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Sharp AF-S85RX (Costco)
 
Approximate retail price:
$200
Summary: This 8,000-btu Sharp model features a digital display, built-in timer, auto-fan speed, energy saver mode, a remote control and up/down louver control.
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Type: Midsized air conditioners
About - Sharp AF-S85RX (Costco)

The Sharp AF-S85RX (Costco) is part of the air conditioner test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, air conditioner models like the AF-S85RX (Costco) are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Comfort:
This is how well temperature and humidity are controlled at the low-cool setting. The best performers held temperatures to within one-and-a-half degrees of the setpoint.

Indoor noise low:
This judgment of indoor noise at the low-cool setting combines an objective measurement of noise level using a decibel meter with a subjective assessment of noise quality (how annoying or grating the particular sounds were).

Indoor noise high:
This judgment of indoor noise at the high-cool setting combines an objective measurement of noise level using a decibel meter with a subjective assessment of noise quality (how annoying or grating the particular sounds were).

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About This Brand

Sharp is a smaller player in the market. It is available at a wide variety of independent appliance retailers and at Costco and BJ's. Window air units range in price from $200 to $500. Sharp makes units with Btu from 5,000 to 12,000 and units that are Energy Star certified.

Features & Specs - Sharp AF-S85RX (Costco)
info Btu/hr. 8000
info EER 10.8
info Min window width (in.) 22
info Max window width (in.) 38
info Weight (lbs.) 49
info Remote control Yes
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User Reviews - Sharp AF-S85RX (Costco)
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4.0
Cooled me down
7/11/2013
Pros
Cools the Whole Room
Easy To Install
Easy Window Installation
Energy Efficient
Even Air Distribution
Cons
Loud
Best Uses
Any Room
Comment:
With so many windows and the temperature hovering at 110, the central air in my office couldn't cut it. The landlord wouldn't do anything about it so I took matters into my own hands and used them to buy and install this in my small window. It fit perfectly, was easy to install, and lightweight. <br /><br />Since I am a counselor, noise was my biggest worry and I have to say it is too loud for soft conversations that happen in my office. But I don't know if any others would be much lower. I like having the remote to adjust it and it can still keep things cool on the low setting. <br /><br />Maybe twice the money would get me a quieter one, but this works, and I can cope with the noise. I don't think it is the best built AC on the market, but for me, it is just fine. And I could afford it.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
2.0
really noisy
7/7/2013
Pros
Easy To Install
Cons
Loud
Best Uses
Comment:
So loud ...need to move it out of the bedroom to another room...works OK but definitely not for a bedroom.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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1.0
Cheap is cheap
7/2/2013
Pros
Cools the Whole Room
Easy To Install
Easy Window Installation
Good Cooling
Cons
Dead In 6 Weeks
Loud
Best Uses
Not In A Bedroom
Comment:
Based on C.R. recommendation, bought the unit at Costco and installed it in a snap, thinking how noisy could it really be? Well, it's like having a small jet engine in the room. Nonetheless, it cooled really well - in fact, better than I expected and I was getting used to the noise. Then 6 weeks in, the condenser blew. 6 weeks! Costco will replace it with no problem. Wondering, however, do I want to chance it again and, hot as I am, it's really quiet without it. Might spring for a Friedrich this time.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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