Best Air Conditioners Under 1.5 Ton (November 2019)

by | Oct 29, 2019

People buying air conditioners often overlook the importance of budget over the capacity of the AC or the cooling requirements of their room.

This has led to a rather ironic situation where people end up buying a power-hogging piece of junk which defeats the purpose of an AC on multiple levels.

Here, in this curated list, we will guide you through some of the best AC’s available in the market under 1.5 ton, which is more than sufficient for a typical bedroom or a medium-sized office space.

Let’s find them out.

Best Air Conditioners Under 1.5 Ton

1. LG KS-Q18HNZDOverall Best Pick
2. Carrier 2K Ester NeoRunner-up Pick
3. Daikin FTKF50TVBest Build Quality and Durability
4. Voltas 183 VCZJ AC with Best After Sales Support
5. Hitachi RSN-417HCEAEasy Maintenance AC
6. Midea 12K Santis ProBest Budget AC
7. Lloyd LS14I32ABBest Feature Rich AC

1. LG KS-Q18HNZD

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Overall Best Pick
  • Smart diagnosis
  • Energy efficient AC
  • Maintenance free inverter compressor

LG is a South Korean conglomerate that has been playing in the Indian market along with Samsung.

The LG KS-Q18HNZD is an industry-leading 1.5-tonne inverter type split AC priced under Rs.40,000 loaded with useful features.

Miscellaneous

The LG KS-Q18HNZD is a 1.5 Tonne air conditioner which can cool small rooms pretty quickly.

This air conditioner boasts an indoor sound level of about 27dB which is one of the lowest in the market at present.

LG has used R32 refrigerant in this AC.

Copper Condenser and Dual Rotary Compressor

Copper coil condenser surrounded by gold fins ensures the components are anti-corrosive and will withstand the test of time pretty much without any hassle.

Dual rotary compressors are employed to increase the temperature span that the AC can achieve thereby providing the customer with a wide temperature range choice that suits his needs.

LG has included low refrigerant detection that will make sure the refrigerant levels are optimum.

Energy Consumption and Cooling Capacity

The KS-Q18HNZD has a maximum cooling capacity of 5100W at the rated energy consumption of 1440W.

In case of a shortage, the system will automatically detect and alert the user before any serious damage might happen.

LG’s patented Himalaya cool technology will help the AC to cool the surrounding pretty quickly.

This product from LG boasts of a 5-star BEE 2019 certification which implies better energy efficiency.

Verdict

The brand value of LG itself will exude confidence in the consumers due to the reliability and performance of the products that the company introduced in the past.

If you don’t mind the budget and want a long-lasting air conditioner that won’t break a sweat in cooling your room, this is one of the best available right now.

The LG KS-Q18HNZD is packed with features that not only lasts performance but also ensures that the product lasts long enough for the customers to have a value for money experience buying this device.

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Designed for Indian conditions
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Gold finned condenser
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Himalaya quick cooling technology

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Bulky external unit

 Specifications

Capacity1.5 tonne
Condenser TypeCopper
Compressor TypeSmart inverter compressor
Cooling Capacity5100 W
Power Consumption1440 W
Star Rating5 Star BEE 2019 rating

2. Carrier 12K Ester Neo

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Pure 100% copper condenser
  • Inverter compressor
  • 3-star 2019 BEE rating

Carrier is a Chinese electrical equipment manufacturer specializing in HVAC products around the globe and well regarded for high-quality air conditioning products.

The Carries 12K Ester Neo is a 1.5-ton capacity inverter type split AC suitable for a small room/office space with floor volume ranging from 120 – 200 sq.ft.

Design and Build Quality

The Carrier 12K Ester Neo is made using high-quality polycarbonate plastic chassis which is designed specifically to ensure smooth airflow.

This air conditioner comes with a hidden LED display which displays the temperature information. It can be turned off during night time to avoid any distractions while sleeping.

As a novelty, this AC comes with a sensor mounted remote that detects the temperature around the remote rather than the indoor unit, which is far less accurate.

This feature allows the unit to cool the interior much more precisely.

The outdoor unit is treated with an anti-weather coat to prevent bacterial growth and subsequent degradation of air quality.

Compressor and Performance

The Carrier 12K Ester Neo comes equipped with a rotary non-inverter type compressor.

This compressor has a maximum cooling capacity of 5275W at a rated electricity consumption of 1458W.

This powerful compressor inside the AC is capable of cooling down the surroundings even from a high ambient temperature level of 52 degrees Celsius.

This is suitable for Indian summers as it gets very hot outside and since the outdoor unit is placed in the open, most other air conditioners tend to struggle in cooling down the interiors.

The 100% copper condenser coil will ensure the durability and peak performance of this AC for a long time into the future.

With the 3-star BEE 2019 rating from the Government, this device is certified to be highly energy efficient.

Features

The leakage detector in this air-conditioner in case of a leakage detection of the refrigerant will automatically shut down the operation, preventing further damages to the system.

Auto-restart and in-built louvre-memory will remember the position of the swing blades and the temperature in case of a power outage.

The built-in PM 2.5 filter will trap dust and other particulate matters from entering the air stream, resulting in a clean and healthy environment.

The auto-cleanser option in this AC when activated blows wet air out of the indoor unit, eliminating the chance of bacterial growth inside the cabinet.

Miscellaneous

The company offers a 1-year warranty on the entire unit supplemented by a 5-year warranty cover on the compressor.

This AC has an inbuilt stabilizer to handle voltage fluctuations which is a common occurrence in India.

Verdict

The Carrier 12K Ester Neo is an excellent 1.5-tonne AC which comes with an energy-efficient inverter compressor to handle even the harshest of Indian summers.

Novel features such as remote mounted temperature sensor and auto cleanser add to the charm of this quality product.

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Silent operation

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Sleep mode feature

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Relatively indoor noise levels

 Specifications

Capacity1.5 tonne
Condenser TypeCopper
Compressor TypeRotary
Cooling Capacity5275 W
Power Consumption1458 W
Star Rating3-star BEE 2019 rating

3. Daikin FTKF50TV

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Best Build Quality and Durability
  • Silent operation
  • 5-star BEE 2018 rating
  • Self diagnose feature

Daikin is a Japanese brand famous for its wide range of air conditioners and other related equipment.

The FTKF50TV is an inverter type Split AC that Daikin has introduced in the Indian market off lately.

Design and Build Quality

Even though Daikin ACs won’t win any awards in the best aesthetic appeal category, it is a very well made AC using high-quality polycarbonate plastics.

The design might look a bit bland when compared with the newer generation split ACs, however not downright ugly.

The indoor unit and outdoor unit of this refrigerator are a bit bulky. Apart from the design standpoint, the Daikin FTKF50TV works and performs excellently when it comes to air conditioning.

Reciprocatory Inverter Compressor

It’s really uncommon to see a reciprocatory type inverter compressor inside an AC for home uses.

Usually, this type of compressors is used in large capacity installations such as factories and industrial setups.

Daikin manufacturers one of the most robust compressors in the market with excellent performance coupled with silent operation.

This AC comes with 100% copper condenser and ensures excellent heat transfer characteristics and durability.

Performance

The maximum cooling capacity of this air conditioner is rated at 5280W at an energy consumption rate of 1520W.

The cooling process is quite quick, thanks to the industrial grade powerful reciprocatory compressor inside this AC.

This AC comes with a 5-star BEE 2018 rating ensuring significant savings on your monthly electricity bills.

Miscellaneous

Daikin uses R-32 refrigerant in this air conditioner which has zero ozone depletion potential.

This air conditioner with its multi-axis swing feature will throw the air up to a great distance ensuring all the corners of the room will be uniformly cooled without any exception.

Titanium Apatite Photocatalytic Air-purifying offers quality air output without any microscopic particles that might escape normally sized dust filters.

Daikin India provides a 1-year comprehensive warranty on this 1.5 Ton inverter AC.

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Excellent build quality

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High-quality compressor

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Environment-friendly refrigerant

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Bulky form factor

 Specifications

Capacity1.5 Ton
Condenser TypeCopper
Compressor TypeInverter reciprocatory
Cooling Capacity5280 W
Power Consumption1290 W
Star Rating5-star BEE 2018 Ratng

4. Voltas 183 VZZJ

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AC with Best After Sales Support
  • Suited for medium-sized rooms/offices
  • High EER Rotary inverter compressor
  • 3-star BEE 2018 rating

Voltas is the air conditioning and cooling equipment subsidiary of Tata group and one of the best in the industry at it.

The Voltas 183 VZZJ is a 1.5 Ton 3-star BEE 2019 rated inverter type air conditioner that perfectly fits small room with floor space ranging from 120 to 150 sq.ft.

Design and Build Quality

The Voltas 183 VZZJ features a compact indoor unit made from hard plastic which occupies minimal interior space.

The exterior unit is a bit bulky and needs a rigid surface to stay attached. Be sure you screw in this unit firmly on to a steel rod instead of screwing directly on to the wall.

The relatively wide louvre on this air conditioner helps to enhance the air throw distance, facilitating uniform cooling in the entire room.

Rotary Inverter Compressor

Voltas uses a twin blade rotary inverter compressor which has a high energy efficiency ratio (EER).

This compressor is guaranteed to deliver excellent cooling performance while keeping the energy consumption in check.

The inverter operations reduce the load on this AC and offer variable load operation for precise temperature control.

Performance

The Godrej 183 VZZJ has a cooling capacity of 5200 W at a minimal energy consumption rate of 1590 W. This at present makes it one of the best energy-efficient inverter ACs in the Indian market.

This air conditioner comes with a 3-star BEE 2019 rating for your peace of mind when it comes to energy consumption.

Features

This 1.5-tonne air conditioner comes with a 4-stage filter which blocks and eliminates dust as well as microbes from entering the air stream keeping you and your surroundings healthy and fresh.

The timer function lets you set the schedule for auto switch-on and off eliminating the hassle of turning the air-conditioner manually on/off.

This effectively reduces energy consumption as the machine works only during a pre-set period.

Auto-restart function keeps the last active temperature settings before the power outage and automatically optimizes the temperature when the power comes back on. Turbo-cool mode aids in fast cooling of your surroundings.

This is greatly beneficial during summers when you come home tired and sweating, the inverter inside will increase the speed of the compressor thus enhancing the cooling rate.

Voltas provides 1-year of overall warranty for the unit and an additional 5-year warranty on the compressor.

Verdict

For a small-sized room/office space with multiple occupants, choosing the 1.5 tonne Voltas 183 VCZJ AC will help you save a lot of money.

Being an Indian company and owned by TATA, Voltas provides the best after-sales support and service when compared to its competitors with its widespread service network.

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1.5-tonne capacity

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Solid build quality

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Auto-restart option

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The bulky and loud outdoor unit

 Specifications

Capacity1.5 tonne
Condenser TypeCopper
Compressor TypeHigh EER Rotary inverter
Cooling Capacity5200 W
Power Consumption1590 W
Star Rating5 star BEE 2019 Rating

5. Hitachi RSN-417HCEA

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Easy Maintenance AC
  • Twin rotary inverter compressor
  • Low maintenance
  • High energy efficiency

Hitachi is a Japanese conglomerate with products and services spanning from social infrastructure to construction machinery items.

The RSN-417HCEA is Hitachi’s latest offering in inverter type split AC category which has some compelling features for a reasonable price tag.

The Hitachi RSN-417HCEA has a rated Tonnage of 1.5 Tonne which is sufficient for a large enough room with a couple of occupants or more.

Energy Efficiency

This air conditioner has attained a 2019 Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) rating of 4-star, which by the way is the near-maximum rating an electronic device can achieve indicating its overall energy efficiency.

The refrigerant used in this Air conditioner is chlorotrifluoromethane (R-32).

Performance

This Air conditioner uses a rotary type inverter compressor that is small and very quiet in operation.

The advertised cooling capacity of this device is about 5100 W at a power consumption rate of 1549 W.

Inverter Compressor

The Hitachi RSN-417HCEA is equipped with a high-quality rotary inverter compressor which delivers excellent cooling performance at the expense of minimal energy consumption.

Hitachi branded compressors are well known for its quality and minimal maintenance.

Since the parts are easily available and the machine seldom breaks down, the need for repairs near to zero and even if something unfortunate happens, the compressor is easy to repair.

Miscellaneous

The koukin filter inside will prevent bacteria growth inside the air conditioner unit. The overall operation of this air conditioner is silent and the cooling is quick.

Verdict

Combining the Japanese engineering prowess and the build quality, the Hitachi RSN-417HCEA offers one of the best cooling experiences in the sub. 1.5-tonne AC segment,

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Durable build quality

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Silent operation

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No digital temperature display on the interior unit

 Specifications

Capacity1.5 tonne
Condenser TypeCopper
Compressor TypeRotary inverter
Cooling Capacity5100 W
Power Consumption1549 W
Star Rating4-star BEE 2019 ratng

6. Midea 12K Santis Pro

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Best Budget AC
  • Affordable
  • Pure copper condenser
  • Efficient rotary inverter compressor

Midea is a Chinese electrical equipment manufacturer specializing in HVAC products around the globe.

The Midea 12K Santis Pro is a cheap 1.5-ton capacity inverter split AC suitable for a small room/office space with floor volume ranging from 90-150sq.ft.

Hardware features

As a novelty, this AC comes with a sensor mounted remote that detects the temperature around the remote rather than the indoor unit, which is far less accurate.

This feature allows the unit to cool the interior much more precisely.

The leakage detector in this air-conditioner in case of a leakage detection of the refrigerant will automatically shut down the operation, preventing further damages to the system.

Auto-restart and in-built louvre-memory will remember the position of the swing blades and the temperature in case of a power outage.

The AC will resume from this point when the power comes back on and saves time and energy consumption.

Inverter compressor

The Midea 12K Santis Pro is one of the cheapest inverter type split AC you can purchase in the Indian market.

The rotary compressor inside is powerful enough to provide you with faster cooling performance no matter what the ambient temperature is.

This inverter type split has a decent air throw distance of 36 ft. which is enough to cool down a small room uniformly.

Power consumption and cooling capacity

This air-conditioner has a respectable cooling capacity of 5200 W at the expense of 1800 W of energy consumption.

This device comes with a 3-star BEE 2019 energy efficiency rating if in case you want a rough estimate of the energy consumption.

The company offers a 1-year warranty on the entire unit supplemented by a 5-year warranty cover on the compressor.

Verdict

If you have a tight budget and requires a feature-rich inverter type AC, the Midea 12K Santis Pro is the best choice for you.

Affordable price tag along with the cutting edge features such as improved dust filter and a pure copper condenser makes this AC worth your hard-earned money.

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3-star BEE 2019 rating
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100% copper condenser coil 

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Brand recognition

 Specifications

Capacity1.5 tonne
Condenser TypeCopper
Compressor TypeRotary inverter
Cooling Capacity5200 W
Power Consumption1800 W
Star Rating3-star BEE 2019 rating

7. Lloyd LS14I32AB

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Best Feature Rich AC
  • Ideal for rooms under 120 sq.ft
  • Best in class copper condenser
  • Fast, uniform cooling 

Lloyd LS14I32AB is a compact split air conditioner that is designed to suit rooms or office space up to 120 sq.ft.

Loaded with features under the hood, this product delivers excellent performance when it comes to airconditioning closed spaces.

Build Quality and Design

The Lloyd LS14I32AB is designed to occupy as minimal space as it can because it has to be fitted on a relatively small space.

The rounded corners look so attractive compared to the sharp boxy designs of some air conditioners available in the market.

The intelligent LED status display indicators are seamlessly integrated with the front panel that lights up only when necessary.

Copper Condenser

Having a copper condenser inside a refrigeration unit provides two main advantages – durability and quick cooling.

The Lloyd LS14I32AB is one of the few budget air conditioners featuring a 100% copper condenser under the 1.2-tonne capacity category.

Powerful Rotary Inverter Compressor

The inverter rotary compressor operates silently and delivers a great cooling experience overall.

This air conditioner can easily cool the room from above 35 degrees to 20 degrees just under 5 minutes.

Lloyd also provides a 5 year extended warranty on this compressor if something unfortunate happens.

Miscellaneous Features

The night mode feature on this air conditioner will turn off the display and leaves no trace of light in the dark to disturb your sleep.

Indian houses may not always be clean as there are a lot of chances to get the dust inside, be it from the wind or kids walking inside the room from the dust.

This dust might enter the air stream from the air conditioner and cause breathing-related problems.

But with the Lloyd LS14I32AB, the dust filter will trap the dust from entering inside and keeps the air stream clean and fresh.

Lloyd ACs comes with self-diagnosis feature that will run tests on itself and if any faults occur will notify you instantly.

Energy consumption and Cooling Capacity

The Lloyd LS14I32AB has a 3-star BEE 2019 rating when it comes to energy efficiency.

This air conditioner has a cooling capacity of 4250 W at the rated energy consumption of 1450 W.

Verdict

Lloyd provides the best customer service in terms of after-sales service. The company known for its quick response is a league apart from many of the major brands in the market.

If you are planning to have an AC fitted inside a small room under 120 sq.ft, this is a wise choice mainly because of its 100% pure copper condenser and the after-sales support.

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Elegant and sleek design

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Feature-rich remote

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Self-diagnosis feature

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No anti-bacterial filter

 Specifications

Capacity1.2 tonne
Condenser TypeCopper
Compressor TypeInverter compressor
Cooling Capacity4250 W
Power Consumption1450 W
Star Rating3-star BEE 2019

Here concludes our list for the best split ACs under 1.5 ton capacity in the Indian market. We hope you will find this article helpful in making your purchase decision.

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