Whirlpool Purafresh Inverter Air Conditioner Review
Whirlpool Purafresh Inverter Air Conditioner Review

Finally, a brand came up with the idea of integrating an air purifier inside an air conditioner. I had this idea in mind for so long and although the idea is not unique, most brands were not considering it for some reason until Whirlpool made it a reality. Yes, now you can save money by buying an air purifier in the room where you have this air conditioner installed. Whirlpool has a long history in India, hence they also have a deep presence in most parts of India when it comes to sales or after-sales service. And I am here reviewing the Whirlpool latest model i.e. 3D Cool Purafresh 1.5 Ton Inverter Air conditioner. This model is also a Hot & Cold air conditioner.

Whirlpool 3D Cool Purafresh Inverter Air Conditioner Review

Whirlpool Purafresh Inverter Air Conditioner Design

The 2018 models from Whirlpool have really a new futuristic design with rounded edges on both sides. The indoor unit is around a meter long, although in pictures it looks quite compact. And wider the indoor unit, the better, as it covers more area faster and its reach will be better. There are 3 vents on the indoor unit for faster air intake, placed at the sides and at the top.

Whirlpool Purafresh Inverter AC
Whirlpool 3D Cool Purafresh Inverter AC

There is a display at the very center of the indoor unit which displays the active modes and temperature. The display is not very bright, hence you won’t need to turn it off at night, but then it’s a user preference. There are no buttons on it and all modes/features have to be operated by a remote controller only.

Whirlpool Purafresh Inverter AC Left View

The vertical louver on the unit can be adjusted up and down for short distance or long distance cooling and horizontal louver left and right as per requirement. As it’s an air purifier model, the basic air filters have been replaced with HD filters to purify the air. This filter is able to purify the air up to PM 0.3 level, it’s the same level of purification which is being offered by most purifier models in India.

Whirlpool Purafresh Inverter AC Right View

Speaking of the outdoor unit, as this mode specifically mentions that it is copper-made, hence its condenser coils/tubes are made of copper only. Whirlpool offers a 1-year warranty on the complete product, 5 years warranty on Condense, and 10 years warranty on Compressor.

Whirlpool Purafresh Inverter Air Conditioner Features

3D Cool Technology

How Whirlpool 3D Cool technology works

This and many 3D cool models of Whirlpool intake air from 3 vents placed at each side (left & right) and at the top for faster circulation of air from the room and the same can be said for purifying it as well. Compared to a conventional air conditioner, this model shall intake more air at one time to purify and cool it down. This is why the brand claims that this air conditioner cools down 40% faster. Other prominent benefits of the 3D cool technology include a 12 m air throw for facilitating uniform cooling in every corner of the room and the AC shall also be able to work in extreme temperatures up to 55ºC.

Built-in Air Purifier

This is my favorite feature which I saw the first time in an air conditioner. Whirlpool purafresh inverter air conditioner model comes fitted with an air filter to purify the air as well. This feature eliminates the need for having a separate air purifier in the same room. You can also operate the indoor unit only as an air purifier when air conditioning is not required like in winters.

Whirlpool Purafresh Air Purifier technology

How is this air purifying in an air conditioner work?

The air purifier fitted inside the air conditioner releases Ions via electric poles fitted inside the indoor unit. Those ions attract oppositely charged dust particles floating in the room space and form charged particles. Then these particles are captured in the honeycomb filter with an electric field, leaving the air free from impurities.

How Whirlpool Purafresh Technology works

Advantages of Purafresh Technology:
  • Removes up to 98.6% PM 0.3 Pollutants and allergens from the air.
  • Requires Zero maintenance. Only an Electric filter needs periodic cleaning which a user do it himself easily once every 2-3 months.
  • No need to buy an external air purifier for the same room.
  • Can be used as a stand-alone air purifier.

6th Sense IntelliComfort Technology

Conventional air conditioners only measure the room temperature of the room and adjust the cooling accordingly but those don’t take humidity levels into consideration. Because of that, sometimes the AC is not able to set the correct temperature required, either the room would be too cold or won’t be that cold to feel comfortable.

Whirlpool Intellicomfort Technology
Whirlpool Intellicomfort Technology

This is where Whirlpool Intellicomfort technology gives an advantage as the air conditioner with this sensor measures the room’s REAL FEEL temperature taking into account humidity level as well and hence delivers the correct cooling level required. This air conditioner uses an advanced humidity sensor to measure the humidity levels and the logic chip optimizes the cooling accordingly by calibrating the compressor performance which also leads to more energy savings than conventional ACs.

Intellisense Inverter Technology

Inverter technology in an air conditioner is designed to reduce electricity consumption in the long run. However, the benefit Intellisense Inverter technology offers is that it adapts to the regular cooling needs of the consumer while reducing electricity usage. Also, it runs quite silent as the noise level hardly goes up to 37 dB. And as per brand recommendation, you don’t need a voltage stabilizer with this air conditioner, but if you live at a place where voltage fluctuations are common, I always recommend getting one along i.e. any brand 4 KVA copper model voltage stabilizer.

Whirlpool Intellisense Inverter Technolgy

This smart energy management results in lifetime energy savings of up to Rs 43,000 on electricity bills. Non-purafresh models offer up to Rs 62,000 lifetime savings. These values were calculated by taking a per-unit rate of Rs 8 at 10 hours per day for a period of 8 months over 7 years. Also, there is a 10 years warranty on the compressor.

Other Features:

  • Hot & Cold model – Can be used in Winters for heating purposes too.
  • Delivers Long Air throw i.e. 12m long ensuring uniform cooling in every corner of the room.
  • Auto-restart feature – can be enabled or disabled as per user requirement.
  • Power saver mode
  • Turbo Cooling mode – Summer Chill
  • Self-cleaning / Self Diagnosis
  • Only consume 1W of energy during standby

Whirlpool Purafresh Inverter Air Conditioner Performance

As with 3D cool technology, this air conditioner sucks more air in one go using the 3-dimensional vent system, hence it cools down the room quite fast. This is very much comparable with the models which come with one vent, that time you’ll find this model cooling faster by at least 5 minutes.

Whirlpool Purafresh Inverter Air Conditioner

Although there isn’t any way for me to find out the actual energy savings by the AC, as it is cooling faster, the compressor is not working for a longer period, thus how savings the energy bills further. The room cooling is the result when heat exchange happens through the evaporator and since the 3D cool technology intake a large quantity of air and passes it through the evaporator, the temperature pulls down faster.

Final Verdict

Whirlpool is offering too many features in one model, for example, an air purifier, hot and cold feature, Intelligent power consumption logic unit and humidity sensors for perfect cooling. For a price of Rs 55,250, this seems a great deal and Whirlpool is among the trustable brands in India for product quality and after-sales service. This air conditioner can work in extreme temperatures and offers copper-made condenser coils, and you won’t need to worry about big energy bills.

Whirlpool 3D Cool Purafresh Inverter Air Conditioner Specifications

Model
CategoryCOPR 3S
ColourWhite Silver
Whirlpool Model No.
SAI18K38DC1
Performance
 Cooling/ Heating Capacity2525-5150-5600
Star Rating3 Star
ISEER (W/ W)
3.36
Electricity Consumption (Units/Year)
1089
Air Circulation Max (M3/ Hr)
1000
Refrigerant
R-410a
Voltage (V)/ Frequency (Hz)/ Phase
230/50/1
Power Consumption (Watts)
625-1840-2100
Operating Current (A)
8.0
Noise Level IDU (dBA)*
37
Features
6th Sense
Intellicomfort
Cooling Technology
DC Inverter
Built-in Air Purifier
Yes
Filters
HD Filter
Power Saver/ Eco Mode
Power Saver
Turbo cool/Summer Chill
Summer Chill
Outdoor (kg)
Comfort Sleep
Auto Restart
Yes
Self Diagnosis/ Self Clean
Yes / Yes
Display Type
Hidden
Display Color
Blue
Remote Control/ Dim
LCD-Lit/Dim
Night Glow Button
Yes-5
24 Hour on/ off timer
Yes
Auto Air Swing
2-Way
1W Stand By
Yes
Minimum set Temp (°C)
16
Compressor Type
Rotary
Evaporator ( MPFI)
4 In 4 Out
Condenser Coil
Copper
Net Dimensions
Indoor ( W*H*D) mm1050×320×235
Outdoor ( W*H*D) mm780×540×260
Net Weight
Indoor (kg)
12
Outdoor (kg)
30
Warranty
Complete Product1 Year
Compressor10 Years
Condenser5 Years

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