Best Air Conditioners

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 14, 2017
If you don’t want to feel like a grease spot on one really hot summer day, it’s time to consider buying an air conditioner. More effective and durable than ever before, they will make your days much more enjoyable in any weather conditions. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
TYPE OF ITEM
INSTALLATION
ROOM SIZE
COOLING POWER
AIRFLOW RATE
MOISTURE REMOVAL
FILTER
POWER CONSUMPTION
NOISE LEVEL
OPERATION MODES
CONTROL
EXTRAS
DIMENSIONS/ WEIGHT
WARRANTY
 
PROS
An auto-evaporation system eliminates the need to drain water every few hours and allows for self-sufficient operation. Four caster wheels ensure high mobility and versatility of installation.
CONS
There's no option to connect a drain hose to the outside.
OUR VERDICT
Need a mobile conditioning unit to chill out on hot summer days? Honeywell MN10CESWW will do the job. An option to roll it to any room makes it much favored by a lot of buyers.
detailed parameters
TYPE OF ITEM
Monoblock/Portable Air Conditioner
INSTALLATION
Mobile air conditioner that is easy to move around
ROOM SIZE
Up to 350 sq.ft.
COOLING POWER
10000 BTU/h
AIRFLOW RATE
174 CFM/h
MOISTURE REMOVAL
Up to 68 pints per day
FILTER
Washable electrostatic filter
POWER CONSUMPTION
1050 Watts
NOISE LEVEL
50 dB
OPERATION MODES
- Cooling - Dehumidification - Ventilation
CONTROL
Touch-sensitive controls, Full-function remote
EXTRAS
A programmable 24-hour timer
DIMENSIONS/ WEIGHT
15.2 х 18.1 х 29.4 inches / 61.7 pounds
WARRANTY
Limited 1 year - parts and labor for unit / additional 4 years - parts for compressor
PROS
Attractive in appearance, Pioneer Ductless air conditioner ensures maximum comfort. It can adapt to natural body’s temperature and maintain an optimal cooling zone all day round.
CONS
The price is high, but the unit is definitely worth the money.
OUR VERDICT
A reputable brand and whisper-quiet operation make this split air conditioner the best pick in our review. Includes all accessories and mounting kit for hassle-free installation.
detailed parameters
TYPE OF ITEM
Split/ Inverter Air Conditioning System
INSTALLATION
Wall-mounted
ROOM SIZE
Up to 600 sq.ft.
COOLING POWER
12000 BTU/h
AIRFLOW RATE
300 CFM/h
MOISTURE REMOVAL
Up to 60 pints per day
FILTER
Washable air filter
POWER CONSUMPTION
1340 Watts
NOISE LEVEL
39 dB
OPERATION MODES
- Cooling - Heating - Dehumidification - Ventilation
CONTROL
Convenient remote, Info display
EXTRAS
A programmable 24-hour timer, Auto Restart function, Auto Switchover mode, Night mode
DIMENSIONS/ WEIGHT
42 x 24 x 42 inches / 70 pounds
WARRANTY
1 year - parts / 2 years - compressor
PROS
This is a compact, window-mounted air conditioner at a great price that will ideally work in highly humid regions.
CONS
Neither remote nor programmable timer included.
OUR VERDICT
Those customers who live in the Southern part of the USA will do justice to cooling capabilities and overall performance of this affordable yet high-performing air conditioner.
detailed parameters
TYPE OF ITEM
Monoblock/Window Air Conditioner
INSTALLATION
Window-mounted
ROOM SIZE
Up to 150 sq.ft.
COOLING POWER
5000 BTU/h
AIRFLOW RATE
111 CFM/h
MOISTURE REMOVAL
Up to 26.4 pints per day
FILTER
Washable antibacterial mesh filter
POWER CONSUMPTION
450 Watts
NOISE LEVEL
51.3 dB
OPERATION MODES
- Cooling - Ventilation
CONTROL
Mechanical rotary controls, 2 fan speeds, 2 cooling speeds
EXTRAS
Auto Restart function
DIMENSIONS/ WEIGHT
15 x 16 x 12 inches / 41 pounds
WARRANTY
1 year full / 5 years sealed system
PROS
A programmable 24-hour timer allows users to preset a designated time for the conditioner to start cooling so that your place's been pleasantly chilled by the time you're back home.
CONS
An internal water collection tank requires emptying after a long period of operation.
OUR VERDICT
The air conditioner would fit any interior owing to its simple and clear design. An ideal portable model for taking along on trips to the summer cottage.
detailed parameters
TYPE OF ITEM
Monoblock/Portable Air Conditioner
INSTALLATION
Mobile air conditioner that is easy to move around
ROOM SIZE
Up to 200 sq.ft.
COOLING POWER
8000 BTU/h
AIRFLOW RATE
180 CFM/h
MOISTURE REMOVAL
Up to 48 pints per day
FILTER
Washable air filter
POWER CONSUMPTION
880 Watts
NOISE LEVEL
55 dB
OPERATION MODES
- Cooling - Dehumidification - Ventilation
CONTROL
Touch-sensitive controls, Full-function remote, 2 fan speeds, 2 cooling speeds
EXTRAS
A programmable 24-hour timer, Auto Restart function, Auto Switchover mode
DIMENSIONS/ WEIGHT
29.75 х 13.87 х 11.81 inches / 47.6 pounds
WARRANTY
1 year - parts and labor
PROS
The device features an auto mode that will help you do both save your money on electricity bills and relax in a chilled environment of your place. With the "clean filter" indicator you'll always be aware of the time when it requires cleaning or changing.
CONS
The fan is a bit noisy at high settings.
OUR VERDICT
The perfect option for cooling down the air in large premises to the required temperature in literally several seconds. Such effectiveness is achieved owing to the highest airflow index in comparison to other models in our review.
detailed parameters
TYPE OF ITEM
Monoblock/Window Air Conditioner
INSTALLATION
Window-mounted
ROOM SIZE
Up to 550 sq.ft.
COOLING POWER
12000 BTU/h
AIRFLOW RATE
500 CFM/h
MOISTURE REMOVAL
Up to 76.8 pints per day
FILTER
Washable air filter
POWER CONSUMPTION
1092 Watts
NOISE LEVEL
55.7 dB
OPERATION MODES
- Cooling - Dehumidification - Ventilation - Auto mode
CONTROL
Touch-sensitive controls, Full-function remote, 3 fan speeds
EXTRAS
A programmable 24-hour timer, Auto Restart function, Night mode, Energy saving mode
DIMENSIONS/ WEIGHT
14.75 х 19.69 х 20.94 inches / 68 pounds
WARRANTY
1 year limited manufacturer warranty

What is an Air Conditioner

Summer is great, though when the sun is boiling, the fun is not just as good. This is where air conditioners come in very helpful. The market has got a vast array of conditioning units to choose from - split air conditioner systems, window units, portable conditioners and many more. It’s easy to get lost. The good news is, there won’t be any trouble after you read this review. We’ve selected the most present-day air conditioners of different types to tell you about their advantages so that you can choose the one, most suited for your special needs.

If you’ve already set your heart on any specific unit but haven’t found it in this review, we’d like to offer you more detailed reviews on Portable Air Conditioners, Window Air Conditioners and Split System Conditioners.

What Features to Compare

Type 

There are two types of household air conditioners: monoblock and split air conditioners. Monoblock air conditioners consist of a single block. Moreover, all their parts are located inside their construction. Note that monoblock air conditioners include window and portable air conditioner units. Such devices are easily mountable but rather noisy. On the contrary, split air conditioners consist of indoor and outdoor blocks. The indoor block is usually mounted on the wall not far from the window while the outdoor unit is mounted outside. In general, such devices are usually purchased for home and office use due to their moderate price and quiet operation.

Performance

The performance of an air conditioner depends on its capability to maintain a comfortable microclimate and cooling power. Cooling power is measured in BTUs/h (British thermal unit). To be more exact, BTU is the amount of thermal energy necessary to raise the temperature of 1 pound of pure liquid water by 1° F. Besides, consider an airflow rate of the device before purchasing. This index is measured in CFMs (cubic feet per minute). The higher this index is, the faster your room gets cool. Moreover, airflow rate has also significant impact on air dehumidification. Dehumidification is measured in the amount of pints of excessive moisture removed from the air. We also recommend considering the noise level (it is measured in dB) an air conditioner produces during operation. Note that a low noise level is great for your relaxation and good mood. Finally, consider the area of your apartment or office when choosing an air conditioner.

Operation Modes

All modern conditioners work in several modes. The prior purpose of any air conditioner is to cool the air. There are also air conditioning systems designed not only to cool, but also heat the air and maintain favorable microclimate in your dwelling. The air conditioners with the heating capabilities are usually more expensive. The ventilation mode is important to circulate the air so that it doesn’t concentrate under the ceiling but evenly distributes around the room. Another mode frequently provided by air conditioner manufacturers is dehumidification. Those consumers who live in highly humid regions will surely get use out of it by effectively removing extra moisture from the air. When switched to dehumidification, the air conditioner still cools the air, but the temperature in the room doesn’t drop lower than by 1 degree Celsius. Not mandatory, but quite often air conditioners work in night mode too. When the night mode is on, the air conditioner slows down the speed of the fan and raises up the temperature. This way the unit comfortably switches to quieter operation, favorable for relaxation and sleep. In 2-7 hours it automatically shuts off. You can always rely on the automatic mode as well and never busy your mind with any presettings. The conditioner is capable of maintaining the right temperature in your environment on its own.  

Extras

The remote control can make the operation of the device very convenient. Due to Auto Restart function, the device will resume its operation after power cutoff. Besides, a programmable timer can switch the device on or off according to your schedule. Air filtration is also very important for creating a comfortable microclimate in your apartment. It is advised to purchase an air conditioner with removable and washable filters for its comfortable maintenance. It is great if your air conditioner has adjustable blades for airflow direction. 

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Honeywell MN10CESWW

Type

This is a monoblock air conditioner that is very easy to install. You just have to plug it into an electric outlet and thread an exhaust hose into the window. Due to its upward airflow direction, the device can perform quick and comfort cooling. Furthermore, you can easily move the device around your apartment due to its four caster wheels and convenient handles. Although this air conditioner is often compared with the York air conditioner, we find Honeywell air conditioner the best middle-class device. Superb!

Review of Honeywell MN10CESWW Auto‐Evaporation System

Performance

The cooling power of this air conditioner is 10.000 BTU/h. It is enough for cooling an indoor environment of up to 350 square feet. As airflow rate of this device is 174 CFM, it takes several minutes to cool your room and maintain the optimal temperature for your thermal comfort. Portable and very convenient in use, this air conditioner is highly appreciated by those who have to change their accommodation quite often.

Honeywell MN10CESWW Auto‐Evaporation System in the use

Operation Modes

Honeywell MN10CESWW air conditioner has three operation modes - cooling, dehumidification, and air ventilation. It means that this device can operate as a fan and ventilate the air in the room without a compressor. If this device is mounted in a highly humid room, it can effectively dry and cool the air there. Thus, having purchased this portable device, you can easily improve the air quality in your dwelling.

Detailed review of Honeywell MN10CESWW Auto‐Evaporation System

Extras

This electric air conditioner has a simple and convenient LED display on its front panel. Moreover, the device is paired with the full-function remote which allows customers to control this air conditioner from across the room. If necessary, the device can automatically turn off according to your schedule. If you’re looking for a device that doesn’t require any fuss around but is very convenient in use, there’s hardly any point to look further. Honeywell air conditioner combines great functionality, mobility and cooling capabilities you’d only wish about. What’s more important, its price is very much acceptable for most average consumers.

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


VIDEO
Honeywell 10,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner with Timer with Alberti Popaj
Honeywell MN10CESWW
Honeywell MN10CESWW
 

Pioneer WYE012GLFI15RL

Type

Pioneer Ductless Split Air Conditioner is usually mounted on a wall. Its indoor block is mounted inside the apartment near the window while the outdoor block is mounted outside. Due to Inversion technology, this device can boast high energy efficiency (15 SEER), quiet operation, and a long lifespan. Although some consumers compare this device with Mitsubishi air conditioner, Panasonic air conditioner or Samsung air conditioner, we want to emphasize that the Pioneer air conditioner is highly appreciated by consumers who prefer a combination of a stylish design and quality cooling.

Review of Pioneer WYE012GLFI15RL Ductless Wall Mount

Performance

The cooling power of this air conditioner system is 12.000 BTU/h. It is enough for cooling the indoor environment up to 600 sq. ft. As its airflow rate is 300 CFM, it can easily cool the air in your room in a few minutes. Furthermore, due to its inversion engine, this digital air conditioner will maintain a comfortable temperature in the room. Thus, having purchased Pioneer ductless split air conditioner, you can rely on its perfect quality and high performance.

Pioneer WYE012GLFI15RL Ductless Wall Mount in the use

Operation Modes

This air conditioner was designed for a year-round use because it can perform cooling, heating, dehumidifying, and air ventilation. In general, this device is great for an off-season time when days are hot and nights are cold. Furthermore, you will be able to enjoy the warmth in winters and maintain the favorable coolness in summers. In other words, this device combines functions of both an air conditioner and a heater.

Detailed review of Pioneer WYE012GLFI15RL Ductless Wall Mount

Extras

Pioneer Mini Split can perform a wide range of important functions. For example, Auto Restart function recommences the operation of the device if the power cutoff takes place. Moreover, a programmable timer allows setting the precise operation time. In addition, this conditioner can also maintain a comfortable temperature in your room automatically. So, don't forget to switch the device to the night mode before going to bed. In conclusion, we would like to emphasize that it is the top air conditioner for home use.

Pioneer WYE012GLFI15RL Ductless Wall Mount application

Pioneer WYE012GLFI15RL
Pioneer WYE012GLFI15RL
 

Frigidaire FFRA0511R1

Type

Frigidaire FFRA0511R1 is a monoblock air conditioner which can be installed right into a window. As the device is paired with a window mounting kit, its installation will require almost no physical effort. This model is great for effective cooling of small rooms. In general, this air conditioner is a perfect middle-class device. You will be impressed by the combination of its high performance and stylish design!

Review of Frigidaire FFRA0511R1 Window-Mounted Mini-Compact

Performance

Performance of the device is 5000 BTU/h. It is enough for cooling premises of up to 150 sq. ft. The airflow rate of 111 CFM is not very high, but more than enough for comfortable cooling of a small apartment or office. Of course, if you’ve got a huge living-room, you may want to consider buying a more powerful unit. But for most daily issues, this conditioner is great. It takes just a few seconds to chill the room and save you from exhausting heat in summer.

Frigidaire FFRA0511R1 Window-Mounted Mini-Compact in the use

Operation Modes

This model has two operation modes and two fan speeds. Thus, this device can provide high and moderate cooling of your apartment. You will breathe fresh air in a few minutes after turning this conditioner on! Furthermore, the appliance is great for high and moderate ventilation. As it is amazingly quiet, it will not keep you awake during operation at night. This means you can easily leave it on all day round and enjoy favorable climate conditions in your place.

Detailed review of Frigidaire FFRA0511R1 Window-Mounted Mini-Compact

Extras

Frigidaire FFRA0511R1 air conditioner can perform such basic functions as Auto Restart and regulation of airflow direction. In other words, Auto Restart resumes device operation after restoration of electric power. Moreover, you can easily choose an appropriate airflow direction. It should be added that this device effectively removes harmful germs and bacteria while you are enjoying your thermal comfort. Amazing!

Frigidaire FFRA0511R1 Window-Mounted Mini-Compact application

VIDEO
My New Air Conditioner Frigidaire FFRA0511R1
Frigidaire FFRA0511R1
Frigidaire FFRA0511R1
 

LG LP0814WNR

Simple Installation Solution

Those who have purchased LG LP0814WNR portable air conditioner highly appreciate its mobility. Owing to 4 comfortable caster wheels that are specifically designed to glide smoothly across any floor surface, you can easily move it around on tile, parquet or carpet without causing any damage. The air conditioner requires window kit installation for hot air discharging and is fitted with one kit only. Thus, if you plan to move the conditioner around your house you'd buy several window kits separately and install them in every room where you are going to use the device. This portable air conditioner is equipped with an automatic evaporation system, which provides continuous operation without having to remove excessive moisture (till the internal water collection tank is full). But you should also know when you choose the dry mode you have to use an additional reservoir for condensate collection. Just remove the drain cap and install the drain hose into the device while the other end of the hose should be placed outdoors or inserted into a suitable drain location.

 

 

Review of LG LP0814WNR Programmable with Auto Cool

Your Home is Your Comfort Zone

As an old saying goes "My house is my castle". If you opt for a portable air conditioner it will definitely add some comfort to your "castle" during hot sunny days. An air conditioner is meant to turn the suffocating heat in your apartment into the fresh air but this poses the question of how long does it take to cool the air down. Fortunately, LG LP0814WNR features a programmable 24-hour timer thus, you can preset the appropriate time when the conditioner will automatically turn on and you will come into a chilly apartment with fresh air! LG portable air conditioner has a maximum cooling capacity of 8,000 BTU, which is enough for effective cooling of small rooms or offices of up to 200 sq. ft. Therefore, if you place it in smaller premises the device will refresh the air much faster.

LG LP0814WNR Programmable with Auto Cool in the use

Introduction of LG Conditioners

The history of LG Corporation originates from the establishment of Lak-Hui Chemical Industrial Corp in 1947 when Koo In-hwoi, the founder, decided to start manufacturing face cream. Koo In-hwoi had never thought that his brainchild would ever become a premium brand in air conditioner's manufacturing! The detergents and grooming products under the Lak-Hui brand had gained unparalleled popularity but the company's owner stood strong in the pursuit of his goals and decided to establish Lucky Chemical Company on the wave of success. LG was the first to enter the plastic industry in Korea and in 1958 Goldstar (today LG Electronics) was established. The next step in the company's development was manufacturing the first radio, hairdryer, refrigerator, and TV in South Korea. But in 1968 Goldstar already produced its first air conditioner and established a branch in New York City. It was the start of the company's global dominance in electronics. But there were many electronics manufactured under the GoldStar brand and the Lucky detergents were associated with Lucky company, that is why in 1995 the whole conglomerate was renamed “LG” with the tagline for the company ‘Life’s Good’.

More Products to Consider

If you are going to move the air conditioner around your apartment you'd definitely need to opt for Plastic Window Kit for Whynter Portable Air Conditioner.

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


VIDEO
LG 8000 btu portable air conditioner.
LG LP0814WNR
LG LP0814WNR
 

SPT WA-1222S

Instant Result

You will be able to actually feel the fresh airflow filling in the room with the cold within the first few minutes after SPT WA-1222S has been switched on. The very model shows the highest airflow index in comparison to the other conditioners on our shortlist. To be more precise SPT WA-1222S has the airflow rate of approximately 500 CFM/h. That’s why the cooling takes so little time and is appreciable right away. The conditioner is said to be effective for premises sized 450 sq.ft, yet according to our findings, it does a brilliant job in bigger areas too. Wherever you choose to install it, the cooling effect will satisfy you!

Review of SPT WA-1222S Flexible window mount

Energy Savings = Money Savings

In spite of the fact that this air conditioner is a high-performing model, the manufacturer has seen about its cost effectiveness for users. The air conditioner has the energy index of 11.3 EER and really does a good job! We should also mention that this model features two modes: auto and energy saving. The latter detects the speed and optimal fan operation to maintain a comfortable temperature in a room at a designated length of time, thereby allowing users to significantly reduce the costs on electricity bills. Using conditioner in an auto mode is handy for those customers who don't want to busy themselves with the settings and would rather rely on the unit to do all of the job by themselves. 

SPT WA-1222S Flexible window mount in the use

What Else to Come?

Just a decade ago the only requirement for air conditioners was some basic functionality with a cooling mode, several speeds and adjustable fan direction. But the progress never stops and there arises the need to implement new technologies for users’ comfort and presentable market appearance to not tail away from the peers. A good example is the SPT WA-1222S air conditioner with its number of additional functions you’d not be able to think of a few years ago. Aside from basic options that include cooling and fan system, it can switch to work in an auto mode, keeping the optimal temperature for creating a comfortable environment in a room, as well as remove excess moisture from the air, maintaining the right humidity level (that’s especially important for those consumers who leave in highly humid regions). The controls are digital and arranged on the front panel so it’s easy to eye the current settings and change them when necessary. The remote controller allows adjusting settings from the distance so you can stay in bed and select the mode you'd like to get up to. 

 

Detailed review of SPT WA-1222S Flexible window mount

More Products to Consider

Rubber Foam Weatherseal Self Stick Tape Weather Strip Tap is a perfect strip tape to use for installation of air conditioner in a window. 

SPT WA-1222S Flexible window mount application

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


SPT WA-1222S
SPT WA-1222S
 

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Comparison of Air Conditioners

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