Arctic Air Review: Does This Lightweight Personal Air Conditioner Really Work?

Compact and lightweight personal space cooler that quickly cools areas of up to 45 square feet.
Keri Robinson Senior Contributor
I'm a mom who writes about new home and household products.

About Arctic Air

Regardless of where you live in the country, there are going to be months of the year where the temperature gets so high that the air conditioning is likely to be on 24/7.

Admittedly in some states, the number of months maybe 9 or 10 per year, and for others maybe only 3 or 4, but nevertheless we are all going have hot times during the year.

While air conditioning is the way in which many people stay cool, it is not without its limitations.

First, not every room in your home or office will have an airflow outlet, and for those that don't, it can still be very hot and uncomfortable, even if the other rooms are cool.

Secondly, not everyone has the same comfort level and what might be the ideal cool setting for you might be too high or too low for the others in the room.

For these scenarios wouldn't it be great to have your very own cooler that you can set to your ideal cooling level, and could take with you from room to room so that you can stay cool, no matter where you are?

Well, that is exactly what Arctic Air does for you.

What is Arctic Air?

It is a personal space cooler that can cool areas of up to 45 square feet, and the fact that it is compact and lightweight, means that you can use it almost anywhere.

Arctic Air

How Does it Work?

Arctic Air basically needs two things for it to work: a power outlet, and some water.

First, you need to have the unit sitting on a flat surface. You open the water tank door located on the top and then fill it with water.

After waiting a couple of minutes for the filter to soak up the water, you can then plug the power adapter into a power outlet.

After pressing the ‘Power on’ button, select the which of the three fan speeds you want. These are Low, Medium and Fast. Once it is running you can then adjust the temperature setting to however cool you want to be.

As the fan pulls in the hot air to Arctic Air, it sends it at high speed through the water filter, and a water chamber. As the air flows through this, it cools, and the colder air is blown out the vent which should be facing towards you. This process also cleans the air as it catches minute particles of dust.

Key Features

We'll start with the cooling function which is the main reason why anyone would purchase Arctic Air. As we mention in other sections, this is not going to cool an entire room, but it will quickly cool a small area, which is exactly what it was designed to do.

Setting it up is relatively straightforward and the controls for the fan speed and the temperature settings are as easy as you can imagine. The digital display helps you select the exact temperature which is a lot easier than a basic dial with markings. One filling of water should give you around 10 hours of continuous cooling.

As the Arctic Air is running, not only will it cool the air around you, but it filters it as it blows through, meaning fresher and cleaner air within the room you are in. Very importantly, it does not rely on freon or other harmful chemicals, so you can be assured it is eco-friendly, and safe.

The fact that this uses a lot less power than your air conditioning means you can switch the aircon off and sit with Arctic Air next to you, leading to lower power bills, and don't forget using less power is better for the environment.

As it is so small and weighs a mere 3 lbs., you can easily move it to another location within a room if you change where you are sitting, or take it into another room, including up to your bedroom for a cooler and more comfortable night's sleep. As long as you have access to a power unit it can be used in campers, garages, workshops, basements, offices, and that list could go on and on.

Customer Reviews

Hilary Sara lives in the high desert of New Mexico, so she is used to very hot temperatures that can get into the 100s during the summer months. Despite this, she never wanted air conditioning installed. Now thanks to Arctic Air she doesn't need it as it cools her while she works at her desk. 'The beautifully chill blast takes the edge off the heat perfectly. Feels SO GOOD!'

Jen Seay hated the fact that her brother always had the air conditioning set to very low, meaning she and the rest of the family always felt cold. So, she bought him an Arctic Air as a gift. Now the aircon is set at a comfortable level for the family, and her brother can stay super cool sitting next to his Arctic Air. 'Delivers cold air to a small area as stated, and it works great!'

Michael Cline is sensitive to heat and often he would feel quite ill while at work due to management not willing to invest in any kind of proper cooling system.  He bought Arctic Air and set it up in his office cubicle. 'I have taken it upon myself to fix this issue myself. And boy has this fixed the issue!' Now he can work at his desk feeling cool and the 10 other people in his office hardly notice it is on.

Janet Calton loves Arctic Air so much she that is planning to buy more. She has already bought two as gifts for her friends. ‘I love this for a small area like a bedroom or small office'.


One of the most common complaints is that it will not cool a whole room. This arises because those who complain do not appreciate that Arctic Air is not trying to replace air conditioning or large portable air conditioners.  It is designed for small personal spaces and for cooling one or two people who are sitting close to it.

We previously mentioned that you should sit Arctic Air on a flat surface. This relates to another complaint with some users saying that it leaks. It will leak, but only if you tilt it, so keep it level at all times, especially if you are carrying it through to another room.


  • Small and portable
  • Very easy to use
  • Cools area in just minutes
  • Eco-friendly


  • Can leak if tilted
  • Finding outlets that sell filter

Final Thoughts

We'll be upfront and say that if you are expecting Arctic Air to replace your air conditioning then you are going to be very disappointed. This is not designed to do that but is instead a very effective way of cooling the area around you so that you personally are kept cool when the temperature in the room is high and uncomfortable.

It is very easy to set up and operate and even actions like cleaning and changing the filter are simple. Due to its small size it can also be moved from where you are to where you are going so that no matter what room, what desk or even what building you are in, you'll always be able to keep cool, while those around you suffer the heat.

Frequently Asked Questions

When and how do I change the water filter?

The time period between changing the water filter will depend on how often you have Arctic Air running. As a rule of thumb, you should expect to change the filter every 3 to 6 months.

To prolong the lifetime of your water filter you should wash it regularly, and to make that even easier, they can be washed in the dishwasher.

Always unplug the unit before changing the filter. Press the release tab at the bottom of the front grille to open it. This will give you access to the filter. Take hold of the filter and slide it carefully out of the unit.

Replace it with the new filter, ensuring that you note where the positioning markings are so that it goes in the correct way. Replace the front grille and lock the release tab.

Why are there some areas that Arctic Air will not ship to?

There are certain environments where Arctic Air will not work properly, in particular, tropical or subtropical climates which are very humid. An example of such a climate is Hawaii.

The reason is that the way in which Arctic Air works relies on dry air and in the moist conditions of areas with high humidity it will not cool the air properly.

Can Arctic Air be used outdoors?

As long as you have a power outlet, possibly at the end of an extension cable, and a flat surface on which to place your Arctic Air, then you can certainly use it outdoors. Many people use their Arctic Air to cool them while they sit outdoors on their decking or next to their pool.

If it is really hot, is there any way to make the air even cooler?

There are a couple of ways that can be effective. The first is to pre-soak the filter by ruining it under a cold tap and then placing it back inside the unit. The second is to place the filter in the freezer until it freezes.

Once it is in Arctic Air the air that is being blown over icy water which will make it extra cold.

Where to Buy

The best place to purchase Arctic Air for the lowest price online is from their official website. Currently during the holidays, they have a special discount offer when you Buy 2, Get 1 Free.