Top 5 Hot and Cold AC 2023 – A Detailed Review

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India has a tropical climate. In the majority of places, the summertime highs exceed 50 °C, while the wintertime lows are below 5 °C. In the summer, air conditioners are widely used, and in the winter, the market for room heaters is very large.

Depending on the technology, room heaters can cost anywhere from Rs. 500 and Rs. 20,000. The energy consumption of an electrical room heater for similar heating needs will mostly remain the same, regardless of whether you choose to choose a more expensive or less expensive model. In addition to this, room heaters are only utilized during the winter and are not used during other seasons. 

Using all-weather or hot and cold air conditioners can solve the issues of both greater operating costs and the need for room heaters.

As the name implies, hot and cold air conditioning operates during both summer and winter. In the summer, they provide cold air, while in the winter, they keep you warm. So let’s find out which is the Best hot and cold AC 2023.

Hot & Cold AC Buying Guide:

AC BUYING GUIDE:

1. What size is apt?
Indian Season Energy Efficiency Ratio or ISEER on the star label has changed after June 2022 and is now valid till 31st Dec 2024. We recommend you buy ACs with new ISEER as the old 4-star ISEER model is now a 3-star ISEER model. 

2. Is there a heating element? 
It is a widespread belief that there is a heating element in hot and cold ACs that modulates the temperature. But that is not true There is no heating element in a hot and cold AC. It is all technical. A normal AC gives cold air inside and hot air out. Hot and cold AC has a reversing valve that reverses the program i.e hot air in and cold air out. That is why they are safe and best for both heating and cooling. 

3. Marketing gimmicks
All brands do some marketing gimmicks. Beware of them. Different brands say different things such as 5-in-1 convertible modes and etc. All these things work but only in the cooling mode and not heating. You get heating only on the basis of temperature. If you set the temperature as 24°, AC will help you maintain it and that’s all. No modes will work in heating. 

4. Noise levels
Noise levels don’t matter in summer as you also use a fan. But in winter, they matter. As per BIS, you should avoid an AC with more than 42dB noise levels (indoor unit). More than 45dB of noise level is problematic. Keep these things in mind. 

5. Installation costs
Different brands charge differently for installation. However, installation costs around Rs 4000. Installation charges are Rs 1500 and the rest is for pipes. 

6. Stabilizer 
Make sure you use a stabilizer even if your AC has a stabilizer-free operation. It costs around Rs 3000 but can save you a lot more than that. 

7. Proper installation
Ask the installation team to properly vacuum copper pipes before attaching them to the compressor. This ensures proper cooling or heating. 

8. Extended warranty
What would you do if the AC was damaged after the warranty period? Buy a good extended warranty package. We recommend Go Warranty as it is the best.

1. LG 1.5 Ton 3 Star: Hot and Cold AC 2023

 The best hot and cold AC 2023 is LG 1.5-ton 3-star 2022 model AC with 1.47-ton cooling and 1.5-ton heating capacity. You get a dual inverter compressor and convertible 5-in-1 modes (40%, 60%, 80%, 100%, and 110%). These are not heating but only cooling modes. For heating, just set it to 24°C temperature.

Ocean black protection is best as it protects your AC from sediment and salt no matter where you live. The black color chemical is sprayed on condensers and fins to protect them and enhance AC’s life. 

LG 1.5 Ton 3 Star
Cooling Capacity5200W Or 1.47 Ton
Heating Capacity5400W Or 1.5 Ton
ISEER3.96 & 1015.70 kWh
SpecificationsDual Inverter Compressor
Convertible 5-In-1
40% 60% 80% 100% 110% capacity modes;
Ocean Black Protection
Hi-Grooved Copper Tubes
100% Copper Condenser
Anti-Allergic Filter
HD Filter
Auto Clean
4-Way Swing
Self Diagnosis
Best hot and cold AC 2023

It has high-grooved copper tubes and a 100% copper condenser. All brands offer 100% copper but their condenser is thicker than other brands. You get an anti-allergic and HD filter i.e a small purifier too. Auto-clean tech will clean the air filter automatically, which is the best part. 

The 4-way swing feature allows you to rotate air up and down and right and left simultaneously. It is convenient for everyone sitting inside the room. 

After registering AC with the LG ThinQ app, you get a self-diagnosis feature i.e an error code will be displayed on the app so that you can call a technician. It has 31dB noise levels. LG hot and cold AC has 1 year comprehensive, 5 years on PCB, and 10 years warranty on the compressor. It costs Rs 40,000.

Pros & Cons:

PROS
  • It is a feature-packed AC with good cooling and heating capacity. 
  • Its cooling and heating are awesome. 
  • You get app integration, self-diagnosis, and ocean black protection which is like an all-in-one package. 
  • It is for people who live near drains. No AC can last a lifetime. But ocean black protection increases their longevity. 
CONS
  • Its power consumption is slightly more. 
  • It will consume around 100 more units in a year i.e 8 units per month as per the star label.

2. Daikin 1.5 Ton 3 Star: Hot and Cold AC 2023

The second is Daikin hot and cold AC- 1.5 ton 3 stars 2022 model with 1.42 ton cooling and heating capacity. It comes with a swing inverter compressor. Other brands offer dual or triple-compressor ACs. Swing inverter is Daikin’s patented technology which works well in compressors.

Swing inverter enhances performance even on lower capacities. Heating is reduced to save power consumption which is an excellent move by Daikin. You get inner grooved copper pipes and a 100% copper condenser. It has PM 2.5 and 3D airflow Coanda airflow. There are 2 flaps in the indoor unit which ensure multi-dimensional airflow.

Daikin 1.5 Ton 3 Star
Cooling Capacity5000W Or 1.42 Ton
Heating Capacity5000W Or 1.42 Ton
ISEER4.39 & 881.05 kWh
SpecificationsSwing Inverter Compressor
Inner Grooved Copper Pipes
Copper Condenser
PM 2.5 Air Filter
3D Air Flow
Coanda Airflow
Dust Filter
Triple Display
Dew Clean Technology (Auto-Clean Heat Exchanger)
Econo Mode
Auto Restart
Best hot and cold AC 2023

Dew clean tech is the same as auto clean tech. It has 32dB noise levels and 1 year comprehensive, 5 years on PCB, and 10 years warranty on the compressor. The swing compressor is an amazing technology. It costs Rs 45,500. 

Pros & Cons:

PROS
  • Its tech and features are amazing. 
  • It’s a good AC with good features and good cooling and heating. 
  • Noise levels are low. 
  • There are no-nonsense features. For app controls, go or other options. 
CONS
  • It is suitable only for small rooms up to 150sqft. Do not get lured by what people say.

3. Hitachi 1.5 Ton 4 Star: Hot and Cold AC 2023

Third, on the list is Hitachi 1.5 ton 4 stars 2022 with 1.45-ton cooling and 1.51-ton heating capacity. It has an inverter compressor, 100% inner grooved copper tubes, and a Penta sensor that heats or cools the room as per its temperature. It comes with a SuperMesh filter and hydrophilic fins. These are thin and have fewer gaps.

Along with superslit fins, you get a dehumidifier, backlight remote, and auto clean function. The condenser and fins will turn off but not the blower. The blower will throw air on a filter to dry off the water. This auto-clean technology is good. 

Hitachi 1.5 Ton 4 Star
Cooling capacity5100W Or 1.45 Ton 
Heating Capacity5300W Or 1.50 Ton
ISEER4.5 & 867.57 kWh
SpecificationsInverter Compressor
100% Inner Grooved Copper Tubes
Penta Sensor
SuperMesh Filter
Hydrophilic Fins
Superslit Fins
Dehumidifier
Dust Filter
Backlight Remote Controller
Auto Restart
Auto Clean
Ambient Lighting LED
Best hot and cold AC 2023

You get ambient lighting LED that changes color as per different temperatures. It has 31dB noise levels and 1 year comprehensive, 5 years on PCB, and 10 years warranty on the compressor. It costs Rs 49,500.

Pros & Cons:

PROS
  • It’s a good AC with good cooling and heating capacities. 
  • It is a feature-rich AC. 
  • Its noise levels are less. 
CONS
  • It is slightly expensive at Rs 49,500. It should have been cheaper. 
  • The second is super slit fins. You will get cleaner air but the fins will catch dirt soon which translates to more frequent services. Hitachi says 3-4 services per year but we usually go for 2-3 services. So if you are ready for 3-4 services per year, then go ahead with it. Otherwise, there are other options too. 

4. Panasonic 1.5 Ton 3 Star: Hot and Cold AC 2023

Number four in the list of best hot and cold AC 2023 is Panasonic 1.5-ton 3-star 2022 model with 1.46-ton cooling and 1.47-ton heating capacity. It has an auto convertible inverter compressor. What is an auto compressor? For eg: A compressor runs on 40%, 60%, and 80% capacities.

In auto compressors, this happens automatically. You don’t need to select any mode. The AC will decide itself based on your room’s temperature. But this auto compressor doesn’t work in heating. 

Panasonic 1.5 Ton 3 Star
Cooling Capacity5150W Or 1.46 Ton
Heating Capacity5200W Or 1.47 Ton
ISEER4.1 & 972.89 kWh
SpecificationsAuto Convertible Twin Cool Inverter; 100% Copper Tubing
Sheild Blue Technology
Auto Air Swing
Eco Tough
PM 2.5 Filter
Anti-Bacterial Filter
MirAIe & Wi-Fi Support
Customized Sleep Profile
Demudifier
Smart Diagnosis
Alexa & Google Compatible
Best hot and cold AC 2023

It has 100% copper tubing and shields blue technology i.e a blue chemical coating on the condenser and fins to prevent it from sediment and salt. Auto air swing is good. Its outer body is made from Eco Tough material which translates to a super solid body. PM 2.5 and anti-bacterial filters have been used to purify the air.

This wifi enabled AC can be integrated via the Mirae app. You get lots of options after connecting to the Mirae app, especially the sleep profile i.e greater autonomy for customizing it. It can be customized differently for different people. 

You get a dehumidifier and smart diagnosis feature i.e if there is an error, a notification will appear on the app so that you can get it repaired. It is compatible with Alexa and Google. It has 39dB noise levels but you won’t feel them. 

It has 1 year comprehensive, 5 years on PCB, and 10 years warranty on the compressor and costs Rs 42,000. 

Pros & Cons:

PROS
  • It’s a good AC with good cooling and heating. 
  • There are no issues. 
  • It is a feature-rich AC. 
  • Mirae app connectivity is good. It is a smart AC.
CONS
  • Panasonic’s service is not that good. Make sure you check it. If service is good in your area, then go for it.

5. Voltas 1.5 Ton 3 Star: Hot and Cold AC 2023

Last on the list is Voltas 1.5 ton 3 stars (2021 model). It has a 1.5-ton proper capacity- 5220W cooling and heating capacity. Some ACs have different cooling and heating capacity- more heating and less cooling. But Voltas has the same cooling and heating capacity. 

Voltas 1.5 Ton 3 Star
Cooling Capacity‎5220W Or 1.5 Ton
Heating Capacity‎5220W Or 1.5 Ton
ISEER1076.9 kWh
SpecificationsInverter Compressor
Twin Rotary BLDC Compressor
Copper Condenser Coil
Anti-Dust Filter with Anti-Microbial Protection
Cross Flow Air Vents
Auto Restart
Best hot and cold AC 2023

It has an inverter compressor (twin rotary BLDC), copper condenser coils, and an anti-dust filter with anti-microbial protection. It has both cooling and heating functions. You get cross-flow air vents and auto restart options. Noise levels are 44dB. It has 1 year comprehensive and 5 years warranty on the compressor. It costs Rs 45,000. 

Pros & Cons:

PROS
  • Its cooling and heating are good. 
  • Its air throw is good.
CONS
  • Voltas is one of the most popular AC brands in India but it is an older model. No latest hot and cold model has been launched. Voltas might launch it in 2023. 
  • Its noise levels are 44dB which is slightly high. They are quite noticeable at full fan speed. On less speed, they are fine in winter but not in summer. 
  • There is no extra warranty on PCB. PCB warranty is a must in inverter ACs. Its repair cost is around Rs 12,000 to Rs 20,000. An extended warranty is a must but so is a PCB warranty from the brand.

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Disclaimer: Please note that the prices mentioned in the article were recorded on the publishing date. Prices may change with time.

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