Mercury is peaking, which means not only brief weather but also time to generate that AC power. Unless you live in a place with central heating and cooling, you’re likely going to need a window device—you know, that big dusty box you probably inherited from your last tenant. For years, window AC units have done quite well two things: cooling a room and looking ugly. We’re sad to say that not much has changed and you’re probably keeping your existing AC tank because, well, what else? Either that, or you’re dissolving into the discomfort of your own home waiting for an air conditioner that looks as cool as it feels (or at least, one that isn’t so ugly).
The good news is that such a thing exists. In fact, if you’re as aesthetic-minded as we are, there are some AC units that look pretty good. We wouldn’t call them a manicured abode design cup, but they’ll certainly attract compliments from visitors if they don’t want to blur the happiness in the background. And they’re not just beautiful to look at. Today’s AC appliances are more efficient, more capable, and come with a plethora of modern features that integrate seamlessly into any smart home. We’ve tested some of the best AC units on the market, and these are the ones that are really worth buying.
Best overall AC unit: July
Our pick for the GQ Home Awards and the social media darling of the AC unit world, July has made living rooms go viral. However, modern marketing is more than just a stupid thing. July’s Air Conditioner is packed with features including air filtration, WiFi connectivity, plus app and voice control functionality. Another plus of this device is that it’s fully customizable, with interchangeable covers in a variety of colors and premium materials like linen, wood, and even a multicolored brush stroke pattern. . Even choosing a tonal white cover gives this device the most minimalist design of the devices on this list. Installation was straightforward, and we noticed that it cooled down quickly and quietly. And because there’s enough trash out there, July will not only take your old AC and donate or recycle it for you, it will also plant a tree to give the earth some fresh air. It may be more expensive than the others on this list, but the design and customizability ensure that it will look great for years to come.
Best window companion: Midea U
The downside of almost all window AC units is that they block out precious natural light. Fortunately, the Midea U receives more natural light than other air conditioners thanks to its unique U-shaped design. Best of all, the Midea U allows you to actually open the window with the unit still installed as it is secured to the window frame with screws. That’s a boon if you need to get some fresh air (or maybe, exhaust smoke to keep your fire alarms silent). However, in exchange for continued use of your windows, you will have to go through a more complicated installation process that involves some measuring, drilling and cutting to size some of the insulation foam. I had a basic level of useful know-how and it took me about 45 minutes to install. But with a little patience and some extra tools, you’ll be rewarded with a cool breeze and more light for your houseplants.
Best AC for the price: Windmill
If you want a less fancy and cheaper July AC, we recommend Windmill. Installation is one of the easiest and the side walls feel sturdier than traditional AC. Double insulated partitions are a great upgrade from traditional models: They look cleaner than stretchy accordion-style walls while also helping to cool your room more efficiently. Sleek and sleek design with LED display on the front that disappears when not programmed, leaving a modern look that resembles a high-end speaker. One weird thing about Windmill is that it blows air in an upward trajectory with no option to manually direct the airflow. The fixed position of the air duct may work for some users, but if you want to install your unit at the top of the window and not the bottom like most people do, Windmill will simply Simply blow air straight up to the ceiling. That said, the Windmill cools medium-sized and super-quiet rooms well.
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