Airo Comfort Review
Pros: Energy efficient, easily portable
Cons: Underwhelming cooling abilities
Manufacturer: Airo Comfort
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|Pros||Energy efficient, easily portable||Great value, highly portable, performed well in our energy-efficiency test, solid cooling performance||Very quiet, exceptional cooling power||Very quiet, decently portable, solid cooling performance||Easy to move, decent energy efficiency|
|Cons||Underwhelming cooling abilities||Runs on the louder side||High energy consumption, expensive||Expensive, bulky window insert||Poor cooling abilities, noisy|
|Bottom Line||The lower cooling abilities do not quite make up for the energy-efficient capabilities||You'll save cash and receive exceptional performance, though it does run a touch louder than others||This is a solid performer for large rooms and one of the quietest models we tested||If you live in a consistently hot climate, this is our favorite dual-hose portable AC||This 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%)|
|Energy Cost (15%)|
|Specs||Airo Comfort||SereneLife SLPAC10||Whynter ARC-14SH||Whynter ARC-122DS E...||Midea 3-in-1|
|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|
|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: 50 1/8"
|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|
|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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
— Buck Yedor & Austin Palmer
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