Top Picks 2021 | 3 Top Picks Air Conditioners

The perfect air conditioner is one that slides gracefully in and out of your window, cooling you quickly and efficiently with nary a peep. In other words, it doesn’t exist. But the U-shaped Midea U MAW08V1QWT is the closest thing we've found to that ideal so far!

The perfect AC unit for most homeowners sits quietly on their windowsill or patio decking outside while they bask inside at an agreeable temperature thanks largely to this silent workhorse's efficient operation. One does not need to sacrifice style when purchasing such equipment because these units are often available at affordable prices too - without sacrificing quality either!


The Midea U MAW08V1QWT is simply the quietest air conditioner we’ve ever tested, but that isn’t the only reason it stands out from the crowd. It also has an inverter compressor, which means it uses almost half as much energy as non-inverter ACs. And unlike traditional air conditioners, which typically lock your whole window in a closed position as long as they’re installed, the Midea U has a unique U-shaped design that allows you to continue opening and closing your window as normal (if you want to get better circulation going, for example). As part of this design, Midea also moves most of the louder hardware to the back of this unit so that it sits outside the window, using the glass as an additional buffer layer to further mute the sound. In addition, it comes with its own bracket—about a $100 value—which locks firmly into the sliding tracks of your hung window. The AC is Energy Star certified and Wi-Fi–enabled, too, with easy and convenient smart-home integration. But there is one catch: the installation process. Though the process is easier than it looks, it’s still more involved than installing your typical AC, and you won’t get much helpful advice by reading any of the four instruction manuals that come with the Midea U.