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Frigidaire FRA053PU1 Portable Air Conditioner Review

Overall Rating:
4.4 out of 5 stars
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Frigidaire FRA053PU1

The Frigidaire FRA053PU1 is a compact, stylish design air conditioner that won’t take over the room. With a cooling capacity of 5,000 BTU it has been developed to keep the air cool in rooms of up to 216 square feet, making it perfect for home office or bedroom. The integrated casters and easy carry handle mean it can be transported from room to room with the minimal of fuss.

Review Details

Whilst the FRA053PU1 has many features to help keep the air cool (such as 3 fan speeds and swing air direction), it’s also very useful for people who suffer from allergies. The ionizer included with this unit will effectively remove pollen and other impurities from the air. It’s also fitted with an anti-bacterial filter that deals with odors and other particles that can exacerbate allergy symptoms.

For further ease of use, this air conditioner comes with a remote control and ready select controls. It also has a digital display to tell you the temperature and fan speed you’re using. The remote allows you to control the fan speeds and temperature, and the easy to use one-touch controls include a 24 hour on/off timer as well as 3 cooling speeds.

What We Liked

  • Compact/Stylish Design
    Frigidaire has designed this air conditioner with saving space in mind. It’s easy on the eye and won’t look out of place.
  • Fully Functional Remote Control
    With the included remote control it's possible to set and view the fan speed and desired temperature from anywhere in the room.
  • Cool Air Where It’s Needed
    With a unique swing direction airflow system, the FRA053PU1 will always make sure the whole room is cool.
  • Convenient
    Equipped with a 24 hour timer, 3 fan speeds and quiet operation, this unit will add to the comfort of any indoor room.
  • Allergy Control
    Due to both the anti-bacterial filter and ionizer, this unit will help keep common allergy symptoms at bay.

What We Didn't Like

  • Exhaust Hose Issues
    The FRA053PU1 comes complete with a single exhaust hose, but some have noted this can be difficult to set-up. However, a detailed manual is provided by the manufacturer.
  • Energy Consumption
    This model is not Energy Star Rated and can therefore have an impact on energy bills when used all the time.


Considering the thought that has gone into the design of the Frigidaire FRA053PU1 and the fact it comes with additional features such as a remote control and filters which keep allergy symptoms at bay, this is a pretty good buy. Frigidaire has also made sure this unit does not emit too much noise, which makes it perfect for the bedroom/overnight use.

Review by AirReflect ©
Last modified: April 21, 2013 (Prices are updated daily)
Frigidaire FRA053PU1
Dimensions (L x W x H):
14.6 x 17.25 x 28 inches
64 lbs
Power Supply:
110 Volts, 60 Hz
830 Watt, 7.4 Amp
Noise level:
55 dB
Coverage Area:
216 Square Feet
240 Cubic Feet per Minute
Heater Mode:
Cooling Capacity:
5000 BTU/h
Hose Type:
Adjustable Fan Speed:
Yes, 3 speeds
Remote Control:
Fan-Only Mode:
Air Direction Control:
Oscillate Option:
Air Filter:
Particle Filter:
Antimicrobial Protection:
Dehumidification Option:
Dehumidification Capacity:
25 Pints per Day
Automatic Restart:
Efficiency Ratio:
8.5 EER
Drain Option:
Energy Star Certified:
1 year
Additional Features:
Window Vent Kit

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