What every best Air Conditioners has:
- Energy efficiency.
- A programmable timer.
- User-friendly controls.
Consumer Reports' editors test and rate more than 25 window air conditioners. Units are evaluated for comfort performance, noise level at high and low speed, 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.
For those that don't have a Consumer Reports subscription, this article, which is free to non-subscribers, reveals which air conditioners came out on top in Consumer Reports' latest round of air-conditioner tests. The top two picks among models for small, medium and large rooms are listed here, in alphabetical order in each group.
For Wirecutter'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 and Haier 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.
The in-depth reviews that Reviewed is normally known for are not in evidence here, though this roundup of top air-conditioner choices is testing-based. Best Overall and Best Value models are named, as are some alternate choices. As is the case with Wirecutter, the focus is on 8,000 BTU models.
Home Depot carries lots of window and through the wall air conditioners and accessories. Site features include a guide on how to select the right size window air conditioner and another on how to install it properly. 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.
Lowe's 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.
This retailer sells window air conditioners online and in its stores, carrying major brands such as GE, LG and Frigidaire, along with some lesser-known lines. Many models have at least a handful of reviews, while some have hundreds.
Amazon 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 are written by the site's users.
Popular Mechanics tests 10 window air conditioners in various sizes and presents its findings in a series of brief blurbs. Testing is claimed, but isn't well explained, although high points and low points are discussed for most models. A few models are discontinued, but the rest are readily available at retail.
Quite a few window air conditioners are sold at Best Buy and many models have ample feedback -- hundreds of 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.
AJ Madison 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.