Panasonic Air Conditioners Review
One of the biggest manufacturers of consumer electronics in both Japan and the world, Panasonic has been producing and selling air conditioners since 1958, when the company introduced its original ‘Home Air Conditioner’. Since then Panasonic has put a lot of effort into diversifying and improving its range of air conditioning products. In the consumer space, Panasonic is very much a split system specialist, with several ranges and many models of all shapes and sizes. Compare the range below in this Canstar Blue review.
Panasonic Split System Air Conditioners
There are three key split system categories in the Panasonic range – ‘ECONAVI’, cooling-only inverters and standard reverse-cycle inverters.
Panasonic ECONAVI Split Systems
Designed to prevent the waste of energy, these sensors are able to monitor the location, movements and potential absence of humans within the areas covered by the air conditioner. It can then adjust its output in terms of fan power and cooling power to better suit new conditions, and potentially save energy and increase efficiency. There are a massive 14 models in the range:
- Cooling capacities range from 2.5kw up to 8kw. This has anywhere from a study to a small apartment covered.
These split systems also boast ‘nanoe-G’ technology. Nanoe-G is an air purification system developed by Panasonic for use in its air conditioners. The system uses ‘nano technology’ consisting of ions and radicals in order to be effective against bacteria and viruses whether they be airborne, adhesive, or trapped in-filter. The system makes use of zero chemicals or cleaning agents, which makes it perfect for those who are either sensitive to chemicals or worried about the presence of them in their house.
Panasonic claims that the nanoe-G system can remove 99% of particular matter (particles and droplets less than 2.5 micrometers) in the air, and that it has the same success rate when it comes to the removal of airborne bacteria and viruses, and the deactivation of adhesive micro-organisms.
ECONAVI models are a somewhat ‘premium’ split system air conditioner, with prices for the largest-capacity models costing over $4,000.
Panasonic Cooling-Only Inverters
If you live in a warmer climate and have no need for heating, a cooling-only system may make more sense and be cheaper to buy. Panasonic produces 15 cooling-only inverters. According to the Panasonic website, its Inverter air conditioners are able to vary the rotation speed of their compressors, which allows for the use of less energy while maintaining a set temperature, along with increasing the speed at which the unit can cool a room at start-up. This means less electricity is used without sacrificing any efficiency or speed of operation.
- ‘AEROWINGS’ technology features twin motorized blades to deliver ‘shower cooling’ which can cool a room faster to exact specifications
- Cooling-only capacities range from 2.5kw up to 8.0kw
Prices for cooling-only models are a little bit cheaper than the norm, with a 3.5kw unit retailing for about $1,400, versus nearly $2,000 for equivalent ECONAVI models.
Panasonic Reverse Cycle Air Conditioners
For straightforward air conditioning that can both cool and heat, Panasonic’s ‘standard’ series may provide what you’re after. There are many models in this category – 16 in fact:
- Power figures range from 2.5kw to 8.0kw as usual – suitable from a study to a small apartment.
These reverse cycle systems boast ‘AEROWINGS’ and ‘iAUTO-X’ technology, which may aid in efficiency and intelligent user-friendliness. iAUTO-X in particular automatically switches fan speeds depending on the temperature difference between the room and the set temperature. Panasonic’s range also adjusts capacity with its inverter technology, meaning the more people in the room the harder it works. On the other hand, fewer people in the room means it can operate at a lower capacity – down to 0.85kw at minimum power. Starting prices for these reverse cycle units are generally the cheapest at around $1,200 for the smallest models.
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Panasonic Inverter Multi Split Systems
If you have a home with multiple rooms that need cooling, linking them all up to a Panasonic multi split- inverter system may be a good way to go. This means that one outdoor unit can power multiple indoor units, with the capacity to host up to five rooms. The models in the range are as follows:
- 5.2kw capacity – up to 2 rooms (CU-2E18SBR)
- 5.2kw capacity – up to 3 rooms (CU-3E18SBR)
- 6.8kw capacity – up to 4 rooms (CU4E23QBR)
- 8.0kw capacity – up to 4 rooms (CU4E27QBR)
- 10kw capacity – up to 5 rooms (CU5E34QBR)
These units are then compatible with a wide variety of indoor systems, making them easy to control. While the convenience and power is there to cool or heat your entire home from one central device, you will have to consider the cost. These outdoor units are made with big capacities, and are likely to be in the 1000s of dollars, not to mention the costs for the indoor split system air conditioners, which as seen above can cost up to around $4,000.
Is a Panasonic air conditioner worth the money?
Panasonic was definitely right in thinking that the air conditioner would become an incredibly important appliance, and it’s evident that the manufacturer has put time and effort into making its air conditioners the best they can be. Panasonic has grown to become an appliance giant, and its air conditioning range is no exception. With features like intelligent sensors, shut-off capacities and shower cooling technology, it’s easy to see why Aussies love Panasonic in the hotter months. While certainly not the cheapest brand out there, it is a brand focused on delivering efficiency in cooling:
- Prices start at about $1,200 for the smaller split system models, but can easily cost upwards of $3,000 and closer to $4,000 for the larger models.
- If you’re looking to link up your whole home you can look to spend more again
Panasonic, while not a budget air con brand by any means, has cemented its air conditioning pedigree in Australia. Available in a wide variety of configurations and power capacities, there’s like a Panasonic air con out there that’s right for you and your home.
About the author of this page
This report was written by Canstar Blue’s Home & Lifestyle Content Lead, Megan Birot. She’s an expert on household appliances, health & beauty products, as well as all things grocery and shopping. When she’s not writing up our research-based ratings reports, Megan spends her time helping consumers make better purchase decisions, whether it’s at the supermarket, other retailers, or online, highlighting the best deals and flagging anything you need to be aware of.
What do customers think about Panasonic Air Conditioners?
In 2019, Australian customers gave Panasonic 4 out of 5 stars for overall customer satisfaction for air conditioners.