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Midea 3-in-1 Review

This is an expensive machine that is easy to move around but ultimately offers poor cooling abilities
Midea 3-in-1
Credit: Midea
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Price:   $400 List | $379.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Easy to move, decent energy efficiency
Cons:  Poor cooling abilities, noisy
Manufacturer:   Midea
By Buck Yedor and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Aug 3, 2021
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#6 of 9
  • Cooling Power - 40% 5
  • Portability - 25% 8
  • Noise - 20% 4
  • Energy Cost - 15% 6

Our Verdict

The Midea 3-in-1 is a highly portable and smart technology-enabled machine. While our testers enjoyed the ability to control this unit from their smart devices, it is noisy and only moderately energy efficient. If portability from room to room is your main concern, the rolling wheels on the bottom of the device made this one of the easiest machines to move around on hard-surfaced floors. This AC unit only had mediocre cooling abilities, and when considering the high price point, there are better options on the market.

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Pros Easy to move, decent energy efficiencyGreat value, highly portable, performed well in our energy-efficiency test, solid cooling performanceVery quiet, decently portable, solid cooling performanceEnergy efficient, easily portableInexpensive, relatively light
Cons Poor cooling abilities, noisyRuns on the louder sideExpensive, bulky window insertUnderwhelming cooling abilitiesPoor cooling capabilities
Bottom Line This is an expensive machine that is easy to move around but ultimately offers poor cooling abilitiesYou'll save cash and receive exceptional performance, though it does run a touch louder than othersIf you live in a consistently hot climate, this is our favorite dual-hose portable ACThe lower cooling abilities do not quite make up for the energy-efficient capabilitiesAn affordably priced model that is sufficient for smaller rooms, but has subpar cooling capabilities
Rating Categories Midea 3-in-1 SereneLife SLPAC10 Whynter ARC-122DS E... Airo Comfort BLACK+DECKER BPACT08WT
Cooling Power (40%)
5.0
6.0
6.0
3.0
4.0
Portability (25%)
8.0
9.0
6.0
8.0
6.0
Noise (20%)
4.0
4.0
8.0
7.0
6.0
Energy Cost (15%)
6.0
7.0
5.0
10.0
7.0
Specs Midea 3-in-1 SereneLife SLPAC10 Whynter ARC-122DS E... Airo Comfort BLACK+DECKER BPACT08WT
Remote Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Timer Yes Yes Yes Yes Set up on the remote only
Interface location Top Top Front Top Top
Modes Heat, auto, cool, dry, fan Cool, dry, fan Cool, dry, fan Cool, dry, fan Cool, dry, fan
Number of Fan Speeds 4 3 3 3 4
Cord Wrap Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Measured Weight 56.2 lbs 54.7 lbs 60.4 lbs 51.5 lbs 51.3 lbs
Window Kit Length (without modification) Min: 26.5"
Max: 48"
Min: 37"
Max: 50 1/8"
Min: 20"
Max: 46"
Min: 26.5"
Max: 48"
Min: 20.5"
Max: 59"
Measured kWh on High (Average) 0.85 kWh 0.91 kWh 1.06 kWh 0.71 kWh 0.8 kWh
Measured dBa on High at 4' 60.5 dBa 62 dBa 57 dBa 58 dBa 58.4 dBa
Room Rating 200 sq ft 350 sq ft 400 sq ft 350 sq ft 300 sq ft
BTUs 10,000 10,000 12,000 10,000 8,000
Single or Dual hose Single Single Dual Single Single
Projected Summer Cost $122.60 $116.22 $131.61 $88.17 $113.62
Measured Temperature Drop After 60 Minutes 8ºF 11ºF 10°F 6ºF 6.4°F

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


The Midea 3-in-1 is easy enough to move around but offers poor...
The Midea 3-in-1 is easy enough to move around but offers poor cooling abilities.
Credit: Laura Casner

Cooling Power


Certainly, the most crucial component of an AC unit is its ability to cool a room. The Midea offered mediocre results when it came to our cooling power tests. Our testing room started at 78°, and after an hour of running this machine, the inside temperature only dropped 8°. While it wasn't the worst performance in our testing group, we were not particularly impressed by those numbers.

Portability


Portability is the one metric where this model scored some serious points. The built-in wheels worked quite well when rolling this unit from room to room. If you are likely to encounter stairs and need to carry this device, it is a bit unwieldy. The built-in grips are rather small and don't quite accommodate a full fingertip's worth of room. The weight is distributed unevenly, making it even tougher to lug around by hand. Overall, this model is great for wheeling around single-story buildings but tough to get up and downstairs.

The built-in wheels and window mounting system, made this unit easy...
The built-in wheels and window mounting system, made this unit easy to move from room to room.
Credit: Laura Casner

Noise


While almost all of the units scored similarly on our decibel reader, the actual sounds each machine produced were highly variable, with some being much more bothersome to our testers than others. The Midea emitted a high-pitched buzzing sound that our testers found to be quite obnoxious. The noise that came out of the machine wasn't a consistent hum but rattly and somewhat sporadic, adding to our dislike.

The Midea is smart device compatible.
The Midea is smart device compatible.
Credit: Laura Casner

Energy Cost


One of the biggest downsides to any air conditioning unit is the relatively high cost of operation. The Midea scores reasonably well in this metric. According to our calculations, it costs around $122 per three months of daily use. These numbers put it squarely in the middle in terms of average cost.

Value


The Midea 3-in-1 has a fairly steep MSRP and middle-of-the-road energy efficiency. When you factor in its mediocre cooling abilities, this device isn't offering consumers a great value. If having a wheeled device that is easy to push around a single story is a high priority for you, this device might be worth it, but we'd suggest looking at other options for everyone else.

Conclusion


The Midea 3-in-1 has smart device-enabled controls and is easy to push around single-story buildings. With standard installation procedures and slightly below average operation costs, there isn't a lot going on to distinguish this model from other mid-level performers. It's fairly noisy and generally has poor cooling abilities. While not the worst option, we'd recommend going in a different direction when shopping around for a new portable AC unit.

Ultimately, this device struggled to cool down our testing room.
Ultimately, this device struggled to cool down our testing room.
Credit: Laura Casner

Buck Yedor and Austin Palmer