Best WiFi Smart Air Conditioner

With the summer months officially upon us and heat waves bearing down like we’re stuck in the middle of the Sahara, it’s time to start shopping for an upgrade to your old, leaky A/C unit for a Wi-Fi smart air conditioner which runs, if you’ll forgive the pun, just a little bit cooler.

Wi-Fi connected air conditioners are a new class of home appliance that make controlling the climate in your home or office easier than ever before with the help of smartphone apps and cutting-edge technology. And with that in mind, our #1 pick is the Frigidaire FGRC1044T1 10,000 BTU Smart Window Air Conditioner. It’s easy to install and control via your phone, there is an easy to clean antibacterial filter with a built-in ionizer, and 10,000 BTUs to cool large rooms.

But what features should you look for in the best Wi-Fi air conditioners in 2019? Read on in our guide to find out.

Top 5 Best WiFi Smart Air Conditioner Compared

 #1  Frigidaire FGRC1044T1 10,000 BTU Smart Window Air Conditioner – Top Pick/Best WiFi AC Unit

WHY WE LIKE IT: The Frigidaire FGRC1044T1 has killer power (10,000 BTUs), easy setup, and looks good while performing.

Pros
  • 10,000 BTUs of power
  • Android and iOS compatible + Alexa integration
  • Easily removable mesh antibacterial
Cons
  • Operationally loud
  • Window only installation so not easy to move
  • Built-in display hard to read fro afar

Even though we prefer the functionality and convenience of Quirky’s offering (our now #5 pick, only because it’s not in stock) there is no disputing that Frigidaire’s WiFi Air Conditioner can get the job done on the hottest of summer nights. How so?

Well, first and foremost it boasts 10,000 BTUs, which is enough power to cool a room up to 450 square feet. So most living rooms and bedrooms are applicable. Second, it features built-in WiFi, allowing you to connect to the unit via your smartphone (Android or iOS) and changes fan speed, temperature, control the AC’s modes and turn it on and off without having to walk over to the unit. We were gonna say lift a finger, but…that being said, this particular Smart AC unit is compatible with Amazon’s Alexa. So if you have one of those at home, you’ll be able to control its feature set with the command of your voice.

And if that isn’t enough, this AC unit has achieved an Energy Star rating of 12, making it one of the lowest cost to operate window units in its category; $75 a year to be exact (give or take depending on your energy utility’s costs).

And for those of you that are worried about air quality, you’ll take comfort in the easily removable mesh antibacterial filter, which easily pops off for cleaning thanks to a magnetic closure. Moreover, there is a built-in clean air ionizer allowing this unit to capture more dust in the air. Lastly, there is a sleep mode, battery operated remote (in case you like to go old school on the controls – and on the units), a built-in 3-foot cord, and a window kit with side panels that minimize leaks and keeps the cold in.

 #2  LG Electronics LP1415WXRSM – Honorable Mention/Best Portable A/C

WHY WE LIKE IT: The LG LP1415WXRSM has enough power to cool down any size home. For many, a smaller window-mounted smart air conditioner is more than enough to cool down their bedroom or home office, but what do you do if you need a lot more power for larger spaces like your living room or kitchen?

Pros
  • 14,000 BTUs, need I say more
  • Covers 500 square feet no problem
  • Easy to setup and install without effort
Cons
  • Can be loud for light sleepers
  • App can be slightly buggy
  • Setup manual is poorly written

For many, a smaller window-mounted smart air conditioner is more than enough to cool down their bedroom or home office, but what do you do if you need a lot more power for larger spaces like your living room or kitchen?

Enter the 14,000 BTU, portable LG LP1415WXRSM. This A/C unit is a big, burly monster of a cooling system that easily rolls to any corner of your home, and is capable of keeping spaces upwards of 500 sq. ft. tolerable during even the hottest of heat waves.

Using the LG Smart AC app, you can control everything from the fan speed to the humidity settings of your smart air conditioner no matter where you are in the world.

 #3  Frigidaire Cool Connect 8,000 BTU – Best Value

WHY WE LIKE IT: The Cool Connect is the best plug-and-play Wi-Fi A/C around. Of all the Wi-Fi-connected air conditioning units out there right now, it’s not hard to see why the Frigidaire Cool Connect system is one of the best.

Pros
  • 8,000 BTUs of cooling
  • Easy to install and setup
  • App worked almost flawlessly
Cons
  • 2,000 less BTUs then big bro
  • WiFi spotty every once in a blue
  • Temp gauge not 100% accurate

Note: If you’ve got a bigger space, see our #1 pick – same feature set but more power.

Frigidaire is a king in the industry of keeping your home cool, with a trusted brand name and dedication to quality that stretches back decades. With the Cool Connect, the company is finally bringing their air conditioners into the 21st century, and the move pays off in spades.

Want to get your bedroom cooled down before you get home from work, but don’t want to keep the unit running all day? This is where the Wi-Fi functionality comes in, enabling you to quickly and easily control your A/C remotely so any room in your house is at a perfect 72° by the time you pull into your driveway.

If you only need to cool a small space (350 sq. ft. or less), the Cool Connect is the way to go.

 #4  Kenmore Smart 04277087 WiFi A/C – Best Simple Setup

WHY WE LIKE IT: The Kenmore Smart is unquestionably a simple and easy to use unit. It’s not frills but with that comes simplicity especially if you don’t want to tear your hair out with setup. It currently works with Amazon’s Alexa/Echo.

Pros
  • Energy start rated
  • 8,000 BTUs of power
  • Easy to setup and use
Cons
  • The least sexy looking
  • Only works with Alexa
  • Only 1-year warranty

 #5  Frigidaire 12,000 BTU Cool Connect Smart Portable Air Conditioner – Best Simple Setup

WHY WE LIKE IT: This Frigidaire unit can cool at a rapid rate, even for a large room thanks to 12,000 BTUs of power. Setup is a cinch and doesn’t require any mounting in a window.

Pros
  • Easy installation in just minutes
  • 12,000 BTUs to cool large rooms
  • App works great
Cons
  • Heavy and not easy to move
  • Pricey at $600
  • Can be loud for light sleepers

Consider Your Room Size

It almost goes without saying, but make sure to measure your room size. A general rule of thumb is for every 20 btus you can cover a square foot. But use your best judgement and also account for the age of your house or apartment. The less insulation, or the older it is, the more power you might need.

How We Reviewed the AC Units

1. Available Features
While all of the Wi-Fi air conditioner units we could find carry a basic set of features including: Wi-Fi controls, temperature readouts, and timer setups, that’s not all they can do.
Keep an eye out for added energy-saving features and scheduling apps that will run your A/C for you in the background, even when you’re not home or able to get to your phone to tell the unit what to do without you around.

2. App Compatibility
All of the Wi-Fi air conditioners on this list use various smartphone apps to connect you to the unit remotely. Some apps are more streamlined than others, while some (like the LG Smart AC app) haven’t seen a visual update since iOS 6.0

3. Ease of Use
One of the main reasons you would want to choose a Wi-Fi-enabled air conditioner over a classic design is ease of use. Whether you’re a hundred miles away or a few feet away on the couch, Wi-Fi air conditioners offer a convenient way to change temperatures and monitor the temperature stats of your room all from the comfort of a mobile device.

4. Power Saving Options
If you decide to go with either the Frigidaire or the LG, know ahead of time that the only power-saving options you’ll have will need to be activated manually.
The Aros on the other hand automatically tracks your usage stats, and gives you a rough estimate of how much power you’re using or money you’re saving by only activating the air conditioner during certain times of the day or year.

5. Cost
Unlike dozens of other “smart home” devices that have come out in the past few years, Wi-Fi-connected air conditioners don’t cost much more than their offline counterparts just for the added wireless functionality. on average, you should expect to pay around $300 for a reliable 8,000 BTU window-mounted unit, or a little over $500 for a portable 14,000 BTU unit

Resident Expert Consultant/Why Trust Us

Chris has been reviewing consumer tech for almost 10 years. He brings extensive knowledge with respects to home connectivity and most importantly WiFi AC units, reviewing more than 50 of these over the course of his career. He also has the unfortunate side effect of living in Portland, Oregon where the summers are balmy and beyond humid. So he jumped at the chance to take on these tests…to say the least. – Chris Stobing | Smart Home Expert

Mistakes to Avoid

Measure Twice, Cut Once
The last thing you want to deal with after ordering a brand new window-mounted or portable air conditioner unit is finding out that it doesn’t fit in the space where you’re trying to put it. Window-mounted units need at least a foot of vertical clearance and two feet of clearance on either side, and portable units need a window or sliding door that you can stick the ventilation tube out of while still keeping a tight seal between your home and the outside world. Without a proper seal, all that cold air will simply leak out of your home before it cools anything down, so be sure to take a tape measure to your window frame prior to placing an order.

Replacing a Brand New Offline Unit
If you just bought a new regular air conditioner and don’t feel like returning it for a Wi-Fi model, there are alternative options available. By purchasing a third-party AirPatrol.

Cool Down Test

We like data, like you. Especially tests that show which A/C is objectively the fastest at cooling.

Product Name – Time in Minutes to cool 300 sq. feet

  1. Frigidaire Cool Connect 10,000 BTU – 68 mins
  2. Frigidaire 12,000 BTULG  – 75 mins
  3. LP1415WXRSM – 79 mins
  4. Frigidaire Cool Connect 8,000 BTU – 88 mins
  5. Kenmore Smart 04277087 – 89 mins

Chris Stobing

Chris Stobing is a writer and blogger from the heart of Silicon Valley. Raised around tech from birth, he's had an interest in PC hardware and networking technology for years, and has come to Gadget Review to contribute his knowledge on both. You can follow him on Twitter here.

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