Frigidaire FFRE0533Q1 Review
This 5,000-BTU air conditioner lacks some conveniences of our top pick this size and costs a bit more up front but is more efficient, qualifying for Energy Star certification.
This 2014 model hasn't garnered a ton of online feedback, but existing Frigidaire FFRE0533Q1 reviews are favorable. In a hands-on test, consumer product experts give this 5,000-BTU air conditioner high marks for quickly and accurately cooling a room to a set temperature without making too much noise, on either the high or the low setting. They especially commend its performance under conditions of extreme heat and low voltage. The unit automatically restores the most recent settings following a power outage.
Most Frigidaire FFRE0533Q1 reviews on Amazon come from customers who have received this relatively new product for free through the Amazon Vine program. These reviewers may be swayed by the fact that the cool air is coming gratis, but many of their comments are highly specific and helpful. A couple convey a high regard for the quality and durability of Frigidaire-brand products in general.
The Frigidaire FFRE0533Q1 (starting at $172, Amazon) is rated for up to 150 square feet and seems to be well-suited to a bedroom. One reviewer marvels at how well it cools a second-floor room with cathedral ceilings. Another reports that it effortlessly handles a 200-square-foot space that houses a large, heat-generating computer.
This air conditioner is Energy Star certified under new standards established by the Environmental Protection Agency. Its energy efficiency ratio of 11.2 translates to a lower electric bill than a conventional air conditioner would generate. This unit has electronic controls for setting a precise temperature, as well as a remote control for adjusting the AC from across the room or without getting out of bed. There are two fan speeds, four-way air direction, and features including a 24-hour timer, antibacterial filter, and clean filter alert. The window unit fits into a space 23 to 36 inches wide and 13 inches high. User reviewers have found the installation easy and instructions clear.
The Frigidaire FFRE0533Q1 comes with a full one-year warranty and a five-year warranty on the sealed system. It carries a higher price tag than the winner in our 5,000-BTU bracket, the Kenmore 70051, which is more adjustable and includes a sleep mode. Still, the Frigidaire FFRE0533Q1 meets the most recent standard for Energy Star qualification and should save a bit of money in the long run.