As Indian’s what fears us the most is the scorching heat of the sun. And with summer season starting the heat getting unbearable. What better way is there to rid of the heat than the refreshing breeze of the air conditioner.
An air conditioner blows cold air in your room to help reduce the temperature so you can relax and not be drowned in a pool of your own seat. But air conditioner consumes too much electricity, don't they? And they do not seem very efficient for the money? Of course not.
Modern air conditioners use inverter compressors which work more efficiently than previous models and even save a lot of electricity. Also with new BEE star ratings and ISEER ratings, it is now much easier to buy an efficient and energy-saving air conditioner.
Before buying an air conditioner make sure you take the size of your room and your requirements into account. A key detail that people miss out on is the noise from an air conditioner. Make sure you pick one that doesn’t create a racket during operation.
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.
To gain further insights into what people prefer and to see their buying trends we visited three large multi-brand dealers, Pai Electronics, Adishwar and Reliance Digital.
Best Inverter AC in India
LG 1.5 Ton 5 Star Inverter Split AC (Copper, KS-Q18YNZA, White)
With a simple yet pleasing design, energy efficient dual inverter technology, stabilizer free operation, and cool features, the LG 1.5 ton air conditioner is a superb air conditioner for its price.
While the LG 1.5 ton air conditioner is no different in terms of its design with a white body with a nearly boxy shape it takes the cake with its impressive energy-saving features.
Armed 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.
The LG Air Conditioner has an ISEER rating of 4.73 that helps to reduce electricity costs while still maintaining great cooling. That combined with the 5-star BEE rating 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.
Finally, it also uses the R32 refrigerant which has nearly 50% lesser global warming potential than the ubiquitous R410A refrigerant found in other air conditioners.
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.
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.
Priced at around Rs.44,900 the LG AC with its technology, efficiency, reliability, and features make it one of the best inverter ac in India.
Dual Inverter technology saves a lot of electricity and reduces noise
ISEER value of 4.73
Uses copper condenser for faster cooling
10-year compressor warranty
Does not need a stabilizer
Useful Himalaya cool feature
No heating function
No mosquito away feature
Best Inverter AC in India (Budget)
Midea 1.5 Ton 3 Star Inverter AC
For people who want an inverter ac on a budget, the Midea 1.5 ton AC makes great sense. It’s priced unbelievably low, has a long 10-year warranty on the compressor, comes with a dehumidifier and can also work without a stabilizer.
After our 1-ton budget picks being a Midea we have a Midea AC as a budget pick once again. This time, however, there are much fewer compromises, the AC now is an inverter based system that saves more electricity, it still carries the copper condenser and can even work without stabilizer.
The design of the AC is nothing to write about but the low price and specifications is what you will really like. It has a dehumidifying function, the remote is easy to use and it cools fast as well.
In comparison with the LG AC the Midea has a lesser ISEER value (3.7) which gives lesser savings (when compared to the LG ac) but on its own, it's still very efficient.
The warranty on the product is of 1 year and 10 years on the compressor. The standard installation costs Rs.1599. We also loved that Midea was upfront about the Standard Installation charges along with the extra charges that may incur based on the wiring.
The Midea AC bring you the usefulness of an inverter AC for a budget price. While it gets only a 3-star rating when compared to the LG’s 5-star rating it is still more efficient and cools better than regular split ACs.
Considering the Rs.30,999 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.
Inverter technology saves a lot of electricity
Uses copper condenser for faster cooling
3 star 2019 BEE rating (ISEER 3.70)
10-year compressor warranty
Has dehumidifier function
Works without stabilizer
No heating function
No bacteria filter
Fewer savings over the LG air conditioner
Not a well-known brand
Buying Guide to the best air conditioner
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 criterion 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.
Still, have questions about air conditioners? Check out the FAQ section below.
- Can this ac be controlled by wifi?
No, these air conditioners are controlled via the remote provided
- Where is the display on the indoor unit?
The display is on the front right side of the air conditioner
- Is it mandatory to use stabilizer or is it inbuilt in this air conditioner?
- Is it a mosquito away ac?
No, none of these have mosquito away feature
- What do you mean by star rating?
Is the energy efficiency of the air conditioner awarded by BEE India. Higher the star ratings, higher are the electricity savings.
- Is there an auto swing option?
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 good service and warranty.
But if you need a more affordable option than the Midea inverter AC makes for a great budget AC with the same inverter technology, stabilizer free operation and good energy efficiency with 3-star BEE rating.
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