Daikin vs Mitsubishi vs LG vs Fujistu – We Compare the Good, Better, and Best of Mini Splits
Are you thinking about buying a ductless mini-split HVAC system? Choosing the right contractor should be your first goal then beyond that choosing the right brand should your secondary focus. To help you out we’ve compiled detailed information worth considering when choosing between Daikin, Mitsubishi, LG & Fujitsu HVAC ductless systems. To present the information I’ll be:
- Present the cold hard mini-split facts to compare the finer points between Daikin, Mitsubishi, LG & Fujitsu systems(see detailed report below)
- Present some superlatives based on the information – Best Product for specific info w/ guiding thoughts
- Lastly, I will draw some important conclusions to consider for your buying process
DISCLAIMER: There are a HECK OF A LOT of options out there when it goes to mini-splits. Seriously there are countless options when it comes to type, size, brand, efficiency, application. It can be exhausting to compare. HOWEVER, I’ve compiled 4 of the most commonly purchased wall mounted 12k BTU (1 ton) mini-splits to compare their finer points. Regardless of whether you’re intending to purchase one of these, it will be a helpful exercise to see the important differences.
DATA – Comparing Brands – Daikin, Mitsubishi, LG, & Fujitsu
Comparing mini-splits – Daikin, LG, Mitsubishi & Fujitsu
Best OF 1 Ton DUCTLESS Mini Splits By Category
SMALLEST OUTDOOR CONDENSER – Fujitsu (26 x 21.25 x 11.5 in)
SMALLEST INDOOR WALL MOUNT AIR HANDLER – Daikin (31 x 11.5 x 8 in)
QUIETEST OUTDOOR – LG 45dB
QUIETEST INDOOR – Tied between Fujitsu & Mitsubishi at 22dB (LG very close at 24 dB)
WIDEST OPERATING WEATHER CONDITIONS – Mitsubishi as low as -15 in heating mode
LOWEST PRICE MINI SPLIT – LG
HIGHEST EFFICIENCY HEATING – Daikin (12.5 HSPF)
HIGHEST EFFICIENCY COOLING MINI SPLIT – Tied between Daikin & Mitsubishi (23 SEER) but LG and Fujitsu are barely off the mark.
BEST ALL-AROUND – The crown is split here between Mitsubishi & Daikin. Both have exceptional cooling efficiencies (23 SEER) while Daikin has better heating efficiency (12.5 HSPF) at a lower price. Mitsubishi, on the other hand, is significantly quieter indoors and has a wider operating range down to -15 F. The choice between these two should come down to either climate or use. Do you live in a hot or cold place? If in a hot or temperate place go with a Daikin. If you live in a super cold place then Mitsubishi is a more resilient model. Or if you intend to keep this in a bedroom or other location where noise level matters significantly then go with Mitsubishi’s system for the sake of sleeping better.
When choosing a system for your home, business, garage, etc. make sure you consider the application first(something your contractor should be doing automatically). Including, where the copper lines will run, how far they will run, if there are space constraints indoors or outdoors, what local climate are we working with and so forth. All of these elements are important to the process. Every home and application is different. Further, the needs and desires of each consumer is different as well. Honing in and being on the same page between both contractor and consumer is key to finding the right product.
To some extent, I admit that some of the data comparison could be viewed as splitting hairs. Still, on average, you’ll find that based on the hard data Daikin and Mitsubishi are the higher-performing systems. Further proof why Mitsubishi is the best selling mini-split in the United States and Daikin is the largest HVAC company in the world.
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All of the information above can be accessed via the respective company sites (linked below).