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Frigidaire FRA054XT7 5,000 BTU Window-Mounted Mini Room Air Conditioner
Overview: This is a terrific mini air conditioner, which comes with a bunch of features that you might not expect for such a low price. It has 2-way louvers that allow you direct the air flow where you want it. It also has an anti-bacterial filter to clean bacteria and pollutants from the air.
Pros: This unit comes with a “quick-mount” installation kit, which allows you to have it set up and cooling in 10-15 minutes. It is also very quiet when it is operating. Consumers remark how good a job it does at cooling.
Cons: A complaint that we have heard from some folks is that the installation can be a bit tricky. In particular, some people have had problems getting a good seal around the unit.
Bottom Line: Overall, this is a highly-rated and inexpensive unit. You really cannot go wrong with it for cooling a small room.
Keystone KSTAW05A 5,000 BTU 115-Volt Window-Mounted Air Conditioner with “Follow Me” LCD Remote Control.
Overview: The Keystone model is a popular one and it comes with some higher-end features than available on the Frigidaire model.
In particular, it has a remote control, electronic control panel, and multiple fan speeds. It also comes with an auto restart function along with a programmable timer. The filter can also be washed and reused.
Pros: The Keystone models are known for their quiet function and their excellent cooling power.
Cons: Unlike the Frigidaire model, the Keystone doesn’t come with louvers. Therefore, you cannot direct their air where you want.
Bottom Line: This is a terrific unit at an excellent price. The standard features are also a nice bonus.
Haier HWF05XCK 5,000K BTU Room Air Conditioner
Overview: The Haier come with two cooling levels as well as multiple fan speeds. It has an adjustable thermostat and louvers that allow you to direct the air where you want it. It also has a washable filter.
Pros: These units cool decently and are really inexpensive.
Cons: The Haier models are known for being loud. If you are going to use this in a bedroom, that could be a problem unless you are a heavy sleeper. We’ve also heard people complain about the unit icing up.
Bottom Line: This probably wouldn’t be our first choice, but if you need a cheap and easy cooling solution, you might want to check it out.