The best air conditioners for summer 2018

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At Esquire, we believe your living space should reflect who you’ve worked so hard to become. All it takes are a few upgrades. These are the stylish (and functional) items worth buying to make your home a place you’re proud to call home.

Until now: air conditioners for the hottest days of summer.

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Best Window AC

LG LW1216ER Window Air Conditioner (12,000 BTU)

Do you have a very hot apartment and a window large enough to accommodate an air conditioning unit? LG is the powerful, quiet type – with 12,000 BTUs, it can cool a 550 square foot space, without shaking your eardrums. It also has a timer, energy saving function, remote control and an easy to clean filter.


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Best AC budget window

hOmeLabs Window AC (5,000 BTU)

If you need a machine to create a little breeze in a small space, go for this hOmeLabs option. It may be simple, but it’s powerful enough to cool 150 square feet so you can sleep soundly through the night.


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Best Smart AC

Frigidaire Cool Connect Smart Window AC (10,000 BTU)

This window unit is Wi-Fi connected, so you can control it from your phone, saving energy and money. It will remove heat from a 450 square foot room in no time.


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Best Ductless AC

Pioneer WYS012-17 AC with ductless wall mounting (12,000 BTU)

If you don’t want a bulky unit taking up your window space, opt for Pioneer’s ductless unit. A part is installed outside and directs fresh air to a stylish indoor unit. The installation is more complicated, but it is worth it for the “quiet” fans and the subtle interior decoration.


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Best Standalone AC

Costway Portable AC with Dehumidifier (10,000 BTU)

Costway’s standing unit cools, dehumidifies and ventilates the room without you having to sacrifice the view from your window. It also has wheels, making it a more flexible option.


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Best Standing Fan

Dyson AM07 Air Multiplier Tower Fan

Dyson’s bladeless tower fan is a technological marvel with 10 different airflow settings, an oscillating base and virtually no sound. For a fan, it does a damn good job of cooling an entire room.


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Best Table Fan

Decobreeze Retro Metal Fan

Sometimes you don’t need cutting edge technology. All you need is a vintage-style fan (this one comes in multiple colors) to put on a table and turn on.


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Karl M. Bailey