Top Air Conditioners - Updated August 2017

Our experts reviewed hundreds of air conditioners and have picked the best 5 available on the market.

Best of the Best

Frigidaire FFRA0511R1 5, 000 BTU 115V Window-Mounted Air Conditioner


Frigidaire 8,000 BTU 115V Window-Mounted Mini-Compact Air Conditioner


Best Value

Keystone KSTAW06A 6,000 BTU 115-Volt Air Conditioner


LG Electronics LP0814WNR 115-volt Portable Air Conditioner with Remote Control, 8000 BTU


Lasko 2551 Wind Curve Platinum Tower Fan With Remote Control and Fresh Air Ionizer


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Budget friendly and simple to use. Easy installation. Quiet operation and extremely energy efficient. Extremely quiet unit and offers energy-saving capabilities. Portability, it can be used in almost any room of the house. Light-weight and portable, can be used in any room. Three speed fan oscillation.
Better for smaller rooms. Does not come with a timer. More expensive unit. Tough to adjust vents; filters require changing. Very noisy while running. More of a fan than air conditioner.
The Frigidaire is great for cooling smaller rooms, though it does not come with a timer. Though a greater cost, the unit is very energy efficient and works well for any room. The best value for the price, it is a very quiet unit, great for any room in the house. For a relatively high price, the unit offers mobility and versatility in location use. Though it is the cheapest option, the unit does not provide cold air output, merely circulation.

Contenders


A high quality air conditioner has the capability of cooling down a room and maintaining the regulated temperature to best suit the user's comfort level. Air conditioners should produce well-circulated, fresh air with ease of maintenance and use with various sizes to meet all needs and maintain energy-efficiency at a reasonable cost. Though the possibilities seem endless for air conditioner options, the five reviewed have been chosen because of the ability to cool at an energy-efficient capacity with ease of use and maintenance.

Considerations


Price

Each air conditioner has been reviewed with a reasonable budget in mind, ranging prices from $60 to $280. The more powerful the air conditioner, the higher the cost.

Cooling Ability

Air conditioners should have the capacity to cool down and maintain the temperature of any room in which they are placed; however, the size of the room affects the size and power needed from the air conditioner.

Features

Though each model's main purpose is to cool down a room, some offer extra features that benefit the overall quality. Self-regulating thermostats prevent overheating; timers provide set "bursts" of cooler air for shorter time. Air conditioners come with filtration systems as well, keeping the air output fresh and clean. Some, not all, come with remotes for distance adjustments to temperature and output.

Performance

The main goal of purchasing an air conditioner is to cool down a room. Air conditioners should be energy-efficient while circulating clean, cool air. Overall performance of circulation and temperature regulation depends on the size of the room.

Price


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Frigidaire FFRA0511R1 5, 000 BTU 115V Window-Mounted Air Conditioner

The Frigidaire is one of the more budget-friendly option reviewed, at a low price of $129. For its small size and easy installation, the Frigidaire quickly cools down any smaller room.

Frigidaire 8,000 BTU 115V Window-Mounted Mini-Compact Air Conditioner

On the upper end of the price range, the Frigidaire 8,000 costs $249. The price reflects the features included in the system and the high energy efficient rating.

Keystone KSTAW06A 6,000 BTU 115-Volt Air Conditioner

The Keystone is a bargain air conditioner unit, with a low price of $185. It offers three cooling speeds and three fan speeds, as well as the option for easy self-installation.

LG Electronics LP0814WNR 115-volt Portable Air Conditioner with Remote Control, 8000 BTU

For a portable unit, the LG Electronics Portable Air Conditioner is rather high on the budget spectrum. At $279, with two fan speeds and two cooling speeds, the air conditioner only cools smaller rooms.

Lasko 2551 Wind Curve Platinum Tower Fan With Remote Control and Fresh Air Ionizer

The Lasko Wind Curve Platinum Tower Fan is the cheapest option, costing a mere $61. A smaller and light-weight option, the Lasko offers oscillating air circulation and three fan speeds to cool a small area.

Cooling Ability


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Frigidaire FFRA0511R1 5, 000 BTU 115V Window-Mounted Air Conditioner

The Frigidaire was designed to fit as a window-mounted unit with a capacity to cool smaller rooms, generally around 150 square feet in area. It's cooling ability can be maximized by closing off the desired room (i.e. shutting doors to other locations). The manufacturer boasts about it's ability to offer dehumidification up to 1.1 pints per hour.

Frigidaire 8,000 BTU 115V Window-Mounted Mini-Compact Air Conditioner

One of the most powerful options reviewed, the Frigidaire 8,000 has the ability to quickly cool a room up to 350 square feet in size. It offers dehumidification of up to 1.7 pints per hour. Temperature can be set to any comfort level desired, with three fan speeds and 8-way comfort control for direction of air flow.

Keystone KSTAW06A 6,000 BTU 115-Volt Air Conditioner

One of the more powerful options on the list, the Keystone has the ability to cool a small room (250 square feet) at 1.5 pints per hour for dehumidification. Several cooling speeds and fan options allow for more optional temperature regulation.

LG Electronics LP0814WNR 115-volt Portable Air Conditioner with Remote Control, 8000 BTU

The LG Electronics Portable Air Conditioner has the ability to cool a relatively small room, around 200 square feet, with a dehumidification factor of up to 2 pints per hour. It offers two cooling speeds and two fan speeds, providing several options to manage temperature.

Lasko 2551 Wind Curve Platinum Tower Fan With Remote Control and Fresh Air Ionizer

Though it is not a typical air conditioner, the Lasko functions better for air circulation. It provides three speeds for the fan that oscillate in a standing location to assist in cooling the space.

Features


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Frigidaire FFRA0511R1 5, 000 BTU 115V Window-Mounted Air Conditioner

As a simple window-mounted air conditioners, the Frigidaire has two knobs located on the front of the unit: temperature and mode. The user has the capability to set the desired temperature and the amount of fan speed to cool the room. It has two fan speeds and two cool speeds within the modes, as well as provides two way air direction. Unfortunately it does not come equipped with a timer or self-regulation for overall room temperature.

Frigidaire 8,000 BTU 115V Window-Mounted Mini-Compact Air Conditioner

A prominent feature of the Frigidaire 8,000 is the clean air ionizer, which provides cleaner circulation by removing pollen and other impurities from the air input. 8-way comfort control allows for ease of manipulation of air flow direction to anywhere in the room. The remote control and display on the model allow for ease of control and maintain temperature from anywhere in the room.

Keystone KSTAW06A 6,000 BTU 115-Volt Air Conditioner

One of the most outstanding features of the Keystone is the distance remote control "Follow Me" capability; an LED display on both the unit and remote allows the user to see the settings, and change or maintain as desired. It comes with a 24-hour programmable timer, as well as sleep and energy-saving modes. The Keystone also has a mesh-filtration system that is very easy to change to maintain clean air flow. Offers two-way air flow through vents, though customers mentioned trouble adjusting.

LG Electronics LP0814WNR 115-volt Portable Air Conditioner with Remote Control, 8000 BTU

Unlike other units, the LG Electronics Portable Air Conditioner is not a window unit; it is a mobile system with attachable wheels to move anywhere in the home. A highly rated feature is the auto-restart in the event of a power outage and the manufacturer boasts about the auto-evaporation system, which prevents the user from emptying excess water from the unit. It also comes with a 24-hour timer.

Lasko 2551 Wind Curve Platinum Tower Fan With Remote Control and Fresh Air Ionizer

The Lasko comes equipped with an energy-saving timer and an auto shut-off system up to 7 1/2 hours. As it is a small, portable unit, the Lasko can be placed in any location with an electrical socket to offer fan-based air circulation.

Performance


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Frigidaire FFRA0511R1 5, 000 BTU 115V Window-Mounted Air Conditioner

Designed for smaller, closed off rooms, the Frigidaire quickly and efficiently cools down the area. A rather quiet unit, customer reviews rave about the ability to use it in bedrooms, as it does not affect even the lightest of sleepers.

Frigidaire 8,000 BTU 115V Window-Mounted Mini-Compact Air Conditioner

The manufacturer boasts about the Frigidaire 8,000's 2016 energy star rating; it has been well-reviewed for its energy efficiency and silent operation. For a smaller unit, the powerful output cools down larger areas while still saving the user costs for energy. It provides a low-power start up and continuous operation, constantly regulating the set temperature level.

Keystone KSTAW06A 6,000 BTU 115-Volt Air Conditioner

As per customer reviews, the Keystone is known for being very quiet while constantly cooling a room. It offers an energy saving mode, which was rated as a 2014 Energy Star system.

LG Electronics LP0814WNR 115-volt Portable Air Conditioner with Remote Control, 8000 BTU

The LG Electronics Portable Air Conditioner is a mobile unit, capable of being used in any space. Customer reviews share that it can be relatively loud, even though the unit is designed for smaller spaces.

Lasko 2551 Wind Curve Platinum Tower Fan With Remote Control and Fresh Air Ionizer

As it is a smaller unit, the Lasko offers either stable or oscillating air flow for any location. Though it does not necessarily provide cold air output, it circulates the current air flow to cool down the area.

Best of the Best


If you're looking for an easy-to-install window-mounted unit, the Frigidaire 5,000 is the best choice for any user. The main purpose of an air conditioner is to successfully lower the overall temperature of a room and maintain a cool environment for the user; the Frigidaire 5,000 is the perfect unit to attain that goal.
At a very reasonable price, the Frigidaire 5,000 does not come with all of the bells and whistles like other more expensive units. With a basic two-knob control system, anyone can manage temperature control; two cooling speeds and two fan speeds keep comfort level maintenance at minimum difficulty.
The Frigidaire 5,000 is best suited for smaller, closed off rooms, making it perfect for bedroom temperature maintenance. With silent and powerful cooling capabilities from the moment it is turned on, it quickly lowers overall temperature in minutes. The quiet operation won't wake even the lightest of sleepers.
Overall, the combination of powerful performance, cooling capabilities and price make the Frigidaire 5,000 the best window-mounted air conditioner on the market.

Best Value


For the most budget-conscious customers looking for a high quality unit, the Keystone air conditioner is the best choice in overall value. Falling at the mid-range price among the options reviewed, the Keystone offers an energy-efficient output for a reasonable cost.
Though it may not cool a room as quickly as other units, the Keystone provides long-lasting temperature control at various cooling and fan speeds. It provides very quiet operation and an energy-saving mode to assist in maintaining temperature control. Unfortunately, the vents can be difficult to adjust to control the direction of air flow.
For those looking to manage a budget and purchase a cooling unit with extra features, the Keystone air conditioner provides the best overall value.