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10 Best Furnaces of 2015

Updated: Sep 11, 2015

FurnaceCompare tracks nearly 800 series of warm air furnaces. Of those sold in 2015, which are most highly rated by homeowners?

The list below represents the top-rated furnaces available in the US and Canada. These furnaces vary in efficiency from 92% to more than 97% efficient, as measured by the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency or AFUE. They also vary in features and price.

Rank Brand and Series Consumer Rating Efficiency (SEER) Average Pricing
10. York TG9S 3.3 out of 5 up to 95.5% $1,313.00
York TG9S furnace provides single-stage heat with a constant speed blower for efficient air distribution. It features a tubular aluminized steel heat exchanger, and the unit's compact 33-inch height and multi-position configuration requires less space.
9. Bryant Evolution Plus 90i 3.4 out of 5 up to 96.6% $2,800.00
The Bryant Evolution Plus 90i provides two-stage heat and is designed for multi-position installation. It has an aluminized steel heat exchanger and a secondary heat exchanger which extends heat transfer for higher efficiency.
8. Maytag PGC2TC 3.6 out of 5 up to 95.1% not available
The Maytag PGC2TC offers two-stage heat and a variable-speed blower designed to reduce noise and uneven temperatures. A 30-second blower delay provides warm duct temperatures at start-up.
7. Goodman GMH95 3.8 out of 5 up to 96% $1,040
Goodman's GMH95 gas furnace offers multi-speed operation within a heavy-gauge steel cabinet. Additional features include an aluminized-steel tubular heat exchanger, a durable silicon nitride ignitor and a two-stage gas valve. It can be installed in multiple positions.
6. York TM9V 3.9 out of 5 up to 96% $1,663.00
York's TMV9 gas furnace is equipped with a two-stage burner and a variable-speed blower designed to deliver quiet, precise comfort. The unit's compact 33-inch height and multi-position configuration uses less space and provides increased installation options.


5. Comfortmaker VS 90 4 out of 5 up to 92% not available
The Comfortmaker VS 90 offers a two-stage system that operates at low heat most of the time and automatically modulates to higher heat if the temperature drops. It features a variable-speed motor which is designed for increased comfort and is much quieter than conventional motors, according to the manufacturer.
4. Trane XC95m 4.5 out of 5 up to 97.3% $9,750 (installed)
Trane's XC95m modulating gas furnace features a variable-speed blower motor and one-piece aluminized steel heat exchanger. The manufacturer says this combination improves fuel efficiency and thermal comfort. Both upflow or downflow units are compatible with the manufacturer's ComfortLink technology, allowing them to communicate with similarly equipped Trane products. Dehumidification features and a durable igniter round out Trane's offering.
3. Frigidaire FG7TC 4.1 out of 5 up to 95.1% not available
Frigidaire's FG7TC gas furnace offers two-stage performance with a variable-speed motor designed for precise comfort control and quiet airflow. The blower's insulated compartment contributes to the overall quiet performance, while the blower's 30-second delay when switched on make sure that only warm air is coming through your ducts.
2. Goodman GMVC95 4.7 out of 5 up to 96% $1,334
The Goodman GMVC95 features a variable-speed motor that the manufacturer says is quiet and efficient. The heat exchanger is constructed of aluminized steel, with a stainless steel secondary heat exchanger. The furnace is designed for multi-position installation and is compatible with Goodman's ComfortNet communication system.
1. York LX 4.8 out of 5 up to 97% $1,292
York says that its LX series of gas furnaces provide high efficiency in a small, 33-inch cabinet. Depending on the unit, a modulating burner or a variable speed blower improve the heating comfort.

Compare our 2015 ratings to the best furnaces of 2014.

Methodology

Consumers and homeowners have submitted thousands of reviews to this site. In addition to reviewing a particular model of equipment, the reviewer also assigns a rating from 1 ("Very Unsatisfied") to 5 ("Very Satisfied"). The following list ranks the top 10 furnace series from best to worst, based on the average of those consumer satisfaction ratings.

FurnaceCompare.com has collected reviews on more than 70 different brands and 500 different series of furnaces. However, we have only included a series on this list if we have at least 5 reviews of that series, and if the series is available in 2015. If we only have a few reviews, there is a risk that a single homeowner will skew the average rating too far in one direction or another.

Average Pricing

There are two different types of prices shown in the "Average Pricing" column.

  • If you see a simple price, that is the average price that we found on the websites of internet retailers that sell that particular series of furnace.
  • If you see a price followed by the note (installed), this means that retailers are under agreement with the manufacturer not to publicly display the price of the units. In these cases, the price is an average of quotes given to homeowners.

Note that prices -- even when they are published online -- can vary substantially based on the capacity of the unit in question: 24,000 BTU units are typically cheaper than 60,000 BTU units of the same brand and series.

The "installed" prices can vary even more dramatically. Not only do they cover a range of capacities, but prices also vary geographically and from installer to installer Some installations may require more work than others, thus increasing the price.

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