Panasonic vs Fujitsu Split System Air Conditioners: Which is Best?

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Panasonic and Fujitsu are two of the most popular split system air conditioner brands in Australia, thanks to their quality, impressive performance, energy efficiency, and reliability.

Trying to decide between the two? Read on as we break down the key things you should keep in mind when choosing, answer some commonly asked questions, and compare some of the best Panasonic and Fujitsu Split System Air Conditioners currently on the market.

Panasonic vs Fujitsu Split Systems

In our view, the people who have the best (and most unbiased) information on these brands are the technicians who are regularly called out to service and repair them in peoples homes.

Therefore, we set out to gather as many opinions as possible from technicians (as well as users) who have experience with these two brands.

Here’s what we found:

Both brands are considered amongst the best on the market and there is very little differentiating the two in terms of quality. Both brands were rated highly by technicians.

However, Panasonic does clearly edge above in favorability simply due to technicians and users both experiencing fewer issues with them over time. They also sight positive experiences with claiming warranty and with the replacement parts being more affordable.

But to reiterate – they are both highly rated and considered amongst the best brands in terms of hardware and reliability.

Therefore, for most people, the choice will come down to price as well as any specific requirements. For example, in the C7.1kW H8.0kW range, Fujitsu has a unit measuring just 98cm in width, while the corresponding Panasonic unit is 112cm. So in this case, those with a narrow wall space may be best with the Fujitsu.

Best for Larger Rooms: Fujitsu C9.4kW H10.3kW Reverse Cycle Split System

Size: 115 x 34 x 28cm
Filtration System: Apple-Catechin and Long-Life Ion Deodorisation Filter
Cooling Capacity: 9.4kW
Heating Capacity: 10.3kW
Noise Level: 52 dBa

Pros: High output, economy mode, good warranty coverage
Cons: Low efficiency rating

If you have large rooms that you want to heat or cool, this Fujitsu air conditioner is ideal. The larger size means it comes with an increased capacity and makes it suitable for use in rooms between 51-70sqm.

Although this model isn’t as energy efficient as the smaller models listed, it does have an eco mode as well as a super quiet mode so users can get the most from their AC. The inverter also helps to increase output and minimise fluctuations in temperature.

Compared to the Panasonic models listed, this Fujitsu offers more timer options including sleep mode, weekly, and program.

In addition to the standard air filter, the Fujitsu air conditioner also includes a deodorisation filter to help get rid of odours.

Upgrades mean this air conditioning unit is now slimmer than the previous model and has an improved star rating for the heating mode.

Excellent Filtration System: Panasonic C7.1kW H8.0kW Reverse Cycle Split System

Size: 112 x 30.2 x 23.6cm
Filtration System: NANOE-X Air Purifier
Cooling Capacity: 7.1kW
Heating Capacity: 8.0kW
Noise Level: 34 – 49 dBa

Pros: Good for larger rooms, NAC approved air purifier, quiet operation
Cons: Wi-fi connectivity sold separately

This indoor wall mounted unit is suitable for rooms up to 60sqm (slightly larger spaces than the Fujitsu model of the same capacity). It uses a 24-hour air purifier that is approved by the National Asthma Council of Australia and helps to remove dust, allergens, and bacteria from the entire house.

One key benefit of the Panasonic model is the fast cooling/heating times and the dehumidifier function.

This is also one of the quieter options as the noise produced is between 34 – 49 dBa and there is a quiet mode too.

However, the 2.5 star and 3 star energy efficiency ratings are not the best. Take a look at the Fujitsu C7.1kW/ H8kW model or the smaller Panasonic C5kW/H6kW model for improved efficiency ratings.

This air conditioning unit comes with a wireless remote control as well as a 24 hour timer. There is wi-fi smart control available but the wi-fi connectivity adaptor is sold separately.

Most Compact: Fujitsu C7.1kW H8.0kW Reverse Cycle Split System

Size: 98 x 28 x 24cm
Filtration System: Apple-Catechin and Long-Life Ion Deodorisation Filter
Cooling Capacity: 7.1kW
Heating Capacity: 8.0kW
Noise Level: 49 dBa

Pros: Super quiet mode, automatic adjustment, compact size, smartphone control
Cons: Loud outdoor unit (66 dBA)

If you are looking for a high power split system air conditioner but are limited on space, this Fujitsu is a great option. Of the more powerful reverse system air conditioners, this is the smallest. Compared to the Panasonic air conditioning unit offering the same power, the Fujitsu model is slimmer and shorter.

Fujitsu has been increasing the energy efficiency features of their air conditioning systems and this model offers a 4 star energy rating in heating power and a 2.5 star in cooling power. The human sensor is one of the key features that help with reducing the energy consumption of this model.

For ease of use, this air conditioner has automatic air flow adjustment so will adjust the cool air/ hot air flow in alignment with the room temperature. This air conditioning system is suitable for rooms between 36-50sqm. The indoor unit isn’t too loud at 59 dBA but the outdoor unit is 66 dBA, which is much more than the Panasonic model (54 dBA).

This indoor unit can be controlled from anywhere using a smartphone. It also has a range of timer options and a super quiet mode.

Most Energy Efficient: Panasonic C5.0kW H6.0kW Reverse Cycle Split System

Size: 112 x 30.2 x 23.6
Filtration System: NANOE-X Air Purifier
Cooling Capacity: 5.0kW
Heating Capacity: 6.0kW
Noise Level: 31 – 47 dBa

Pros: Energy efficient, quiet, instant cooling
Cons: Best for smaller rooms

If energy consumption is a priority, this Panasonic model is the one to choose. Running costs will be reduced thanks to the 4 star cooling energy rating and 4.5 star heating energy rating.

However, this model is best suited to use in a single room up to 50sqm in size. If you have a larger space to heat/ cool it is better to look at a system that offers more capacity. If you use this smaller air con unit in large spaces then you will find it is working overtime and is not as energy efficient as it should be.

This reverse cycle split system air conditioner has a dehumidifier function as well as a quiet operation setting for use during the night. The Panasonic models also have iAUTO-x technology which provides instant cooling power as soon as the unit is switched on.

Compared to the other units, this is the quietest with a noise output of 31 – 47 dBA. For ease of use it also comes with a 24 hour timer and a wireless remote control.

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Check out our guide on the best split system air conditioners in Australia.

Comparison Table – Cooling Only Units

Split SystemSKUSizeTypeFiltration SystemCooling CapacityHeating CapacityCooling Energy RatingHeating Energy RatingIndoor Noise LevelOutdoor Noise LevelEco ModeTimersWarranty
Fujitsu C2.5kWSET-ASTG09CMCA84 x 26.8 x 20.3cmCooling OnlyApple-Catechin2.5kWN/A5 StarN/A40 dBA64 dBAYesWeekly, Program, Sleep5 year
Panasonic C2.5kWCS/CU-U25WKR77.9 x 29 x 20.9cmCooling OnlyAntibacterial2.5kWN/A3.5 Star4 Star19-42 dBA42 – 47 dBAYes24 Hour5 year
Fujitsu C3.5kWSET-ASTG12CMCA84 x 26.8 x 20.3cmCooling OnlyApple-Catechin3.5kWN/A3.5 StarN/A42 dBA67 dBAYesWeekly, Program, Sleep5 year
Panasonic C3.5kWCS/CU-U35WKR77.9 x 29 x 20.9cmCooling OnlyAnti-bacterial3.5kWN/A3.5 Star4 Star19-43 dBA44 – 49 dBAYes24 Hour5 year
Fujitsu C5.0kWSET-ASTG18CMCA94 x 29.5 x 27cmCooling OnlyApple-Catechin5kWN/A3.5 StarN/A46 dBA65 dBAYesWeekly, Program, Sleep5 year
Panasonic C5.0kWCS/CU-U50WKR77.9 x 29 x 20.9cmCooling OnlyAnti-bacterial5kWN/A4 Star4 Star28 – 47 dBA43 – 48 dBAYes24 Hour5 year
Fujitsu C7.1kWSET-ASTG24CMCA94 x 29.5 x 27cmCooling OnlyApple-Catechin7.1kWN/A2.5 StarN/A49 dBA70 dBAYesWeekly, Program, Sleep5 year
Fujitsu C8.5kWSET-ASTG30CMTA115 x 34 x 28cmCooling OnlyApple-Catechin8.5kWN/A2 StarN/A51 dBA66 dBAYesWeekly, Program, Sleep5 year
Fujitsu C9.4kWSET-ASTG34CMTA115 x 34 x 28cmCooling OnlyApple-Catechin9.4kWN/A2 StarN/A51 dBA65 dBAYesWeekly, Program, Sleep5 year

Comparison Table – Reverse Cycle Units

Split SystemSKUSizeTypeFiltration SystemCooling CapacityHeating CapacityCooling Energy RatingHeating Energy RatingIndoor Noise LevelOutdoor Noise LevelEco ModeTimersWarranty
Panasonic C2.5kW H3.2kWCS/CU-Z25VKR91.9 x 29.5 x 19.4cmReverse CycleNANOE-X2.5kW3.2kW5 Star5.5 Star43 dBA62 dBAYes24 Hour5 year
Fujitsu C2.5kW H3.2kWSET-ASTG09KMTC83.4 x 27 x 22.2cmReverse CycleApple-Catechin2.5kW3.2kW5.5 Star3 Star40 dBA61 dBAYesWeekly, Program, Sleep5 year
Panasonic C3.5kW H4.3kWCS/CU-Z35VKR91.9 x 29.5 x 19.4cmReverse CycleNANOE-X3.5kW4.3kW3.5 Star2.5 Star44 dBA65 dBAYes24 Hour5 year
Fujitsu C3.5kW H3.7kWSET-ASTG12KMTC83.4 x 27 x 22.2cmReverse CycleApple-Catechin3.5kW3.7kW5 Star2.5 Star42 dBA61 dBAYesWeekly, Program, Sleep5 year
Panasonic C5.0kW H6.0kWCS/CU-Z50VKR112 x 30.2 x 23.6cmReverse CycleNANOE-X5kW6kW4 Star4.5 Star31 – 47 dBA48 dBAYes24 Hour5 year
Fujitsu C5.0kW H6.0kWSET-ASTG18KMTC98 x 28 x 24cmReverse CycleApple-Catechin5kW6kW4.5 Star2.5 Star46 dBA61 dBAYesWeekly, Program, Sleep5 year
Fujitsu C6.0kW H7.2kWSET-ASTG22KMTC98 x 28 x 24cmReverse CycleApple-Catechin6kW7.2kW3 Star4 Star48 dBA65 dBAYesWeekly, Program, Sleep5 year
Panasonic C7.1kW H8.0kWCS/CU-Z71VKR112 x 30.2 x 23.6cmReverse CycleNANOE-X7.1kW8kW2.5 Star3 Star34 – 49 dBA54 dBAYes24 Hour5 year
Fujitsu C7.1kW H8.0kWSET-ASTG24KMTC98 x 28 x 24cmReverse CycleApple-Catechin7.1kW8kW2.5 Star4 Star49 dBA66 dBAYesWeekly, Program, Sleep5 year
Fujitsu C8.5kW H9.0kWSET-ASTG30KMTC115 x 34 x 28cmReverse CycleApple-Catechin8.5kW9kW2 Star3 Star51 dBA67 dBAYesWeekly, Program, Sleep5 year
Fujitsu C9.4kW H10.3kWSET-ASTG34KMTC115 x 34 x 28cmReverse CycleApple-Catechin9.4kW10.3kW2 Star2.5 Star52 dBA67 dBAYesWeekly, Program, Sleep5 year

Things to Consider When Selecting Your Split System Air Conditioner

A split system air conditioning unit is one of the most popular options for heating and cooling thanks to its ability to heat and cool larger spaces as well as its ease of installation in comparison to alternatives.

Key Features

Filters

Filters capture the dust, bacteria, and allergens to distribute cleaner air throughout your home. An effective filtration system is extremely important if family members have allergies or asthma.

Most air conditioning units use high-quality filters and some have also been approved by the National Asthma Council of Australia.

Controls

There are two main factors to consider when it comes to the controls. Firstly, the physical control which usually includes a wired or wireless remote that allows you to adjust the temperature, fan speed etc. Some newer models have wi-fi control so you can use your smartphone as a controller too and higher end models may also offer voice control.

Secondly, consider the timer options. The timer helps to ensure the air conditioner is on when you need it and off when you don’t. Some systems have a simple 24 hour timer while others allow you to set timer programs, sleep timers, and weekly timers.

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Energy Rating

The energy rating system is a quick and easy way to see how energy efficient the unit. The star system allows you to easily compare models offering the same cooling and heating power. Choosing a more efficient air conditioner will help you to save on energy bills in the long run.

Heating & Cooling Power

If you require an air conditioner that can cool the room but can also distribute warm air to heat the room when needed then look at reverse cycle models. Reverse cycle air conditioning units are more expensive but offer year round use and more versatility.

Dehumidifier

Some air conditioning systems also have a dehumidifier mode. If you are in Northern NSW, WA, Queensland or another high humidity area then choosing an air conditioner brand that offers this mode will be worthwhile.

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Split System FAQ

Where Are Fujitsu Airconditioners Made?

Most Fujitsu air conditioners are made in China but some are made in Thailand.

Is Panasonic Better Than Fujitsu?

Both brands are among the best on the market although Panasonic models seem to have fewer issues over time.

How Much Does A Fujitsu Air Conditioner Cost?

Fujitsu air conditioners cost between $800 – $3500+ depending on the model and features.

Who Manufactures Fujitsu Air Conditioners?

Fujitsu General Global manufactures Fujitsu air conditioners.

Is Panasonic Split AC Good?

Yes, Panasonic Split air conditioners are high-quality, reliable, and have efficient air purification systems.

Where Are Panasonic Air Conditioners Made?

Panasonic makes their air conditioners in various countries including Malaysia and China.




This article was written by Jim Marsden

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