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Airo Comfort Review

The lower cooling abilities do not quite make up for the energy-efficient capabilities
Airo Comfort
Credit: Airo Comfort
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Price:   $430 List | $339.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Energy efficient, easily portable
Cons:  Underwhelming cooling abilities
Manufacturer:   Airo Comfort
By Buck Yedor & Austin Palmer  ⋅  Aug 3, 2021
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#4 of 9
  • Cooling Power - 40% 3
  • Portability - 25% 8
  • Noise - 20% 7
  • Energy Cost - 15% 10

Our Verdict

The Airo Comfort has all the makings of a great air conditioning unit except for one fatal flaw — its poor cooling ability cripples this device. This is unfortunate because this unit scored surprisingly well in all other metrics. It's relatively quiet, easy to move around, and the cheapest machine to operate far and away. Given its downright bad cooling performance, we can't, in good conscience, recommend this unit.

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Pros Energy efficient, easily portableGreat value, highly portable, performed well in our energy-efficiency test, solid cooling performanceVery quiet, exceptional cooling powerVery quiet, decently portable, solid cooling performanceEasy to move, decent energy efficiency
Cons Underwhelming cooling abilitiesRuns on the louder sideHigh energy consumption, expensiveExpensive, bulky window insertPoor cooling abilities, noisy
Bottom Line The lower cooling abilities do not quite make up for the energy-efficient capabilitiesYou'll save cash and receive exceptional performance, though it does run a touch louder than othersThis is a solid performer for large rooms and one of the quietest models we testedIf you live in a consistently hot climate, this is our favorite dual-hose portable ACThis is an expensive machine that is easy to move around but ultimately offers poor cooling abilities
Rating Categories Airo Comfort SereneLife SLPAC10 Whynter ARC-14SH Whynter ARC-122DS E... Midea 3-in-1
Cooling Power (40%)
3.0
6.0
8.0
6.0
5.0
Portability (25%)
8.0
9.0
5.0
6.0
8.0
Noise (20%)
7.0
4.0
8.0
8.0
4.0
Energy Cost (15%)
10.0
7.0
2.0
5.0
6.0
Specs Airo Comfort SereneLife SLPAC10 Whynter ARC-14SH Whynter ARC-122DS E... Midea 3-in-1
Remote Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Timer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Interface location Top Top Front Front Top
Modes Cool, dry, fan Cool, dry, fan Cool, dry, fan, heat Cool, dry, fan Heat, auto, cool, dry, fan
Number of Fan Speeds 3 3 3 3 4
Cord Wrap Yes Yes No No Yes
Measured Weight 51.5 lbs 54.7 lbs 77.2 lbs 60.4 lbs 56.2 lbs
Window Kit Length (without modification) Min: 26.5"
Max: 48"
Min: 37"
Max: 50 1/8"
Min: 20"
Max: 46"
Min: 20"
Max: 46"
Min: 26.5"
Max: 48"
Measured kWh on High (Average) 0.71 kWh 0.91 kWh 1.12 kWh 1.06 kWh 0.85 kWh
Measured dBa on High at 4' 58 dBa 62 dBa 56.5 dBa 57 dBa 60.5 dBa
Room Rating 350 sq ft 350 sq ft 500 sq ft 400 sq ft 200 sq ft
BTUs 10,000 10,000 14,000 12,000 10,000
Single or Dual hose Single Single Dual Dual Single
Projected Summer Cost $88.17 $116.22 $159.06 $131.61 $122.60
Measured Temperature Drop After 60 Minutes 6ºF 11ºF 11.99°F 10°F 8ºF

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


The Airo Comfort is highly portable and energy efficient.
The Airo Comfort is highly portable and energy efficient.
Credit: Laura Casner

Cooling Power


The quality of an air conditioner really boils down to its cooling ability. The Airo Comfort failed to impress us. Defined as being rated for rooms up to 350 square feet in size, we expected this unit to have no problem cooling off our testing room. Our testing room started at 82 degrees, and after an hour of running this unit, the ambient air temperature only dropped to 74 degrees. A drop of only six degrees over an hour made this the worst performing air conditioner in our test group.

Portability


An obvious perk of portable air conditioners is the ability to move them from room to room. Run it in your home office during the day and then move it to your bedroom at night. This unit scored above average in its ability to be moved from place to place. It was a little awkward to wheel around but was one of the easier units to actually carry. The built-in grips fully accommodate the tips of your fingers, and the way the weight shifts when you pick it up makes the unit rest on your stomach, making it easy to balance. The window installation equipment is straightforward to use and requires the use of no tools, giving you the ability to seamlessly change where this unit is installed.

The large built-in grips made this unit one of the easiest to carry.
The large built-in grips made this unit one of the easiest to carry.
Credit: Laura Casner

Noise


The Airo performed above average in the noise metric. Overall it was pretty quiet, but there was a copper tube that rattled around on the inside. Opening up the machine and putting a piece of foam inside stopped the rattling. It did produce an audible hum but overall wasn't very loud.

Energy Cost


This is the metric where the Airo truly stands out. Based on our calculations, three months of daily use would cost you around $88. There was only one other option that was more energy-efficient, and the next best option cost around $116 for the same amount of use.

This unit is incredibly energy effiecient.
This unit is incredibly energy effiecient.
Credit: Laura Casner

Value


Despite the low operational costs, the Airo isn't a great value. Its poor cooling abilities hardly make the low cost worth it. The base MSRP is on the higher side. For the money, numerous portable air conditioners perform better and offer a much better value.

Conclusion


The Airo Comfort falls short of its seemingly great potential. This unit was the highest scorer in our energy efficiency metric, is incredibly portable, and relatively unobtrusive when it comes to the noise it makes while operating. Where it all falls apart is with this model's cooling abilities. This air conditioner failed to adequately cool off our testing room by more than six degrees, making it one of the worst performers in what we think is the most crucial metric. Its overall score gained even more points from its good portability, but we can't overlook its inefficiency at cooling our testing space. For the money, we'd suggest going a different route when purchasing a new AC unit.

The slick window installation system requires the use of no tools.
The slick window installation system requires the use of no tools.
Credit: Laura Casner

Buck Yedor & Austin Palmer