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Air Conditioners: Expert and User Reviews

By: Carl Laron on June 02, 2017

Air Conditioners: Ratings of Sources

Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated
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ConsumerReports.org's editors test and rate 23 window air conditioners. Units are evaluated for cooling performance, noise level, ease of use, and how well they work under brownout conditions (a frequent summertime occurrence in some locations). An overall score is assigned, which can be compared to other models in the same capacity range. Recommended models and Best Buys are named. However, the ratings and rankings are only available to paid subscribers.

Mary H.J. Farrell, Apr. 29, 2017
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For those that don't have a ConsumerReports.org subscription, this 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. The top three picks among models for small, medium and large rooms are listed here, in alphabetical order in each group.

Liam McCabe, May 26, 2017
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For 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 LG LW8016ER is once again identified as the best air conditioner for most rooms, while models from Frigidaire are named as good alternatives. However, the review focuses on models rated at 8,000 BTU, which the editors say is the most popular size at retail.

Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of June 2017
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HomeDepot.com carries lots of window air conditioners and accessories, as well as a few through the wall models. Site features include a buying guide with a useful chart to help shoppers select the right size window air conditioner. Some models get only a handful of reviews, others get hundreds -- though those totals may include reviews originally posted on the manufacturer's site and also available elsewhere.

Contributors to Lowes.com, As of June 2017
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Lowes.com also sells a good selection of window and in-wall air conditioners from various makers, though Frigidaire models get the most feedback by far. Users say whether or not they would recommend their air conditioner. As we see elsewhere, some of these reviews may be culled from the manufacturer's website.

Contributors to Walmart.com, As of June 2017
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This 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.

Contributors to Amazon.com, As of June 2017
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Amazon.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 more than 1,000 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.

Heidi Davis and Timothy Dahl, Apr. 6, 2017
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Popular 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. One model is in limited supply, but the rest are readily available at retail.

Contributors to BestBuy.com, As of June 2017
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Quite a few window air conditioners are sold on BestBuy.com and 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.

Contributors to AJMadison.com, As of June 2017
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AJMadison.com is a NY-based Internet retailer that sells lots of home appliances and electronics, including air conditioners. At last check, there were nearly 330 window and in-wall models offered. Most models don't get a ton of feedback, and what's here is often 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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