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Best Air conditioners

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Air conditioners

Best Air conditioners

We tested 19 air conditioners to determine the best-performing models. Our expert lab technicians tested each Air conditioner based on the following criteria:

  • Indoor noise high
  • Comfort
  • Brownout
  • Indoor noise low
  • Ease of use
  • Airflow left
  • Airflow right

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 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).


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.), Min window height (in.), Remote control, Electronic control with built-in timer and Auto fan speed.

Best Air conditioner for 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.


This Air conditioner which tested best for Comfort has the following features: Btu/hr., EER, Min window width (in.), Max window width (in.), Weight (lbs.), Min window height (in.), Remote control, Electronic control with built-in timer and Auto fan speed.

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., EER, Min window width (in.), Max window width (in.), Weight (lbs.), Min window height (in.), Remote control, Electronic control with built-in timer and Auto fan speed.

Best Air conditioner for 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).


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

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.), Min window height (in.), Remote control, Electronic control with built-in timer and Auto fan speed.

Best Air conditioner for Airflow left

This shows how well the louvers can direct air to the left of the unit when the user is facing it. Most important if the air conditioner must be installed in the corner of a room.


This Air conditioner which tested best for Airflow left has the following features: Btu/hr., EER, Min window width (in.), Max window width (in.), Weight (lbs.), Min window height (in.), Remote control, Electronic control with built-in timer and Auto fan speed.

Best Air conditioner for Airflow right

This shows how well the louvers can direct air to the right of the unit when the user is facing it. Most important if the air conditioner must be installed in the corner of a room.


This Air conditioner which tested best for Airflow right has the following features: Btu/hr., EER, Min window width (in.), Max window width (in.), Weight (lbs.), Min window height (in.), Remote control, Electronic control with built-in timer and Auto fan speed.