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Here Are The Top 10 Best Low-profile Air Conditioners 2020

Alphachooser's list of the newest low-profile air conditioners includes only air conditioners that obey to these criteria:

  • Models shown here should all be window-mounted and may or may not be marketed specifically as low-profile air conditioners, but they must obey a maximum height of 12.5 inches, generally referred to as 12-inch high air conditionners as a class of their own.
  • Only 6000 BTU air conditioners or higher-rated models were included because, under the 6000 BTU mark, there is not much merit in being low-profile and such models belong to the small air conditioner category, for which we have a specific list
  • A/C units are listed by year (newest first) and the best low-profile models are at the top of our list


The List:

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Alpha
Rank:
#1
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
Good
Even with a smaller review sample, based on this air conditioner's aggregate ranking of 90%, we are confident that the Frigidaire FFRE0833U1 is, as of now, Alphachooser's best low-profile window air conditioner 2020. Furthermore, we think that our 691 reviews sampled across multiple sources give us a safe-enough confidence level (more on confidence levels) that pushes us to label it the most interesting choice as of now.

Frigidaire FFRE0833U1

  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Energy Star Compliant
  • Remote control
  • Anti-bacterial Filter
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets
Alpha
Rank:
#2
Our
Score:
4
Confidence
Level:
Great
Standing at only 11.13 inches, which makes it one of the narrowest AC units on the market, even in the low-profile window air conditioner category, the LG LW6017R comes with a 6000 BTU rating, a dehumidification rate of 1.8 pints per hour, and three cooling/fan speeds clubbed with an auto cool feature. It promises to cool bedrooms and home spaces of up to 260 square feet, which we think is a bit of a stretch, considering that 6000 BTU units are designed for areas of 150-250 square feet only. That being said, a good number of its reviewers (It gained a total of 4777 reviews as we were writing this) praise its ability to cool rooms as advertised.

Speaking of efficiency, this 4-star LG unit is also among the most energy-efficient low profile window air conditioners out there, scoring a favorably-high 11.5 energy efficiency ratio (EER) and a reasonable 47-dollar Energy Star annual cost. Also, it offers energy-saving features (though not rare ones) like a timer function, which some buyers commended, since it allows them to set a specific time of day for the AC to fire up on its own, so that the house is already cool when they arrive from work.

Another mode lets it shut off instantly when a desired temperature level is reached and subsequently come back on every three minutes to check if it needs to cool some more. Some reviewers who gave it negative scores noted that they got broken units from the get-go, while a few others mention that it's apparently very noisy and does not cool the area every well. On the contrary, some users say that this window-mounted low-profile AC runs smoothly and does not try to wobble out of its window socket. A certain unhappy buyer also said that in just under a month of use, this unit starting spitting out ice and emitting an intolerable noise.

At the end of the day, after sampling a total of 18470 reviews from various sources, our shopping algorithm determined that the LG LW6017R belongs in our list of the top 10 low-profile ACs.

LG LW6017R

  • Energy Star Compliant
  • Remote control
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets
Alpha
Rank:
#4
Our
Score:
3.9
Confidence
Level:
Great
The LG LW8016ER is an 8000-BTU low profile window air conditioner that averages a user rating of 4 stars, with a total of 4529 reviews under its belt -- roughly half of them were enthusiastic 5-star reviews when we were checking it out. Pitted against its rivals on this AlphaChooser list, the LW8016ER is apparently one of the most efficient low-profile AC units available, boasting an Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) of 12.1, whereas most tantamount units only score somewhere within the 10-11 EER range. One user even claimed that it brought down their electricity bills on top of cooling the room as intended.

Another happy buyer reported that it cooled not only their large open kitchen and the adjacent family room, but also made the downstairs atmosphere livable . While users are torn on whether the LW8016ER is light or heavy, they generally agree that it is quite easy to install and that its compressor sounds quieter than those of several competing low-profile window ACs. A few users disagree, though, talking about horrible ratting sounds and severe vibrations in their reviews, although only 21 percent of its reviews were 1-star rants at the time of writing, which is still within the acceptable range for low-profile air conditioners. Going back to its strong points, a couple of users loved its reasonably adjustable air flow and apparently powerful fan, while another buyer mentioned that its simple remote control is not very picky about aim.

So, after sending out our review-crawling algorithm to sample reviews for low-profile ACs across our sources (It picked up 18470 reviews), it's certainly safe to say that the LG LW8016ER, which ends up as an Alphachooser good choice, is one of the top 10 low-profile AC units available today.

LG LW8016ER

  • Energy Star Compliant
  • Remote control
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets
Alpha
Rank:
#5
Our
Score:
3.9
Confidence
Level:
High

LG LW8017ERSM

  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Energy Star Compliant
  • Wi-Fi Enabled
  • Alexa-compatible
  • Remote control
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets
Alpha
Rank:
#6
Our
Score:
4.3
Confidence
Level:
OK

Frigidaire FFRA051ZA1

  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Energy Star Compliant
  • Anti-bacterial Filter
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets
Alpha
Rank:
#7
Our
Score:
4.4
Confidence
Level:
OK

Koldfront WAC6002WCO

  • Energy Star Compliant
  • Remote control
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets
Alpha
Rank:
#8
Our
Score:
4.2
Confidence
Level:
Good

Frigidaire FFRA051WAE

  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Energy Star Compliant
  • Anti-bacterial Filter
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets
Alpha
Rank:
#9
Our
Score:
4.1
Confidence
Level:
OK

Frigidaire FFRE083ZA1

  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Energy Star Compliant
  • Remote control
  • Anti-bacterial Filter
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets
Alpha
Rank:
#10
Our
Score:
4.2
Confidence
Level:
OK

Midea Arctic King WWK05CM91N Low Profile Window Ac

  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Energy Star Compliant
  • Dehumidification Mode
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

Perfect Aire 5PMC5000 Low Profile Ac Unit

  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Energy Star Compliant
  • Remote control
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

More low-profile air conditioners, sorted by the latest model first:

GE AHU05LY Low Profile Window Ac Unit

  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Energy Star Compliant
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

GE PHC06LY Slim Profile Window Air Conditioner

  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Wi-Fi Enabled
  • Alexa-compatible
  • Remote control
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

GE 5500-BTU Slimline Air Conditioner

  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Energy Star Compliant
  • Remote control
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

Amana AMAP050BW Low Profile Window Air Conditioner

  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Energy Star Compliant
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

Frigidaire FFRE0633U1

  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Energy Star Compliant
  • Remote control
  • Anti-bacterial Filter
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

Haier ESAQ406T Low Profile Window Air Conditioner

  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Energy Star Compliant
  • Remote control
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets
Mainly designed for users who often grumble about appliance noise and vibrations, the Haier ESAQ406P is a little brother to the Haier ESAQ408P that's also listed here at AlphaChooser, the obvious difference between the two being BTU rating -- this one is rated at 6050 BTU, while its big brother is rated at 8000 BTU. As a member of Haier's Serenity series, this low profile window ac unit is best known for its quiet operation, with most of its reviewers saying that its quiet mode is spooky quiet and that it is extremely quiet even on the highest setting. One professional musician even had it running in his studio -- obviously no window-mounted AC is absolutely whisper-quiet, but being good enough for a music studio definitely says something about this (rating temporarily unavailable)-star air conditioner. Another user simply says that there's no need to turn up the TV volume or talk much louder while the Haier ESAQ406P is doing its thing.

Several other satisfied buyers praised its excellent cooling, with one of them even calling it the best window air conditioner they've ever owned. Sadly, the ESAQ406P has its fair share of negative reviews, although the fact that most of them involve units that arrived with defects or ones that totally broke down after a couple of weeks and not its actual performance sounds a tad reassuring.

With an LED remote topping it off, the Haier ESAQ406P is, according to our shopping algorithm, which rummaged through a total of 18470 reviews for low-profile AC units across our sources, not quite a head-turning low-profile window-mounted AC unit, since better ones (in terms of average user ratings) dominate this AlphaChooser list.

Haier ESAQ406P

  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Energy Star Compliant
  • Remote control
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

Keystone KSTAW05B

  • Window Mounting Kit
  • Energy Star Compliant
  • Remote control
  • Fits 115-120V Power Outlets

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