Best 1.5 Ton ACs in India (Window AC and Split AC) 2019
A 1.5-ton AC is ideal for a medium sized bedroom or living room between 120-200 Sq. Ft. Whether you would like to opt for a 1.5-ton window AC or Split AC would depend on the aesthetics of the room and your budget. While a window AC is cheaper to buy and easier to install, it could end up costlier in the long run as it consumes more energy. On the other hand, a split AC is costlier to buy, and its installation is harder, but its energy consumption is lower compared to window AC and moreover, it is aesthetically pleasing.
If you would like to know more about factors to consider before buying an AC, then do read our
buyer’s guide to choosing best AC for your home.
So, now, let us take a look at the best picks in both segments.
Best 1.5 ton Window ACs in India
Whirlpool is one of the trustworthy brands when it comes to cooling devices like AC and refrigerators. Comprising of Copper condenser coil and consuming 1617 W power, this 1.5 ton Magicool model AC which circulates 780 m3 air per hour, has 3-star energy rating and plethora of features that facilitates up to 27% faster cooling compared to other window ACs.
The AC is equipped with Japanese rotary compressor and features 6thsense technology and multi-port fluid injection that facilitates quick cooling and energy savings. While the 6thsense technology adjusts the cooling depending on room temperature, the multi-fluid injection design helps in rapid heat exchange, thus jointly enhancing the cooling capacity and power savings.
Enhancing the user-friendliness is the 6thsense sleep function that adjusts the temperature to maintain comfortable climate for a good night sleep. In addition, the auto restart facility restarts the AC in same settings in case of power failure.
Coming to the maintenance cost, it will cost you around Rs. 3500 as AMCup till the AC gets 5 years old. You may also have to shell out around Rs. 1500 for installation, unless some offer is going on.
Overall, the reviews are fairly positive, except for a few remarks about noisy compressor.
Voltas 183CYA/183 CZP, a product of TATA, is yet another budget-friendly option that offers pretty good performance and durability. Consuming 1666 watts of power, the AC has 3-star energy rating.
Equipped with rotary compressor and copper condenser coil, the air conditioner has plethora of user-friendly features to make your life easier.
The highly efficient cooling system and features like turbo mode helps cool the room in minutes even when the ambient temperature is 50 degree Celsius.
The air conditioner also features silver nano filter and anti-dust filter that helps remove dust from the air. In addition, the dehumidifier removes the excess moisture inside the room during monsoons. Thus, your AC’s functionalities aren’t limited to just summer time usage.
Other features like auto restart ensures you don’t have to reset the settings in case of power failure; while the sleep mode and memory function makes night-time use of the AC easier without disturbing your sleep or too much temperature variation.
As the front panel is removable, you can dust the external filters on a regular basis to improve overall performance.
Talking about the drawbacks, first of all, note that all buttons in the remote control don’t work for this model. So, you might get confused on the actual functionalities that work for this AC. Its compressor isn’t quite silent too— something you might find disturbing if you are accustomed to split AC.
Also, there are reviews mentioning about installation delays in certain cities.
Hitachi, being a Japanese brand has a credible reputation of selling durable home appliances. In India, their ACs are particularly regarded as high in quality. But when it comes to after-sales service, Hitachi doesn’t have the promptness and effectiveness of LG, Samsung and such brands.
With 3-star energy rating and consuming 1650 watts hourly, the AC has a cooling capacity of 5100 watts and air flow rate of 765 cbm per hour. Equipped with rotary compressor and copper condenser, the AC has pretty good cooling efficiency for a window AC.
Features like Auto Climate Technology helps adjust the AC’s cooling depending on the ambient temperature, while its Kaimin feature adjusts the AC cooling depending on the body temperature. The AC also has timer and auto restart feature and jointly, these features help maintain a comfortable temperature for a good night sleep.
As the remote has backlight, it makes it easy to see temperature and settings even at night.
Facilitating better maintenance, the AC has a filter clean indicator so that you know when it is time to clean the filter for enhancing the AC’s performance. The AMC costs about Rs. 3500 monthly depending on location, and installation costs about Rs. 750/-
Talking about the drawbacks, as mentioned, the after-sales support is not up to mark in many cities where Hitachi doesn’t have direct service centres. A number of reviews also suggest that the AC is quite noisy for a window AC. However, a few users also remarked that a piece of wood is fixed under compressor to protect it during transport. Failure to remove the wood at the time of installation might cause excessive noise and affect durability of the compressor.
Mitashi is one of the budget-friendly home appliance brands in India—be it refrigerators, TV or even Air conditioner. Their MiWAC153v35 with 3-star energy rating consuming 1697 Watts, comes with some really good features and promises really good performance given the price. Compared to Whirlpool Magicool, it has a higher cooling capacity of 5060 watts, but a lower air flow rate of 700 m3/hr.
Featuring rotary compressor, the Mitashi MiWAC153v35 has a hydrophilic evaporator copper coil that facilitates better cooling and durability. The AC also features anti-bacterial filter along with anti-virus and anti-allergen protection; and dry mode which basically is a de-humidifier that removes moisture at the rate of 2.1 L per hour from the room.
Other features are timer mode, turbo mode, sleep mode and energy-saving standby mode. Talking about the drawbacks, Mitashi’s products generally have a poor reputation when it comes to durability. The after-sales service is also not up to expectation.
Note that you will have to spend about Rs. 1000 additional as installation charge and additional charges for AMC.
Best 1.5 ton Split ACs in India
Majority of the better split ACs come with inverter compressor which adjusts the compressor speed as per the room temperature This not only improves cooling efficiency and durability, but also reduces the energy consumption. Moreover, the units are fairly silent and mostly don’t require external stabilizer like a window AC. If budget permits, a split AC is definitely a better choice in all aspects.
Now, let us take a look at some of the best picks.
Perhaps the most outstanding feature of LG JS-Q18YUXA is its Himalayan mode which manufacturers claim cools the room 26% faster consuming 26% lesser energy compared to the normal mode. Numerous customer reviews too corroborate this claim. The AC also has anti-bacterial filter, sleep mode, dehumidifier (monsoon mode) and a very low functioning noise of 31 db and glow in the dark remote, making it a user-friendly unit.
Consuming 1830-watt power, the AC with 3-star energy rating has a cooling capacity of 5000 Watts and maximum air flow of 1270 CBM per hour. The AC also runs stabilizer free at 130-290 Volts.
Talking about the compressor and coil, the dual rotary inverter compressor runs at varying speed depending on the external temperature to reduce overall energy consumption, improve durability and performance efficiency. The copper coil facilitates quick heat transfer too.
Together, these features help bring down the room temperature in matter of minutes even when the outside temperature is as high as 52 degree Celsius. Also, the AC employs golden fin condenser to prevent corrosion and special ocean black protection on indoor and outside unit to protect them against excess humidity, sand, salt, smoke and pollutants.
One of the main negatives about this AC is the delay in installation in certain locations and the hefty installation charge. Though the company waives off the installation charge in certain offer seasons, at other times, you will have to shell out around Rs. 1500 for the installation service fee. Extra wire, stand and other fittings will cost you about Rs. 1000 to 3000 depending on the location of the outside unit.
As for the service, in most locations, LG offers 2 free services in the first year along with the warranty. As the AC detects and notifies low refrigerant level, you can arrange for timely gas refills for optimal performance.
Daikin is a brand more often seen in commercial spaces like offices, hotels and hospitals, rather than homes; and this fact is a testimony to the high quality of products they offer. Their ACs are usually priced at a premier compared to brands like LG and Voltas, but when you consider the quality, durability and features, it is worth every penny.
The Daikin FTKF50TV with 4-star energy rating, consumes 1680 watts power and has a cooling capacity of 5000 watts and air flow rate of 972 CBM per hour. The inverter rotary compressor adjusts the cooling depending on ambient temperature, thereby improving overall efficiency and durability.
The unit is fairly power efficient consuming 972 units of electricity annually. The econo power mode is especially found to be useful to limit the power intake—a feature that helps when you run high power consuming appliances simultaneously at your home without circuit break. Moreover, as the AC has a built-in stabilizer it can work in varying voltage without any break.
In order to improve the cooling efficiency, the AC is equipped with 3D airflow to circulate air to all corners. The Coanda air flow circulates air to all corners by directing the air towards upward direction. Further, in order to bring down temperature of room down rapidly during summers, the AC has power chill operation too.
A noteworthy feature of this AC is that it doesn’t focus on just cooling, but the quality of air too. The AC has dust filter, anti-bacterial filter and most remarkably, a PM 2.5 filter to capture particulate matter that are larger than 2.5 microns. It also has a dehumidifier to remove excess moisture in the room during monsoon.
Users are also of the opinion that the AC is quite powerful, silent and user-friendly. The indoor unit optimizes the speed of air flow to minimize noise, especially at night. The Good Sleep timer prevents excessive cooling of the room at night by automatically stopping after a preset time. Using neo swing technology, the compressor minimizes friction and vibration to prevent gas leak.
Overall, the AC has a number of advantageous features that makes it a highly durable and efficient unit with quick cooling. However, note that you will have to spend additional Rs. 1500 as installation fee and also pay for wires, stands, drain pipe etc. depending on the location of external and internal unit.
MarQ as you might already know is a private label of Flipkart, selling home appliances. The online reviews suggest their products to be of fairly good quality and extremely budget-friendly. In fact, you can buy a split AC from MarQ for the price of a window AC.
Their model FKAC153SFA has almost all basic features of an AC from a more-renowned brand and yet costs about Rs. 10k lesser. Its features include copper condenser, turbo mode, rust-proof casing, dehumidifier, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal filter, memory function and sleep mode.
The AC uses a rotary compressor and consumes 1440 watts of power, providing cooling capacity of 5100 W. Though it is non-inverter compressor, the energy efficiency is fairly good. However, manufacturers have not mentioned anything about its air flow rate.
As with all other brands, note that in addition to installation fee of Rs. 1600, you will have to pay for extra wires, drain pipes and stands depending on where you are fixing the external unit.
Overall, this is one of the best budget-friendly split ACs available in the market today. But how durable are they and how efficient is their responsiveness for yearly service and maintenance can be assessed only after a year of launch.
The 184V SZS inverter split AC from Voltas consumes 1590 watts power, thus earning for itself 4 star energy rating. It has an air flow rate of 850 CBM per hour and cooling capacity of 5200 Watts. Thus, you can cool your room in 10-15 minutes even when the ambient temperature is 50-52 degrees.
As the AC comes with 4 stage filtration system, it removes allergens, odour and other particles, thereby letting in only cool and fresh air. In order to combat excessive moisture during monsoon, the AC has a dehumidifier too. It also has features like timer and sleep mode that helps automatically adjust the temperature for you to have a good night sleep.
Unlike Window ACs, this split AC doesn’t need external stabilizer. Hence, you can be rest assured that the AC runs without any problem even when voltage fluctuates between 150 – 270V.
Something you might find lacking is that the AC’s remote doesn’t have backlight.
As for the installation, it might cost you around Rs. 1500, and you might have to shell out extra for pipes and wires depending on where you are keeping the external compressor unit. Moreover, there are a number of cases of installation delays being reported too.
Overall, the product is fairly good, but poor installation and after sales service in certain locations takes away its excellent repute.
Whirlpool MGCL DLX 3S is one of the few split ACs that has a rotary compressor without inverter compressor. It has comparatively lower power consumption of 1420 watts with a cooling capacity of 5060 watts and maximum air circulation of 950 m3/hr.
The AC employs unique MPFI technology which facilitates rapid heat exchange in the condenser to cool down the room in matter of minutes even when the external temperature is as high as 55 degree Celsius. The AC also has a dust filter—so the dry dusty air during summer is cleaned before entering your home. During monsoons, the dehumidifier keeps the room away from excess moisture too.
Though Whirlpool MGCL DLX 3S costs less than the former Voltas AC, you may have to spend extra on a stabilizer as this AC doesn’t facilitate stabilizer free operation.
As with most brands, there are multiple cases of installation delays being reported. You may also have to spend Rs. 1500 for installation and extra for pipes and wires depending on the location of the extra unit.
Godrej may not be a brand that comes to your mind when you think about AC, but thanks to their innovative efforts, this AC from Godrej stands at par with other MNC brands in terms of quality and performance.
The AC consumes 1555 watts power and has a cooling capacity of 4805 watts and air flow rate of 750 cbm per hour. Thanks to the copper condenser and inverter compressor, it has high cooling efficiency too. In addition, the AC employs Catechin filter that is basically an anti-bacterial and anti-viral filter with deodorizing property.
The AC makes very low noise and also has sleep mode, turbo mode, dry mode (which basically is a dehumidifier) and auto mode (which runs and adjusts the cooling depending on external temperature).
Just like LG, a major complaint about this Godrej AC is the high installation charge. In addition to service fee of Rs. 1500, you will have to shell extra money for pipes, wires, stand, etc. Even so, customers are quite satisfied with the cooling and performance, making it a preferred choice amongst most.