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10 Best Low Profile Air Conditioners

If you have a small space at your disposal and want to keep your home cool during the summer, then you’re probably looking to purchase a low profile air conditioner that is not only reliable, but also helps you manage energy costs. With so many products on the market these days, it can be hard to make a decision without having all the necessary information at hand.

From our research, one mistake that most people make is to choose an oversized air conditioner, thinking that it will be more powerful – thus, provide better cooling. In reality, a larger air conditioner will not only consume more energy, but it will also be less effective, as it will not remove all the humidity in the room.

Over the past month, our team has looked at thousands of consumer reviews and product specifications in order to identify the most reliable and high-quality low profile air conditioners that are currently on the market this year. The products listed below are based on the following factors:

  1. Average User Rating (min. 3/5)
  2. Number of BTUs (BTU = British thermal units; used to determine cooling capacity)
  3. Noise level
  4. Cooling area
  5. Unit dimensions

10. Frigidaire 5,000 BTU Mini Window Air Conditioner

*Window size: 23-26 inches
Average user ratingBTU cooling capacityCooling areaUnit dimensions
4.2/55,000150 square feet12 x 13.5 x 16 inches

As a low profile air conditioner, this Frigidaire model can fit windows that are as small as 23 inches across. Air flow can be adjusted to two different directions, while quiet operation ensures a good night’s sleep. Dial controls are easy to use. This is one of the most economical low profile air conditioners on the market these days.

PROS
  • Low noise level
  • Low voltage start-up helps conserve energy
  • Auto-restart feature resumes previous setting in case of a power loss
  • Easy to install
CONS
  • Does not have a thermostat or any other digital function that allows you to set a particular temperature

Frigidaire FRA052XT7 Air Conditioner

9. Friedrich Chill 6,000 BTU Air Conditioner

Average user ratingBTU cooling capacityCooling areaUnit dimensions
3.9/56,000250 square feet20.9 x 18.4 x 14 inches

This low profile air conditioner has two main features which make it an excellent energy-saving product: it operates the fan only when cooling and it has a 24-hour timer that allows you to program on/off times. Its low noise level makes it suitable not only for single individuals, but also for families with small children, allowing for an accurate room cooling without any additional disturbance.

PROS
  • Low noise level
  • 24 hour timer allows you to program cooling times
  • Auto-restart feature resumes previous setting in case of a power loss
CONS
  • Unclear instructions

Friedrich Chill CP06G10B Air Conditioner

8. LG LW8016ER 8,000 BTU 115V Window-Mounted AIR Conditioner with Remote Control

Average user ratingBTU cooling capacityCooling areaUnit dimensions
4/58,000340 square feet19.6 x 19.4 x 12.4 inches

This is a modern low profile air conditioner, that can be plugged into any standard 115V electrical outlet. It has a 12.1 energy efficiency ratio and is able to dehumidify up to 2.2 pints per hour.

PROS
  • 24-hour on/off timer
  • Energy saving function
CONS
  • Medium noise level

LG LW8016ER Window-Mounted AIR Conditioner

7. Frigidaire 6,000 BTU Low Profile Air Conditioner

Average user ratingBTU cooling capacityCooling areaUnit dimensions
3.9/56,000250 square feet18 x 23.6 x 12.2 inches

This unit is capable of efficiently cooling a room as large as 250 square feet. With clever streamlining, this unit allows you to enjoy more of your view while also staying comfortable on hot days.

PROS
  • Low noise level
  • Full-function remote control
  • Washable mesh filter with tilt-out access and check filter alert
CONS
  • Hard to angle at its required 4 degrees for proper water drainage

Frigidaire 6,000 BTU 115V Air Conditioner

6. Haier Serenity Series 6050 BTU Air Conditioner

Average user ratingBTU cooling capacityCooling areaUnit dimensions
3.9/56,050151-250 square feet21.25 x 9 x 12.44

This Haier model features four different modes: dehumidify, energy saver, fan and cool. It can be easily mounted in nearly any window without spoiling much of the view. Rated at just over 6,000 BTU, this low profile air conditioner can easily cool rooms of between 150 and 250 square feet. The manufacturer boasts that the noise level from this model as barely louder than a gentle rain. A 24-hour timer with sleep mode gives you total control as does the LED remote control.

PROS
  • Low noise level – 43 dBA (it features a compressor blanket for reduced noise)
  • Energy-save mode
  • Dehumidify mode
  • 24-hour on/off timer
  • Auto cool
  • Sleep mode
CONS
  • Limited selection on airflow direction – flow is primarily upwards
  • Price higher than average

Haier ESAQ406P Air Conditioner

5. LG 8,000 BTU Window-Mounted Air Conditioner

*Window size: 23-26 inches
Average user ratingBTU cooling capacityCooling areaUnit dimensions
3.8/58,000340 square feet19.4 x 19.6 x 12.4 inches

LG is known as a manufacturer of quality appliances and electronics, and this compact air conditioner is no exception. With a powerful rating of 8,000 BTUs, it’s easy for these low profile air conditioners to cool down rooms that are up to 340 square feet. An anti-corrosion coating ensures that this model stands the test of time.

This model features an incredibly accurate thermostat, and the air flow can be adjusted in four directions. In addition to electronic controls, this model comes with a remote control to make operation a snap.

PROS
  • Electronic touch controls with remote
  • Dehumidification up to 2.2 pints/hour
  • 24-hour on/off timer
  • 4-way air deflection
CONS
  • Noise level: medium (54 dBA)

LG LW8015ER Air Conditioner

4. Koldfront 10,000 BTU Window Air Conditioner

*Window height: min. 15.5’’
Average user ratingBTU cooling capacityCooling areaUnit dimensions
4.3/510,000450 square feet14.6 x 19.0 x 21.5

This compact unit packs a serious cooling punch with its 10,000 BTUs. It works in rooms of up to 450 square feet, so if you have a large space to cool down, this may be an ideal choice. This Koldfront model features three fan speeds and has digital controls for ease of operation. The thermostat is incredibly precise. You can use directional louvers to aim the cool air where it needs to go, and the remote control makes this unit very convenient.

PROS
  • Energy-saver mode
  • 24-hour timer
  • LED filter alert
  • Sleep mode
  • 4-way air directional louvers
CONS
  • High noise level

Koldfront BTU 115V Window Air Conditioner

3. SPT WA-1222S 12,000 BTU Window Air Conditioner

*Window height: min. 15.5’’

**Ideal for vertical opening windows

Average user ratingBTU cooling capacityCooling areaUnit dimensions
4.2/512,000450-550 square feet19.69W x 20.94D x 14.75H

This product is ideal for people living in a single room or a studio and need a reasonably priced solution to cool their space. With its digital display and electronic controls, it is extremely user-friendly and intuitive even for someone who is unfamiliar with this kind of product.

This low profile air conditioner has multiple energy-saving functions (such as auto mode, sleep mode), which are perfect when trying to reduce the electricity bill.

PROS
  • Thermostat controlled energy saver
  • User-friendly controls and remote
  • Easy to remove washable air filter (+ check filter alert)
CONS
  • Medium to high noise level when on high setting

SPT WA-1222S Window Air Conditioner

2. Keystone 10,000 BTU Window Air Conditioner

Average user ratingBTU cooling capacityCooling areaUnit dimensions
4.2/510,000450 square feet21.5 x 19 x 14.6

One of the best features of this low profile air conditioner is its “Follow Me” remote control. It works from anywhere within a room that could be as large as 450 square feet. The 10,000 BTUs are more than up to the task while an LED display makes it easy to manage settings. With a mesh filter that’s designed for easy cleaning, a programmable 24-hour timer, and an auto-restart function, this product definitely deserves our second spot.

PROS
  • Electronic controls with LED display
  • Dehumidification of 2.3 pints/hour
  • Energy-saver mode
  • Auto-restart function
  • Check filter alert
CONS
  • Medium level noise

Keystone KSTAW10B Air Conditioner

1. Koldfront 12,000 BTU Window Air Conditioner

*Min. window height: 15.5’’
Average user ratingBTU cooling capacityCooling areaUnit dimensions
3.9/512,000550 square feet14.6 x 19.0 x 21.5

This 12,000 BTU model is capable of efficiently cooling a room of up to 550 square feet. It comes with all the standard energy saving functions, such as a sleep mode, 24-hour timer, a filter alert and an energy saver mode. Digital controls are easy to read and operate. The remote control works from a maximum of 16 feet away.

PROS
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to install
  • Multiple energy-saving features: check filter alert, thermostat-controlled operation, sleep mode
  • Remote control included
CONS
  • Medium noise level

Koldfront 12,000 BTU 115V Window Air Conditioner

This was our selection of the 10 best low profile air conditioners in 2017. Let us know in the comment section below what your thoughts on these products are or if there’s any particular brand you think should be included in this countdown and why.

4 Comments

  • Just a hint. When reviewing a “low profile” product, the review is useless you actually state the height of the product. Just saying…

      • Hi, Jennifer! Thank you for your feedback. You are absolutely right. We’ve updated our article if you’d like to give it another read and let us know what you think. We’ve included user ratings, full product dimensions, cooling capacity, as well as other useful specifications.

    • Hi, James! Thank you for your comment. You are absolutely right. We’ve updated our article if you’d like to give it another read and let us know what you think. We’ve included user ratings, full product dimensions, cooling capacity, as well as other useful specifications. Thanks again for your input.

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