With all the brands claiming to have the best air conditioning system these days, choosing which brand and model to buy is truly mentally taxing. It is particularly true for first-time buyers who know nothing about air conditioners.
Some say Daikin minisplit has the best features while others swear Mitsubishi minisplit systems offer much more promising benefits.
So, which is truly better?
Before we answer that, let us first quickly walk through how to choose the right air conditioner for your needs before we assess the superiority of Daikin’s and Mitsubishi’s products.
How to Choose the Right Minisplit AC/Heat Pump?
Before you purchase that Minisplit air conditioner you are eyeing, reassess the product with the following factors in mind:
- Base it on your needs. The best way to pick the “right” AC is to pick it based off of your unique needs. Although all brands share the same features, there are still a few exceptions to what they can do, particularly in certain situations.
Some models, for instance, are built specifically for residential use while others have built-in technologies that are perfect for commercial use. Some brands offer extra low heating temperature features, which are perfect for cold countries. Others do not, which may be preferable in tropical countries.
- Energy efficiency. Today, it is fairly standard for many types of appliances to have energy-saving features. Not all ACs, however, have the same assurance in terms of energy efficiency.
As such, it is crucial to first check whether energy-saving features exist and consider how those features might benefit you.
- Noise levels. Some spaces—libraries, offices, and schools, for example—require HVAC systems with zero noise. So, if you are one of them, it will be important to inspect each model’s noise level as well.
- Budget. Last but the most important aspect is your budget. While it is true that you get what you pay for, it is important to get what you need only and stick to your budget. This will lead back to the first factor, which is to prioritize your needs.
Comparing Daikin and Mitsubishi AC/Heat Pump
Below are the best features Daikin and Mitsubishi offer.
- R-32. R-32 is the latest and most advanced refrigerant technology available today. In fact, Daikin is the first in the world to successfully apply it in their air conditioners. The technology conducts heat more efficiently than old refrigerants, helping owners save about 10% more energy compared to older models with R-22 technology.
R-32 thus demonstrates a promising impact on the environment as well.
- Inverter system. Just like most Minisplit ACs today, the inverter system allows users to adjust temperature levels without turning ON or OFF the motor speed. Such a feature enables people to reduce energy consumption and save money in the long run.
- Heat pump. A heat pump is technology that manages temperature by transferring outdoor heat into your room. It is a perfect energy-saving feature for folks who are living in cold countries as it helps to lower energy consumption by leveraging natural heat.
To learn how much you’d expect to pay for a Daikin unit, read our guide on Daikin’s typical AC unit costs.
- Inverter system. As explained above, the inverter system enables users to adjust an AC’s temperature level without the need to turn ON or OFF the electronics. In return, it helps reduce energy consumption.
- Energy-saving technologies. To keep up with people’s demands, Mitsubishi integrated various energy-saving features into their air conditioners. These technologies range from small hardware to a whole system.
Some examples of these technologies are DC scroll compressors, joint wrap DC motors, DC rotary compressors, and vector-wave inverters.
Daikin vs Mitsubishi: Energy efficiency
Both brands boast to be energy efficient. However, it does not necessarily mean that their level of efficiency is similar. So, here is how they differ:
- Daikin. Daikin is packed with energy-saving features. From its inverter system, R-32 and heat pump technology to its lockout system and WiFi controls, you can say that this brand has truly worked on manufacturing environmentally friendly air conditioners.
As if the previously enumerated features weren’t enough, another example of Daikin’s environmental efforts is the ducted system attached to each of its products. Surprisingly, this system surpasses Australia’s Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS), which is the standard level of energy performance for all electronics.
- Mitsubishi. Mitsubishi’s energy-saving features are almost the same as Daikin’s. Its technology also exceeds the MEPS threshold as well. The only difference I noticed is that the Daikin offers the most advanced refrigerant technology, the R-32, while Mitsubishi is still using older, less efficient technology.
Aside from that, Mitsubishi has a specific technology called Econo Cool temperature control wherein it enables users to adjust the airflow without affecting much of the room’s comfort.
Daikin vs Mitsubishi: Noise level
The noise air conditioners produce can be somewhat irritating for some. But not all models produce the same level of noise.
- Daikin. Daikin’s noise level is about as quiet as humanly possible thanks to its noise reduction features. It has built-in hardware such as a Saw Edge indoor fan, Coanda Airflow, and an Advanced Cross Flow Fan.
Do take note that each Minisplit model of Daikin has a distinct noise level too, so make sure to check each of them.
- Mitsubishi. Mitsubishi’s noise reduction technology is almost the exact same as Daikin’s. The only difference is that it has quiet mode and night mode features.
Both features essentially share the same purpose. The Night Mode, however, allows users to lower the unit’s decibel reading while keeping the same comfort while the Quiet Mode can drop to as low as 18dB while heating.
Daikin vs Mitsubishi: Air filtration
Air filtration is an important aspect when it comes to HVAC systems, especially with the quality of today’s air.
- Daikin. Daikin has an air filtration feature called Dry Function that reduces air humidity to prevent mold growth indoors. All of its Minisplit models have filters made of titanium, too. Such a filter can trap microscopic particles, decompose odour, purify the air, and kill bacteria and viruses in the air.
Daikin’s air purifiers are approved by Australia’s National Asthma Council program.
- Mitsubishi. Mitsubishi has its own air purifying technology called Plasma Duo Filter System. It utilizes a combination of two technologies (the Plasma Deodorizing Filter and Air Purifying Filter) to remove air pollutants such as bacteria, clouds of dust, and even pollen.
Which Is the Best?
Both Daikin and Mitsubishi produce industry-leader technologies. As such, thus in choosing which air conditioner has the best technologies and perks, the answer will always depend upon what you and your family needs.
That said, make sure you know what you want from an air conditioner first before you purchase one.