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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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  • manish singh

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

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

      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.

    • manish singh

      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.

  • Siva

    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.

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

      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.

  • Vicky

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

  • vipul

    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?

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

      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?

    • vipul

      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


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

      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).

    • vipul

      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…!!!

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

      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.

  • amit

    hi , I am looking for split AC for room size 16×10 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

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

      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.

  • Vamshi Krishna

    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!

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

      You can look at these:

      Hitachi RAU318EWEAS (Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/E~nGo!NNNN )
      LG JS-Q18NPXA
      Blue Star 3CNHW18TAFU

  • Raj

    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.

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

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

  • Paresh

    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

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

      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.

    • Paresh

      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

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

      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 )
      LG JS-Q18NPXA
      Blue Star 3CNHW18TAFU
      Voltas 183V IY
      or Daikin FTKH50 (Flipkart Link: http://fkrt.it/gXC0eTuuuN ).

  • Rajeesh

    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.

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

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

  • Anshuman Mishra

    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.


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

      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.


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

      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.

  • Vishal

    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,

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

      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.

  • Ankit Sethi

    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. LG BSA18IMA
    3. LG BSA18MAYD

    2 Ton:
    1. Hitachi RAU424CWEA
    2. LG BSA24IMA
    3. LG BSA24MAYD

    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

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

      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.

  • Ajith

    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.

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

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

  • vijay

    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.

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

      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.

    • vijay

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

  • Prashant

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

    Does Godrej use copper condesor in GSA18FGA5wog ?

  • rahul

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

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

      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.


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

      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.

  • Karthik

    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.

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

      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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Is68pAhMgqw

      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.

  • 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