The In-Depth Buyer's Guide for 2019

Best WiFi Air Conditioner

Over 50+ Hours Testing & Reviewing 44 AC Units.

9.5 out of 10

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.


Test Results and Ratings

- August 2019

How We Decided


4 main factors come down to picking the top WiFi A/C units.

5000+ BTUs
Cooling Power

App
Quality & Easy of Use

500+ sq. ft
Coverage

$100-$600
Value

Best WiFi AC Unit

 Frigidaire FGRC1044T1 10,000 BTU Smart Window Air Conditioner

9.8
out of 10
Pros
Cons
  • 10,000 BTUs of power
  • Android and iOS compatible + Alexa integration
  • Easily removable mesh antibacterial
  • Operationally loud
  • Window only installation so not easy to move
  • Built-in display hard to read fro afar

Why We Like It: The Frigidaire FGRC1044T1 has killer power (10,000 BTUs), easy setup, and looks good while performing.

Best Portable A/C

 LG Electronics LP1415WXRSM

9.7
out of 10
Pros
Cons
  • 14,000 BTUs, need I say more
  • Covers 500 square feet no problem
  • Easy to setup and install without effort
  • Can be loud for light sleepers
  • App can be slightly buggy
  • Setup manual is poorly written

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?

Best Value

 Frigidaire Cool Connect 8,000 BTU

9.5
out of 10
Pros
Cons
  • 8,000 BTUs of cooling 
  • Easy to install and setup
  • App worked alost flawlessly
  • 2,000 less BTUs then big bro
  • WiFi spotty every once in a blue 
  • Temp gauge not 100% accurate

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.

Best Simple Setup

Kenmore Smart 04277087 WiFi A/C 

9.1
out of 10
Pros
Cons
  • Energy start rated
  • 8,000 BTUs of power
  • Easy to setup and use
  • The least sexy looking
  • Only works with Alexa
  • Only 1-year warranty

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.

Best Portable Power

 Frigidaire 12,000 BTU Cool Connect Smart Portable Air Conditioner

8.9
out of 10
Pros
Cons
  • Easy installation in just minutes
  • 12,000 BTUs to cool large rooms
  • App works great
  • Heavy and not easy to move
  • Pricey at $600
  • Can be loud for light sleepers

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.


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

The devil is in the details folks.

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


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

Top 5 AC Units Compared

We like data, too. Especially tests that show which router is objectively the fastest of the bunch. 

#

Device Name

BTUs

Square Feet

Rating

1

Frigidaire FGRC1044T1

10,000

500 Sq Ft

2

LG Electronics LP1415WXRSM

14,000

700 Sq Ft

3

Frigidaire Cool Connect 8000 BTU

8,000

400 Sq Ft

4

Kenmore Smart 04277087 WiFi

8,000

400 Sq Ft

5

Frigidaire Cool Connect 

12,000

184 g

Mistakes to Avoid


answers

Measure Twice, Cut Once

Replacing a Brand New Offline Unit


Cool Down Test

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

Rank

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

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1 Comment to Best WiFi Smart Air Conditioner for 2019

  1. Does anyone make a AC- Heater combo unit with WiFi capability? Have found many AC s with WiFi and smart plugs which work on a space heater but not been able to find a AC/Heater combo with WiFi. Is there some technical reason these are not made?

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