Stiftung Warentest has tested air conditioners: These models provide cooling

Stiftung Warentest has tested air conditioners: These models provide cooling
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Every summer you regret not having bought an air conditioner? No wonder, because at temperatures well over 30 degrees Celsius, the devices that cool down rooms quickly and keep the room temperature at a comfortable level are real lifesavers. This year you finally want to sleep at bearable temperatures, but you don't know which air conditioner is right for you? In order to support you in your purchase decision, we will tell you which air conditioners the consumer organization Stiftung Warentest can recommend.

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Stiftung Warentest: air conditioners in the test

Stiftung Warentest tested a total of 18 air conditioning units in June 2021 and 2022 – including five monoblocks and 13 split units. As part of the product test, the experts from the consumer organization tested the air conditioners based on the following criteria: cooling, handling, safety and environmental properties. The result: Most of the split devices were convincing, while the monoblocks were all only rated "sufficient".
A striking feature of the test: the fastest split device was able to cool down a room in just four minutes. A monobloc air conditioner, on the other hand, only reached the target temperature after 45 minutes.
Split devices and monoblocks: What are the differences?
The split unit is an air conditioning unit without a drain hose. It consists of an indoor and an outdoor unit and may only be installed by specialist refrigeration air conditioning companies – accordingly, it is expensive and requires long-term planning. In return, it cools rooms faster and uses less electricity than a mobile air conditioner. Monoblocks, on the other hand, can be set up anywhere in the apartment and conduct the heat out of the window through an exhaust air hose. Because this creates a negative pressure, however, warm air flows in continuously from outside, which reduces the cooling effect.
Test winner at Stiftung Warentest: This is the best air conditioner 2022
Nine of the 13 split devices tested received the quality rating "good". There are also two "satisfactory" and two "sufficient" models. The Daikin FTXM25R + RXM25R split device for 1484.00 euros* was chosen as the test winner. With an overall rating of 2.0, the air conditioner has achieved good results in terms of environmental properties, cooling and safety. In terms of handling, it was rated "satisfactory".

The test results of the air conditioner at a glance

Quality rating: "good" (grade: 2.0) environmental properties: "good" (grade: 1.8) handling: "satisfactory" (grade: 2.7) cooling: "good" (grade: 2.1) safety: "good" (grade: 1.9)

The test winner for the monoblocks

Even if the tested monoblocks were all only rated "sufficient", we don't want to withhold the test winner from you: the AEG Chillflex Pro AXP26U338CW air conditioner*. In the test by Stiftung Warentest, it just finished first with an overall grade of 3.8. The device is currently available for EUR 429.00.

The monoblock test results at a glance

Quality rating: "sufficient" (grade: 3.8) environmental properties: "sufficient" (grade: 4.1) handling: "satisfactory" (grade: 3.5) cooling: "sufficient" (grade: 3.6) safety: "sufficient" (grade: 4.0)

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