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Midea U-Shaped MAW12V1QWT Review

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The Midea U-Shaped MAW12V1QWT AC unit is a super quiet window air conditioner with a cooling capacity of 12,000 BTU that cools down a room of 550 sq ft in about 1 hour. The unit also has four operational modes, but its unconventional installation process may be complex for some.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

First announced in 2022, the Midea U-Shaped MAW12V1QWT Air Conditioner is a mid-tier AC unit with a cooling capacity of 12,000 British Thermal Units. Designed to serve an area of about 550 sq ft, the unit also allows for flexible window opening and closure as a result of its U-shape, and with a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio of 15, the unit’s power efficiency isn’t that far from what the best air conditioners have to offer.

Its support for WiFi connectivity allows more convenient operation through an app, and it also ships with a remote for those who find using that easier. The unit is also Energy Star Rated, and with a noise output of only 50.6 dB at its lowest, it isn’t likely to cause much disruption.

Best For

  • Window

Consensus

our Verdict

The Midea U-shaped MAW12V1QWT air conditioner boasts a U-shaped design, which allows easy window opening and closing. Unfortunately, its 59-pound weight is heavy when installed in a window. The AC unit has a noise output of 50.6 dB, which places it among the top 20% of air conditioners with the lowest noise output.

The unit cools down a room fairly quickly, regulating the temperature down to 12.4 degrees in about 1 hour. While its ability to cool down a room is above average, the unit’s power efficiency will help keep your electricity costs down. WiFi connectivity allows users to link it to their smartphone or smart home to facilitate voice control. The Energy Star Certified AC has an air throw of up to 20 ft that efficiently distributes air in a 550 sq ft space. Check out our Midea U-shaped MAW08V1QWT review for cooling smaller 350 sq ft rooms.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Cooling Capacity
    • The Midea U-Shaped MAW12V1QWT air conditioner has a cooling capacity of 12,000 BTU. As a result, it is able to cool down a 550 sq ft room down to 12.4 degrees in about 1 hour.

    • However, if you’re looking to cool down much smaller 150 sq ft rooms, then our GE AHEC05AC review or our Frigidaire FHWC124WB1 review might be worth a look.

  • Low noise output
    • The Midea MAW12V1QWT has a low noise output of only 50.6 dB, placing it among the top 20% of quietest air conditioners on our certified, tested list.

  • User-friendly controls & Smart features
    • The MAW12V1QWT is super convenient to use thanks to its WiFi connectivity, which allows users to connect it to their smartphone and run it through an app.

    • The app also supports voice control and the unit ships with a remote for added convenience.

Reason to Avoid

  • Hard to install
    • The MAW12V1QWT takes slightly longer to install because of its U-shaped design and 59-pound weight.

Midea U-Shaped MAW12V1QWT Specs

Airflow RateAirflow Rate277 CFM
App CompatibleApp CompatibleYes
Auto Shut-OffAuto Shut-Offn/a
BTU Cooling RatingBTU Cooling Rating12,000 BTU
Cord LengthCord Length6.5 ft
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 Height
Max Window Opening WidthMax Window Opening Width36", n/a
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 Size550 sq ft
Remote ControlRemote ControlNo
Sleep ModeSleep ModeYes
TimerTimerYes
WeightWeight58.86 lbs
WidthWidth21.9"
Wireless ConnectivityWireless ConnectivityVoice Assistant, Wi-Fi

All Specs

Test Results

Cooling Speed (minutes per degree)0
Operating Noise (dB)50.6
Power Draw (kWh)0
Wind Speed (mph)0

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Product Comparison

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Market Context

First announced in 2022, the Midea U-Shaped MAW12V1QWT Air Conditioner is a mid-tier AC unit with a cooling capacity of 12,000 British Thermal Units. Designed…

First announced in 2022, the Midea U-Shaped MAW12V1QWT Air Conditioner is a mid-tier AC unit with a cooling capacity of 12,000 British Thermal Units. Designed to serve an area of about 550 sq ft, the unit also allows for flexible window opening and closure as a result of its U-shape, and with a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio of 15, the unit’s power efficiency isn’t that far from what the best air conditioners have to offer.

Its support for WiFi connectivity allows more convenient operation through an app, and it also ships with a remote for those who find using that easier. The unit is also Energy Star Rated, and with a noise output of only 50.6 dB at its lowest, it isn’t likely to cause much disruption.

The Midea MAW12V1QWT and Midea U-shaped MAW08V1QWT both look very similar, but the MAW12V1QWT has a higher cooling capacity, making it more ideal for users…

The Midea MAW12V1QWT and Midea U-shaped MAW08V1QWT both look very similar, but the MAW12V1QWT has a higher cooling capacity, making it more ideal for users who have a slightly larger working space. Because of its higher cooling ability, the MAW12V1QWT is slightly more expensive, but the two are pretty much the same regarding features.

The Midea U-Shaped MAW12V1QWT is a lot more convenient to operate compared to the GE AHEC065AC, as the Midea AC is WiFi compatible, which means…

The Midea U-Shaped MAW12V1QWT is a lot more convenient to operate compared to the GE AHEC065AC, as the Midea AC is WiFi compatible, which means it can be operated from a smart app, unlike the GE A/c unit. The Midea Ac also has a higher cooling capacity, allowing it to serve a larger room space, and its Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio is also higher, making it more power efficient, despite its higher cost. If you’re looking for one of the quietest ACs on the market, then check out our GE Profile ClearView AHTT06BC review.

The Midea U-shaped MAW12V1QWT is much quieter than the Frigidaire FHWC124B1 window air conditioner. The Midea AC unit also offers WiFi control, which the Frigidaire…

The Midea U-shaped MAW12V1QWT is much quieter than the Frigidaire FHWC124B1 window air conditioner. The Midea AC unit also offers WiFi control, which the Frigidaire AC does not, and courtesy of the Midea AC’s U-shape, owners will be able to install it onto a window without significantly limiting how far owners will be able to open or close it. However, the more affordable Frigidaire AC severely limits how far owners can open or close it, a predicament it shares with the Hisense 1000 BTU AC, which we’ve covered in our Hisense 1000 BTU Window AC review.

Airflow Rate

277 CFM

215 CFM

App Compatible

Yes

Yes

Auto Shut-Off

n/a

n/a

BTU Cooling Rating

12,000 BTU

8,000 BTU

Cord Length

6.5 ft

6.23"

Depth

19.17"

19.17"

Energy Efficiency Ratio

15

15

Energy Star Certified

Yes

Yes

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True Score

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Expert Scores

  • Techgear Lab
    91.29

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    While the Midea U-Shaped MAW12V1QWT wasn’t the most powerful 12,000 BTU window air conditioning unit… Read More

    By:

    Austin Palmer
  • Tom’s Guide
    70.71

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    Even without its smart features, the Midea U is an innovative and efficient window air… Read More

    By:

    Mike Prospero
  • Consumer Reports
    81.26

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  • Wired
    47.76

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    THE WINDOW AIR conditioner in my apartment is loud. Its droning hum is speckled with… Read More

    By:

    Julian Chokkattu