Best Air Conditioners

A reliable air conditioner offers a myriad of benefits. Along with being able to relieve you from the discomfort of blistering heat or teeth-chattering cold, a well-chosen model can also offer better air quality, improved concentration and sleep.

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Split system air conditioners

These wall-mounted air conditioners are split into two parts, an indoor unit and an outdoor unit. They’re powerful air conditioners that are effective at cooling (or heating) large rooms and living spaces like lounge rooms. Split system aircons are also friendly on your power bill, as they’re energy efficient. Many are designed using inverter technology, which adjusts compressor speed according to the room’s requirements.

Split system reverse cycle air conditioners are popular, and offer some of the best air conditioners in Australia. They offer dual heating and cooling functions, meaning you can use them in winter as well.

Ducted Air Conditioners

A ducted air conditioner is a long-term investment that’s good if you’re looking for a more permanent way to regulate the temperature in your home. You’ll need to get a professional to install the central unit/fan coil in your roof, which connects to ductwork that transports cool or warm air that’s released into a room through air vents.

You can set different temperatures in different parts of your home, through ‘zoning.’ Alternatively, you can choose to regulate one zone independently without turning any others on, e.g. the main living area.

However, zoning will cost extra, and along with the installation costs, a ducted air conditioner is the most expensive option of all four types.

Window/Wall Air Conditioners

As their name suggests, these can be mounted on either a window or a wall. They’re a more affordable option than a split system or ducted air conditioner, with the cheapest model a Kelvinator window/ wall air conditioner selling for $439. These air conditioners are also easy to install, and available as reverse cycle, making them suitable for all four seasons.

Portable Air Conditioners

These small, moveable air conditioners reach a set temperature by pulling warm air from a room and cooling it, via a refrigerant and an exhaust hose. Any remaining air is vented outside. Like other AC types, many portable models are available with reverse cycle functionality.

To install a portable air conditioner, you’ll need an exhaust point, such as a window or ducted wall. The box will usually come with an exhaust hose, venting kit and instructions.

Overall, there are plenty of choices when it comes to getting an air conditioner for your home or office. If a particular air conditioner type sounds appealing, simply scroll down to select from the filters on the left.

588 listings

Best Air Conditioner

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Bronte Series
  • Award Winner 2021
Split System Air Conditioners

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Bronte Series

 · includes 5 listings
4.7 from 532 reviews
Cooling Power6.3 kW to 9.5 kW
Heating Power7.1 kW to 10.3 kW
Reverse Cycle Either

With its excellent rating of 4.7 stars, the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Bronte Series of split system air conditioners is a promising pick to help you stay comfortable all year round.

  • Durable build quality

  • Whisper-quiet operation

  • Good value for money

  • Build Quality
    4.8 (459)
  • Value for Money
    4.7 (478)
  • Ease of Use
    4.7 (480)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.7 (445)
  • Noise Level
    4.6 (475)
  • Heating / Cooling Speed
    4.7 (453)
  • Features Inverter, On/Off Timer, Remote Control and Wi-Fi Smart Control
2nd Best Air Conditioner
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Avanti Series
  • Award Winner 2021
Split System Air Conditioners

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Avanti Series

 · includes 7 listings
4.7 from 321 reviews
Cooling Power2 kW to 5 kW
Heating Power2.7 kW to 5.8 kW
Reverse Cycle Either

The Mitsubishi Heavy Industries' Avanti Series is a great alternative to the Bronte Series for those willing to save a little money, and is suited to smaller rooms, too.

  • Powerful airflow

  • Ultra quiet operation

  • Good value for money

  • Build Quality
    4.7 (283)
  • Value for Money
    4.6 (293)
  • Ease of Use
    4.6 (291)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.7 (273)
  • Noise Level
    4.6 (294)
  • Heating / Cooling Speed
    4.6 (274)
  • Features Inverter, On/Off Timer, Remote Control and Wi-Fi Smart Control
3rd Best Air Conditioner
Mitsubishi SRK-ZMA Series
Split System Air Conditioners

Mitsubishi SRK-ZMA Series

 · includes 8 listings
4.6 from 89 reviews
Cooling Power2 kW to 7.1 kW
Heating Power3 kW to 8 kW
Reverse Cycle Yes

The Mitsubishi SRK-ZMA series has achieved a high 4.6-star rating by reviewers, with plenty of positive feedback left by satisfied customers.

  • Build Quality
    4.9 (9)
  • Value for Money
    4.9 (9)
  • Ease of Use
    5.0 (9)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.9 (8)
  • Noise Level
    4.9 (9)
  • Heating / Cooling Speed
    5.0 (8)
  • Features Inverter, On/Off Timer, Remote Control, Wi-Fi Smart Control and Dehumidifying Function
Panasonic ECONAVI Reverse Cycle Inverter RKR Series
Split System Air Conditioners

Panasonic ECONAVI Reverse Cycle Inverter RKR Series

 · includes 7 listings
4.2 from 152 reviews
Cooling Power2.5 kW to 8 kW
Heating Power3.2 kW to 9 kW
Reverse Cycle Yes

The Panasonic ECONAVI Reverse Cycle Inverter RKR series is designed to keep homes comfortable all year round, while staying environmentally friendly.

Fujitsu Lifestyle
Split System Air Conditioners

Fujitsu Lifestyle

 · includes 34 listings
4.0 from 376 reviews
Cooling Power2.1 kW to 9.4 kW
Heating Power3.2 kW to 10.3 kW
Reverse Cycle Either

With the majority of reviewers awarding the Fujitsu Lifestyle split system air conditioner 4 or 5 stars, many enjoyed their lifestyle with this unit.

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Avanti PLUS Series
Split System Air Conditioners

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Avanti PLUS Series

 · includes 5 listings
4.6 from 37 reviews
Cooling Power2 kW to 6 kW
Heating Power2.7 kW to 6.8 kW
Reverse Cycle Yes
Daikin Cora
Split System Air Conditioners

Daikin Cora

 · includes 27 listings
4.0 from 69 reviews
Cooling Power2 kW to 9.4 kW
Heating Power2.7 kW to 10.3 kW
Reverse Cycle Either

One of Daikin's mid-range split-system offerings, the Daikin Cora range can be used in both summer or winter, for small to large rooms. It features a 'Whisper Quiet' mode, equivalent to 19Dba. This can be likened to the noise level of a whisper from 1.5 metres away.

Mitsubishi Electric MSZ-AP Series
Split System Air Conditioners

Mitsubishi Electric MSZ-AP Series

 · includes 8 listings
4.5 from 32 reviews
Cooling Power2.5 kW to 7.8 kW
Heating Power3.2 kW to 9 kW
Reverse Cycle Yes
Polocool PC-53AP/C / PC-58AP/C / PC-44BP/C
Portable Air Conditioners

Polocool PC-53AP/C / PC-58AP/C / PC-44BP/C

 · includes 3 listings
3.8 from 89 reviews
Cooling Power4.4 kW to 6 kW
Reverse Cycle No

Starting close to $1,000 for the smallest model, the Polocool PC range of portable air conditioners is a little dear, but with their high rating, are worth it according to reviewers.

Kelvinator KSV25/35/50/70/80HRG
Split System Air Conditioners

Kelvinator KSV25/35/50/70/80HRG

 · includes 5 listings
3.8 from 59 reviews
Cooling Power2.5 kW to 8 kW
Heating Power3.2 kW to 9 kW
Reverse Cycle Yes
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries FDUA Series
Ducted Air Conditioners

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries FDUA Series

 · includes 10 listings
4.3 from 26 reviews
Cooling Power7.1 kW to 20 kW
Heating Power8 kW to 22.4 kW
Reverse Cycle Yes

With 8 options to cater to differently sized homes, Mitsubishi states that its FDUA Series works as quietly and discreetly as possible. With a majority of positive ratings, including a 4.4-star noise level rating, it appears that Mitsubishi is delivering on its promises.

Kogan Portable Air Conditioner
Portable Air Conditioners

Kogan Portable Air Conditioner

 · includes 4 listings
3.3 from 165 reviews
Cooling Power2.9 kW to 4.7 kW
Reverse Cycle Either

Retailing for $599 but commonly on sale for cheaper, the Kogan Portable Air Conditioner offers an affordable cooling option for rooms that are either 15 square metres or 50 sqm.

Rinnai RPC35WA / RPC41WA
Portable Air Conditioners

Rinnai RPC35WA / RPC41WA

 · includes 2 listings
3.7 from 41 reviews
Cooling Power3.5 kW to 4.1 kW
Reverse Cycle No

Retailing for around $849 for the smaller 3.5kW model, is Rinnai's compact range of portable air conditioners worth its price in cooling power?

ActronAir ESP Plus Series 2
Ducted Air Conditioners

ActronAir ESP Plus Series 2

 · includes 7 listings
3.3 from 90 reviews
Cooling Power12.3 kW to 23 kW
Heating Power12.2 kW to 23.5 kW
Reverse Cycle Yes

The ActronAir ESP Plus Series 2 is an Australian made and designed line of ducted air conditioners, with an impressive cooling energy rating of 5 stars.

Omega Altise OAPC10
Portable Air Conditioners

Omega Altise OAPC10

3.6 from 47 reviews
Cooling Power2.6 kW

Designed with an in-built air conditioner, fan and dehumidifier, this Omega Altise air conditioner is marketed to remove up to 2.4 litres of humidity per hour, while directional air louvres help to circulate the cool air produced.

Fujitsu Designer
Split System Air Conditioners

Fujitsu Designer

 · includes 6 listings
3.8 from 30 reviews
Cooling Power2.5 kW to 5 kW
Heating Power3.2 kW to 33 kW
Reverse Cycle Yes
ALDI Stirling Portable Air Conditioner
Portable Air Conditioners

ALDI Stirling Portable Air Conditioner

 · includes 9 listings
3.2 from 76 reviews
Cooling Power1.9 kW to 4.1 kW
Reverse Cycle No
ActronAir ESP Platinum QUE
Ducted Air Conditioners

ActronAir ESP Platinum QUE

4.4 from 17 reviews

As the latest series of air conditioners from ActronAir, the brand claims that the ESP Platinum QUE offers improved comfort, reliability and energy efficiency.

ActronAir Serene
Split System Air Conditioners

ActronAir Serene

 · includes 5 listings
4.6 from 15 reviews
Cooling Power2.65 kW to 35.5 kW
Heating Power2.85 kW to 8.15 kW
Reverse Cycle Yes
Panasonic Inverted Ducted
Ducted Air Conditioners

Panasonic Inverted Ducted

 · includes 8 listings
4.0 from 21 reviews
Cooling Power6 kW to 14 kW
Heating Power7 kW to 16 kW
Reverse Cycle Yes

Panasonic Inverter technology aims to reduce wasteful energy consumption, as well as ease the burden of ducted air conditioners on electricity bills.

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