A more expensive option than most, the Friedrich Kuhl SS08M10 7,900-BTU air conditioner is a large window unit that cools about 350 square feet. The handful of user reviews on this model make numerous references to how quietly it runs, and more than one owner appreciates not only the speed with which the AC cools a room but also the backlit display on both the remote control and the unit itself. One reviewer says the SS08M10 is louder than it should be for the price and has "bells and whistles" most won't care about, but others call some of those same features advantageous.
A recurring complaint in user reviews is the time required to install the unit due to its size and weight. Owners recommend leaving it in once it's installed rather than removing it in the winter as some do with other air conditioners.
The Friedrich Kuhl SS08M10 is pricey, but it could save you money on your monthly utility bill. Its energy efficiency rating of 11.7 makes it about 9 percent more efficient than the top-rated window air conditioner this size, the 8,000-BTU LG LW8012ER (Est. $220). Friedrich also includes a five-year warranty on its sealed refrigerant system, while the LG's warranty ends at one year.
ConsumerReports.org publishes the best, most comprehensive reviews on window air conditioners. Here editors rate about 40 models for their cooling ability, noise and airflow, among other factors. The Friedrich Kuhl is one of the evaluated units.
Review: Air Conditioners Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not dated
Just one owner reviews the Friedrich Kuhl SS08M10 here, saying you get what you pay for. The unit's numerous features that aren't typically found in other air conditioners, such as a seven-day programmable timer, are said to justify the high price.
Review: Friedrich Kuhl SS08M10 Window Air Conditioner, Contributors to Shopping.Yahoo.com, As of April 2012
Three reviews at Amazon.com represent opposing views of this Friedrich air conditioner. One owner likes its digital display, high energy efficiency and ability to accurately monitor temperature with numerous sensors, but is frustrated by the remote's failure to sync with the unit. Others say it's a lot of money for nothing special.
Review: Friedrich SS08M10, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2012
A single review here gives the Friedrich Kuhl SS08M10 5 stars out of 5. This owner likes the unit's backlit display and how quickly the air is cooled, adding that the AC is a money-saver due to its energy efficiency and is as "quiet as you can get."
Review: Friedrich SS08M10 7,900-BTU Window/Wall Slide-Out Air Conditioner, Contributors to PCRichard.com, As of April 2012