The Best Furnaces of 2020

The best furnaces warm your home effectively and efficiently.  With proper maintenance, your new furnace should provide reliable service for 15-25 years.

Highest User Rated Furnaces

Best Overall

1. York TG8S Furnace

Consumer Rating
5.0 rating
  • Great Value
  • Low Maintenance
  • Quiet System
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Best Cost Efficiency

2. York TM9V Furnace

Consumer Rating
4.1 rating
  • Quiet System
  • Cost Efficient
  • Balance Airflow
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Most Durable

3. Thermo Pride OL5 Furnace

Consumer Rating
4.2 rating
  • Lifetime Value
  • Corrosion Prevention
  • Lowboy Design
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User Rating Methodology

FurnaceCompare.com has collected reviews on more than 90 brands and 450 different models of furnaces. Users submit thousands of first-hand reviews to FurnaceCompare.com by assigning experience ratings from 1 (“Very Unsatisfied”) to 5 (“Very Satisfied”) and providing their commentary.

The following list shows the top 10 highest-rated furnaces based on the average of consumer satisfaction ratings. Furnaces listed here have had at least 5 reviews submitted to ensure a more representative average score.

Top 10 Furnace Reviews

1

York TG8S Furnace

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The York TG8S is a single-stage heat cycle gas furnace ranked #1 by our reviewers. With a compact size of 33 inches in height, its design is conducive to multi-position installation. The efficiency rating of the furnace is 80% AFUE, and its self-diagnostics ensure quality performance. It features a tubular, aluminized steel primary heat exchanger, and a 4-speed, direct drive PSC motor.

York’s TG8S provides single-stage heat with a constant-speed PSC fan motor. It features a compact 33-inch design with multi-position configuration for greater installation options.

  • Consumer Rating

    5.0 rating
    5

  • Efficiency (SEER)

    80%

  • Average Cost

    $900

Pros

  • Several reviewers state that the unit is a good value and low-maintenance.

Cons

  • A reviewer on hvac-talk.com notes that the York TG8S is a builders’ grade furnace.

Parts are covered under 10-year limited warranty, and the heat exchanger is covered under 20- year limited warranty.

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2

York TM9V Furnace

Questions about this model?

The York TM9V is an Energy Star qualified furnace with a high efficiency rating of 96% AFUE. It was awarded the Good Housekeeping Seal, and the two-stage burner and variable-speed ECM fan motor ensure quiet, precise airflow. Its compact size of 33 inches, its multi-position design, and its self-diagnostic display make it conducive to convenient operation.

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.

  • Consumer Rating

    4.1 rating
    4.1

  • Efficiency (SEER)

    Up to 96%

  • Average Cost

    $2,000

Pros

  • According to some reviewers, the unit provides quiet, balanced airflow and reduces energy bills.

Cons

  • One reviewer states that the furnace pan leaked on the flame sensor.

Parts are covered under 10-year limited warranty, and both heat exchangers are covered under lifetime limited warranty.

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3

Thermo Pride OL5 Furnace

Questions about this model?

The Thermo Pride OL5 is an oil-fired furnace with an efficiency rating of 86% AFUE. It offers a lowboy design perfect for installations with height constraints. The unit also comes with a standard PSC blower motor that can be upgraded to the ECM blower motor for better performance.

Thermo Pride’s OL5 oil furnace is designed for low-ceiling basement installation.

  • Consumer Rating

    4.2 rating
    4.2

  • Efficiency (SEER)

    Up to 86%

  • Average Cost

    $3,800

Pros

  • Many of our reviewers praise the decades-long longevity of this furnace.

Cons

  • One homeowner complains that the unit could not adequately heat an older, more expensive house.

Parts are covered under 10-year limited warranty, and the heat exchanger is covered under lifetime limited warranty.

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4

York LX Furnace

Questions about this model?

York LX is a series of York furnaces which all have the Good Housekeeping Seal. Select models are Energy Star qualified with up to 97% AFUE. With a compact design of 33 inches, its installation options are versatile. The York LX series features the high efficiency ECM fan motor and Advanced Comfort Features to ensure balanced airflow.

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.

  • Consumer Rating

    4.0 rating
    4

  • Efficiency (SEER)

    Up to 97%

  • Average Cost

    $1,500

Pros

  • According to some reviewers, the unit is quiet and can reduce heating bills.

Cons

  • One reviewer complains about a broken module on the blower fan, and another reviewer complains about a malfunctioning condenser fan.

Parts are covered under 10-year limited warranty, and the heat exchanger is covered under lifetime limited warranty.

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5

Frigidaire FG7MQ Furnace

Questions about this model?

The Frigidaire FG7MQ is a modulating gas furnace that was awarded the Energy Star “Most Efficient” rating in 2014. It has an efficiency rating of 97% AFUE and features a communicating thermostat and iQ Drive technology that maintain its low energy levels.

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.

  • Consumer Rating

    4.0 rating
    4

  • Efficiency (SEER)

    Up to 97%

  • Average Cost

    $1,700

Pros

  • According to some homeowners, the unit is efficient, quiet, and can reduce heating bills.

Cons

  • Some reviewers have warned of the necessity to clean the heat sensor because of charring and oxidation.

Parts are covered under 10-year warranty, and the unit will be replaced if the heat exchanger fails within 10 years.

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6

Ruud Achiever Furnace

Questions about this model?

Ruud Achiever furnaces have efficiency ratings of up to 96% AFUE. Some models have a 4- way, multi-pose design for easy installation. The unit features both the PlusOne Ignition System and the Industry-First PlusOne Diagnostics system which ensure reliable performance.

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.

  • Consumer Rating

    4.0 rating
    4

  • Efficiency (SEER)

    Up to 95%

  • Average Cost

    $1,100

Pros

  • One reviewer states that after ten years, the unit has some difficulty lighting, but it is generally reliable and efficient.

Cons

  • On justanswer.com, several homeowners report instances of ignition problems related to the circuit board.

Gas models have a 10-year conditional parts warranty, while oil models have a 5-year parts warranty. Some models have a lifetime limited warranty for the heat exchanger.

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7

Goodman GMEC96 Furnace

Questions about this model?

The Goodman GMEC96 is a multi-speed, two-stage gas furnace. With an Energy Star label, the unit has an efficiency rating of 96% AFUE. Its self-diagnostic control board and multi-position design promise easy operation for the handler. It also features a heavy-duty aluminized-steel tubular heat exchanger and a secondary stainless-steel heat exchanger.

The Goodman GMEC96 provides two-stage heat with a multi-speed ECM blower. Its multi-position configuration, along with optional side venting and left or right connection for gas and electrical service, provides increased installation options.

  • Consumer Rating

    3.4 rating
    3.4

  • Efficiency (SEER)

    Up to 96%

  • Average Cost

    $1,250

Pros

  • A majority of our reviewers compliment the unit’s efficiency.

Cons

  • Several reviewers on goodmanmfg.com report instances of faulty control boards and leaks in the furnace.

The Goodman GMEC96 has a 10-year unit replacement heat exchanger warranty, a lifetime heat exchanger limited warranty, and a 10-year parts limited warranty.

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8

Frigidaire FG7TC Furnace

Questions about this model?

The Frigidaire FG7TC is a two-stage gas furnace featuring a single-speed or variable-speed blower option. Both models have an Energy Star label and have an efficiency rating of 95.1% AFUE. The SmartLite technology on both models can also prolong ignitor life.

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 provides warm duct temperature.

  • Consumer Rating

    3.8 rating
    3.8

  • Efficiency (SEER)

    Up to 95.1%

  • Average Pricing

    $1,600

Pros

  • Several reviewers express surprise at the unit’s quiet operation, and some claim its high level of efficiency reduced their heating bills.

Cons

  • There are reports on doityourself.com of two ports on the condenser box on older models occasionally becoming obstructed with water.
  • Some reviewers also complain of blower motor burnout.

The Frigidaire FG7TC has a 10-year parts warranty, a 10-year Comfort Quality Pledge, and a limited lifetime heat exchanger warranty.

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9

Maytag PGC2TC Furnace

Questions about this model?

The Maytag PGC2TC is a variable-speed, two-stage gas furnace with adaptable ventilation. With an Energy Star label, the efficiency rating of the unit is 95.1% AFUE. Additionally, it features a heavy gauge aluminized steel heat exchanger and a stainless steel secondary heat exchanger.

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.

  • Consumer Rating

    3.5 rating
    3.5

  • Efficiency (SEER)

    Up to 95.1%

  • Average Cost

    $1,500

Pros

  • Several reviewers compliment the unit’s quiet operation, its ability to reduce energy bills, and its 12-year warranty.

Cons

  • One reviewer complains that the unit has difficulty operating in extreme cold weather. Another reviewer complains of a failed evaporator coil.

Maytag PGC2TC has a 12-year parts warranty, a 12-year Dependability Promise, and a lifetime limited warranty for the heat exchanger.

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10

Luxaire TG9S Furnace

Questions about this model?

The Luxaire TG9S single-stage furnaces all have an efficiency rating of 95.5% AFUE, and they have a durable, compact design with a height of 33 inches. The unit features self-cleaning Inshot burners, aluminized steel tubular heat exchangers, shutoff sensors, and a main gas valve shut-off to ensure safety.

The TG9S is a natural gas furnace in Luxaire’s Climasure series. It has a single-stage burner, and boasts a 4-stage PSC blower motor.

  • Consumer Rating

    3.6 rating
    3.6

  • Efficiency (SEER)

    Up to 95.5%

  • Average Cost

    $2,400

Pros

  • Several reviewers laud the efficiency and simplicity of this unit.

Cons

  • There have been a few reports of individual components breaking.

Parts are covered under 10-year limited warranty, and the heat exchanger is covered under lifetime limited warranty.

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How we review the best furnaces

In order to find the best furnace, you need to judge each of them on the same factors. While energy efficiency and price might be the most important at first glance, other factors are just as important in the long run. Here are the characteristics we use:

  • Energy efficiency – Percentage of Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE).
  • Average costs – How much you can expect to pay.
  • Reliability – Do they run without needing repairs?
  • Warranty – The manufacturer should offer coverage that protects you from defective parts.
  • Consumer ratings – How well customers rate the furnace.
  • Sound rating – How loud is the furnace going to be, rated in decibels (dB).
  • Special features – Advanced technology options and features.

10 Best Furnaces for 2020

Trane XC95m

Trane’s most energy-efficient furnace, this gas-fired unit is rated at 97.3% efficiency, includes a quiet variable-speed blower and advanced automatic communication technology.

Features:

  • 60,000 to 120,000 BTUs
  • 40” H x 17.5-24.5” W x 28” D
  • 97.30% to 95.00% AFUE
  • The cabinet is insulated for quiet operation.
  • Variable-speed blower, dehumidification, ComfortLinkTM Communication, available air filtration.

Maintenance and availability:

  • Schedule an annual checkup and change filters regularly.
    • 20-45 days with multiple pets in the home or people with allergies/asthma.
    • 60 days with one pet in the home.
    • 90 days in a pet-free household.
  • Available through licensed local contractors.

Warranty:

  • Registered furnaces have a 10-year parts warranty with a lifetime warranty on the heat exchanger.

Goodman GMVM97/GCVM97

A 98% efficient furnace by Goodman, offering self-calibrating gas valve, quiet variable-speed blower and multi-position installation.

Features:

  • 60,000 to 120,000 BTUs
  • 34.5” H x 17.5” W x 28 ⅞” D 
  • 98% to 97% AFUE
  • Quiet variable-speed blower with multiple continuous fan speed options.
  • ComfortBridgeTM Technology, on board Bluetooth diagnostics.

Maintenance and availability:

  • A qualified inspector should perform an annual inspection. Filters should be cleaned or replaced every two months.
  • Can be ordered online.

Warranty:

  • The furnace is covered by a 10-year replacement warranty, a lifetime heat exchanger warranty and a 10-year parts warranty.

Carrier Infinity 98 (59MN7)

Carrier’s most advanced furnace delivers up to 98.5% AFUE and it includes the Greenspeed Intelligence package to monitor temperature and humidity to automatically adjust for comfort and energy efficiency.

Features:

  • 60,000 to 120,000 BTUs
  • 35” H x 17.5-24.5” W x 30” D
  • Up to 98.5% AFUE
  • 38.4 decibels
  • Comfort Heat Technology to stage heating cycles, SmartEvap dehumidification, pilot-free PowerHeat ignition, QuieTech noise reduction.

Maintenance and availability:

  • Inspect the furnace annually. Check the filters every four weeks and replace/clean as necessary.
  • The furnace is available through licensed contractors, including those associated with outlets such a Home Depot.

Warranty:

  • Infinity furnaces have a lifetime warranty on the heat exchanger and 10 years on other parts, with subsequent owners having a 20-year warranty on the heat exchanger and 5 years on other parts.

Lennox SLP98V

This highly efficient ENERGY STAR certified furnace hits 98.7% AFUE while still beating out similar models as the quietest.

Features:

  • 66,000 to 132,000 BTUs
  • 33” H x 17.5-24.5” W x 29.25” D
  • 98.7% AFUE
  • SilentComfortTM technology uses advanced engineering and sound-absorbing insulation to provide its quiet performance.
  • AirFlexTM technology for precision airflow adjustment.

Maintenance and availability:

  • Inspect filters monthly, and clean/replace as needed. Use a licensed professional service technician to inspect the system each season, heating and cooling.
  • Contact a local dealer to purchase.

Warranty:

  • The heat exchanger comes with a lifetime warranty, while other covered components have a 10-year warranty.

Rheem R98V

Rheem’s high-performance, super-efficient furnace provides quiet comfort and self-monitoring to protect your home’s heat source.

Features:

  • 60,000 to 115,000 BTUs
  • 35” H x 20.5-27.5” W x 29.63” D
  • 98.7% to 98.1% AFUE
  • Improved airflow and patented heat exchanger design reduces operating sound by 20%.
  • Blocked drain sensor to prevent water spillage, EcoNet Smart Monitoring Technology reports on furnace operation.

Maintenance and availability:

  • PlusOne Diagnostics system alerts users when maintenance is necessary.
  • Available through licensed dealers or contractors.

Warranty:

  • The warranty covers parts for 10 years and lifetime coverage on the heat exchanger.

Bryant Evolution 98 987M

With a wide variety of advanced features, Bryant’s Evolution 98 furnace provides multiple benefits while scoring high on efficiency.

Features:

  • 60,000 to 120,000 BTUs
  • Up to 98.3% AFUE
  • Fully insulated cabinet with variable speed air delivery keeps this furnace ultra-quiet.
  • Perfect HeatTM for consistent comfort.
  • Perfect HumidityTM for moisture removal.
  • Fan On PlusTM for direct control of four fan speeds.
  • SmartEvapTM summer dehumidification.
  • Igniter PerfectLightTM pilot-free igniter.

Maintenance and availability:

  • Have a trained service person inspect the furnace before each heating season. Filters should be checked every four weeks.
  • Purchase through authorized dealers.

Warranty:

  • The heat exchanger is covered by a lifetime warranty, while other parts are covered for 10 years. This is transferable to later owners with a 20 year limit on the heat exchanger and 5 years on other parts.

American Standard Platinum 95

With AccuLinkTM remote monitoring and programming, keeping your home comfortable is even easier with this American Standard furnace.

Features:

  • 56,000 to 116,400 BTUs
  • 28” x 40” x 17.5-24.5”
  • 95% to 97.3% AFUE
  • Heavy steel insulated cabinet and variable-speed fan motor provide quiet operation.
  • Comfort-RTM reduces indoor humidity.

Maintenance and availability:

  • Check your filters once a month and have your dealer service the furnace regularly.
  • Contact a local contractor or dealer to purchase.

Warranty:

  • Most parts are covered by a 10-year warranty, while the heat exchanger has a lifetime warranty. You may purchase a an option to transfer the warranty if you wish.

Amana AMVM97

Features ComfortBridgeTM communicating technology which constantly monitors performance on this high-efficiency heating system.

Features:

  • 60,000 to 120,000 BTUs
  • 34.5” H x 17.5” W x 28 ⅞” D 
  • 98% to 97% AFUE
  • Quiet variable-speed blower with multiple continuous fan speed options.
  • ComfortBridgeTM Technology, on-board Bluetooth diagnostics.

Maintenance and availability:

  • The furnace should be inspected at least once a year by a qualified inspector. Filters should be cleaned or replaced every two months or as required.
  • Purchase this furnace through an Amana dealer.

Warranty:

  • Features a lifetime unit replacement warranty and a 10-year parts warranty.

York Affinity YP9C

This technologically advanced furnace provides high efficiency along with ease of installation and quiet operation.

Features:

  • 60,000 to 120,000 BTUs
  • 33” H x 16 ⅜”-23 ⅜” W x 30.25” D
  • Up to 98% AFUE
  • Variable-speed ECM blower motor for quiet operation.
  • ClimaTrakTM technology allows fine-tuning of the blower at installation.

Maintenance and availability:

  • Schedule an inspection by a certified dealer or service contractor once a year.
  • Purchase through a dealer or contractor.

Warranty:

  • The warranty covers the heat exchanger for life, unit replacement for 10 years and parts for 10 years.

Bryant Preferred 922S

This Bryant furnace is an economical choice with a slightly lower efficiency rating. It still offers a range of features, though.

Features:

  • 40,000 to 120,000 BTUs
  • 35” H x 14.2-24.0” W x 29.5” D
  • 92.1% AFUE
  • Insulated casing for quiet operation.
  • SmartEvapTM dehumidification technology, QuietTechTM sound-reducing technology.

Maintenance and availability:

  • Check and clean air filters once a month. Contact a local dealer for proper maintenance frequency and service.
  • Contact a dealer or contractor to purchase.

Warranty:

  • The heat exchanger is covered by a lifetime warranty, while other parts are covered for 10 years. This is transferable to new owners with a 20 year limit on the heat exchanger and 5 years on other parts.

Average Furnace Cost

Furnace pricing can vary dramatically. Brand, fuel source, efficiency ratings, installation requirements, are just a few factors that play a part in determining the full cost of a new or replacement unit.

Generally, gas furnaces cost between $950 and $2,000. With installation, included, the cost lands between $1,300 and $2,800. If your furnace is a packaged unit with A/C, the total price for a unit plus installation will reach $3,000-$5,000.

RankModelRating (Out of 5)SEERAve Cost
1York TG8S580%$900
2York TM9V4.5Up to 96%$2,000
3Thermo Pride OL54.2Up to 86%$3,700
4York LX4.14Up to 97%$1,500
5Frigidaire FG7MQ4Up to 97%$1,700
6Ruud Achiever4Up to 95%$1,100
7Goodman GMEC963.86Up to 96%$1,200
8Frigidaire FG7TC3.8Up to 95.1%$1,600
9Maytag PGC2TC3.78Up to 95.1%$1,500
10Luxaire TG9S3.68Up to 95.5%$2,400

*Pricing information sourced:
Thomas, James. National Plumbing & HVAC Estimator. Craftsman Book Comapany, 2018.

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