Best Daikin Air Conditioners
Japanese company Daikin prides itself on being a world leader in air conditioning. Founded in 1924, the multinational now has operations across several countries and continents, and first broke into the Australian market in 1969, when it sold water-cooled packaged ACs.
While the company has its origins overseas, Daikin products sold in Australia are proudly Australian made in its Chipping Norton factory in Sydney. Several Daikin products have earned the coveted Australian Made certification.
are the most popular type of AC that the brand sells, however it also has around 3-4 types of multi split-system and that are versatile. This is a mid-range brand where you'll find a balance of semi-budget and premium prices (in the 10's of thousands). It largely depends firstly on the air conditioner type you opt for (with floor standing models cheaper than wall-mounted, and a split-system AC cheaper than a ducted one), and secondly, its number of kilowatts - which depends on your room size.
Some Pros and Cons of choosing Daikin
Daikin has a dedicated after-sales support phone number for technical questions (1300 362 438), which may offer some peace of mind. Its split-system ACs have also been awarded the Asthma Council's Sensitive Choice, to make them friendly for those who have asthma and allergies.
Some potential downsides are that a Daikin aircon is only available to purchase through specialist Daikin dealers, which are primarily sourced online through the brand’s website. This makes it significantly harder to compare and contrast prices on the fly, as you need to request a quote online. Also, while Daikin prides itself on being an innovation-forward company (some of its top models are equipped with smart technologies and built-in air purifiers, humidifiers and dehumidifiers), you'll likely find yourself paying top dollar for these luxuries.
Does Daikin only sell air conditioners?
Daikin sells other popular air quality control products, such as the with a 6-layer filtration system. There's also Altherma Hydronic heating, which uses an air to water heat pump by Daikin that manifests as two main functions: a reverse-cycle split system heater which also incorporates a domestic hot water heating system.
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.
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- Heating / Cooling Speed4.5 (23)
- Features Inverter, On/Off Timer, Remote Control and Wi-Fi Smart Control
Featuring built-in humidifying, dehumidifying and air purifying technologies, the US7 is the first 7-star energy efficient split system in Australia. As the cream of Daikin split-system crop, a smaller 2.5kW (for small rooms) costs just over $2, 000.
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- Features On/Off Timer, Remote Control, Wi-Fi Smart Control and Dehumidifying Function
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- Noise Level2.9 (7)
- Heating / Cooling Speed4.2 (6)
- Features Inverter, On/Off Timer and Remote Control
The Daikin Floor Standing air conditioner is particularly suited to colder climates, as it provides more targeted heating by virtue of its position on the floor - as opposed to mounted high up on a wall.
The Daikin Premium Inverter is designed with a compressor that's 10% more powerful than the Daikin Standard Inverter, and a piping length of up to 75m from the indoor unit to the outdoor unit, compared to 50m for the Standard Inverter.
Compact, efficient and suited to houses with restricted space in their roofs and outdoors, this is Daikin's most affordable offering when it comes to ducted air conditioners.
Designed with a deodorising air purification filter and a chic white hairline or black wood finish, the Daikin Zena is altogether easy on the senses. Prices start at $1, 250 for a 2.5kw model for smaller rooms.
This particular range of ducted air conditioners from Daikin is designed to be fitted easily into narrow ceilings.