Updated October 15, 2019 by Daniel Imperiale

The 8 Best Smart Air Conditioners

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This wiki has been updated 9 times since it was first published in December of 2017. A smart air conditioner connects to your Wi-Fi network to communicate with your smartphone or home automation system, allowing you to adjust the temperature while you're on your way home from work or without having to get up and cross the room. We've ranked the best options currently available by their cooling power, ease of use, installation difficulty, and app quality. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best smart air conditioner on Amazon.

8. LG Energy Star

7. Friedrich Kuhl Series

6. LG Portable 1417HSR

5. RolliCool Portible 100H

4. Kenmore 12,000 BTU

3. Emerson Quiet Kool

2. LG LW1019 Dual Inverter

1. Frigidaire Cool Connect

Editor's Notes

October 09, 2019:

Given the fact that the internet of things seems to keep on growing, it's no surprise that air conditioners have joined the party. The smart home's temperature is likely one of its most commonly controlled aspects, along with lights and security devices. But it's important to realize that not all smart ACs are truly smart, and some savvy manufacturers and marketers have been slapping their ACs with that moniker simply because their devices feature thermostats, as though the ability to sense the temperature and kick on or off as needed is a smart feature. We made sure in our ranking that the ACs included all have the ability to be controlled via smartphone app, as a baseline for what we'd consider a smart unit.

The Quirky + GE conditioner on our previous list was plagued with durability issues, and is now rather hard to find, so we sent it packing. As the number of available smart products on the market grows, however, a list like this is bound to expand, and we've added a handful of new models from the likes of LG, Frigidaire, and others, some of which are portable (meaning that they can somewhat easily move from room-to-room in your house; not meaning that you can take them out and about with you) and others of which are designed to live in your window fixtures.

BTU ratings were heavily taken into account, as it's usually good to have more power than you need to cool a given space, and as those ratings can sometimes overestimate the area they can effectively cool. We also paid close attention to things like ease of installation and ease of use, all of which led the Frigidaire Cool Connect toward our top spot. Its rather modern, unobtrusive display put it over the top.


Daniel Imperiale
Last updated on October 15, 2019 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel Imperiale holds a bachelor’s degree in writing, and proudly fled his graduate program in poetry to pursue a quiet life at a remote Alaskan fishery. After returning to the contiguous states, he took up a position as an editor and photographer of the prestigious geek culture magazine “Unwinnable” before turning his attention to the field of health and wellness. In recent years, he has worked extensively in film and music production, making him something of a know-it-all when it comes to camera equipment, musical instruments, recording devices, and other audio-visual hardware. Daniel’s recent obsessions include horology (making him a pro when it comes to all things timekeeping) and Uranium mining and enrichment (which hasn’t proven useful just yet).


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