Choosing the right air conditioner can be frustrating enough to send your temperatures rising. A unit too small won't be able to cool properly, while one that's too large will serve you with eye-popping utility bills. Besides referencing this handy guide (note: cooling capacity is measured in British thermal units, or BTUs), we want to help you keep your cool while choosing the right air conditioner. So let us introduce you to your new best friend: a Wi-Fi air conditioner.
A Wi-Fi-connected air conditioner will allow you to effortlessly control it via a smartphone app. Today's top picks are also capable of responding to voice commands from Amazon Alexa, the Google Assistant, and Siri, thus making the process of interacting with them even more seamless. Take a look at our favorite picks in various price points and form factors.
If you're looking for a window install, this smart air conditioner by LG is your best bet. It has elegant design and superb cooling performance, and the model operates more quietly than any competitor, courtesy of LG's proprietary Dual Inverter tech. It consists of a uniquely designed motor and compressor, which work together in perfect (and quiet) harmony.
The device is compatible with voice commands from both Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant. You can also control it via LG's SmartThinQ mobile app — which allows you to control the air conditioner's settings while also keeping tabs on the exact temperature of the room it's operating in.
This variant of the LG Dual Inverter smart window air conditioner has a maximum cooling capacity of 14,000 BTU — enough to effortlessly cool up to 700 square feet of living space. In case you need even more capacity, consider this version with 22,000 BTU instead.
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A top portable air conditioner pick by Wirecutter, this expensive-but-worth-it model has an understated design, top-notch cooling performance, and an operation whose quietness is simply wow-inducing.
LG's Dual Inverter technology is what stands behind the device's impressively silent operation. Also available on the LG LW1517IVSM window AC we just mentioned, it also makes its portable sibling incredibly energy efficient.
The LG LP1419IVSM Dual Inverter has a maximum cooling capacity of 14,000 BTU. It has the ability to dehumidify the air as well. You can even use the aforementioned feature on its own if necessary.
The air conditioner is compatible with voice commands via Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant. You can also control it using LG's SmartThinQ mobile app. A bundled remote control with a handy digital display is also available.
The splurgeworthy Frigidaire Gallery Cool Connect window air conditioner has an elegant design. The smart appliance is all but guaranteed to blend in better with your home decor than any of its rivals.
The AC is compatible with voice commands from Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant. You can also control it via a smartphone app or its surprisingly sleek, bundled remote control.
We like that device has a built-in air purifier, as well as the ability to send you mobile alerts when it's time to to clean the filter. Frigidaire has included a handy windows installation kit in the retail package of the Gallery Cool Connect smart AC.
With a maximum cooling capacity of 12,000 BTU, this Gallery Cool Connect variant is perfect for medium- to large-sized rooms. In case you have less space to cool, consider this version with 6,000 BTU capacity and a lower price tag.
Rather impressively, the reasonably priced GE AEC08LY window air conditioner is compatible with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, and the Google Assistant, thus allowing you to control it with voice commands when set up. There's also the option to control the Wi-Fi-connected appliance via a mobile app. The AC comes with a bundled remote control in case your home network decides need to take a break.
Other key features of the air conditioner include dehumidifying capabilities, a built-in light that reminds you to clean its filter, and a handy eco mode. The latter turns off the fan and the compressor of the AC when the room is sufficiently cool.
This particular GE smart AC has a cooling capacity of 8,000 BTU — enough for a small or medium-sized room. Variants with larger cooling capacity are also available.
The Sensibo Sky is an impressive tech product, designed to make your existing air conditioner smart. The tiny gadget allows you to seamlessly control an AC and adjust its settings via a sleek smartphone app. It will interact with your old air conditioner via an infrared connection.
The device is also compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands. Plus, there’s the option to automatically turn off your AC when your leave home and turn it back on when you return, thus saving you money on energy bills. You will need to give Sensibo access to your location in order for this feature to work.
A review editor from Tom's Guide gave the Sensibo Sky high marks for being easy to set up, as well as compatible with all popular virtual assistants. You can order the device in black or white.
The WeMo mini smart plug will instantly transform your old air conditioner into a legit smart home appliance. Compatible with Amazon Alexa, the Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit, the affordable gadget has earned the top spot in a guide for smart outlets by Wirecutter.
You can control the Wi-Fi-connected power outlet from anywhere, as well as set schedules for the connected appliances. The WeMo mini is as easy to install as connecting it to your power outlet, then downloading a mobile app.
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