It’s no joke to buy an AC today. Don’t blame yourself if you are confused. With great brands on offer, like LG, Voltas, Daikin, Hitachi and Blue Star, the AC market is up to the brim with great models. How can you tell if one is better than the other? Actually, going by reviews and reputation, most AC brands today are in serious competition with each other.
They all bring the latest AC cooling technology to the consumer, plus make their ACs affordable. These days, even average income earners want to buy ACs. Owning an AC, whether it’s a Hitachi AC, a premium brand, or any other, is a necessity.
Many Indians, enamoured by Japanese brands, are already impressed with appliances that Hitachi makes, such as refrigerators and televisions. The brand has a long-standing reputation for incorporating the best in technology and specs in its home appliances. In the niche segment of high-end consumers, Hitachi, along with Daikin, rank as the top sellers in the AC market in India.
Nonetheless, their appliances are flagship models that may not suit middle-income Indians. On the other hand, Blue Star is an old, but tried and tested Indian brand. It offers ACs of a good quality in many price segments. Indians like the brand as it matches their pocket.
With that said, it is vital to know the pros and cons of models offered by these two brands, if you want to make an educated decision about what’s best for you.
Comparing ACs is a challenging task as many aspects are to be considered. First off, think of AC types: is it a split or window AC? You need to compare both ACs of the same type. You have to take capacity into consideration also, and since the average size of AC demand is between 1 and 2 tons, it’s good to compare a mid-way size, say 1.5 tons.
Based on these two broad factors, you can compare an AC from Hitachi (ESNG318HDEAZ2) to a Blue Star AC (IC518DBTU). Since split ACs take the lion’s share of the Indian market — about 70% — here, we will compare a Hitachi split AC with a Blue Star split AC, both with a capacity of 1.5 tons. You may find some additional information about window ACs from the two brands useful too.
Comparison and Pros and Cons
A comparison of the Hitachi AC (ESNG318HDEAZ2) of 1.5 tons is made with the Blue Star 1.5 ton AC (IC518DBTU), and both models are split ACs. The following criteria is the basis on which the comparison is made, citing pros and cons, if any:
- Energy Efficiency – Between the two ACs, the Blue Star AC has an energy efficiency rating of 5 stars, whereas the Hitachi AC has a rating of 3 stars. These are ratings given by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency, and Blue Star leads here. Nonetheless, it’s important to note that a 3 star rating will cut power costs as well, but a 5 star rating will curb the cost more. The Hitachi model consumes 1630 watts of power, whereas Blue Star AC consumes 1500 watts.
- Inverter Compressor – Both brands have great technology in this respect, but Hitachi comes with an “expandable inverter compressor” that expands its capacity according to cooling needs. It can also reduce humidity levels during the monsoon season. The Blue Star AC, on the other hand, lets you personalize settings, permitting two users to customize these on the basis of their needs (dual user settings).
- Cooling – Due to copper tubes having grooves to ensure robust and turbulent cooling, Hitachi ACs cool faster than Blue Star models. This is true for some of Hitachi’s window models too.
- Self-diagnosis – Blue Star ACs have a display that shows you an error code in case there is fault with the machine. There is no such self-diagnosis feature in Hitachi models.
- Display – Many Hitachi ACs, in both window and split models do not display temperature. Blue Star ACs will display the temperature.
- Price – Blue Star ACs cost less than Hitachi models, but may make up this cost when technicians install your AC.
Both Hitachi and Blue Star are reliable AC brands known to satisfy Indian consumers with their window and split AC. You can afford the AC you want from a wide range of options when you shop on the Bajaj Finserv EMI Store. You can pay for your AC conveniently with your Bajaj Finserv EMI Network Card, and avail of the EMI Store’s 24-hour delivery service.