The Midea 8,000BTU U-shaped Air Conditioner ($339) is a Wi-Fi-enabled smart air conditioner with a distinctive form that contributes to it being one of the quietest window air conditioners we’ve tested. It’s simple to set up and cools well in our tests, and it can be operated by a remote, mobile app, and voice commands via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. However, it isn’t nearly as intelligent as our Editors’ Choice, the GE Energy Star 115-Volt Electronic Room Air Conditioner (AHC08LY), which is also slightly less expensive. Here is our Midea 8,000BTU U-Shaped Air Conditioner review for you.
Midea 8,000BTU U-Shaped Air Conditioner Review
Midea 8,000BTU U-shaped Air Conditioner Specs
|Voice Control||Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Proprietary|
|Energy Star Certified||Yes|
Design and Features
The Midea U-Shaped Air Conditioner, as its name suggests, has a distinctive design that separates the front half of the unit, which houses the fan, evaporator, and controls, from the back section, which contains the compressor and condenser.
It makes use of Midea’s inverter cooling technology, which the manufacturer claims is up to 35% more energy efficient than traditional cooling. The front and back are separated by a small channel that serves as a window slot. When you draw the window down into the slot, it not only locks out the outside air, but it also supports the air conditioner. It also helps to muffle any noise coming from the unit’s exterior.
We looked at the 8,000BTU model, which is suited for rooms up to 350 square feet, but Midea also offers 10,000BTU ($399) and 12,000BTU ($459) models for larger spaces. Our test unit is 55.5 pounds and measures 13.2 by 21.9 by 19.7 inches (HWD). An air louver panel and an LED temperature setting readout with up and down temperature setting controls are located on the front panel.
There are eight other controls, including a Wi-Fi connect button, a Timer button for setting the unit to turn off after a certain amount of time, and a Power button. an ECO button that saves energy by cycling the fan and compressor; a Mode button that switches between Auto, Cool, Fan, and Dry modes of operation; a four-position fan button (Auto, Low, Medium, and High); A Sleep button raises the programmed temperature by two degrees after 30 minutes, then another two degrees after another 30 minutes; a Swing button raises and lowers the air louver panel to help distribute cool air; and an on/off button.
The unit comes with an easy-to-install adjustable mounting bracket that provides good support. A user guide, a remote guide, a smart app guide, foam blocks and foam insulation strips for sealing the unit once it’s placed, assorted mounting screws, and a nine-button remote that lets you do whatever the onboard controls do are all included.
You may control the Midea with an Android or iOS mobile app in addition to the remote and onboard controls. The app has its own built-in speech service, but you can also use Alexa and Google voice commands to adjust settings and turn the device on and off. However, this air conditioner lacks several of the capabilities found in the GE air conditioner, such as compatibility for Apple HomeKit and Siri voice commands, as well as IFTTT applet interoperability with other smart devices. The app also doesn’t inform you how much power the AC is taking, despite what the instructions say.
The Midea 8,000BTU U-Shaped Air Conditioner will help you sleep better at night if noise from your window air conditioner is keeping you awake. Its unusual design not only makes it easier to install than most typical air conditioners, but it also uses your window to muffle the sound of the compressor, which is separate from the inner enclosure and sits outside of your window.
In our tests, this air conditioner did a fantastic job of cooling and responded fast and accurately to directions given via the remote, onboard controls, and the mobile app. Alexa voice commands worked well as well, but the voice service via the mobile app wasn’t quite as stable.
If HomeKit and IFTTT compatibility is a must, consider our Editors’ Choice, the GE Energy Star 115-Volt Electronic Room Air Conditioner (AHC08LY), which is also a little less expensive than the Midea AC and has location-based temperature settings and power use reports.