

Kelvinator C2.5kW H3.2kW Reverse Cycle Split System

Samsung C2.5kW H3.2kW Reverse Cycle Split System

Front on image of a Samsung C2.5kW H3.2kW Reverse Cycle Split System

Who Makes The Best Cheap Split System Air Conditioners?

Split system air conditioners are the fan favourites without a doubt. Usually mounted on an internal wall, a split system air con attaches to an outside unit. “Split system air conditioning is super efficient, easy to install and, with a slimline modern internal unit, they are a popular option,” says Scott Bazley.

Choosing a split system that is cooling-only can be a great way to save (and keep your cool in a summer swelter).

A woman aims a remote control at her wall-mounted air conditioner, turning it on to cool
Front on image of a Kelvinator C3.5kW H4.0kW Reverse Cycle Split System

Where Can I Buy A Cheap Air Conditioner?

At The Good Guys, of course! Plus our Home Services team can take the stress out of installing your air conditioner by doing it for you.

You’ll always get the best value on the latest cheap air conditioners at The Good Guys. That’s because we have plenty of options and discounts to help you Pay Less every day. Choose one of our eligible air conditioners and we’ll repay you part of the cost with a RealCa$h rebate. And don’t forget to check out our clearance bargains page for hefty savings on household essentials.

So, don’t sweat it this summer. Investing in even the cheapest air conditioner can make a difference to surviving the season. Head in-store or online and ask the team about the best budget air conditioner for your home.

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