Top Recommended Window Unit Brands
1,000’s of people use one of these recommended brands’ window units: LG, Danby, and Haier. Among them, LG is our favorite due to easy installation and consistent performance with the CoolBot. These brands are generally available at Amazon.com, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Walmart and Sam’s Club. If you have trouble finding a specific model, call your nearby store and they can usually order it for you, or check Amazon.
|LG||Danby (made by Whirlpool)||Haier|
|Summary||LG is our top preferred brand!
We have thousands of people using LG air conditioners going back all the way to 2006! Most of them are still running strong 8 years later!
|Danby (manufactured by Whirlpool) offers great air conditioners. They were previously only available in Canada, but are now in the US too.||Many customers have successfully used Haier units with CoolBots for years. They can be a bit cheaper than LG or GE.|
|Model Year Notes||In 2012-2013, we saw issues of moisture getting on the boards. This is typically easy to remedy, just use a hair dryer to dry them out.||Any Danby model (from after 2011), so long as it has a digital display, will work with the CoolBot. Avoid pre-2011 models due to electrical problems.||Haier's instructions say that they don’t work if outside temperatures fall below 60°F. In our experience, this isn’t true - these are great through even Canadian winters and nothing changed in 2010, just the wording in their instructions.|
General Electric (GE): GE is widely available, but its compatibility with the CoolBot is very model specific. Some models have a second sensor that requires extra steps during installation (which we walk through on the Installation page). Since 2013, GE models restart automatically after a power failure and generally work fine in the winter. We are still gathering information on the 2016 models.
GE Model Notes – Compatible models:
- 24K BTU: AEM24DT, AEE24DT, AEM25DP, AEW24DS, AEH24DT, and AEM24DQ.
- 18K BTU: AEL18DQ, AEE18DT, AEM18DT, and AEW18DS.
- 12K BTU units: AEL12AS, AEM12AS, and AEZ12AS
GE Models to avoid: Avoid pre-2010 models. Avoid AEZ12AT, AEM10AT, AEL24DS, AHH10AS, AEL24DQ, AEH12AT and all AHL##AS models – their sensors are difficult to work with during installation. Avoid AEW12AS and AEL12AR – they are too small to cool the air down.
Brands with limited window unit experience, but no problems:
We sell CoolBots all over the world, and sometimes our customers have trouble finding one of our top supported brands. While we have less experience with these other brands, so far we have not had any issues with the following brands:
- Samsung (hundreds of users with good feedback; don't know if they have auto-restart in case of electrical failure)
- Comfort Aire
- Arctic King
Because of our limited experience with these brands, we do not have data on how they perform during the winter. If that is an important feature to you, please use one of our recommended brands (LG, Danby, Haier or GE), or contact us and we can discuss your setup in more detail.