Best air conditioner in India 

We have listed the air conditioner brands largely available in India depending upon the technology used, superior workmanship, star ratings, innovation and world standing. The ranking is on technical aspects only and not on price. The more superior the product the more the price. It is also based on experience and use of the products over a long period and feedback from customers.

Hitachi Air Conditioners *****

Why choose Hitachi Air conditioners as the best AC brand?

Hitachi has the best efficient air conditioners in the market. BEE rates most of their products 4 stars and 5 stars.

Regarding innovation Hitachi launched the first Side Throw AC , the first Hi Wall Mounted Split AC  and  the first Ceiling Mounted Split AC. Most of Hitachi ACs  are having highest Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) in its category

The sound level is much more lower (34dB) in Hitachi air conditioners, far lower than other manufacturers.

Carrier air conditioners ****

Why choose Carrier Air conditioners?

Founded in 1915, carrier is the inventor of modern air-conditioning and has developed itself into being the world’s largest provider of air-conditioning, heating and commercial refrigeration systems (HVACR)

Carrier is also one of the first to adopt the energy efficiency label issued by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE)

Awarded the First prize for energy conservation in Consumer Goods Sector in 2007 & 2008 by the Ministry of Power, Govt. of India

Like Hitachi most of Carrier ACs  are having highest Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) in its category

Panasonic / LG / Voltas air conditioners ***

Panasonic has launched many new models recently. Being a Japanese company the products are of very high Quality.

LG has been in Indian market for quiet a long time and has good market share in Indian air conditioning market.

Voltas a Tata product is a known name in India, but they do not have much high stars rated AC’s as compared to carrier and Hitachi

Samsung / Electrolux / Whirlpool air conditioners**

These are consumer electronics companies and do not have a focus on a single product. They offer entire range of home electronics. The products are generally sourced from other OEM’s, and they do not have an edge as compared to carrier and Hitachi.


162 comments to Best air conditioner in India

  • Suresh

    Do u suggest mitsubishi air conditioners in terms of quality and efficiency in energy savings and durability

    • living advisor

      Yes Mitsubishi air conditioners are good both in terms of efficiency and energy savings. Go for high star rated AC

    • Anison Joseph

      Mitsubishi electric air conditioners Are very good in E E R and Its star rating ranges to 0.8 TR-2 Tr Acs, And Mitsubishi has An advantage that they are complaint free machines.
      Go for five star model (starmex)


    You can bye sharp air conditioners because they have a unique technology PCI (plasmacluster technology ion ) feature . which is generates and releases the same positive and nagative ions that accur in nature through plasma discharge.

    • Anison Joseph

      BEst Brands Are
      1. Toshiba
      2. Mitsubishi electric
      3. Daikin
      4. O-general, York,Panasonic.
      5. Hitachi, Blue Star
      6. LG, SAMSUNG,Onida Videocon
      7. Voltas

  • Shrayans


    1. MITSUBISHI HEAVY (service depends on dealer)
    2. O-GENERAL (poor after sale service support)
    3. HITACHI ( Best Service Support)
    4. TOSHIBA

    2. VOLTAS
    3. LLOYDS

    • Anison Joseph

      Mitsubishi Electric, Service IS provided By The Company Itself, You can find Mitsubishi Electric Air conditioners in All Outlet of Malabar gold in Kerala and Hyderabad also.

  • Manikanta

    Any one could you pls suggest, which SPILT AC is best in terms of service and durability and my budget is 32k. I had seen many forums and sites (, compareinda, ……etc).
    Hitachi, Carrier service in hyderabad.

  • RMS

    My room size is 13×12,ground floor in a double storied building.I have shorlisted Voltas veritis gold 5 star,Onida icool 3star,whirlpool chrome star,lg star. all are 1.5 ton.May i know which will be good and the best for me.

  • Chander

    My room size is 14″x14″ and it is 220 sq ft. I am going for 1.5 ton split A.C. is Voltas the best A.C. in Indian range. What about the after sale service of Voltas I have heard that servicewise the A.C. is not good. Cooling is good but service is very poor. What do you suggest. My budged is 30,000/- can I go for Hitachi 3 star or not.

  • nir

    I would like to buy 1.5 ton ac, can some one suggest me which is better panasonic or hitachi. my budget is 30k. and in panasonic and voltas which one is better.



      • Anison Joseph

        MITSUBISHI< DAIKIN< And Hitachi is also from Japan, The first two are the best in the industry as i know it from my experience,
        try for a .Mr.slim Model of Mitsubishi Next time

    • Anison Joseph

      Why you Are wasting your Money on Such Products, If you Can buy Mitsubishi Or Daikin, That’s Better for you, i swear that the most power saving And Complaint free Machines,
      you can feel the difference of these machines from the other machines, ask somebody ,who is using these machines,

      you can also check out the Computerized De-humidifier fact from The internet,

  • nagendra

    i want to know panasonic cube ac performence for my bed room.

  • sahil

    mitsubishi undoubtedly the best…m using 1.5 ton split in my bedroom…maximum air flow upto 50 foots….nd most energy efficient ac…in the market…

  • Vipul

    I had worked in the AC industry for 10 odd years. if you are planning to buy an AC please go through the following details

    Diakin / Hitachi
    They have a strong R & D. Products are over engineered and hence have a long life, low noise and minimal issues if any. Service is strong as they are mainly into Commercial Air conditioning which is service oriented.
    Price band – High

    LG / Samsung
    They have there own manufacturing plants in India but some OEM production. Product performance is OK, however they have introduced Aluminum coils which decreases the life of the AC. Also in case of a gas leakage the entire coil will have to be replaced. Service is good to average depending on location. They promote products on the basis of the health plank which hardly has any impact for a consumer.
    Price band – Above average

    Voltas / Onida / Whirpool / Electrolux / Videocon
    Voltas and Videocon have some level of local manufacturing. Mainly importing from OEM’s in China. Please note China does not mean low product quality. India’s RAC market size is 3.6 million and the biggest Chineese manufacturer produces 17.5 million AC’s.
    Product quality depends on the importer specifications. As a thumb rule look for the name of the chineese manufacturer and you can rank them as below
    1. GREE
    2. Midea
    3. Galanz
    4. Aux / Haeir
    Among the lot, Voltas has better service, Whirlpool and Electrolux are average on service.
    Price Band – if you have to choose among these brands, look for the best prices.

    If you need any more details please post here and I’ll get back to you.

    • Karan

      What about godrej split? Do I go for one as the service is good in my area.

    • Arun

      Dear Vipul,

      Thanks for the detailed response. Can you rate the performance of Videocon ACs, as they are priced the lowest.

      Depending on the response, I may buy three units.



      • Vipul

        Dear Arun,
        Imported Videocon units are a good buy. They are importing units from mainly two manufacturers in China ( GREE & Haier). Go in for the GREE manufactured units. Do not go in for locally manufactured units.

    • Mohan


      Pls let me know which split AC is cheap and best among all models in terms of Quality,Price, service etc.. ?

      Is star rating matter for Home usase( as hardly will use in summer only)
      Which star rating I should go for AC while buying for my home?

      If I choose between Hitachi & Voltas , pls suggest me which AC I should by in terms of Quality,Price, service etc.. ?

      Is Hitachi – Iclean is good?


      • Vipul

        Dear Mohan,

        1. In terms of Cheap and best you can go ahead with Electrolux , Videocon (only imported ones), Onida & Voltas ranked in terms of best pricing.

        2. Star rating does matter even for Home usage. A 3 star AC would be optimal for residential usage.

        3. Between Hitachi and Voltas, Voltas would deliver much more value for money.

        4. Hitachi AC’s are no doubt good and usually over-engineered and overpriced. The I- clean feature is not worth spending money on as it only delays the need for service and not totally eliminates it.

    • Neeraj

      Hi Vipul,

      I was planning to buy a split AC of 1.5 tonne(5 Star),As there are lot of confusion because of the number of brands available..
      Can u plz sugest me the best among voltasGoldI or voltasElegantR or WhirlPhoolAviaterV or if hitachior any other than which one, depending on the services also my budget is somewhere around 32000/…
      Plz reply asap as i want to finalize it soon..
      Thanks In Advance..


      • Vipul

        Dear Neeraj,

        1. Among the 3 AC’s you mentioned, I’ll suggest you go in for the Voltas models as whirlpool service is not that good. You can choose between the two models of Voltas on the basis of your choice of colour and design. Technically the two Voltas machines are the same. The 1000/- price difference is because of the aesthetic changes.

        2. You can get a decent 5 Star machine in your budget. Hitachi will definately be a superior machine but a 5 star, 1.5 ton will go beyond the budget mentioned. I suggest you also try Electrolux (EQS55).

    • V.K.Malhotra

      Hi Vipul, Pl suggest me about split ac among o general/hitachi/panasonic/Daikin. Which serve without trouble. After sale service in Haryana.

      • Anison Joseph

        Dear Malhothra
        Am Anison From Kerala , working in Air-conditioner Field for 3 years,
        i would suggest Daikin For you , as i know abt the machine by myself. its totally complaint free, But i dont know Abt The service in Harayana , so Ask for a daikin Solution plaza dealer in your city.

    • Dhana

      Hi,Iam planning to buy ondia 1.5 ac…kindly advice shall i go ahead with that

    • shiva

      thank boss u helped me alot in choosing

    • Sudhakar

      Dear Vipul,

      Your Valuable information is really professional. My choice is either 4 star or 5 star only. I had a big analysis on selecting AC brands to buy for past 2 years. I sort listed few brands in coimbatore to buy based on their Price for their Quality then Service back up. I preferred Quality first without compromising price too for its own quality. My buying ranks are first given to Hitachi 1.2 Kaze rs 31500 for my office & hitachi-iClean For my Home, then Daikin since price is high & Service which is next to hitachi which i feel, O General – Of course good in 1.5T & 1t but Very less in service network & too costly. 2 nd category Choices are Carrier, then Blue Star, last Onida i had. Others I omited. These are the things available in my place ie. coimbatore. Hitachi service is took by 3rd party agence only.. The risk is if any spares gone means it is dfficult to get those spares. But still Prefer Hitachi because of Star rating, Low DB noice Level, Good Cooling capacity, Good Long through of air in long time usage with out compromising prices.. My actual requirement is 1ton but dont mind to buy this. Alternatively Daikin for 31000 but it is 1 ton. Can u plz suggest whether my option is good. Which one to Buy. Since u being in that technical field i thought ur the right person to ask about this. U R Suggessions are definitely helpful for me..I am awaiting for ur reply. Thanks a Lot.. Friend

    • SNR

      what is your suggestion for Videocon VITA MAX 1T AC for my 11X15 Bedroom? and what about .75T, as I am in Bangalore.

    • rajesh

      what about sharp split 1.5 ton split AC.

    • pk


      some people told ONIDA is best using Japnese compressor and cooling coils are big

    • vipul

      hitachi has also out sourced its service to local venders, and those r useless,hitachi is only a brand ,the they are charging too high with a very low product quality ,no company official,s contact details r their on the centers and service engg are useless.



      I need 1.5 ton window a.c but i confused between carrier and voltas.kindly suggest which product i can buy.

    • gen

      what about panasonic is it better than voltas, llyods, I am planning to buy one and my budget is minimum. advice which i should go for

      • living advisor

        Panasonic is better than voltas and Llyods. Two things are important while making a decision, star rating and after sales service, third is price. Product quality is more or less the same of all manufactureres

  • amit

    i want to buy videocon split ac 1 ton i have a room 12 x11 feet. i have single story. Is it best for it

  • Vijay Laxmi

    Please any one could suggest, which SPILT AC is best in terms of service and durability and my budget is 30k (or it may be negotiable).My room is 12″x12″ on first floor in the 3rd floor house.what cooling capacity of split is suitable for my room is 1 ton or some more.
    thank in advance.
    i m waiting for your reply.

    • Anison Joseph

      You only need 1Tr. Mitsubishi Electric Air conditioner, you can get it by contacting any dealer in your City, with a price of 26000/-

      If you Are going for any other Brand, goo for 1.5 tr.
      Daikin is Also A good Machine, but Mitsubishi has the highest Air throw, up to 12 mtr (36 – 40 feet), while the other machines gives only 12 Feet
      Its Cfm is also higher …………….
      Good luck

    • kone

      hitachi, carrier,ogeneral..dont go for budget a/c it will slowly suck ur money monthly..

  • Prasad

    Hi Vipul,

    Thanks for your very useful comments. I would like to know more about Onida ACs. I am located in Bangalore and as per the Bangalore Climate, we need only for few months. Pls advice.


  • Prashant

    what are your views on Godrej split air conditioners, Mr Vipul? answers from others on this thread are welcome too… thanks!

  • rajesh

    how is General make AC ?. what will be cost of a 5 year old AC

  • NRKS Chakravarthy

    Koryo airconditioners promoted by Big bazar are extremely cheap compared to other models. A 3 star window A/c with free stabilizer is available only at Rs.15790/- Is any one using this model and how is it on Energy savings and other parameters? Can I go ahead and buy this one?

  • Jagan

    HI Vipul

    Whether Onida AC’s are good

  • mangesh masurkar

    Compair among SPLIT AC of whirlpool chrome 5 star ,voltas vertis elegant 5 star ,Carrier duracool 5 star , Hitachi kaze 5 star for best in features, performance & technical specifications

  • Rahul

    what about godrej 5 star 3.1 EER split ac’s……..aren’t they good??
    am confused between lg and godrej…..presently using voltas and am not at all satisfied.

  • nigel

    well the best i find so far are
    hitachi, mitsubishi electric(beware theres also mitsubishi heavy industries, which is kind of inferior in quality) daikin are good to o-general well they do cool well but their looks havent changed much… these are the premium ranged acs if you want good looks try hitachi got four hitachis never had much problems pretty much silent and cool well provided u have your service people service it well. many people whu faced problems with hitachi often have brought these acs from stores that service and install it them self like reliance digital etc. toshiba acs are very impressive to.

    the next would be panasonic then carrier then samsung and lg
    these are pretty good acs a bit cheaper then the premium range they work well and have good compressors although in panasonic compressors the thermal switch is external( i dnt know if they improved it) in case your coils are clogged with dirt or low on gas then you could burn your compressor.

    then comes the cheap acs like videocon, onida, tcl, voltas, koryo
    they do serve their job as an ac they do cool well they can be noisy or might give up sooner

    now when u buy an ac i depends entirely on your budget and your usage if u do use your ac 24×7 like i do den a 5 star premium range ac is good.

    if u use your ac for a few hours a day or may be a few times a week then you could as well buy a lower star rating which is cheaper.

    check different stores for their pricing and service agent if your buying a split ac try 2 get a free instalation the brackets and drain pipe has 2 be paid for. while installing your split ac ensure your service dealer vaccum purges the pipes after connecting them and before opening the gas valves.. why i say this? when the pipes are open to atmosphere moisture and contamination enters it. this moisture damages your compressor and also decreases cooling and adds a minute pressure in the gas cycle making your compressor work more and sucking more power. normally in india most of them just blow freon gas through it which doesnt do much other then harming our ozone.
    secondly u dont need to add gas to it ever unless you uninstall it and a bit of gas decreases. otherwise remember to much gas more pressure more work more damage more bills. less gas water throwing from blower and icing up and possible compressor damage.
    happy ac shopping hope this helps

    • nigel

      i forgot to mention that choose a ac size wisely. a 120 sq ft room would require a 1 tonne. 150 – 230 1.5 tonne. 230 -400 2 tonne. (the figures are just estimated it can vary it also depends on number of windows, windows that get direct sunlight and people occupying the room) if u buy a small ac say 1 tonne for a 190 sqft room it will take more time to cool the room or it may not cool the room at all wasting electricity. take one thats big say 1.5 tonne for 100 sq ft with no windows that get direct sun light then the ac will cool your room more faster without removing humidity and make u feel uncomfortable also the compressor will frequently cycle on and off remember that the first few seconds a compressor starts up it takes more amps than whats written on the specification plate say if your 1.5 tonne draws 8.4 amps during running on start up it shoots up to 10 or even more for few seconds. now with the frequent on of your bill would just sky rocket wouldnt it?


    Hi! i want to buy an 1.5 ton split ac for my size si 8″x10″ and is on 2nd floor,which is the top most floor of the range is 25,000..i am thinking about Lg or Voltas..which will be better performance,after sales service wise ?? and what start rating would be enough..will 2* be enough ? if any one can suggest an specific model it would be appreciable..

  • Himmy

    How will be samsung Ac 5 star rating because if i go with Hitachi no doubt the ac’s life long will be good but if i go with samsung i’ll get 25% off , so should i go with samsung or buy Hitachi ?

  • sudhanshu

    which ac is better O Genral/ Hitachi? Technically
    plz suggest.



    I am planning to purchase onida ac S12SPD-N3 (1.0 Tr).

    Onida is advisable to buy or which brand is best to buy at 1.0 tr ( my budget is 24k)

  • prakash

    I would like to buy 1.5 ton ac, can some one suggest me My room size is 10×12,3rd floor Onida icool Hitachi LG 3star, all are 1.5 ton.May i know which will be good and the best for me.which one is better.

  • nishad rughani

    i want to buy the ac which is the best compnay and best in colling and billing or i should buy split or window window space is not the problem so what u suggest is ther any diffrance in split and window in power saving or colling?so which compnay i shold buya and split or window pls answe will be waitig

    • kone

      go for 5 star brands. Hitachi, carrier, o general are most efficient a/c. Hitachi consumes less power when compared toall other. i have hitachi…carrier is made in china so we are not sure about quality of product..general is expensive..

  • abhinav sharma


  • Nani

    Ozon air conidtioner is better than all other conditioner.

  • anubhav

    How is LLOYDS split AC in term of service and quality?

    • living advisor

      As the market share is less, there are chances of less service availability, but if you stay in a metro then there are no such issues. Otherwise the quality is good

  • prateek

    hello experts (vipul/living adviser), I wanna buy a 1.0 ton split ac is good idea to purchase Lloyd / Panasonic cube ac. what are the recommendations for panasonic cube or otherwise i have to purchase voltas etc.


    I have purchased 1.5 ton hot & cool o general a c for room size 220 sq ft for top floor. But my a c is not cooling my room. what can i do for proper cooling.kindly give me suggestion for this.

    • living advisor

      As you stay on the top floor, roof insulation is very important for proper cooling. Go for false sealing or some similar solution.

  • Ankur

    I was planning to buy a Window AC of 1.5 tonne, As there are lot of confusion because of the number of brands available..
    Can u plz sugest me the best among Voltas /LG /Samsung /O General any other than which one, depending on the after sales services in Punjab
    Plz reply asap as i want to finalize it soon..
    Thanks In Advance..

    • living advisor

      Voltas LG and Samsung all have good after sales service. Go in this order first choice LG, second Voltas, third Samsung and 4th O General service wise. LG has the highest market share in AC market in India.

  • maverick

    how is godrej split a.c. in terms of cooling, power consumption and servic? plz do reply

    • living advisor

      Power consumption depends upon the star rating of the AC. Service depends on area to area. It is better in metro cities. 4-5 star rated AC will be good one.

  • shashikant

    if i buy panasonic 5 star is it better than onida voltas, samsung lg, etc give me some suggestion i will be very thankfull to you,

  • shashikant

    if we compare panasonic bluestar what will be best among performance,sound, service, and complaints regarding leaking of water from the fins in the inner side

  • Mani

    I’m living in Delhi and planning to buy a 1.5 TR split AC with a Five star rating.
    Please suggest me whether i can go for Lloyd. What are the merits and demerits of Lloyd AC. Though it seems cheaper than other brands, is it worth buying.

  • manrao

    Alot of people are saying o general is giving problem … why is that ? My service guy suggests hitachi , but it has a low btu and general is high btu. my room size is approx 200 sq ft . pls give feed back and suggestions …

    • living advisor

      You will find people criticizing all brands. Go for the AC brand which has good service in your area. If service guy suggest Hitachi go for it. Be sure to buy high star rated AC

  • Hi vipul

    Am living in Ludhiana(Pb.). My room size is 15X12 on 1st floor.
    Pl suggest for best brand amog Panasonic, Onida, Voltas, Electrolux, Lg for this.

    Also suggest for Split or window

  • Rakesh Kumar

    I’m living in Delhi and planning to buy a 1.5 TR window AC with a Five star rating.
    Please suggest me whether i can go for Hitachi or O General. What are the merits and demerits of above AC. Though it seems costlier than other brands, is it worth buying

    • living advisor

      Both these AC’s have high efficiency so the cost will get reimbursed in the form of less electricity bills. Prefer Hitachi over O General

  • Kunal

    I want to buy 1.5Ton wiondow AC in noida. Which brand should I go My budget is 20K
    Please suggest

  • Varun

    Why nobody is talking about Bluestar ???

    Hitachi is the best brand if u are willing to pay a few bugs more from your pocket.

  • Devan

    Hi Friends

    I cant suggest u the brands but i want to share the problems i m facing by buying panasonic cube split ac of 1.5 ton with model no CS-ZC20MKY

    1. The dealer said it will installed at height 6ft. but servcie centre official installed at 4.5 ft …cauz they said it is limitation of this model

    2. It was advertised that it no noise ac but it has more noise than other ac infact equal to water cooler.

    3. There is no effective cooling as compared to 1.5t capacity.

    4. Symphony water cooler is much better than this model.

    5. Last is economical point of view its not at all economical because by adding more 5000 to 7000 you can buy satisfaction…

  • vipin garg

    try sanyo ac, its a true japan made ac, iam very satisfied with performance, its giving good quality in very low price, realy very good ac, in rajasthan condition too, its a value for money product…no problem at all

  • kamaljit singh

    What is the technical difference between 1 star and 3 star window ac.The compressor are same in both ac.

    • JAGUAR

      Circuit is designed in different way. star rating depends on system balancing.
      Motor rating and condenser coil design will be different,
      Always buy high star rated product.

  • Rajendra Prasad


    Plz guide me about AC, My bedroom is 20 feet long and 9 feet in width so plz suggest me which the best AC is suitable and my budget is 30K.

  • abh


    go for panasonic cube ac nothing is better than that in terms of price, attraction, outdoor unit, more cooling power, advance tech all that and good customer support , 5 yr warrenty so dont go for others

  • Venkateswarlu

    For getting best cooling in the room what condition are to be provided such as wall painting, which type of ceiling etc., and inside unit(evoperator)at what height it is be fitted and where have to keep the outside unit(compressor).
    Thanking You

  • damandeep singh

    Any review of the airconditiners launched by TATA under the brand name CHROMA …they are cheap and have high star rating

  • naveen

    ee for 5 star rating friends..rating decreases the current bill will be increased..dont buy onida a/c ..they render poor customer friend struggled with that and finally called local a/c repair men to repair…worst srvice…i bought hitachi durocool 1 ton split a/c 33000(including stabilizer and installa) which is really awesome and current consumption is less when compared with other brand..if ur area has power fluctuation go for double booster stbilizer… an ord stablzer will not work properly in low power area..i am struggling because of that.. don’t go for budget a/c which will slowly consume ur money monthly…


    Lots of discussion above on which AC to buy and which not. I am in AC industry for quite long now. To some extent i agree with Vipul, Pl note the parameters for which indian customers run for:-
    1. Price
    2. Quality
    3. Serviceability

    Samsung product testing is the best in the market with advanced testing facilities which no one in India has. Samsung withdraw the production done in other OEM and start of their own last year due to problem created by their OEM. Now the product is perfect specially Split AC. R&D is the best and works on global launching.
    Others are china products like voltas, onida, whirpool etc.
    Please do not mix segments while you purchase AC.
    More you pay , better quality you get.
    Hitachi, O general, Daikin comes in premium segment. You have to pay more bucks to get good quality and it is justified also.

    Best Options: Low segment:- Samsung/LG
    Higher Segment: O general/Hitachi

    Panasonic/Mitsubishi/Sharp/Daikin are new entrants and you never know about their serviceability. All of these import their AC from china market. Only you will come to know after 2-3 years about their performance.SVC spares will always be a problem. Being Japanese doesn’t mean it is perfect in all aspects. Remember this is not automotive segment where japanese have proved, this is an altogether different game.

    Be careful and decide as per your room requirement and budget.
    Buy star rated products for energy efficiency. Buy more stars, help nation in saving power.

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