I went to Home Depot to see what kind of window air conditioners they have to offer. There were several window air conditioning units to choose from but the ones that really caught my eye were the GE 10,000 BTU smart window unit, the LG Electronics 10,000 BTU smart wifi window unit, the Frigidaire 10,000 BTU room window unit, and the Toshiba 12,000 BTU smart wifi window unit. Generally, you need 20 BTUs per square foot of space that you want to cool. That means that each of these air conditioners would easily cool a room over 20 feet by 20 feet. The Toshiba model would able cool a room closer to 25 feet by 25 feet. Due to this, all four models are more suited to cooling a living room than a bedroom. This smart technology is really great.
The GE, LG, and Toshiba models each state that they are smart phone compatible. This means that they can be controlled with an iPhone or Android. This is convenient for setting temperatures when you are away from home. The GE and LG models also work with SmartThinQ, Alexa, and Google Assist. This means that you can connect it to your home system and simply tell your specific home system to turn on or off your air conditioner. The Frigidaire model has none of these advanced options but does come with a remote. Some people prefer less technology and would rather just push a button to turn on their air conditioner or change the settings. Of course, each of the smart models also has a remote so this is not an issue for any of the air conditioner options.
Then there are the rating and prices that are presented on Home Depot’s website. All four air conditioners have over 4 out of 5 stars so there are no red flags there. Over 600 people have reviewed the GE option and given it nearly 4.5 stars and it costs $349. LG has over 4.5 stars with over 500 reviews and the price is the same as the GE option. Frigidaire reaches close to 4.5 stars with nearly 350 reviews. This air conditioner has the highest cost out of the four and weighs in at over $576. Finally, Toshiba has just over a 4 star review and only 140 people have reviewed it. The price is $459 for this unit.
Should there be any problems, the GE air conditioner is only returnable within 30 days of purchase. The LG, Frigidaire, and Toshiba models each have a 90 day return policy in the store. GE, LG, and Toshiba also have a standard one year manufacturer’s warranty. Frigidaire has an impressive two year manufacturer’s warranty plus a 3-5 year warranty on the compressor.
The Frigidaire, and Toshiba window units both state that they have a decibel rating of 61. The LG model has a rating of 52. The GE model was not rated. When it comes to decibel ratings, lower is better. If your air conditioner is going to be placed in a bedroom window, it is better if it is quiet and does not wake people up every time it turns on. I am a bit leery of the GE model for this reason. Additionally, in the reviews, people do note that the GE air conditioner is a bit louder than they are used to with older models.
As far as appearance goes, both the GE and LG models look like I would expect a window air conditioning unit to look. They are white and have a grated front. The Frigidaire model has a different shape to it and is made for casement or sliding windows. It is not made to fit into standard windows that slide up. This is likely the cause for the higher price for this unit. Although the Toshiba model is designed to fit a standard window, it has a different appearance than the GE or LG models. Instead of a grated intake vent, the Toshiba model has small holes that take air in. Over all, I like this appearance and it looks easy to keep clean. Standard grates need to have each ridge wiped down to keep them free of dust. The Toshiba model looks as though the front can be cleaned with just a few swipes with a rag.
When it comes to installation, each unit seems easy to install so long as the window is the correct size for the air conditioner and the right equipment is purchased. Don’t forget the stand for the window or the seal that goes around the air conditioner to keep the warm air out of the house. Of course, it is always better to have the window air conditioning unit installed by a professional rather than risk damaging the house or injuring anyone.
So the GE model has a good price but a short return period. It can connect to most home systems and looks like a regular air conditioner. The LG model is much the same but it has a longer return period. It also has the lowest decibel rating out of the four air conditioners. If I were to choose between the GE and LG models, I would pick the LG model for this reason. The Frigidaire option is for a different window set up than is found in most homes. It also has the highest price but it also has the best warranty, by far. Given all of these facts, the Home Depot window air conditioner that I would prefer is the Toshiba 12,000 BTU unit. I have to admit that a lot has to do with the way the system looks but I also like the 90 day warranty and the extra BTUs. The smaller amount of reviews do not bother me because the difference is marginal. I do not have a home system set up so the fact that the Toshiba model does not connect to Alex is not an issue. Although, I can see how it would be for some people. Being able to control the air conditioner from my smartphone will be enough for me.