The pros and cons of the top split system brands

Air Conditioning FAQs

When faced with the top brand in air conditioning, is there really much difference other than price or energy efficiency?  The answer is yes! Here we will look at the pros and cons of our top 5 brands of split system air conditioners; Daikin, Panasonic, Fujitsu, Mitsubishi Electric and Samsung.


In our comparison research, the Daikin split system air conditioners were rated the best value 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.


  • Leading and trusted air conditioning brand
  • Maintains and regulates temperature effectively
  • Includes a five year warranty
  • Energy efficiency for both heating and cooling
  • Some models are very high on energy efficiency, like the Daikin US7 model with its 7 star rating
  • Discreet and stylish design
  • Quiet soft noise
  • Smart technologies with sensors and Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Smart cooling technology using sensors to detect movement
  • Air purifying function
  • Control power through a smart phone; both at home or remotely
  • Automatic self-cleaning filter in some models
  • Long lasting and reliable


  • Generally a more expensive brand
  • Additional features are at additional costs


Panasonic is another highly regarded brand, which rated second in our brand comparison study. The purchase prices are higher than other brands, however Panasonic offers a wide range of models and sizes as well as exciting features.


  • Standard five-year warranty
  • Energy efficient for both heating and cooling
  • Discreet and visually appealing design
  • Very quiet soft noise
  • Smart technologies, with sensors and Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Smart cooling technology
  • Air purifying function where electromagnetic air filters attract airborne dirt and removes them from the air
  • Can be controlled remotely by a smart phone
  • Large range of different models and sizes
  • Some models have ECONAVI movement detection technology


  • Slightly more expensive than Daikin models and other brands
  • Less easy to use than other brands


Fujitsu was rated third in our big brand comparison and is a great well rounded brand and with great products.


  • Affordable, with the purchase price generally less than Daikin and Panasonic
  • Value for money
  • Comes with the standard five years warranty
  • Efficient for both heating and cooling
  • Great visual appeal
  • Quiet soft noise
  • Simple to install
  • Fujitsu has a good range of different models and sizes
  • Anywair’ technology which is Wi-Fi connectivity feature for smart phone control
  • Human sensor control, where the air conditioner switches off after not detecting movement and switches on again when someone re-enters the home


  • Not the most energy efficient brand
  • Large range of different purchase prices, some affordable, some value for money and others on the high range

Mitsubishi Electric

Mitsubishi Electric is a well known and trusted brand. Not the top brand for value for money or energy efficiency brand, however a solid choice, with reliable products.


  • Energy efficient for both heating and cooling
  • Designed to save more on energy
  • Latest noise reducing technology
  • Environmental focus in design
  • Discreet visual appeal
  • Different colours with some models coming in black or silver
  • Catechin air cleaning filter which prevents the spread of bacteria and viruses
  • Plasma Duo Filter System remove odours from the air
  • Wide and long air range and flow
  • Soft and discreet noise level
  • Smart technologies, with sensors and Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Smart cooling technology
  • Some models have Nano particle filters to deodorise the air
  • Easy to clean design
  • Smart phone control technology
  • Five years warranty


  • More expensive than other brands


Samsung split conditioners were rated the lowest when compared with the other big brands. Reliability and value for money is definitely some of Samsungs biggest issues, when compared to the top rating Daikin.


  • Includes five years warranty
  • Discreet soft noise
  • Range of different conditioning modes to vary cooling options to suit needs
  • Comes in many different output capacity sizes
  • Contains an Auto Clean feature, which keeps the fan running on low after switch off to dry the heat exchanger and prevents bacteria


  • Least reliable out of all of the brands
  • Appearance is less appealing than other brands
  • Limited range of different air conditioning models
  • Often lower in energy efficiency rating and higher in price


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