The Good The Quirky+GE Aros Smart Air Conditioner is a capable air conditioner that boasts a fantastic design, clever smart features, and a very reasonable asking price.
The Bad The otherwise flawless build is undercut by poorly thought-out ventilation flaps, and some of the smart features didn't work perfectly in our tests.
The Bottom Line For Nest-like cooling smarts in homes without central air, the Aros looks like an excellent option.
Quirky's air conditioner is smart cooling at a smart price
We've seen several small-scale gadgets from, but its first appliance, the Aros Smart Air Conditioner, might be its most appealing offering yet. That's not just me saying that -- with its -like smarts, futuristic-looking design, and $300 price point, the Aros quickly shot up to the top of Amazon's pre-order charts soon after being announced in March.
After spending some time with the Aros, I'm convinced that the buzz was justified. As air conditioners go, it performs admirably, and the design looks better than just about anything else on the market. Throw in its smart features, which include remote scheduling, geofencing, and a handy budget tracking mode, and the Aros looks like a steal at $300 -- especially when comparable, non-connected AC units sell in roughly the same price range.
Amid a field of bland-looking competitors, the Aros is certainly an air conditioner that stands out. With a glossy, white build and a vivid LED display that vanishes into the face plate when not in use, the Aros looks the part of a modern smart appliance. Still, the design isn't one that stands out too much. There's a fine line between eye-catching and ostentatious, and Quirky+GE's design team have landed on the correct side of it.
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