Frigidaire Has Most Share of Consumer Reviews in First Annual Birdie Air Conditioner Voice of the Customer Report

Birdie’s Proprietary AI Technology Crawled and Analyzed More than 63,000 US-based User Reviews from Nine Retailers including Amazon, Best Buy, Target, Costco, etc.

Window AC Models Still Lead Review Share of Voice and Net Sentiment; Portable AC Models Absorbing Share of Voice Since 2020

PALO ALTO, Calif., July 20, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Birdie, a product-centric feedback analytics platform for teams with the expertise to help companies create effective product strategies, today announced its findings from its first annual Air Conditioner Consumer Insights Report. The report looks at key factors in the air conditioner buying experience and usage satisfaction such as performance, price, return process, noise level, connectivity, and more.

State of Air Conditioners Marketplace
As summer has arrived thousands of consumers look to purchasing air conditioners as a utility product necessary to generate a comfortable environment. According to one industry report, the global air conditioner market is projected to register a CAGR of greater than 5% until 2026 on account of factors like changing customer behavior, technological advancements, and climate changes. The air conditioning industry is expected to witness massive growth due to the soaring temperature and humidity levels across the world. According to World Meteorological Organization - WMO, the average global temperature in 2021 was about 1.11 °C above the pre-industrial levels.

Methodology for First Annual Birdie Air Conditioner Voice of the Customer Report
In this inaugural Birdie Air Conditioner (AC) Voice of the Customer Report, the study analyzes consumer reviews on retailers' apps and websites to understand US consumer preferences for evaluating these AC categories: Window, Portable, and High Wall. To understand these points, Birdie’s proprietary platform crawled and analyzed more than 63,000 US-based user reviews from nine retailers from January 2019 to May 2022. The retailers included Amazon, Best Buy, BrandsMartUSA, Costco, Home Depot, Sam’s Club, Target, Walmart, and Wayfair.

To quantify the findings, Birdie leveraged its proprietary Artificial Intelligence technology to discover the most mentioned topics in AC products reviews using NLP-Sentiment Analysis to quantify each topic's share of positive and negative feedback. This positive and negative feedback ratio is the basis for the Birdie Score, also called bscore.

Birdie also presents another metric, the Impact, which represents the positive or negative influence exerted on overall performance. Through this and other Birdie's proprietary metrics available in the application, companies can quickly assess their products strengths and weaknesses, identify whitespaces in the category, and learn more about their customers and other players in the market.

Birdie's Consumer Insights Team curated the most relevant quantitative and qualitative information from the available data to get a snapshot of the market.

US AC Models

  • Window AC Brands
    • Frigidaire (+28 score and 24% SoV) leads healthy in the number and sentiment of reviews related to the most popular AC model market in US.
    • General Electric and LG follow the leader in this order of importance. The last one highlights with +22 net sentiment, over the Window ACs' average bscore.
    • Midea appear at the lower right quadrant, with relevant SoV and low net sentiment: +2.
  • Portable AC Brands
    • SereneLife presents the most interesting performance by combining the most significant number of portable model reviews (13%), and a high net sentiment score: +30.
    • Performing in a critical quadrant, with a large number of reviews, mostly negative, we find the following brands in ascending order of bscore: Whynter (-2) and De'Longhi (-6).

US AC Model Types

  • Window ACs are the most popular (56%) and best evaluated in consumer reviews. Its bscore is +4 points higher than the category (+12).
  • On the other hand, Portable ACs, the second most popular model (37%), are -4 points compared to the overall average.
  • High Wall ACs, have a small share of voice (7%) among consumers reviews, also presenting a low level of satisfaction through score (+6 bscore).

AC Category Overall Takeaways

  • Cooling (+37% Impact), Value (+22%), and Quality (+14%) are the most positive impactful attributes of the AC category.
  • Installation, especially Assembly (-6% Impact) and Fan (-4%), is the greatest pain regarding the product itself.
  • ACs Post-Sale stage perform poorly. Product Issues (-21% Impact) and Return Process (-13%) are the most impactful offenders here.
  • Frigidaire (+17% SoV, +26 bscore), General Electric (+16% SoV, +19 bscore) and LG (+14%, 18 bscore) lead in reviews’ performance (SoV x bscore).

"As the report shows, consumers now consider air conditioners a utility product. With the increase in demand and a volatile world, knowing what consumers are saying about your brand and what they expect from a product can put a company ahead of the competition. Getting spontaneous feedback about details such as the noise level, the remote control usage, and functions for kids – and how they are changing over time – can be critical for strategic decision-making," said Pat Osorio, Birdie CRO and Co-Founder.

For more information, and to download the report, please visit

About Birdie
Birdie helps product-centric companies better understand their customers at scale to create product strategies that will increase sales. Combining cutting-edge AI technology and human expertise, our collaborative SaaS platform gives a superpower to product teams: listening to millions of feedback to prioritize key features, optimize product and positioning, identify emerging trends, and monitor competitors.

Founded in 2018 by Alexandre Hadade, Patrícia Osorio, Everton Cherman, and Rodrigo Pantigas, Birdie is headquartered in Palo Alto with offices in Miami and São Paulo and is backed by Softbank, Illuminate Ventures, Fusion Fund, Astella, Endeavor Catalyst, and private investors. For more information, visit or follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

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