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.
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).
The following models have the same ratings as Sharp AF-S85RX (Costco).
Features and specs may vary
The Ratings applied to untested model Sharp AF-S80RX (Costco) come from our tests of model Sharp AF-S85RX (Costco), which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both.
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)
Btu/hr. The unit's cooling capacity, as supplied by the manufacturer (and as certified by the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, AHAM, unless otherwise noted in the Recommendations & Notes). Capacities range from 5,000 British thermal units per hour (enough for a modest-sized bedroom) up to 12,500 Btu/hr. (adequate for a large, sun-drenched room or even two interconnected rooms).
EER The energy-efficiency rating, as supplied by the manufacturer (and as certified by the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, AHAM, unless otherwise noted in the Recommendations & Notes). The higher a unit's EER, the lower its operating cost compared with other models of its size.
Min window width (in.) The minimum and maximum window-widths into which the air conditioner will fit. If your window opening is narrower than the minimum width, the air conditioner will not fit. If your window opening is wider than the maximum width, the side panels will not cover the entire opening.
Min window width (in.)
Max window width (in.) The minimum and maximum window-widths into which the air conditioner will fit. If your window opening is narrower than the minimum width, the air conditioner will not fit. If your window opening is wider than the maximum width, the side panels will not cover the entire opening.
Max window width (in.)
Weight (lbs.) In general, smaller-capacity models are lighter, while larger-capacity and some high-efficiency models tend to be heavier.
Remote control Much like the remotes for home-entertainment devices, these wireless devices control almost any function on the unit. They're especially useful if access to the air conditioner is limited, as when the unit is mounted through the wall at ceiling level. The remote generally works well anywhere in a room, although some may not work as well when they're used far to one side of the air conditioner.
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:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
Easy To Install
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
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Hot in NY
from Astoria, NY
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Cheap is cheap
Cools the Whole Room
Easy To Install
Easy Window Installation
Dead In 6 Weeks
Not In A Bedroom
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.