Top 7 8000 BTU Window Air Conditioners in 2020

This guide includes an overview and full reviews of the best window AC in the 8000 BTU class. There’s a short Buying Guide at the end to help ensure you’ve got the right size window air conditioner for your needs.

This is a popular size window air conditioner suitable in most cases for 250 to 350 square feet – an average bedroom, office or den.

If your room is 350 square feet and is especially warm because it faces West or for another reason, consider upgrading to a 10,000 or 12,000 BTU model. We’ve developed similar Buying Guides for those sizes with recommendations for top units.

There are sizing details in the Guide at the end of this post.

We’ve researched the best 8000 BTU window ACs and compiled a list.

They are top-rated

We’ve chosen the best in popular categories such as Best Overall, Best for Sliding Window and Best with WiFi. The categories are used in the full 8000 BTU Window AC Reviews below.

Overviews: Best 8000 BTU Window Air Conditioners

Here is our list with bullet points showing key features.

It’s an opportunity to make a buying choice and get on with your busy schedule. Full reviews follow for those that want more detail.

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TOSOT Energy Star AC

  • AC/Dry/Fan-only Modes
  • Very Efficient
  • Attractive Design
  • Thermostat in the Remote

Overall Best

Frigidaire Energy Star 115V

  • Fits Small Windows
  • Cool/Dry/Fan/Auto Modes
  • Eco/Sleep Modes Save $
  • Remote Thermostat (See Review)
  • Full-function Remote

Most Compact

Frigidaire FFRS0822S1

  • Fits Sliding & Casement Windows
  • Full-function Remote
  • Good Efficiency
  • 24-hour Timer
  • 3-speed Fan & Auto

Best Sliding AC

Koldfront WAC8001W

  • 1320-Watt Heater
  • 24-hour Timer
  • Dirty Filter Alert
  • $-saving Sleep Mode
  • Cool/Heat/Dry/Fan

Best with Heat

LG LW8016ER

  • Most Efficient
  • Cool/Dry/Fan/Energy Saver
  • 24-Hr Timer
  • Full-function Remote

Best Value

Frigidaire Energy Star 115V

  • Smart App-Custom Control
  • Very Efficient
  • Sleek Design
  • Dirty Filter Alert
  • Cool/Dry/Fan Modes

Best WiFi AC

Midea MAW08R1BWT

  • Cool/Dry/Fan
  • Energy Saver Mode
  • 24-hour Timer
  • Dirty Filter Notification
  • 6K,8K,10K&12K Models

Best Series

Best 8000 BTU Window Air Conditioner Reviews

Here are full reviews of the top-rated 8000 BTU window ACs by category.

These are all 115V ACs and work in standard electrical outlets.

Best Overall

#1 TOSOT Window Air Conditioner - Energy Star with Temperature-Sensing Remote

This is our overall Best 8000 BTU window air conditioner for many reasons.

It is loaded with top features and is one of the most efficient window ACs available.

Features: It starts with the Remote Temperature Sensing. The AC compressor won’t shut off and stop cooling until the thermostat in the remote hits the desired temperature.

Without this function, the AC shuts down when the air around it gets cool enough – while air across the room is still too warm. Keep the remote near you, and you’ll be as cool as you want to be.

Other top features are:

  • AC Mode, Fan-only Mode and Dry Mode – Dry Mode dehumidifies the air without making it colder. This is an ideal mode for those cool, damp days when the air feels clammy.
  • Energy Star efficiency.
  • Sleep Mode raises the temperature a few degrees and lowers it again toward morning.
  • Fan with 3 speeds plus Auto.

Ratings: Nearly 90% of all users recommend this window AC. The reviews are excellent and point to its efficiency and features plus dependability.

Pros: Remote temperature sensing, loaded with features, efficiency helps cut energy costs while keeping your room very comfortable. The price is competitive too.

Cons: As is true with even the best window ACs, a few arrive in non-working order or soon quit. But the rate of failure with this TOSOT model are lower than most others.

Bottom Line: Consider this unit if you want reliability, efficiency and outstanding indoor climate control.

Most Compact

#2 Frigidaire Energy Star 8,000 BTU 115V Window-Mounted Mini-Compact Air Conditioner with Full-Function Remote

The small frame of this unit – just 17” – means it fits into small windows. It is also Energy Star certified for efficiency with an EER rating of 12.0.

Features: It has a very good set of features that starts with a thermostat in the remote for Remote Temperature Sensing.

The AC will respond to the thermostat in the remote. This guarantees that the air where you (and the remote) are is cool, not just the air near the unit.

  • 5 Modes – Cooling, Fan-only, Auto that allows you to set the temperature and let the unit choose the settings. Dry Mode for cool and damp days to make the air drier and more comfortable. Sleep Mode and Eco Mode that save money.
  • Remote – Control all functions with the remote from anywhere in the room.
  • Auto-restart after a power outage.
  • 24-hour Timer.

Ratings: About 85% of reviews and ratings on various sites are positive. This unit gets high marks for its compact size, efficiency and dependability.

Pros: Loaded with features, energy-saving efficiency and remote temperature sensing. There’s a lot to like.

Cons: This isn’t the best dehumidifier on the list. It removes 1.7 pints of moisture per hour, which is good but not great.

Bottom Line: If you’ve got a window most ACs won’t fit into, this unit might. It should fit any window 18” or wider.

Best Sliding Window AC

#3 Frigidaire FFRS0822S1 8000 BTU Heavy-Duty Slider Casement Window Air Conditioner

The small frame of this unit – just 17” – means it fits into small windows. It is also Energy Star certified for efficiency with an EER rating of 12.0.

Features: It has a very good set of features that starts with a thermostat in the remote for Remote Temperature Sensing.

The AC will respond to the thermostat in the remote. This guarantees that the air where you (and the remote) are is cool, not just the air near the unit.

  • 5 Modes – Cooling, Fan-only, Auto that allows you to set the temperature and let the unit choose the settings. Dry Mode for cool and damp days to make the air drier and more comfortable. Sleep Mode and Eco Mode that save money.
  • Remote – Control all functions with the remote from anywhere in the room.
  • Auto-restart after a power outage.
  • 24-hour Timer.

Ratings: About 85% of reviews and ratings on various sites are positive. This unit gets high marks for its compact size, efficiency and dependability.

Pros: Loaded with features, energy-saving efficiency and remote temperature sensing. There’s a lot to like.

Cons: This isn’t the best dehumidifier on the list. It removes 1.7 pints of moisture per hour, which is good but not great.

Bottom Line: If you’ve got a window most ACs won’t fit into, this unit might. It should fit any window 18” or wider.

Best with Heat

#4 Koldfront WAC8001W 8,000 BTU Window Air Conditioner with Heat

Will this AC be in a room that needs a little extra heat in winter as well as cooling in summer? It’s an ideal choice for those rooms, which are typically far from the central HVAC system.

This is not a heat pump. The heater is an electric resistance space heater with 1350 watts of heating power. It cranks out enough heat help keep a bedroom or other enclosed room cozy.

Features: It offers –

  • 1350 Watts of Heating.
  • 5 Modes – Cooling, Heating, Dry for drier air on damp and cool days, Sleep Mode and Energy Saver Mode.
  • Remote with full functionality.
  • Dirty Filter light.
  • 24-hour Timer.

Ratings: About 80% to 85% of users give this unit high marks for reliability.

Pros: Supplemental heat, good features and a 2-year warranty. Many AC warranties are just 1 year.

Cons: It’s a few pounds heavier than average because of the included space heater.

Bottom Line: If the room where you will use this AC is chilly in winter, you’ll appreciate its heating option.

Best Value

#5 LG LW8016ER 8,000 BTU 115V Window-Mounted AIR Conditioner with Remote Control

This LG window AC offers good quality and a very competitive price to equal good value.

It’s also available in other sizes at equally good values. If you need more than one size, select the link to pick your sizes.

Features: There’s quite a lot to like –

  • 4 Modes – Cool, Dry (Dehumidify), Fan-only and Energy Saver.
  • Full-feature remote.
  • 24-hour programable timer.
  • Energy Star certified.

Ratings: Reviews and Ratings are good, if not great, for the unit.

Pros: Good set of Modes and Features.

Cons: 2.2 pints of dehumidification per hour is OK, but there are units that remove more moisture than that.

Bottom Line: If you want to save money on a decent AC from a leading brand, consider this LG Window AC.

Best WiFi AC

#6 Frigidaire White Energy Star 8,000 BTU 115V Cool Connect Smart Window Air Conditioner with Wi-Fi

This highly-rated WiFi AC with free App allows you to monitor and control it from anywhere. This is convenient – and it saves energy.

Turn the unit off when you leave, and use the app to turn it back on when you’re close to home. The room will be cool when you arrive. That’s better than leaving it on to make sure the room is cool for you.

It boasts quite a few other attractive features.

Features: This is an Energy Star window air conditioner, so you’ll have lower energy bills. It also offers –

  • WiFi control.
  • Cool, Dry, Fan Modes for customizing climate control.
  • 3 fan speeds plus Auto.
  • Dirty filter alert.

Ratings: There are a limited number of ratings, but all reviews are positive

Pros: WiFi, good features, energy efficient AC.

Cons: Cost is higher than most.

Bottom Line: Consider this model if WiFi, good functionality and high quality are your priorities for a new window air conditioner.

Best Series

#7 Midea MAW08R1BWT Window Air Conditioner 8000 BTU Easycool AC

This Midea window air conditioner is on the list because of its high quality, good features and the fact that it comes in 4 sizes total, and all are highly rated.

If you need more than one window air conditioner for various rooms, then this Midea Window AC Series offers 6K, 8K, 10K and 12K BTU models.

Features:

3 major modes: AC for cooling, Dry for drying the air on damp, chilly days without making it colder and Fan-only mode to move the air and/or provide “white noise” for sleeping or studying when you don’t want AC.

  • Energy Saver and Sleep Modes for other climate control options.
  • Full-function Remote.
  • Programmable Timer.
  • Dirty filter notification.

Ratings: Reviews and ratings are 80% to 85% positive. Many of the bad reviews are about products that arrived damaged or in non-working order.

Pros: A reliable window AC in a range of sizes including 8000 BTUs. Good features.

Cons: If the room is 300+ square feet and very warm, you’ll probably need a larger AC.

Bottom Line: Consider this unit if you want a reliable window air conditioner that’s available in multiple sizes.

Be Sure You Choose the Right Size AC

An 8000 BTU window AC is rated for 250-350 square feet.

If the room where you will use this unit has one of the following issues, the unit will likely be OK.

Beyond that, add 1000 to 2000 BTUs for each condition:

  • The room faces West and isn’t shaded by trees
  • It is on an upper floor
  • The ceilings are higher than 9 feet
  • The room is a kitchen, and the oven or range are on while the AC is in use
  • The room often has 3+ people in it
  • The room adjoins enclosed, warm space like the attic or garage

Here are a couple examples:

#1 The room is a bedroom on the second floor (+1000 BTUs) and faces north.  If the bedroom is 250-300 square feet, an 8000 BTU unit will probably be OK.

#2 The room is on the 5th floor of an apartment building (+1000), faces west (+1000) and often has 3-5 people in it (+1000). This room would be better served by a 10,000 or 12,000 BTU window air conditioner.

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