The Frigidaire Energy Star 6000 BTU 115V Window-Mounted Low Profile is one excellent air conditioner. The low profile makes for a nicer look. The air comes out the top, so it goes up and cools better and more efficiently than ACs that blow straight out. The amount of control over this truly superior AC is equal to any top model air conditioner. The best features:
1-Temperature control is spot on
2-It is so QUIET! Really, yes, this costs more, but if you have a wall unit and are tired of yelling and turning up the TV too loud just to hear it, this is the AC to buy.
3- Energy efficient. It has controls similar to a hotel AC. It will shut off completely on the energy saver setting and go on only when needed. Very nice, saves a lot of money!
4- Looks great! Yes, it's a window AC, but the low profile and modern look gives it a nice place in your room.
5- A TON of features. You want it energy efficient and medium fan at 72 degrees? Yes! You want it on regular setting at low and 67 degrees? Yup.
6- The remote is very easy, nice to handle and works well across the room without having to point it at the AC.
Now the negatives............
1- It's expensive.
2- It is slightly wider than most typical small window ACs, so get your window dimensions just to be sure before you order.
Okay, that's it. Really, this is worth it, especially if you are running an AC in a small room or apartment all summer long. This will save you money, keep you cool and not drive you crazy with all that noise.
This is one truly top shelf air conditioner that will keep you happy and cool all summer long!
on June 16, 2014
Got this AC after my poor quality SHARP CV2P12SX 11,500 BTU Portable unit died, serving just 2 summers. Stay away from that piece of junk appliance. I decided to get a window mount unit, so it would be quieter (motor on the outdoor side) and more efficient (since it's more insulated than the portable AC), and also because my windows don't open up high, so needed a low-profile A/C, which also doesn't block as much light going into the room as the standard ones.
First of all, I was able to install this unit myself within about 1 hour (never installed window A/C before), all the parts are decent quality and instructions are easy to read. The first thing I noticed about this AC, is that even though it's almost 50% Less BTU's than my Sharp, it cools MUCH faster and colder! So I learned, there's no sense in comparing portable AC BTU's to Window Mounts, the window unit in this case won hands down!
Secondly, it seems even quieter than the Sharp's "Library Quiet" model, which is strange, since Sharp advertises 38decibels, and this unit 48 (on low). Perhaps 10db isn't enough to really make big difference in this case, or maybe it's just me. In any case, if you're very sensitive to sudden sounds, this unit may be better, since it's compressor is on the outdoor side, and does seem to be more gentle on the start and stop than the other AC.
The louvers seem a bit cheaply made, and although, they seem to turn the direction of air flow, it's not much difference. I love the fact that the vents are pointed UPwards, since by principle, heat rises, so by blowing cold air upwards, it seems to "target" the heat better than an AC that blows straight in your face or head, which gets uncomfortable. So this is another + for this model.
The unit can be fully controlled by pushing the control on the AC itself, so if you loose/damage the remote, you're still OK. Secondly, the remote looks very cool, except I would love that black center of it to be a digital screen, giving at least the room Temp and Humidity, as well as showing what controls you've got set.
Frigidaire, if you're reading this, this would be the PERFECT A/C if:
1. Noise was less than 30db.
2. The remote center lit-up with a digital readout of current A/C settings, room temp and humidity.
3. The Air filter also had an optional & replaceable high-grade activated carbon, to clean the air.
4. It had a separate function to de-humidify WITHOUT cooling.
5. It had a heater function.
6. High quality Louvers to better direct airflow.
7. Had longer warranty.
Otherwise, I love this unit, and just ordered a second one for my living room. Well done Frigid! Now lets see if it lasts more than 2 summers. ;)
on May 17, 2014
This is the quietest ac ever! After trying Quirky & GE's Aros, which was very loud and cheaply made, and had to be returned, I am very happy with my purchase this time. It works great, looks compact and makes only very faint whistling noise.
on June 14, 2014
It looks a little odd. The front sticks out more that most air conditioners and is about three inches shorter. The back, however, is the same size as any air conditioner. There is a wonderful gap between the front and back that make it fit in the window much better. It really does cool the room quickly.
The reasons I didn't give it 5 stars is the remote tells you that you can lower or raise the temperature but does not tell you what the current setting is on. The other reason is I find it a little noisy.
on July 31, 2014
We purchased one of these for our daughter's room. Her room is maybe 120 sq ft. The unit installed relatively easily (see explanation later in the review), looked great in the window, was pretty quiet, and cooled down her room extremely quickly (85 to 71 in about 30 mins). At this point, I would have given the product 5 stars...
We were so happy with it that we decided to get one for our bedroom, which is more like 180 sq ft - MUCH different experience... We installed the unit and turned it on around 7 PM - full blast in COOL mode at the lowest temperature, 61 F. Here was the cooling curve for the night:
7 PM... 86 F
8 PM... 85 F
9 PM... 82 F
10 PM... 80 F
11 PM... 78 F
12 AM... 76 F
So in 5 hours (and about 2.5 kW-hrs of electricity spent), it had only cooled down the room 10 degrees! I'm sorry, but that is not acceptable performance. The old school units, while they might have been big and ugly, would turn a large bedroom into a meat locker in less than an hour. It was then that I realized the only reason it cooled our daughter's room so quickly is that her room is tiny. This unit is advertised as efficiently cooling up to a 250-sq-ft room. I would say the ACTUAL cooling performance is more like HALF that!
Also - annoying point about the installation, you are required to tilt the unit 2-4 degrees out of the window, which makes it impossible to install the unit using the seemingly convenient channels on the top or bottom. If you use those channels, the unit will go in perfectly level and not drain appropriately. So, we had to "balance" it on the plastic bar next to the channel to achieve the required tilt. I'm sorry, but for almost $300, couldn't Frigidaire have engineered a draining system that has its OWN built-in tilt that would allow drainage from a level unit, thus not requiring the awkward installation??
Another really annoying point - the unit starts on economy mode every time, no matter which setting you used previously. I'm sorry but the "ECON" mode sucks - it makes an already kind of wimpy AC into a mostly useless AC. It has to be used in COOL mode... Doesn't sound like a big deal, but it's just presumptuous and annoying. It is my choice, as the consumer, if I want to run my window AC in economy mode, or if I actually want to cool the room. We make plenty of solar power, so I'm not really worried about using some of the surplus energy our array puts on the grid to be comfortable in my home.
on June 5, 2015
I have a two-year old 6000 BTU Frigidaire unit in my bedroom which I love so when I decided to replace the 20 year old 'View-Saver' unit in the dining room this was the logical choice. It works OK but here are the issues I have with this unit: 1. The vents are on top and only allow the air to circulate in the up direction. My old unit circulated the air horizontally so it was way more efficient at cooling the room quickly as well as an adjacent room. Now I know that cool air sinks so this shouldn't be a problem but in reality it is. I fabricated two cardboard 'diverters' to capture the air and move it horizontally and that has made some difference. Of course, it looks like some Rube Goldberg machine now but at least it does what I wanted. 2. You cannot read the temperature settings unless you are right on top of the unit - again, because the whole control panel and vents are on the top instead of the front. 3. When you first turn it on it starts off in the ECON mode and requires resetting each time to the COOL mode. I know this is to save energy (and money) but these units don't use much energy anyway and the ECON mode is useless if you want to cool the area quickly. 4. This unit really doesn't save much view out the window. My old unit only used 8 inches of window space while this one uses almost 12 inches. My bedroom unit uses 13 inches so you are actually paying almost double the price for an extra inch of view with this unit. 5. This unit was very difficult to install. Because of the configuration on the bottom it required trial-and-error shimming to achieve the proper angle while still allowing the side curtains to fit properly. I spent well over 3 hours installing this unit while my bedroom unit (in the same style window) only took 15 minutes. Overall, I'm not unhappy with my purchase but if I had to do it over, I would just buy a regular 6000 BTU Frigidaire window unit instead of this one. It would cool quicker and would be a lot easier to install and operate while the difference in the view would be negligible.