Midea 3-in-1 Review
Pros: Easy to move, decent energy efficiency
Cons: Poor cooling abilities, noisy
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|Pros||Easy to move, decent energy efficiency||Great value, highly portable, performed well in our energy-efficiency test, solid cooling performance||Very quiet, decently portable, solid cooling performance||Energy efficient, easily portable||Inexpensive, relatively light|
|Cons||Poor cooling abilities, noisy||Runs on the louder side||Expensive, bulky window insert||Underwhelming cooling abilities||Poor cooling capabilities|
|Bottom Line||This is an expensive machine that is easy to move around but ultimately offers poor cooling abilities||You'll save cash and receive exceptional performance, though it does run a touch louder than others||If you live in a consistently hot climate, this is our favorite dual-hose portable AC||The lower cooling abilities do not quite make up for the energy-efficient capabilities||An 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%)|
|Energy Cost (15%)|
|Specs||Midea 3-in-1||SereneLife SLPAC10||Whynter ARC-122DS E...||Airo Comfort||BLACK+DECKER BPACT08WT|
|Timer||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Set up on the remote only|
|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|
|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: 50 1/8"
|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|
|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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
— Buck Yedor and Austin Palmer