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Best Heat Pumps: 2016

Updated: Apr. 5, 2016

We have collected thousands of reviews from homeowners and contractors, and we track more than 300 different series of heat pumps, sold under more than 50 different brand names. Which heat pumps do our reviewers rate most highly?

The list below represents the top-rated heat pumps sold in the US and Canada. The list includes units with a cooling efficiency ranging from 14.5 to more than 20 SEER. The units also vary in heating efficiency from 8.5 - 13 HSPF.

Rank Brand and Series Rating Cooling Efficiency
(max SEER)
Heating Efficiency
(max HSPF)
Sound Rating (decibels) Average Pricing
10. Amana ASZ16 2.7 out of 5 up to 16 9.0 as low as 72 not available
The Amana ASZ16 heat pump was designed with energy savings in mind with features such as the high-efficiency scroll compressor and copper tubing on the "enhanced" aluminum fin coil. The SmartShift feature keeps the defrost mode quiet, while a sound control top ensures the unit operates as noiselessly as possible.
9. Trane XL15i 2.8 out of 5 up to 16.25 9.7 as low as 72 $4,299.12
The Trane XL15i features a ClimaTuff compressor, a DuraTuff non-corrosive basepan, and an advanced fan system which helps make the XL15i the quietest of Trane's single-stage electric heat pump systems. The unit is protected by a WeatherGuard II top and full-side louvered panels with a baked-on powder paint finish.
8. Lennox XP16 2.8 out of 5 up to 17 9.5 as low as 70 $13,500 (installed)
The Lennox XP16 features a two-stage scroll compressor which operates on low speed most of the time for greater efficicency and lower sound levels. The XP16 is designed to work with the Humiditrol whole-home dehumidification system, providing greater comfort and air quality.
7. Carrier Infinity 2.9 out of 5 up to 20.5 13 as low as 58 $8,000 installed
Carrier's Infinity series of heat pumps is designed for exceptional heat and cooling as part of an intelligent communicating system. The series is compatible as part of Carrier's Hybrid Heat system, which increases efficiency by gauging the outside air temperature and selecting the fuel source that's best for the conditions. All sizes and models of the Infinity heat pump have earned the Energy Star qualification.
6. York LX 3.1 out of 5 up to 14.5 8.5 as low as 69 $1,984
The York LX heat pump features a compact design which increases installation flexibility. The unit's compressor is protected by high and low pressure switches, a liquid line filter drier, and a swept wing fan design, rigid top panel and isolator mounted compressor help keep sound levels low.


5. Trane XR15 3.4 out of 5 up to 16 9.5 75 $5,600 (installed)
The XR15 heat pump from Trane features the company's Climatuff compressor and Spine Fin coil to ensure the unit's durability and reach Energy Star qualifications when installed as part of a qualifying system. The unit is protected by weather-resistant components and louvered panels around all sides and has a corrosion-resistant DuraTuff basepan.
4. Coleman Echelon 3.7 out of 5 up to 18 10 69 not available
Coleman's Echelon is an Energy Star rated heat pump, with the HC8B model earning the Energy Star Most Efficient 2015 label. It features the Echelon Residential Communicating Control, which allows the system to be controlled remotely, and with the WhisperDrive comfort system, which uses a swept wing fan and composite base to silence vibrations.
3. Goodman DSZC18 3.9 out of 5 up to 18 9.5 72 - 75 $2,586
Goodman's DSZC18 heat pump features a two-stage UltraTech Copeland scroll compressor with short-cycle protection. The unit is compatible with Goodman’s ComfortNet Communications System, which monitors the system and allows contractors to accurately troubleshoot problems. A high-density foam compressor sound cover, an efficient fan motor, and a wire fan discharge grille help provide quiet operation.
2. Trane XB14 4 out of 5 up to 15.5 8.5 76 $5,050 (installed)
Trane's XB14 single-stage heat pump is touted by the manufacturer as providing plenty of efficient output while being economical to run. It features a durable Climatuff compressor and Spine Fin outdoor coil, both encased in galvanized steel louvered panels. With compatible components, the unit can qualify for an Energy Star rating
1. Coleman LX 4.4 out of 5 up to 14.5 8.5 69 not available
The Coleman LX is Energy Star qualified in select models and features a single-stage scroll compressor. A high pressure relief valve and a filter drier help protect the compressor, while a swept wing fan blade, rigid top panel, and sound blanket help lower operating noise.

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 heat pumps from lowest to highest rank, based on the average of those consumer satisfaction ratings.

We have only included a series on this list if we have at least 5 reviews of that series, and if the series has not been discontinued. 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.

Pricing Information

The pricing information comes from two sources: vendors that sell heat pumps directly, and homeowners that have received quotes to have heat pumps installed.

In general, we prefer to quote prices from vendors. This allows homeowners to understand roughly how much of the quotes they receive from contractors is for equipment and how much is for labor. However, most vendors only reveal prices to contractors.

Our second source of pricing information -- quotes by contractors to homeowners -- can still give homeowners a good sense of average pricing. However, the price range in quotes tends to be larger. Some homes need ductwork installed; others need both a heat pump and an air handler installed; some contractors charge a higher overhead; there are many potential reasons for the variance.

Sound Rating

The sound rating is measured in decibels and provided by the manufacturer. The lower the number of decibels, the quieter the unit. In most cases, the sound rating is presented as a range, or "as low as" a number of decibels. This is because (typically) the more BTUs / hour of output a unit generates, the louder it is. In addition, a heat pump is part of a heating and cooling system, and the unit must be paired with a quiet air handler to perform most quietly.

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