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Air Conditioners: Ratings of Sources

Total of 8 Sources
1. ConsumerReports.org
Not Dated
Air Conditioners
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentEditors with ConsumerReports.org test 14 different window air conditioners and include four similar models in this report. Each unit receives a score for comfort, noise on low fan setting, noise on high fan setting, ability to restart following a brownout and ease of use. These ratings are tallied in an overall score so readers can easily compare units. Editors name one Best Buy and recommend seven window air conditioners, but they miss testing a few top air conditioner brands.
2. TheSweetHome.com
June 3, 2014
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. Availability was also important, and lack of attainability disqualified at least one GE air conditioner. Two window air conditioners get TheSweethome.com's recommendation: the LG LW8014ER and runner-up Frigidaire 86AT7.
3. Walmart.com
As of June 2014
Air Conditioners: Window
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. About 20 units have four or more stars out of five along with a significant number of owner reviews. With more than 860 reviews, the GE AEY05LS is by far the most popular. Other highly rated models include the GE AEZ06LS, Keystone KSTAW12A, LG LW6012ER and Frigidaire FRA082AT7.
4. HomeDepot.com
As of June 2014
Window Air Conditioners
by Contributors to HomeDepot.com
Our AssessmentHomeDepot.com has 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. Several of the 100 models here have two listings, one for on-site purchase and one for online. The SPT WA-1211S has the highest average rating, but the GE AEL06LQ, GE AEL05LQ, LG LW6012ER and LG LW8012ER all have more than 100 owner reviews and high ratings.
5. Amazon.com
As of June 2014
Window Air Conditioners
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com sells a large variety of window air conditioners, from small 5,000-Btu units to large models that are 13,000 Btu and over. About 10 window air conditioners have a positive score and large number of reviews. The small Frigidaire FRA052XT7 is the top seller in this category, with 4.2 stars out of 5 from more than 780 owners. Runner-up SPT WA-1211S has 4.5 stars from about 240 owners.
6. Sears.com
As of June 2014
Window Air Conditioners
by Contributors to Sears.com
Our AssessmentAir conditioners from Frigidaire, LG, SPT and Friedrich are available at Sears.com, but the majority of models with owner reviews are made by Kenmore. The large Kenmore 70121 has the highest rating overall (4.5 stars out of 5 from 150 owners), but Kenmore's 70101, 70151, 70051 and 79081 also have high scores. The small Frigidaire FRA052XT7 is the only non-Kenmore air conditioner in Sears.com's top 10: about 160 owners rate it with four stars.
7. BestBuy.com
As of June 2014
Window Air Conditioners
by Contributors to BestBuy.com
Our AssessmentMore than 120 window air conditioners are sold on BestBuy.com. Brands such as LG, Keystone and Danby are available here, but the majority of the units are from Frigidaire. All of the models with high ratings and more than a couple dozen reviews are from Frigidaire, including the top-rated FRA125CT1. Four additional Frigidaire units with high ratings include the FRA155MT1, FRA105CV1, FRA054XT7 and FRA085AT7.
8. Lowes.com
As of June 2014
Room Air Conditioners: Windows
by Contributors to Lowes.com
Our AssessmentLowes.com sells window air conditioners by Amana, Frigidaire, Keystone, Whirlpool and RCA, with a small selection of about 25 models. Only two models have positive ratings from more than a handful of users and are still available. The Frigidaire FRA052XT7 has the highest rating, with 4.2 stars out of 5 from 280 owners. In second place is a more expensive Frigidaire, the FRA087AT7, with 4.1 stars from about 220 owners.
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