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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.

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588 listings

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Bronte Series
  • Award Winner 2021

Split System Air ConditionersMitsubishi Heavy Industries Bronte Series · includes 5 listings

4.7 from 357 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 (304)
  • Value for Money
    4.7 (319)
  • Ease of Use
    4.7 (318)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.7 (297)
  • Noise Level
    4.7 (316)
  • Heating / Cooling Speed
    4.7 (295)
  • Features Inverter, On/Off Timer, Remote Control and Wi-Fi Smart Control
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Avanti Series
  • Award Winner 2021

Split System Air ConditionersMitsubishi Heavy Industries Avanti Series · includes 7 listings

4.7 from 223 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 (193)
  • Value for Money
    4.6 (203)
  • Ease of Use
    4.6 (202)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.7 (190)
  • Noise Level
    4.7 (203)
  • Heating / Cooling Speed
    4.6 (185)
  • Features Inverter, On/Off Timer, Remote Control and Wi-Fi Smart Control
Mitsubishi SRK-ZMA Series

Split System Air ConditionersMitsubishi 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 ConditionersPanasonic ECONAVI Reverse Cycle Inverter RKR Series · includes 7 listings

4.2 from 151 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.

  • Build Quality
    4.0 (13)
  • Value for Money
    3.9 (13)
  • Ease of Use
    4.4 (13)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.2 (12)
  • Noise Level
    3.5 (13)
  • Heating / Cooling Speed
    4.3 (11)
  • Features Inverter, On/Off Timer, Remote Control, Wi-Fi Smart Control and Dehumidifying Function
Fujitsu Lifestyle

Split System Air ConditionersFujitsu Lifestyle · includes 34 listings

4.0 from 371 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.

  • Build Quality
    3.8 (64)
  • Value for Money
    3.8 (64)
  • Ease of Use
    4.0 (65)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.9 (58)
  • Noise Level
    3.7 (64)
  • Heating / Cooling Speed
    4.1 (57)
  • Features Inverter, On/Off Timer, Remote Control and Wi-Fi Smart Control
Daikin Cora

Split System Air ConditionersDaikin Cora · includes 27 listings

4.0 from 67 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.

  • Build Quality
    3.7 (26)
  • Value for Money
    3.5 (26)
  • Ease of Use
    4.3 (25)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.2 (24)
  • Noise Level
    3.9 (26)
  • Heating / Cooling Speed
    4.7 (21)
  • Features Inverter, On/Off Timer, Remote Control and Wi-Fi Smart Control
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Avanti PLUS Series

Split System Air ConditionersMitsubishi Heavy Industries Avanti PLUS Series · includes 5 listings

4.6 from 27 reviews
Cooling Power2 kW to 6 kW
Heating Power2.7 kW to 6.8 kW
Reverse Cycle Yes
  • Build Quality
    4.8 (24)
  • Value for Money
    4.5 (24)
  • Ease of Use
    4.7 (25)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.5 (22)
  • Noise Level
    4.6 (25)
  • Heating / Cooling Speed
    4.7 (22)
  • Features Inverter, On/Off Timer and Remote Control
Polocool PC-53AP/C / PC-58AP/C / PC-44BP/C

Portable Air ConditionersPolocool 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.

  • Build Quality
    4.0 (9)
  • Value for Money
    3.4 (10)
  • Ease of Use
    3.9 (10)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.0 (10)
  • Noise Level
    3.0 (10)
  • Heating / Cooling Speed
    3.5 (10)
  • Features On/Off Timer, Remote Control and Dehumidifying Function
Kelvinator KSV25/35/50/70/80HRG

Split System Air ConditionersKelvinator 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
  • Build Quality
    4.0 (8)
  • Value for Money
    4.0 (8)
  • Ease of Use
    4.1 (8)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.9 (7)
  • Noise Level
    3.8 (8)
  • Heating / Cooling Speed
    4.0 (7)
  • Features Inverter, On/Off Timer and Remote Control
Kogan Portable Air Conditioner

Portable Air ConditionersKogan 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.

  • Build Quality
    3.7 (25)
  • Value for Money
    3.3 (26)
  • Ease of Use
    3.9 (25)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.8 (22)
  • Noise Level
    3.0 (24)
  • Heating / Cooling Speed
    3.7 (23)
  • Features On/Off Timer, Remote Control and Dehumidifying Function
ActronAir ESP Plus Series 2

Ducted Air ConditionersActronAir ESP Plus Series 2 · includes 7 listings

3.3 from 86 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.

  • Build Quality
    3.9 (33)
  • Value for Money
    3.5 (33)
  • Ease of Use
    4.1 (34)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.9 (28)
  • Noise Level
    3.7 (33)
  • Heating / Cooling Speed
    4.4 (28)
  • Features On/Off Timer, Remote Control and Wi-Fi Smart Control
Rinnai RPC35WA / RPC41WA

Portable Air ConditionersRinnai 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?

  • Build Quality
    3.5 (15)
  • Value for Money
    3.4 (15)
  • Ease of Use
    4.1 (15)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.6 (14)
  • Noise Level
    2.8 (16)
  • Heating / Cooling Speed
    4.0 (17)
  • Features On/Off Timer and Remote Control
Omega Altise OAPC10

Portable Air ConditionersOmega 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.

  • Build Quality
    4.0 (7)
  • Value for Money
    3.3 (7)
  • Ease of Use
    4.1 (7)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.6 (5)
  • Noise Level
    2.3 (6)
  • Heating / Cooling Speed
    4.2 (6)
  • Features Dehumidifying Function, On/Off Timer and Remote Control
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries FDUA Series

Ducted Air ConditionersMitsubishi Heavy Industries FDUA Series · includes 10 listings

4.2 from 21 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.

  • Build Quality
    4.7 (15)
  • Value for Money
    4.4 (16)
  • Ease of Use
    4.7 (16)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.4 (14)
  • Noise Level
    4.4 (16)
  • Heating / Cooling Speed
    4.4 (15)
  • Features Inverter, On/Off Timer and Remote Control
Fujitsu Designer

Split System Air ConditionersFujitsu 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
  • Build Quality
    3.5 (8)
  • Value for Money
    3.1 (8)
  • Ease of Use
    4.1 (8)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.0 (6)
  • Noise Level
    2.9 (8)
  • Heating / Cooling Speed
    3.8 (6)
  • Features Inverter, On/Off Timer and Remote Control
ALDI Stirling Portable Air Conditioner

Portable Air ConditionersALDI Stirling Portable Air Conditioner · includes 9 listings

3.3 from 75 reviews
Cooling Power1.9 kW to 4.1 kW
Reverse Cycle No
  • Build Quality
    3.3 (12)
  • Value for Money
    3.4 (13)
  • Ease of Use
    4.2 (12)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.1 (12)
  • Noise Level
    2.8 (13)
  • Heating / Cooling Speed
    3.5 (13)
  • Features On/Off Timer, Remote Control, Wi-Fi Smart Control and Dehumidifying Function
ActronAir Serene

Split System Air ConditionersActronAir 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
  • Build Quality
    4.5 (13)
  • Value for Money
    4.7 (13)
  • Ease of Use
    4.9 (13)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.7 (12)
  • Noise Level
    4.7 (13)
  • Heating / Cooling Speed
    4.7 (10)
  • Features Inverter, On/Off Timer, Remote Control and Dehumidifying Function
ActronAir ESP Platinum QUE

Ducted Air ConditionersActronAir ESP Platinum QUE

4.4 from 16 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.

  • Build Quality
    5.0 (2)
  • Value for Money
    4.5 (2)
  • Ease of Use
    5.0 (2)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    5.0 (2)
  • Noise Level
    4.0 (2)
  • Heating / Cooling Speed
    4.0 (2)
Panasonic Inverted Ducted

Ducted Air ConditionersPanasonic Inverted Ducted · includes 8 listings

4.1 from 20 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.

  • Build Quality
    4.4 (11)
  • Value for Money
    3.5 (12)
  • Ease of Use
    4.5 (11)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.2 (10)
  • Noise Level
    3.5 (11)
  • Heating / Cooling Speed
    4.0 (10)
  • Features Inverter, Remote Control and Wi-Fi Smart Control
Dimplex DC10RC / DC12RCBW / DC15RCBW

Portable Air ConditionersDimplex DC10RC / DC12RCBW / DC15RCBW · includes 3 listings

3.2 from 46 reviews
Cooling Power3 kW to 4.4 kW
Heating Power3 kW to 4.4 kW
Reverse Cycle Yes
  • Build Quality
    4.1 (10)
  • Value for Money
    3.7 (10)
  • Ease of Use
    3.9 (10)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.8 (10)
  • Noise Level
    2.2 (10)
  • Heating / Cooling Speed
    3.6 (9)
  • Features On/Off Timer, Remote Control and Dehumidifying Function
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