2016 Canstar Blue Award
Panasonic blows the rest away in air con ratings
Australians have no better friend than their air conditioner. It’s there for us in warm times, and it’s even got our back in the colder months. Air conditioners, we salute you! However, not all air conditioners are as reliable, effective and easy to use as we would like, so you’re advised to do your research before buying – otherwise you might be left feeling a little hot under the collar.
In 2016, we had a changing of the guard, with Panasonic replacing Fujitsu General at the top of the table. Panasonic has been rated 5 stars in Overall Customer Satisfaction for air conditioners, winning the Canstar Blue award for 2016. On top of this, Panasonic secured a five-star rating in every single research category:
- Reliability (i.e. it doesn’t break down)
- Ease of use (of the controls and buttons)
- Noise level while operating
- Value for money
- Functionality (i.e. the ability to choose and adjust functions)
- After sale service (including warranty)
A pioneer of modern air con innovation, Panasonic is leading the energy efficiency revolution in home cooling. Its inverter operating system allows air conditioners to vary the rotation speed of their compressors, which results in reduced energy consumption without compromising the set temperature. What’s more, Panasonic’s aptly-named ‘ECONAVI’ intelligent sensors monitor the movements of people in the room and can adjust the air conditioner’s output accordingly. So if there is no one in the room, it will reduce its cooling power and stop you wasting money.
In addition to awesome energy efficiency, Panasonic’s air conditioners also boast technology that ensures clean and purified air is being pumped through your home, called nanoe-G. The system uses ‘nano-technology’ consisting of ions and radicals to purify the air in the room and help protect against bacteria and viruses. Of course, air conditioner features like these do not come cheap, but Panasonic has scored a five-star rating on value for money, so we can assume customers think the technology is worth paying for.