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Air Conditioners: Ratings of Sources

Total of 10 Sources
1. ConsumerReports.org
April 27, 2015
Room air conditioners that keep their cool
by Mary H.J. Farrell
Our AssessmentThis article, which is free to non-subscribers, reveals which air conditioners came out on top in ConsumerReports.org's latest round of air-conditioner tests. Top picks among models for small, medium and large rooms are named. However, you'll need a subscription to see the full test results as well as the test results for other models.
2. TheSweetHome.com
May 21, 2015
The Best Air Conditioner
by Liam McCabe
Our AssessmentFor TheSweethome.com's review on window air conditioners, editors combine advice from experts with their in-house testing, then use attributes such as energy efficiency, price and features to narrow the list down. The Frigidaire FFRE0833Q1 is identified as the best air conditioner for most rooms, while two LG models are named as good alternatives. However, the review only looks at models rated at 8,000 BTU, which the editors say is the most popular size at retail.
3. PopularMechanics.com
Not Dated
7 Window-Mounted Air Conditioners in a Cool-Down Competition
by Heidi Davis
Our AssessmentPopular Mechanics tests seven window air conditioners in various sizes and presents its findings in a series of brief blurbs. Testing isn't well explained, but high points and low points are discussed. Though the article appears to be older, all of the air conditioners covered appear to be current and/or readily available at retail.
4. Walmart.com
As of June 2015
Air Conditioners
by Contributors to Walmart.com
Our AssessmentThis retailer sells window air conditioners online and in its stores, carrying major brands such as GE, LG and Frigidaire. Many models have at least a handful of reviews, while some have hundreds and even more than a thousand. Window air conditioners make up the bulk of the offerings, but there's also a separate category for through-the-wall models.
5. HomeDepot.com
As of June 2015
Air Conditioners
by Contributors to HomeDepot.com
Our AssessmentHomeDepot.com has over 150 models of window air conditioners, plus nearly 25 through the wall models. Site features include a handy diagram to help shoppers select the right size window air conditioner and narrow the field according to BTU, square footage and price categories. Most models get only a handful of reviews, but other get hundreds -- though those totals may include reviews originally posted on the manufacturer's site and also available elsewhere.
6. Amazon.com
As of June 2015
Window Air Conditioners
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com sells a large variety of room air conditioners, including window air conditioners. Sizes range, from small 5,000-BTU units to large models that are 13,000 BTU and over. Most models only get a handful of ratings, though other -- especially older -- models could get hundreds, or even thousands of reviews. Elsewhere on the site, you can find feedback on through-the-wall and casement air conditioners. All reviews at Amazon.com are written by the site's users.
7. Sears.com
As of June 2015
Air Conditioners
by Contributors to Sears.com
Our AssessmentWhile you can buy air conditioners from a host of makers at Sears.com, it's best as a resource for user feedback on Kenmore air conditioners. Several Kenmore window air conditioners get tons of reviews -- over a hundred in some cases. Reviews vary in length, but owners can give the air conditioner a rating and say whether or not they would recommend their model to a friend. Most non-Kenmore air conditioners get less feedback; often just a couple of reviews or none at all. Ditto for through-the-wall air conditioner, regardless of the manufacturer.
8. BestBuy.com
As of June 2015
Window Air Conditioners
by Contributors to BestBuy.com
Our AssessmentMore than 130 window air conditioners are sold on BestBuy.com, though most are from marketplace sellers. Still, many models have ample feedback -- 100 or more reviews in some cases. All reviews are from Best Buy users. The site also pulls in feedback from manufacturer sites but keeps that separate. In-wall models are also available, but, as typical, get scant feedback.
9. Lowes.com
As of June 2015
Room Air Conditioners
by Contributors to Lowes.com
Our AssessmentLowes.com sells over 60 window and in-wall air conditioners from various makers, though Frigidaire models get the most feedback by far. Reviews are administered by a third-party company, Bazaarvoice, to help ensure that they are authentic. Write ups are of variable length, but include sub-ratings for things like quality, ease of use, design, value, and features. Users say whether or not they would recommend their air conditioner.
10. AJMadison.com
As of June 2015
Room Air Conditioners
by Contributors to AJMadison.com
Our AssessmentAJMadison.com is a NY-based Internet retailer dealing that sells lots of home appliances and electronics, including air conditioners. At last check, there were nearly 340 window and in-wall models offered. Most models don't get a ton of feedback, and what's here is sometimes supplemented by reviews originally posted at the manufacturer's site, but it's still worth checking out to get some additional insights into an air conditioner you are considering.
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