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6,000 BTU Air Conditioners - 3 Top Models

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Jul 28, 2020 9:30 AM
Jeff Allaire

Best 6000 BTU Air Conditioner Review - GE Lifestyle

 

After winter frosts and snows melt into spring slush, we welcome the heat of summer... to a point. A 6,000 BTU air conditioner is the perfect size for a bedroom, small play room, or home office, and will generally suit small rooms up to 250 square feet (read more about air conditioner sizes here). Although there are lots of cheap air conditioners out there that tend to pop up in stores around the summer months, choosing an AC unit from an established brand can ensure that you end up with a model that is quieter, energy efficient, and more reliable. 

With that in mind, we've reviewed three great 6,000 BTU models from GE, Frigidaire, and Friedrich to help set you up for success this summer. Each model comes with a different feature package and price, so it's up to you to decide which model will met your needs. 

For more info on choosing a new air conditioner, check our our air conditioner buying guide!

 

Table of Contents

  1. GE AHQ06LZ - $249 MSRP
  2. Frigidaire FFRE063ZA1 - $269 MSRP
  3. Friedrich Chill CCW06B10A - $419 MSRP

 

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3 Factors to Consider When Buying a Window Air Conditioner

  • Energy Efficiency/Cost to Run. Air conditioner efficiency is important since it's directly connected to how much the unit will cost you while it's running. Besides looking at the energy guide, you can also check out the CEER, or Combined Energy Efficiency Ratio. This ratio takes into consideration the cooling capacity (BTU/hr) and the power used while in use and while in standby mode. The higher the CEER, the better. You should only compare CEER ratings between AC units with the same BTU output. Based on the Energy Star website's ratings for 6,000 BTU air conditioners, the best CEER ratings for this type of AC unit max out at 12.4. 

    • If you'll be running your AC constantly for most of the summer, you may also want to look for a model with an Energy Saver mode. This mode typically checks the temperature of the room every few minutes and only turns the fan on if the temp has risen above the level you've chosen.

  • Noise Level/dBA. Many air conditioners now come with decibel measures in dBA, similar to dishwashers. This measures the approximate noise level of the unit. Since the average conversation level takes place at around 60 decibels, units that are 60+ dBA can be disruptive. Besides noise level, higher pitched noises are more grating to the ear than lower, deeper noises. Try to listen to a display unit in your local appliance store to get a solid idea of the noise performance! 

    • Note that a 6 to 10 decibel decrease will sound like a 50% reduction in noise level, while a 3-decibel change will only be 1.23 times louder or quieter. So don't sweat small decibel differences between models but pay attention to differences of 8 or more decibels.

  • Weight & Installation. Luckily, the lower the BTU rating of an AC, the less it weighs. If you are DIYing the installation, consider the weight of the unit (and check the installation height and width requirements to make sure it will fit in your window). 

 

 

 

 

1. The GE AHQ06LZ - $249 MSRP

The GE AHQ06LZ is a refreshed design for 2020 with touch controls and an included remote. It has a one-touch lift-out filter with a clean filter reminder. The display shows the room temperature.The delay off/on settings to set the AC to turn on or off automatically. There are 3 fan speeds and 3 cooling levels, as well as Energy Saver and Fan Only modes. You can manually adjust the vent direction.

As of this writing, the reviews on this new unit are lower than you would typically find on products we recommend - however, if you look at them, a lot of the bad reviews are due to thwarted expectations rather than an issue with the product. There are complaints about the unit not cooling a room, or how the unit's thermostat works (the unit will cool the room a few degrees below the set temperature). It is very important to know the square footage of the area you would like to cool - and factors like how sunny the room gets during the day can also have a big impact. For example, a 250 square foot room that's very sunny during the day and that is often occupied by three people would be better served by 7-8,000 BTUs. See our air conditioner sizes article for more info.

GE covers this unit with a 1-year parts and labor warranty, which isn't quite as impressive as brands that offer coverage of the sealed system, like Frigidaire and Friedrich. Still, it's one of the least expensive models on the market from mainstream brands, and offers more features than previous generation models that had simple dial controls with no remote. 

 

Features

  • CEER: 11

  • Noise Rating: Not listed; likely average

  • Weight: 36 lbs

  • Estimated Yearly Energy Cost: $53

  • Digital display and touch controls with remote

  • Energy Saver mode

  • 24-hour on/off timer

  • Auto Restart

 

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GE AHQ06LZ - $249 MSRP - CLICK FOR CURRENT PRICING

GE AHQ06LZ 6000 BTU Air Conditioner

 

 

2. The Frigidaire FFRE063ZA1 - $269 MSRP

Frigidaire is a well-established top seller thanks to their low prices and solid warranties. The Frigidaire FFRE063ZA1 6,000 BTU air conditioner has lower operation noise than its predecessors, a 3-speed fan, a filter check light, and a 6 foot power cord. 

Sleep Mode increases the temperature a few degrees in the evening to help save money if you're running this unit overnight in a bedroom. It has a 24-hour timer so you can program when the unit runs, and the fan direction is adjustable. The air filter is antibacterial and a remote control is included.

If you're looking for an inexpensive air conditioner that's quieter than average, Frigidaire meets this need while also providing a great warranty - one year on the full unit and five years on the sealed system (see manufacturer's warranty for details).

 

Features

  • CEER: 10.05

  • Noise Rating: 47-52 dB

  • Weight: 51 lbs

  • Estimated Yearly Energy Cost: $52

  • Digital display and touch controls with remote

  • Sleep and Energy Saver modes

  • 24-hour on/off timer

  • Auto Restart

 

Click here to read over 95 real customer reviews of this product!

 

Frigidaire FFRE063ZA1 - $269 MSRP - CLICK FOR CURRENT PRICING

Frigidaire FFRA0622U1 Window Air Conditioner

 

 

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3. The Friedrich Chill Premier CCW06B10A - $419 MSRP

Last but not least in our 6,000 BTU air conditioner reviews is a model from specialty brand Friedrich. Friedrich air conditioners tend to be more expensive than brands like Frigidaire, but they make up for that with quiet operation, reliability, and high owner satisfaction.

The Friedrich CCW06B10A promises ultra quiet operation and is Energy Star rated (the savings could be notable if you plan to run your air conditioner most of the day, or need an air conditioner for year-round use in a warm climate). It has an antimicrobial filter and the controls on the unit can be hidden behind a cover when not in use for a smooth look. The Auto Air Sweep setting moves the louvers back and forth to cool a broad area so you don't have to manually adjust the fan direction. The slideout chassis design is convenient for permanent installation but works well for seasonal installs, too.

New for 2020, this model comes with wifi connectivity and voice control with Amazon Alexa. You can control your AC from anywhere with your phone! Friedrich offers a one year full parts and labor warranty plus five years on the sealed system. 

 

Features

  • CEER: 12.1

  • Noise Rating: Not listed, but quiet

  • Weight: 44 lbs

  • Estimated Yearly Energy Cost: $54

  • Digital display and touch controls with remote

  • Wifi connectivity

  • Energy Saver mode

  • 24-hour on/off timer

  • Auto Restart

  • Auto Air Sweep swing louvers distribute air evenly

  • Energy Star rated

 

Friedrich Chill CCW06B10A - $419 MSRP - CLICK HERE FOR CURRENT PRICING

Friedrich Chill Premier Window Air Conditioner

 

 

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That sums up our comparison of three 6,000 BTU models from three great brands! Although Friedrich is more expensive than other brands, they're very popular with high owner satisfaction. Frigidaire and GE also offer a lot of nicely featured models for reasonable prices.

Do any of these models appeal to you? What do you look for in a window air conditioner? Leave us a comment below - We'd love to hear from you!

 

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Topics: Air Conditioners, Frigidaire, friedrich

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