The Best Window-Mounted Air Conditioners Face Off in a Cool-Down Competition

The mercury's rising, and unless you've got central air, you could be in for one hot, sticky summer. We tested the newest window-mounted air conditioners to suit all your home or apartment-cooling needs.


Need an air conditioning upgrade to stay cool this summer? Here are the 10 best window-mounted units you can buy.

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Haier ESAQ406PT-H 6000 BTU 115V

Price: $349
Cooling Area: 250 Square Feet
Unit Dimensions: 21 1/4 W x 18 1/4 D x 12 1/2 H
Weight: 55 pounds
Noise Level (Decibels, high to low): 43.4
Amps: NA

Haier has designed this air conditioner to be extremely quiet, and at 43.4 decibels it certainly is. The internal mechanisms have been reengineered to deliver cool air while producing a gentle quiet hum equivalent to a rain shower. It incorporates a buffer around the compressor that muffles sound and absorbs vibration, making it 11 1/2 decibels quieter than the average 6,000-BTU window air conditioner. It also features a horizontal fan, which helps circulate air more efficiently, reducing drag and noise.

GE 8,000 BTU Energy Star Window Smart Room Air Conditioner
GE Appliances

Price: $249
Cooling Area: 400 Square Feet
Unit Dimensions: 22.63 W x 23.63 D x 15.88 H
Weight: 51 pounds
Noise Level (Decibels, high to low): NA
Amps: 6

GE Appliances is the first to announce voice-enabled air conditioners, which will be available at Home Depot and Lowe's. You can now turn these units on and off or adjust the temperature without leaving your couch or even picking up your phone. They've also got a helpful app as well.

Frigidaire 10000 Btu Cool Connect Smart Window Air Conditioner w/ Wifi Control
frigidaire ac

Price: $379
Cooling Area: 450 Square Feet
Unit Dimensions: 19.8 W x 19 D x 14.5 H
Weight: 63 pounds
Noise Level (Decibels, high to low): 59
Amps: 7.5

This Frigidaire is the best looking window mounted air-conditioner we've ever seen. It's sleek styling and low-profile circular vents are a welcome departure from the traditional slats seen on most window AC units. Beneath it's stylish looks is a tech filled appliance that features an app control so you can operate and monitor it remotely. It's also Energy Star rated, so you can stay cool without wasting dough.

hOme 5000 BTU Window Mounted Air Conditioner
home ac

Price: $119
Cooling Area: 150 Square Feet
Unit Dimensions: 16 W x 12 D x 15.4 H
Weight: 43.1 pounds
Amps: 4

This best-selling window mounted air conditioner features seven speeds and two cool and fan settings. An included installation kit has leaf guards and the unit has a washable feature which can be reused season after season. It's compact size makes it ideal for cooling small rooms or RVs.

Friedrich CP05G10A 5,450 Btu Chill Series Window-Mounted Room Air Conditioner

Price: $242
Cooling Area: 140 Square Feet
Unit Dimensions: 18-1/2 in. W x 15 in. D x 12 in. H
Weight: 46 pounds
Noise Level (Decibels, high to low): 72 to 66
Amps: 4.03

Likes: At 5,450 Btu, this was the least powerful unit included in our test, but the results were on par with the 6,000 Btu models. included a number of features similar to the other models, including a 24-hour on/off timer, plus money-saver and dehumidifier settings. It also comes with an LCD remote control and EntryGard protection, which is a steel retaining wire that secures the chassis to the housing in order to deter all-too-common "kick-in" intrusions.

Dislikes: Despite paying a premium price for the Friedrich name, this model isn't Energy Star qualified, and bears an uncanny resemblance to the 6,000 Btu LG LW6014ER we also included in our test.

LG LW60145ER 6,000 Btu Window-Mounted Air Conditioner
air conditioner

Price: $219

260 Square Feet
Unit Dimensions: 15.1 x 18.6 x 12.3 inches
Weight: 50 pounds
Noise Level (Decibels, high to low): 60 to 54
Amps: 3.98

Likes: Cosmetically, is identical to the Friedrich CP05G10A. But unlike the pricier Friedrich, it's Energy Star qualified, and at 6,000 BTU this lightweight a/c can cool a medium-size room surprisingly quickly.

Dislikes: The vinyl side curtains were also quite gappy, providing an entry point for bugs, and we noted more than a few took advantage, especially at night.

Frigidaire FFRL0633Q1 6,000 Btu Window-Mounted Room Air Conditioner

Price: $301
Cooling Area: 250 Square Feet
Unit Dimensions: 18 x 23.6 x 12.2 inches
Weight: 49 pounds
Noise Level (Decibels, high to low): 66 to 63
Amps: 4.6

Likes: Of all the 6,000 Btu models tested, was the quietest and the easiest to install by far. Frigidaire decided to eschew the traditional screw-in vinyl side curtains in favor of ones that slide into either side of the metal housing, and then included metal clips that secure firmly to the window frame to prevent insects from coming in. A built-in air ionizer filters the air as it cools, providing additional relief to allergy sufferers.

Dislikes: The standard remote control included does not have a built-in temperature-sensing thermostat.

Frigidaire FFRE1033S1 10,000 Btu Window-Mounted Room Air Conditioner

Price: $299
Cooling Area: 450 Square Feet
Unit Dimensions: 19 x 21.5 x 14.5 inches
Weight: 62 pounds
Noise Level (Decibels, high to low): 75 to 68
Amps: 7.5

Likes: was simple to install, with vinyl side curtains that slide into either side of the metal housing and lock tightly into the window frame. No bugs creeping in here. Remote control comes equipped with a built-in temperature-sensing thermostat that allows you to see, set, and maintain room temperature without having to get up. Includes all the same features and settings as the 6,000 Btu appliance, including the built-in air ionizer.

Dislikes: None.

LG LW1015ER 10,000 Btu Window-Mounted Air Conditioner

Price: $319

Cooling Area: 450 Square Feet

Unit Dimensions: 19-11/16 in. W x 20-5/16 in. D x 14-11/16 in. H

Weight: 62 pounds
Noise Level (Decibels, high to low): 76 to 68
Amps: 7.5

Likes: performed admirably, cooling a large room quickly and efficiently.

Dislikes: The faceplate controls are straightforward, but the no-frills remote control made getting up to check the unit settings a regular occurrence. While quiet overall, there was some rattling at higher fan speeds.

Friedrich CP10G10B 10,000 Btu Window-Mounted Room Air Conditioner

Price: $439
Cooling Area: 450 Square Feet
Unit Dimensions: 22.2 x 23.6 x 15 inches
Weight: 81 pounds
Noise Level (Decibels, high to low): 68 to 61
Amps: 7.5

Likes: is built like a tank. But once properly installed in the wall or window, it was the quietest 10,000 Btu unit in our test. Automated air-sweep louvers cooled the room noticeably faster then the other models and overall performed like a dream. If you have the money, you won't be disappointed.

Dislikes: Weighing in at 81 pounds, this was the largest unit we tested, and installation isn't for the faint of heart. Since it can be installed through a wall—as well as in a window—the unit is made to be removed from its metal housing. Unfortunately, before we could mount the housing in the window, we had to redrill the screw holes for the vinyl side curtains. Then, sliding the unit back inside its housing required a second set of hands. Bottom line: Make sure to have a friend handy. You'll need the help.

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