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It goes without saying that, during the summer, a window air conditioner is an absolute must-have. Considering the massive heatwaves that sweep the country during the hotter months, a reliable window AC can honestly be a matter of life or death.
While you likely don’t have a choice in whether or not you may need an AC, with so many modern options available today, you can choose how you want yours to look. Gone are the days when ACs were ugly, white boxes with plastic vents and bulky buttons.
Today, the best-looking window air conditioners have a more sophisticated and minimal aesthetic, with some even having interchangeable panels for customization and others having no front-facing buttons at all.
To make shopping for the best-selling window air conditioner a little easier, we’ve rounded up our five favorite picks, separated into different categories ranging from the best overall to the quietest pick.
Best Overall: The Windmill AC
Most Customizable: July Air Conditioner
Least Obstructive: Soleus Air Exclusive Energy Star Over The Window Sill Air Conditioner
Quietest Pick: Dreo Ultra Quiet Inverter Window Air Conditioner
Top Smart Assistant-Compatible Option: Midea Smart Inverter U-Shaped Window Air Conditioner
Keep scrolling to check out why each option is deserving of its title.
1. Best Overall: The Windmill AC, $365 – 395 (Orig. $415)
The Windmill AC is probably the option on this list that you’re most familiar with. The sleek and minimal air conditioner’s been going viral on TikTok for all the right reasons, and while many of the app’s recommendations fall flat, this one is actually the real deal — and this is coming from personal experience.
I got rid of my old Frigidaire window AC and replaced it with this small Windmill unit with 6,000 BTU, and it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made this summer. The Windmill has all of the key features of all of today’s top window air conditioning units, refined and wrapped into one.
It’s incredibly easy to install, barely makes a sound when it’s on, is eco-friendly, works with the well-designed and easy-to-use Windmill AC app and more. What I love most about this AC, though, is that the air vents are located at the top of the unit, so it blows air up and out at the perfect angle to deliver better airflow quietly. This design frees up space in front of the unit to put live objects like plants that, because of its unique design, won’t be damaged by cold air.
Out of all of the ACs on this list, this one is definitely my top recommendation.
2. Most Customizable: July Air Conditioner, $399 – $449 (Orig. $449 – $499)
The July AC is another fairly new pick that’s been all over social media lately. In addition to being one of the best-looking window air conditioners available today, it’s extremely customizable and definitely gives you more bang for your buck.
With this one, in addition to being one of the most cooling ACs out there, there are so many add-ons that make it perfect for seamlessly blending into your home life and decor. From purifying filters to transparent side panels and interchangeable covers available in colors like forest green and sky blue to rose and the standard white, this is the perfect pick for the person who wants an AC that doesn’t look like an AC.
3. Least Obstructive: Soleus Air Exclusive Energy Star Over The Window Sill Air Conditioner, $529 – $629.99
If you have very few windows in your home or apartment, you likely want an air conditioner that takes up as little window space as possible — and, guess what? That actually exists!
The Soleus Air Exclusive air conditioner installs like any other AC, but only takes up 3 inches of window space. This means that the part over the window sill is only 3 inches long, marking a whopping 80% reduction in profile when compared to standard 16-inches-and-above window air conditioners.
In addition to being one of the least obstructive options out there, the Soleus Air Exclusive is actually one of the best-looking window air conditioners on the market thanks to its minimal design. It’s also super quiet and serves as a dehumidifier and a fan with three speed settings and three modes.
4. Quietest Pick: Dreo Ultra Quiet Inverter Window Air Conditioner, $379.99 (Orig. $479.99)
In addition to being beautiful to look at, one of the key components many folks want when shopping for an AC is noise level. If you’ve been around a window AC more than once, you know that most of them are extremely loud and distracting.
With this in mind, Dreo, known for its sleek and affordable cooling tower fans, created the ultra-quiet Inverter Window Air Conditioner that comes in at just 42 decibels. This noise level keeps your room as peaceful as a library, which is extremely hard to find. This is all thanks to Dreo’s noise-canceling mechanism that massively reduces noise from itself and the outside.
In comparison, the best-selling TOSOT Quiet Air Conditioner and the DELLA Whisper Quiet Energy Saving Window Air Conditioner, both come in at 54 to 59 decibels and 55 decibels, respectively.
5. Top Smart Assistant-Compatible Option: Midea Smart Inverter U-Shaped Window Air Conditioner, $449.99 – $643.99
With everyone owning an Alexa, Google Assitant or Siri-enabled device, it’s no wonder that the Midea Smart Inverter U-Shaped Window Air Conditioner keeps selling out.
In addition to being one of the best-looking window air conditioners you’ll find anywhere, this pick is smart assistant-compatible. This means that it works with voice commands and doesn’t need a remote or manual buttons (both still included with the unit) to adjust its settings or turn it on and off.
In addition to being compatible with Google Assistant and Alexa, like most of the air conditioners featured on this list, the Midea Smart Inverter U-Shaped Window AC is Wi-Fi-enabled. This means you can control it from anywhere through the cloud using the MideaAir app on iOS or Android. Get it now while it’s still in stock at Walmart!
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