Daikin Air Conditioners Review
Having manufactured and sold air conditioners in Australia for more than 40 years, it’s safe to say that Daikin probably knows a fair bit about what goes into a high-quality air conditioner. Many models from its split system air conditioner range are also approved by the National Asthma Council Australia Sensitive Choice program.
Other types of air conditioning systems in Daikin’s line-up include multi split systems, plus ducted air conditioners for households planning on cooling or heating the whole home. So, let’s see what Daikin is all about and what you can expect to pay.
Daikin split-system air conditioners
Daikin US7 Series
The Daikin US7 is described as being the company’s most efficient model, having earned a 7-star efficiency rating. It’s also approved by the National Asthma Council and boasts humidifying and dehumidifying capabilities.
The reverse cycle air conditioner features a 2-area ‘Intelligent Eye’, which is said to provide greater efficiency by adjusting the cooling or heating levels if the room has been unoccupied for 20 minutes. Other benefits is claimed to include introducing outside fresh air into your home as well as purifying the air in your home.
The Daikin Us7 additionally includes a full-featured remote control, with a ‘quiet mode’ designed to reduce operational levels to 2-3dBA, apparently making it undetectable by most human hearing. The US7 is also compatible with the Daikin mobile phone app, allowing you to convert your smartphone into a remote control.
Daikin recommends this split system air conditioner for those living in humid or dry climate zones. The reverse cycle air conditioner is available in the following capacities:
Daikin Zena Series
If you’re feeling like a bit of a warrior princess, Daikin’s Zena series is an air conditioner for the modern home. It features a sleek curved faceplate, and built-in Wi-Fi capability. Daikin says the Zena series is good heating or cooling small areas.
The Zena includes features you’ve come to expect with a Daikin air conditioner, including the 2-Area Intelligent Eye with whisper-quiet functions and air purification filters. The remote control also comes with a humidity reduction setting, quiet modes and operational timers.
The Daikin reverse cycle air conditioner is available in the following capacities:
Daikin Cora Series
Arguably the most popular in Daikin’s line-up is the Cora series. The Cora series promises whisper-quiet cooling operation with ‘industry-leading’ efficiency levels. The Cora series features precise control, with temperatures able to be set in increments of 0.5°C. As usual, Cora units also boast 2-Area Intelligent Eye. Cora models are so quiet that some models can drop to just 19dBA, which is barely audible to most ears. Daikin’s says its wall-mounted Cora series is good for small to large rooms, and for households keen on minimising energy consumption.
With a huge variety of sizes on offer, there’s bound to be a Cora air conditioner suited for any room. While 2kw models are good for smaller rooms or studies, anything above 8kw would be suited to large rooms or potentially cooling whole apartments! The Cora series is generally found cheaper than other models, but still commands a premium of around $1,000 for the smaller-sized models.
Several Daikin Cora air conditioners are available in both reverse cycle and cooling-only varieties. Here are the capacities on offer:
Daikin Lite Systems Series
The Lite Series is another in Daikin’s arsenal of wall-mounted split system air conditioners. It’s available in reverse cycle and cooling only varieties, with capacities ranging between 2kW to 7.1kW.
The entry-level split system air conditioner comes with some of the same features built into Daikin’s more premium-priced models, including ‘quiet mode’ and Coanda Airflow for consistent and long-lasting cooling or heating. For an air conditioner that’s big on efficiency, the 2.5kW model is stated to have a 4.5-star energy rating regardless of whether you’re cooling or heating the room.
Daikin’s Lite models are available in the following capacities:
Daikin Alira Series
The Alira series is another option to consider for allergy sufferers, thanks to the tick of approval from the National Asthma Council Australia. One of the most useful features might the titanium apatite deodorising air purification filter, which is said to trap microscopic particles, break down odours and kill bacteria.
Plus, if you’re looking for an air conditioner that won’t distract the stylish aesthetics of the room, the Alira series is said to seamlessly fit into modern decor. Other features include ‘quiet mode’, precision control, 2-Area Intelligent Eye and Coanda Airflow.
The Daikin Alira split system air conditioner is available in the following capacities:
Daikin Floor Standing Series
Another floor-based air conditioner, the aptly-named ‘Floor Standing’ series comes in a wide variety of sizes, from 2.5kw all the way up to 7.1kw. If you’ve ever wanted to replace your fireplace, this could be your chance, with the capability to place the unit into a semi-recessed wall, or old fireplace. It boasts a wide operating range, with top and bottom vents to distribute air evenly. The included controller also comes with a power mode, to give a 20-minute burst of cooling or heating beyond the normal capacity. By the same token, an economy mode is also available which limits power consumption to avoid tripping the circuit breaker on those really hot days when energy use is high. The Floor Standing series is recommended for small rooms. It’s also said to especially suit households in colder climates which tend to require heating than cooling.
Floor Standing Daikin models seem to be suitable for areas that experience a big swing in temperatures. The various capacities available include:
Daikin Multi Split Air Conditioning Series
Daikin Super Multi NX
If you’re worried about high power bills, the outdoorDaikin Super Multi NX is designed to keep running costs low by allowing you to control each air conditioning unit individually. This ensures only the rooms which need air conditioning are turned on. The outdoor model is also stated to use R32 refrigerant, supposedly making the model more efficient and less harmful towards to the environment.
This multi-split system is available in both reverse cycle and cooling-only varieties. One outdoor unit is capable of providing heating or cooling in up to five rooms. The Daikin Super Multi NX is offered in the following capacities:
Daikin VRV IV-S
The Daikin VRV IV-S is an outdoor multi-split system for seriously large homes, with a single unit designed to heat or cool up to 14 rooms. It’s said to boast the same technology in Daikin’s commercial models, and claimed to be as energy-efficient and quiet performing.
The reverse cycle air conditioner is available in various capacities, including:
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Should I make a sweat for a Daikin air conditioner?
Daikin might appear to have a slightly more condensed range of air conditioners than some of its big competitors, however that doesn’t appear to be hindering it, as the company’s success comes from manufacturing and selling the air conditioners it does produce, rather than the models it doesn’t. Within different ‘Series’ there are many sizes available. Small 2kw units are available, while larger 9kw models are available, suited for apartments or large rooms. While Daikin air conditioners do not exactly come cheap, the brand is frequently at the cutting edge of energy efficiency and cooling technology. The next time summer starts to cause a sweat, Daikin maybe worth a look.
About the author of this page
This report was written by Canstar Blue’s home & lifestyle journalist, Tahnee-Jae Lopez-Vito. She’s an expert on household appliances, grooming products and all things grocery and shopping. In addition to translating our expert research into consumer-friendly ratings reports, Tahnee spends her time helping consumers make better-informed purchase decisions on all manner of consumer goods and services, while highlighting the best deals and anything you need to be aware of.
What do customers think about Daikin Air Conditioners?
In 2019, Australian customers gave Daikin 3 out of 5 stars for Overall Customer Satisfaction for Air Conditioners.