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Air conditioner reviews

Need to cool your home in hot weather? Need cooling in one room? Consumer Reports is the only place for unbiased, independent air conditioner reviews. Should you get a window or a portable model? Looking for special features such as a dehumidifying mode or efficiency aid? Our experts at the Consumer Reports National Testing and Research Center have evaluated more than 20 current air conditioner models at our on-site testing labs.

Our reviews will provide you with recommended air conditioners, as well as Ratings, where you will find the exact numerical score our experts have assigned to each of the five tested criteria that make up our product reviews: comfort, indoor noise low, indoor noise high, brownout, and ease of use. We test such major brands as GE, Friedrich, Frigidaire, Sunpentown, Honeywell, and many others. Our review pages also include an air conditioner selector, where you can input brand, category, and price to narrow down the right model for your needs.

After reading the reviews, you can compare models, scan our list of the features and specifications, read user reviews, and submit your own user review. If you prefer visual information, you can watch our video buying guide on the buying guide page.

See more on air conditioner reviews.

Also look at our air conditioner buying guide, which shows you which features are important and gives you the pros and cons of each model.

Read the air conditioner reviews linked below and compare the Ratings of each model before you shop.

Air conditioner reviews

Friedrich Chill CP05G10

Type: Window air conditioners
Summary: This Friedrich small air conditioner has
  • Remote control
  • Up/down louver control
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Frigidaire FRA123PT1

Type: Portable air conditioners
Summary: This Frigidaire large portable air conditioner has
  • Remote control
  • Up/down louver control
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LG LW6015ER

Type: Window air conditioners
Summary: This LG small air conditioner has
  • Remote control
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Whynter ARC-12SDH

Type: Portable air conditioners
Summary: This Whynter large portable air conditioner has
  • Remote control
  • Up/down louver control
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Frigidaire FFRA0611Q1

Type: Window air conditioners
Summary: This Frigidaire small air conditioner has
  • 2 fan speeds on cool.
  • Up/down louver control
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What's behind our air conditioner Ratings?

Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 46 models in air conditioners to see which ones perform best.
We look for:
  • Overall score
    This is based mainly on comfort, noise, and energy efficiency. The displayed score is out of a total of 100 points.
  • Comfort
    How quickly the air conditioner on its low fan setting cooled a room sized for the particular unit and how accurate it came to meeting the temperature set point.
  • Indoor noise low
    This judgment of indoor noise at the low-cool setting is the objective measurement of noise level using a sound meter.
  • Indoor noise high
    This judgment of indoor noise at the high-cool setting is the objective measurement of noise level using a sound meter.
  • Brownout
    Gauges the unit's ability to run and restart during extreme heat and low voltage.
  • Ease of use
    This reflects control-panel layout, including the clarity of its markings, as well as how easy and intuitive the controls were to operate.

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