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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:

 AmericanEuropeanJapaneseKoreanIndianOther Asian
CarsGM (General Motors), Ford Motors, ChryslerVolkswagen, Volvo, Audi, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Fiat, SkodaHonda, Toyota, Nissan, Suzuki, MitsubishiHyundai, SsangyongTata Motors, Mahindra Motors, Hindustan Motors
Mobile PhonesApple, Motorola, Blackberry (Canadian)NokiaSony, PanasonicSamsung, LGMicrotek, Karbonn, Videocon, Lava, Xolo, Intex, SpiceHTC, One Plus, Huawei, Lenovo
TelevisionsVuPhilipsSony, Panasonic, Toshiba, Sansui, SharpSamsung, LGVideocon, Onida, Croma, Koryo (Reliance), Micromax, Moser BaerHaier
Air ConditionersCarrier, Whirlpool, Trane, Ingersoll RandElectroluxHitachi, Daikin, Sharp, Panasonic, Mitsubishi, O General (Fujitsu)Samsung, LGBlue Star, Voltas, Videocon, Godrej, Onida, Lloyd, IFB, Kenstar, Croma, Koryo (Reliance)Haier, Midea


RefrigeratorWhirlpoolElectrolux, BoschHitachi, Panasonic, Sharp, ToshibaSamsung, LGVideocon, Godrej, IFB, Lloyd, KelvinatorHaier
Washing MachinesWhirlpoolElectrolux, Bosch, SiemensPanasonicSamsung, LGVideocon, Godrej, IFBHaier

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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Hi Team, I am really confused regarding which ac I should buy. I have a relatively small room of 10x8 but it receives sunlight for 8-9 hours in a typical day. Also, the room is on 4th floor so during the evening the room touches around 36 to 38 degrees which is quite high. I have an AC installed from Lyold 1 ton 3 star ac. It takes this ac 30 mins to reach the temperature of 28 degrees. It struggles to cool the room below 26 degrees.

I need to buy a new ac for the room. Can you please suggest the most power efficient under 30k that I can by which can cool the room and electricity consumption is also taken into account. My electricity bill by running AC for 8 hours comes around 3000 Rs. Please help me on this.

I can buy window, split or any ac that you guys suggest. It should have good after sales service as well. The Model I have shortlisted are as follows :
1. http://www.amazon.in/Voltas-1-2-Split-155-CY/dp/B00LWRDJEE/ref=lp_13756356031_1_6?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1497431862&sr=1-6
2. http://www.amazon.in/Voltas-Split-Aluminium-SAC-White/dp/B01NATTJ64/ref=lp_13756356031_1_2?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1497431862&sr=1-2

They are both Aluminium condensor which I frankly don't prefer.

3. http://www.amazon.in/Voltas-Window-185-DY-White/dp/B00RZDYWP4/ref=sr_1_1?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1497440633&sr=1-1&keywords=voltas+1.5+ton+window+ac
4. http://www.amazon.in/Hitachi-Window-RAV513HUD-Summer-White/dp/B00LHO9TTQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1497440660&sr=1-1&keywords=Hitachi+1.1
5. http://www.amazon.in/Hitachi-Window-RAV518HUD-Summer-White/dp/B00LHO9UFO/ref=sr_1_2?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1497440675&sr=1-2&keywords=Hitachi+1.5 --- In offline market I can get this for 31000.

Waiting for your response.


Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Vishant,

Your room does not need more than 1 tons of cooling. In fact it needs lesser cooling. Your 1 ton AC should work. I would suggest that you get the AC checked by Lloyd. It should cool the room. Also as far as electricity consumption is concerned, it would be high if you do not buy efficient AC. Yours is a BEE 3 star rated split AC which is not very efficienct. The models you are looking at are also not very efficient. You should look at 1 ton inverter tech AC. You can look at any of these:

Whirlpool Fantasia Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2s33CX8
Panasonic CS-YS12RKY Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2s3oD4d
Voltas 123V MY Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2scDw2y


Hi Abhishek,

Its a 3 star lloyd window ac. Actually my room receives a lot of sunlight which causes the walls to heat up quite a bit and during the evening when I run the ac it takes 20 mins to bring the temperature down from 39 degrees room temperature to 27. It doesn't turn off its compressor if I set the temperature of 25 degrees. LLoyd technician checked the AC and it is doing its job, but since the walls of my room are really warm it can't do the job well. Since I live on 4th floor he suggested me to go for 1.5 atleast for my room.

The Inverter ac's that you have suggested are good but they aren't cheap maintenance wise. I was planning to buy :
1. http://www.amazon.in/Hitachi-Window-RAT518HUD-Summer-White/dp/B00LHO9RW0?tag=googinhydr18418-21
2. http://www.amazon.in/dp/B00RZDYWP4/ref=psdc_3474656031_t1_B00LHO9UFO
3. http://www.amazon.in/Hitachi-Window-Copper-RAV513HUD-Summer/dp/B00LHO9TTQ

Are there any other options you can suggest. Thanks.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Vishant,

Firstly, I would disagree that maintenance wise Inverter ACs are expensive. I have been using one myself for past 4 years now and there is no extra maintenance costs. The only condition when we do not recommend inverter AC is when a person lives in corrosive area (close to sea, lake, river or any water body or close to a chemical factory). And this is because inverter ACs have PCB in outdoor unit which can get damaged due to corrosion. If the environment is not corrosive then inverter ACs are the best (in terms of electricity saving).

Window ACs are not efficient. There are hardly many energy efficient options in window ACs. Secondly if you oversize the AC then you will as it is get high electricity bills because oversized ACs consume more electricity. Your room is too small (10x8). And even if it gets direct sunlight on walls and ceiling and even if you are in North India where summers are extremely hot, a 1 ton AC should be sufficient for the room. And ideally your lloyd AC should work (unless you are expecting it to take your room temperature to 16 degrees). It should ideally make the room comfortable. I would not recommend you to go for 1.5 ton AC and that too a window AC.


Dear Sir,

I'm planning to buy Samsung's AR18MV5NEWK 1.5T Triangle Inverter AC. Is it a good choice? Samsung claims it 'Cools Faster, Farther, and Wider'. I'm just wondering if it's really true. Also, are there any advantages/disadvantages of this triangle AC over other ACs?

Thank you.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Vivek,

Samsung has decent ACs. However, Faster, Farther and Wider are relative terms. The model has to be compared with something to claim faster, farther and wider, because that is what every brand claims. Well leaving that apart, faster depends on cooling capacity along with air flow. If an AC has more cooling capacity and high air flow, it can cool faster. A 2 ton AC will always cool faster than 1 ton because it has higher cooling capacity. LG also claims that its dual inverter cools faster. As for farther and wider, any AC having 4 way air flow will cool wider as well. And as far as farthest is concerned, I think Mitsubishi Heavy industries has models that have the longest air flow (even Mitsubishi Electric has long air flow models) and Samsung is not comparable to that. But then for marketing everyone plays with words. Having said that, It is not that Samsung ACs are bad and you are looking at a BEE 5 star rated model which is quite good in energy efficiency (not the best but quite good considering the price you pay for that). It uses alloy condensers with solid corrosion protection. By the way alloy is Aluminium. It has solid voltage protection (which I think is the best in Samsung and LG).

If you really look at Samsung's website the comparison is from the other models (older ones) of Samsung. Check this link: http://www.samsung.com/in/air-conditioners/split-ac-ar18mv5newknna/ and it says "Tested on AR09HSFSBWK model. Compared with Samsung conventional model AQV09TWS." ... so the reference is older models of Samsung.

I am not saying that Samsung is bad or the marketing is wrong. But then finer details need to be checked. Triangle AC is certainly a design innovation. Every brand has their own innovations. Some have 4 way air flow to have a wider coverage. Some have long air flow for larger coverage. Some have better cooling capacity for faster cooling.


Thanks for that descriptive reply. It's down to these (3) models: 2 from Samsung and 1 from LG. Which one would you think will be the best in terms of electricity consumption and durability:
1. Samsung AR18MV5NEWK (as mentioned earlier)
2. Samsung AR18MV5HEWK

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

I would say Samsung models are better as they are more energy efficient and have great features (especially with voltage).


I almK1st completely agree with you on the various traits of different brands according to their origin. But I think that
1. Americans are more concentrated on profit making and they will not hesitate to compromise in search of these profits. Whereas Europeans or Japanese will most probably not compromise.
2. Also I think we just not club Taiwanese with Chinese. Taiwan is more quality conscious.
One more important point is that due to globalisation , competition and cross holding of the ownership of these corporations, now these traits while still being generally valid ,are getting weakened. So now we can see that even Japanese are compromising on quality in India!


Dear Sir,
One last query is it beneficial to buy 5 star non inverter ac or 3 star inverter ac, considering low usage around 4 hours each day.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Ankur,

5 star non inverter and 3 star inverter are quite close in terms of electricity consumption with some 3 star inverter ACs slightly better. They cost almost the same as well. So it is better to go for 3 star inverter AC.


Dear Sir,
Thank you for such a prompt reply.
The conditions you mentioned are not present in my city and i am thinking of buying HITACHI-RSB318IAEA.
Kindly guide as to whether will it be a good buy or not?
If not what alternative i can use.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Ankur,

Hitachi has the most energy efficient models of inverter ACs in BEE 3 star ratings. And Kashikoi 3300i is their most feature rich BEE 3 star rated inverter AC. So it is a great choice.


Dear Sir,
I was thinking about buying the hitachi's inverter ac, but as you mentioned that it faces pcb problem,
Kindly suggest as to what other option can i avail.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Ankur,

I did not mentioned that Hitachi AC faces PCB problem. PCB problem can happen in any inverter AC if you live in a corrosive area. Inverter ACs have PCB in outdoor units that are prone to failure. PCB usually get damaged due to two reasons: 1) Power Surges 2) Corrosion. As for power surges, there is protection available. You can either use a surge protector or voltage stabilizer with thermal overload protection. Or to go for an AC that can handle big voltage range (Samsung and LG have models that can work between 90V and 450V). But then preventing any metal from corrosion is difficult. However, corrosion only happens in corrosive environment (close to sea, lake, river, nalla or chemical factory).


Hello Abhishek,

Live in Mumbai and looking for a 1.5 ton inverter split AC for cooling only. Am very close to the sea and most of my ACS have not lasted more than 3 years owing to corrosion.

Looking for one that would have a better life span with regular maintenance.

Had narrowed down to Mitsubishi Electric as their Gv18 series are copper and have anti rust coating on the ODU.

Also, their web site says they now have service centers across the country since March 2017.

Budget is not a problem as I'm looking To investing in one that will last.

Have tried checking but not found anyone who owns this brand.

My queries:

1. Do you think this brand and model is the right choice for my environment - highly prone to corrosion. Am not interested in energy saving but want a long life for the AC

2. What is the difference between Mitsubishi Electric and Mitsubishi Heavy ? Any thoughts on whether I should choose Heavy over Electric ? If yes, could you recommend a model ?

3. I plan to place the ODU outside my balcony resting on the grill surrounding my balcony, not on the wall. Do you think it will vibrate and rattle on the grill over time ? Or should I mount it on the wall outside instead just above the grill ?

4. Which way should the ODU fan be facing ? Outside my house or towards the inside ?

5. Any thoughts on Mitsubishi service in Mumbai ? Do they have their own authorized technicians or do they outsource to third parties ?

Really appreciate your feedback and suggestions. Btw, ur doing an excellent job here, kudos to you and your passion to help :)

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Nick,

Here is my response:

1) Do not go for inverter AC as they have PCBs that are prone to failure due to corrosion and repair is expensive.

2) You should look at Hybrid AC from MHI (Check this: http://www.iaplgroup.com/srk20css-s6_srk25css-s6.php ) .... However, you should go for it only if your room size is really big. In Mumbai rooms of 180 sq ft and more need a 1.5 ton AC.

3) Mitsubishi Electric and MHI are different brands. I cannot give you any technical difference, but just know that they are two different companies. MHI is quite good.

4) I do not think there should be problem in having ODU on the grill, but check with the engineer who comes to install.

5) ODU fan should face outside the house.

6) Mitsubishi (both) have good service in Mumbai. They have their own technicians.


Thanks Abhishek

Sincerely appreciate your prompt response thank you ! Immensely helpful :)

The MHI hybrid looks good. Just one last query - does it have an anti-rust coating on the ODU ? The site doesn't indicate that hence asking. Though I could see both the condenser and evaporator coils are copper.

Also, any thoughts on any alternate brands suitable, or is this the best fit based on my environment ? Though I am inclined to buy this one - just want to make sure before I take the plunge :)

Thank you !!

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Nick,

They have not mentioned it, but from what I know, they do have corrosion protection. You can confirm the same with the dealer though. As for copper I am 100% sure that they are copper. MHI has highly efficient and quite durable ACs.


Thanks Abhishek !

Sorted - will buy this model and share feedback after using for some months, maybe it would help others on this forum.

Thanks so much for your help, wish u all the best and keep up the awesome work sir :)


Sorry the model is MS-GK18VA


How would u rate 1.5 ton window ac. Panasonic whirlpool bluestar voltas hitachi

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Sudhanshu,

We have given list of best window AC 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

Hitachi has the most energy efficient models.


i am getting good offer on panasonic ac. is it advisable to buy from dealer.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

It is certainly better to buy it from a dealer.


VU american brand ..lol
google Devita Saraf


I doubt "VU" is american brand . They have a office in california thats what i read

Abhijeet Raajebhosale

Can you please throw some light on Carrier Invertor AC ?

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Carrier is a great brand (pioneers of air conditioning technology). Their inverter ACs are energy efficient. So you can certainly go for them.


Hello Abhishek!
My requirement is 1.5 ton AC, and after going through the BEE website I have shortlisted Daikin JTKM50 5 stars inverter split AC. But I have a dilemma that Is it worth spending more initially for an inverter AC compared to a 5 or a 3 star conventional one? And this initial investment is somewhere like 15000 INR. I think it depends also on the life cycle of an AC? Because an inverter AC would compensate this much in I suppose 3-4 years of operation at 16-18 hours a day for 7-8 months a year. what do you think?

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Sparsh,

A lot depends on your usage of AC in hrs/year and also on your electricity tariff. If your usage is less then it may not payback itself at all. JTKM50 has annual electricity consumption of 744 units in 1600 hrs. A regular BEE 5 star AC would consume about 1100 units in 1600 hrs. So you save about 356 units in 1600 hrs. So if you are in Mumbai where tariff is about Rs 11 per unit and your usage is 1600 hrs/year, then you save about Rs 4000 a year. And you recover the cost in 3-4 years. But if you are in Goa where tariff is about Rs 3 a unit, then you save just Rs 1000 a year and it will take 15 years to recover Rs 15000. So it all depends on the tariff and usage. You can use the calculator on this website on this page to analyze: https://www.bijlibachao.com/top-ten-appliances/best-air-conditioner-ac-window-split-hitachi-lg-carrier-samsung-electricity-consumption-tonnage-in-india.html


Hello Abhishek,

That's a very good trade-off you have mentioned. I live in Delhi, and I'm paying 7.75 INR per unit, and my daily usage would be 12-15 hours for sure.
Also I'd like to mention that I've been doing this market research on ACs lately, and have read people on social media like Quora that Inverter Acs are not working after like 1 year or so. I am convinced with the technology and it's pro(s) and con(s).
But as a matter of fact, I don't have people in my circle using any inverter AC (must be because it's like a 20000 INR more "initially"), and I'd be really thankful if you could share me a link or your own experience or reviews from current users you might've talked to!

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

By the way I have been using Inverter AC at my own place for past 4 years and I know people who have been using it for more than that as well. And these observations are in Mumbai (but we are not close to sea and thus our environment is not corrosive).

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Here is the response that I give to everyone who asks about Inverter ACs:

The maintenance of inverter AC is very similar to that of any other split AC. The only difference is in the PCB of the compressor. Repair of inverter AC can be expensive if PCB fails. And PCB usually fails either due to corrosion or power surges (sudden high voltage). PCB can be protected from surges by using a surge protector or voltage stabilizer with thermal overload protection. But corrosion is a difficult thing to handle. Usually people who live in coastal area or near a chemical factory or nalla have complained to us regarding failure of PCB. Brand do put some protection like keeping PCB in metallic box (Blue Star). But then corrosion is certainly a difficult thing to handle. And it may cost about Rs 15000 to repair/replace PCB.

But PCB can fail due to corrosion in corrosive environment or can fail due to power surges. The PCB can be protected from power surges by using a surge protector or stabilizer with surge protection feature. If the environment is not corrosive and you have provided surge protection, then there is no reason for PCB to fail.


Which is better for ac -Mitsubishi Electric or Mitsubishi Heavy industry. ?
please suggest me models of above brand. for 1.5 ton 3 star
thanks sir.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

I would say mitsubishi heavy would be better. You can look at these:

in MHI: DXK50CS-S6 or SRK18CS-S6

in ME: MS-HL18VF


Hi Abhishek,

Please suggest the best models from best brand for window AC 1 ton.


Abhishek Jain (Mod)

You can look at any of these:

Whirlpool MAGICOOL COPR 5S (1.2 T) (Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/q4Ehk!NNNN ) ... this is actually a 1.1 ton AC.

Hitachi RAW511KUD (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2oXyAzX , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/q4ckE!NNNN )

Blue Star 5W12GA (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2osySgq , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/qAQdD!NNNN )

Voltas 125 DY (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2osMYyA , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/qPPiV!NNNN )


Hi Abishek

Really thanks for this blog. It's helping us lot to selecting best AC. We are planning to buy 1.5 Tonne split inventor AC. Here i listed few AC's which i shortlisted

Option 1. DAIKIN JTKM50
Option 3. Mitsubishi MSY-GE18VA Inverter Cooling Split AC
Option 4. LLYOD LS19I3FH-O

Expected daily usage - 8 to 10 Hrs / 6-8 months in a year

Please help us to select best Ac like durability wise, efficiency wise, maintenance cost wise among listed above or if any other. Hope your help get us select best AC into our home. Thanks for your time.


Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hello Mr Rajesh,

Option 1 JTKM50 is the best model among all those you have listed.


Hi Abhishek,
I’m thinking of buying split AC. I stay in an old apartment which is in congested locality with many adjacent building. There is no slot for window AC too.
Hence I have to place the outdoor unit of the AC in window grill (as wall can’t be accessed from outside for placing/fixing the ODU). The grill of my bedroom window is of only 30cm depth.
In short ODU depth has to be less than 30cm!
I stay in Mumbai, 2nd floor apartment in 4 floor building, bedroom area is 110 Sqft, no walls facing direct sunlight. I believe 1 Ton AC should be enough.
I’ve shortlisted LG model –
LG 1 Ton 3 Star Inverter Split AC (Aluminum) JS-Q12CPXD model. (It’s ODU depth is 23cm)
What is your opinion about this? Do you recommend any other AC?

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hello Mr Prasad,

In Mumbai for this size room, you may even fit a 0.75 ton AC. I have one 0.75 ton AC in my 120 sq ft room in Mumbai. Although it is slight undersized, but then if you can get a 1 ton inverter AC as per your requirement then it is better. Currently we are not capturing the size of the outdoor unit so I cannot give you models as per your specific size requirements. But LG is a good brand and its models are energy efficient. But if you are close to sea and get direct winds from the sea (environment is corrosive), then I would suggest going for a 1 ton fixed speed AC (that too having copper condenser). Else you can go for aluminium inverter AC. All I can say is that in Powai I have used aluminium AC without any problems and inverter AC without any problems. So it is just a problem close to sea where environment is corrosive.


Thank you sir for prompt reply. Very much appreciated!
I'm not staying close to sea hence I think that I can get away with Aluminum condenser. On JS-Q12CPXD model, LG is providing 5 year condenser warranty & 10 year compressor warranty.
I couldn't find any 0.75T AC in market. Since ODU depth is limiting criteria in my case I am going with this model as it will fit in my window grill.
It's an inverter AC so It should turn-down to work at optimized capacity as per demand rather that at rated 1 ton capacity.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

You may certainly go with the same.

Ramakrishna Nayak

Hi Mr. Abhishek, I want to buy refrigerator @ 250 litres capacity @ 25K INR budget. As per my home work, i ended up with following three LG models with double door and 4 star BEE rating(if i am correct as per data available on net).
1. LG GL-I 292 STNL - 260 L
2. LG GL-I 292 RPZL - 260 L
3. LG GL-Q 282 STNL - 255 L

Out of this 3, which one is better in terms of electricity consumption, life of refrigerator, cost etc.
Pls suggest me.

RK Nayak.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hello Mr Nayak,

These are all BEE 4 star rated refrigerators from LG of almost similar size. There is not much difference between electricity consumption of the 3. Both the 292 models have annual electricity consumption of 194 units and 282 model is 198 units. Life will also be similar as they all have same technology and are from the same brand. There are slight differences in features, two of them have ice beam door cooling, one has jet ice, two of them have multi air flow cooling. So features differ. You can go for any one of them.


Thank you very much Mr. Abhishek. At my Udupi district location LG GL-I 292 RPZL - 260 L model is available. i vl go for it.
Thanks once again for your valuable suggestions.


Hi Abhishek,

I am looking for Split AC and after doing calculation on your site calculator the requirement is for 0.75 ton AC. The room where I want this installed is just 10 ft x 10 ft. However, it seems not many brands have 0.75 ton ACs available. Bluestar and Daikin has them but I confused between the 2 brands. Any suggestion which one will be good considering the requirement is to use AC during summer (2 - 3 months)


Abhishek Jain (Mod)

What is your budget for this AC?


Budget is about 30K

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

You can look at these that will fit in your budget:

Blue Star 5HW09SAFU (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2p2R4z5 ) .... this is the best 0.75 ton AC that you can get in your budget. It is BEE 5 star rated inverter AC.

Daikin DTC25 (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2oGpOVT )

Daikin FTC25 (Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/VyQZhTuuuN )

Mitsubishi Electric MS-HK10VA (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2pdHYyV )


Hi Abhishek, I am looking for your advice in purchasing a split ac. I live in Noida, going to use ac for couple of months i.e. in Summer but I would like if the ac offers both hot and cold feature because in Noida, the summer is too hot and winter is too cold so getting an ac that works in both way would be nice. I have checked many models both in non-inverter and inverter category. I checked the list you have shared for ac's on this site but I am confused with brand, after sales service. I am tight on budget so I am looking for split ac that works for me under tight budget and after sales service should be good.

I have checked with friends and family they suggested me to go for Hitachi, Voltas, Daikin, Samsung, Godrej. After searching products online-offline I'm unable to decide which is the best ac for me. I have also heard R-22 refrigerant is soon going to fed out, I am looking for 1.5 ton ac, I would really appreciate if you could help me clear my doubts.Thanks in advance.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Abhishek,

Service is a local datapoint and depends on which brand has better presence in your area. It will be difficult for me to comment on that.

As for hot and cold, we usually suggest people to go for it when the usage of room heaters is for a couple of months or more. Otherwise it is more of luxury than necessity and luxury adds to electricity bills and consumption. And if you are tight on budget, then you will not get the most efficient hot and cold model which will be electricity saving.

The brands that you are looking at are all good. Hitachi and Daikin are premium among them (they are like honda and toyota in cars). Voltas is Indian market leader (just like Maruti in cars). If you are tight on budget then you may not get very efficient models in Hitachi and Daikin. But you may get choices in Voltas.


Thank you for your quick response, could you please let me know model name from Voltas, Daikin or Hitachi companies under 35k or less.And is okay to buy online or shall I go for offline purchase?

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Abhishek,

In Voltas you can get BEE 5 star rated AC. But in Hitachi and Daikin you will get BEE 3 star rated AC in this budget. You can look at these:

BEE 5 star rated AC:

In Voltas:

185 JY (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2o9NVZ9 , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/4c58vTuuuN )

185 DYI (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2o9YwmL , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/Qonx1!NNNN )

In Hitachi and Daikin you can look at these:

Hitachi RAU318HWDD (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2mjBhe3 , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/71cvu!NNNN )

Hitachi RAU318KWD

Hitachi RAU318IWD (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2ncEOKh )

Daikin DTC50 (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2oqr8Kf , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/UCJ00TuuuN )

Daikin FTC50 (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2o9txYg , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/ISJ8u!NNNN )

You can certainly buy online. Daikin is one brand that may give problems with buying online, but others are perfectly fine selling online. Make sure you are getting manufacturer warranty and not seller warranty. Also a seller with good ratings is always better. I have myself purchased one Hitachi AC online from Flipkart and I did not have any issues getting support for the same.


Thank you once again Abhishek. For your help. :)


Hello Abhishek, thank you for helpful blog.

I was looking for 3 star inverter ACs after studying your blog, but 2 different dealers (Ahmedabad) (hitachi and other Japanese brands) told me to avoid them as personal advise. The reason they gave me was it's PCB becomes faulty after a while (after 1 year warran period) and there is hafty amount to be paid to replace it. So i m back to 5 star normal compressor. What is your view on this?

Additionally, my requirement is few months(summer) of 1.5 ton AC use with reliable brand. I am confused a lot between brands ( hitachi, daikin, Mitsubishi electric) and now between compressor type too. Budget is around 45k (flexible). Would you help me out to choose one. I prefer Japanese brand for sake of decreasing confusion

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Arjun,

These non-inverter split ACs from your preferred brands would be good:

Hitachi RAU518AVD (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2nbzNy4 , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/h9Nl1TuuuN )

Hitachi RAU518HWDD (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2mL4JK1 , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/RE!cs!NNNN )

Daikin DTF50 (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2nbC6Bl , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/hlU!DTuuuN )

Daikin FTF50 (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2oNkEs6 , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/1!GhJ!NNNN )

In Mitsubishi Electric MS-GL18VF would be good.


Hi, looking for your ADVICE,
I'm planning to buy a front load washing machine, family of 5, looking for between 7KG-8KG, my requirements are,
1) Fine wash quality
2) best Product Manufacturing Quality
3) Best after sales service
4) best durability with less noise & low on power and water consumption,

I'm okay with any brand which satisfy the above things.... Kindly advise

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Vin,

After sales service is a local datapoint and it will be better if you can talk to local dealers/users of the brand about it. Evey brand has their strong areas (cities/locations) and actually the ultimate contact point for you would be the engineer who comes to do your work. And difficult to say if an engineer from a brand would be best or not. But you can look at these washing machines:

Bosch WAK24168IN (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2jLs90G , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/skVw6TuuuN )

Bosch WAK20160IN (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2jOLc5n , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/sk7hzTuuuN )

IFB Senator Aqua SX - 8 kg (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2jOI8pH , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/bW9cr!NNNN )

IFB Elite Aqua SX - 7 kg (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2jLtt3l , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/bxycj!NNNN )

These are good washing machines. But if you want something low on power consumption as well, then you can look at this one too:

LG FH296HDL24 (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2oEiH19 , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/!~BLS!NNNN )


Hi Abhishek, thank you so much for your replay,
I stay in Hyderabad,
I feel as per the size of my family I would like to go for 7.5 KG minimum...
Though low on power consumption is one of my priority, overall product quality is more important for me along with post sales service,
How is LGF10B8EDP2 model ?

Finally I request for your kind help & Advise in finding out one best model which satisfy above & which I can buy blindly


Hi Abhishek, thank you so much for your replay,
I stay in Hyderabad,
I feel as per the size of my family I would like to go for 7.5 KG minimum...
Though low on power consumption is one of my priority, overall product quality is more important for me along with post sales service,
How is LGF10B8EDP2 model ?

Finally I request for your kind help & Advise in finding out one best model which satisfy above & which I can buy blindly

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

LG is one of the market leaders in washing machines along with Samsung and Whirlpool. So their presence in India is large and wide. So certainly it is a great brand. And their direct drive washing machines are quite popular and good as well. LG F10B8EDP2 is a good model. You can also look at these models which are similar but less pricey (the prices vary even with change in color of the door):

LG FH296EDL23 (Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/!OubN!NNNN , Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2nfnWnw )

LG FH0B8EDL21 (Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/TURmDTuuuN , Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2p4Icop )


Abhishek Ji, thank you once again,

But by asking about particular LG model I doesn't mean that I'm interested in LG washing machine, but I've read about your review & other information on DIRECT DRIVE technology & Inverter model, which is really innovative,

But finally, I request you to advise one product out of all your suggested products which suites my requirements...and also consider IFB ELITE PLUS while giving the final advise..

Please do this favour by suggesting best of all.... It would be GREAT of you

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hello Mr Vinod,

I gave you options from 3 brands. Bosch, LG and IFB. The models from Bosch and IFB that I gave earlier have lot of positive customer feedback. Their wash quality is good. Even the LG ones have positive feedback, but then number of data points for the LG models are less.

As far as brand is concerned, Bosch is a german giant who are quite superior in their technology. They make robust machines. But then their market share in India is quite less as they are expensive machines. Their noise levels will be low, and even water consumption would be low. But then getting service everywhere in the country would be difficult because of their limited presence. They are good in big cities, but not so good in smaller cities. Energy efficiency point of view, they are quite good but not the best I would say. Wash quality would be quite good.

LG is a korean giant which is there in almost all appliance categories in India. They are huge and for many of the appliances (including washing machines) they are market leaders. The comparison between Bosch and Lg would be like comparison between Volkswagen and Hyundai in cars. They also have quite strong technology, but on finer parts I would say Bosch would be better. But never the less, they make good technology. Their machines are quite energy efficient (the Inverter tech Direct Drive is solid in that). Their presence across the country is also great. So you can get service in almost all parts of the country. How good is the service depends on the service engineer who comes to do the service. At a lot of places they outsource the service to third party (but that happens with most of the big brands). Inverter tech DD machines should have less noise as well as there are very few moving parts. LG is a great value for money brand.

IFB is a Indian Manufacturer and a leader in Washing Machines in India. Their products are quite affordable and thus they are quite popular. Their product quality is also fine. However, technologically I feel (my personal opinion and perception) that LG and Bosch are better. Their wash quality is also good and in general Front Loaders work well. They are also big in India and their presence is quite good, so service should not be a problem (unless you get a service engineer who does not know his job).

I hope this helps you decide.


Hi Abhishek Ji, thanks a lot.... Cleared my doubts..so based on your information I would like to go for LG, though Bosch may be good but service in small city is one issue to be considered...
Can you suggest me one m idk from LG under 8KG and one each from BOSCH under 7.5 KG/8KG

Overall its Great of you... Your analysis & information is very much helpful...

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

LG under 8 KG, you can look at these:

LG FH296EDL23 (Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/!OubN!NNNN , Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2nfnWnw )

LG FH0B8EDL21 (Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/TURmDTuuuN , Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2p4Icop )

Bosch you can look at these models:

Bosch WAT24468IN (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2o9I1Jg , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/G3XFlTuuuN )

Bosch WAT24167IN (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2oN3riy , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/GbA2hTuuuN )


Abhishek Ji, small problem, after taking your advise I have decided to buy 7.5kg LG washing machines, but to my surprise when I've checked in Reliance Digital/Balaji Electronic and some local bigger electronic show rooms, I came to know that producition of all those models are stopped by LG, and similar the case with Bosch,
Know they are having either 7kg or 8kg,

But all those models are available in online like amazon & flipkart,

So is that advisable to buy those machines whose production is halted,

Sincerely looking for your kind advise. .

Thank you

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

As long as you are getting proper manufacturer warranty from the brand, I do not think there should be any problem in going for it.


Thank you so much Abhishek Garu....

Puspendra Singh

Hey Abhishek,
My room size is 12x8foot and and it gets direct
sunlight from the roof, City - Churu, Rajasthan and last time in summer
temp went upto 57c here
My budget is around 35k maximum

I have selected Voltas 3star 1.5ton spilt ac ( 183SY, copper coil) and for 28.5k
My usage won't be more than 4 months in a year, and probably not more than 9 hours in a day.

my electricity bill averagely comes around of 3.2k and in summer around 4.5k(because of fans and cooler +1more refrigerator)
so how much should i expect the bill to come if i use ac and don't use cooler at all.
Also suggest me any other ac if voltas one isn't good from these list
Whirlpool, Samsung, LG, Videocon, voltas only these AC brands are available in market here

since my usage isn't high so i don't think so going for Inverter ac would make sense for me.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Your room needs about 1.2 tons of cooling. If your usage is mostly at night then a 1 ton inverter AC would be a better bet. You can get a Whirlpool or Voltas BEE 3 star inverter AC of 1 ton in your budget. Or you will have to go for 1.5 ton fixed speed AC. A BEE 3 star rated one would significantly increase your electricity bills (as I see you do not have any AC in your house right now). BEE 3 star rated AC would increase 1.1-1.2 units per hour of usage. Which would mean about 9-10 units a day and 270-300 units a month. At Rs 5-6 a unit it would be about Rs 1500 or so more to your electricity bills. 1 Ton inverter AC may bring it down to 0.6-0.7 units per hour of usage.

But 1 ton inverter AC may be a bit small for day time, and if you want it to be comfortable during that time as well, then you should go for 1.5 ton AC. You may get a BEE 5 star rated 1.5 ton AC as well in your budget.

You can check these:

1.5 ton non inverter BEE 5 star:

Whirlpool 3D COOL XTREME HD 5S (1.5 T) (Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/G45yETuuuN )
Voltas 185 PY
Whirlpool MAGICOOL ROYAL 5S (1.5 T) (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2n6DDgT , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/G4oiHTuuuN )
Voltas 185 JY (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2oU1SLw , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/1~ZxN!NNNN )

In 1 ton Inverter AC you can check these:

Voltas 123V EY (Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/1QpkP!NNNN )
Whirlpool Fantasia 1 ton (Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/1~AE7!NNNN )


Hi abhishek,

thanks alot for the information u give about ac's. i m planning to buy a ac for guest room(10x12ft) where it would hardly be used for more than 1 month in a year so i decided to go for 3 star,1.5t ac but still looking for quality durable ac.After visiting many stores in jaipur i got confused and have queries -
1. whether to go for R-22 gas models of hitachi and samsung which have very good features.
2. If R-22 is to be avoided then how is between Panasonic split,1.5 t, 3 star, model number Panasonic UC18 or Daikin FTC50 .(one store guy told me about panasonic ac has bigger outdoor unit which has better cooling than daikin).
3.what about lloyd ac(dealer is my known and he says panasonic/ daikin is not so far better then llyod though other Japanese brand are really good.
i think i got more confused because of more search and finally found ur blog and found that ur advice is not influenced by any particular brand and reliable.

Thanks bro in advance

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Here is my response:

1) I do not see R22 to be phased out completely from our system till the life of your AC. So you can go for Hitachi if you want.

2) Cooling depends on the cooling capacity of the AC. If any AC has better cooling, it should have more cooling capacity. Panasonic CS-UC18RKY3-6 has cooling capacity of 5100 watts. FTC50 has cooling capacity of 5200 watts. So FTC50 should cool better.

3) All brands work well. Even Lloyd works well. It's like when you are buying a car, you have Maruti (Indian) and Honda/Toyota (Japanese). All of them are big brands and all of them work well. Some people prefer Honda/Toyota for their technology, some people prefer Maruti to be well designed for Indian requirements. Lloyd is an Indian brand. For a long time they were component makers for ACs. But recently Havells purchased it and now they are into assembled AC segment. They were also into bigger commercial segments earlier. Daikin and Panasonic are Japanese brands. You will have to decide which one to go for as all brands work and all are good (all the brands you have selected have copper condenser).

Dr. Sanjay Jain

thanks abhishek,By ur advice i have left with 2 choices (daikin and lloyd,i would still be not preferring R22 models).what u suggest out of these 2 in terms of durability and overall experience considering the 5000INR difference in price

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Daikin is a premium brand from Japan (just like Toyota or Honda in cars). Lloyd is a decent brand from India (which does not have a huge market share but a good one), just like Mahindras in cars. I would suggest that just like you choose between Toyota/Honda and Mahindras in cars, choose between Daikin and Lloyd in ACs. Both ACs will work just like all cars do what they are supposed to do. Even a Toyota car takes you from point A to point B, similarly a Mahindra car also takes you from Point A to Point B.

Dr. Sanjay Jain

thanks dear,got ur point


i want to buy a 5 star 1.5 ton Ac need help

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Can you please specify your budget?


what about the voltas 185Dy aluminium condenser?

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Voltas is a good brand and this AC is quite good. You can go for it.


I have 40 K budget and I want to buy 1.5 ton 5 star Inverter Ac . And I have selected this model
So is it okk or should I buy something else. It is Samsung AR18MV5HEWK Inverter Split AC with World's First* 8 Pole Digital Inverter 5.0KW (1.5 TR)

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Samsung AR18MV5HEWK is a great model. If you can get it in 40K then you must certainly go for it. I am not aware of any BEE 5 star rated inverter AC model available in 40K.


I am getting it from khosla electronics in Kolkata for 38500 and they are saying I have to pay 400 to the labour who will install it and 600 for rapping the pipes and I have to bear the charges for water pipe . So it would cost me total aroung 40 K . So is it good to buy or you have some more good suggestions.
If you have any suggestions in 45 K please tell me those , I think I would get it in 40 K form local shops.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

I think Samsung AR18MV5HEWK in 40K is a steal. You should go for it.


Actually I was getting AR18MV5HETR Inverter Split AC with 8 Pole Digital Inverter 5.0KW -1.5 TR this one . And I am confused between the Voltas 183V EYA 3 star Inverter type 1.5 ton Ac and in both the coil material is aluminum , but Samsung is providing 5 years on coil and 10 years on compressor and Voltas there giving 1 and 5 years warranty on the same . But actually I want an ac with copper coil .

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

In a budget of 45K, you can get these that have copper:

Daikin FTKP50 (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2n0lod0 , Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/rURDC!NNNN )
Godrej GSC 18 MINV 3 RWPM (Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/HI~S3TuuuN )
Blue Star 3CNHW18TAFU

Any of these would be good choice.


I finally bought the Samsung 18MV5HETR model which is the bee 5 star rated inverter ac for around 40K including installation. Thanks man for your help.


Where u bought Samsung 18MV5HETR model sir ? pls tell me tha address and phone number

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Awesome. That's a great deal. Do let us know your feedback on the same.


Yes , I will surely give feedback for this product . So, that can help others too. How is the service if Samsung bdw ??

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Samsung has 3rd biggest market share in Indian market after Voltas and LG. So it is present almost all across India. Even in smaller locations. So I do not see a challenge of their presence in your city. But how good is their local support unit? Well it varies from place to place and from engineer to engineer :) ..... most of their support units are outsourced units (so they hire a company to do your support). It all depends on how good is that company.


Any idea about Hyundai AC's? Almost all their models have R410a refrigerant and also copper condensor. Further it is part of Hyundai automotive conglomerate?

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

We have not heard much about Hyundai ACs to give a proper feedback. Not a very popular brand I must say for ACs.


How Is Hitachi as an overall brand in India and how good is their after sales service?

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hitachi is one of the premium japanese brands. Their products are solid on technology and efficiency. In fact as far as products are concerned, I would rate among the top brands in India. Service is a very local factor and it will not be right on my part to make a sweeping statement about their service. I personally use a Hitachi in Mumbai and I am quite happy with my purchase. But I have heard complaints about their service in some places in Delhi and Kolkata. But then I have seen people from Delhi and Kolkata specifically asking for Hitachi as well. So I would say service is a very local datapoint and you would get to know better about it by talking to dealers in your area as well as users of Hitachi in your city.


Yeah thanks for the info,
I'm gathering information regarding local after sales support.
One more query of you may,
How's voltas?
I've been told that nothing is superior to Hitachi.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Comparing Voltas and Hitachi in ACs is like comparing Maruti Suzuki and Honda/Toyota in cars. If you want premium brand then go for a Japanese brand. But Voltas is a Value For Money brand from India. It is quite good. Just like Maruti Suzuki makes great cars, but it is just that Honda/Toyota are considered as premium.


Hi Abhishek

Thanks for the good article. Can you please provide your suggestion on http://www.samsung.com/in/air-conditioners/split-ac-ar18mv5hewknna/. Samsung promoting it as world's #1 8 pole motor. Most of the retailers showcasing this product and sales persons also suggesting to buy this one compare to other AC models. Can we prefer this over 1.5 ton carrier AC model. I live in Hyderabad. Please suggest. Thanks Again.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Siva,

Every brand keeps coming up with a new technology and keeps calling it the best. LG has Dual Inverter, Samsung has 8 pole motor, etc. I would say, look at a good brand, look at the cooling capacity of the AC and finally look at ISEER of the AC (or star rating). That is more important. Samsung is a good brand and this model is a BEE 5 star rated inverter AC, so it is certainly among the best of the best ACs available in market. So if it fits in your budget then you should go for it. It will be better than 1.5 ton Carrier AC model. However, before buying Samsung, just be vary of the environment condition in your area. If it is too corrosive with either a chemical factory near your house or nala near your house, then you must avoid it. Else Samsung ACs are great.


how would rate LG air conditioners ? I want one AC for my hometown and LG looks good in terms of service etc there.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

LG is a great brand.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

You can certainly get BEE 3 star rated inverter AC of 1 ton in 32-35K budget (of good brands). This is a good AC and the price is reasonable (not very cheap).


Hi Abhishek,
Thanks to create such nice forum.

i am planning to buy inverter AC (cold & hot - dual comfort) of 1.5 tonnage capacity (location - ahmedabad, 160 sq.ft room). i request you to suggest me the best AC Models to serve the said purpose.
are you suggesting such AC which can serve both purpose? OR should i take AC As well as room heater to serve both purpose?

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Vipul,

The costs of Hot and Cold ACs is high. They are certainly much more efficient than going for a room heater. But you should go for it only if your usage of room heater is for a few months. Based on my experiences in Delhi, there are max 10 days in a year when one needs a room heater. And my guess is that requirement would be much less in Ahmedabad.

How long do you think would you need a room heater?


Thanks Abhishek for your prompt response.

you are right, but i only worry about january,february months during which at night severe cold conditions are there (10-14 degC) so i just thought that such AC can heat up the room during Jan/Feb and during summer it can cool the room at night.

please suggest best brand along with model no. for following both options.

Option 1 : dual comfort AC - 1.5 Tonnage - inverter - 5 star
Option 2 : AC - 1.5 Tonnage - inverter - 5 star


Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Vipul,

If you need heating when temperature is 10-14 then you can go for hot and cold AC. Based on my experience (again in Delhi), room heating is required when temperature goes down between 0 and 4 degrees. 10-14 is easily manageable using comforters or warm bedding. And the 10 days I mentioned was for 0-4 degrees. Now I am not saying that you should not use it at 10-14. But it is just that one should be aware of usage and consumption before buying. You may buy something and may not use it, then it will not be worth it.

By the way what is your budget for this AC? Because even in 5 star rating, there is a range of energy efficiency. You may get 5 star rated AC with ISEER (or energy efficiency ratio) starting from 4.3 till 5.2. And those with ISEER 5.2 will be really expensive, but those with ISEER 4.3 would be cheaper. But then energy savings will be more with those with ISEER 5.2

A lot depends on your usage of the AC (annual usage in hours).


Thanks for sharing such experience.

now, i am convinced and want to go with only AC for summer season. (AC - 1.5 Tonnage - inverter type 5 star rating). my budget is around 40-50 K. yearly usage around 1200 hrs.

I just request you to please suggest (2-3) best brand along with model no. (budget is not a constraint for choosing best model )

thanks for your continuous support...!!!

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

I think Hitachi RAU418EWEAS or Daikin FTKP50 (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2m7dXvz ) would be great choices as they are BEE 4 star rated 1.5 ton inverter AC. BEE 5 star rated inverter ACs are very expensive. But these are good choices. You may also consider LG BSA18BEYD or BSA18MAYD as these are also very good ACs.


hi , I am looking for split AC for room size 16x10 ft in Nagpur. The temp. during summer goes up to 48 degree Celsius. The weather is dry. please suggest . i want to know if inverter AC does not work properly at high temp

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Amit,

I would strongly recommend that you use the calculator on this website: https://www.bijlibachao.com/top-ten-appliances/best-air-conditioner-ac-window-split-hitachi-lg-carrier-samsung-electricity-consumption-tonnage-in-india.html

Using the calculator you can get the tonnage and also the star rating based on your usage of AC. If you can tell me your required tonnage, star rating and budget, then I can suggest you something quickly. We want people to use the calculator to get a quick response. We have to respond to a lot of queries and this helps us in reducing the time.

The calculator can help you figure out the cost of buying as well as costs that you would incur in electricity while using the AC. This will help you narrow down your choices based on your budget and electricity bills. 3 star inverter AC is always more electricity saving than 5 star normal ac, but all depends on your annual usage (not just the daily one).

You can also get the list of top most efficient ACs in the market on the page.

Inverter ACs do work at high temperature, you just need to go for a model that has higher operating temperature.


I am searching for 1.5 tonne Inverter AC with BEE 3 star. Budge is not prime concern. Shop keeper suggested few models of Panasonic, LG , blue star, Samsung, daikin. Please suggest which brand I should go for? and also give me three best options from the brand you suggest.

Thank you!

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

You can look at these:

Hitachi RAU318EWEAS (Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/E~nGo!NNNN )
Blue Star 3CNHW18TAFU


Hi Abhishek, In AC Im confuse between whirlpool, voltas & hitachi, as from word of mouth I got good reviews about these three brands. what do u feel? im looking for 1ton inverter ac.
Also can you throw some light on whirlpool fantasia inverter ac plz.


Hi Abhishek, In AC Im confuse between whirlpool, voltas & hitachi, as from word of mouth I got good reviews about these three brands. what do u feel? im looking for 1ton inverter ac.
Also can you throw some light on whirlpool fantasia inverter ac plz.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Whirlpool Fantasia Inverter AC is a good choice. You can go for it.


Hi Abhishek I from ahmedabad and room size is 12x14x10. Average running is for ac is 8 to10 hours from June to sept. For remaining months no use. Location is forth floor and bed room is west facing. Please recommend either I go for normal ac or inverter and for how many star. My choice is lg and daikin. Please give your expert advice. Thank you

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hello Paresh,

I would strongly recommend that you use the calculator on this website: https://www.bijlibachao.com/top-ten-appliances/best-air-conditioner-ac-window-split-hitachi-lg-carrier-samsung-electricity-consumption-tonnage-in-india.html

Using the calculator you can get the tonnage and also the star rating based on your usage of AC. If you can tell me your required tonnage, star rating and budget, then I can suggest you something quickly. We want people to use the calculator to get a quick response. We have to respond to a lot of queries and this helps us in reducing the time.

The calculator can help you figure out the cost of buying as well as costs that you would incur in electricity while using the AC. This will help you narrow down your choices based on your budget and electricity bills. Inverter AC is always more electricity saving than any normal ac, but all depends on your annual usage (not just the daily one).

You can also get the list of top most efficient ACs in the market on the page.

Brand wise Daikin is a premium brand. It would be a bit expensive and you can get slightly more efficient model from LG in similar budget. And LG is also a great brand. But it depends on what you want to choose.


I would opt for 1.5 ton and budget is not cocern, but it should be smart purchased and thats why I consult you. I am confused either go for inverter or normal and for how Many stars. Plz suggest

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

I would say go for BEE 3 star rated inverter AC. You can look at these:

Hitachi RAU318EWEAS (Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/E~nGo!NNNN )
Blue Star 3CNHW18TAFU
Voltas 183V IY
or Daikin FTKH50 (Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/gXC0eTuuuN ).


Sir, can u recommend some good model copper inverter AC 1 ton with BEE 3 star above. I m not worrying about initial cost. Preferring energy efficiency and low maintenance.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Are you looking for inverter tech AC or one without inverter tech compressor?


Hi Abhishek

I have a need of 1.5 ton split AC and planning to go for a 5 star AC as electricity units are quite costly in my apartment at Noida. Additionally the water quality of the area where I live is really bad and hence I have seen a lot of rust in household items/bathroom taps etc. even when the construction is quite new (shifted only 6 months back).

Keeping all the above points in mind and restricting my budget to Rs 40000 what is the split Ac you would recommend? Based on my primary research till now I am confused between Hitachi/Daikin and Carrier. I dropped Voltas from the list as earlier window AC from them had many complaints in the usage of 5 years. If possible also suggest the model name.

Someone also told me that ACs of Carrier and Midea are same as these entities have merged and hence you get best value of your buck by buying a Midea AC because in reality the machine would be a same as that of Carrier AC but I found that hard to believe. Waiting eagerly for your quick reply and thanks a ton for helping the community.


Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Anshuman,

The most important thing for you to look at is copper condenser and solid corrosion protection. That will give you longer life for your air conditioner. The brands you have chosen are good ones. Carrier Midea is one company now, but I would still rate Carrier models higher as compared to Midea. Also in my personal opinion Hitachi and Daikin are better brands (however, just make sure that their service is good in your area). You can look at these ACs:

Hitachi RAU518KWD (Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2kTodXU )
Daikin ATF50
Carrier Duraedge 5 Star 1.5 Ton
or Carrier Ester 5 Star 1.5 Ton (Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/tptut!NNNN )

Prashant Kumar Gupta

Hi Abhishek,

I am planning to buy a split AC for my living room (20 ft length - 10 ft width - 10 ft height). Room ceiling & front side gets direct sunlight. I live in Faridabad (Haryana). AC usage approx would be for 5 months per year with 2 hours per day. Usually 4 people in the room.

I am planning to go for BEE 3 star 2 ton split Hitachi (RAU323HWDS) AC with Copper coil.
Do you think this would be the best AC w.r.t. my needs?
Also is this hitachi model comes with blue fin technology in the evaporator & condenser coil?

Let me know your thoughts and suggestions.


Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Prashant,

2 Ton BEE 3 star rated AC would be fine for your room. Hitachi ACs do have corrosion protection and it is a good brand. So I think this should be fine.


Hi Abhishek,
Thank you for creating this great platform. I would like to purchase a 1.5 tonne 3Star Split Air Conditioner and wanted to go for a copper condenser even though I do not live in a high corrosive area. I have looked around and zeroed on the below four models but I am unable to decide which will be a better option. As such I would like to get your advise on the same.
Panasonic KC18SKY3R. This is a 2017( as told by the dealer) Model but I am unable to find any details about this particular model online.
Panasonic SC 18RKY. This is a 2016 Model as told by the dealer.
Hitachi RAU318HWDD. I have read through the comments below and have a concern with respect to the service issue you mentioned about. If I go to the dealer they say that service is not an issue but as you know they will say anything for the sake of selling the product. Is there any other way to confirm about the service. Also I am reading that Hitachi has lot of issues with respect to quality of the product.
Daikin FTC50RRV16. Similar issues with Daikin where some dealers who do not deal with Daikin say that this is a summer brand and the service will not be available throughout the year whereas the dealer at Daikin says that service is not an issue
My understanding is that these are all copper condenser models and in similar price range. I would like buy a product that is reliable, does not have high cost of parts replacement and efficient.
Can you please suggest on the same?
thanks a Lot,

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Vishal,

Based on my experience observing air conditioner market for past many years, I have seen that in general Hitachi and Daikin are considered as premium brands. Panasonic is also a good japanese brand, but Hitachi and Daikin are more specialized as far as refrigeration/air conditioning technology is concerned. But that does not mean that Panasonic is not a good brand. It's just the comparison between these 3. I would say Panasonic is far better than many brands out there in the market.

It is also an observation that in general withing the same star rating band (let's say within BEE 3 star rated models), Hitachi in general has highest energy efficiency models, followed by Daikin followed by Panasonic. You will find the same pattern in price as well. You will find Hitachi pricier followed by Daikin and Panasonic.

All these 3 are japanese brands and you will find models that are indian made as well as imported. Some people prefer imported as they are generally slightly better in make, but I would say that their Indian made models are also quite good compared to many brands in the market.

As far as service is concerned, it is very location specific. Some brands have a wider reach, some have less presence across the country. But if you have a local dealer of the brand, then you will certainly get service. The quality of service depends a lot on the dealer and service center in your area. One cannot generalize service quality across the country as service is provided by humans and no two humans can have same skills. All I can say is that I have heard some complaints about Hitachi from some parts in Delhi and from parts in Kolkata. But that does not mean people do not buy Hitachi, in fact many people specifically look for Hitachi.

I don't think there is anything like Summer brand. All these companies operate throughout the year and if they provide service in your area, they will provide it throughout the year.

As far as copper is concerned, I would suggest please make sure from the dealer that the condenser is copper. The moment he says the condenser is parallel flow (PCF), multi channel (PCF) or alloy, you should know that it is not copper. Hitachi I know has all copper models, Daikin and Panasonic have mixed models (some copper some aluminium). So just confirm before buying.

Finally amongst the 3 models, Panasonic CS-SC18RKY is the most energy efficient with EER of 3.6 and BEE star rating of 5. If you are getting this model at the same price, then I think this will be a very good buy.

The rest 3 are BEE 3 star rated models and as I mentioned above, Hitachi RAU318HWDD is the most efficient with EER of 3.29, followed by Daikin FTC50RRV16 with EER of 3.25 and finally Panasonic CS-KC18SKY3R with EER of 3.2.

Also what you see is marketing tonnage of 1.5, the actual tonnage of Hitachi RAU318HWDD is 1.52, of Daikin FTC50RRV16 is 1.48, of Panasonic CS-SC18RKY is 1.49 and Panasonic CS-KC18SKY3R is 1.42.

All in all I think Panasonic CS-SC18RKY should be a good buy if you get it at a similar price.


Hi Abhishek,

I intend to purchase two AC's for my home 1.5 ton and 2 ton respectively. Kindly help me select the same for the models I have shortlisted below:

1.5 Ton:
1. Hitachi RAU518CWEA

2 Ton:
1. Hitachi RAU424CWEA

Kindly help me select one each for 1.5 Ton and 2 Ton. If you have any better suggestion apart from these, please provide.

Ankit Sethi

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Ankit,

Firstly I must say that I am not applying any brand preference and my recommendation is purely based on data.

For 1.5 ton: Hitachi RAU518CWEA is a BEE 5 star rated AC and one of the most energy efficient models. So certainly it is the most energy efficient choice.

For 2 ton: Both the LG models are actually 1.8 ton ACs as their cooling capacity is lower. Hitachi RAU424CWEA is the only one which truly has a 2 ton cooling capacity. And all the models are BEE 4 star, so energy efficiency wise quite comparable. So again I would say Hitachi RAU424CWEA.


I am planning to buy AC of LG BSA12MAYD. I want to know your opinion about it, and if there are any alternatives to it.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

LG is a good brand. You can go for it.


Dear Bijlibachao team, I bought power saving fans based on advice here and now looking to buy ACs.
Can you please let me know if Concord is a reliable brand in ACs?
In particular I am looking to buy the model Concord 1.5 Ton (Hot & Cold) R410a?
Is it power efficient?
And can you please add below models to comparison?
I figured all of them suit my requirement and budget, just that concord is the only one with hot and cold option

Voltas 1.2 Ton 5 Star 155 CY
Voltas 1.2 Ton 2 Star 152 CY
Voltas 1.2 Ton 3 Star 153 CX
Hitachi 1.2 Ton 5 Star Neo RAU514HWDD
Daikin 1.2 Ton 3 Star FTC42RRV1625
Midea 1.5 Ton 3 Star 18K Flair
Daikin 1.2 Ton 3 Star DTC42RRV162

Or any other good model within 35k?
Please advise.
Thank you.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

I have not heard much of Concord as a brand. In fact it is not there in BEE's database as well. So I would not suggest going for it. Daikin and Mitsubishi have really good hot and cold inverter ACs. Even Carrier has a good model that is hot and cold inverter. Non Inverter Hot and Cold models are not very energy efficiency for cooling.

Amongst the models you have listed, I would say Hitachi 1.2 ton 5 star model would be a good choice. Hitachi is a good brand and their ACs are highly energy efficient.


Thanks a lot. It was indeed very good piece of info to know that only inverter models work best for hot and cold.


Greetings Mr.Jain,
Kindly confirm me some good models in 5 star split AC category (non inverter).

Does Godrej use copper condesor in GSA18FGA5wog ?


i want to buy an washing machine,so which brand is good and specification is better for it.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Rahul,

You have to be more specific on what you want. It is impossible to tell you something without knowing what you need. You first need to figure out:

1) How many people are there in your house?
2) How frequently will you use the washing machine?
3) What is your budget like?
4) What is more important for you: saving water, saving electricity, better wash?
5) Are you looking for front load or top load or semi automatic?

Please be a bit more specific in future so that you get an answer quickly.

Sundar Ramasubramani

Hi Abhishek,

I recently bought a Blue Star 1.5 Ton 3 Star BI - 3HW18JBX Split Air Conditioner and got it installed only yesterday. At the time of buying I didn't read much about MCHX condensers. It looks like these are condensers used in large appliances and in automotives which is now making its way into residential units. My concern is it is all aluminum condenser. Although I don't live in a corrosive environment and our place is located 12 kms away from the sea, I still have this doubt if I made a bad purchase and if i need to return and get another one. I bought this because of the brand and reviews that I saw online. Let me know if staying with this is a wise choice. I do have the option to return the item.


Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hi Sundar,

Blue Star is a really good brand. In fact, I would rate it really high amongst the Indian brands. Aluminium Condensers are not bad if you are away from a corrosive environment. In fact, they are more energy efficient. If it has good corrosion protection then it can run for long. Brands like Samsung that use MCHX for almost all their models give 5 years warranty on condenser because they use good corrosion protection. So as long as there is corrosion protection, there is nothing to worry. Also being 12 kms away from sea you are not in a very corrosive environment. Just make sure that there is good corrosion protection in the condenser and evaporator. That should be good enough.


Dear Abhisek,

I am from Chennai and I presently have Daikin 1 Ton inverter model in 2 of my bedroom which has a south facing window. Both of them starts giving less colling efficiency over a time of 2-3 months and Daikin Service had to be called in to clean the machine completely. They tell that it's due to the high dust concentration in my area. Can you please suggest which brand offers ACs which can resist high dusty conditions or should I install an air purifier in my rooms to prevent this from happening again? Please advice on the same.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Do they just clean the filters or they clean the whole AC? If it is just about filters, then you can easily do it yourself. Check this video

If you find it hard to clean, then there are ACs available with iClean technology (which is about auto-cleaning of filters). Hitachi, Blue Star, etc have ACs with iClean.

In my own ACs, I personally clean the filters every 3-4 months. IN fact it is better to get servicing done in 3-4 months for any AC (you can take AMC for that). If it is beyond filters, then I cannot think of any other technology that can help.


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.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

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.


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!


Abhishek Jain (Mod)

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


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.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

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.


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.

Abhishek Jain (Mod)

Hello Mr Shah,

There are lot of parameters that determine right size and right star rating for an AC. It will not be productive if I ask you all of them and then you reply and then I reply. I would strongly suggest that you look at Calculator, FAQ and list of top ACs on this link on our website: http://www.bijlibachao.com/top-ten-appliances/best-air-conditioner-ac-window-split-hitachi-lg-carrier-samsung-electricity-consumption-tonnage-in-india.html

It will help you choose the right size (tonnage), right star rating (inverter or non inverter) and right model/brand of AC for your room.

You can also look at our database of all ACs available in market on this link: https://www.bijlibachao.com/research/list-air-conditioners-available-indian-market.html

You can use the filters on the table on this page to filter out models as per your budget.

As for brand, I would suggest that you look at our perception of various brands on this link:


If you still have doubts, do let me know and I will certainly try to help you.

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