Late February has given a subtle hint about how excruciatingly hot the upcoming summer of 2023 would possibly be. This calls for an investment in a good air conditioner that proves to be a worthwhile decision. While there are a ton of options available in the market, here are some key features that cannot be ignored before buying an AC.
- Tonnage, which in simpler terms is the amount of heat an AC can remove in an hour. Usually, a higher ton AC will provide higher cooling and is suitable for bigger rooms and vice-versa.
- Energy rating, as higher rated ACs give higher energy savings and usually better cooling capacity.
- Window or Split AC? The former is cheaper but not aesthetically pleasing and comes with limited features. The latter is expensive but can be installed easily and is loaded with several features.
- Maintenance and repairs, as sometimes cheaper options result in higher maintenance costs. It is also prudent to check the ratings of the authorized service centers and see if you even have one in your city.
- Additional features like smart AC, types of air filters and refrigerants, noise level, auto cleaning, 4-way swing, etc.
Based on this, here are some of our favorite picks in various categories.
Best Air Conditioner under Rs 40,000
This is a fairly good budget for an air conditioner as you can get a wide variety of options, from split to window and 5-star to 3-star. While there are several options available in the market, our pick is a 1-Ton Split Dual Inverter AC from the South Korean consumer tech giant LG.
The PS-Q13BWZF manufactured by LG offers an artificial intelligence convertible 6-in-1 cooling. Meaning, users get the flexibility to adjust the AC’s cooling capacity as per their needs, and at the same time, its AI convertible mode and inbuilt sensors automatically predict not only the appropriate cooling capacity but also room conditions, giving perfect cooling.
The AC comes with a varied-speed dual-rotary compressor for fast and efficient cooling while ensuring minimal noise (21 dB). The Special Ocean Black Protection applied on copper tubes of both indoor and outdoor units makes the AC durable.
The device can be accessed with a Wi-Fi-equipped device and LG’s exclusive home appliances control app. Additionally, the LG dual inverter AC is also compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. It comes with an Anti-Virus protection layer fitted HD Filter and is claimed to demobilize up to 99.76% viruses and up to 99.99% bacteria. The anti-allergy filter in the device captures dust particles over 10μm in size and removes allergens in the air, such as dust mites.
With a capacity of 1 ton, the device supports sleep mode, has a cooling capacity range of 520-3850 watts, requires a power supply of 230 V, and consumes 571.99 kWh of power. It is available on LG online and offline stores, and can also be bought from Amazon.
Best Air Conditioner under Rs 30,000
Blue Star IC309rbtu
The technology has advanced enough that you calm those stifling heat waves via an AC under Rs 30,000 that ticks most of your desired checkpoints like style, size, power consumption, etc. Keeping all this in mind, we have picked an Indian brand – Blue Star – that could aid with your search.
The Blue Star IC309rbtu 0.8-Ton 3 Star Inverter Split air conditioner is equipped with turbo cool technology that brings faster and more effective cooling, despite extreme summer conditions. It is the best fit for small rooms of up to 100 square feet. The device is energy efficient, quiet, and has an aesthetically designed hidden light-up display.
The AC is designed with anti-corrosive gold fins that resist the formation of water and dust deposits, making it durable. Additionally, Blue Star AC’s condenser coil, evaporator coil, and connecting tubes are made of 100% copper, offering reliable cooling performance and longer durability.
As we were talking about advancing technology, this product by the company founded by Mohan T Advani is capable of self-diagnosis and immediately alerts the users about any fault in the AC operation through an error display. The product is equipped with self-clean technology that prohibits the accumulation of moisture, mold, or dust within the indoor unit. With its new fuzzy logic feature, you can have an uninterrupted good night’s sleep.
This split AC can also be operated for a wide voltage range without the need for an additional stabilizer. With its eco-mode on, the AC motor runs with less energy and increased efficiency.
The device has a cooling capacity range of 844-3051 watts, requires a power supply of AC 230 V, and consumes 521.6 kWh of power a year (1600 hours). It is available on Blue Star online and offline stores and can also be bought from Amazon.
Best Air Conditioners under Rs 20,000
A little short on budget? Well, you can still beat the heat this summer if you have less than Rs 20,000 in your pocket to buy an air conditioner.
The Voltas 102EZQ 0.75-Ton 2 Star Window AC would not only be a good budget-friendly pick but also an AC to bank upon for its durability. The ergonomically designed product offers instant cooling and some of its key features include an anti-dust filter and dehumidifier.
The AC manufactured by the Indian multinational consumer tech major – Voltas – has a copper condenser coil and rotary compressor that maximizes the functional life of the product and improves its cooling performance. It has a cooling capacity of 2550 watts, requires a power supply of AC 230 V, and consumes 927 watts of power. However, the noise levels of the compressor could reach over 50 dB.
This budget-friendly air conditioner model works well in the situation of voltage fluctuations and uses R410A refrigerant gas that does not harm the ozone layer. The AC is available on Voltas online and offline stores and can also be bought from Amazon.
Most Energy Efficient Air Conditioner
When looking to buy an AC, there is a concern that electricity bills do not reach sky-high and one of the solutions to this is to go for an energy-efficient air conditioner. Apart from lower energy bills, other benefits of an energy-efficient AC would include fewer repairs and a longer lifespan. But what makes AC energy efficient?
Every AC usually has two energy-efficiency ratings, namely Indian Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (ISEER) and Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER), which lists how many units of heat or BTUs per hour are pulled out for each watt of power it draws. While ISEER measures how efficiently an AC operates over an entire season, EER reflects a standardized measurement of the efficiency of an AC. Ceteris Paribus, the higher the ratings more is efficient the AC.
For this category, we picked LG RS-Q19YNZE artificial intelligence dual inverter split AC that has a capacity of 1.5 tons and is 5-star rated. It has an ISEER value of 5.2, consumes 685 units of power annually, and requires 230 V of power. Launched in 2023, this model has a cooling capacity of 800-5400 watts and comes with AI+ dual inverter technology with deep learning algorithms that deliver cooling based on environmental load and usage patterns.
The AI convertible 6-in-AC comes with an auto-clean feature that eliminates humidity, mold, and bacteria along with bad odor. Some other features include 100% copper tubes with Ocean Black Protection, an HD filter with anti-virus protection, and silent remote-control buttons, among others.
The air conditioner is suitable for mid-sized rooms of up to 150 sq. ft. and comes with a four-way air swing for uniform cooling. It uses refrigerant gas R32 which has reduced environmental impact when compared with other refrigerants. The AC is available in LG online and offline stores and can also be bought from Amazon for Rs 49,990.
Best Portable Air Conditioner
Blue Star PC12DB
In scorching weather, nobody enjoys poorly air-conditioned premises that have some extra people. Luckily, ACs that are designed to move freely, or portable ACs, could be a big relief. Before moving further, let us understand what does “ton” mean in air conditioning and why is it important?
Ton or tonnage of an AC refers to the unit used to measure the cooling capacity of an AC depending on its size and other features like room size, the average temperature outside, number of people in the room, time of the day (day or night), months (more ton required for hotter months), etc. In simpler terms, a ton is the amount of heat an AC can remove in an hour. Usually, a higher ton AC will provide higher cooling and is suitable for bigger rooms and vice-versa.
While there are limited options in the portable AC segment which still awaits to be tapped by major consumer tech giants, the Mumbai-headquartered Blue Star has a few reliable cooling options. The Blue Star 1 Ton Portable AC (PC12DB) comes with a high-efficiency rotary compressor that provides medium-sized rooms with quick and efficient cooling. These ACs are also best suited for rented houses where you cannot pin anything to the wall or rooms that do not have windows.
The Blue Star product uses R410A eco-friendly refrigerant and has an anti-bacterial silver coating that reduces the transmission of airborne bacteria. Its hydrophilic gold fin enhances the performance by not letting water condensate accumulate, reducing the accumulation of dust and other particles.
Some other features of the portable air conditioner, which comes with castor wheels for easy mobility, include auto mode, self-diagnosis, etc. It has a 2 Star energy rating, requires 230 V of power, and has a cooling capacity of 3590 watts. Some users may find the noise level too loud (53dB) at higher fan speed and the product is more costly than its alternatives. The BlueStar AC can be bought from online and offline stores and is also available on Amazon for Rs 32,990.
Best 2 Ton Air Conditioner in India
An AC of 2 Ton capacity is perfect for large rooms of up to 250 square feet and uses approximately 2,000 watts of power. The AC of this tonnage, having the most desirable features, could be priced around Rs 40,000 and goes over Rs 60,000. We have picked one of the most famous and reputed AC brands – Carrier.
The company’s 2 Ton 3 Star Inverter Split AC (CAI24ES3R30F1) is suitable for a room size of around 180 sq. ft. The product is equipped with a copper condenser coil for superior cooling and requires low maintenance. This also makes the AC more durable as copper is resistant to corrosion. The AC’s variable speed compressor adjusts power based on heat load and weather conditions, saving energy in return.
As mentioned earlier, the device is manufactured by one of the known brands in the AC market and is loaded with advanced dust and air purification filters for fresh and clean air. Additionally, this product of Carrier can be used as a dehumidifier.
Some other features of the AC include auto swing air flow, auto restart, self-diagnosis, and auto protection. The product is also equipped with various sensors including Ambient Sensors that check the outdoor and indoor conditions to ensure optimum cooling as per the user-defined temperature setting. Other sensors are Discharge Sensor and Evaporator and Condenser Sensor.
The Carrier air conditioner comes with an inbuilt stabilizer that enables users to maintain the aesthetics of their homes. It operates efficiently in the voltage range of 135-280V, has electricity consumption of around 1260 units a year, and a noise level of 39 dB. The AC has a maximum cooling capacity of 6200 watts, which is less in the segment. Also, given its higher price, the AC does not have voice assistant and Wi-Fi features. The product can be purchased from Amazon for Rs 51,999.
Best 1.5 Ton Air Conditioner in India
A 1.5 Ton air conditioner is best suited for a room size of 100-180 square feet. The AC of this tonnage that is loaded with some top-class features could range between Rs 35,000 and Rs 45,000 and is best suited for Indian middle-class families. While again there are several options in the market, we have picked Samsung 1.5 Ton 5 Star Inverter Split AC (AR18CYNZABE) that is launched this year.
The convertible 5-in-1 AC by the South Korean tech giant comes with a digital inverter technology that is claimed to cool the air 43% faster. Additionally, its advanced design has a 15% larger fan, an 18% wider inlet, and a 31% wider blade, helping to disperse cool air farther and wider by up to 15 meters. To suit the users’ changing cooling needs, the product’s five-step convertible cooling adjusts the compressor operation in five steps, from 40% to 120%, and uses minimal energy. Furthermore, users can use it to reduce their daily energy consumption as per needs.
The AC’s copper anti-bacterial filter, which is located outside and, on the top, is easy to clean and removes airborne bacteria. The auto-clean function in the AC keeps its fresh and hygienic as it automatically dries the Heat Exchanger using a three-step process. The device is designed in such a way that it prevents corrosion for optimized performance and added durability. Additionally, the AC works well during current fluctuations and does not require a separate voltage stabilizer. It uses refrigerant gas R32 which has a low impact on global warming compared to conventional R22 or R410A refrigerants.
The energy-efficient air conditioner is ISEER 5.16, consumes 1260 watts of power annually, requires 230 V of power, and has a cooling capacity of up to 6599 watts (22529 BTU/h). However, the addition of better air purification and high noise of 46dB are some of the cons given its costly price. The AC is available on Amazon for Rs 44,999 in a white color option.
Best 1 Ton Air Conditioner in India
Godrej AC 1T GIC 12TGC5 WUA
Looking for an AC for compact rooms? Godrej 1 Ton 5 Star Inverter Split AC is the best fit for this category. 1 Ton air conditioners are usually suited for room sizes between 50-100 square feet and could come under Rs 35,000.
Known for understanding the typical sentiment of Indian consumers, Godrej AC 1T GIC 12TGC5 WUA model yet again reflects this notion. Branded as an energy-efficient product, the AC uses R290 refrigerant that is eco-friendly and does not contribute to Ozone depletion. Additionally, the 5 Star rating speaks for itself, and the product cools faster with low energy consumption. It has an ISEER value of 4.57.
The AC consumes 584.46 units of electricity annually (1600 hours), requires 230 V of power, and has a cooling capacity of up to 3450 watts. The Indian company keeps up with the brand faith, and the AC is loaded with some advanced features.
The product comes with a twin rotary inverter compressor that ensures faster cooling and more energy efficiency. Its Nano-Coated anti-viral filter claims to disinfect over 99.9% of viral particles. Moreover, the air conditioner comes with a 100% copper condenser and evaporator coils that are coated with Blue Fin Anti-Corrosion coating and provide durability and heavy-duty performance at 52 degree Celsius.
However, some of the cons of the product are: it could be slightly noisy (42 dB), and its service could be improved. The device is available in online and offline stores and can also be purchased from Amazon for Rs 34,490.
Best 5 Star Air Conditioner in India
One of the most important criteria to check before buying an AC is its rating. Usually, higher the rating, better the cooling capacity and higher energy savings. An air conditioner with a 5-Star rating performs better in terms of cooling the room faster and consumes less energy.
Japanese brand Panasonic is another trusted brand, and its 1.5 Ton 5 Star Wi-Fi Twin Cool Inverter Split AC (CS/CU-NU18XKYWA) is a feature-packed option. The product comes with a variable-speed inverter compressor which adjusts power depending on the heat load. While the 1.5 Ton capacity of the AC makes it suitable for medium-sized rooms, its five-star energy rating makes it highly energy efficient. It uses R32 refrigerant that has a low impact on global warming and contributes to zero Ozone depletion.
The AC’s copper condenser coil comes with anti-corrosion Blue Fin Technology that helps to enhance its durability in high-humidity coastal areas. Its dry mode aids to remove excess moisture from the air. Some other features of the Wi-Fi-enabled AC include a PM 2.5 dust filter, hands-free operation, and voice control with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. The AC has a maximum noise level of 46 dB, consumes 840.75 kWh power annually, requires 230 V of power, and has a cooling range of 2295-5610 watts.
The stabilizer-free Panasonic air conditioner, however, could be a little expensive and the design could be a bit tacky. It is available on Amazon for Rs 46,990.
Best 3 Star Air Conditioner in India
Last but not the least, a 3 Star AC could be less energy efficient than a 5 Star AC but is cheaper and best suited for cooler or humid places. Out of the several available options, Lloyd 1.5 Ton 3 Star Wi-Fi, Inverter Split AC (GLS18I35WSHL) stands out.
The product manufactured by Havells India-owned company claims to give rapid cooling of up to 18 degrees Celsius in just 45 seconds. Its Air cooled Electric Control Box technology helps to provide cooling even at 52 degrees. The AC has 100% copper condenser tubes and a corrosion-resistant coating for durability. Additionally, its Nano Silver Green Anti-Bacterial coating and a bunch of air filters like the PM 2.5 filter help with cleaner air.
The smart AC has built-in Wi-Fi that helps to manage the AC using Digi Tap App and can also be operated via Alexa and Google Assistant. The company’s Brushless Direct Current Motor offers great performance with minimum energy consumption. The AC uses R32 refrigerant that has zero Ozone depletion effect, making it eco-friendly.
The air conditioner has 1108 kWh of electrical consumption, needs a 230 V power supply, an indoor noise level of 40 dB, and a cooling capacity of up to 5250 watts. The product is can be bought from Havells online store or Amazon for Rs 34,500.
1. What is the difference between a non-inverter and an inverter AC?
A non-inverter air conditioner is cheaper than an inverter AC and is one of the main reasons why many opt for it. These ACs work well for large rooms, and their repair cost is low. However, most non-inverter ACs are noisy, not energy efficient, and could recover cheaper purchasing costs with hefty electricity bills.
An inverter air conditioner, on the other hand, consumes lesser power, is energy efficient, and is less noisy when compared with traditional ACs. This type of AC regulates the speed of the compressor’s motor based on the temperature of the room. However, the cost of purchasing and repairs and maintenance of inverter ACs could be a bit heavy on the pocket.
2. What is the difference between a split AC and a window AC?
Split air conditioners are costlier with high service cost; less noisy as compressor and condenser are located outside in the external unit; loaded with several features like auto clean, bacteria filter, air purifier, etc.; look modern; can be easily installed in rooms without window
Widow air conditioners are cheaper with low maintenance cost; make noise; have limited features; look a bit dated; as the name suggests – it requires a window in the room
3. What is a Ton?
Ton or tonnage of an AC refers to the unit used to measure the cooling capacity of an AC depending on its size and other features like room size, the average temperature outside, number of people in the room, time of the day (day or night), months (more ton required for hotter months), etc.
In simpler terms, a ton is the amount of heat an AC can remove in an hour. Usually, a higher ton AC will provide higher cooling and is suitable for bigger rooms and vice-versa. 1 ton equals 12,000 BTUs (British Thermal Units) and AC tonnage usually ranges between 5,000 BTUs and 24,000 BTUs.
4. How much area can a 2 Ton AC cover?
A 2 Ton AC could usually cover up to 250 square feet of room.
5. How much area can a 1.5 Ton AC cover?
A 1.5 Ton AC is suitable for a room size of 100-180 square feet.
6. How much area can a 1 Ton AC cover?
A 1 Ton AC is generally suited for compact rooms and is the best fit for a 50-100 square feet room.
7. How much power does a 2 Ton AC use?
A 2 Ton AC uses approximately 2,000 watts of power or 2 units of electricity per hour.
8. How much power does a 1.5 Ton AC use?
Around 1,500 watts of power is utilized by a 1.5 Ton AC each hour.
9. How much power does a 1 Ton AC use?
A 1 Ton air conditioner uses roughly 1,000 watts of power or 1 unit of electricity in one hour.
10. Which AC brand is the best in India?
Blue Star, Hitachi, Samsung, O General, LG, Voltas, Daikin, and Panasonic are some of the best air conditioner brands in India. Some other brands including Lloyd, Godrej, Croma, Whirlpool, Haier, and Carrier also have some good AC options.
11. What is the difference between 3-Star and 5-Star AC?
Higher the rating, the better the cooling capacity and higher energy savings. An air conditioner with a 5-Star rating performs better in terms of cooling the room faster and consumes less energy than a 3-Star AC.
12. Which AC is best for the Indian climate?
Usually, a split inverter air conditioner is best suited for the Indian climate. Blue Star, Samsung, LG, Voltas, Panasonic, Lloyd, Godrej, and Carrier are among several AC makers offering good options.
13. Which AC is easiest to maintain?
Window ACs usually require lesser and cheaper maintenance. Companies like Hitachi, O General, LG, Voltas, Daikin, Godrej, Croma, Whirlpool, Haier, and Carrier are among several companies that can be relied upon for easy-to-maintain ACs.
14. Which AC is most silent?
Acs nowadays have a noise range of around 30 dB to 50 dB. There are several modes like silent mode that some companies offer to reduce the noise level of an AC. Blue Star, Hitachi, Samsung, O General, LG, Voltas, Daikin, Godrej, Whirlpool, Haier, and Carrier, among others, offer some good options in the category.