Best ACs in India ( Split , Inverter & Window ) in 2020 Review Reviews & Buyer’s Guide

For all the households using air conditioners, a major component of electricity bill is contributed by the air conditioners. If you are someone who is worried about high electricity bills due to air conditioners then buying energy efficient air conditioner makes much more sense to you. There are multiple types and brands of air conditioners available in the market today. Everyone wishes to be informed before making a buying decision of an air conditioner and wants to buy the best AC in India. People also want to decide if they should go for a split AC, inverter AC or a window AC. Most sources on the Internet provide details on features and reviews. Electricity consumption hardly becomes the deciding factor. To help people make electricity consumption as deciding factor, we at Bijli Bachao have decided to put up a list of best air conditioners in India in 2020 by electricity consumption and size. We have also listed the top AC brands in India below.

Best Air Conditioner / AC brands in India in 2020

  • Hitachi AC
  • Daikin AC
  • Mitsubishi (Heavy and Electric) AC
  • O General AC
  • Blue Star AC

These are considered as premium brands for Air Conditioners in India. Out of these Hitachi, Daikin, Mitsubishi (Heavy and Electric) and General are Japanese brands while Blue Star is an Indian brand. These brands are known for their refrigeration technology and thus offer quite robust products. Hitachi, Daikin and Blue Star also offer great energy efficient models and typically rank high in our top rankings (based on BEE data). Other brands that are really good include: LG AC, Samsung AC, Voltas AC, Godrej AC, Whirlpool AC, Carrier AC, Toshiba and Panasonic. This brand value mentioned over here is based on our perception of various brands available in India. Some people may have had good experience with other brands as well, but then their market presence is too small to make a judgement.

If you are looking for reviews of various brands, you can check our AC brand review section over here: Link. Or you can click on the specific brand name mentioned above.

The list of top efficient models below does not involve this perception and is purely based on ISEER data from Manufacturers & BEE (Bureau of Energy Efficiency) on energy efficiency (or electricity consumption). The list of best air conditioners does include our perception. Before choosing a brand, you must also ensure that the brand is present in your city/locality and is able to provide good service for your purchased product.

Best Air Conditioner / AC in India in 2020

First and foremost, before deciding on any AC, please do a calculation of the size (or tonnage) that you need before looking at the best models. You can use the calculator below on this page to do the calculation.

Here are some handpicked models:

1) LG KS-Q18YNZA (5 Star) – Best 1.5 ton Split Inverter AC

The three most important things that people expect from an air conditioner are: 1) It should cool well 2) It should not consume a lot of electricity and 3) It should be durable. Out of these 3, the first depends on the cooling capacity or the tonnage of an air conditioner and if you have calculated the right tonnage as mentioned above and you have derived 1.5 ton as your cooling requirement then this particular AC from LG is a perfect fit if you are looking for the “Best” 1.5-ton Air Conditioner. LG is a great Korean brand which has a large service network in the country. It is also one of the most popular AC brands in the country. This AC has a cooling capacity of 5100 watts which is equal to 1.46 ton.

This AC is a BEE 5 star rated air conditioner with ISEER of 4.73 and nominal power consumption of 1440 watts. But as this is an inverter tech air conditioner, it will vary its tonnage as well as power consumption based on the need of the room. It comes with 100% copper heat exchangers with Ocean Black Corrosion Protection which make them quite durable. The dual rotary compressor cools faster than most regular ACs and consumes less electricity. It has a low derating factor which means it cools well even in peak summers. It has active energy control which senses the cooling requirement perfectly and thereby adjusts the cooling and electricity consumption. This results in good electricity savings. So, it is a good AC with high efficiency, durability and cooling and does not cost a lot.

Pros
  • High energy efficiency at affordable price.
  • Ocean Black Protection for Durability.
  • Dual Rotary Compressor for faster and efficient cooling.
  • 100% Copper.
  • Has Stabilizer free operation.
  • Low derating factor
Cons
  • Slightly lower cooling capacity as compared to most 1.5 ton ACs
  • Does not have PM 2.5 or PM 0.1 air filters
  • Does not have 3D Air Flow
  • No latest features like Wifi
Keyspecs
  • Nominal Cooling Capacity: 5100 Watts
  • Nominal Power Consumption: 1440 watts
  • ISEER: 4.73
  • R32
  • 100% Copper
  • Annual Power Consumption: 836 units

2) Midea SANTIS PRO 3i (MAI18SP3N8F0) – Best budget 1.5 ton Split inverter AC

If you want an inverter AC for your room to have better comfort or to save electricity, your usage is not very high, and you want a model that is not expensive, then the best model in the market come from a budget brand: Midea. It’s Santis Pro 3i model is a BEE 3 star rated model with nominal cooling capacity of 5400 watts (which is 1.54 tons), the nominal power consumption of 1990 watts and ISEER of 3.75. The ISEER number is pretty good if your usage is moderate (less than 1600 hrs per year).

But still, the model is among the cheapest inverter ACs in the market. Midea is a pretty decent Chinese brand that makes ACs with 100% copper condenser. On top of it, Midea has partnered with Carrier in India and so the JV provides support on the products.  This AC has Auto Cleaning feature along with refrigerant leakage detector, Follow Me (sensor to direct airflow to the user) and timer to set on/off timing of the AC. So if you are looking for a value for money buy, then this AC is a great choice.

Pros
  • Good energy efficiency and cooling at a reasonable price.
  • Auto Cleaning functionality.
  • This AC also has refrigerant leakage detector.
  • Comes with a rust guard for outdoor unit.
Cons
  • Basic model which lacks high end features like air filters
  • No sensors for performance optimization.
Keyspecs
  • Nominal Cooling Capacity: 5400 Watts
  • Nominal Power Consumption: 1990 watts
  • ISEER: 3.75
  • R410A
  • 100% Copper
  • Annual Power Consumption: 1069 units.

3) Daikin ATL50TV16U1 – Best 1 ton split non inverter AC

Although in 2020 it is best to buy an inverter AC, if you are still not convinced about it and want to go for a non-inverter (fixed speed) split AC, then Daikin ATL50TV16U1 is a great buy. This model has a cooling capacity of 5200 watts (or 1.48 tons) and power consumption of 1425 watts. The ISEER of this model is 3.65 which is among the best in 1-ton non-inverter Air Conditioners.

This model also has a PM 0.1 filter for filtering out pollutants and this gives good indoor air quality. The model has Coanda Airflow technology which helps in better coverage of cool air inside the room. It also has a sleep off timer to increase the comfort level at night and thereby also decrease electricity consumption. Power chill operating in the AC helps it cool the room faster. On the whole a good buy in case you are looking for a BEE 3 star non-inverter AC for your room.

Pros
  • Good energy efficiency.
  • 100% Copper.
  • PM 0.1 filter for air filteration
  • Coanda Airflow can help in getting good coverage across the room.
Cons
  • Lacks advanced sensors for optimization.
Keyspecs
  • Cooling Capacity: 5200 Watts
  • Power Consumption: 1425 watts
  • ISEER: 3.65
  • 100% Copper
  • Annual Power Consumption: 1103 units.

4) Toshiba RAS-18PKCV2G-IN+RAS-18PACV2G-IN – Most Energy Efficient (Electricity Saving) 1.5 ton AC

If you are looking for the most efficient 1.5 ton inverter AC then Toshiba RAS-18PKCV2G-IN+RAS-18PACV2G-IN is what you are looking for. Toshiba is a Japanese brand which makes really good and efficient ACs. This AC has a nominal cooling capacity of 5100 watts and nominal power consumption of 1230 watts.

The ISEER of this AC is 5.6 which is highest among all 1.5 ton ACs. This AC also boasts of a lot of features like 100% copper, Dustless coils (has technology to keep coils dust and mold free), self-cleaning and uses R32 refrigerant. If your usage of AC is really high, then you must go for it.

Pros
  • Super high energy efficiency.
  • Dust Free Coils which can be odor and mold free
  • Sleep mode can help improve comfort level at night.
Cons
  • Does not have too many air filters or features.
Keyspecs
  • Nominal Cooling Capacity: 5100 Watts
  • Nominal Power Consumption: 1230 watts
  • ISEER: 5.6
  • R32
  • 100% Copper
  • Annual Power Consumption: 704 units.

5) LG KS-Q12YNZA (5 Star) – Best 1 ton split Inverter AC

This 1 ton model from LG again comes out as the best in terms of performance and price. This AC has a cooling capacity of 3470 watts which is almost 1 ton. This AC is a BEE 5 star rated air conditioner with ISEER of 4.70 and nominal power consumption of 938 watts. But as this is an inverter tech air conditioner, it will vary its tonnage as well as power consumption based on the need of the room.

It comes with 100% copper heat exchangers with Ocean Black Corrosion Protection which makes it quite durable. The dual rotary compressor cools faster than most regular ACs and consumes less electricity. It has a low derating factor which means it cools well even in peak summers. It has active energy control which senses the cooling requirement perfectly and thereby adjusts the cooling and electricity consumption. This results in good electricity savings. So, it is a good AC with high efficiency, durability and cooling and does not cost a lot.

Pros
  • High energy efficiency at affordable price.
  • Ocean Black Protection for Durability
  • Dual Rotary Compressor for faster and efficient cooling
  • 100% Copper.
  • Has Stabilizer free operation.
  • Low derating factor
Cons
  • Does not have PM 2.5 or PM 0.1 air filters
  • Does not have 3D Air Flow
  • No latest features like Wifi
Keyspecs
  • Nominal Cooling Capacity: 3470 Watts
  • Nominal Power Consumption: 938 watts
  • ISEER: 4.7
  • R32
  • 100% Copper
  • Annual Power Consumption: 572 units.

6) Midea Santis Pro 3i (MAI12SP3N8F0) – Best budget 1 ton split inverter AC

Midea Santis Pro 3i model is a BEE 3 star rated model with nominal cooling capacity of 3500 watts (which is 0.99 tons), the nominal power consumption of 1180 watts and ISEER of 3.75. This model is among the cheapest inverter ACs in the market. Midea is a pretty decent Chinese brand that makes ACs with 100% copper condenser.

On top of it, Midea has partnered with Carrier in India and so the JV provides support on the products. This AC has Auto Cleaning feature along with refrigerant leakage detector, Follow Me (sensor to direct airflow to the user) and timer to set on/off timing of the AC. So if you are looking for a value for money buy, then this AC is a great choice.

Pros
  • Good energy efficiency and cooling at a reasonable price.
  • Auto Cleaning functionality.
  • This AC also has refrigerant leakage detector.
  • Comes with a rust guard for outdoor unit.
Cons
  • Basic model which lacks high end features like air filters
  • No sensors for performance optimization.
Keyspecs
  • Nominal Cooling Capacity: 3500 Watts
  • Nominal Power Consumption: 1180 watts
  • ISEER: 3.75
  • R410A
  • 100% Copper
  • Annual Power Consumption: 722 units.

7) Blue Star FS312AATU – Best 1 ton split non inverter AC

Although in 2020 it is best to buy an inverter AC, if you are still not convinced about it and want to go for a non-inverter (fixed speed) split AC, then Blue Star FS312AATU is a great buy. This model has a cooling capacity of 3380 watts (or 0.96 tons) and power consumption of 955 watts. The ISEER of this model is 3.54.

This model is a 100% Cooper model with Hydrophilic Golden Fin protection for corrosion protection. This model comes with R32 refrigerant which is environment friendly. The model has iFeel technology which automatically adjusts temperature for human comfort. It also has Turbo Cool and Comfort Sleep technologies for increased comforts. On the whole a good buy in case you are looking for a BEE 3 star non-inverter AC for your room.

Pros
  • Premium Indian Brand
  • 100% Copper with Corrosion Protection
  • iFeel Sensors for Better Comfort
Cons
  • Lacks Air Filters which are usually there in Blue Star ACs
Keyspecs
  • Cooling Capacity: 3380 Watts
  • Power Consumption: 955 watts
  • ISEER: 3.54
  • 100% Copper
  • Annual Power Consumption: 739 units.

8) Godrej GIC 12 BAH 8 GGQG – Most Energy Efficient (Electricity Saving) 1 ton AC

If you are looking for the model with the highest ISEER in the market, then you need to look at Godrej GIC 12 BAH 8. This model has an ISEER of 6.15 which is the highest ever seen in the Indian market. It has a rated cooling capacity of 3550 watts (or 1.01 ton) and power consumption of 795 watts. It has an annual electricity consumption (for 1600 hrs) of 453 units which would be very close to what your air cooler would consume for that much usage.

This model is part of NXW series from Godrej which all come with R290 which is the greenest refrigerant in the market. This model comes with Aluminium condenser with solid corrosion protection. It has BLDC motors for IDU, ODU and compressor which makes it efficient. It has 2 stage air filters for dust, viruses, bacteria and fungi. It comes with 10 year compressor and 5 year condenser warranty. Good buy if your usage of AC is quite high.

Pros
  • Best in class energy efficiency.
  • High Cooling capacity.
  • Eco Friendly Refrigerant.
  • Air Filters for dust, viruses, bacteria and fungi
Cons
  • Aluminium Condenser
  • R290 is environment friendly but highly flammable too.
Keyspecs
  • Cooling Capacity: 3550 Watts
  • Power Consumption: 795 watts
  • ISEER: 6.15
  • R290
  • Annual Power Consumption: 453 units.
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9) LG JW-Q18WUZA – Best Window AC

Window ACs are the most neglected appliance as they have not been improved for years. We at Bijli Bachao usually do not recommend people to go for Window ACs as their technology is quite outdated in general. Most BEE 5 star window ACs are low in efficiency and are equal to BEE 2 or 1 star rated split ACs. They also do not have any of the advanced technologies like filters and sensors.

But if you still want to go for a window AC then you must look at LG JW-Q18WUZA which is the first Window AC with inverter technology compressor in India. It is like a revolution in a segment that has been lacking innovation. This model from LG has LG’s Dual Inverter Compressor technology which is quick in cooling and is super silent (something that we do not associate with window ACs). It has 100% copper with ocean black protection to protect the AC from corrosion.

The AC is also Wi-Fi enabled and thus can be operated using a smartphone. The nominal cooling capacity of this AC is 5000 watts (or 1.42 tons) and ISEER is 3.5 (which is equivalent to an entry-level BEE 3 star split AC). On the whole, this is the best window AC in the market if you want to go for one.

Pros
  • Inverter Compressor in a Window AC.
  • Good efficiency.
  • 100% copper with corrosion protection.
  • Dual Inverter is quick in cooling and silent.
Cons
  • Efficiency still low as compared to split ACs.
  • Lacks air filters and sensors.
Keyspecs
  • Nominal Cooling Capacity: 5000 Watts
  • Nominal Power Consumption: 660~1950 watts
  • ISEER: 3.5
  • 100% Copper
  • Annual Power Consumption: 1106 units.

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