Gree vs. Midea Air Conditioners: Which Brand is Better?
Gree and Midea may not be the first brand you think of when you’re shopping for an air conditioner. However, savvy shoppers will look to the lesser-known brands if they are truly looking for the best value. It can be really hard to sort through all the different brands and features though – especially when so many of them claim to do the same things.
The good news is that you can rely on the firsthand experience of others who have knowledge of these brands and features. In the following article, we’re going to be comparing the Gree and Midea brands of air conditioners.
Gree vs. Midea Price Comparison
Your budget will no doubt be a major deciding factor when shopping for air conditioners. In turn, your cooling needs will play a role in how much you will need to fork over. If you are trying to decide between Gree and Midea however, Midea tends to be the cheaper brand. Take the 5,000 BTU Gree window air conditioner and compare it with the 5,000 BTU Midea EasyCool window air conditioners. Both of these window units are rated to cool rooms up to 150 square feet.
Both come with washable and reusable filters. However, the Midea model goes for $169 while the Gree model sells for around $225. However, there is a difference between these models: the Midea AC has mechanical controls while the Gree AC is operated via remote.
When you take a look at a Gree window AC with the exact same output (5,000 BTU’s) but with mechanical controls, the price drops to $180 – still about $10 more expensive than the comparable Midea model.
Gree vs. Midea AC Ranges
When it comes to options, Gree leaves Midea in the dust. Gree has a wide variety of both commercial and residential AC units. Their Livo+ wall-mounted AC’s are very popular for residential use. These units are known for their quiet and efficient operation. Gree has a number of options for mini-split ductless systems for single room use, multiple room use and light commercial use.
One of the main differences between the offerings of Midea and Gree is that Midea does not produce central AC systems while Gree does. Midea is more known for producing window units, thru-wall units, portable AC’s and PTAC (packaged terminal air conditioner) systems.
Gree vs. Midea Cooling Power
Right off the bat, if you’re looking for an AC that can cool your entire home, start looking at Gree systems. They make multi-zone AC’s and central units while Midea does not. That being said, both of these manufacturers make ACs with wide ranges of cooling power.
For instance, the Comfortsense 25,000 BTU window AC from Midea can cool an area of 1,550 square feet. Meanwhile, the ceiling-mounted ductless mini-split system from Gree operates at 24,000 BTUs and is suitable for rooms between 8,000 and 1,300 square feet.
Gree vs. Midea Usability
For this section, we’re going to compare the 10,000 BTU Gree portable air conditioner and the Midea Duo Ultra Smart portable air conditioner. Now the Gree AC is capable of cooling a very small 1-2 bedroom apartment. On the other hand, the Midea model can cool slightly larger areas. Both come with caster wheels so they can be moved from room to room as needed.
The Gree model can be operated via remote. There is also a self-evaporating function that eliminates the need to empty buckets of condensed water. Both the Gree and Midea AC’s have this feature. However, the Midea model can be operated from your phone via the Midea app or by voice control. In general, the Midea portable AC cooled rooms down quicker. Both of these models also have a dehumidify function. The Gree AC is the only one that also has a heating function.
The convenience factor of the Midea model makes it a better buy if you are looking for easy operation. However, we liked the fact that the Gree portable AC also worked as a heater. That might not be a game-changer if you live in a particularly warm area, but it can make all the difference if you don’t.
Gree vs. Midea Warranty Comparison
Gree and Midea are both established, reputable manufacturers. As such, they both offer solid warranties – solid but not the best. Both companies offer a 1-year warranty on parts and labor for most of their models. You’ll have to register your product to be eligible; but that’s true of just about all products.
For the budget-conscious, Midea is a great choice. They offer comparable features to Gree for a lower price. However, if you are looking for more cooling options, you would do better by shopping Gree first – just be prepared to pay a bit more.
Frank is the chief editor and director at Specialty Air, where he oversees testing, research, and editing for all air quality-related articles. Frank is an expert in the air quality space with extensive experience testing, researching, and reviewing air purifiers, air conditioners, air filters, air fresheners, fans, and more. He also has over 4 years of experience with issues surrounding mold remediation, radon mitigation, moisture management, air duct systems, HVAC, and insulation.