If you are researching about an AC in order to buy one you are sure to be flooded by a huge number of brands all claiming to be the best, each coming with several AC models with a different set of features and technologies.
Little wonder then that people buying ACs are often perplexed when it comes to figuring out which AC brand to buy.
If you thought that you would make up your mind on which is the best brand based on reviews found online, you are likely to be disappointed.
Almost every brand has plenty of negative feedback about it. This, of course, contains some planted opinions or reviews by vested interests.
In fact, usually, the number of negative feedbacks surpasses the number of positive ones. This is caused by the tendency of people of not recording and sharing their experience of the AC brand when the experience or the outcome of the brand interaction is a positive one.
But people are more likely to go on record to share their bad experiences with AC brands. These unpleasant experiences often take place not because the brand is bad but because the user had set an abnormally high expectation from the brand.
This expectation might relate to both the product as well as the service and support. It is difficult to create a buying guide for AC brands in India. Instead, we will stick to the tried and tested AC buying guide which should prove to be equally if not exactly of more use.
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Top 10 Best AC Brands in India
Although my favorite among all is Voltas but you must check all of them to make your buying decision.
Voltas is a major player in the Indian AC market. There is a conglomerate behind that brand that i.e. the Tatas or rather The Tata Group.
Voltas Limited is the manufacturing firm which happens to be a subsidiary of the previously mentioned Tata Group which has its headquarter in the capital of the state of Maharashtra- Mumbai.
The range of ACs that come out of this stable is renowned for their high levels of durability and performance.
Some models manufactured by the brand are bestselling items in their respective categories. Slowly, Voltas has gained a solid foothold in the international market as well.
Voltas lives up to its billing as India’s best AC company. Most of the Voltas AC lineup falls within the price range of Rs.25,000 to Rs.55,000. The models which have earned the most popularity among the entire Voltas lineup are:
This South Korean brand is making inroads into the deepest parts of our vast country with the passing of each day.
In India, ACs manufactured by Samsun are some of the most sought after by consumers, a fact which bears testament to their popularity.
Samsung ACs offer world class features and an unparalleled level of comfort.
Despite its comparatively recent entry into the Indian market, the brand has met with resounding success in making a niche for itself.
It has gone even further and has positioned itself as one of the leading AC manufacturing companies in India.
This journey has been facilitated by the use of the very latest technology globally and high levels of comfort afforded by their products.
It is trusted across the length and breadth of our country and the price range takes into account both budget as well as premium buyers and of course people in between.
Most of its AC models are targeted towards the price-sensitive Indian middle class and the costs range from Rs.20,000-Rs.60,000. Some of the more popular models are as follows:
Daikin is an old name that dates back to almost a century to the people familiar with the world of Japanese electronic appliance manufacturers.
The firm first started its operation in Japan in the year 1924.This alone should suffice to testify about the quality of its products and its worldwide success.
Since the inception of its Indian operations, the popularity of the brand in India has grown by leaps and bounds.
This runaway success that Daikin has tasted in India can be attributed top the uncompromising quality of products which it provides to Indian consumers at surprisingly affordable rates.
In fact, the process range of the AC lineup of the firm stands between Rs. 18,000 to Rs. 50,000. The following Daikin AC models enjoy huge popularity among Indian consumers:
Yet another name from South Korea which too commands international stature, LG is renowned for the quality of the air conditioners manufactured by it.
Besides their unwavering commitment to quality, the outstanding performance during their service life and great service post-purchase.
Their exceptional cooling have made LG a leading name among the various brands vying for the attention of Indian consumers.
LG has AC models for almost all income demographics with the price range varying from Rs. 18,000 to Rs .78,000.
The models deserving of special mention due to that fact they have been adopted by the Indian public by and large are:
Based out of Michigan in the United States is an MNC which is reputed the world over for the quality home appliances it manufactures.
Whirlpool started its operation in India in the year 1987 and has since then quickly become one of the top names in the world of home appliances in India.
In fact, it is among the top 10 AC brands in India according to sales figures.
Whirlpool ACs make use of turbo cooling tech with the end of making its performance the best among competitors.
As might be expected for a brand which takes pride on the premium quality of its products, Whirlpool ACs are priced on the higher side, from Rs. 32,000 to Rs. 55,000.
Some of the most popular AC models of this variant are:
Videocon is among the few consumer electronics companies that started its operations in India and then established itself in other foreign markets worldwide.
The company’s inception was back in the year 1979. Its headquarters are located in the capital of Maharashtra, Mumbai.
Apart from the excellence of the AC models it manufactures, it is also celebrated for the TV, Fridge Microwave Ovens and other types of electronic appliances it manufactures.
The price bracket ranges from Rs. 20,000- Rs.68,000.
#7. Blue Star
The grand old electronics Indian brand, Blue Star started its operations in 1943 and it just so happens that it is the oldest company selling consumer electronic products in India.
From the very start, ACs was a prime product that the company focused on among other products.
The company has successfully over the course of more than the last seventy-five years met the cooling needs of commercial, residential and corporate customers and to the satisfaction of the consumers, it should be added.
This success is derived from providing simply the best air-conditioning services.
Apart from the quality of cooling another element that makes Blue Star endearing to the customers of the durability of the products it sells. Blue Star ACs form a common fixture in Banks, Hotels, Malls, Restaurants, Hospitals and different types of Institutions. Popular Blue Star AC models are:
Yet another one of those conglomerate giants in consumer electronics based out of Tokyo in Japan, Hitachi was founded in the year 1920.
Its lineup of air conditioners stands out from the crowd by virtue of their energy efficiency. Apart from these characteristics, Hitachi ACs are also noted for their outstanding quality.
The ACs ship with advanced and health conscious technologies like auto climate and koukin filter which is anti-bacterial.
Hitachi ACs are comparatively expensive and will set you back by anything in the range of Rs. 25,000- Rs. 70,000.
By virtue of the advanced tech used by its AC product lineup and the truly world-class service provided by the company.
Hitachi stands now as one of the respected AC brands in India. Popular models include:
This is a Chinese brand that is making waves in the Indian market as a manufacturer of a wide range of consumer electronics products.
Unlike some of its competitors, the company itself manufactures, sells and markets its products.
The AC products manufactured by Haier are acclaimed for the long life, outstanding cooling and best in class performance.
Not only that the AC models also consume minimal amounts of energy and are reliable making it ideal for the price conscious Indian buyer looking for durability.
A Haier AC will set you back by Rs. 18,000 to Rs. 45,000. Popular AC models from the house of Haier are:
One of the only companies to have the distinction of being honored with 5 stars due to the energy saving features of its electrical applications by none other than the Bureau of Energy Efficiencyis O General.
The company is a joint venture of ETA-ASCON STAR of Dubai and Fujitsu General of Japan.
It came into being in the year 2000 and is already one of the biggest names in its field in the middle-east.
It is a brand that is widely trusted by the consumers and its ACs provide really great cooling consistently. The AC models are priced between Rs. 25,000- Rs.60,000 by O General.
The bestselling model from the house of O General happens to be its ASGA24FMTA model.
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Split or Window AC
Among the various choices that you will face while buying an AC, perhaps one of the simpler ones is whether to opt for a window or split AC. The eventual decision is decided by the layout and size of the room you want to cool.
If you are thinking of split models you will have to take into account also what do you have enough room outside where the outdoor unit can be installed. If it is likely that the AC is going to be reinstalled in another place sometime later then Window ACs should be the option, you turn to.
If this is not the case and you have enough space outside the room to install the outdoor component of split ACs then this AC type is for you.
You might have noticed the argument presented above that provided you have enough room go for split ACs. This advice has two solid reasons backing it. Split ACs make minimal noise and also you are spared of the trouble of creating a big hole in your room.
While Split ACs blend into the room décor better it is a myth that it is better for cooling too. ON the contrary both split and window ACs are equally adept at cooling the room. But rooms with split AC variants cool down faster as the air opening is wider allowing to throw more air to the room vis a vis window ACs.
Installing upgraded versions of split ACs are vastly easier than their window counterparts.
It is absolutely essential that you buy an AC that has the right tonnage amount.
It is often found that users end up buying ACs with higher tonnage than what they actually need. This is not at all healthy as extreme room temperatures tend to be harmful to the people inside it not to mention the higher amounts of power consumption.
Conversely, if you end up with an AC that has a lower amount of tonnage than what is required by the area you want to cool then you run the risk of incurring far higher electricity bills as the appliance has to work longer in order to give satisfactory or required
How to Calculate the AC Tonnage That’s Right for You
Figure out the area of your room floor. Then divide the number by 600 or six hundred(in words) and you arrive at the AC capacity. You are not done just yet.
Add 0.5 ton for every 5 people that are going to be present in the room. Keep in mind that this calculation is in no way foolproof. Consult the below table for a better requirement indicator:
Up to 100 sq. ft
Up to 100 sq. ft
Up to 150 sq. ft
Up to 250 sq. ft
In addition to the recommendations laid down in the table above, in locations that are subject to extreme natural temperatures or places where summer temperatures cross the point of 40-50 degrees Celsius it is advisable if not absolutely required to go for an extra 0.5 tonnage in order to enjoy optimum and effective cooling.
Star Ratings In Inverter and Ordinary ACs
There is a really, really big and fundamental difference between normally star rated AC and Inverter ACs. The latter has been specially designed to function at variable voltage conditions. Not only that they also eat up far less energy as voltage when the use is regular vis a vis ACs with normal stars.
So, you can go ahead and buy a 2- or 3-star inverter AC and there is no need to wait in order to afford a budget for a model rated at 5 stars.
Advantages of Inverter AC
This type of AC when first turned on consumes full rated power only for the beginning few minutes. Then the consumption of voltage is on the downward slide until it reaches 1/6th of the rated consumption of power of the AC.
This advantage in power consumption, it must be kept in mind, will take place only if the temperature is within the 22-28 range. Ordinary ACs do not have any such features and all in all Inverter ACs cut down on energy bills a lot more. Nowadays even Inverter Window AC models are being launched in the market.
Aluminum Coil v.s. Copper Coil
The first thing that should be made clear is that it is not only aluminum but rather aluminum alloy which is significantly sturdy. Another myth which I feel must be busted in this context is a general perception that aluminum alloy condenser lifespan is significantly less.
There plenty of instances where aluminum alloy coil powered condensers surpassed the lifespan of copper coil AC condensers. But the question remains, considering the way things are today which should I give preference to.
My personal advice would be copper coils however as they offer better capacity for transfer of heat.
They are also maintained easily and can be repaired with ease. Granted the cost of such ACs are more but still, copper coils are to be preferred unless you are running out of the budget and decide to opt for aluminum alloy coils.
AC Features to Keep in Mind
ACs are full of features that first-time buyers are scarcely aware of but really feel their need while using them. Some of the essential such features that you should be aware of are as follows: