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Midea U-Shaped MAW08V1QWT Review

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The Midea U-shaped MAW08V1QWT is a quiet, 8,000 BTU air conditioner that is efficient at cooling rooms of 350 sq ft in size. It has smart features that facilitate app and voice control through WiFi. However, it is quite heavy, so installing it might be difficult.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The 55-pound Midea U-shaped MAW08V1QWT is an entry-level air conditioner announced in late 2020. It is designed for window installation, with a U-shaped design that allows for window opening and closing, and this aspect makes it quite unique compared to some of the best air conditioners on the market.

The MAW08V1QWT has a cooling capacity of 8000 BTU, making it a best fit for rooms up to 350 Sq ft in size. This performance closely matches the Tosot Ashrae 8000, which we’ve looked at more keenly in our Tosot Ashrae 8000 BTU review. Owners can control it remotely via the MSmartHome app or voice commands via Alexa. At 42 dB, its noise output is also fairly low, making it one of the quietest window conditioners you can get.

Best For

  • Window

Consensus

our Verdict

The Midea U-Shaped MAW08V1QWT is a great buy for those who want to enjoy the convenience of having a quiet window air conditioner that can also be controlled remotely through its user-friendly MSmartHome app or voice commands via Alexa or Google Assistant. Its user-intuitive controls make it easy to operate, and with a cooling capacity of 8000 BTU, it does a great job of cooling rooms up to 350 sq ft and does so quietly. Its U-shaped design also means owners can open or close their windows if they so wish. With a noise output of up to 42 dB, the Midea AC is quieter than most picks on the market, and this rating places it within the top 10% of ACs in its category.

The air conditioner is also Energy Star certified, and according to the manufacturer, it’ll allow for up to 35% energy savings compared to other alternatives.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Adequate cooling capacity
    • The Midea U-shaped MAW08V1QWT has an 8,000 BTU cooling capacity, which is best fit for a living area of up to 350 Sq ft in size. The air conditioner also has a long-distance airflow of up to 20 ft.

    • If you’d like a similar unit that’s got a higher cooling power capacity, go ahead and check out our Midea U-shaped MAW12V1QWT review.

  • Low noise output
    • The Midea MAW08V1QWT has a super low noise output of only 42 dB. This earns it a top 10% spot compared to other alternatives in its category.

  • Intuitive controls/Smart features
    • The controls on the MAW08V1QWT are super easy to use, but for users who wouldn’t want to walk up to it, the MSmartHome app allows for remote operation, and lastly, the air conditioner can also be controlled through voice.

Reason to Avoid

  • Difficult to install
    • The installation instructions might be difficult for some to follow, and the air conditioner’s 55-pound weight is best handled by two individuals instead of one.

    • However, if you’d prefer a lighter alternative that’s easier to install, check out our LG LW6017 review.

Midea U-Shaped MAW08V1QWT Specs

Airflow RateAirflow Rate215 CFM
App CompatibleApp CompatibleYes
Auto Shut-OffAuto Shut-Offn/a
BTU Cooling RatingBTU Cooling Rating8,000 BTU
Cord LengthCord Length6.23"
DepthDepth19.17"
Energy Efficiency RatioEnergy Efficiency Ratio15
Energy Star CertifiedEnergy Star CertifiedYes
Form FactorForm FactorWindow
HeightHeight13.26"
Integrated HeaterIntegrated HeaterNo
Max Window Opening HeightMax Window Opening Heightn/a
Max Window Opening WidthMax Window Opening Width36"
Min Window Opening HeightMin Window Opening Height13.75"
Min Window Opening WidthMin Window Opening Width22"
Number Of Cool SettingsNumber Of Cool Settings4
Number of Fan SpeedsNumber of Fan Speeds4
Recommended Room SizeRecommended Room Size350 sq ft
Remote ControlRemote ControlYes
Sleep ModeSleep ModeYes
TimerTimerYes
WeightWeight60 lbs
WidthWidth21.9"
Wireless ConnectivityWireless ConnectivityMobile App, Voice Assistant

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Test Results

Cooling Speed (minutes per degree)0
Operating Noise (dB)48.7
Power Draw (kWh)0
Wind Speed (mph)0

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Product Comparison

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Market Context

The 55-pound Midea U-shaped MAW08V1QWT is an entry-level air conditioner announced in late 2020. It is designed for window installation, with a U-shaped design that…

The 55-pound Midea U-shaped MAW08V1QWT is an entry-level air conditioner announced in late 2020. It is designed for window installation, with a U-shaped design that allows for window opening and closing, and this aspect makes it quite unique compared to some of the best air conditioners on the market.

The MAW08V1QWT has a cooling capacity of 8000 BTU, making it a best fit for rooms up to 350 Sq ft in size. This performance closely matches the Tosot Ashrae 8000, which we’ve looked at more keenly in our Tosot Ashrae 8000 BTU review. Owners can control it remotely via the MSmartHome app or voice commands via Alexa. At 42 dB, its noise output is also fairly low, making it one of the quietest window conditioners you can get.

Despite both having a very similar design, the Midea U-Shaped MAW08V1QWT’s BTU rating is a lot lower compared to that of the Midea MAW12V1QWT. The…

Despite both having a very similar design, the Midea U-Shaped MAW08V1QWT’s BTU rating is a lot lower compared to that of the Midea MAW12V1QWT. The latter can also handle almost double the room size compared to the former, so if that sounds interesting, feel free to check it out in our Midea U-shaped MAW12V1QWT review.

The Midea MAW08V1QWT air conditioner has a higher BTU rating compared to the LG LW6017R air conditioner, making it more effective in getting rid of…

The Midea MAW08V1QWT air conditioner has a higher BTU rating compared to the LG LW6017R air conditioner, making it more effective in getting rid of heat from the air than the latter. Additionally, the Midea AC has a U-shaped design that allows owners to open or close their windows while it is installed, but the LG A/C doesn’t allow for this. Finally, the Midea AC can serve a larger room size compared to the LG AC. That said, one thing to note is that both ACs are fixed, so if you’d like a more portable alternative, check out our LG LP1022FVSM review.

The Midea MAW08V1QWT air conditioner is Energy Star certified, but the Tosot Ashrae 8000 BTU is not. This makes the Midea AC the more cost-effective…

The Midea MAW08V1QWT air conditioner is Energy Star certified, but the Tosot Ashrae 8000 BTU is not. This makes the Midea AC the more cost-effective purchase between the two. The Tosot AC is also portable since it has caster wheels at its bottom for easy movement, which the Midea A/c doesn’t have since it is designed to be installed into a window.

Airflow Rate

215 CFM

277 CFM

134 CFM

App Compatible

Yes

Yes

No

Auto Shut-Off

n/a

n/a

Yes

BTU Cooling Rating

8,000 BTU

12,000 BTU

6000 BTU

Cord Length

6.23"

6.5 ft

5.8 ft

Depth

19.17"

19.17"

14.38"

Energy Efficiency Ratio

15

15

11.5

Energy Star Certified

Yes

Yes

No

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