Experts and owners say the Frigidaire FRA126CT1 cools a large room well, but isn't as good a choice overall as the well-rated LG LW1212ER (*Est. $320). Both window air conditioners pack 12,000 BTUs of cooling power, enough for a 550-square-foot space. They also offer similar features, including a remote control, 24-hour timer and the ability to restart automatically after a power outage. Based on reviews of its nearly identical predecessor, however, the LG delivers better airflow to the right and left of the unit. In addition, the LG's slide-in chassis makes it easier to install -- you install a lightweight frame first, then slide the heavy air conditioner in.
The FRA126CT1 is similar to the FRA125CT1 (*Est. $330) sold at Best Buy and the LRA127CT1 (*Est. $330) sold at Lowe's. Most owners are completely satisfied with the Frigidaire regardless of version, but we did find recurring complaints that it's loud -- both continuous motor/fan noise and loud beeping when users change the controls. Some owners say the unit emits a musty smell from water that has collected inside, and others report that their ACs suffered damage during shipping because the box is flimsy.
ConsumerReports.org includes all three members of this family of Frigidare air conditioners in its ratings based on its testing of the Lowe's-exclusive LRA127CT1. User reviews can be found at Lowes.com, Walmart.com and BestBuy.com.
ConsumerReports.org evaluates dozens of window AC units for cooling ability, airflow, noise and ability to restart after a power outage. Experts test the Frigidaire LRA127CT1 sold at Lowe's and note that the FRA126CT1 and FRA125CT1 sold at Best Buy are similar; all three are included in its rankings.
Review: Air Conditioners Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not dated
The Frigidaire LRA127CT1, the Lowe's-exclusive version of the FRA126CT1, earns 4.2 stars out of 5 based on feedback from more than 75 customers. While most owners are very satisfied, a few give the unit low ratings, saying it's noisy or breaks quickly. Some complain that the air coming out smells musty.
Review: Frigidaire 12,000-BTU Window Room Air Conditioner (Energy Star), Contributors to Lowes.com, As of April 2012
The Frigidaire FRA126CT1 scores well here with a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 and about 70 customer reviews. As at Lowes.com, most owners are completely satisfied, but a few complain that this air conditioner is noisy, smells musty or was damaged during shipping.
Review: Frigidaire 12,000-BTU Window Air Conditioner with Temperature Sensing Remote, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of April 2012
With more than two dozen owner reviews posted, the Frigidaire FRA125CT1 earns a rating of 4.4 stars out of 5. It gets fewer than 4 or 5 stars from only three users, who all ding it over noise issues.
Review: Frigidaire - 12,000 BTU Window Air Conditioner, Contributors to BestBuy.com, As of April 2012