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Daikin FTXB18AXVJU review

The Daikin FTXB18AXVJU is an energy efficient ductless split system air conditioner.

Daikin FTXB18AXVJU: Image shows air conditioner
(Image: © Amazon)

Our Verdict

The Daikin FTXB18AXVJU has great coverage, making it a single zone system that’s perfect for large spaces.

For

  • 10-year parts warranty
  • Energy efficient
  • Quiet

Against

  • Single zone

The Daikin FTXB18AXVJU is a mid-range, single-zone ductless air conditioner that offers not only a great 10-year parts warranty, but on-going free technical support too. As a single zone unit, it’s best suited to anyone looking to heat or cool a primary living area, like a master bedroom or living room, or even a workshop space. Dual zone air conditioners are better for anyone looking for air conditioning coverage for multiple rooms as they are able to utilize more indoor fan units for installation in more than one room. They tend to be more expensive than single zone units, but we have a range of single and dual zone units in our round up of the best ductless air conditioners, so there are plenty to choose from.

This unit utilizes smart technology and a wide range of customization features to provide you with comfortable airflow with lower energy consumption than traditional fixed-speed ducted systems. It is worth noting that unless you have knowledge and experience in installing ductless air conditioners, it is advisable to contact a professional for installation, so this will add to the overall cost when choosing this unit.

The Daikin FTXB18AXVJU is quite a bit cheaper than premium ductless air conditioners, but it still offers great power output that enables it to both cool or heat spaces up to 1,000 square feet in size, making it a great choice for not only large residential rooms but for workshops and other workplaces too.

Daikin FTXB18AXVJU: Pricing and value 

The Daikin FTXB18AXVJU is available for around $1,150, so while it is considerably cheaper than dual-zone models, like the Bosch 8733954447, it’s about $250 more than our best budget pick, the Emerson Quiet Kool 19S-EACH12R1W, which is also a single zone unit. The Daikin FTXB18AXVJU has a more powerful output than the Emerson Quiet Kool 19S-EACH12R1W, which has a 550 square foot coverage to the Daikin’s 1,000 square foot coverage, so the Daikin is much more suitable for larger spaces.

The Daikin also has a wider range of features, from technology that minimizes temperature fluctuations to advanced filtration and wireless control. Overall, this is a great value unit, with both the power and extra features to justify the higher price point when compared to our top budget pick.

Daikin FTXB18AXVJU: Features 

The Daikin FTXB18AXVJU is designed to offer indoor comfort through custom airflow control and smart technology, all within an energy-efficient package. Airflow control is provided through a wide-angle louver design with auto-swing capabilities as well as turbo mode to cool or heat the room quickly. There is also wireless control for custom temperature adjustments from across the room through the included remote control with a digital display. Air quality is also improved through the use of a titanium apatite photocatalytic air-purifying filter.

Energy efficiency is achieved through smart inverter technology, which is integrated with an invertible variable-speed compressor to deliver powerful air conditioning in large spaces without running up your monthly energy bills.

The Daikin FTXB18AXVJU is quiet too, it’s often able to operate at low speeds with indoor sound levels as low as 37 decibels and outdoor sound levels as low as 51 decibels. By activating the indoor unit’s quiet operation mode, sound levels will drop by 2-3 decibels, so you can continue to relax or work in peace while enjoying the comfort of cool or warm airflow as needed.

Daikin FTXB18AXVJU: Image shows air conditioner remote control

(Image credit: Amazon)

Daikin FTXB18AXVJU: User reviews 

Users tend to really like the Daikin FTXB18AXVJU, scoring it an average of 4.6 out of five on Amazon. Reviews note that it works well in a variety of rooms, from residential to workshops. Users with relevant installation experience were able to install the units themselves, while others needed professional installation.

Reviewers found both the cooling and heating functionality to be good, while those with large spaces found this ductless air conditioner to be efficient and effective across their whole space. A number of users also noted that it was quiet when operating too.

The odd bad review tended to have problems with the technical support line, noting that they weren’t helpful and promised follow-ups didn’t happen.

Overall, users really liked the Daikin FTXB18AXVJU, finding it to be powerful and effective, even in large spaces.

Should you buy the Daikin FTXB18AXVJU? 

The Daikin FTXB18AXVJU is a great option for anyone looking for a ductless air conditioner that can effectively cool or heat a single large space. This makes it an especially good option for workshop spaces. It is more expensive than the Emerson Quiet Kool 19S-EACH12R1W, another single zone ductless air conditioner, but the Daikin is more powerful, making it a better choice for large spaces. 

If you have multiple spaces to cool or heat, then a dual zone ductless air conditioner would be a better choice. The Bosch 8733954447 is our top pick for effective air conditioning across dual zones.

Stevie Keen

Stevie is a freelance digital consultant, copywriter and photographer. She's worked for brands like the Radio Times and Wallpaper*, and has also written for Amateur Photographer, Clash Magazine and Flash Pack, amongst others. She’s also TTR’s resident expert on home appliances and all things Dyson.