We’ve researched and tested all kinds of products designed to keep your home cool at prices ranging from $95 to thousands of dollars – from central air conditioning systems and in-wall units to portable ACs and window models – and have terrific recommendations for you below. But for most users, an in-window air conditioner is a great solution and the Frigidaire FFRE0633Q1 provides quiet cooling and works well in both dry and humid climates.
Below are our best picks – based on our own tests and research – for user-friendly, cost-effective and energy-efficient cooling systems.
After hands-on testing and research into a range of portable air conditioners, we named the Frigidaire Gallery FGPC1244T1 the best because it balances above-average performance with energy efficiency. It can cool up to 550 square feet, and it’s relatively quiet. The long vent hose means you can position the portable unit nearly 5 feet from the vent window. The window kit fits windows up to 44 inches.
This model has an energy efficiency ratio (EER) of 11, which is nearly the best among the portable air conditioners we reviewed. Frigidaire offers a one-year warranty on the appliance itself and a five-year warranty on the compressor.
The Frigidaire FFRE0633Q1 is an excellent window air conditioner. It produces good airflow and has an outstanding five-year warranty. It works well in dry and humid climates, making it a good option no matter where you live.
Like most window AC units, the FFRE0633Q1 is built to cool small rooms up to 250 square feet in size, such as a bedroom, though Frigidaire makes larger window models if you need to cool a family room. This one moves roughly 152 cubic feet of air per minute and can remove 1.3 pints of moisture per hour, so the room feels cooler quickly. The five-year warranty is particularly noteworthy, since many brands only offer one year of coverage.
The Frigidaire FFTA1233Q1 is a powerful wall air conditioner designed to move 305 cubic feet of air per minute. It can easily cool rooms up to 550 square feet in size. While it isn’t the most energy-efficient wall air conditioner we reviewed, it does qualify for an Energy Star certification, which means it likely uses less energy than the older wall unit you may already have.
This wall-mounted unit cools by removing humidity, and it can pull up to 3.3 pints of moisture from the air in an hour. The Frigidaire’s vents have four-way louvers, so you can direct the air flow to specific areas in a room.
It has a slim build, plenty of power and convenient features, including a remote control, a multispeed fan, a programmable timer and a sleep mode. Frigidaire includes a five-year compressor warranty and one-year appliance warranty.
We can’t recommend a single best central air unit because so much depends on the specifics of your home and ductwork. However, Amana’s models are among the best and most recognized in the business. These durable, high-performance units cool by reducing humidity (like most standard central air conditioners), and they also run longer cooling cycles at lower speeds, which keeps your home’s temperature consistent.
Amana’s central air units have Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) ratings up to 24.5. A higher rating means the unit is more energy efficient, which in turn can lower your electricity bill. There are more efficient models out there, but other brands top out at a SEER of 26, which isn’t too big of a difference.
The company’s central air conditioners come with an industry-beating lifetime warranty, which covers the outdoor coil and other internal parts.
The Dyson AM07 is more expensive than other models, but it has the most innovative design of all the tower fans we tested. Because it is bladeless, it can move an incredible amount of air – up to 1,271 cubic feet per minute (CFM) – on its highest setting. This is more than double the average CFM of tower fans in general. Bladeless models like the AM07 are also safer and easier to clean than fans with blades.
The speed control is similar to a light dimmer, so you can adjust it to the perfect setting. The airflow is smooth and feels natural on your skin. Like most tower fans, the AM07 oscillates left and right at a 90-degree angle. The fan’s light weight and extra-long (6.5-foot) cord mean you can place it nearly anywhere.
Of the 10 tower fans we tested, the Dyson AM07 is the only one that’s Energy Star certified. It isn’t silent, but it is quieter than other Dyson AM tower fans, with a maximum noise rating of 64 dB. Dyson offers a two-year warranty on its tower fans. It has a bold profile that looks good in any room.