These are the best heat pumps on the market. All will cut heating bills with great climate control. These top rated heat pumps for 2013 are made by the industry’s leading brands and have good track records for quality and reliability.
Modulating Heat Pumps
Several of these models use a modulating compressor. A single-stage compressor runs at full capacity all the time. A 2-stage compressor runs at about 65% capacity or 100% capacity and helps to balance temperatures within your home by running on low most of the time.
Modulating heat pumps run at capacity between 25% and 100%. They adjust automatically in increments of 1-2% in order to deliver just the right amount of heating or cooling to keep temperatures from fluctuating at all. They use longer cycles with gentler heating and cooling to optimize comfort in all seasons. If you choose a modulating heat pump, pair it with a variable-speed furnace or air handler for the best climate control currently available.
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Today’s Best Heat Pumps
We review all makes and models to find the ones that offer the highest performance and efficiency. This list is our top rated heat pumps 2013 edition. Click on the links to read the full reviews.
As you read this list, keep in mind that SEER measures cooling efficiency and HSPF measures heating efficiency. The higher the numbers, the more efficient the heat pump is.
Carrier Infinity Greenspeed 25VNA0 Heat Pump
Carrier continues to innovate and push the envelope of performance and efficiency. The Carrier Infinity Greenspeed 25VNA0 has a SEER rating of 20 and an HSPF of 13. The efficiency is produced by the modulating compressor that heats and cools precisely so that little energy is wasted. If you want to spend less and still get a great heat pump, there are several 2-stage Carrier Infinity models that also do a wonderful job.
Maytag 1200 Series PSH4BI iQ Heat Pump
With 22 SEER and 10 HSPF efficiency ratings, this heat pump will help you control costs in all seasons. The iQ control and the modulating compressor combine to eliminate temperature swings. The Maytag 1200 Series PSH4BI can remove more humidity during cooling too, especially when paired with a variable-speed air handler.
Bryant Evolution 280A Heat Pump
This new heat pump is the best Bryant has ever made. The Bryant Evolution 280A offers 20.5 SEER cooling and 13 HSPF heating. This heat pump is virtually identical to the Carrier Greenspeed 25VNAO above. Bryant also calls this the Bryant Evolution Extreme heat pump since it is so efficient. It offers modulating heating and cooling and control system that maximizes efficiency.
American Standard Platinum ZM Heat Pump
This is a 2-stage heat pump, so it doesn’t do quite as good a job maximizing indoor comfort. However, it is built to last and will be a workhorse in any home. With 19 SEER and 9.0 HSPF, it will help control energy use and costs. American Standard shows its confidence in the American Standard Platinum ZM heat pump by backing it with a full 12-year warranty. Most top brands give a 10-year warranty.
Trane XL20i Heat Pump
Trane’s top heat pump is a 19 SEER, 9.0 model. The Trane XL20i heat pump is essentially the same as the American Standard Platinum ZM and will keep utility bills under control while helping to make your home very comfortable. A 12-year warranty and a good service record make this a good choice when a tough, durable heat pump is desired.
Armstrong 4SHP18LT Heat Pump
This is another 2-stage model. The Armstrong 4SHP18LT heat pump delivers 18 SEER cooling and 9.2 HSPF heating, and it is a dual fuel heat pump. That means it can be used in a system with a gas furnace. The heat pump will do the work when temperatures are above freezing; the system automatically switches to the gas furnace in freezing temperatures when heat pumps become ineffective. The advantage you get is that heat pumps heat much more efficiently than furnaces, so your winter bills will be lower with a dual fuel system as opposed to just a gas furnace.
Carrier Infinity 25HNB9 Heat Pump
This the second Carrier Infinity heat pump to make the list because, though Carrier’s second-best model, it’s superior to most brands’ top of the line. The Carrier Infinity 25HNB9 is a 2-stage heat pump with 19 SEER and 10 HSPF. This unit is dual fuel, or as Carrier calls it, hybrid heat. It’s a great choice for climates with both extreme hot and cold.
Amana ASZC18 Heat Pump
This is a 2-stage heat pump that stands out for a couple of reasons. First, the warranty offered is the best in the business. If the compressor ever fails, Amana will replace the entire heat pump. Secondly, that compressor is the Copeland UltraTech scroll compressor, the top-rated in the industry. The Amana ASZC18 heat pump offers 18 SEER and 9.5 Energy Star rated efficiency.
Heil QuietComfort DXT+ 19 SEER Observer Heat Pump
This is a new heat pump from Heil and shows the brand’s commitment to energy use reduction and lower energy bills. The Heil QuietComfort DXT+ 19 SEER Observer offers 19 SEER cooling to go with 10 HSPF heating. Heil backs it with a great warranty. If the compressor or outdoor coil fails in the first 10 years, Heil will replace the entire heat pump.
Lennox Signature Series XP21 Heat Pump
Lennox’s best heat pump is a 2-stage model with 19 SEER and 9.5 HSPF efficiency. This is a very durable heat pump with one of the best service records in the industry. You’ll get 18-22 years of service or more when you keep the Lennox Signature Series XP21 maintained as recommended.
If you want cutting edge technology, take a close look at the modulating models. They cost 20%-30% more than similar 2-stage models but offer unsurpassed efficiency and climate control. If you want to spend less, a 2-stage model is idea. In cold climates, a dual fuel heat pump is essential.
Whichever model you choose, make sure to hire a qualified contractor with good experience. The quality of the installation job will have a lot to do with how efficiently the heat pump runs and how well it performs over the years. Having it installed correctly will give you the best value for the HVAC prices you pay.