Frigidaire Portable Air Conditioner Reviews and Buying Guide 2019

Frigidaire portable air conditioners are available in 3 series, and each is quite unique. They could be described as standard, portable air conditioners with heat and premium WiFi models. Each has at least two sizes/capacities.

This Frigidaire Portable Air Conditioner Review discusses product details for each series including AC performance, features, pros & cons and Frigidaire portable AC cost.

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Our Portable Air Reviews and Buying Guide has comprehensive information about these appliances for those just getting started on research or looking for deeper details than provided in other guides.

Plus, we have completed reviews and buying guides like this for major brands LG, Haier, Whynter, Honeywell, Hisense, DeLonghi and other brands.

Frigidaire Portable Air Conditioner Features

All models have these features in common:

  • Dry Mode (Called Dehumidify Mode by other brands)
  • 24-hour timers
  • Remotes with the full range of functions
  • Caster wheels for easy maneuvering
  • R410A refrigerant which does not harm ozone, but it does have a higher global warming potential (GWP of 2088) than newer R32 refrigerant (GWP of 675).

Here are the models including the price of Frigidaire portable air conditioners.

Model

Sizes / BTUs

Room Size

EER (1)

Pints/Hr (2)

MSRP

Key Features

FGPC

10K, 12K

450 & 550 s.f.

11.4 & 11.0

3.0 & 3.4

$700 - $800

WiFi, Dry mode, 360-degree output

FFPH

12K, 14K

550 & 700 s.f.

9.9 & 10.4

3.3 & 3.5

$620 & $770

Coil heat, Dry mode, Timer

FFPA

8K, 10K, 12K, 14K

350 - 700 s.f.

9.0 - 10.2

2.5 - 3.5

$450 - $670

Dry mode, 24hr timer, Remote

*(1) EER is Energy Efficiency Rating - Rating how efficiently the unit uses electricity.

*(2) This is dehumidification - The amount of moisture removed per hour in cooling or dehumidification mode

1. Dry Mode

This is Dehumidify Mode in other brands.

It dries the air without cooling it, and that’s a nice feature to use in damp, moderate weather.

A dehumidifier works much like an AC. Refrigerant pulls heat from the air inside your home. As a result, the unit’s condenser coil gets very cold – cold enough for moisture in the air to condense on it.

The condensate is evaporated out the exhaust hose.

Rather than exhaust the heat, as it would if it were in AC mode, the heat is returned to the room. The result is dehumidification without heating.

Benefit: You can enjoy drier, less “clammy” air without getting chilled.

2. Electric Resistance Heat

The FFPH Series 12,000 and 14,000 BTU models are fitted with a small electric resistance heater, like a built-in space heater.

This is not true heat pump mode.

Both units deliver 4,100 BTUs of heat, or about 1/3 of the cooling potential. This is supplemental heat and not meant to replace a central heat source like a furnace or heat pump.

Benefit: If there is a room in your home that always seems chilly when the rest of the house is warm, then this small heater can be used to offset that chill.

3. Evaporative Technology

These units pull moisture from the air in both AC and Dry modes.

Benefit: Rather than draining into a bucket that must be emptied or having a hose run to a floor drain, the moisture is evaporated out the exhaust hose. This adds obvious convenience.

4. WiFi & App

The two FPGC Frigidaire portable air conditioners are equipped for WiFi. They can be controlled using the app and any smart device.

Benefits: There are two. First, it is obviously convenient to be able to turn On/Off the unit or adjust the temperature from anywhere.

Secondly, this allows you to enjoy comfortable air without wasting energy. For example, if you leave for the day but want the space cool when you get home, you have two options. You can leave the AC on all day when nobody is home – a waste of energy and money.

Or you can leave the unit off and use the App to turn it on and set the temperature 30-60 minutes before you get home. The air will be cool, and your electric bill will be lower.

5. Smart Home

The FPGC models also work with Alexa and Google Home.

Benefit: The convenience of voice control.

Features Not Available on Frigidaire Portable ACs

There is one feature none of the Frigidaire portable ACs have. But most portable air conditioners don’t have it:

Dual Hoses

We cover this issue completely in the Portable AC Ultimate Buying Guide, but here’s the brief version.

Single-hose systems take in air from your home, remove the heat and exhaust the air. That’s good.

What isn’t good is that this creates negative pressure, so air is sucked into the house from outside. And that air is hot and humid, a built-in inefficiency.

Dual-hose systems take in air, remove the heat and humidity, and send drier, cooler air back into your home. In a two-hose system, the first hose pulls in outside air. The heat and humidity are dumped into that air, and it is exhausted out the second hose. No negative pressure; higher efficiency.

Note on Efficiency: Even a dual-hose portable air conditioner isn’t as efficient as a window AC or central air conditioning system. But it is somewhat more efficient than a single-hose model.

Speaking of Efficiency

There is confusion about portable air conditioner efficiency, and not all brands report the same ratings.

For decades, the group certifying air conditioner efficiency has been ASHRAE, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.

They still test portable air conditioners and measure efficiency by the same standards they use for other types.

However, the US Department of Energy (DOE) realized that portable air conditioners pull in outside air:

  • Single-hose models pull it in through cracks in the home’s envelope such as air leaks around a door.
  • Two-hose models cycle outside air into the air conditioner, though it doesn’t enter or mix with the air in the house. Again, that’s a more efficient design, but you still have warm air cycling into the physical confines of the room.

As a result, the DOE does its own testing of portable ACs. It measures the net effect of outside air on total efficiency.

In single-hose cases, the DOE efficiency rating is usually about 55% of the ASHRAE rating. For example, the Frigidaire FFPH1422U1 is rated as removing 14,000 BTUs of heat per hour. The DOE rating is just 7,800 BTUs.

For dual-hose models, the DOE number is usually about 62% of ASHRAE’s.

Model Comparison

At the outset, we mentioned Standard, Heat and WiFi/Premium Series. Here’s a little more detail about each.

Standard: FFPA Models

There are four models in the series – 8K, 10K, 12K and 14K units according to ASHRAE ratings.

Pros: All have Dry/Dehumidify mode, and they evaporate condensate rather than drain it into a tank.

24-hour timers and full-function remotes are included. They have 3-speed fans that offer better climate control.

These units offer good air conditioning performance at a reasonable cost. In our opinion, they offer the best value.

Cons: These are single-hose models.

Heat Models: FFPH Models

These units are the same as the FFPA units just described, except for the fact that they have small heater elements in them.

The heaters are 1,200 elements that create 4,100 BTUs per hour of heat.

That’s the only difference.

These models are not worth the money, in our opinion.

The MSRP of the 14,000 FFPH model with heat is $100 higher than the same model without heat. The MSRP of the 12,000 unit is $50 more with heat.

We recommend putting the money toward a space heater that can easily be moved from room to room and will probably cost less. Plus, a 1,500 watt space heater delivers 4,400 BTUs of heat.

WiFi Models: FGPC Models

There are 12K and 14K BTU models in this series.

There’s no heat, but they do have several features unique in the Frigidaire lineup.

Pros: Here is the list.

360-degree airflow. Most portable air conditioners push cold air out the front or back, but not both or the sides.

WiFi & Smart Home: As noted in the Features section, these units offer convenience and energy savings using these advanced features.

Ionizing air purifiers: Ionizer air purifiers use charged particles to make an electrostatic connection with pollutants like mold spores and dust that pass through them. That’s a good thing. But there’s more to the story.

Cons: Most ionizers emit a small amount of ozone. Now, ozone is very useful in the upper atmosphere. But in your home, it an irritate breathing passages. For those with asthma, chronic allergies and other breathing problems, ozone reaction can be much more serious.

To be fair, we contacted Frigidaire to find out if their ozone air purifiers release ozone. The representative claimed not to know. We’re still digging…but in the meantime, we would steer clear of these units.

If you want cleaner air in your home, there are safe ways to get it. Our Home Air Purifier Review and Guide is a good place to research your options.

How Frigidaire Portable ACs Compare to Other Brands

There are similarities and differences.

Like all the brands we’ve reviewed, model options range from 8,000 to 14,000 BTUs.

General features – Most have Dry/Dehumidify mode, evaporative mode, multispeed fans, timers and remotes, features common among leading brands.

WiFi – Not all brands offer a WiFi model. Whynter, Haier and Honeywell, for example, don’t have a WiFi/Smart model.

Those that do include DeLonghi (1 series), LG (2 series) and Hisense (1 series).

Ionizer – Only the Della 048-GM-48266 has an ionizer among the major brands we’ve reviewed.

Frigidaire Portable AC Prices by Size

This chart shows the price ranges for all available sizes.

AC Size

Room Size

Price Range

8,000 BTU

200 - 250 s.f.

$450

10,000 BTU

300 - 400 s.f.

$490 & $700

12,000 BTU

400 - 500 s.f.

$570 - $800

14,000 BTU

500 - 650 s.f.

$670 & $770

Note that our tables show MSRPs – manufacturer suggested retail prices.

When you shop for Frigidaire portable air conditioners, you’ll find lower prices online and in local stores.

Choosing the Right Frigidaire Portable AC

There are more details in the Review and Buying Guide, but here’s the brief version.

1. Choose a model sized properly for the room or zone it will cool, i.e., sufficient square feet coverage. It’s OK to have a unit that’s a little large, but not one that is too small.

2. Add 10% to room size if the room as 9-foot ceilings; add 20% for 10-foot ceilings.

3. If the room faces west or south, consider a portable air conditioner that is one size larger than needed for the square feet served.

4. Consider a dual-hose model in hot and humid climates.

5. If you want a unit with heat, look at models from Hisense, Honeywell, DeLonghi and LG.

Top Picks

If you’re looking for a quick buying recommendation, here are top Frigidaire air conditioners in popular categories.

Best Overall Portable AC: Frigidaire FFPA

Most Efficient Portable AC: Frigidaire FGPC

Best Value Portable AC: Frigidaire FFPA

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