A Complete List of the Top Rated Furnaces and Brands
There are a number of decisions you need to make when deciding whether or not to replace your furnace. One of these, of course, is how to find one of the top rated furnaces.
There are other considerations as well, such as what size furnace to purchase, what fuel type the new furnace should take, and even if there is a way to salvage your existing furnace.
We can help you with the big decision for sure, though, and that's choosing the best home furnace to meet your needs, be fuel-efficient and cost-effective, and last for many years. We'll identify the top 10 furnaces and explain why they were chosen.
5 Top Rated Furnaces
Based on furnace reviews and rankings from six different sources, we've selected our choices for the ten best gas furnaces in 2019.
The sources we referred to are:
*Company websites and random HVAC contractor websites
The following are what we came up with as the best home furnaces (which are also the best gas furnaces since we've only covered gas furnaces here):
1. American Standard
This company is fairly consistent in being ranked on review sites' top five lists. American Standard is pricier than some other brands, but they have high rankings for energy efficiency, customer service, and warranty.
Their most prominent brand is their Platinum gas furnace (it's worth noting that Trane offers an identical model, the Trane XC. Their best value furnace is the American Standard 92.
Carrier also tends to be ranked highly. This company has built its solid reputation on its air conditioners, but its furnaces are of very high quality as well. Its Infinity line, which uses "Greenspeed" modulating technology, is known for its efficiency.
Carrier gets very high rankings for customer service but also does quite well in energy efficiency and warranty. All three of its gas furnace lines have earned high customer satisfaction ratings as well as positive reviews from Consumer Reports.
Lennox excels in customer service, warranty, and efficiency. The SLP9V model in the Dave Lennox Signature Series has an AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) of 98.7. The U.S. Dept. of Energy considers a rating of 90 or higher to be excellent.
This comes at a price, though. The average Lennox furnace costs $1,425, with an average installation cost of $3,790.
We'd consider Trane to offer the best value high efficiency furnaces. It received a good ranking from Consumer Reports and was ranked the top brand for efficiency by reviews.com. Trane's XC95m model has an AFUE of up to 97.3.
And the S9V2-VS ranked quietest by the company, has an AFUE of up to 97%. Even the company's "best value" model, XB90, has an AFUE of up to 92%.
Among the brands listed here, Rheem ranks highest in customer satisfaction, according to furnacecompare.com. It is also one of Consumer Reports' top 5. Rheem is moderately priced for both unit and installation costs.
Rheem received moderate-to-high ratings in all of modernize.com's ranking categories: energy efficiency, warranty, price range, customer service, and special financing. A few of its models have AFUE ratings over 90.
And One More: Goodman
We're adding Goodman Manufacturing to our "top five" rankings" since it consistently ranks high in value--and we believe that's important.
It was chosen as pickhvac.com's "Best Budget Brand" and was chosen as "Best Budget Furnace" from reviews.com.
The average price for a Goodman furnace is $755 and the average installation cost is $1,950. Goodman also receives rankings of 7 and 8 in all five of modernize.com's categories.
The Rest of the Top Ten
Four other furnace manufacturers we'd include in a "top ten" list if we had one are: Bryant, Amana, Ruud, and Heil. Each of these has its unique strengths and accolades. Bryant, for example, was one of Consumer Reports' top five picks.
Heil has several models with high AFUE ratings. And Ruud was named "Most Reliable" by reviews.com and received modernize.com ratings identical to Rheem--not surprising since the two are fundamentally the same manufacturer.
In fact, the corporate names associated with many furnace brands and models don't always tell their whole story. So, as the expression goes, "don't judge a book by its cover." Be sure to use selection criteria besides just manufacturer or brand.
Furnace Brands to Avoid
York appears to be the most inexpensive furnace brand, at least according to pickhvac.com, which lists its average unit cost as $780. However, it apparently has not been popular with consumers--at least according to Consumer Reports.
In their September 2016 review of gas furnaces, CR stated that York "stands out as the least reliable brand and cannot be recommended ... at this time. That’s what we found based on the feedback of 21,618 subscribers."
That was three years ago, though, so perhaps York has made improvements since then. Modernize.com, while giving it only a 6 for energy efficiency, gives it an 8 or 9 in every other category.
A Few Additional Points
The longevity of a furnace depends on care and maintenance in addition to its materials and how it was manufactured. Keep reading reviews and check with friends and neighbors about their experiences with different furnace brands.
We do strongly recommend purchasing a furnace with a high AFUE rating, though, since it will be less costly to run and better for the environment. It may cost more up front but will pay off over the longer term.
And definitely consult with local dealers before your purchase. If you happen to live in or near Seattle, this repair service will be able to help you. Otherwise, check online for someone in your area. Or get recommendations from local friends.
You've probably noticed that we limited our furnace reviews to the best gas furnaces since there are what heat the vast majority of homes in the U.S. (49%). There are other fuel types, though--and furnaces that use them.
Electricity is the second most popular heating fuel, with 34% of households, and heating oil is third, with 6%. If you use one of these fuels, you should see some rankings for those furnaces before long.
The Heat Is On
So if you've decided it's time for a new furnace and you've now had a chance to review the top rated furnaces, it's decision-making time.
Think about your budget (both short- and long-term), the right sized furnace to meet your needs, who will service it, and its overall reputation. Then speak with some contractors about actual unit and installation costs.
We wish you and your new furnace a warm and happy life together!
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