As Indian’s what fears us the most is the scorching heat of the sun. What better way is there to rid of the heat than the refreshing breeze of the air conditioner.
To make sure you find the best ac in India we did a boatload of research starting by reading up on Consumer Voice, a forum started by a group of academicians and professionals who have been spreading awareness about consumer rights since 1983. We even looked at what other websites are suggesting along with picking some of the best sellers on Amazon and Flipkart.
To gain insights into what people prefer and to see their buying trends we visited three large multi-brand dealers, Pai Electronics, Adishwar and Reliance Digital. Over the past year, we spent around 14 hours reading and researching on-air conditioners the models, new technologies and more in order to find the best air conditioners in the market.
Best Inverter AC in India
LG 1.5 Ton 3 Star BEE Rating 2018 Inverter AC
With a simple yet pleasing design, energy efficient inverter technology, stabilizer free operation, and cool features the LG 1.5 ton air conditioner is a superb air conditioner for its price.
Best Inverter AC in India (Budget)
MarQ by Flipkart 1.5 Ton 5 Star BEE Rating 2018 Inverter AC
For people who want an inverter ac on a budget, the MarQ by Flipkart 1.5 Ton 1.5 ton AC makes great sense. It’s priced unbelievably low, has a 5-star BEE rating a high ISEER value, comes with a dehumidifier and can also work without a stabilizer.
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Why Trust Us?
Everyone expects that the AC they buy to be the best air conditioner they can find and wishes to fulfil all their needs without issues.
To help you find such a product we started by looking at the best picks by other websites. Here we found many suggestions that were either unavailable or had long been outdated. So our search for the best air conditioners led us to Amazon and Flipkart best sellers. This not only gave us available products but also tons of reviews by actual users.
This helped us understand the installation and delivery, service and maintenance, performance and reliability of the air conditioners in day to day use.
To shortlist the best ac amongst these best sellers we took the help of Consumer Voice’s air conditioner buying guide.
Finally to really understand what people look for in an Air Conditioner and what are the must-have features we sought the help of three home appliances dealers- Pai Electronics, Adishwar and Reliance Digital. This also helped us understand air conditioner prices to really make sure we understand the budget limits of people.
How we selected?
Our selection for the best ac in India started by looking at what most websites suggest. What we found were most websites we suggesting anywhere from 10 to 20 air conditioners that are bound to confuse a buyer. When we actually tried to find more details about these air conditioners we found most of them were either permanently out of stock or were long replaced by a newer model.
We then started by looking at best sellers on Amazon and Flipkart. This gave us products with verified reviews that really helped us gauge the performance of the product in long run.
Our best picks we shortlisted based on customer ratings, BEE ratings, features, and price. We also spoke to large home appliances dealers to understand which brands offer the best service and which brands consumers prefer so as to select picks that people will actually buy.
How to choose the best air conditioner- inputs from the dealers
As we said before we met three popular home appliances dealers; Reliance Digital, Adishwar and Pai Electronics to understand the air conditioner market and there we got some rather useful tips from the dealers about what to look for before you make that important purchase.
One important criteria that the dealers spoke about that most customers usually miss was noise. Now every air conditioner is going to make some noise due to the fan operating at speed but there are many innovations and improvements done by manufacturers to dampen these noises and hence it is important that the air conditioner your buying doesn't wake you up with this high noise.
But while you may think that it can be difficult to know how noisy an air conditioner can be based on listing online, you can check product descriptions for these values as they are always listed under specifications. The noise level is listed in decibel and the lower the value, the quieter the machine.
The two products we have suggested are said to have very low noise during operations as reported by customers. Alternatively, you can even check customer reviews regarding the noise level of air conditioners.
This is just one part in the series of “how to choose the best product” feature. Read more such inputs in the 2-ton air conditioners and 1-ton air conditioners articles where we talk about air conditioner sizes, BEE ratings and more.
Best Pick in detail
Dual Inverter technology saves a lot of electricity and reduces noise
ISEER value of 3.68
10-year compressor warranty
Does not need a stabilizer
Useful Himalaya cool and Mosquito away features
No heating function
Amongst the sea of monochrome air conditioners, the Scarlet coloured LG does stand out. The colour, in fact, helps you recognize that it is an LG as the Scarlet Red has been a popular colour for LG with their Scarlet series television, refrigerators and smartphones as well. But it's not all beauty and no brains with this one as it comes with an impressive Dual Inverter technology which operates at very low noise (around 31 Db), cools rapidly and saves electricity while doing so.
Some useful LG features provided are the Himalaya Cool that lets you instantly drop the temperature to the set value at the touch of a button and the Mosquito away mode that uses chemical-free, odour-free and vapour-free technology to keep mosquitoes away. It uses the sound waves to drive out the mosquitoes which doesn't harm humans.
The LG Air Conditioner has an ISEER rating of 3.68 that helps to reduce electricity costs while still maintaining great cooling. People were not only satisfied with its cooling speed but also with the energy efficiency of the Air Conditioner. The 1.5-ton size is sufficient for room sizes of around 150-180 sq. feet.
There is a built-in automatic humidifier control also continuously checks for humidity and heat thus ensuring you get refreshingly cool air.
In terms of convenience, you can run the ac without an external stabilizer also the ac is protected against voltage surges as high as 450 Volts. Also to make sure you breathe clean and fresh air there are the dust and bacteria filters.
The LG air conditioner comes with a 1-year warranty on the product and 10-year warranty on the condenser and 10-year warranty on the compressor. The initial installation is around Rs.1500-2000. Doorstep service is offered on the air conditioner as with all other brands.
Priced at around Rs.43,000 the LG AC with its technology, efficiency, reliability, and features make it one of the best inverter ac in India.
Best Inverter AC in India (Budget)
Inverter technology saves a lot of electricity
Uses copper condenser for faster cooling
5 star 2018 BEE rating (ISEER 4.65)
Has dehumidifier function
Works without stabilizer
No heating function
No bacteria filter
Only 5-year warranty
No horizontal swing function
Amazon or Flipkart there is one thing common between both of them, other than the fact that they are both e-commerce giants they are always on the lookout to launch their own products in the most lucrative markets. Both of them have played around in the smartphone, clothing, home decor and other such markets.
But Flipkart has decided to take that big plunge into home appliances and with the previous experience with products like televisions, microwave, washing machines and have now entered the inverter air conditioner market under the MarQ brand.
Of the many products they have, the 1.5-ton inverter air conditioner offers tremendous value especially when you factor in the sleek design, the features and the class-leading 5-star rating.
The AC is also an inverter based system that saves more electricity, and still carries the copper condenser and can even work without a stabilizer.
While the design isn't radically different when compared to its competitors, we have to accept that the gold accents and the hidden display give it a modern and sleek look.
It has a dehumidifying function, however, the unit misses out on a dust filter. Another lacking feature is the horizontal swing as the swing direction is limited to vertical only. A four-way swing is present on the LG air conditioner if that is something you prefer. What the swing feature does is helps to spread the air more uniform and cool more evenly.
A whopping 93% of the verified buyers were satisfied with the cooling of the machine. In terms of energy efficiency also people were very pleased with the machine along with its low noise levels (indoor as well as the outdoor unit).
The warranty on the product is of 1 year but only 5 years on the compressor. The standard installation costs Rs.1599. We also loved that Flipkart was upfront about the Standard Installation charges along with the extra charges that may incur based on the wiring.
Considering the Rs.29,999 price tag, the superb warranty and the great performing inverter technology the Midea AC is superb and makes for one of the best inverter ac in India in the budget segment.
After Sales Service
LG offers a 1-year warranty on the product and a 10-year compressor and condenser warranty. They charge around Rs.1500-2000 for the installation but doorstep service is provided by the brand.
The Marq AC comes with a 1-year product and 5-year compressor warranty. They have a paid initial installation which costs Rs.1599 and they too offer on-site service.
Who is our best pick for?
If you want a no compromise 1.5-ton inverter AC than the LG Inverter AC will be perfect for yours. With its inverter technology, it can efficiently cool rooms up to 180 sq. feet in size and has all the necessary features.
The Marq AC bring you the usefulness of an inverter AC for a budget price. Its 5-star BEE rating means it is more efficient and cools better than regular split ACs.
To know more about the AC tonnage to room size comparison, BEE star ratings and about air conditioner types check out our Best AC (2 ton) in India 2018.
If you are in the market for the best inverter ac in the 1.5-ton category than the LG Inverter AC will fulfil all your needs. It looks classy, cools very well, is extremely efficient and comes with a good service and warranty.
But if you need a more affordable option than the MarQ 1.5 ton inverter AC makes for a great budget AC the modern inverter technology, stabilizer free operation and good energy efficiency with a whopping 5-star BEE rating.