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Best Window Air Conditioners of 2019

Top choices from Consumer Reports' tests

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All of the window air conditioners in Consumer Reports' latest tests do a good enough job at keeping you cool. What distinguishes one from the other is how quickly and quietly it cools a room—and how easy it is to operate.

And you don’t have to pay a lot to get heat relief. The window air conditioners in our tests range from $150 to $470, with prices climbing as size and capacity (Btu) increase.

To help a window unit run more efficiently, look for a model equipped with insulating panels. "Most new window ACs come with panels you place over the plastic adjustable side panels to boost efficiency," says Chris Regan, CR's senior test engineer for air conditioners. Adding weatherstripping around the perimeter will also prevent air from leaking in or out.

For more on getting the best fit, find out how to size a window air conditioner

How We Test Window ACs
After installing the unit in a double-hung window in our testing chamber, we crank up the air temperature to 90° F, then measure how long it takes the AC to cool the room by 10° F. The best units hit the mark in less than 15 minutes. We also gauge how accurately the AC reaches its set temperature, whether it can recover from a simulated brownout, the intuitiveness of the controls, and how loud each unit is running on low and high.

CR members can read on for ratings and reviews of three top picks for each room size. And there are even more choices in our full air conditioner ratings, recommendations, and buying guide
 

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For Small Rooms (100-300 Sq. Ft.)
LG LW6019ER
LG LW6019ER

    LG LW6019ER

    CR's take: The LG LW6019ER tops the list of small window units with Very Good ratings for comfort (based on how quickly it cooled our test chamber) as well as for its ability to operate quietly, making it a good choice for a bedroom. It recovers nicely from low-voltage, brownout conditions. The small LG comes equipped with a remote, a dirty-filter indicator, and a timer so you can set it to turn on before you go to bed.

    2

    Frigidaire Gallery FGRQ0633U1
    Frigidaire Gallery FGRQ0633U1

      Frigidaire Gallery FGRQ0633U1

      CR's take: The small Frigidaire Gallery FGRQ0633U1 is a good choice if noise is concern. That’s because it’s super quiet on both the high and low settings, earning an Excellent rating on our noise tests. It cools a small room with ease, and in a brownout situation it bounces back with no problems. It only earns an average score for ease of use, but once you learn the controls that may not bother you. Plus, it has such convenience features as a remote control, a timer, and a dirty-filter indicator.

      3

      GE AHD06LX (Lowes)
      GE AHD06LX (Lowes)

        GE AHD06LX (Lowes)

        CR’s take: The small GE AHD06LX is an exclusive to Lowe’s. It earns a Very Good rating for cooling a room and keeping it comfortable and bounces back during blackouts or brownouts. When running on low, this GE is among the quietest of the small models in our tests and it also runs fairly quietly on high, earning a Very Good rating on our noise tests. That, and its small size, makes it a good choice for a bedroom.

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        For Midsized Rooms (250-400 Sq. Ft.)
        Kenmore Elite 77087
        Kenmore Elite 77087

          Kenmore Elite 77087

          CR’s take: The Kenmore Elite 77087 tops our ratings of midsized models. It earns a Very Good rating for cooling a room and maintaining a comfortable temperature. When running on low it’s one of the quieter models in our tests but rates only a Fair for noise when running on high, something to consider if it’s for a room where your family gathers. Our testers like the clarity of its electronic controls and find them easy to use. It comes equipped with a remote, a built-in timer, and a dirty-filter indicator.

          5

          Kenmore 77080
          Kenmore 77080

            Kenmore 77080

            CR's take: The Kenmore 77080 costs at least $50 less than it’s brandmate above, the Kenmore Elite 77087, yet provides better cooling, earning an Excellent on our comfort test in which we measure how quickly an AC cools a room. This model earns a middling score for noise on both the low and high settings. Still, that makes it the quietest model of the midsized group when running at full tilt. It bounces back quickly after a brownout event. It loses a few points to the Kenmore Elite because its controls are less intuitive. The Kenmore comes with a remote, built-in timer, and dirty-filter indicator.

            6

            Midea MWA08CR71
            Midea MWA08CR71

              Midea MWA08CR71

              CR’s take: The Midea MWA08CR71 earns a Very Good rating at cooling a midsized room quickly, but it’s a bit noisy on both the low and high settings. Like most of the window units in our tests, it recovers well from low voltage situations so you won’t be left without cooling. The controls are intuitive and easy to read, and the Midea comes with a remote control, a timer function, and a dirty-filter indicator.

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              For Large Rooms (350-650 Sq. Ft.)
              LG LW1216ER
              LG LW1216ER

                LG LW1216ER

                CR's take: A CR Best Buy, the large, feature-filled LG LW1216ER has digital controls, and cooling is top-notch. It weighs 85 pounds, but its slide-out chassis makes it easy to install. It has all the convenience features—remote control, built-in timer, and dirty-filter indicator—that you should expect. It's a good choice for a large living area and earns a Very Good rating for noise on low and Good on high, which means it won't annoy you too much if you're trying to have a conversation.

                8

                SPT  WA-12FMS1
                SPT  WA-12FMS1

                  SPT  WA-12FMS1

                  CR's take: Another candidate for large spaces, the SPT WA-12FMS1 is stellar at cooling quickly, although it's noisier than the LG at both low and high speeds. On the plus side, our testers found the controls were more intuitive; it earns a Very Good rating for ease of use. It also comes with a full range of features, including a remote, timer, and dirty-filter indicator. Note that the SPT weighs 68 pounds and doesn't have a slide-out chassis, so you may need help installing it.

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                  Amana AMAP101BW
                  Amana AMAP101BW

                    Amana AMAP101BW

                    CR’s take: The Amana AMAP101BW is a good choice for a family room as it can quickly cool a large space, earning a Very Good in our comfort test. The only drawback is that it’s pretty noisy on the high setting and only a little less so on low; there are quieter choices. It restarts immediately after a brownout and like other recommended models, comes with a remote control, a timer, and a dirty-filter indicator.

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