In their house, most Aussie families either have an air conditioner, or only wish they had one. Air conditioning actually becomes a fact of life when you live in a hot weather setting as we do, and planning is essential to your cooling needs. You are in good hands here, whether you are at the beginning of your air con quest, or only waiting for the ultimate nod of approval for a specific brand.
everythinghvac asked more than 1,000 Aussies for their input on the air conditioner they’ve bought and built in the last three years to help you keep a clear head. On features and characteristics, noise, ease of use, durability, value for money and overall satisfaction, brands were scored. Those who obtained the minimum sample size of 30 responses from the survey are seen below.
Since 2011, the annual air con review and reviews by everythinghvac have helped Aussies select the right air conditioner for their needs. Our reviews offer a valuable guide to which brands retain their composure as things get heated with the real-world views of hundreds of households behind them. No two air conditioners are the same, so the best hope of bagging a decent deal is to pick the right model. It is worth noting that all sorts of mounted air conditioners are included in our ratings: split system (including reverse cycle), window and central/ducted, while portable air conditioners are included here.
So, in 2020, which brand of air conditioners do Aussies score best? In the number one spot, after ranking best for overall consumer loyalty as well as flexibility and features, noise when running, ease of use and reliability, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries continues to chill.
As ranked by customers in everythinghvac’s latest analysis, these are the best air conditioners in Australia:
Heavy Industries by Mitsubishi
Braemar The Braemar
For the second year in a row, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries was ranked highest for air conditioners, becoming the only brand to attain a five-star ranking for overall satisfaction. Most manufacturers of air conditioners landed overall on a decent four stars, with Braemar rounding up the ratings on a good three stars.
It should be remembered that this year’s champion was not the only one that inspired the Australians. When it came to value for money, Kelvinator beat out Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, earning the only five-star ranking given for the group. Similarly, Kelvinator, along with Mitsubishi Electric, which also won five stars for noise, received maximum scores for versatility and features.
Read on as we review what each manufacturer currently provides for more advice on which air conditioner could be the right match for your home-and information on what to look for when purchasing a new model. We will also look at several other prominent brands that are not listed in our ranking for 2020.
Heavy Industries by Mitsubishi
Air Conditioner from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is a comparatively premium brand that packs a punch to keep you comfortable in the summer months with some strong split system units. Expect wide cooling capacities of up to and over $2,000 from 1.7kW to 9.5kW, but also premium price tags. A ‘Allergen Free’ device to capture and remove allergens, Wi-Fi networking for ease and an automatic mode for accurate temperature monitoring are some typical features.
Its platinum series of split systems is the Avanti PLUS series. The 2kW unit is fitted with energy-saving motion sensors and eco-operation technology for a seven-star “Super Efficiency” score. Other versions, however, have 2.5-star energy efficiency ratings and are known as suitable for smaller apartments and home offices. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries offers ducted air conditioning systems for larger spaces that have electricity worth up to 20kW. So, it’s pretty fair to say anything is protected by the manufacturer.
Here are a few commercially available air conditioners from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries:
2kW Reverse Cycle Split System (SRK20ZSXA-W) Mitsubishi Heavy Industries: price not advertised
2.5kW Cooling Only Split System (SRK10YSA-W) by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries: price not advertised
5kW Multi Split Machine (SCM50ZS-S) Mitsubishi Heavy Industries: price not advertised
6kW Multi Split Machine (SCM60ZM-S1) Mitsubishi Heavy Industries: price not advertised
Three Step Ducted Air Conditioner (FDUA200AVSAVG) Mitsubishi Heavy Industries 20kW: price not marketed
In most categories, including flexibility & features, noise when running, ease of use, durability and overall satisfaction, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries scored highest. Value for money was the only exception, where it received four stars.
Air conditioner Kelvinator
Kelvinator, part of the Electrolux Company, is one of the market’s most budget-friendly air conditioner brands. The manufacturer offers a combination of split system air conditioners and window/wall air conditioners, available with a range varying from 1.6 kW to 8 kW. Most Kelvinator air conditioners fell under $1,000, with costs beginning at $509 for an air conditioner with a 1.6kW window box and going up to $1,559 for a more efficient reverse cycle machine with a 6kW window box with a 7.1kW split device model.
Features across the spectrum are relatively modest and involve programs such as various velocity settings, 24-hour timer and sleep mode. The dust filter, which extracts dust and other large airborne particles, is one standout feature. It is also claimed that these models are corrosion-resistant, meaning that the air conditioner continues to perform well over time and lifespan. In addition, some Kelvinator split system air conditioners have secret optical displays, HEPA filters and LCD remotes.
The majority of Kelvinator air conditioners have two-star energy quality, with costs beginning at around $500 and nearing $1,560. Here are a few commercially available models:
Kelvinator 1.6kW Window Box Air Conditioner for Ventilation Only (KWH15CME): $509*
Reverse Cycle Air Conditioner (KWH20HRW) Kelvinator 2.2kW Window Box: $719*
Air Conditioner Kelvinator 3.9kW Window Wall Cooling Only (KWH39CRF): $879*
Kelvinator 7.1kW Air Conditioner for Cooling Only Split System (KSV71CRH): $1,559*
Kelvinator C3.5kW Wireless Networking (KSD35HWH) Reverse Cycle Split System: $949*
For value for money and functionality & features, Kelvinator received five-star ratings. While operating, it received three stars for noise, but eventually ended up with four stars for overall satisfaction and elsewhere.
Air Conditioner Panasonic
Well-known for high-quality home electronics, Panasonic provides a wide variety of air conditioners for wall mounted split systems, ducted air conditioners, multi-split inverter models, cassette and ceiling air conditioners. Models from the AERO Series form the bulk of the brand’s cooling range. These are usable at capacities of 2.5kW, 3.5kW, 5.2kW, 6kW, 7.1kW and 8kW.
Nanoe air purifiers are used with every AERO model, which are said to clean the air inside the home and restrict the growth of bacteria, viruses and allergens. It is often stated that the built-in purpose is to deodorize the room and get rid of foul smells. Many Panasonic air conditioners often come with an inverter to further minimize energy consumption by changing the rotating speed of the compressor, depending on the room temperature. Across Panasonic’s air conditioner line, there are varying levels of filtering, deodorising and dehumidifying.
The air conditioners from Panasonic start at a marginally higher price point than many other big brands, just over $1,000, and top-of-the-range designs will get you closer to the $4,000 mark.
Here are a few versions available from Panasonic at the moment:
Panasonic 2.5kW AERO Series Air Conditioner Reverse Cycle Inverter (CS-CU-Z25KR): $1,301*
Premium Reverse Cycle Inverter Air Conditioner (CS-CU-Z42VKR) Panasonic 4.2kW AERO Series: $1,675*
Premium Reverse Cycle Air Conditioner (CS-CU-Z50VKR) Panasonic 5kW AERO Series: $2,077*
Panasonic 6kW Air Conditioner Reverse Loop Inverter (CSCU-Z2qRKR): $2,889*
Panasonic 8kW AERO Series Inverter Air Conditioner Reverse Cycle Split System (CSCU-Z80TKR): $3,829*
A strong four stars were scored throughout the board by Panasonic, such as versatility and functions, durability, value for money and overall satisfaction.
Electric air conditioner from Mitsubishi
This is another brand bearing the Mitsubishi name, not to be confused with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. Mitsubishi Electric is a one-stop shop for a range of air conditioners serving both the domestic and commercial sides of the Australian market, with its wall-mounted, ducted, console separated, bulkhead, ceiling mounted and multi-head systems. Some versions come with a black or silver version for something different, if you’re sick with the standard white finish. Broad and long airflow patterns help drive air deeper into the space from specially built horizontal vanes. The wall-mounted range of Mitsubishi Electric offers both ‘premium’ inverter and regular ‘classic’ single velocity compressor models.
The Blue Fin Condenser, Econo Cold, night mode, i-Save mode, long service, and emergency operation are typical functions. Some versions are compliant with Demand Response Enabling Devices (DRED) if you’re trying to get more power of your energy consumption.
There is a high-end price tag for Mitsubishi Electric air conditioners, with prices beginning at the mid-$1,000 range and going past $4,000.
Here are a few air conditioners from the Electric Mitsubishi range:
Mitsubishi Electric 2.5kW Air Conditioner Reverse Cycle Split System (MSZAP25VGKIT): $1,575*
Mitsubishi Electric 3.5kW Air Conditioner Reverse Cycle Split Inverter MSZEF35VE2BKIT): $1,651*
Mitsubishi Electric 4.2kW Air Conditioner Reverse Cycle Split Inverter (MSZEF42VE2BKIT): $1,937*
Mitsubishi Electronic 6kW Air Conditioner Reverse Cycle Split System (MSZAP60VGKIT): $3,050*
Mitsubishi Hybrid 8kW Air Conditioner Reverse Cycle Inverter (MSZAP80VGDKIT): $4,200*
For flexibility & features and noise when running, Mitsubishi Electric got five-star ratings. In the remaining regions, it earned four stars, including durability, value for money and overall satisfaction.
Fujitsu Air Conditioner General
Almost every form of air conditioning unit you may like, including wall-mounted, multi-type system, duct, cassette, roof, and floor, is manufactured by Fujitsu General. There are three ranges to pick from: Modern, Lifestyle and Designer within its offering for the most common form (wall-mounted). A combination between reverse cycle or cooling-only choices in both means that if you don’t want the heating program, you can conserve the cash you’d otherwise spend for nothing. Like other companies, Fujitsu has offerings priced under a grand, as well as priced units that cost more than $4,000.
Apparently, the Classic range is built to be smooth, reliable and easy to use. With some models nabbing a five-star energy ranking, the Lifestyle line is Fujitsu’s most energy-efficient, though coming in a sleek, standardized style, so the entire home matches. At the top end of the spectrum, with a smooth, modern finish and extra features, the Designer sits. A ‘human sensor power’ is used in several versions around the three categories, which automatically shuts the air conditioner off if there is no observed activity for 20 minutes. The sensor picks up the movement and turns the air conditioner back on when someone re-enters the room. When you run out the door, no more unintentionally leaving the air con on all day! In addition, some versions feature an embedded wireless LAN interface, allowing you to control the air con remotely.
These versions of the air conditioning range from Fujitsu include:
Fujitsu 2.5kW Inverter Air Conditioner (ASTG09KMTC) Reverse Cycle Split System: $1,619*
Fujitsu 3.5kW Inverter Air Conditioner Reverse Cycle Split Mechanism (ASTG12KUCA0: $1,839* *)
Fujitsu 5kW Air Conditioner Reverse Cycle Split System Inverter (ASTG18KMTC): $2,690*
Fujitsu 8.5kW Inverter Air Conditioner (ASTG30CMTB) Cooling Only Split System: $3,989*
Fujitsu 9.4kW Air Conditioner Reverse Loop Split System Inverter (ASTG34KMTC): $4,949*
A solid four-star score was maintained throughout the board by Fujitsu General, including for efficiency, value for money and overall satisfaction.
Air Conditioner LG
LG sells many wall-mounted, split, ducted and multi-split solutions to select from, claiming to have a larger working spectrum than standard air conditioners. Both are reverse cycle and have the ‘Active Energy Management’ feature, which enables users to place a limit on the energy usage of the device to maximize performance. LG air conditioners also have four-way air control modifications for both vertical and horizontal air flow. Compatible versions are available with Wi-Fi Smart Control as an optional add-on.
A sleep mode with ultra-low working sound (19dbA), outside quiet mode to decrease noise from the exterior unit, and different forms of filtration and auto-cleaning systems are features to watch out for individual models. For about $1,000, LG’s units can be found with price points hitting over $3,000.
A few of the range’s air conditioners include:
Reverse Loop Split System (WS09TWS) LG 2.6kW Smart Series: $1,242*
Inverter Air Conditioner (T09AWN) LG 2.5kW Reverse Cycle Split System: $1,259*
LG 5kW Reverse Loop Break High Performance System (WH18SL-19): $2,069*
Reverse Cycle Split System (WS24TWS) LG 6.3kW Smart Series: $2.317*
LG 9.4kW Reverse Cycle Split High Performance System (WH34SR-18): $3,417*
For reliability, value for money and total satisfaction, LG achieved four stars. Everywhere else, it scored three points.
Air Conditioner Daikin
There is an even spread of wall-mounted split system, dual spit system, and ducted air con models throughout the Daikin air conditioning range. The six different versions offer more variety than first hits the eye within the split machine line up, as each system comes with a few different variations with different features, including a choice between reverse cycle and cooling only, or Wi-Fi add-on capabilities. Notably, the US7 has an outstanding seven-star ‘Max Quality’ energy ranking, whilst the National Asthma Council of Australia approves and marks all Daikin air purifiers and split systems as a’ Responsive Option.’
A variant that is more open can be mounted on the floor, in comparison to the conventional wall-mounted style that sits near the ceiling. Depending about how many features the budget can handle, a Daikin split system air conditioner can come in at under one grand or cost about $5,000.
Several Daikin models include:
Air Conditioner Daikin US7 Split System: price not advertised
Air Conditioner Installed Daikin Cora Wall: price not advertised
Wall Mounted Air Conditioner by Daikin Lite Systems: price not advertised
Air Conditioner Daikin VRV IV-S Multi Split System: price not advertised
Ducted Air Conditioner Daikin Premium Inverter: price not advertised
Four stars were awarded by Daikin for reliability, quality & features and general satisfaction. In the remaining grades, she got three ratings.
Air conditioner Samsung
Samsung currently sells only a few domestic air conditioners with cooling capacities of between 2.5kW and 8kW, with an emphasis mainly on ducted and commercial-grade air conditioning. You can expect accurate temperature control from your Samsung air conditioner with these features: turbo mode for high speeds to quickly reach the set temperature, and auto mode that selects the appropriate operating mode (heat or cool) to quickly reach and sustain the set temperature. There is also a Decent Sleep Mode to automatically change the direction of air flow and fan speed for a relaxed sleep.
Energy performance scores are fairly common, with two stars being rated by the majority. In order to further move the air throughout the room without using the cooling features, the set often contains a Fan Feature. For a while after the unit is turned off, the Auto Clean feature would automatically keep the fan running at a low speed to dry off the heat exchanger and avoid the growth of bacteria.
Few models from the Samsung line are available here:
Samsung 2.5kW Air Conditioner Reverse Cycle Split Machine (AR09TXHYBWK1): $999*
Samsung 3.5kW Air Conditioner for Reverse Cycle Split System (AR12TXHYBWK1): $1,199*
Samsung 5kW Air Conditioner Reverse Cycle Split Machine (AR18TXHBWK1): $1,599*
Samsung 6.8kW Air Conditioner for Reverse Cycle Split System (AR24TXHBWK1): $1,899*
Samsung 8kW Air Conditioner with Reverse Cycle Split System (AR30TXHYBWK1): $2,299*
Samsung had a mix of outcomes, but finally settled on four stars for quality, value for money and overall satisfaction. And it got three stars anywhere else, too.
Braemar The Braemar
Air Conditioner Braemar
Like split system modules, multi-split system types, ducted and evaporative air conditioners, Braemar offers a range of air conditioners.
Demand Response Supporting Equipment are all its air conditioning systems (DRED). This effectively encourages you to use less energy by allowing the power supply authority to regulate the amount of electricity you receive at such times, such as during harsh weather conditions or peak times of the day. Additionally, Braemar’s line of split device air conditioners features DC inverter technology, which is said to improve performance by controlling the appliance’s voltage, current and frequency. It is also claimed that inverter versions minimize temperature variations, lower operating costs, and work more silently than outside the home. All the models also include a New Zoned Energy Ranking Mark as of April 2020, (ZERL). In general, each Braemar model is available in several capacities.
Any of the various series include:
Air Conditioner for Braemar Infiniti-Aire Inverter Split System: price not advertised
Multi Cassette Ceiling Mount Braemar MBHV: price not advertised
Evaporative Air Conditioner Braemar Breezair Extraordinaire: price not marketed
Air Conditioner for Braemar Single Phase Ducted Reverse Cycle: price not advertised
Air Conditioner Braemar Three Step Ducted Reverse Cycle: price not advertised
In all aspects, including reliability, accessibility & features, value for money and overall satisfaction, Braemar has received three-star ratings.
Other labels of air con
While the following brands did not obtain the minimum sample size required for our 2020 analysis to be included, they might still be worth considering.
Dimplex: Best known for its handheld air conditioners and portable heaters, when it comes to split-system air conditioning devices, Dimplex is not to be forgotten. You should expect to spend anywhere from $ 500 and $ 2,000, offering a silent process and dehumidifier features.
Midea: A specialist in the washing machine world, Midea is also a mid-range air conditioner brand. Midea spans a range of budgets, with costs ranging from as low as $800 to as high as $1,700, and provides some handy features, such as turbo and sleep modes, plus a self-cleaning coil.
TCL: Offers a range of cooling and heating practical window air conditioners and split-system systems with most versions priced under $1,000. TCL air conditioners usually serve small bedrooms or medium-sized spaces.
Hitachi: Offers many types of air conditioning systems, including wall and floor mounted split systems as well as ducted, cassette and multi split systems, suitable for residences and businesses.
Air Conditioner Buying: Things to remember
When buying an air conditioner, what to consider?
When you don’t know what’s necessary, choosing the correct air conditioner can be a daunting challenge. Our survey showed that the two most critical consideration considerations for customers purchasing an air con is price and energy usage. There are some stats here.
Cost: 33 percent
Energy performance: 33 percent
Brand name: 19 percent, 19 percent
Development: 3 percent
Measuring the scale of the room you want to cool is one of the first steps to choosing the proper air conditioner for your house. Multiply the length of the space by the distance to do so. If you have a very high roof, ceiling height can also be considered. Usually, per 10m2 of room that needs to be cooled, you need a minimum of 1 to 1.5kW cooling power. Using the following map as a general guide: