Daikin vs LG, Fujitsu, and Mitsubishi Heat Pumps


Learn how Daikin’s single zone mini split heat pumps stack up to the competition

If you’re looking at installing a heat pump in your home, then you already know about all of the benefits they can provide homeowners. Notably, the cost savings and consistent home comfort they provide year-round. 

As you research which heat pump system is right for your home, you are also likely wondering which heat pump brand you should choose. The truth is that there is a wide range of heat pump manufacturers available to choose from, some higher quality than others. 

When it comes to mini-split systems, Daikin, as well as a few select competitive brands, are widely regarded as the top brands in terms of quality and durability. However, while some models may have certain features that have an edge over other manufacturers, it’s important to compare the models and features that meet your needs and budget. 

The leading HVAC blog, Pick Hvac, conducted a comparison of the top mini split brands using single zone mini split heat pump models. Below, we outline their comparison chart and highlight some of the key areas where Daikin’s single zone heat pump came out on top. 

Mini Split Heat Pump Comparison Chart 

In their comparison, Daikin came out on top as the brand with “the most to offer” according to the reviewers. See the comparison chart below.

Daikin Mitsubishi Fujitsu LG
Outdoor model RXS12LVJU MUZ-GL12NA-U1 AOU12RLFW1 LSU120HSV5
Cooling BTU 12K 12K 12K 11.2K
Heating BTU 14.4K 14.4K 14K 13.3K
Cooling efficiency 23 SEER 23.1 SEER 22 SEER 21.5 SEER
Heating efficiency 12.5 HSPF 12.5 HSPF 11 HSPF 11 HSPF
Max. outdoor/Indoor noise 49dB / 45dB 49dB /34dB 49dB / 43dB 45dB / 39dB
Warranty 12 years compressor

& parts

12 years compressor

& 10 years parts

10 years compressor

& parts

7 years compressor

& 5 years parts

Additional features 4-speed fan 5-speed fan 4-speed fan 6-speed
Fan auto-variable Fan auto-variable Fan auto-variable Fan auto-variable
Wireless remote Wireless remote Wireless remote Wireless remote
1-week timer 24-hour timer 24-hour timer 24-hour timer
Washable filters Anti-allergy filter (washable) Washable filter Washable filters
WiFi WiFi WiFi
Occupancy sensor Occupancy sensor (option)

Check out the entire review article here.

Heating Efficiency

In Atlantic Canada, a strong requirement for most homeowners is that their heat pump performs well in the cold winter months to effectively help them save on their monthly heating bill. When evaluating which heat pump is right for your home, be sure to look at the heat pump’s HSPF rating, as it is the metric used to measure a heat pump’s heating efficiency. You should also consider each heat pump’s BTU output, the unit which measures the amount of thermal energy produced. In this comparison, the Daikin model is among the leaders in both categories, making it a great choice to heat your home during the cold winter months.

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The brand of heat pump you choose is an important consideration as it is a significant investment and will play a central role in your home heating for many years to come. With longevity in mind, you should consider a heat pump that will not only run efficiently and efficiently for years but one that has a strong warranty program in case you require part replacements down the road. 

As you can see from the comparison chart above, Daikin’s manufacturer warranty is the longest among the major heat pump brands—nearly twice as long as the warranty of the Competitor 3’s model. A comprehensive warranty program is also a sign that the manufacturer has confidence that their product is built with longevity in mind. 

Occupancy Sensor

An important feature to highlight that comes standard on many Daikin models (including the one outlined in the comparison), is the occupancy sensor. This feature allows the indoor unit to detect if someone is in the room. If not, the heat pump will automatically go into power-saving mode to conserve energy (and possibly save you on your energy bill in the long term). 

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See The Daikin Models Available To You

The comparison above outlined only one of Daikin’s heat pump models but is a great showcase of the advantage that Daikin has over other leading brands. Download the Daikin Product Catalogue to browse heat pump models for single and multi-zone mini split systems, along with ductless and ducted systems.