Review of the best according to the editorial board. On the selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.
The fight against the summer heat is becoming a serious problem for many residents of Russia. Window air conditioners have recently become a lifeline. They are created specifically for residents of apartments and houses. Distinctive features of this equipment are affordable prices, compact size and ease of installation. Many models fit the standard size of the vents, which allows dismantling the air conditioner at the end of summer without damaging the window frame. The Russian market is already facing serious competition. Our experts will help potential buyers to determine the main parameters of windows.
- Recommendations for choosing a window air conditioner
- Rating of the best window air conditioners
- General Climate GCW-12HR
- Timberk AC TIM07CW1M
- Gree GJC12AB-E3MNC1A
- General Climate GCW-05CM
- Axioma ASJC05-NM1A
- GoldStar GSJC07-NM1A
Recommendations for choosing a window air conditioner
Room parameters. Before starting the selection of a window air conditioner, you should determine the area or volume of the room. It is also necessary to take into account the orientation of the windows in relation to the cardinal points. If modern double-glazed windows are installed in the room, then you will have to think about another type of air conditioner.
Cooling capacity. One of the most important characteristics of a window air conditioner is the power of the equipment. It is expressed in watts or kilowatts. Experts advise adhering to a simple formula: 1 kW of power is enough to cool 10 sq. m rooms with a maximum ceiling height of 3 m. For example, in a room of 15 sq. m. m, you can purchase an air conditioner with a capacity of 1.5 kW. But in the case of a window opening to the south, this value should be increased by 15-20 percent.
Maximum air flow. The cooling efficiency of an air conditioner is characterized by the maximum air flow. It shows how much air (in cubic meters) the air conditioner can cool down in one minute. For one room with an area of 10-15 sq. m you will need a device with a capacity of 5-6 cubic meters. m / min.
Noise level. On warm summer nights, you have to turn on the air conditioner before going to bed. A noisy fan and a running compressor can ruin your holiday. Manufacturers indicate the minimum and maximum noise levels. However, the threshold of sensitivity is different for each person. Therefore, experts advise to come to the store for opening or closing when there are no people. Then it will be possible to determine the effect of the equipment on hearing in a real mode of silence.
Operating modes. Air conditioner manufacturers equip their products with additional operating modes. They expand the functionality of the equipment.
- There are models that not only cool the air, but also warm it. Such an air conditioner will be the best option for an apartment where there is not enough heat from central heating in winter.
- The presence of a dehumidification mode allows you to remove excess moisture from the air. This function will be useful in rainy weather or drying clothes in the room.
- Some air conditioners are equipped with a separate ventilation duct. Thanks to this design, the equipment can operate in the supply ventilation mode.
- In ventilation mode, the device does not cool the air in the room, but simply cleans and dries (if there is such a function) it.
Additional options. For ease of use, window frames are equipped with a number of modern options.
- The remote control allows you to set operating modes, make adjustments, change the direction of the air flow, without getting up from the sofa.
- The self-diagnosis option constantly monitors the operation of all units and systems of the device, displaying the results on the display. By identifying problems early, owners can save on maintenance and repair costs.
- In regions with frequent power outages, the auto restart function will be useful. It will restore the previous mode of operation after a power failure.
The editorial staff of the magazine, together with analysts of the RankQuality.com service, selected the 6 best window air conditioners for the review. When choosing the nominees, the opinion of the expert community was taken as a basis, while taking into account the reviews of Russian consumers.
Rating of the best window air conditioners
|Nomination||a place||Name of product||price|
|Rating of the best window air conditioners||1||General Climate GCW-12HR||RUB 27,080|
|2||Timberk AC TIM07CW1M||RUB 16,990|
|3||Gree GJC12AB-E3MNC1A||RUB 38,430|
|4||General Climate GCW-05CM||RUB 17,137|
|5||Axioma ASJC05-NM1A||RUB 15 190|
|6||GoldStar GSJC07-NM1A||RUB 19,930|
General Climate GCW-12HR
The General Climate GCW-12HR window air conditioner can both cool and heat the room. The equipment generates a powerful air flow (9.166 cubic meters per minute). The maximum cooling and heating capacity of the 1st indoor unit is 3.5 kW. Experts appreciated the ease of operation, the manufacturer equipped its product with an on / off timer and a remote control. A low noise level (45 dB) and an adequate price can be added to the asset of the device. The model becomes the winner of our review.
Domestic users are satisfied with the workmanship, good power, low noise level, and rich equipment. Of the minuses, there is a slight smell of plastic in heating mode (the first hours).
- adequate price;
- high performance;
- heating function;
- high-quality assembly.
- slight smell of plastic when heated.
Timberk AC TIM07CW1M
The optimal ratio of functionality and cost allowed the Timberk AC TIM07CW1M window air conditioner to take the honorable second place in our review. Experts note the ease of installation, you can install it yourself without the help of professionals. The model looks more modest than the winner in terms of maximum air flow (6.33 cubic meters per minute) and power (2 kW). In addition to cooling the air, the device can dry the air and ventilate the room. The manufacturer installed a regulator to change the fan speed.
The equipment owners are satisfied with the cooling efficiency, ease of installation, wide functionality and affordable price. They lack remote control.
- easy installation;
- affordable price;
- effective cooling;
- wide functionality.
- no remote control.
The Gree GJC12AB-E3MNC1A window air conditioner boasts the richest set of functions. The Chinese model has a high power (3.5 kW), maximum air flow (8 cubic meters per minute), low noise level (46-50 dB). The device is able not only to cool the air, but also to operate in the supply ventilation mode, dry and ventilate the room. For the convenience of residents, the manufacturer has installed a night mode, a timer, auto-restart, and self-diagnosis of malfunctions. Fan speed and airflow direction are adjustable. Experts gave the model an honorable third place in the review.
Domestic consumers speak flatteringly about high power and productivity, wide functionality and ease of use. The downside is the high price.
- high power and performance;
- ease of use;
- simple installation.
- high price.
General Climate GCW-05CM
The budget air conditioner General Climate GCW-05CM can operate in three modes (cooling, dehumidification, ventilation). Experts note the Toshiba compressor's simplicity, reliability and efficiency. The model is suitable for small rooms, with a power of 1.5 kW, it can cool up to 5 cubic meters. m of air per minute. The equipment looks more modest compared to competitors in terms of functionality. The manufacturer has equipped its product with a self-diagnosis and self-cleaning function, automatic restart, display.
In the reviews, users praise the air conditioner for a low price, suitable dimensions for a window vent, no condensation. Of the shortcomings, noisy work is often mentioned, the appearance of cold with a short delay (3 minutes).
- three operating modes;
- affordable price;
- reliable compressor;
- noisy work;
- modest equipment.
Chinese window air conditioner Axioma ASJC05-NM1A attracted the attention of experts for its low price. The model is designed for rooms up to 15 sq. m., it is capable of operating in cooling and ventilation mode. Cooling power is limited to 1.5 kW, the manufacturer has installed equipment control on a monoblock. It is represented by two knobs (mode selection and thermostat). In the event of a power outage, the device will automatically turn on when a current appears in the network. A self-diagnosis function is available to identify operational problems. The asset of the equipment should include a corrosion-resistant housing and operational safety.
Domestic users are satisfied with the low price, ergonomic shape, and ease of operation. The disadvantage of the model is considered to be noisy operation (64 dB).
- low price;
- two modes of operation;
- reliable protection against corrosion.
- noisy work.
The TOP-6 of our review is closed by the Chinese window conditioner GoldStar GSJC07-NM1A. The budget model is suitable for cooling or ventilation of rooms up to 20 sq. m. Power consumption of the equipment in cooling mode is 727 W, per minute the air conditioner cools up to 6 cu. m of air. For timely identification of problems, the manufacturer has equipped its product with a self-diagnosis function. The auto-restart function will help level out power outages. The air flow is in four directions and the fan speed can be adjusted.
The Russian owners liked the air conditioner for its quiet operation (45 dB), compactness, and a large number of functions. They call a minus a large weight (35 kg), which causes difficulties during installation.
- wide functionality;
- economical energy consumption;
- quiet work;
- great weight.
Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute an advertisement and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.