Tired of having to reset the downstairs thermostat every time you want to change the temperature upstairs? (I know I am.) Well, two Friedrich air conditioners have recently been ranked by a reputable consumer agency as the best you can buy—literally. The Friedrich SS08M10 is part of Friedrich’s elite Kühl series of window air conditioners and was rated highly in temperature and noise control, user-friendliness, and brownout resistance. The Friedrich CP06F10 is a compact residential window AC designed to get the job done without sacrificing convenience; it received high marks in quiet performance, efficiency, and brownout resistance.
From the get-go, I have to say the Friedrich SS08M10 is a beautiful product—so much so that it won a Dealer Design Award last year. If you hate that off-white but not-quite-gray tone nearly standard for window ACs, the Kühl series comes in seven different colors with a sleek profile to spice up a room as well as cool it. The LCD display, noted for its ease of use in the ratings, not only dims when the AC is off but can be optimized to show various temperatures, the time, and even function in “nightlight” mode for those of us who never really got over being alone in the dark. The included remote has matching LCD controls, and an optional thermostat can be wired to the AC if you want to change the temperature from afar, cooling down a room before even setting foot in it.