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Appliances: 3 Attractive Window Air Conditioners, High to Low

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Appliances: 3 Attractive Window Air Conditioners, High to Low

July 3, 2018

Is an attractive window air conditioner an oxymoron (where is Dieter Rams when we need him?). I thought so until I spotted a Friedrich Kuhl series window unit in a project by Remodelista Architect and Designer Directory member Messana O’Rorke, who spec’ed one in a lower Manhattan loft. Here’s a roundup of three we could live with, from high to low.

Spotted in the window in a West 22nd Street loft by Messana O’Rorke: a Friedrich air-conditioning unit.
Above: Spotted in the window in a West 22nd Street loft by Messana O’Rorke: a Friedrich air-conditioning unit.

Three to Buy

At the high end, we like the Friedrich 5,700 BTU Kuhl Window Air Conditioner; $659 at AC Wholesalers.
Above: At the high end, we like the Friedrich 5,700 BTU Kuhl Window Air Conditioner; $659 at AC Wholesalers.
We’re still awaiting the Kapsul. The 5,000 BTU air-conditioning window unit, originally called Noria, raised almost $1.5 million to go to market via Kickstarter. According to the developers, “window air conditioners have always been big, ugly, loud, and difficult to install.” Kapsul claims to improve the experience with a low-profile, easy-to-use unit with smart features that’s “quiet enough to put in the baby’s room.” The W Series ($499) is available for preorder now, with anticipated delivery in spring 2019.
Above: We’re still awaiting the Kapsul. The 5,000 BTU air-conditioning window unit, originally called Noria, raised almost $1.5 million to go to market via Kickstarter. According to the developers, “window air conditioners have always been big, ugly, loud, and difficult to install.” Kapsul claims to improve the experience with a low-profile, easy-to-use unit with smart features that’s “quiet enough to put in the baby’s room.” The W Series ($499) is available for preorder now, with anticipated delivery in spring 2019.
On the low end price-wise, the Frigidaire Cool Connect Smart Air Conditioner has the added plus of Wi-Fi control; $399 from Amazon.
Above: On the low end price-wise, the Frigidaire Cool Connect Smart Air Conditioner has the added plus of Wi-Fi control; $399 from Amazon.
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N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on June 28, 2016.

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