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Windmill AC 8000 Review

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The Windmill AC 8000 is a user-friendly mid-range window AC that quickly and effectively cools compact home offices and bedrooms and facilitates a quiet sleep environment. However, its low SEER rating reduces its energy efficiency.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The mid-range Windmill AC 8000 is a window air conditioner with cooling and fan modes. Its 8,000 BTU power capacity cools rooms up to 350 square feet, and you can adjust the mode, fan speed, timer, and temperature settings on the control panel with the included remote. It also has a readout displaying temperature and mode and operates at a 52.5 dB noise level.

Like the best air conditioners, it connects to voice assistants (Alexa and Google Assistant) and integrates with the Windmill app. Additionally, it packs an activated carbon and antimicrobial-protected mesh and an eco-friendly R-32 refrigerant.

Best For

  • Smart

  • Window

Consensus

our Verdict

The Windmill AC 8000 is a window AC with cooling and fan functions that efficiently cools compact 350 square spaces with its 8000 BTU power capacity and sports a stylish design. It has three fan speeds, and its 52.5 dB noise level facilitates a quieter environment for sleep in bedrooms, ranking among the top three ACs in our verified, tested list.

The readout displays the WiFi status, current/set temperature, and mode, and the user-friendly control panel has responsive buttons to tweak the temperature, mode, fan, speed, and power. You can also adjust these settings with the included remote. This smart unit enables voice/app integration for hands-free control, and its installation is relatively quick and straightforward. That said, its 6.3 SEER rating won’t result in high-cost savings.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Moderate cooling capacity
    • The Windmill AC 8000’s low 8000 BTU capacity effectively cools small studio apartments, bedrooms, and home workspaces, and the unit has four fan speeds.

    • For a more efficient model with a built-in dehumidifier, read our Midea Duo Smart MAP14S1TBL review. And for a compact desk unit, check this Evapolar evaSMART review

  • Relatively low noise level
    • Its relatively quiet 52.5 dB operation makes it perfect for creating peaceful sleep environments in bedrooms and hosting home office meetings. It ranks third best among our certified, tested air conditioners.

  • User-friendly controls
    • The LED readout displays the WiFi status, current and set temperature, and mode, and you can adjust the temperature, mode, fan, speed, and power with responsive buttons on the top right. The 4-button remote lets you control the settings from a distance.

    • Since this model is WiFi-enabled, it works with Alexa and Google Assistant for seamless control and integrates with the intuitive Windmill app, allowing you to create cooling schedules.

Reason to Avoid

  • Low energy efficiency
    • Its low 6.2 SEER rating for a window AC unit indicates comparatively less energy efficiency and minimal cost savings. For an energy-efficient model, read our Hisense 10000-BTU Window AC review.

Windmill AC 8000 Specs

Airflow RateAirflow Rate200 CFM
App CompatibleApp CompatibleYes
Auto Shut-OffAuto Shut-OffYes
BTU Cooling RatingBTU Cooling Rating8,000 BTU
Cord LengthCord Length6 ft
DepthDepth19"
Energy Efficiency RatioEnergy Efficiency Ratio11.7
Energy Star CertifiedEnergy Star CertifiedYes
Form FactorForm FactorWindow
HeightHeight12"
Integrated HeaterIntegrated HeaterNo
Max Window Opening HeightMax Window Opening Height14"
Max Window Opening WidthMax Window Opening Width37"
Min Window Opening HeightMin Window Opening Height13"
Min Window Opening WidthMin Window Opening Width23"
Number Of Cool SettingsNumber Of Cool Settings3
Number of Fan SpeedsNumber of Fan Speeds3
Recommended Room SizeRecommended Room Size350 sq ft
Remote ControlRemote ControlYes
Sleep ModeSleep ModeYes
TimerTimerNo
WeightWeight70 lbs
WidthWidth18"
Wireless ConnectivityWireless ConnectivityWi-Fi

All Specs

Test Results

Cooling Speed (minutes per degree)3.75
Operating Noise (dB)52.5
Power Draw (kWh)0
Wind Speed (mph)0

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Market Context

The mid-range Windmill AC 8000 is a window air conditioner with cooling and fan modes. Its 8,000 BTU power capacity cools rooms up to 350…

The mid-range Windmill AC 8000 is a window air conditioner with cooling and fan modes. Its 8,000 BTU power capacity cools rooms up to 350 square feet, and you can adjust the mode, fan speed, timer, and temperature settings on the control panel with the included remote. It also has a readout displaying temperature and mode and operates at a 52.5 dB noise level.

Like the best air conditioners, it connects to voice assistants (Alexa and Google Assistant) and integrates with the Windmill app. Additionally, it packs an activated carbon and antimicrobial-protected mesh and an eco-friendly R-32 refrigerant.

The Windmill AC 8000, although cheaper, cools smaller rooms than the Windmill AC 10000, given its lower BTU capacity. The AC 10000 is considerably quieter…

The Windmill AC 8000, although cheaper, cools smaller rooms than the Windmill AC 10000, given its lower BTU capacity. The AC 10000 is considerably quieter as it employs inverter technology and has a variable speed, unlike the AC 8000’s fixed speed. Moreover, it is 35% more energy efficient than the minimum efficiency standard.

The mid-range Windmill AC 8000 and premium Hisense 10000-BTU Window AC feature app integration and voice assistant support for hands-free control, but the 10000-BTU Window…

The mid-range Windmill AC 8000 and premium Hisense 10000-BTU Window AC feature app integration and voice assistant support for hands-free control, but the 10000-BTU Window AC is a more powerful unit overall. It boasts a superior BTU capacity for cooling larger rooms, and its higher CEER rating makes it more energy efficient than the AC 8000.

The Windmill AC 8000 cools a room through refrigeration cycles, while the Evapolar evaSMART relies on a water tank for cooling. The AC 8000 has…

The Windmill AC 8000 cools a room through refrigeration cycles, while the Evapolar evaSMART relies on a water tank for cooling. The AC 8000 has a more powerful fan with four speeds and is designed to cool an entire room, unlike the compact evaSMART, which works as a desk unit for cooling up-close. For a unit with a design that doesn’t block your window, read this GE Profile Clearview PHNT10 review.

Airflow Rate

200 CFM

224 CFM

55.1 CFM

App Compatible

Yes

Yes

Yes

Auto Shut-Off

Yes

n/a

Yes

BTU Cooling Rating

8,000 BTU

10,000 BTU

340-1360 BTU/hr

Cord Length

6 ft

6 ft

4.59 ft

Depth

19"

18.9"

10.31"

Energy Efficiency Ratio

11.7

5

21-37

Energy Star Certified

Yes

Yes

No

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Expert Scores

  • PC Mag
    82.9

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    The Windmill AC is a smart window air conditioner that is stylish, quiet, easy to… Read More

    By:

    John R. Delaney
  • Tom’s Guide
    70.71

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    The Windmill Air Conditioner is a stylish, quiet smart window AC that does a great… Read More

    By:

    Kelly Woo
  • Wired
    47.76

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    The Windmill is much better-looking than other air conditioners. I can’t do anything about the… Read More

    By:

    Andrienne So
  • Mashable
    31.36

    Category Trust Rating

    92
    The Windmill AC is great if you’re looking for an air conditioner that cools reliably,… Read More

    By:

    Miller Kern
  • Inside Hook
    35.36

    Category Trust Rating

    NR
    Despite its insistence that it’s a “quiet” alternative, the Windmill still makes noise. However, I’d… Read More

    By:

    Logan Mahan
  • Popular Science
    30.59

    Category Trust Rating

    NR
    So, how does it sound? It’s weird because I’ve never really listened to an air… Read More

    By:

    Brandt Ranj

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