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10 Best Furnaces of 2016

Updated: Mar 23, 2016

FurnaceCompare tracks more than 800 series of warm air furnaces. This list is the top 10 series that are still for sale in 2016, according to homeowners that reviewed their furnaces.

The list below represents the top-rated furnaces available in the US and Canada. These furnaces vary in efficiency from 80% to more than 98% 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. Lennox SL280V 3.6 out of 5 80% $4,000 installed
The Lennox SL280V is a two-stage, variable-speed gas furnace which uses a SureLight silicon nitride ignitor. The variable-speed motor eliminates temperature swings and increases efficiency, and combines with an insulated blower compartment to provide very low operating noise levels.
9. Luxaire Acclimate 3.67 out of 5 up to 97.5 - 98% not available
The Luxaire Acclimate gas furnace has a compact 33-inch cabinet which allows installation in smaller areas. It features a modulating burner and variable-speed ECM motor to reduce temperature fluctuations. The unit's SilentDrive technology keeps operating sound levels low, and its GeoTrak Comfort System customizes the system according to climate.
8. Frigidaire FG7TC 3.8 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.
7. Maytag PGC2TC 3.83 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.
6. Frigidaire FG7MQ 3.86 out of 5 up to 97% not available
The Frigidaire FG7MQ is an iQ Drive modulating gas furnace which analyzes the temperature every 60 seconds and adjusts itself accordingly. The unit's iQ Drive controller offers fully programmable comfort along with as well as maintenance and troubleshooting diagnostics.


5. Ruud Achiever 4 out of 5 up to 95% $1,495
The Ruud Achiever uses the PlusOne Ignition System, a direct spark ignition that the company states is one of the most reliable ignition systems available. The Achiever features a 7-segment LED display and a patented heat exchanger designed to reduce operating sound while improving efficiency.
4. York TM9V 4.2 out of 5 up to 96% $1,855
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.
3. York Latitude 4.4 out of 5 up to 95.5% $1,410
The York Latitude offers efficient performance in a compact 33-inch cabinet. The unit is monitored with built-in diagnostics and shut-off controls, and models are available for either natural chimney venting or through-the-wall venting.
2. York LX 4.44 out of 5 up to 97% $1,445
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.
1. Coleman Echelon 4.5 out of 5 up to 98% $5,042 installed
The Coleman Echelon gas furnace has a modulating burner and variable-speed ECM motor to reduce temperature fluctuations. The unit's WhisperDrive technology keeps operating sound levels low, and integrated EcoTrak technology customizes the system according to climate.

Compare our 2016 ratings to the best furnaces of 2015.

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 100 different brands and 600 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 2016. 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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