Daikin AC/Mini Split Heat Pump Reviews, Prices and Buying Guide 2018

Note: Before you dive into the specific brand review, we highly recommend you to read our elaborate Mini-Split Buying Guide in advance, there are several crucial steps you need to take before you even start to think about the brand.

Daikin is a famous Japanese brand in U.S. for both ductless and ducted heating and cooling system. According to ConsumerReport, Daikin has grown to the top 50 central cooling brand and top 5 ductless heat pump brand. In this review, we will analyze the features of Daikin and popular models. Then you’ll see feedbacks from both experts and customers which can give you a comprehensive suggestion for this brand. At last, we will show you the estimated prices, negotiating tactics with your contractor and tax credit information. Ok, let’s get started!

Daikin’s Features

1. Daikin Inverter technology: The Daikin ductless heat pump features inverter heat pump technology which allows the heat pump to increase or decrease compressor speed based on the capacity required to heat up or cool down a room. This technology minimizes indoor temperature fluctuations which in turn reduces energy consumption and offers unmatched room-by-room climate control. The technology ensures there is no variance in the temperature of different rooms as is the case when using a single unit for cooling and heating multiple rooms.

2. Daikin Intelligent Eye infrared sensor: The Daikin mini split heat pump also has an infrared sensor capable of sensing movement in a room. When a person leaves a room for more than 20 minutes, the heat pump will automatically activate it’s energy saving mode using intelligent eye saving approximately 20% and 30% of the energy that would have otherwise been used to continuously cool or heat respectively. The heat pump resumes normal operation when a person enters a room. The intelligent eye sensor is also capable of detecting where a person is in a room and directing airflow power and direction according to the current setting.

3. Usability features (easy to use/quiet operation/comfort): This heat pump is easier to use than most HVAC systems you can think off thanks to features like wireless control and easy-to-read display features which allow you to control the heat pump remotely from anywhere in the room. The heat pump also has a weekly timer that allows users to program operation to match their needs perfectly. The ductless nature of the heat pump makes it easy to install almost anywhere since it doesn’t require a lot of installation space. In regards to quiet operation, Daikin utilizes the unique heat pump designs i.e. natural convention heat distribution and advance inverter heat pump technology to ensure quiet operation. Sound levels average 19dB ensuring a good night’s sleep. The heat pump also has multi-zone capability for unmatched comfort.

4. Reduced energy and installation costs: Daikin boasts of an A++ rating according to European legislation on the seasonal efficiency of HVAC units. The Daikin mini split heat pump uses 25% to 40% less energy than electric baseboards. Daikin utilizes inverter technology to match power and load requirements accordingly during heating and cooling. This results in better energy consumption as well as operating costs. This ductless heat pump also eliminates duct-work which accounts for a huge percentage of the total installation cost of HVAC systems.

5. Application and selection variety: The Daikin ductless heat pump is perfect for a variety of temperature control applications in residential and commercial settings. Daikin also has a wide selection of both residential and commercial heat pump systems capable of meeting a wide range of user tastes and preferences. Daikin has units matching all interiors resulting in an unmatched unobtrusive presence.

Model Recommendation

SeriesSEERHSPFHeating FromDuctRelative Humid Control
Skyair19.313.5N/Aduct & ductlessNo
20 Series2012.55˚FductlessNo
15 Series158.25˚FductlessNo
19 Series199-4˚FductlessNo

Skyair is a new mid-end series which is very popular in Southern US. 19.3 SEER (cooling efficiency rating) is enough for saving your power bill in the long run. The only disadvantage is that it can not work efficiently when the temperature drops down to 5˚F. If you live in the northern area, Quaternity or 19 Series will be your first choice. Quaternity is the high-end series with higher efficiency and better humid control.

Confused by the above dazzling models? Actually, it is easier to choose the right model than you imagine. All you have to do it choose the most cost-effective “Size” and “Efficiency”. We already had an in-depth guide teaching you how to choose the right size and efficiency ratings. There’s no best model for everyone. The best model changes according to your own condition. We strongly recommend you read this guide before choosing any Mitsubishi mini-split model.

Daikin Mini Split Air Conditioner Prices By Size

Unit Include: 1 AC Outdoor Unit, 1 Wall-Mounted Indoor Unit, 10 Year Warranty

The average price to install one Daikin mini-split (ductless) air conditioner system is $1,870

Home Size
One Unit
One Unit Installed
Daikin 9K BTU 25 SEER350-400 sf$1,040
Daikin 12K BTU 23 SEER450-550 sf$1,230
Daikin 15K BTU 21 SEER600-700 sf$1,550
Daikin 18K BTU 20 SEER700-900 sf$1,800
Daikin 24K BTU 20 SEER800-1200 sf$2,480$4,520

Daikin Mini Split Heat Pump Prices By Size

Unit Include: 1 Heat Pump Outdoor Unit, 1 Wall-Mounted Indoor Unit, 10 Year Warranty

The average price to install one Daikin mini-split (ductless) heat pump is $1,850

Home Size
One Unit
One Unit Installed
Daikin 9K BTU 25 SEER350-400 sf$1,240
Daikin 12K BTU 23 SEER450-550 sf$1,430
Daikin 15K BTU 21 SEER600-700 sf$1,760
Daikin 18K BTU 20 SEER700-900 sf$1,950
Daikin 24K BTU 19 SEER800-1200 sf$2,690$4,720

Submitted Mini-split Prices and Reviews

Here are the homeowner-submitted prices and feedback for new installation and replacement. We will update this table every 3-6 months.

Brand & Model & Size
Home Location
$3,700N/ATopeka, KS18,000 BTU
I received this gadget from Amazon 13 month ago and my heart has been swelling with pride every time I step into the house. Silent air-conditioning and a massive 18,000 BTU power was more that I had bargained for. No disturbance in my sleep as I can simply program the device, thanks to its wireless LCD remote control. Daikin should know they have one satisfied customer.
$3,75020 SeriesWashington, DC11,200 BTU
Last summer, I realized that my old heat pump was no longer up to the task and quickly went out to get a new device. A friend had pointed me in the direction of Daikin and had promised I would never regret the decision. Well, I haven’t. 5 months down the line and the machine doesn’t show any signs of fatigue. It is a true reflection of Japanese technology, famed to be among the best in the world.
$6,400QuaternityN/A24,000 BTU
This device is a total disappointment. Not only is it noisy but it is also a source of constant minor earthquakes in the house, thanks to its substantial vibrations. Its massive BTU power of 24,000 is nothing to write home about if we can’t have peace to enjoy our sleep. I would rather dump it for a less powerful but silent machine that does the job just as well. I wouldn’t advise any sane person out there to go for it, and – don’t be fooled by the massive BTU.
$7,700N/ALittle Rock, AR18,000 BTUx2
The Daikin 12,000 BTU 24.5 Seer heat pump carries out its duties diligently and silently but I have a problem with the much-touted energy saving feature it is supposed to have. My power bills have shot through the stratosphere since I started using it 10 months ago. I would love to know if anything can be done about its power consumption so that I wouldn’t have to worry about energy costs. Generally, it is a nice gadget.
I wouldn’t mind the hum of the powerful Daikin 24,000 BTU AC so long as it does its job well. I don’t see any sense in going for a quiet but hopelessly ineffective device. The slight vibrations are great for soothing me into a deep slumber! I think Daikin made a big balance between power and noise levels – huge power means you have to sacrifice certain niceties like a quiet device. At less than $3,000, it is the best bargain one can ever out there. I have been using it since 18 months ago, and so far, nothing to complain about.
$2,965.00RXS18DVJUHartford, CTN/A
My heater obsoleted over a year ago, prompting another visit to Daikin. The replacement wasn’t long in coming and I was able to continue with my life as usual. Though this is not your normal air conditioner as it is designed to save lots of energy, pushing down your energy bills, you will love its efficiency. The machine senses the inactivity in the house and automatically shifts to standby mode, further saving on electricity bills. I have been using it for the last 15 months.


How to Get the Best Daikin Mini-Split Prices?

  • Firstly, keep in mind that installation quality is always the most important thing for residential HVAC project. So never sacrifice contractor quality for lower price.
  • Secondly, remember to look up the latest tax credit and rebates.
  • Thirdly, ask for at least 3 bids before you make the decision. You can click here to get 3 free estimates for your local contractor, and this estimate already takes rebates and tax credit into consideration and filter unqualified contractors automatically.

At last, once you chose the right contractor, remember to use the tactics from this guide: Homeowners Tactics When Negotiating with HVAC Dealer to get the final best price.

3 comments… add one
  • CSI-HVAC quoted me 4400.00 for Daikin ductless model RX 18 NMVJU and install.
    I can’t find it. What can you tell me about it?
    Bob Bailie

    • Hi Rob

      There are so many detailed models that we didn’t update them. The price is fair and you can read this article for more possible savings: http://www.pickhvac.com/faq/homeowners-negotiate-tactics/

      • Thanks Rene, but I was also interested in the unit. What are the compressor features?


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