Top 5 Best Air Conditioner Brands in India

Best AC Brands in India

Best AC Brands

If you are reading this article, then you must be considering purchasing an air conditioner or simply doing research about the best AC brands in India. In any case, this post will help you find the information that you are looking for.

Why is the brand so important?

Brands are not built overnight, companies put in a lot of time, effort, and money in building a brand. When you purchase a good brand appliance, it comes with a promise. Promise for its quality, and promise for its after sales service. Purchasing a branded appliance gives you peace of mind as you can trust it.

Types of Brands

Broadly, they can be divided into three categories:

Janta Brands: These cater to customers who are looking for a good value on a tight budget. Examples of such brands would be Amazon Solimo, Flipkart’s MarQ, R k Aquafresh, and few others. This category of brands usually don’t provide good after sales service.

Value Brands: These are usually very popular as they offer a wide range of choice at the middle price range. Also, their after sales service is better than the janta brands. Examples of value brands include LG, Whirlpool, Bluestar, Voltas, Godrej, IFB, Panasonic, Daikin, etc.

Premium Brands: These are costly brands that don’t compromise on quality of appliance. In the case of air conditioners, such premium brands usually don’t make under powered machines. If they label an AC as 2 ton AC, it will have a cooling capacity of at least 7034 Watts. Other brands may sell even a 6200 Watt AC as a 2 ton AC. Examples of premium AC brands include O-General, Hitachi, Toshiba, Mitsubishi Electric, etc.

Generally, you should avoid Janta Brands. If you are on a tight budget, go for sub brands of reputed companies like, Sanyo AC, Nokia AC, both of which are manufactured by Panasonic in India and service support is also given by Panasonic.

If you can afford a quality machine, then choose  between premium brands and value brands based on specifications of AC. More on this below:

Best AC Brands in India – Our Picks

1. Daikin Inverter AC

Daikin is our favourite brand of air conditioners in India. Most of its models are powerful, durable, and come with an anti rust blue coating on indoor unit and outdoor unit. Most of the Daikin air conditioners have an actual voltage stabilizer inside them, so it is able to regulate the voltage and does not need an external stabilizer.  This is unlike other brands that are able to operate on wide range of input voltage but do not regulate the output voltage.

Daikin offers best warranty on its air conditioners that includes 5 years warranty on PCB and 10 years on compressor. Also it has one of the best ISEER or power saving ratings in India.

Further, Daikin has a wide network of service centers in India. It is therefore able to provide better and reliable services to its customers.

Daikin has AC model for every customer. They sell powerful models that have cooling capacity of full 1.5 ton (5274 W) or 2 ton (7024 W) as per the labelled tonnage of that AC. But now they have also started selling 1.5 ton AC that come with cooling capacity of just 5000 W or 5100 W, etc. This is to compete with brands like LG, Panasonic, etc, that manufacture little less powered AC and then sell them at a less price.

So, when you compare price, keep the actual cooling capacity of AC in mind.

Here are some Daikin ACs available currently:

SaleBestseller No. 1
Daikin 0.8 Ton 3 Star, Fixed Speed Split AC (Copper, PM 2.5 Filter, 2022 Model, FTL28U, White)
Daikin 0.8 Ton 3 Star, Fixed Speed Split AC (Copper, PM 2.5 Filter, 2022 Model, FTL28U, White)
Split AC with non-inverter compressor: Power chill operation to ensure quick cooling; Capacity 0.8 Ton: Suitable for small sized rooms (up to 100 sq.ft)
₹ 29,790
SaleBestseller No. 2
Daikin 1.5 Ton 5 Star Inverter Split AC (Copper,2022,FTKM50U,White)
Daikin 1.5 Ton 5 Star Inverter Split AC (Copper,2022,FTKM50U,White)
Capacity 1.5 Ton: Suitable for medium sized rooms (111 to 150 sq.ft); 5 Star: Best in class efficiency
₹ 46,390
SaleBestseller No. 3
Daikin 1 Ton 3 Star Fixed Speed Split AC (Copper, PM 2.5 Filter, 2022 Model, FTL35U, White)
Daikin 1 Ton 3 Star Fixed Speed Split AC (Copper, PM 2.5 Filter, 2022 Model, FTL35U, White)
Split AC with non-inverter compressor: Power chill operation to ensure quick cooling; Capacity 1.0 Ton: Suitable for small sized rooms ( up to 110 sq.ft)
₹ 32,980

2. Panasonic Inverter Smart AC

Panasonic is a value brand and it offers feature rich smart air conditioners at amazing price. If we talk about actual cooling capacity in watts, their ACs are not very underpowered; especially in 1 ton and 1.5 ton category.

Panasonic offers inverter compressor, anti rust coating on indoor and outdoor unit, auto clean feature, sleep timer, self diagnosis, wide input voltage range, long warranty similar to Daikin, and much more.

Their WiFi ACs are compatible with Google Home and Amazon Alexa (Echo) devices. You can also control them via Panasonic’s mobile app.

Here are some Panasonic ACs you can check:

SaleBestseller No. 2
Panasonic 1 Ton 4 Star Wi-Fi Inverter Split Air Conditioner (Copper, Auto Convertible, nanoe-G Air...
Panasonic 1 Ton 4 Star Wi-Fi Inverter Split Air Conditioner (Copper, Auto Convertible, nanoe-G Air...
Energy Star Rating: 4 Star | Annual Power Consumption: 662 kWh | ISEER: 4.15
₹ 38,985
SaleBestseller No. 3
Panasonic 1.5 Ton 3 Star Window AC (Copper, PM 2.5 Filter, 2022 Model, CW-LN182AM, White)
Panasonic 1.5 Ton 3 Star Window AC (Copper, PM 2.5 Filter, 2022 Model, CW-LN182AM, White)
Windows AC: Economical & easy to install; Capacity: 1.5 Ton - Suitable for medium sized rooms (111 to 150 sq ft)
₹ 29,366

3. LG Dual Inverter AC

LG is also a value brand and its ACs are little more underpowered than Panasonic’s models. However, they have best quality anti rust coating on them that makes them more durable for high humidity areas like houses near drains, Nallah, sea, and coastal areas.

Some LG AC models are WiFi enabled and can be controlled by a mobile app. However they are not compatible with Alexa or Google Assistant.

As far as warranty is concerned, it offer similar warranty as Daikin and Panasonic.

The energy saving rating is equivalent to Panasonic but inferior to Daikin.

LG air conditioners come with superior air purification technology. Some of its models make use of UV bulb to kill micro organisms just like water purifiers. They also use HD filters coated with silver ions that kill virus and bacteria when it comes in contact with ions.

Here are some LG ACs you can consider:

SaleBestseller No. 1
LG 1.5 Ton 2 Star DUAL Inverter Split AC (Copper, Convertible 4-in-1 Cooling, HD Filter, 2022 Model,...
LG 1.5 Ton 2 Star DUAL Inverter Split AC (Copper, Convertible 4-in-1 Cooling, HD Filter, 2022 Model,...
Capacity: 1.5 Ton Suitable for medium sized rooms (111 to 150 sq ft.); Refrigerant gas: R32 - Environmental friendly - no ozone depletion potential
₹ 37,490
SaleBestseller No. 2
LG 1.5 Ton 5 Star AI DUAL Inverter Split AC (Copper, Super Convertible 6-in-1 Cooling, HD Filter...
LG 1.5 Ton 5 Star AI DUAL Inverter Split AC (Copper, Super Convertible 6-in-1 Cooling, HD Filter...
Capacity: 1.5 Ton Suitable for medium sized rooms (111 to 150 sq ft.)
₹ 53,280
SaleBestseller No. 3
LG 1.5 Ton 3 Star DUAL Inverter Split AC (Copper, Super Convertible 5-in-1 Cooling, HD Filter with...
LG 1.5 Ton 3 Star DUAL Inverter Split AC (Copper, Super Convertible 5-in-1 Cooling, HD Filter with...
Capacity: 1.5 Ton Suitable for medium sized rooms (111 to 150 sq ft.); Refrigerant gas: R32 - Environmental friendly - no ozone depletion potential
₹ 39,490

4. O-General Inverter AC

O-General is a premium AC brand. They import air conditioners to India and therefore they sell at a premium. Quality wise, they are the best. They are most powerful, come with anti rust epoxy coating, have best ISEER rating, lowest noise levels, and best in class warranty.  The only drawback is its poor service quality and un-availability of service centers in small cities and towns.  Some people also struggle to get spare parts on time.

If you ignore these drawbacks, then this is the best AC one can get.

Here are some O-General ACs you can consider:

SaleBestseller No. 1
O-General 2.0 Ton 5 Star Inverter Split Air Conditioner - White (ASGG24CETA-B, Copper Condenser)
O-General 2.0 Ton 5 Star Inverter Split Air Conditioner - White (ASGG24CETA-B, Copper Condenser)
2 Ton, 5 Star Split Ac for large sized room; Blue Fin Condenser; 25m Long-reach Airflow; 6 Speed Fan Control
₹ 72,000
SaleBestseller No. 2
O-General 1.5 Ton 3 Star Inverter Split Air Conditioner (CPTA Technology) - White (ASGG18CPTB-B,...
O-General 1.5 Ton 3 Star Inverter Split Air Conditioner (CPTA Technology) - White (ASGG18CPTB-B,...
1.5 Ton, 3 Star, Inverter Split Ac; Approximate Coverage Area – 180 Sq. Ft (16.72 Sq. M)
₹ 65,900

5. Hitachi Inverter AC

Hitachi is another Japanese brand in our list. Hitachi manufactures powerful ACs and they have local manufacturing factories in India. However, We don’t like the fact that they use ordinary hydrophillic coating and not high quality blue, gold, or ocean black epoxy coating on out door unit and indoor unit. This compromises with the durability of AC, especially in coastal and high humidity areas.

Here are some Hitachi ACs you can consider:

SaleBestseller No. 1
Hitachi 1.5 Ton 5 Star Inverter Split AC (Copper, Dust Filter, 2021 Model, RSRG518HEEA, White)
Hitachi 1.5 Ton 5 Star Inverter Split AC (Copper, Dust Filter, 2021 Model, RSRG518HEEA, White)
1.5 Ton: - Suitable for medium sized rooms (111 to 150 sq ft); Manufacturer Warranty: 2 years on AC, 10 years on Compressor, 5 years on Controller/PCB
₹ 44,900
SaleBestseller No. 2
Hitachi 1.5 Ton 3 Star Inverter Split AC (Copper, Dust Filter, 2022 Model, RSQG318HFEOZ1, White)
Hitachi 1.5 Ton 3 Star Inverter Split AC (Copper, Dust Filter, 2022 Model, RSQG318HFEOZ1, White)
Stabilizer Free Operation; Inverter; Filter clean indicator; On/Off Timer; Auto Mode
₹ 36,740
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Last update on 2022-05-18 / Images from Amazon

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