What’s better than an Air Cooler? when your fan fails to keep you cool during the hot summer months. Well, Not everyone can afford an Air Conditioner and buying an Air Conditioner is not just about spending huge money at once but you also have to pay huge monthly bills.
For a Middle-class family, the Air Cooler perfectly fits in. It costs less and doesn’t put a load on your monthly bill because it consumes much lesser electricity than an AC. An Air Cooler tries to replace an AC but it just can’t. Air Cooler doesn’t make the Air cold instead it just blows cold air towards you.
10 Best Air Cooler in India 2019
You just can’t buy an Air Conditioner for every single room and ceiling fans usually fail during hot summer days. Most of the Air Cooler listed here have more Air deflection which means it will deliver cold air to a large area of your room without making a hole in your pocket.
Do you know? Even the best Air Conditioner in India causes skin problem and Asthma while Air Cooler is also Eco-friendly they give fresh, clean and humid air. People only tend to get the AC cleaned when it stops working so the uncleaned filter keeps attracting bacteria and viruses while the Air Cooler comes with Air Filter which you can clean or replace itself easily.
If we talk about power consumption then a 1-ton Air conditioner consumes around 0.8 units within an hour and a 1.5-ton Air conditioner consumes around 1.2 units in an hour while an Air cooler consumes only 0.1 to 0.15 units in an hour. So you can clearly see here that an air cooler consumes 1/10th power as compared to an Air conditioner.
Now, When you have already made up your mind for an Air Cooler. So, without further ado here’s a list of 10 best air coolers in India 2019.
Crompton is one of the recognized brands which makes household appliances. We have two Crompton Air Cooler in our house not this one but the one we have worked really well.
This is the best Air Cooler we found till now. The Crompton Greeves Ozone comes with a huge 75 Litre water tank. Having a huge water tank means you just have to fill the water once and then forget it for 8-10 days. Not like Air Coolers with 15 or 20 Litre water tank where you have to fill water every day.
The Cooler has a wide opening for the air to flow and the internal left to right or right to left swing is controllable and you can manually adjust the outer swing. Also, It has speed control knob with the 3-speed setting and there is also a water level indicator.
It has 4,600 m3/hr Air delivery which is Ideal for a room size of up to 550 Sq Ft. My friend owns this cooler and reviews as per him is great. According to him it also consumes less power, only 190 Watts. So if you are looking for one such Air Cooler then here’s your bet.
What I like
Well, I already own a Crompton greeves Cooler and I really liked the way it covers the entire room. The area from where it blows the air is big so even at low settings it gives enough fresh air. You can use the low setting for a small room, a medium setting for a bedroom and high setting for a big room like halls.
The water tank is big so no need to filling water every day. You just have to fill it once and forget for almost a week. Effective Honeycomb Cooling Pads which cleans the air effectively. It has a separate ice tray on top. You can fill it with some ice cubes and it will make the Air colder. Another thing I liked about this cooler that it has wheels base so moving it from one room to another won’t be a difficult task.
What I don’t like
This is a larger size cooler and takes up more space in your room also if you are trying it for kitchen then it won’t fit a smaller sized kitchen. To cover up more area the motor needs to run at full speed so it creates minimal “hummmm” noise on all speed levels.
Having a large water tank is great but you also have to spend time filling the tank too. This tank takes 6 to 7 buckets of water and the hole to fill the water or water inlet is also small so you have to spend a lot of time filling 6 to 7 buckets of water with a mug one by one. Well, you can avoid this by buying a water pipe.
- Large water tank with massive 75 Litres water capacity.
- Honeycomb pads more effective than Wood Wool pads.
- Covers large area throws cold air up to 52 ft.
- Ice cube tray for better cooling.
- Large size so it always stays above your bed level.
- Creates some annoying noise
Symphony is another great brand when it comes to consumer electronics. There are a lot of coolers available from Symphony but we found this one to be the best value for money.
There is also a Jr (Junior) model available of the same Air Cooler which is same capacity as this one but smaller in size we will discuss how this one is better later on in this article. The best thing about Symphony Siesta is its design it is a modern looking Air Cooler which a huge water capacity. It can hold 70 litres of water so you don’t have to fill in water every single day.
It has a special designed Air Grills to throw the air effectively in every corner of your room. Also, It has a powerful 16-inch fan with motorised louvres so the cool air is well distributed throughout the room.
The powerful 160 Watts motor used here is capable of cooling an area of 370 sq ft. This cooler comes with a 1-year warranty.
What I like
I really liked the design of this air cooler. It has a modern look, a good build body and will stand out in every kind of house. The water level indicator is also big So you can easily take a look at the current water level, the one I own has a very small water indicator and I can’t even measure the water level with it it’s just not visible at all so having a bigger water indicator is a must.
The water tank here is 70 litres just like the Crompton one. It has the same problem of filling water slowly which you can avoid by buying a water pipe. This Cooler also has Caster wheels which is better than the normal plastic wheels.
This Air Cooler even consumes less power than the Crompton Greeves Ozone, only 160 Watts so you can easily operate it for a longer period of time without worrying about your electricity bill.
Also, we talked about a smaller variant of the same air Cooler remember? The smaller variant is small in height it won’t throw the air to the body level. You may also have to use a stand-in order to raise it above your height of the bed so keep this thing in mind before buying a small air cooler. You don’t have to face such issues with this one because it has adequate height.
What I don’t like
The air delivery is quite low when compared to the Crompton Greeves Ozone, it will cover up to a 400 sq ft. It rotates at 1400 m2/hr which is quite low, So you may have to keep it closer to you.
The ice tray is missing in the Symphony Siesta well you can alternatively drop ice in the water tank but it will affect that much. Having a separate ice tray cools the water flowing through the pump. Lastly, the price of the Air Cooler is also high. You can wait for a sale and then grab it but the normal price is quite high as compared to the other 70 litres cooler.
- Great design it looks Modern and has Plastic build.
- Low power usage 160 Watts motor saves you a lot of power.
- Large Water tank it has a Massive 75 litres water capacity.
- Priced High, The price should be a bit low.
- Missing Ice tray having an ice tray provides better efficiency
- Less Air throws only Good for a small room.
Yet another good consumer electronics brand widely famous for its Air Cooler and Mixer Grinder. The Maharaja Whiteline Arrow DLX Co features a 50 Litres water tank capacity. The Air Cooler is boxed shaped and has 2500 m3/hr air delivery. The Arrow deluxe has small vents but it is capable of delivering air up to 35 feet. It has 3-speed modes and 2 swing modes controllable with a knob as well as a moisture control switch.
It has 4-way air deflection which you can manually control or fix it in one direction as per your need. We have a similar Air Cooler in our house from a different brand and I’ll explain the advantages and disadvantages later on. Now if you are looking for a small sized cooler with high water capacity then you can go for this one.
Horizontal manual and vertical motorised louvre movement ensure cold air is evenly spread throughout the room. This cooler comes with 1 year of warranty.
What I like
This cooler uses a blower design instead of a regular fan design thus providing better air flow. Having a blower doesn’t require the opening to be large thus it can fit in a smaller size Air cooler.
The Maharaja Whiteline Arrow also has mosquito net covering all three sides of Woowool pads and the net also prevents you from getting an electric shock as it completely covers wood wool pads which become wet.
This is a small sized cooler but still, the air delivery is great, it can throw air up to 35 feet which is good enough for 3-4 people. It is also inverter friendly So you can still keep using the Air cooler in a power outage.
What I don’t like
I don’t usually like coolers with short height well, I own of these types of cooler and I know the burden of raising it above my bed level. You have to buy a separate cooler stand with it in order to use it in your bedroom. The stand is not included in the package so you have to spare extra bucks for it.
This comes with Aspen Wooden fibre pads which are not as good as the Honeycomb pads while it costs low but requires high maintenance also it is not much effective. The power usage here is high, it takes around 220 Watts of the power supply.
It doesn’t have an ice tray you have to fill it with cold water in order to get cold air out of it. Having a separate ice tray is like the icing on the cake. Lastly, it has a small water indicator which I personally don’t like.
- Inverter friendly
- Large water tank holds 50 litres of water
- Covers large area good enough for a small room
- Low in height, you need to buy a stand
- High power usage consumes 230 Watts
The Ken-star Cyclone 12 Air Cooler is very economical and best for versatility. It has a nice looking design and packs amazing features. The water tank here is 50 litres which are good enough and you don’t have to fill in water each and every day. It has a large fan design which will provide greater air delivery in your entire room.
There are two models available of the same cooler. One with remote control feature and the other one without remote control. The price difference is about Rs 1,000 and if you don’t want to get out of your bed each time to control the speed or turn it off then you can go for the variant with remote control.
It has 3 controllable knobs for speed control, swing control, and moisture control. It is also power efficient uses only 190 Watts and you can also operate this on your inverter. There is another model of Ken-star listed below so check that out as well.
What I like
There is a lot of things which I liked about this cooler, lets first talk about the thing I liked the most. The remote, This Ken-star Air cooler comes with a remote control just like an Air conditioner. Now you don’t have to go near your cooler to adjust its settings or to turn it on or off you can just do it with the included remote.
It has a separate ice chamber throw which the water flows. Having an ice tray makes the cooler cools the air more effectively. This cooler also comes with a mosquito net and dust filter. The net and filter really help to keep out the mosquito and small insects to enter the cooler.
In the end, you will get fresh air every time. I always look for air cooler with honeycomb cooling pads and this cooler has it. It is also compatible on inverter so another plus point here.
What I don’t like
I don’t like the pricing of this air cooler. It is slightly high as compared to other air coolers. Anyways you can wait for a sale to grab this one.
This cooler is slightly low in height if you decide to use it in your bedroom then you might have to use a small stand but wait did I just forget to tell you! The stand is included in the package itself.
The water level indicator used here is in black colour so you will have a hard time checking the water level. You might have to use a torch instead. Lastly, the noise this cooler creates a lot of noise so bear in mind if you have small children sleeping then it might wake them up.
- Ice chamber for better cooling efficiency
- Honey Comb cooling pads, more effective than wood wool pads
- Works on inverter
- Remote Controlled
- Includes Stand in the package.
- Low height but comes with a stand.
- Priced high
Here’s another one from Ken-star, it comes with a box kind of design. Most of the boxed type air coolers resemble each other in terms of design. The Ken-star double cool dx comes with a solid plastic build.
It has 2 controllable knobs for speed control and swing. This cooler also consumes less power, 200 Watts. You can also operate this cooler on inverter so you don’t need to worry about the power outage. The cooler from Maharaja with the same specification consumes about 220 Watts so here’s a plus point.
The water tank here is of 50 litres capacity so you don’t have to fill the water every day just fill it once and forget it for a week. It also has good air delivery 1700 m3/hr and can throw air up to 35 feet. It has a 3-way water inlet. You can use the front inlet to fill the water or use the side tap or you can remove the back panel and fill the water from there.
Horizontal manual and vertical motorised louvre movement ensure cold air is evenly spread throughout the room. This cooler comes with 1 year of warranty.
What I like
The cooler uses blower instead of a normal fan design which is more effective in a smaller sized cooler. The water capacity is again great here, the water tank is large the capacity is 50 litres which are really liked.
The cooling pads are covered by mosquito net so it prevents mosquitoes and small insects to enter the cooler. So you get fresh and clean air from this cooler. The cooling area is good but not great. If you use it in your bedroom then it will cool your entire bed area easily but not more than that.
You can choose anyone between the Maharaja Whiteline Arrow and this one on the basis of price. There is another variant from the same brand Kenstar Auster XW so be sure to check that out as well.
What I don’t like
This cooler doesn’t come with an ice tray having a separate ice chamber increase the cooling efficiency by a huge margin. The air delivery is quite good but not great.
The height of the cooler is also very low you must have to buy a stand in order to make it usable. The stand is not included in the package so you have to spare extra bucks from your pocket.
It uses Wood Wool fibre which is also less efficient than the Honeycomb cooling pad and the last thing I don’t like about this cooler is the water indicator, its small in size and usually doesn’t work well.
- large water tank capacity
- 3 Way water inlet
- Good air flow
- The small height you need to buy a stand
- Wood Wool cooling pad – You’ll need to Change the Cooling Pad more Often
The Bajaj Platini PX97 is a great budget cooler which comes in amazing design and builds quality. It features 3-way air cooling and comes with fan design to cover a large area of your room. This is the most energy efficient cooler we found till now, it uses only 100 Watts power which is the same as a normal ceiling fan. This cooler is capable of cooling an area of 150 sq ft.
It features two knobs, one to control the speed up to 3 levels and others to control the swing. It also has plastic wheels so you don’t have to carry is to another room just push it. The wheel makes the job simpler even a child can move it from room to room.
The water tank here is of 36 litres capacity which is good enough and will easily last you for a few days. This Air cooler also operates on an inverter so you can enjoy seamless operation throughout the night. It has something called chill trap technology which traps cool air inside the cooler.
3 Side honeycomb cooling pad for enhanced performance. Four-way air deflection with the Horizontal manual and vertical motorized louvre movement ensure cold air is evenly spread throughout the room. This cooler comes with 1 year of warranty.
What I like
The best thing I liked about this cooler is the power usage, it uses only 100 Watts of power which makes it the best energy efficient air cooler in the entire list. The energy usage here is almost half of the other cooler available at same price.
Another great thing is its design, it has a modern design and will easily blend in any home or office. It has good airflow and throws air up to 30 feet. It has caster wheels so mobility is not an issue here also the height is good enough to reach your bed.
The most important thing is the pricing. The product is priced really well since it is energy efficient it will save you more in the long run.
What I don’t like
There are a few things I don’t like about this Air Cooler. Firstly, the water tank the capacity here is only 36 litres so you might have to fill in water every 2 or 3 days if you keep it running for 12 hrs a day.
It doesn’t have an ice tray you can alternatively drop ice in the water tank but it will not affect that much. The cooling pad used here is of Wool Wool fibre which is not as efficient as Honeycomb fibre.
The cooler is quite good as compared to the price but the cooling speed is almost same for all 3-speed settings. The cooling here is also not that great maybe because of the slow motor and missing ice tray but it gets the job done. The one from Symphony listed below cools better than this.
- Consumes less power
- Works on Inverter
- Great design and build quality
- Wood Wool cooling Pad
- Missing Ice Tray
- Small water tank
The Crompton Mystique is a tower cooler. It comes in a long design blends well with any home or office. It has honeycomb cooling pads which makes it more effective. This cooler is a similar price as the Bajaj Platini and shares very similar specifications. The water tank here is large, its 34 litres and the cooler comes with caster wheels so one can easily move it from one place to another.
It has 4-way air deflection and uses a blower instead of a normal fan design. The blower is more effective than a fan design it traps cold air inside. This cooler has an air-throw up to 35 feet and is capable of cooling an area of 180 sq ft.
Four-way air deflection with the Horizontal manual and vertical motorized louvre movement ensure cold air is evenly spread throughout the room. This cooler comes with 1 year of warranty.
The place where this cooler stands out the most is the size. It takes very low space so you can keep it in any corner even behind another appliance. This cooler is also eco-friendly and energy efficient. The power usage here is 130 Watts which is just a bit high than a normal ceiling fan. The Crompton mystique is also inverter friendly.
What I like
It’s a budget-friendly tower cooler and comes at a very low price. The water tank is decent and can hold up to 34 litres of water. You may have to fill in the water every 3 days. Another great thing is the power usage, the motor used here is of 130 Watts so it won’t burn a hole in your pocket.
Honeycomb cooling pad used here which is another plus point. I have explained the advantages of Honeycomb pads over the normal wood wool pads in the buying guide at the end of the post so make sure to check it out.
It has 2 knobs for speed and swings control while the left and right swing is automatic you have to manually adjust the upper and lower louvres. This cooler can be operated on inverter as well so whether it’s an outrage or something else you don’t need to worry about.
What I don’t like
I don’t really like the design over here according to some reviews we figured it out that it has very poor build quality. The materials are not good and it also has a water leakage problem. The tower design air cooler comes with smaller air vents which allow lesser air to flow through it. If you decide to use it in your bedroom then it’s not a good choice. It’s only good enough for a single person.
The water tank is also small it can hold only up to 34 litres of water considering the size it could have been better. It also doesn’t come with an ice tray.
- Inverter friendly
- Honey Comb cooling pads for better efficiency
- Budget-friendly comes at a low price
- Caster wheels for easy mobility
- Poor Build Quality, low quality plastic used.
- No ice tray
- Small water tank only 34 litres.
The Symphony Kaizen is a smaller sized air cooler which comes with a water capacity of 41 litres. The design is boxed shaped and requires a stand or you can just put it on a table. To be honest my friend owns this cooler there is nothing much to like about it.
It has Cool flow dispenser and Large cooling pad area for superior cooling. Horizontal manual and vertical motorized louvre movement ensure cold air is evenly spread throughout the room.
The air flow is decent it goes up to 30 feet. Well, this cooler is the most energy efficient. It has a 95-watt motor. The cooler has a blower design and the cooling pad is covered with a mosquito net. There are two controllable knobs, one for swing and other for speed.
There is one more variant of this cooler available Symphony Kaizen Jr with a smaller water tank at a much cheaper price, you can check that out too. This cooler comes with 1 year of warranty.
What I like
After using it for a year there are a few things which I liked about this air cooler. Firstly the air throw, at high speed this cooler has really great air throw. It can cool an area up to 30 feets this cooler is good enough for 3-4 people.
This cooler is well priced. You can get it around Rs 5,000 and even lower during sales. It has a mosquito net and dust filter to keep mosquito and small insects outside.
This cooler consumes lesser energy than a normal ceiling fan so you can operate it throughout the night without worrying about your electricity bill.
What I don’t like
Trust me! This cooler makes a lot of noise. Even at low speed, the noise is very high. The noise is just like a Hairdryer blowing air on your face. So best in mind, if you have small children then it won’t let them sleep.
It doesn’t have an ice tray which is a bummer. The height of this cooler is very small you must use a stand in order to raise its height. Keep in mind there is no stand included in the package so you have to spend extra money from your pocket.
Filling water is also a mess here most of the time half of the water drops on the floor so you should be careful while filling water in this air cooler. Lastly, the water indicator used here is complete crap. It doesn’t work most of the time and you have to use a torch in order to check the water level.
- Budget-friendly, very low price tag.
- Energy efficient, only 95 Watts motor.
- Large water tank capacity holds 41 litres of water.
- Small height, you have to buy a stand.
- This cooler makes a lot of noise.
- Poor Water indicator level
- No ice tray
A personal air cooler from Orient Electric, it features a 20-litre water tank. The design here is great it comes with a dual colored design and will easily blend in any home.
It has 4 ways and 360-degree air deflection along with Horizontal manual and vertical motorized louvre movement which ensure cold air is evenly spread throughout the room. and the cooling area is up to 150 sq feet. There are three controls settings High, medium and low. The Smartcool Dx from orient electric can throw the air up to 25 feet. This cooler is also energy efficient you can easily operate it on your inverter.
This cooler comes with Honeycomb cooling pads which is great at this price point. Honeycomb pads are 25% more efficient than the normal Aspen wooden fibre cooling pads. It also comes with a remote control so you don’t need to get out of your bed each time you want to operate it.
It also comes with a remote control for easier operation and it comes with 1 year of warranty.
What I like
This air Cooler is priced very low which makes it budget friendly so if you are on a budget looking for a good personal air cooler then you should grab this one. It is also remote controlled so you can easily turn it on or off and control the speed from your bed itself. The water indicator level is also big so you can easily monitor the current water level in it.
It Honeycomb Honeycomb cooling pad which is very less seen in budget air coolers. Having a honeycomb cooling pads makes it more efficient also you don’t have to change or replace the cooling pad more often. It also has an overflow hole and fragrance chamber. You can use a fragrance so it will blow fresh and clean air every time.
It has Caster wheels so mobility is not a problem here in this cooler. The wheels are made of plastic. It has a blower design which is widely seen in smaller air coolers the air deflection is not so good but good enough for a single person. It also has a mosquito net covering the cooling pad to keep insects and mosquito out.
What I don’t like
The water tank here is very small it can hold only 20 litres of water. Having low water capacity means you have to fill the water almost every day if you decide to keep it running for 12hrs a day.
This air cooler has a very Small height. It won’t even reach your bed level. Buying a stand for this type of air cooler is also difficult. You will need a stool type of stand in order to raise it above your bed height or its completely useless for your bedroom.
The air throw here is also very low it can throw air up to 20 feet only. The air deflection is also not so good. I recommend it only if you’re looking forward to using it for a single person.
- Good design looks modern and attractive.
- Caster Wheels for easy mobility.
- Remote controlled for easy operation.
- Mosquito net to keep the air clean.
- Overflow hole for fragrance.
- The small height you have to buy a stand.
- Small water tank capacity only 20 litres.
- Only recommended for a single person or small room.
The Symphony Ice cube is a big sized water cooler with a water capacity of 27 litres. It’s good for family use and you don’t have to refill water daily. If you decide to run it daily for 12 hrs then you can fill in water every 2 or 3 days. The air flow is decent and covers an area of up to 165 sq feet. If it’s a small room then it will cool it easily.
The motor runs on 105 Watts power supply which is same as that of a normal ceiling fan so you can have an overnight operation with this one without worrying about your monthly bill. 3-side high-efficiency honeycomb cooling pads along with Horizontal and vertical motorized louvre movement which ensure cold air is evenly spread throughout the room.
The Symphony Ice cube has bacteria and smell filter so you get fresh air every time. It also has strong caster wheels for easy mobility. This is my second best favourite after the Bajaj Platini Air cooler. This cooler comes with 1 year of warranty.
What I like
The best thing I liked about this cooler is the price, the price comes well under Rs 6,500 and it’s the second best cooler you can get in this budget. This cooler has a good height so even if you decide to use it in your bedroom it won’t be an issue, it will always be above your bed level.
The wheels here are strong. Some cooler which comes with cheap plastic wheels usually have worst performance, you have to move them 2 or 3 times to make it work.
Another good thing is the 3 sides high efficient cooling pad, the cooling pads used here are honeycomb. Lastly, the automatic verticle louvres. Not all coolers support automatic verticle louvres, in fact, this is the only one in our list. Normally you have to move the verticle louvres manually but here it’s automatic.
What I don’t like
The water tank here is small, it is 27 litres one so every 2 or 3 days you have to fill water in it before use. The air delivery here is good and only recommended for a small room, if you have a big room then you might have to pull it much closer to you.
Don’t go on the name, the name is Ice cube but it doesn’t come with an ice tray which is disappointing. Lastly, the water inlet here is very small you have to be careful while filling the water in you should better buy a water pipe so your floor won’t go wet.
- Less power usage only 105 Watts
- Automatic verticle swing.
- No ice tray
- Small Water tank only 27 litres capacity.
Are air coolers effective?
If you are trying to beat the heat during the hot summer days and on a low budget then Air Coolers really gets the job done. As said before an air cooler tries to replace an Ac in a more affordable and effective way.
Air coolers also are known as evaporation coolers brings hot air inside through the cooling pads and the water takes up the heat so the temperature of the air thus decreases. It has a pump which then passes the water down the cooling pads. This low-temperature air is then blown into your room making it colder.
As said before an Air Cooler will not cool your entire room like an AC, for example, the person sitting behind the Air Cooler will not feel any cold air even if you keep it running for 6 to 7 hours. So yeah! Air Coolers are effective but only in a certain area of the room.
Advantages of Air Cooler
Air Cooler Costs less – You can Buy an Air Cooler instead of Ac at a very less price. If your budget is low and can’t afford an AC worth 25,000 or 30,000 then you can spend just 5,000 to 12,000 and get an Air Cooler which will get the job done.
Less power consumption – An Air Cooler consumes just a bit more than a Fan and huge less as compared to Air Conditioner. A Fan consumes around 110 W power, an Air Cooler consumes around 180 W and AC consumes around 2000 W power.
Portability – Almost all of the Air Coolers are portable and can be easily moved from one room to another. That’s the best thing about an Air Cooler you can keep and move it anywhere.
Disadvantages of Air Cooler-
Air Cooler doesn’t go well with the humid area – If humidity at your place is more then cooler isn’t suitable for you. Humid Area means where there is more moisture in the air. It sprays water so doesn’t go well with the humid area even if you buy the expensive one from the well-recognized brand. At such a place, you still have to use an AC.
Maintenance – Air Cooler requires more maintenance. You have to fill water and ice almost every day before use. It also needed to be cleaned from time to time.
Air Cooler makes lots of noise – Most of the air cooler create a loud noise and if you are trying to focus on something then bear in mind, it will disturb you a lot. This day the newer model makes less noise but still enough to draw your attention.
How effective is a cooler in various temperatures?
The air cooler works on the process of evaporation and it works best in the hot and dry day. In an air cooler, the air on the outside is passed over the wet cooling pad and because of the transfer of heat from the air to water the temperature of air decreases. The water then evaporates and more the water evaporates the cooler the air will be. The evaporation process totally depends on the amount of water (Humidity) which is already present in the air. In case the amount of water which is present in the air is less than more evaporation will happen. Air can only hold water to a certain extent so if the air is already humid then it won’t hold more water and very less evaporation will happen.
That’s why on a hot and dry day the water inside the Air cooler evaporates more and cools the surrounding much better. Below is the Relative Humidity vs Air Temperature. Here you can clearly see if the humidity in the air is at 20% and the outside air temperature is 95 Fahrenheit then the air cooler can cool the air up to 74 Fahrenheit. The more humidity in the air increases the lesser the air cooler will be effective and vice versa.
How to choose the Best Air Cooler in India?
No matter wherever you live, you should be prepared for the hottest summer days. Buying the best Air Cooler in India is not a Child’s play after all its an investment of more than 2 years. I am still using the air cooler bought 3.5 years ago so you must buy the perfect one which will last you for years.
If you are replacing your old Air Cooler then I guess you already know what your previous air cooler had missed and must be experienced enough to make your own decision but if you are a new buyer then you can follow the buying guide below.
There are a lot of things you should consider before making a decision. Below is the buying guide to assist you better.
1. Branded or Non-Branded
If you are in the market looking for an Air cooler then you will surely end up with a lot of brands. The major difference between branded and non-branded brands is quality and service. Most of the popular brands provide great quality products and amazing after sell service.
You just don’t want the brand to stop responding you once their Air Coolers dies. Always make sure to go for a well-recognized brand and check out warranty information. A well-recognized brand will assist you better and most of the time they will come to your house and fix it over there not the same case with unknown brands where you manually have to carry your Air Cooler to their service centre.
All of the Air Cooler listed here are from Well recognized brands only so you can make the purchase without worrying about it. I Personally own two air cooler from these brands.
Budget plays an important role here. The best Air Cooler in India you can get starts from Rs 5,000 and goes to Rs 12,000 and above. You can get great Air Coolers from well-recognized brands in this range. The Higher water tank capacity you look for the higher the price you have to pay. Well, in my opinion, anything around 30 to 50 litres is great you can easily get one between Rs 6,000 to Rs 9,000.
The most important thing! Wait for a Sale, during sale season it’s online or offline you can easily get around 25% discount which will save you a lot of bucks. So don’t hurry up, wait for a sale and keep watching the price. You must also take care of a few other things listed below.
3. Power Consumption
You can’t run a cooler for free. Obviously, you have to pay monthly electricity bills to keep the cooler up and running. Always check for power usage before buying an Air cooler. The lower the Watts mentioned the lesser the electricity it will consume. A normal ceiling fan consumes about 100 Watts of energy while an energy efficient cooler consumes around 200 W. Anything between 160 W to 220 W is great. You can check out power usage on the side of the cooler and in the product description as well.
For icing on the cake, you can buy one which is compatible with Inverter as well. Most of the Air Cooler these days are compatible with Inverter but make sure to double check it.
4. Air Cooler Size
The size of the cooler matters a lot. You must buy one which fits perfectly in your space. The most important thing is to buy an Air Cooler with adequate height which will be able to throw the air to your body level. The advantage of this is when you are laying on your bed if your cooler doesn’t reach above your bed level then its a complete waste.
There are few sizes and design in which Air Cooler comes, one is the box-shaped design and the other is the Tall tower-like design. You can always buy a separate stand for the boxed size cooler to raise its height. I strongly recommend you to first measure what size you need and then make a purchase.
There are three types of Air Cooler available in the market.
- Personal Cooler
- Desert Cooler
- Tower Cooler
All different types are suitable for different environments.
A personal air cooler or room cooler is suitable for a small room, it comes with a blower instead of normal fans and also costs much less. The personal cooler is small in size so you can place them anywhere like your kitchen, dining room, and bedroom. Also, personal cooler allows easy mobility, it comes with caster wheels so you can easily move them anywhere. A personal cooler commonly has a water capacity of 20 to 70 litres. It also uses much lesser electricity than a desert cooler thus making it much more suitable for household use.
A desert cooler is suitable for a medium to the large sized room, it comes with a fan design to blow the air more effectively and also costs more than a Personal Cooler. It has a water capacity of about 60 to 70 litres. The desert cooler also needs to be mounted on your window so it draws the air from the outside. You just can’t move it from room to room which makes it more suitable to halls, restaurant, office, and hotel use. A desert cooler also uses much more energy than a normal room cooler so if you need extreme cooling performance then you can opt for a desert cooler.
Lastly, the Tower cooler comes with a tower like design which is suitable for a hall or office area. It is meant for very small space. It blows air at a certain height or in two directions so you have to keep it in a corner of the room. A tower cooler is commonly used in office space, and kids room. It also costs high and not widely used in houses so we choose to include only one of these in the list.
6. Room Size
All air cooler mentions cooling area on their label or in the description. Buy an air cooler which is suitable for your room, you can measure your room size and check if the cooler is suitable enough or not. You should not expect the cooler to cool your entire room always measure the certain area which is needed to be cooled.
Before investing in an air cooler it is very important to know the right area you want your cooler to cool. For this, we are going to do a simple calculation.
Air delivery or air displacement ( in CFM) = Area of room in square feet x (height of your room) /2
Formula to calculate Air delivery in CFM
So if your room is 200 square feet in area and your ceiling or roof is 7 feet in height according to the formula then it will be
Air delivery = 200 x 7 / 2 = 700 cubic feet/min but we need to convert it in meters/hours because most of the air cooler these days use these terms.
1 cubic metre/hour = 1.699 x 1 CFM so in our case it will be 1.699 x 700 = 1189 cubic meters / hours
So there you go! now you know the exact size of the area you needed to be cooled. You can check the value in the product description.
7. Cooling Pads
You can either go for a cooler with Honeycomb cooling pads or the one with Aspen Wood Wool or Wooden fibre. The Honeycomb cooling pads are made up of cellulose-like material and are expensive than the normal Wood Wool cooling pad. The Wood Wool cooling pad is made up of shaving synthetic fibres from wood and looks like grass.
Honeycomb cooling pad are expensive, more efficient, requires less maintenance, and is highly durable. The Honeycomb pads are 25% more efficient than Aspen wooden fibre cooling pads.
Wood Wool cooling pads are not expensive but requires more maintenance, not so efficient and also not so durable.
8. Ice cube tray
Some cooler some with a separate ice compartment when you can add some ice cubes and it will increase the efficiency of the cooling. The pump inside the cooler pumps the water through the ice compartment thus making the water colder before dropping it on the cooling pads. Then the cooling pads get cold and it also cools all the air passing through it. So having an ice tray is very important in an air cooler.
Frequently Asked Questions:-
Here are some of the most common FAQ to help you make a perfect buying decision.
Q – What brand is best in Air Cooler?
Ans – There are a lot of popular brands who make great air coolers some of them are – Crompton, Symphony, Maharaja, Kaizen, and Bajaj. You can also choose one depending upon your previous experience with the company but if you a new buyer you should always choose a well-recognized brand.
Q – Which is the best Desert cooler or room cooler?
Ans – Desert cooler provides better cooling as compared to room cooler but obviously if you need portability then room cooler is better. Desert cooler need to be mounted on the window while the room cooler is portable and can be easily moved anywhere.
Q – Which Cooler is best plastic or iron?
Ans – Iron cooler will start rusting after a year or two also they are not shock proof while the plastic cooler is shockproof and better in build quality. You may also face the water leakage problem in plastic coolers because not all of them uses good quality plastic.
Q – Which consume more electricity cooler or AC?
Ans – An AC consumes a lot more energy than a cooler. On average an AC will consume around 1000 to 2000 Watts power while an air cooler consumes around 100 to 200 Watts power which is nearly 10 times less than an Air Conditioner.
Q – Which is better AC or cooler?
Ans – Obviously an Air conditioner is better and provides much better cooling as compared to an Air cooler, but not everyone can afford an AC if you are on a low budget then you should go for Air cooler which will get the job done.
Q – Why AC is not good for health?
Ans – Air Conditioner causes skin problem and Asthma. It cools the room much faster so the sudden change in temperature also affects the respiratory system. It also reduces moisture from the room causing your skin to become dry.
Q – Which type of cooler is best for the room?
Ans – Both, Desert cooler and personal cooler work well for a room. The desert cooler will have better cooling performance than a personal cooler but you can easily move the personal cooler from one room to another.
Q – Does Air cooler really works?
Ans – Yes, air cooler really works. It doesn’t work as great as an Air conditioner but it gets the job done if you are on a budget.
Q – What is the best cooler for the price?
Ans – There are alot of Air Cooler available for all different price categories but we have hand-picked 10 of them in each price range so you can check them out and find out the perfect one which fits in your budget.
Q – Why does air cooler need water?
Ans – Yes most of the air cooler needs water to provide better cooling. The water takes up the heat from the air and thus the cold air is passed to you. You can also run the cooler without water but it won’t be effective it will be just like a normal fan blowing air towards you.
Q – Can I put ice in Air cooler?
Ans – Yes you can put ice inside air cooler. Some air cooler comes with an ice tray and it pumps water through it making it more effective. If the cooler doesn’t have an ice tray then you drop ice in the water inlet.
Q – Does air cooler effective in a humid environment?
Ans – If humidity at your place is more then cooler isn’t suitable for you. It sprays water so doesn’t go well with the humid area even if you buy the expensive one from the well-recognized brand. At such a place, you still have to use an AC.
Q – Can I operate air cooler on an inverter?
Ans – Yes but not all air cooler is compatible on invertor. Always make sure to check it in product description or on the label itself before trying to run it on your inverter.
Q – What is the best cooler for keeping ice the longest?
Ans – None, the ice melts within an hour of use and is same for almost all of the air cooler. So you have to fill in ice each time you decide to use your air cooler.
Q – Does Air cooler comes with a warranty?
Ans – Yes, almost all recognized brands provide warranty on their product. On most of the cooler you get 1 Year of manufacturer warranty and in some case, you also get add on warranty for the build.
Q – How can we set cross ventilation?
Ans – You can set cross ventilation by keeping the air cooler away from the wall and leave some space for the air to flow in and out. The best way to do it is by placing the back of air cooler towards the window alternatively you can place the cooler in the middle of your room.
Q – Does Air Cooler smells bad after not using it for some time?
Ans – Yes, the leftover water inside the Air cooler attracts mosquitoes and small insects so after not using it for a while it produces bad odour and smell. You can prevent this by draining all the water from air cooler when it’s not in use and use a fragrance to reduce the smell.
Q – Which air cooler is a better fan or blower type?
Ans – Both are equally good but the fan type provides more air throw while in all small air coolers we see the blower type cooling. The blower type cooler is more effective but only for a small room or single person use.
Tips for better working of Air Coolers
Here are some of the self-tested method you can follow to make the air cooler more effective.
1. Always allow for cross ventilation. In simple words, don’t fully close your windows or door. You should keep the windows open so fresh air can enter your room. You can also place the back of the cooler facing the window to help it cool the room faster.
2. Add Ice in the cooler or water. Most of the air cooler these days comes with an ice tray. You can fill in some ice and it will help your cooler to lower the temperature even more. If your cooler doesn’t have an ice compartment then you can also add ice to the water. You should also make sure to add only an adequate amount of ice. Adding more ice may result in the slow down of the evaporation process.
3. Clean the cooler every now and then. You should clean the cooler regularly to ensure it gives fresh air every time. If you don’t use the cooler for a longer period of time then it may produce a foul smell. So you can get it cleaned or add some fragrance before using it again. You should also clean the cooling pads of cooler for it’s better performance.
4. Let the pump run while the tank is being filled with water. This will make sure the soaks some of the water beforehand. To do this you can turn off the cooler fan by setting the speed setting to Zero (0) so only the pump will work while you are filling the water. Once the tank is filled you can run the fan.
Best Rated Air Coolers in India
So, there you go guys, Our top pick for the best Air Cooler you can get in India. This list was made after a lot of research and personally using Air Coolers from over a month so you can choose any of these cooler without any worry. Having a good Air Cooler is a must these days and you just can’t rely on whatever the salesman says. We made the process simple for you readers to make the perfect buying decision. Make sure to follow the buying guide carefully before making the purchase.
If you have any suggestions or you feel we left something then don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments below.