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Brand Analysis: Which is the best brand to buy?

By on April 22, 2016

When you are out in the market and you are looking to buy an appliance, you are bombarded with the sheer number of choices of brands that are available to buy. No wonder, one of the most common questions on our website is: “Which is the best brand for me?”. Many people who visit websites providing user feedback (e.g. mouthshut) on brands come back disappointed because almost every brand has got negative feedback. And for obvious reasons. The problem is not that the website is bad (in fact it provides a great perspective). The reason for negative reviews is that most people do not provide feedback when they have better experience. But they do make sure to do so if the experience is bad. And the experience can be bad because a lot of times their expectations from a brand are not met. It is not necessary that the product does not meet expectations, sometime service also does not meet expectations. Sometimes people do not have the right set of expectations (they buy something when the brand promises something else) and sometimes people do not even know what are the right expectations. Finding a right brand is always a tricky task.

As there is no perfect brand to buy, with this post we just want to give some of our perspectives on what is a brand and which is the best brand to buy.

What is a brand?

A business definition of a brand is: It is an image that help harried customers in the crowded marketplace, by standing for certain benefits and value. We associate certain value from a brand. We expect all the products from a certain brand to behave in a certain way. We expect consistency. However, there is a catch. Something I learned the hard way through my experience. Being from IIT, I interacted with a lot of IITians. Most people have a high regard for IIT as a brand. But are all IITians the same? Not really. Interact with an IITian and it is highly likely that you would interact with a smart person, but not every time. My perception is that 80-20 rule works everywhere. 80% chances are that the product you get from a brand would represent a brand value, but it is possible that you may also end up with one of those 20%. So it is not necessary that every product you get from a brand would bring the same value and thus it is not necessary that every brand with which one has had bad experience would always provide a bad experience.

Appliance Brands in India

From what I have seen, I can categorise the brands (of various appliances) available in India on the basis of country of origin. It is very important to analyse the origins of a brand because every brand carries the traits of the country/continent they originate from. I have divided them into the following categories – American, European, Japanese, Korean, Indian and Other Asian (Including Chinese) in the list below. First have a look at the list:

  American European Japanese Korean Indian Other Asian
Cars GM (General Motors), Ford Motors, Chrysler Volkswagen, Volvo, Audi, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Fiat, Skoda Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Suzuki, Mitsubishi Hyundai, Ssangyong Tata Motors, Mahindra Motors, Hindustan Motors
Mobile Phones Apple, Motorola, Blackberry (Canadian) Nokia Sony, Panasonic Samsung, LG Microtek, Karbonn, Videocon, Lava, Xolo, Intex, Spice HTC, One Plus, Huawei, Lenovo
Televisions Vu Philips Sony, Panasonic, Toshiba, Sansui, Sharp Samsung, LG Videocon, Onida, Croma, Koryo (Reliance), Micromax, Moser Baer Haier
Air Conditioners Carrier, Whirlpool, Trane, Ingersoll Rand Electrolux Hitachi, Daikin, Sharp, Panasonic, Mitsubishi, O General (Fujitsu) Samsung, LG Blue Star, Voltas, Videocon, Godrej, Onida, Lloyd, IFB, Kenstar, Croma, Koryo (Reliance) Haier, Midea


Refrigerator Whirlpool Electrolux, Bosch Hitachi, Panasonic, Sharp, Toshiba Samsung, LG Videocon, Godrej, IFB, Lloyd, Kelvinator Haier
Washing Machines Whirlpool Electrolux, Bosch, Siemens Panasonic Samsung, LG Videocon, Godrej, IFB Haier

Now here are the specific traits that I feel I find in various categories (please note that this is my personal perception and people may have different experience):

American Brands

Americans are known for their innovative spirits. For more than a century they have been the pioneers in innovation. They come up with new technology and the world follows. However, America is a country that has abundant resources as compared to other countries. Their per capita availability of resources is huge. Thus, their consumption is also huge. As there are a lot of resources, their interest in efficiency is less. However, they make powerful appliances. You will find brands like GM and Ford make powerful cars, but not so good on efficiency. However, they have been extremely innovative as seen in the case of Apple or Tesla motors. From a price point of view, they are expensive.

European Brands

Europeans are like long lost cousins of Americans. They also make quite superior technology and are quite innovative. Their companies like BMW, Audi, and even the likes of Nokia are quite superior in technology. In fact, at times, they are better than American technology. They have resources which is quite optimum for their needs. They are not as bad in efficiency as American brands, but they have equally good technology (if not better). These brands are also expensive in general.

Japanese Brands

One country that has always given a challenge to America in terms of innovation after World War 2 is Japan. They have worked hard, they have innovated. Like most Asian countries, Japan had always been short of resources. A small island with limited resources, their people have for generations worked smartly and efficiently. They were the ones who came out with Just in Time manufacturing. They make the most efficient products with great technology. No wonder likes of Toyota and Hondas have been giving American brands a run for their money. They are also pricey, but if you want efficiency coupled with technology, then a Japanese brand is your best bet.

Korean Brands

These are like younger siblings of Japanese brands. The value you get is close to Japanese brands, but still not the same. Good technology and good efficiency, quite functional, but still my personal feeling is that they are a bit like younger siblings. Their pricing is quite affordable. In a country like India, which is quite price sensitive, these brands provide bang for the buck. Japan has been on the forefront in technology for a long time and Koreans have followed them well. If you truly want value for money product, then Korean brands are your best bet.

Indian Brands

Indian brands have always followed the real demand of India. The market in India has always been price sensitive as people in India are quite conscious about the price of a product. Indian brands have focussed on Indian demand, however, my personal opinion is that we have been low on innovation and technology till date. The situation is improving and we hope to see a global brand come out of India in near future. Those like Tata and Mahindra have certainly tried punching above their weight. But we mostly import technology components and just assemble them in India with a bit of engineering. A lot of it is also because more expertise in engineering adds to costs making the product pricey. Interesting thing is that these brands are the most sold brands in many segments as they are quite affordable and there is nothing wrong with that. If you are tight on budget then Indian brands are a good option. But do not expect the best technology in that case (however we hope that in near future we will have a company that we can proudly say is Indian).

Other Asian Brands

Last few decades have been dominated by manufacturing from China. And just because they were manufacturing for the top most brands of the world (yes even Apple products are manufactured in China!), they learnt a lot of things from those brands. However you can learn the methods but you cannot copy the thinking. China has been mostly like India: tight on resources. Their products are quite cheap and at times not of great quality as well. Although some good brands have come out like Lenovo, Haier, One Plus which are truly global. But I would still say that Americans/Europeans are great in Technology and Japanese are great in terms of efficiency. Again if you are tight on budget then you can get a bargain in one of the Chinese/Taiwanese brands. But make sure that you do go for a reputed one.


The information above just gives a birds eye view on various brands. It is not necessary that every brand from a region is the same, some may be more popular some may not be. But this is an overall guideline that can help you identify the brand that you may prefer. As I mentioned above that it is extremely difficult to pick up the best and even if we pick one, it is not necessary that the experience will be exactly the same with all products. One just has to apply a better sense or judgement and then leave it at that point.

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  • Roose

    Dear Abhishek
    I am planning to buy a 3 STAR window AC for my 14x10x9 ft room which has a south facing window of 20 sq ft area. I live in Mohali, Punjab where temperature goes to 45 deg. People suggest Llyod 1.5 ton 3 star AC. What is your suggestion. what is the max working temp of Llyod? Whether its coils are copper? Alternative which other moder I can go for?
    My usage will be less than 1000 hours in a year.

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Hi Roose,

      I would not recommend going for BEE 3 star window AC. The least we recommend is going for a BEE 3 star rated split AC and window ACs have efficiency level lower than that of split ACs. So a BEE 3 star rated window AC is equivalent to BEE 2 star rated split AC. And we do not recommend going for that. Even with usage less than 1000 hours a year, the least we recommend is going for BEE 4 or 5 star rated ACs. You can go for a Hitachi or Blue Star window AC of 1.5 ton with BEE 4 or 5 star rating. Here are some models:

      Bluestar 5W18GA
      Hitachi RAT518HUD
      Hitachi RAV518HUD
      Hitachi RAW518KUDZ1

      If you want to go for Lloyd then Lloyd LW19A5X would be better. I have not seen operating temperature being mentioned on specs of Lloyd ACs. So I would say it would be default which is 46 degrees for most ACs in India. Lloyd does have copper, however their copper tubes are thin, i.e. they use less copper. Top brands have thick copper tubes.

  • Anirudh Garg

    Hi Abhishek, I am planning to buy a 1.5Ton Window AC within Rs 30000, to be used in Muzaffarnagar, (UP). Please help me by clarifying below queries:

    1. My usage would not be more than 1000 hours per year, how many stars should I go for? (3 or 5 star)
    2. I have shortlisted 3 models considering following points in mind requirements/preference/budget/availability/service.
    i) Blue Star 5W18GA
    ii) Hitachi RAW518KUD
    iii) Voltas 185DY

    Which one should I go for and WHY?
    NOTE: All the above mentioned models are available in 3 stars also.

    I am flexible to the above constraints for a better product!


    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      For usage of 1000 hrs/year it is better to go for BEE 5 star rated window AC. I would say Hitachi has the most energy efficient window ACs in the market. Hitachi RAV518HUD is the most energy efficient BEE 5 star rated window AC. In general energy efficiency levels of window ACs are lower so a BEE 5 star rated window AC would be similar in efficiency to BEE 4 star rated AC, but Hitachi RAV518HUD is the only window AC which if rated on Split AC levels would still be BEE 5 star. Hitachi as a brand is also premium.

      These models from Hitachi are good: Hitachi RAV518HUD and Hitachi RAT518HUD

  • Samir

    hi abhishek
    i am getting a hefty discount to buy whirlpool products due to a family member working there and thus plan to buy aplit ac extreme 3d cool 1.5 tonne. it figures in your top ten list at no.5. my question is, how reliable is whirlpool for ACs in terms of overall ownership cost, performance and components it uses? they give 10 years warranty on compressor.

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      I have had a whirlpool AC and refrigerator in the past and I still own a Whirlpool washing machine and water purifier. My personal experience with the brand has been good. As far as make is concerned, they make good products with above average performance. But then service is a very local thing, in my area their service is good, but I cannot comment how good they will be in your area.

  • Amit Shah

    Hi Abhishek,
    I stay in Mumbai & planning for Split AC for my living room measuring around 150 Sq.ft. budget less than 35k. Required your valuable advise on best models from running brands having good track record in terms of performance, maintainence & after sales services. Also, your comments on Videocon, LLyod, Whirlpool, Onida & Godrej.

  • Rumesh

    Hi Abhishek,

    What is Blue Hydrophilic Aluminium Fin? Most of the Voltas AC have this. Is it not have copper coils/condenser/evaporator or its different?


    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      There are two types of coils: a) Tube and Fin b) PFC (Parallel Flow Condenser). Tube and Fin has copper tubes and aluminium fins. PFC has all alluminium micro channel tubes. There is blue and gold corrosion protection for Tube and Fin type coils.

      Coils are present in Condenser (outdoor unit) as well as Evaporator (indoor unit). Both need corrosion protection. Blue Hydrophillic Aluminium Fin is a type of corrosion protected coil. You need to check if it is just evaporator or just condenser or both. Voltas does not clearly mention it on their website.

  • Ashish

    Hi Abhishek,

    Really appreciate your quick responses and you have surely help loads of customers arriving at a decision – reading your blog.

    Need your help urgently.

    I have to buy a 1.5 Tonne Split Air conditioner (my room is on first floor with specs: 15*12*10).

    I am replacing my current window 1.5 Tonne Carrier A/c (9 years old)

    Key Concerns :

    1. High Corrosion in my area – To go for Alloy based condenser like that offered by LG/Samsung or Voltas (Copper + Anti Rust coating like blue fin)

    i stay in Noida and there is a Huge Open Nallah which flows next to our sector – and as a result has high corrosion impact on ACs. Impact is such that every year there is gas leakage in all my 3 A/cs and have to get its gas refilled evey season.

    I am looking at following options:

    1. LG (Multi Flow condensor with anti rust coating) – brochure claims no galvanic corrosion – Comes with 5 year warranty on condensor and refilling of gas as well

    2. Samsung (Micro Jet Plus Condensor – with 5 year warranty + Anti Corrosion with Durafin)- Claims works in Salty environment

    Both their dealers are recommending MFC for our kind of area. If I have to go for MFC – then Samsung or LG – which one would be better ?


    3. Voltas A/c (which has copper condenser – with blue fin coating) – This is the kind of coating which has been recommended in your blog – so came the confusion – Besides, there is one year warranty on condenser only.

    So pls clear confusion – and suggest which one to go for. I am ok with any of these 3 brands as mentioned above – but really look forward to your technical correct insights/suggestions.

    b) 3 Star or 5 star

    My usage is appx. 8-10 hours a day for 6-7 months in a year

    Should I go for 5 star or a 3 star rated?

    Looking for early response – have to make the purchase this week.

    Best Regards,

    • MG

      Hi Ashish,
      We are facing the same problem. What option did you finally go for?

  • http://www.underconstruction.com Vivek Sood

    Hey! You have really nailed down everything. I have almost the same opinion about everything you have mentioned. Good info! Keep it up.

  • Rajit

    Hi Abhishek,
    You guys have done a great job in creating such a useful and informative portal. Just that I didn’t get to see this on time.
    I recently purchased a Blue Star 3CNHW18CAF/U 1.5 Ton Inverter AC for a room that is about 150 sqft and is not exposed to direct sunlight. I live in Kerala where the outside temperature rarely ever goes above 35 degrees but high humidity makes it feel like 40 degrees. I am expecting to use the AC between 4 to 5 hours for 8 months in a year. Winter does not exist is this part of the world. I wish I had seen your portal before making the purchase. Going through the pages here I am getting a feeling that I might have made a mistake, because Blue Star inverter ACs don’t feature in the list of your recommended ACs at all. Can you confirm if I need to looking at different model for my next purchase?

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Hi Rajit,

      Blue Star 3CNHW18CAF is not the most efficient model in the market, but certainly not a bad one. It’s EER is 3.31 which is quite good. It would be better than non inverter BEE 5 star rated model. And your usage is not exceptionally high to go for the most efficient model. The list that we have on this website lists the most efficient models. There is no subjectivity over there, purely based on numbers. But I think this model is good enough and I do not think that you made a mistake. Also it is a copper condenser model with R410A. So you have everything covered in this model. I think it is a wise purchase (even if it was by mistake :) ).

    • Rajit

      Thank you for making me feel better Abhishek. I’ll make sure I bookmark your portal to be referred before my next purchase. Again Khudos to you and your team for the great informational portal.

  • Ram Ganesh

    HI Team,

    Kudos for the great work here.

    My query.

    Place : Chennai

    Room Size : 950 Sqft with only in window.

    Size Calculated : 1 Ton

    Usage : 8 hours daily for 4 months / year

    I already have a Ogeneral ( >15 years ) window AC which has stopped working (beyond repair )now.
    Wanted to buy a new window AC ( installation of Split is difficult because of room design and construction )

    I am open for any model with in 30K budget

    Planning to get it by this weekend. Kindly let me know the model numbers

  • parijat verma

    Sir i am buying a ner inverter ac just confused which brand is good Hitachi kashikoi 5400i 1.5 (model-RAU518CWEA)
    and Samsung neo inverter 1,5 ton (model-AR18KV5HBTRNNA) which one is best among them

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Hi Parijat,

      Both Hitachi and Samsung are good brands. Technically Hitachi would be more durable and reliable, but then you must confirm about their service in your area from local dealers (we have got some complaints on Hitachi service from some cities). Efficiency wise Samsung Inverter AC would be comparable to Hitachi Kashikoi, but then Samsung has PFC (or aluminium) condenser. If you live close to a water body then avoid Samsung, but if not then I think it would be great (because Samsung is also giving 5 years warranty on condenser).

    • parijat verma

      Sir i do not live near water body so please tell me which ac would i go for Hitachi kashikoi 5400i 1.5 (model-RAU518CWEA) it costs 60000
      and Samsung neo inverter 1.5 ton (model-AR18KV5HBTRNNA) it is costing me around 52000
      Sir gone to both retailers both services are good over here in Jhansi sir but the dealer of Hitachi is saying not to buy inverter ac as he is saying inverter ac is not meant for dry summer like in Jhansi as here in jhansi voltage fluctuation is there but i have voltage stablizer and ac stablizer along with ac and inverter ac also have inbuilt stablizer he said it wont work and temp is 47 degree and which may disturb and the device which he called VDF in inverter ac which he told that when this device gets faulty it comes costly around 15000 and he told me to buy 5 star ac but sir my usage is i have calculated and i want a inverter ac sir please suggest me what should i do
      sir thanks for replying

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Hi Parijat,

      If you do not live near water body then I would suggest that you go for the Samsung model. The model has decent energy efficiency level and the good thing about Samsung is:

      1) It does not need a voltage stabilizer as it can operate between 146 and 290 V.

      2) It can easily handle power surges and protect the controller (which your dealer is saying is costly to repair). Samsung claims that controller can handle voltage between 80 V to 450 V (source: check Triple Protector Plus feature on this link: http://www.samsung.com/in/consumer/home-appliances/air-conditioners/split-ac/AR18KV5HBTRNNA ).

      3) It has corrosion protection but that is something which is not very important in your case as the climate is not humid.

      Also make sure that you check the “Ensure perfect Installation-Smart Installation” feature given on the link above. Make sure that you check it when the AC is installed.

      I would strongly suggest that you go for an Inverter AC. And I think this samsung model would be good. If you want more energy efficient model (something that saves more electricity) then you can go for Samsung’s Triangle Inverter AC The model with JV instead of KV in its number.

    • Mohit

      Hello sir, I am planning to buy a split ac (2 ton ) .
      I am going for Hitachi but Hitachi also has so many models in 3 star rating , which one to opt ?
      Warranty wise Samsung is better I think so a little bit confused .

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      All the models of Hitachi 2 ton BEE 3 star have similar technical specs. Their features may be different. You can go for one that fits in your budget. Also both Samsung and HItachi are good. You should go for one that provides better service in your area. Also please note, Hitachi will have all copper models while Samsung will have aluminium PFC condenser. If you have a water body close to your house then you should avoid aluminium.

  • Drava Chandra

    A word of thanks to Abhishek et al for providing such humongous information on air conditioner segment with a legion of queries being quenched upon. Its one of those one stop site where you’d get more than expected. Being a novice, I appreciate the amount & quality of your wok.

    Coming to my query which I hope you’ll promptly response despite being heavily loaded.

    I am looking to purchase a split ac, 1.5 t for my bedroom having a carpet area <= 200 square feets. Hailing from Rajasthan, I am zeroing on 2 options:

    1. Going for Panasonic split,1.5 t, 3 star, model number Panasonic CS/CU-UC18QKY3. I am preferring it over Daikin FTC50PRV16 .

    2. Going for Llyod 1.5 t inverter ac model number LS18VI.

    Going through your posts I have inferred it is better to opt for an inverter ac. Hence I am favoring the Llyod 1.5 t inverter LS18VI.

    Q1 I want to know what is your say on Llyod's LS18VI. Since llyod has just entered the ac market whether it is reasonable to opt for it? There are doubts about Llyods domestic ac capabilities – whether it'd be a sub-standard ac for its price [tagged at 39k] ?

    Q2 Whether it'll be a good option in Rajasthan where temperature soars betwen 45-49 C?

    Q3 Should I prefer R410 or R32 (as Llyod supplies both against the same model as per dealer )?

    Q4 Some dealers say it is better to opt for a godrej/videocon rather than llyod. What's your say?

    Q5 For a usage period of say 5 years which option is better to invest – the llyod 1.5t inverter ac or the panasonic 1.5 t fixed speed ac?

    I hope you'd spare time to address the same.

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      HI Drava,

      Firstly I doubt that 1.5 ton AC would be good enough for a 200 sq ft room in Rajasthan. You can check it using calculator on this page: https://www.bijlibachao.com/top-ten-appliances/best-air-conditioner-ac-window-split-hitachi-lg-carrier-samsung-electricity-consumption-tonnage-in-india.html

      For your questions:

      1) I would rate brands like Panasonic and Daikin over Lloyd just for the reliability and durability.

      2) You should opt for a model with high operating temperature. Mitsubishi Heavy, Hitachi, Samsung, General have models that have high operating temperature and can work even in extreme hot summers.

      3) Does not matter. Both R410A and R32 are good. R410A would have more availability as there are far too many models with it. But from a usage perspective: it does not matter.

      4) I would rate Godrej higher. But then that’s my brand perspective. Godrej has quite efficient models. But Godrej, Videocon and Lloyd all are Indian brands. Hitachi, Daikin, Mitsubishi, General, etc are all Japanese brands.

      5) Well I would always recommend inverter AC. You never know how much the electricity tariffs would rise in 5 years. But for now the calculator in the link above would suggest you the right type (fixed speed or inverter) based on your usage of AC and current tariffs.

    • Drava Chandra

      Thanks for your prompt reply.

      As a final say, between Daikin 1.5t split ac (fixed speed) & Llyod’s 1.5 t split inverter AC (LS18VI), which one should be preferred?

      Daikin is providing models from Thailand & India (Neemrana made), which should be opted?

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      When you are undersizing the AC, a fixed speed is better. Inverter will not give you benefit as it will run at peak speed all the time. So in that case, Daikin 1.5t fixed speed is better. I personally would not mind buying India made as well, but in general many people prefer Thailand made.

    • Drava Chandra

      Thanks again, Abhishek for your timely response.

      You wrote that a fixed speed AC is better than an inverter AC when undersizing, why’s that so?

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Also at peak capacity, the energy efficiency of an inverter AC is much lower as compared to a fixed speed non inverter AC.

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Well that is because an inverter AC of 1 ton has a cooling capacity of 0.2 to 1.2 ton (it can vary its tonnage based on the need of the room). While a non inverter AC of 1 ton will run only at 1 ton. Now if your room needs 1.6 tons of cooling and you put a 1 ton inverter AC, it will always run at 1.2 ton capacity (because it tries to cool the room). Whereas a 1 ton non inverter AC would run at 1 ton only. So essentially because you are undersizing, you are not really getting benefits of variable tonnage most of the time, because it will mostly run at peak capacity.

  • Utkarsh Gosain

    How is Mitshubishi split a/c? Which Mitshubishi split a/c of 1.5tonnes should I consider 5star rated or invertor? Will it withstand 47c heat?

  • santosh jha

    Hi Abhishek,

    Which one is most energy efficient in these three models
    Hitachi 1.5 Tons Inverter Split AC Copper(RAU318EWEAS)
    Daikin 1.5 Tons Inverter Split AC White(DTKP50RRV161)
    Samsung 1.5 Ton Inverter Split AC White(AR18HV5NBWK)

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Amongst the models you have mentioned, Samsung AR18HV5NBWK would be the most energy efficient.

  • subhashis bag

    I want to go for Daikin Ftkp 1.5 ton inverter model. I want to know how much can I save if I go for voltas normal 1.5 ton 5 star ac if I run it for 5 months per yr , 10 hrs per day in kolkata.

  • Rupankur Borphukan

    Hello Sir,
    Which one is most energy efficient in these three models ? Is ISEER: 4.51 (Star: 5) more energy efficient to compare to ERR: 3.55 ?

    1. Samsung AC 1.5 T- AR18JV5DAWKNNA EER: 3.82,
    2. Samsung AC 1.5 T- AR18JV5NBWKNNA ERR: 3.55
    3. VOLTUS AC 1.5T – 185V DYe ISEER: 4.51, Star: 5
    Thank tou.

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Hello Rupankur,

      ISEER of 4.51 would be more close to EER of 3.55. EER of 3.82 would be higher than ISEER of 4.51. So Samsung AR18JV5DAWKNNA would be most energy efficient of the three you have listed.

    • Rupankur Borphukan

      Thank you.

  • risheel

    is voltas better or samsung 5 star mentioned about fast cooling and new features and in real word comparision i see Samsung has big indoor unit than other models i am from tirupathi my room 14 * 10 ft and i get sunlight in after noon not exposed to sun roof top.

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Cooling does not depend on indoor unit size. It depends on the rated cooling capacity of the AC. Also star rating also does not determine cooling capacity, it is a representative of energy efficiency.

      Both Voltas and Samsung are good brands. In general within the same star ratings it is observed that a Samsung model would have better energy efficiency than Voltas model of same star rating. But Voltas has copper condenser (more durable specially in case you live close to a water body), while Samsung has aluminium PFC. Samsung also has more extra features (other than cooling).

  • Ahmad

    A transparent Article which has resolved a frequent confusion of mine about brands and products. Now am in a better position to take decisions while purchasing any appliance. Thanks!

  • Nikul Chudasama

    Hello Abhishek Sir.. As per result of Calculator I need to buy 2 Ton Inverter AC. My budget is
    70-80K. Please suggest me Inverter AC Model with best features which
    me Powerful Cooling and Good Energy Efficiency from brands like
    Samsung, Panasonic, Voltas and Hitachi. I’m also confused about which is
    best Copper or Aluminum used in Coil, Piping and other important parts
    in Compressor. Please help me.

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Hi Nikhil,

      Copper is better. You can try Hitachi Kashikoi 5400 or 5300 or 5200. All are good and most energy efficient.

    • Nikul Chudasama

      Thank you so much Sir..

  • Rizwan

    Hi Abhishek,

    I am planning to buy 1.5 ton Inverter AC. For which I have zeroed 2 Brands i.e

    1. Voltas All Star Inverter AC(This is a new model AC from Voltas launched a week ago it has below Features:

    1. Two-Stage Inverter Compressor Technology Most Energy Efficient with EER value 3.70

    2. First Inverter AC with 3 star rating

    3. Cools at 52 C

    4. Super silent operation cools silently at 18dB(A)

    Advance Air Purifier

    5. 130 left & right swing 180 up & down swing which cools room uniformly

    6. Automatic Humidity Control

    7. Blue Fin Anti Corrosive Coating

    8. Ultra Low frequency Torque control

    9. Precise Control of Compressor RPM

    10. Automatic operation in overload Conditions

    11. UHF Flux- Weaking Control

    12. ORC Technology for high compressor durability & refrigerant efficiency

    13. Wide operating voltage rangeof 185v to 260v

    Price of Voltas All Star Inverter AC: 45,000(am getting it with this price from local dealer)


    1. 3M Micro Protection filter & Dual Protection filter


    3. 4 WAY SWING






    Price: Around 46000-48000

    3. The Lower version of the ABOVE MODEL is LGBSA18IBE which have features alike above except below features

    MOSQUITO AWAY(not there)

    4 WAY SWING(not there)

    HIMALAYA COOL(not there)

    Price: 46,000(getting from local dealer)

    These I have Finalised, As My budget for Inverter AC was only 46,000, Request you to suggest if I can go for any of the model I have listed above or is there any other Models available with other brands like Hitachi or daikin with similar features pricing around 46,000 for an inverter AC.

    If I have an option to get an Inverter AC in Voltas & LG within budget of 46,000. Which one among the above between Voltas New Model(All Star Ac) or LG BSA18IMA SMART INVERTER AC WHICH WILL BE GOOD AMONG THESE TWO


    Many Thanks,

    • Rizwan

      Hi Abhishek,
      Thanks for your valuable feedback.

      As you suggested Daikin FTKP/DTKP or ATKP series models when compared with Voltas’s New “All Star Inverter AC” and “LG BSA18IMA SMART INVERTER AC”, I think Daikin FTKP/DTKP or ATKP series models are Standard Inverter AC’s of 2015 model, However their reviews are positive,couldn’t find any difference between FTKP & DTKP Models, what is the major difference between these two models.

      Regarding After Sales Service,I have tried to locate service center for Daikin in my location which is Hyderabad. I came to know that there is no dedicated Daikin Service Centers but there is only third party service centers and none of the third party service centers numbers are responding when contacted, it is evident that in case of any issues with Daikin, customer will face problem in such case which other Energy Efficient inverter AC model( budget upto 45K ) would you advice me to go with good Customer Service Base

      Thanks In Advance,

      Awaiting your Valuable feedback.


    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      However I doubt that Daikin would not have service center in Hyderabad.

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      You may also get Samsung Inverter ACs that are quite energy efficient in your budget. Just look for high EER (please note Voltas will have SEER as it got rated by BEE on star rating, while Samsung would have EER). Samsung Inverter ACs of EER of 3.5 and above would be equivalent to BEE 4 or 5 star rated inverter AC.

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Difference between FTKP and DTKP is just in air filters. Rest all the design is similar. Daikin has a new naming convention for 2016 models where the model number ends with RRV. So 2014 models were DTKP50PRV60, 2015 models were DTKP50QRV60 and 2016 models are DTKP50RRV60.

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Hi Rizwan,

      The Voltas model you have listed would be all copper model but BEE 3 star rated AC. The LG model which is although not rated on BEE’s star rating yet would be BEE 4 star rated if they get an evaluation done (I am commenting based on their EER value). But the LG model is multi flow condenser which is aluminium. So it truly depends. If you are not close to a water body (sea or lake) then I think LG can be a good choice. Otherwise you can go for Voltas.

      I think you can get a Daikin FTKP/DTKP or ATKP series model in that price range which would be fantastic choice.

  • Chittaranjan Mukherjee


    Thanks for the writeup. I would like to understand which one is better – an aluminium condensor or a copper condensor. Which is cheaper?


  • aditya

    hi abhishek,

    I love the attention to detail that you guys put in on you website. Pls take a bow.
    I plan to buy an ac for my bedroom in a couple of days, i may get some good deal given the navratras season is on in NCR.
    i plan to go for a split ac with inverter tech.
    my room is 11X11X9.5 ft (LXWXH) i live on the middle floor with only one wall that faces north, the wall has glass windows and glass screen door but gets no direct sunlight. According to your calculator i shd go for a 1 ton inverter ac.
    i found samsung to be a good choice- given its price, should i go for it without delving deep into minute feature related details comparing other brands?
    i like to keep things simple.


    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      HI Aditya,

      Samsung has highly energy efficient inverter AC models. And they are feature rich. They also give warranty on most of their components. However there is just one point to note: it’s condenser is aluminium, which is highly energy efficient. They also provide corrosion protection for the same. If your environment is not corrosive then it can be an excellent choice (my own AC with aluminium condenser has worked well for me for past 6-7 years). I personally do not see any issues in buying aluminium condenser (as I do not live close to any water body), but people try to avoid aluminium. Otherwise Samsung models are great with efficiency and features.

  • rk Dubey

    Hello Sir,
    I am planning to buy spilt AC 2 ton please suggest best companies and model.

  • biren

    i am planning to buy a split ac of 1 ton 3 star, budget would be of 25K, i have shortlisted on AC of Hyundai ( model – HSP33.GO1-QGE), how good are hyundai AC’s in general? if there are any other options in the price bracket , pls let me know. I am also open to Lyyod ac. as this is my first AC purchase, i have very little knowledge about it

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Haven’t heard much of Hyundai ACs, so cannot comment on that. By the way in that budget you can get Kenstar BEE 5 star rated AC which will be more energy saving. Lloyd will be a better brand than both Hyundai and Kenstar.

  • Prasanna Kumar R

    Hello sir,

    I am planning to buy a AC,but I dont have sufficient knowledge over this.But based on the discussions with neighbors and also after going through your FAQ’s I got some points that need to be taken into while making decision.Thanks for that.

    Now I feel I should go with “Mitsubishi MS-H18VA Cooling Split AC” would you suggest this or some or Brand/model else?? as my requirement are for household and usage is purely for summer,EER rate is 3.49 which is quiet good enough and moreover its in my budget of 35k-40k .But still I have some questions :

    1)If the temperature is beyond 40C,will this model works(at my location its beyond 40C)
    2) Is InverterAC is needed or normal ?

    If any parameters needs to be checked as per this model please suggest me sir,so that I can go ahead.

    Thanks for quick response :)

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Hi Prasanna,

      100% of the ACs available in Indian market work at temperature of 46-48 degree centrigrade. Which ideally should work in every city in the country. However at times in some cities if the outdoor unit is exposed directly to sun, it does impact working of the AC. In such cases there are some model that work even up to temperature of 52 degrees. Now in your city temperature is just 40 and in such case almost every model should work. Also you are planning to go for MHI AC which is a heavy duty AC and can work well in most conditions.

      I would suggest that you look at the calculator on this link to see if inverter AC is needed or not: https://www.bijlibachao.com/top-ten-appliances/best-air-conditioner-ac-window-split-hitachi-lg-carrier-samsung-electricity-consumption-tonnage-in-india.html

      However I doubt that you will get a 1.5 ton inverter AC in your budget.

    • Ajay

      Hi Abhishek.
      I’ve no knowledge in ACs. Let me ask you this question. You said “However at times in some cities if the outdoor unit is exposed directly to sun, it does impact working of the AC.”
      What kind of impact does it have? Positive or negative? In a consumer forum I read, a service executive informing a customer that direct sun is causing the non-functioning of AC if outside temperature is 42 degrees or more.
      I’m planning to buy an AC for my apartment on 5th floor (top floor), in Hyderabad. The temperature is really high here this summer. Should I install the outdoor unit in my balcony corner (with minimal direct sun exposure) or can i install it on sunshade as well, where direct sun from 9AM till sunset is a possibility.
      Please educate me on the impact of direct sun and suggest where to install the out unit.


    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      All ACs have a defined operating temperature. This temperature is the maximum at which the AC can run properly. Most ACs sold in India have this value as 46 degrees (which should suit most cities). But then in places like Delhi and North, the temperature goes extremely high. Ideally AC takes heat from the room and the heat exchanger (or the condenser) moves the heat outside the room. But if the temperature outside is quite high, heat exchange does not take place (just like for water to flow there needs to be a difference in height of two place, for heat to flow, there has to be difference in temperatures). But if the outside temperature is too high, the heat exchanger is not able to throw the heat out. And this results in inefficient cooling.

      This also happens when there is direct sunlight falling on the AC which results in hot surroundings and less heat exchange.

      There are ACs available in market that can handle upto 52 degrees (check Hitachi, Samsung, MHI, General models). In case you plan to set outdoor unit on roof, you can check these brands.

    • Ajay

      Thank you so much for the information. We bought (Samsung) 2 ton AC as per your calculator. Hope it works well for long time :-)

    • https://www.bijlibachao.com Abhishek Jain

      Do let us know your feedback.

  • Sreenivas Reddy

    Hi Team,

    I am planning to buy Whirlpool 330 Ltrs FP 343D Royal PROTTON Triple Door Refrigerator – Alpha Steel; could you please let us know BEE rating to this.
    I seen your post top 10 refrigerator but I am not seen this in it.
    Please let us know best refrigerator 300 to 330 liters with BEE rating 5/4, for domestic.

    Sreenivas Reddy