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Best Air conditioners

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Air conditioners

Best Air conditioners

We tested 22 air conditioners to determine the best-performing models. Our expert lab technicians tested each Air conditioner based on the following criteria:

  • Ease of use
  • Indoor noise high
  • Indoor noise low
  • Brownout
  • Comfort

Below lists the Air conditioners that rated best in each of the tests our experts looked for. Learn about how these tests were performed and find out which Air conditioner is rated best when you subscribe.

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Air conditioners

Best Air conditioner for 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.


This Air conditioner which tested best for Ease of use has the following features: Btu/hr., EER, Min window width (in.), Max window width (in.), Weight (lbs.), Slide-out chassis, Min window height (in.), Exterior support bracket with leveling provision, Remote control, Electronic control with built-in timer, Auto fan speed and Dirty filter indicator.

Best Air conditioner for Indoor noise high

This judgment of indoor noise at the high-cool setting is the objective measurement of noise level using a sound meter.


This Air conditioner which tested best for Indoor noise high has the following features: Btu/hr., EER, Min window width (in.), Max window width (in.), Weight (lbs.), Slide-out chassis, Min window height (in.), Exterior support bracket with leveling provision, Remote control, Electronic control with built-in timer, Auto fan speed and Dirty filter indicator.

Best Air conditioner for Indoor noise low

This judgment of indoor noise at the low-cool setting is the objective measurement of noise level using a sound meter.


This Air conditioner which tested best for Indoor noise low has the following features: Btu/hr., Weight (lbs.), Remote control, Electronic control with built-in timer, Auto fan speed and Dirty filter indicator.

Best Air conditioner for Brownout

Gauges the unit's ability to run and restart during extreme heat and low voltage.


This Air conditioner which tested best for Brownout has the following features: Btu/hr., Weight (lbs.), Remote control, Electronic control with built-in timer, Auto fan speed and Dirty filter indicator.

Best Air conditioner for 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.


This Air conditioner which tested best for Comfort has the following features: Btu/hr., Weight (lbs.), Remote control, Electronic control with built-in timer, Auto fan speed and Dirty filter indicator.