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 poor cooling is unfortunate because this appliance 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.Editor's Note: This review was updated on April 21, 2022, to share what air conditioners we would recommend over this one.
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, and unfortunately, 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 doesn't require tools, giving you the ability to seamlessly change where this appliance 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. However, its poor cooling abilities hardly make the low cost worth it.
Should You Buy the Airo Comfort?
We assume that most folks looking for a portable air conditioner are looking for fairly decent cooling power; otherwise, they'd simply get a fan. Unfortunately, in our cooling power metric, the Airo Comfort was one of the worst-performing models in the test, so it's hard for us to recommend this unit despite good scores across the other test metrics.
What Other Portable Air Conditioners Should You Consider?
For an AC unit that offers a good balance of energy efficiency and cooling power, we recommend the SereneLife SLPAC10. For those seeking maximum cooling, the Whynter ARC-14SH is the way to go — however, you'll pay more for energy costs with this unit.
— Buck Yedor & Austin Palmer
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