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For 8 years, Richard had been working as an HVAC specialist and AC unit installer since his student years. Now, he’s our main consultant on every technical aspect that may arise during our tests and research.
Last updated: December 29, 2020
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Midea is reputed to be one of the leading manufacturers of AC machines. As such, you may want to look at their product lineup. This, of course, should be done if you are looking for a suitable AC for your home.
Listed below are five of the best Midea air conditioners in the market. Of course, this is a fraction of the 12 amazing products that we reviewed. Of the bunch, the MIDEA MAP12S1BWT seems to be the most impressive piece of equipment hence its selection as our editor’s choice. The washable and reusable filter is one of the tool’s main benefits. In addition to that, you can control the device with your smartphone as well as with a remote. Nevertheless, it doesn’t fit all people’s needs. As such, you may need to check out the other four if you are looking for the best option for you.
Of course, it took us a relatively long time to search for all available information on the products from the Midea website. This was as well coupled with data from Amazon and other vendors. We also decided to rank the products based on the benefits and features they offer. The type of air conditioner, coverage area, dimensions, and BTUs all played a significant role in determining where each product was placed on our list. Nevertheless, the exercise had some rewarding results. These are the table below, detailed conditioner reviews in the mid-section of the write-up, and even a buying guide. As such, picking out the best Midea air conditioner should be relatively easy for anyone who has read the write-up below.
The MAP12S1BWT is one of the most versatile Midea easy cool air conditioners in the market. A major positive attribute that you can associate with the tool is its portability. As such, you can move it from your bedroom to other rooms in the house. For this, you will have to make use of the incorporated wheels of the machine rather than lifting it. Consequently, you might find little need to purchase a secondary unit.
Also, you have a coverage area of around 300 square feet working for you. This is, of course, larger than most bedrooms in the world. As such, it should prove sufficient for your day to day needs.
Another aspect that serves to elevate this Midea conditioner’s standing is the WIFI connectivity. As such, you can make it a point to download the app on your smartphone and be able to control the device from anywhere in the world.
The above feature may come in handy when you are coming home from work and know the device hasn’t been working the whole day. You can turn it on as you start your commute, and by the time you get home, the temperature of the room will be just right.
While you are at home, you have the option of a remote to control the device. You as well have a proximity sensor installed in the machine. It can detect your position and adjust the cooling temperature accordingly.
There is as well the option of in body control where an LED and several buttons are placed on the machine. If you are looking to save costs as well, you are going to appreciate the filter put in place. It is reusable, so you won’t need to purchase another one for a long time to come.
What we liked:
Easy to move
Uses its proximity sensor to adjust cooling temperature
Easy to use with buttons, WIFI, and even remote control
If you need more functionality than what the editor’s choice has to offer, you have to be willing to pay more. The MIDEA AKPD14HR4 might be the piece of equipment you decide to go with. Also, despite the image looking rather small, this is the more prominent device out of the two we have reviewed so far.
This machine is still portable, and the wheels included help a great deal. A downside to this is that you will have to remember to drag it along as you move from room to room. If you use this instead of using your central AC, then you will likely save a lot in terms of utility bills.
Also, the tool in question is capable of more area coverage than its predecessor by around 100 sq. ft. As such, this may be the tool for you if the rooms in your house are huge.
The rule is that you need 20 BTUs for each square foot of space. While this doesn’t translate directly into 400 sq. ft. there are a few other considerations that come into play. The extra power is used to cater to the ceiling height and account for the doors and windows.
As such, you can see that this tool is more powerful than its predecessor. Also, this tool does not have WIFI capabilities. Nevertheless, the remote control is still present, and you should be able to make the most use of that feature as well.
Perhaps what sets it apart from the predecessor is the capability to act as a heater as well. Consequently, this dual functionality gadget may even give you more value than its predecessor.
You can also opt for the MIDEA KWDUK-10CWN1-BCL0 that is different from the models above in design and functionality. As you can see mentioned above, this tool is installed on a window for maximum efficiency.
Nevertheless, you will have to work with relatively limited energy output, which maxes out at 10,000 BTU. If you are using the tool for a larger room with multiple windows, you may have to purchase a few units. This will ensure that the devices cover the whole area and control temperatures as needed.
Of course, once you install this unit at your window, it will pull in hot air from the room. This air then exits through the window, and cool air replaces it in the room. You, of course, won’t have to move the device once it is positioned optimally.
As well since this machine is WIFI controlled, there won’t be any reason to walk up to it every time you need to change a few parameters. Another pro to buying and using this tool is that it offers a filter check indicator.
The fact that air goes in and out of the device means the filter will, at some point, fill up with dust and impurities. At this point, it won’t be able to keep air pristine and clean. As such, it is up to you to clean this filter, and the indicator serves to remind you of that. The slide-out chassis as well is helpful as it makes it easier to clean the device.
What we liked:
Incorporates a filter check indicator
What could be better:
The BTU output is not the highest
Pricing seems a bit steep as compared to the value for money that you get
If you want a device for a relatively small room, then you might be satisfied with buying the MIDEA MAW05M1BWT. This tool is easy to use and one of the most inexpensive devices around. Of course, a significant highlight if you are looking at the machine for purchase is the 4-way air direction.
As well it is worth noting that you get two fan speeds with this purchase. Another aspect of the tool comes in two, is the cooling modes. One difference in features is in the temperature settings, where you have seven different options available.
The coverage area isn’t as impressive, which is why we recommend that you only use the tool in small rooms. Alternatively, you can opt to purchase two or more units if you need to cover a larger area. Of course, the fact that this is one of the more compact options on offer is a crucial selling point.
Nevertheless, if you are not keen on having to walk up to the machine every time you need to change settings, you should avoid this machine. This is because it doesn’t support WIFI Bluetooth or even remote control.
What we liked:
Easy to use
Easy to install
What could be better:
The BTU, as well as coverage area, are not impressive
Another excellent purchase choice is the MIDEA MPF10CR71-A. This tool is on par with the MIDEA KWDUK-10CWN1-BCL0 with regards to energy output. However, it is more efficient, given that it covers up to 450 sq. ft. As such, it does represent great value for money and an excellent choice for many homes.
One reason you could pick this tool over a few others is the programmable timer. This will, of course, minimize the need to adjust parameters for the machine every few hours. However, even if there is a need to change settings, the follow-me remote should make it relatively easy.
You might appreciate the clean filter alerts as well that tell you when your filters are dirty. As such, this tool all but guarantees pristine air quality. In addition to the pros above, you as well get a sleep-well preset that you can activate before bed.
What we liked:
Large area coverage
Comes with a remote
Features a programmable timer
What could be better:
This is one of the products that has very few downsides if any
Things to Сonsider
Even with the collection of Midea easy cool air conditioners being limited, you can’t afford to take chances with your purchase. In an ideal situation, you would get the purchase right with the first try. With the information below at your fingertips, you just might be able to pull it off.
It is undeniable that Midea, as a manufacturer, produces some high-quality, compact offerings. These products are also priced cheaply so that more people can have access to them. Add that to the fact that they have an extensive array of offerings for different markets, and there is no reason not to buy their air conditioners.
Features to consider when choosing a Midea air conditioner
Once you start to look at the different products on offer, you’ll realize that what sets each device apart from the next one is the list of features. As such, you need to look into each of these features, as explained below, if you are going to pick the ideal tool.
Also, try and prioritize the features you need the most. Chances are you may have to choose between two or more if you are working within a budget. As such having a priority list on the features you would love to have in your machine will make the overall selection much quicker.
The list above mentions a few categories of air conditioners. However, this does not cover the full list of AC types in the market. For you to make an informed decision, you might need to know about all categories in these as well.
The first type is the most common and is the central AC. If you are buying your home or even renting it, there is a high chance that it will already have a central AC installed. The biggest benefit is that from one location, these systems are often able to control the temperature of multiple rooms in the house. However, they are not the most energy-efficient machines. As such, your utility bills may be significantly higher if you are using one of these.
Another type of AC is the window unit. The MIDEA MAW05M1BWT is one example of such a machine. The name suggests that this tool is installed on and works in conjunction with your window. The basic premise of ACs is that they control temperature and humidity by eliminating hot air and replacing it with cool air.
In the case of window ACs, they pull in hot air from the room. This air is then pushed out of the house through the window as the cool air takes its place.
Portable ACs are the most prominent category of machines on our list. The MIDEA MAP12S1BWT 12000 BTU wifi air conditioner is one such machine. These have the advantage of being versatile since they are often easily movable. As such, you can take them with you wherever you need control over the temperature and humidity.
An option that serves as an alternative to window ACs is the ductless or mini-split air conditioner. These typically have two components. There is an outdoor compressor and an indoor mounted piece of the equipment as well. They as well are connected by a small hole in the wall that you may have to drill during installation.
A major highlight of ductless machines is that they don’t often suffer air leakages. As such, they are more efficient in temperature control than some of their counterparts. If you are looking for other reasons to purchase these tools, the fact that they are more compact may suffice. As well they are often less audible.
Another type of air conditioner that you may consider purchasing is the solar hybrid option. These have many complex components. However, they work by absorbing heat and converting it into a useful temperature control tool. Of course, they use a bit of electricity as well. Nevertheless, they are energy efficient. Unfortunately, none of the options mentioned above suffice as a suitable example.
The last type of AC you should know about is the geothermal heating and cooling option. These are often used as central air conditioners as well. Depending on the season, these systems can be used to either lower or raise the temperature of a building. In the winter, heat is sourced from the ground and pumped up to the building. During summer or when the temperatures are high in the building, the hot air goes the opposite way into the ground. This allows for cool air to saturate the building.
BTU output is an area that has been mentioned for almost all the products above. Often a higher BTU rating means that the device can control temperatures in a larger area.
You as well want to know the range of your device before you purchase it. It makes little sense to buy a product that covers about 150 sq. ft. such as the MIDEA MAW05M1BWT for your bedroom that totals 300 sq. ft. However, if you plan to buy two units, there is no problem since the secondary unit makes up the difference. There is as well the option of purchasing a single tool that covers that whole area.
Fan speed and cooling
Also, you need to look at the fan speed. This will likely affect the cooling speed as well. As such, you are better served by having the fastest fan speed possible. It would as well be a benefit for you to have different fan speeds available for different situations.
As much as you may want a device that is compact and barely noticeable, you should be aware that it will come at a cost. You may have to sacrifice some functionality. Nevertheless, if you can live with that sacrifice, there is no reason not to buy the smallest AC you can find.
Weight is also another major factor in your purchase choice. For permanent installations, it may not be such a big deal since you only have to deal with the weight once. For portable machines, it becomes a different issue. Remember, being weighty may impair your ability to move the device around.
People who have had their purchases break down on them in the first few weeks of use will tell you the importance of a warranty. It often means the difference between having to spend more money or having an easy replacement/repair scenario. As such, we advise that you always look for the longest, most comprehensive warranty you can find alongside other features.
If you want extra value look for additional features as well. Some examples include remote control or WIFI capabilities. As well wheels may be of immense benefit to anyone hoping to move their purchase frequently.
There is no one size fits all as to how you use a Midea air conditioner. It often depends on the type, controls, and even the features. Consequently, you would do well to obtain a copy of the manual for your device. This will give you instructions on how to use the machine you purchase.
This is a relatively straightforward exercise, whether you are using remote or manual control. For the former, there should be an LED button that you will be required to press up to four times. For those not using the remote option, you need to press the manual control button three times. This prompts the device to reset itself.
While Midea is a Chinese company, you have to note that their production centers are more than 21 worldwide. As such, it becomes increasingly difficult to pinpoint where these ACs are made.
In a real-life buying scenario, the consensus from our team is that we would pick out the MIDEA MAP12S1BWT as our first choice. This is emphasized by the fact that this tool is also our editor’s choice. Nevertheless, the WIFI capabilities, portability, and even BTU output make this quite a popular buy.
If more power and larger area coverage were required, the MIDEA AKPD14HR4 is the go-to pick. The portability, as well as remote, are just icing on the cake for this tool. Additionally, the MIDEA KWDUK-10CWN1-BCL0 is also a great pick for anyone looking to own a window AC. One major benefit of owning this AC includes WIFI connectivity.
These are our top three picks. However, you are free to make a top three list of your own as well. After that, it becomes a matter of picking out the product to purchase from that shortlist.