Brand Comparison

The Compare Air Conditioning team has taken great care to research and compare split system air conditioning brands to recommend the best option for you. We’ve also taken the time to compare the top brands for all the other common residential air conditioning systems, including ducted air conditioning, hydronic heating as well as a range of systems more suited to commercial systems such as VRV systems and other commercial AC solutions.

Our top air conditioning brands have been carefully selected, based on several key factors. Key factors include: affordability, warranty period, reliability, energy efficiency, visual appeal and noise. Each of the air conditioning brands in our top 5 are great value.

We found that Daikin are currently the best value split system air conditioning brand, closely followed by Panasonic. Daikin are also a leading brand for other types of residential and commercial AC solutions.

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Daikin commenced trading in 1924 and have been operating in Australia for 50+ years. They cover commercial and residential air



Commencing in 1935 in Japan, by 1973 Fujitsu had established local headquarters in Australia. They soon developed a reputation for


Mitsubishi Electric

Mitsubishi Electric began their efforts to make indoor life more comfortable in 1921, with the introduction of the first electric



Commencing in 1938 in Korea, the name Samsung means “three stars”, based on three principles of being big, numerous and



Founded in Japan in 1918, by 1958 the first Panasonic room air conditioner was developed and marketed under the National


How to select the right brand

When faced with the question of selecting an air conditioning brand it can seem like there isn't much difference between the brands other than price. However, in reality each brand has its own pros and cons. Compare Air Conditioning has looked at the pros and cons of many top split system air conditioning brands and, including Daikin, Panasonic, Fujitsu, Mitsubishi Electric and Samsung. We've also looked at the pros and cons of the top brands for all other AC systems on offer, including ducted air condition, hydronic heating and VRV systems.

We have reviewed, compared and rated the top brands according to a number of important factors. These are the factors that should be kept front of mind when selecting your brand of choice.

Affordability is, of course, a key decision making factor, but it isn't the only one. At Compare Air Conditioning, we try to balance affordability with other factors to consider the value-for-money proposition. Energy efficiency is another key decision making factor. Many people are becoming increasingly environmentally conscious, but energy efficiency isn't just good for the environment, it is good for your hip pocket when it comes to paying your energy bill. Air conditioning is often one of the major contributors to a high energy bill. We have also considered other important factors, such as reliability, visual appeal, noise, manufacturer warranty and other factors in order to come to our own overall Compare Air Conditioning rating for each brand.

  • Affordability

  • Manufacturer warranty (yrs)

  • Reliability

  • Energy efficiency (Cooling)*

  • Energy efficiency (Heating)*

  • Visual appeal

  • Noise

  • Compare Air Conditioning Rating

* Energy efficiency ratings have been based on each brand's mid-range C3.5kw - H3.7kw wall hung reverse cycle split system

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