Detailed reviews of the top air conditioners are available on a number of websites, such as TopTenReviews, ConsumerSearch and SAC-RC. Reviewed products include window-mounted air conditioners for small to large rooms, central air conditioners and portable air conditioners.
All of these sites offer reviews for a wide variety of brands and models. TopTenReviews and ConsumerSearch provide in-depth analyses of many leading window-mounted brands, including GE, LG, Danby, Frigidaire and Sharp. Both websites explore a number of key characteristics for each product, such as performance, noise level, ease of use, durability and weight. ConsumerSearch also includes a brief list of pros and cons and links to Amazon product reviews for further evaluation. In addition to reviews for window-mounted products, TopTenReviews also provides side-by-side comparisons for many central air conditioning systems, examining features such as efficiency, comfort, design and customer service.
The SAC-RC blog is dedicated to reviewing and comparing the best portable air conditioners, which are more versatile than their mounted counterparts. Relative to other portable products, the recommended models on this site typically have a better power rating, which is measured in British Thermal Units; this number represents the amount of heat a specific air conditioner can remove from a room; the higher the BTU, the more powerful the cooling ability.