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Daikin’s air conditioning products have an excellent reputation. This was confirmed by our reviewers, who nominated Daikin as the best value air conditioning brand across several factors. While Daikin’s products generally have a higher price tag they also offer a lot of features. Reliability and visual appearance were two highly regarded Daikin air conditioning features.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHIAA) are also highly regarded, being awarded Most Satisfied Customers 2020 by Canstar Blue. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries combine technology from the energy, space, aviation, automotive and environment sectors to produce innovative air conditioning solutions.
Daikin and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ overall scores took into account reliability, energy efficiency, affordability, breadth of systems, kW capacities and other features. Both Daikin and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries received a 4.5 out of 5 overall. This solid score indicates that both brands offer some great choices for their customers.
Daikin’s high performance residential units are family and allergy friendly, with Daikin being acknowledged by the Sensitive Choice program for their air filtration and purification technology. They offer a wide range of easily programmable controllers and Wi-Fi control. Certain units also include a lock system and temperature limits to limit energy waste.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries are designed to deliver comfort all year round no matter how harsh the weather becomes. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ residential range offers a wide range of systems, including wall mounted split, floor standing and ducted. These units are built to last and feature inbuilt smart technology to deliver maximum comfort.
Daikin has a range of 8 split system models. These are the US7 Series; Zena Series; Cora Series; Alira Series; Daikin Lite Series; Nexura Series and Floor Standing Series. Daikin’s and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ split systems are energy efficient.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has a sizeable wall mounted split system range including; Avanti Plus Series, Avanti Series, Bronte Series, SRK-ZMP Series and the SRK-ZMXA Series. These ranges harness smart technology and sensors to automatically deliver comfort in the most efficiently manner. This range received a score of 3 out of 5 from our review team, with Daikin's range receiving a 4.5 out of 5.
A floor standing series a good option for keeping small, limited spaces comfortable. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ units offer Hi Power mode, for rapid cooling and heating, and Dry Operation for hot, humid spaces. Daikin’s floor standing units come in a wide selection of capacities and can be semi-recessed into walls or placed in an unused fireplace.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ SRF-ZMXA floor standing series features an Allergen Clear Filter, optional wi-fi control and flexible installation. For this range our reviewers rated Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ range at 3.5 out of 5.
Daikin’s ducted ranges include: Premium Inverter Ducted Series; Inverter Ducted Series; Slim-Line Ducted Series; Bulkhead Ducted System Series. The units in this series are energy efficient and compact, ideal for tight spaces. The inverter series specifically is designed to fit into tight roof spaces in any modern home or apartment. Bulkhead systems from both companies fit discretely with surrounding décor.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ systems in this series include the FDUA Series (High Static Pressure) and FDUM Series (Medium Static Pressure). Both feature an efficient, quiet DC Motor. Other notable features include Temperature Auto Return, Fresh Air and a 15 minute power boost that can quickly heat or cool your home. Their SRR-ZM bulkhead system is only 200mm in height, with an option for users to program periods of operation time with reduced noise levels, which is ideal for sleeping or working from home.
Our review team rated Daikin’s ducted range at 4 out of 5, with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ bulkhead systems receiving an equal score. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ ducted range was rated 3 out of 5. Both Daikin and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries deliver effective ducted solutions for various spaces.
Daikin’s Hydronic system, the Altherma Bi-Bloc Hydronic Heating Series, provides heating, cooling and hot water for the kitchen, laundry, showers and baths. It is energy efficient, cutting costs and needing less space, as a gas system isn’t required. The hydrobox can be positioned inside the house, which is handy for houses with limited outside space. Overall Daikin's Hydronic Heating range was rated at 3.5 out of 5.
Daikin’s outdoor centralised units, VRV IV-S and SUPER MULTI NX (R32), are ideal for apartment buildings where outside space is limited. One unit can manage multiple inside air conditioning units. Daikin’s VRV IV-S multi-systems can cover up to 14 rooms and using the SUPER MULTI NX (R32) users can heat or cool up to 5 rooms. These multi-systems can offer purification and sensors, depending on the unit they are matched with. Overall, we rated Daikin’s multi range at 4 out of 5.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries can match their outdoor SCM-ZM and SCM-ZS multi-split series with a wide range of indoor units including ducted, wall mounted and floor standing. The outdoor units offer convenient installation via a 70m long pipe. Some of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ units feature automatically activated defrosting to prevent the heat exchanger from frosting up. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ multi systems have excellent features, resulting in their score of 4 out of 5.
Daikin’s air purifying units work effectively, utilising airflow rates to cover both small and large spaces. These portable purifiers, while not the cheapest, are suitable for spaces up to 46m². The unit displays contaminant and odour levels so users can monitor them. Using a fast turbo mode these units can remove pollutants such as bushfire pollution, reducing triggers for allergies and asthma. Air is further purified and deodorised by a 6-layer filtration system. Daikin’s Air Purifier Series received a rating of 4.5 out of 5.
Daikin’s smart phone app allows users to monitor and control air conditioning usage. The whole system or individual units can be turned on and off remotely. This is particularly helpful if you’ve accidentally left the air conditioning or heating still running, or if the weather turns during the day. The app can be used to program air conditioning around users’ lifestyles, meaning you can set it to pre-cool or heat and arrive home to a comfortable environment. Daikin’s smart control solutions were rated a 4.5 out of 5 by our review team
Daikin and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries offer a wide range of commercial solutions that can be applied in spaces from hotels, to schools, apartment blocks and shopping centres. Both brands can assist clients in designing a system that specifically meets their needs.
Daikin commercial split system solutions are used in commercial spaces from kitchens to retail outlets. Their vast range covers Super Multi NX (R32) L-Series, DTXF-T Series, Cora Series, Daikin Lite, Floor Standing Series, Nexura Series (Floor Standing) and US7 Series. With larger capacities available, Daikin can also offer wall mounted, ceiling or floor standing options, depending on which is most suitable for the space.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ range of indoor multi split units utilise jet engine technology to deliver even airflow. They also feature inverter and smart technology, with both internal and external units protected against humidity to extend the life of the product. These systems include Wall Mounted Split Systems, Floor Standing units, Bulkhead Systems and Ducted Systems as discussed above in the residential range.
Daikin’s commercial split system range was rated at 4 out of 5. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ units received a rating of 3.5 out of 5.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ ducted system range includes the FDE, FDT and FDTC Series. These units have internal features that make them energy and maintenance efficient. Continuing to harness their technical knowledge, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries have included an internal microcomputer that can run an automatic diagnostic assessment. This can indicate when a filter needs cleaning, while inbuilt sensors can read how the room is occupied and adjust temperatures accordingly.
Refrigerant piping on these units can be arranged in 3 directions; rear, right or up, allowing for a variety of installation options. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ ducted systems score averaged out at 3.25 out of 5.
Daikin have designed their VRV systems to offer efficient climate management solutions in a commercial environment. Their VRV/VRF range is quite diverse and includes the Gas Heat Pump Outdoor Unit, VRV Air Handling Unit Series, VRV H Heat Pump, VRV III-Q Outdoor Unit, VRV IV Water Cooling Outdoor Unit and the VRV IV-S. These are designed to handle higher capacities and cover larger spaces.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ VRV systems deliver space saving solutions, a variety of combinations and high capacities. These ranges can be applied to projects from individual apartments to an entire multistorey building, with up to 200 units controlled efficiently and cost-effectively via a central management system.
Daikin and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ VRV / VRF ranges received a rating of 4 out of 5.
Daikin’s VRV Indoor Units feature an impressive 18 options. These include wall mounted, bulkhead, cassettes and air processing units. This range offers solutions for spaces requiring very particular climates. This includes libraries, art galleries and museums. Up to 64 of these indoor units can be connected to a single system, with Daikin being able to build a tailored solution for new properties or refurbishments. This part of Daikin's range was given a score of 4 out of 5.
Daikin have a wide range of centralised controllers on offer for larger air conditioning systems, for example in hotels or large apartment blocks. These controllers extend their range to business management, including the iTouch Manager Centralised Controller, Individual control systems and a BACNet / LonWorks Interface.
These units can control zone behaviour, reduce usage during holiday periods and via efficient programming. Individual controllers and optional Wi-Fi control are available for spaces that require it. The business management controllers also have interfaces on offer when connecting a number of units all at once. For this diverse and versatile range, we rated Daikin's commercial controllers at 4.5 out of 5 overall.
Daikin offer a flexible range of chillers, including Air Cooled Chillers and Water Cooled Chillers. These are engineered to deliver precise control of process cooling and climate management.
Daikin’s Applied Solutions range meets differing commercial requirements. Rated 3.5 out of 5, Daikin’s range offer size options and ways to control an indoor environment.
Daikin have built Light Commercial Applications featuring energy saving functions, including long air throwing capabilities that can reach all parts of the room. These can be used in smaller commercial spaces like shops, restaurants and small offices. The range includes air conditioning solutions such as Ceiling Suspended Sky Air, Fully Flat Cassette SkyAir, Round Flow Cassette SkyAir, and Wall Mounted SkyAir. This light commercial range was rated 4 out of 5 by our review team.
Daikin’s Rooftop Packaged Units are designed for easy installation with a neat appearance, and a powder coated drain pan for corrosion. The units can be expanded as necessary to suit different commercial applications. Our team rated these systems with 4 out of 5.