The Frigidaire FRA086AT7 8,000-BTU window-mounted air conditioner -- sold at Lowe's as the LRA087AT7 (*Est. $210) and at Best Buy as the FRA085AT7 (*Est. $230) -- will cool a room of approximately 350 square feet and receives a number of positive comments. However, one professional evaluation notes poor performance in the areas of noise, ease of use and balanced left/right airflow. One mostly favorable review lowers its rating based solely on the airflow issue: The owner says that although the unit advertises eight-way directional airflow, it blows only straight forward well. This may be a concern depending on the AC's desired location.
Nearly every review we found for the Frigidaire FRA086AT7 and its siblings praises its compact size and light weight, and subsequent ease of assembling and installing. In terms of noise, however, there are some differences between units; the FRA086AT7 is said to be extremely quiet while reviews for the LRA087AT7 at Lowes.com frequently complain of it being noisy. Most owners are pleased with this AC's cooling ability, and many appreciate the temperature settings and thermostat input in the remote control, which allows it to be placed in the area of the room you most want to stay a particular temperature. But if you rely heavily on the findings of professional lab tests, the LG LW8012ER (*Est. $220) is found to cool the same space with excellent results in areas where the Frigidaire falls short.
More than 40 air conditioners of various sizes are reviewed here. All three versions of this Frigidaire unit are listed, but only the LRA087AT7 is tested for cooling ability, left/right airflow, noise and more.
Review: Air Conditioners Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not dated
More than 75 user reviews for the Frigidaire FRA086AT7 give it an overall rating of 4.6 stars out of 5. Owners' most common observation is how quiet the unit is. They also like its remote control and ability to quickly cool its intended space.
Review: Frigidaire 8,000-BTU Energy Star Window Air Conditioner with Remote, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of April 2012
Here, complaints of noise are frequent in reviews for the Frigidaire LRA087AT7 -- the Lowe's-exclusive version of the FRA086AT7 -- yet many owners say the noise level is average and a few even call the unit quiet. Several users praise the AC's easy assembly and installation, and many say it cools very well. This air conditioner earns 4.1 stars out of 5 in more than 100 owner reviews.
Review: Frigidaire 8,000-BTU Window Room Air Conditioner Energy Star, Contributors to Lowes.com, As of April 2012
More than 40 reviewers give the Frigidaire FRA086AT7 a rating of 3.7 out of 5 stars. Several users complain that the air conditioner beeps loudly whenever they press a button, and one says the louvers don't direct airflow very well. Most owners report that the unit works well and is a good value.
Review: Frigidaire FRA086AT7 8,000-BTU Window-Mounted Compact Air Conditioner, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2012