For most people, a great air conditioner isn’t just one that pumps lots of cool air into the house. Although a powerful performance is a crucial requirement, the design and aesthetics are just as important.
This need often leads consumers to compact, low-profile window air conditioners that are lightweight and as small as possible in physical dimensions. The majority of shoppers are also more attracted to mode-modern AC designs with unique shapes and a more refreshing front grille.
The good news? You can now find that perfect window AC that combines function and style to deliver a relaxing, refreshing indoor environment while enhancing your décor.
The following are ten cool options to consider. These air conditioners are a little different from the standard window AC. They are designed for style as much as they pursue function.
Window AC Basics
They are also mostly smart air conditioners that combine convenient remote control with smartphone app control for the ultimate user experience.
There’s been an increased demand for low-profile air conditioners lately. Although some homeowners still don’t care, most consumers are now more attracted to compact, beautiful products that, besides pumping a gush of cool, refreshing air to the home, also adds a sense of style to the room.
Whether you decide to choose from the list above or shop around to explore more options, the following considerations should help you come away with the best product.
The first thing you need to understand is that function always comes first. Window ACs work by sucking the hot, sweaty indoor air via the air handler, extracting the heat at the external condenser unit, and returning the now-cool air into the home via the same air handler.
It’s a process that goes on and on until the room temperature levels drop to the desired level. A thermostat, built into the air conditioner or installed separately on the wall/in the remote, monitors indoor temperatures and controls the air conditioning process.
Sizing the Window AC
Sizing is, therefore, one of the most important considerations when buying a window air conditioner. You want to be spot on with the sizing to avoid potential issues, such as undercooling and an unnecessarily high power bill.
An air conditioner too small for your room guarantees undercooling. What’s the need for cooling in the first place when you can’t even lower indoor temperatures to comfortable levels? It beats logic. Moreover, an under-size air conditioner has to work harder and longer to meet the cooling targets. This exposes your AC to faster wear and tear and more frequent repairs.
An over-size Ac is just as bad. It will cycle on-off more often, causing faster wear. More importantly, bigger ACs draw more power every single second. In the end, you may end up with an unnecessarily high electricity bill.
The Department of Energy recommends 20 BTU per square foot for optimal cooling. So, you need approximately 10,000 BTU for a 500 square foot room and 7,000 BTU for a 350 square foot room. Always add 400 BTU to the final figure for kitchens. Also, adjust the value upward by 10% per foot for higher ceilings.
Energy Efficiency Considerations
Once you’ve identified the right AC size, the next most important consideration is efficiency. An efficient air conditioner can save you up to $100 every two years.
Two vital efficiency ratings to consider at the Energy Efficiency Rating (EER) and Combined Energy Efficiency Rating (CEER). EER ratings above 11.0 are considered acceptable, while for CEER, slightly lower figures, up to 10.5 CEER, are acceptable.
A third efficiency metric, the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER), may also be used, though it mostly applies to mini-split air conditioners. If it’s indicated on the product’s energy guide label, make sure it’s higher than 16 SEER. Ideally, you want 18 SEER air conditioners or better.
Other Factors to Consider when Buying the Best Low Profile Air Conditioner
The following are several other considerations to help you identify the right low-profile window air conditioner.
- Location of the window
- Which window will you be installing the air conditioner? The living room window? Bedroom window? Kitchen window? Ideally, you want to be more functional than aesthetic in the kitchen since it’s the area of the home that gets hottest in the summer. For the other rooms, style considerations are a must.
- Size of the window
- The right window AC fits the target window like a glove. You don’t want it too big such that it needlessly hangs over the window or too small that it kills any sense of proportionality. To this end, always measure your window dimensions first.
- Size of the AC
- The best low-profile air conditioners are small and compact. Fortunately, you can now easily find models as small as 18 x 21 x 12 inches, such as the General Electronics PHC06LY. A few units are even more compact. The advantage of these small window AC units is that they pretty much “recess” into the window. A clean installation is a significant advantage where indoor styling is a priority.
- Filter location
- The location of the filter is another important consideration. For purposes of convenience, the air conditioner should adopt a design that allows for easy filter access. This allows for fast retrieval during washing. A sliding chassis access system is standard in most low-profile air conditioners.
- Intelligent cooling
- Intelligent cooling features include a timer for programmed air conditioning and programmable thermostats. These controls allow for set-and-go use, allowing you to continue with your other activities as the AC self-regulates to deliver optimal cooling conditions. Smart modes are other helpful considerations.
- Smart controls
- The remote control is always a good start. However, smart air conditioner systems offer a little more via touch controls and Wi-Fi compatibility. A key advantage of app control is that you always have your phone with you. If you wish to change the cooling settings as you leave the compound, you can do so without any problems.
Best Low Profile Window Air Conditioners
1. Frigidaire FGRC1044T1 Smart Window Air Conditioners
Let’s begin with perhaps the most gorgeous window air conditioner ever made – the Frigidaire model FGRC1044T1. This air conditioner is cut from a different cloth.
The sleek silver mesh grill and top-of-the-unit controls combine to give it an exotic look, while the Wi-Fi-powered smart controls make it exceptionally easy to control. Download the app, and you’re good to go. Whether you need to change the speed level or operating mode, you can do it from the app.
Alongside the striking beauty, the unit offers 10,000 BTUs of raw cooling power. Assuming the average requirement of 20 BTU per square foot, it would comfortably cool a 500 square foot area. However, the manufacturer rates it slightly lower at 450 square feet.
Washable mesh filters built into the unit ensure that you’re getting clean and healthy air in your rooms. The mesh comes with an antibacterial feature that prohibits the growth of bacteria. Better still, a check filter indicator will alert you when it’s time to wash the filters. Remember to change the filters at the beginning of every cooling season.
It’s a 19 x 24 5/8 x 14 1/2 –inch Ac designed for windows between 15 ½ and 23 inches tall/high and comes in two BTU options – 6,000 BTU for smaller applications and 10,000 BTU for larger applications. Both options are compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for convenient control.
- Striking beauty with a silver mesh grill
- Very efficient at 12 EER
- Convenient app control
- Alexa and Google Assistant control
- A little expensive
2. General Electronics PHC06LY 22-Inch Window Air Conditioner
General Electronics is a household name in the window air conditioner market. In the model PHC06LY, they have an excellent, low-profile window air conditioner that you’ll fall in love with instantly. It sports a timeless appearance and is feature-loaded for your ultimate convenience. Moreover, it features multiple smart functions for greater ease of use.
A key feature that stands out about the AC is Wi-Fi compatibility. It means that you can conveniently control the air conditioner from the convenience of your smartphone. GE even has an app to monitor your home’s air conditioning and change things like modes and speed levels.
Remember that it has four modes, i.e., Cool, Fan, E-Save, and Dehumidifier. The E-Save mode is an energy-saving setting that delivers just enough cool air for your comfort without using up too much power.
Meanwhile, the Fan and Dehumidifier modes allow you to eliminate stale air at no extra cost. The two functions can operate independently or alongside the AC function.
Above all, it’s a very compact air conditioner at just 18.12 x 21.25 x 12.44 inches and weighing 55.9 pounds.
- Compact and attractive
- Very efficient at 11.8 EER
- Incredibly quiet at up to 40dB
- Energy Star Certified
- 1-year replacement warranty
- A bit small at 6,100 BTU
3. TOSOT 8,000 BTU Window Air Conditioner with Remote Control
A slightly bigger but equally gorgeous air conditioner is this model from TOSOT. TOSOT may not be as popular a brand name as the likes of General Electronics. But, this unit stands out tall, offering clean, comfortable, and safe air while adding valuable aesthetic beauty to your home.
The first thing that will catch your eye is the flat, sleek panel that hides the often standard window AC grilles. It’s an instant breath of fresh air. Additionally, the unit comes in a vivid, brilliant white color, a complete departure from the standard window air conditioner’s stale yellow appearance. Two separate horizontal louvers toward the top further add to the striking appearance while serving as an exit for cool air.
The louvers blow air in two different directions to ensure that cool air reaches every corner of your home. You can also swing them up or down with the push of a single button to blow air at different angles as you wish. Other standout features of the AC include the Sleep Mode for high-quality sleep and follow-me remote control (the thermostat is located in the remote device).
The 8,000 BTU air conditioner is Energy Star rated for efficiency and recommended for up to 350 square feet. It measures 21 x 17.2 x 12.8 inches, weighs about 52.9 pounds, and is recommended for windows taller than 19 inches.
- Stylish and sleek modern design
- Low noise at 54-59 dB
- Doubles as fan and dehumidifier
- 1-year full replacement warranty
- No Smartphone control
4. LG LW5016 5,000 BTU 115V Window-Mounted Air Conditioner
Measuring approximately 11.14 x 17.32 x 14.37 inches, the model LW5016 from LG is one of the most compact window air conditioners today. This compact design allows it to sort of “recess” into the window, cleanly fitting without any ugly hanging components. It’s also lightweight at about 41.4 pounds, making it one of the lightest units.
The 5,000 BTU air conditioner is very efficient at 11 CEER and relatively quiet at 50-55 dB, though the outdoor noise is higher at 60 dB. That’s one area the manufacturer could have done better. Nevertheless, the air conditioner boasts many attractive features, including an adjustable thermostat, a turbofan, and two cooling speeds.
It doubles as a dehumidifier to remove excess air from your home and has a Fan-Only mode to add comfort by blowing stale air out of your home. The air moves in two different directions. Washable air filters inside the air conditioner mean you can look forward to clean, healthy indoor air. A manual speed control knob allows for convenient controls.
It’s an exceptionally efficient air conditioner and can remove up to 2.2 pints/hour in Dehumidifier mode. A 1-year parts and labor warranty backs the entire unit.
- One of the most compact window AC units
- Reasonably efficient at 11 EER
- Doubles as Fan and Dehumidifier
- Extremely lightweight at 41 pounds
- Short 1-year parts warranty
5. Friedrich Chill Series CP06G10B Window Air Conditioner
For some experts, this unit from Friedrich is one of the best choices when shopping for a low-profile window air conditioner, and it’s easy to see why. Designed for 20 1/8 x 36 x 14-inch windows, this unit measures just 18 3/8 x 20 7/8 x 14 inches.
This makes it an excellent choice for horizontal windows. We’d, however, recommend that you consider it for slightly taller windows as you need to leave room for the window installation kit.
Nevertheless, it’s a majestic air conditioner with an Auto Sweep feature that ensures consistent air distribution, allowing you to cool large rooms evenly. The AC itself is designed for rooms in the 200 to 250 square-foot range.
You can choose from three fan speed settings, including a fan-only setting for greater convenience. Washable, heavy-duty antimicrobial air filters ensure that all the air reaching you is clean and healthy.
A check filter light sounds an alert when it’s time to change the filter. You’ll also appreciate the 24-hour timer. Most AC units only have a 12-hour timer. In case of a power outage, the Auto-Restart feature restores your previous settings.
Though primarily a window AC, this unit is also rated for through-the-wall installation. It’s lightweight at about 62 pounds and arrives with a 1-year parts/labor, and 4-year sealed system warranty.
- Continuous auto-sweep louvers
- Auto-restart function
- Convenient remote control
- 4-year sealed system warranty
- A bit bulky at 60 pounds
6. Haier ESAQ406P 22-Inch Window Air Conditioner Serenity Series
If you’re a fan of Hair products, the model ESAQ406P is another compact unit to consider for a low-profile installation. It’s a window AC designed for windows between 26 1/16 and 39 ¼ inches wide and at least 13 3/8 inches tall (height). However, it measures only 21.25 x 12.44 x 9.0 inches, meaning you’ll have plenty of space left around the window if you love outside views.
There’s more to the Ac, though. At 43 decibels, it’s one of the quietest units. The reconfigured internal mechanism with a compressor blanket contributes to the extra-low noise levels. This makes it a worthy option for bedrooms and other quiet spaces. A 24-hour timer means you can program it to run and stop as you wish.
The 6,000 BTU air conditioner has four modes, Cool, Fan, Energy Saver, and Dehumidifier. The Energy Saver mode gives you a convenient setting for ultimate comfort at the lowest possible power consumption rate. However, you can also control the fan speed for greater comfort and increased energy savings.
You’ll love that the AC offers full-function remote control so that you can change and adjust settings from the comfort of your sofa. The window installation kit is included for faster setup, and you get a 1-year warranty from the date of purchase.
- Full-function remote control
- Auto Cool mode for convenience
- Dual motor design for more power
- Compressor blanket reduces noise
- Short, 1-year warranty
7. Home Labs Model HME020003N Window Air Conditioner
The model HME020003N air conditioner from Home Labs is purposely designed for smaller rooms. It’s a 16-inch long AC that’s 12 inches high and 15.4 inches deep, making it an excellent choice for windows measuring 23-26 inches wide and at least 13 inches high. According to the manufacturer, it’s best suited to 150 square-foot rooms.
However, it’s an excellent unit, boasting a compact design that will leave you in wow. It’s the second smallest on this list at just 16 inches wide, 15.4 inches high, and 12 inches deep. This makes it ideal for windows between 23 inches and 36 inches wide and at least 13 inches tall. The window installation kit is included for your peace of mind.
The 5,000 BTU air conditioner features seven (7) different temperature settings, two (2) operating modes, and two (2) fan speeds, giving you ultimate control over your indoor comfort. A reusable eco filter sieves out unwanted airborne particles for clean, healthy indoor air. The filter is easily accessible via the slide-out chassis.
It’s a two-way airflow system that offers full-width airflow so you can feel the cool breeze from every corner of the room. A backflow drainage system prevents water from dripping to protect you and the property, while the 2-year limited warranty offers valuable peace of mind.
- Compact and lightweight
- Seven temperature settings
- Washable, reusable air filters
- Complete with installation kit
- 2-year manufacturer warranty
- Limited customization options
- No remote control
8. Koldfront WAC8003WCO 8,000 BTU 115V Window Air Conditioner
At 15.8 x 18.6 x 13.4 inches, the Model WAC8003WCO stands out as one of the more compact units from Koldfront. It’s also relatively lightweight at 46.9 pounds. Most comparable units weigh over 70 pounds. These qualities make it a good choice for low-profile window installations. We also like the minimalistic front design.
The 8,000 BTU rating should tell you everything you should expect from the air conditioner. It’s a powerful unit that comfortably keeps temperatures within the 62˚F to 86˚F range.
The only downside is that it’s best suited to small-to-medium-sized rooms, up to 350 square feet. The 12 EER rating means it goes about its business diligently, wasting very little energy in the process.
Unlike most Ac units in its category, the Model WAC8003WCO has three fan speed levels – low, medium, and high. Better still, it has four louver air directions, unlike most models, which have two.
This means you’ll receive cool air from virtually all directions. Multiple modes, including a Dry mode and Dehumidifier mode, make it a multi-function appliance that you can use round the year.
The unit is recommended for windows between 23 inches and 36 inches wide and at least 15 inches tall (height). It plugs into the standard 120V power outlet and comes complete with the window installation kit.
- Powerful 8,000 BTU performance
- Convenient remote control
- Auto-restart available
- Four-way air direction
- It’s not the quietest of ACs
9. KENMORE Smart 04277107 Room Air Conditioner
The KENMORE Elite 77107, also known as Smart 04277107 air conditioner, is another beautiful AC unit. The front panel features a minimalist appearance that won’t compromise your décor, and the controls easily accessible for convenience. It’s also very compact at 23.625 x 15.0 x 22.187 inches.
It’s perfect for windows between 27 inches and 39 inches wide and at least 39 inches tall/high. The only downside is that it’s a bit bulky at 74 pounds.
The 10,000 BTU air conditioner is designed for medium-sized rooms between 300 and 500 square feet and comes with a sleek touch-responsive control panel that puts total control at your fingertips. You also get a remote control (included) for greater convenience. Better still, you can download the KENMORE Smart app and control all functions from your smartphone.
It has three fan speeds and three cooling speeds for your utmost comfort. It also supports 4-way airflow and comes with a 24-hour timer so you can program your air conditioning for maximum comfort at the lowest possible power consumption rate. A polypropylene replaceable mesh filter means you can look forward to fresh, clean indoor air.
The 12.1 EER, 12 CEER air conditioner is Energy Star Certified and comes with a 6.2-foot cord for easy installation. It comes with a 1-year warranty against defects in material and quality and a 5-year warranty for the sealed refrigerant system.
- Sleek, attractive design
- Energy Star certified for efficiency
- Three fan speeds, three cooling speeds
- Works with Amazon Alexa
- 5-year warranty on sealed system
- A little bulky at 74 pounds
10. MIDEA MAW12V1QWT U Inverter Window Air Conditioner
Let’s round up with this gorgeous product from MIDEA. It’s a little different from the window air conditioners above in that it’s U-shaped.
The U-shape, which some people call an over-the-sill design, allows the window to be opened while the AC is in place. It also guarantees greater energy efficiency and significantly reduces noise.
This particular unit from MIDEA isn’t just an over-the-sill air conditioner, though. It’s one of the most beautiful and low-profile air conditioner units today. The front mesh grille gives it an exotic appearance, and the intuitive touch control panel is a different breed.
At just 42 dB, it’s one of the quietest window air conditioners. Keep in mind that most window air conditioners are rated 56-62 decibels. It’s also impressively energy-efficient, guaranteeing 35% more energy savings compared to traditional units. This partly explains why it was the first window AC to obtain the Energy Star Most Efficient 2020 certification.
The unit is Wi-Fi enabled for convenient smartphone control. You can easily download the MIDEAAIR app on the iOS and Android app stores. It targets windows between 22 and 36 inches wide and at least 13.75 inches tall/high, with the support bracket included for faster installation.
- Modern, attractive U-shape design
- Very, very quiet AC
- Incredibly energy efficient
- Amazon Alexa control
- Installation bracket included
- Short, 1-year warranty
- Expensive at over $450
If you believe that air conditioning shouldn’t be all about pushing cool air into the home but rather an opportunity also to enhance your overall décor, then a low-profile air conditioner would be your best friend.
Low-profile AC units are compact, lightweight, and elegant. They are also smarter than comparable models and tend to be quieter and more energy efficient. It’s a great way to freshen up your décor while bringing in cool, refreshing air into the home.