Compare Air Conditioning Rating
Our Compare Air Conditioning team rated Daikin the best value air conditioning brand across several factors, with its visual appearance and reliability being highly rated and regarded. Dakin air conditioning products generally have a higher price tag, but offer a lot more features, are reliable and energy efficient. Panasonic is another highly regarded brand, which was rated by our team as the second-best brand in our brand comparison study. Their purchase prices are generally higher than other brands, however Panasonic offers a wide range of models and sizes as well as innovative features.
Daikin’s residential units are family and allergy friendly, delivering on high performance. Daikin offers a wide range of easily programmable controllers and Wi-Fi control. To reduce accidental wastage certain units also include a lock system and temperature limits. Daikin have been acknowledged by the Sensitive Choice program for their air filtration and purification technology. Panasonic units also have a number of factors making them a very appealing option for a residential home. They feature an enhanced air purifying system, with optional voice control by a smart phone. Energy efficient, Panasonic units can provide energy savings of up to 45%. Their units are seen as discreet and visually appealing. Panasonic also offer a flexible range of controllers.
Daikin has 8 main ranges of split system including the US7 Series; Zena Series; Cora Series; Alira Series; Daikin Lite Series; Nexura Series and Floor Standing Series. This range covers for all types of small and larger homes, able to provide comfort in the varied Australian climates. Daikin’s split systems are energy efficient, with controller options offering high-tech features.
Panasonic have 5 high performing residential split system ranges including: Cooling only Wall U Series; Cool or Heating Air Purification Wall Mounted Z Series; Cooling or Heating Wall Mounted RZ Series; Premium Reverse Cycle Z Series; Reverse Cycle Wall Mounted RZ Series. Some of these units use sensors to monitor the location, movement and potential absence of people in the room, adjusting the heating or cooling accordingly.
Overall, we rated Daikin's range at 4.5 out of 5 and Panasonic's range at 4 out of 5, having regard to reliability, energy efficiency, affordability, breadth of systems and kW capacities, features and other important factors. This indicates that they are good options to consider while you are looking for the ideal air conditioning unit to fit your specifications
Daikin has 4 main ducted system ranges: Premium Inverter Ducted Series; Inverter Ducted Series; Slim-Line Ducted Series and Bulkhead Ducted System Series. Daikin’s series is compact and efficient. Daikin’s new inverter series is designed to fit into the tight roof spaces of any modern home or apartment. Their bulkhead systems are discrete; fitting with any surrounding décor as the controller, return air and discharge grilles will be the only parts visible inside a home.
Panasonic has 4 main ducted system ranges: Bulkhead Ducted Series; High Static Pressure Ducted Series; Slim Line Ducted Series and the Ultra Slim Ducted Series. Panasonic’s ducted range is also slim in size, with flexibility in mind so the units can be installed where space is at a minimum. Certain Panasonic ducted air conditioners enable increased energy efficiency using an R32 Refrigerant, which enables a significant reduction in 'Global Warming Potential Factor'.
Both Daikin and Panasonic deliver solutions for smaller spaces. Panasonic also feature an environmentally friendly refrigerant, which may appeal to those looking for greener solutions. Overall, we rated Daikin's range at 3.5 out of 5 and Panasonic's range at 4 out of 5.
Daikin’s Hydronic system, the Altherma Bi-Bloc Hydronic Heating Series, provides heating, cooling and heats water for the kitchen, laundry, showers and baths. The hydrobox can be positioned inside, which is handy for houses with limited outside space. Compared to gas heating this system is energy efficient, cutting energy costs and needing less space, as a gas system isn’t required. We rated Daikin's hydronic system at 3.5 out of 5 overall.
Daikin offer a similar type of outdoor centralised unit to Panasonic’s multi-system range, as part of their split system range. These are ideal for apartment buildings in which outdoor space is at a minimum – one unit can control a number of different inside air conditioners.
Panasonic’s outdoor multi-system units also enable an entire home to be heated or cooled from one central device as part of a Multi Room Air Conditioning system. This device is compatible with a wide variety of indoor systems. Air purification and sensors work together to create a comfortable environment while reducing energy consumption.
Both Panasonic and Daikin provide a wide range of choice in terms of compatible units and space saving solutions. Panasonic’s air purification and sensors working together may be appealing in terms of reducing costs and they also offer a wide variety of capacities, starting at lower prices. Daikin’s version of multi-system units also have purification and sensors, depending on the inside unit. Overall, we rated Panasonic's range at 4 out of 5.
Suitable for rooms up to 46m², Daikin’s portable air purifiers offer a turbo mode for quickly removing pollutants, for example when bushfire pollution is at high levels, triggering allergies and asthma. The purifier displays contaminant and odour levels on the unit, utilising a 6-layer filtration system to deodorise and purify the air. High airflow rates allow Daikin’s air purifying units to work effectively in both small and large spaces. We gave Daikin’s Air Purifier Series an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5.
Daikin offer smart phone control and monitoring to via their app so you can check your usage or turn the system on and off remotely. This includes the capacity to program your air conditioning around your lifestyle so you can come home to a comfortable environment.
Panasonic’s Smart Control Solutions also allow users to control and monitor their air conditioning systems from your phone. Panasonic’s wide range of controls covers both individual and group systems and are easy to use. Their app works with Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa, utilising voice and Wi-Fi control.
Panasonic have slightly more advanced controls, allowing voice control used alongside smart devices. Daikin’s controls may not yet offer voice control but they do provide an easy to read interface with advanced features. We rated Panasonic's smart control range at 4 out of 5 overall.
Panasonic’s Motion Sensor Ceiling Mounted Ventilation Fan range can work as extraction fans for bathroom or laundry areas, reducing the development of mould. To save energy a sensor on the model will switch the unit on and off accordingly as it detects human activity. We rated Panasonic's range at 4.5 out of 5.
Offering sound reduction, an environmentally friendly R410A refrigerant and flexibility, Panasonic pride themselves on their energy-saving Mini-VRF units. They come in higher capacities and use a rated operation to keep indoor temperatures comfortable while things such as the position of the sun can affect the outdoor temperatures.
Panasonic’s Mini-VRF units offer a variety of controllers including Wi-Fi and the Smart Cloud. They are compatible with a wide variety of inside units. Overall, we rated Panasonic's range at 4 out of 5.
Daikin and Panasonic provide comprehensive solutions for commercial applications including hotels, schools and shopping centres. Panasonic’s commercial air conditioning & ventilation product design focuses on energy efficiency, performance and reliability. Daikin’s commercial range offers flexible, reliable and energy-efficient air conditioning systems for both large and smaller projects. Both companies pride themselves on creating solutions for different spaces, using their existing technology to provide comfort for their clients.
Daikin offers 8 different options to meet different needs, from commercial kitchens to retail outlets. These systems can cover one room or a large area in a commercial building, with wall mounted or floor standing options, depending on which is most appropriate. The range includes the Nexura Series, which is Floor Standing to increase wall space and the Lite series for smaller shops and offices.
Panasonic’s commercial split system range includes 9 options, covering reverse cycle and cooling or heating only. It is lightweight in design, with an environmentally friendly refrigerant and low noise output. Once the unit is turned off a flap closes to avoiding dust getting in, keeping the equipment clean and thereby needing less frequent maintenance. The range covers a wide range of capacities including units that will cover larger spaces comfortably
Daikin’s range of choice in this area is impressive, with Panasonic’s focus on easy installation and maintenance also being remarkable. Panasonic and Daikin have comparable pricing in this area, depending on the requirements of the commercial space. Overall, we rated Daikin's range at 4 out of 5 and Panasonic's range at 4 out of 5.
Daikin’s VRV Indoor Units offer 18 options that match a commercial space, including ducted and wall mounted systems. Up to 64 of these units can be connected to a single system. The units can be selected as part of a tailored solution for new builds or refurbishments. They are also appropriate for spaces requiring specific climates; for example, in libraries and museums. Overall, we rated Daikin's range at 4 out of 5.
Daikin’s VRV systems offer climate management solutions including heat pumps, air handling and cooling, for a commercial environment. They deliver energy efficiency, comfort and control. Designed to work in tandem with indoor units on large sites including shopping malls, office blocks etc, these units are built to handle higher capacities in order to cover larger spaces. We rated Daikin's cassette and ceiling range at 4 out of 5 overall.
Panasonic’s extensive range of VRF Systems have capacities at both the higher and lower ends, covering large spaces while still leaving options for air conditioning smaller areas. These Panasonic units come in space saving or high efficiency models. The units feature heat recovery systems that are ideal for simultaneous cooling and heating operation. With 3 types of units to choose from they give the option of high efficiency, space saving and heat recovery. Panasonic’s VRF received an overall rating from us at 4 out of 5.
Daikin offer a wide range of 3 centralised controllers for large systems. These include a Centralised Controller, Individual control systems and BACNet / LonWorks Interface.
These can control zone behaviour, program behaviour on a weekly schedule, or account for holiday periods when spaces may be vacant. Using programming in this way reduces not only energy consumption but also reduces wear and tear. For smaller spaces they provide individual controllers and optional Wi-Fi control. Daikin can also offer interfaces for large systems that have many units connected all at once. Overall, we rated Daikin's range at 4.5 out of 5.
Daikin offer air and water chillers to meet differing requirements. These are engineered to deliver precise control of process cooling and climate management. These chillers provide simplicity and low cost solutions, with different sizes and flexible ways to control an indoor environment. Daikin's Applied Solutions range was rated a 3.5 out of 5.
As the name suggests, Daikin’s Light Commercial range is designed to be used in smaller commercial spaces like shops, restaurants and small offices. The range of 5 units feature energy saving functions, with wide-angle airflow and long air throw to ensure all parts of the room receive comfort. These units are designed to optimise space for commercial operations and suit all types of installation environment with ceiling suspended, wall mounted and cassette options. Overall, we rated Daikin's Light Commercial range at 4 out of 5.
Daikin have developed packaged units to suit commercial applications. These feature a neat appearance and powder coated drain pan for corrosion resistance. Daikin’s range of Rooftop Packaged Units are designed for easy installation and can be expanded as necessary. We rated Daikin's Packaged Systems range at 4 out of 5 overall.
Panasonic’s range of 4 commercial ducted systems have been designed to be slim and easily accessed, making these units ideal when space is at a minimum for example in classrooms or hotels. These units use an R32 Refrigerant, enabling increased energy efficiency.
Daikin’s commercial ducted units are part of their Variable Refrigerant Volume (VRV) systems, as listed below. They have a variety of capacities up to 16.0 kW, making them appropriate for a wide range of spaces.
Of the two, Daikin provides the cheaper option. However, Panasonic’s energy efficiency may lead to savings that even the difference out. Overall, we rated Panasonic's range at 4 out of 5.
Panasonic’s range of Multi Room Air Conditioning systems adjust heating and cooling to match sunlight intensity. They can cool or heat different offices or shops from one central device and are compatible with a wide variety of indoor systems. Panasonic’s range features an air purifying system that can deactivate or remove unwanted airborne and surface based particles. We gave Panasonic’s multi-systems an overall 4 out of 5.
Perfect for retail stores or schools, Panasonic’s 2 cassette and ceiling unit range offers advanced features including intuitive voice control, with Wi-Fi and WLAN Control optional on some units. Energy saving performance and long-distance airflow distribution are delivered via under ceiling models. These units are designed to be easily installed, with a Built In Drain Pump on some units. They offer uniform cooling or heating and a sleek exterior with voice control. We rated Panasonic’s Cassette and Ceiling range at 4 out of 5.
Daikin offer Cassette and Ceiling Systems as part of their wider VRV range below.
Ideal for cafes, restaurants and other commercial applications, these fans have a super quiet operation, allowing customers in restaurants to hold conversations. Panasonic’s range includes a Motion Sensor and Super High Velocity Air Curtain. These fans can reduce unwanted environmental air flow, such as hot or cold drafts from an open door. Our overall rating for Panasonic’s ventilation fans was 4.5 out of 5.
Panasonic have designed their controller range to be flexible in their application, providing a comprehensive solution to a range of systems. These controls are appropriate for either an individual indoor or a group of indoor units. Centralised controls, Individual controls, AC Smart Cloud, Smart Connectivity, WLAN Smart Adapter Centralised controls are ideal for apartment or office buildings, being able to control an entire system of up to 1024 indoor units. Panasonic offer fully customisable control solutions that have Bacnet integration. These can also be controlled remotely as required. We rated Panasonic’s control solutions with a 4 out of 5 overall.