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Top Rated Gas furnaces 2017

These are the 2017 best furnaces based on the quality of their design and build and their brands’ service records from recent years. Quality and dependability is the focus. See this post for the Most Efficient Furnaces 2017.

By the way, we’ve completed Top Rated 2017 Air Conditioners and Top Rated 2017 Heat Pumps too.

Best Gas Furnaces 2017

You can expect flawless service from these furnaces, with the rare exception, for the first 5-10 years. When given regular maintenance and the occasional minor repair as the furnace ages, these units should last up to 20 years. Let’s get to the best gas furnaces and related buying tips.

1. Maytag M1200 PGC2TE/PGC2TN Gas Furnace

Maytag doesn’t have the reputation in HVAC that Lennox and Trane have, but the brand puts out dependable products backed by good warranties. This is a workhorse furnace for use where winters are cold. The same or nearly exact furnace is available from sister brands Westinghouse, Tappan, NuTone or Broan.

Features of the M1200 PGC2TE/PGC2TN:

  • 96% AFUE efficiency (Energy Star)
  • Two-stage gas valve runs on low to keep temperatures very balanced and boosts to high for quick warmups
  • The two model numbers represent upflow and downflow furnaces
  • The variable-speed motor has 16 settings to handle the demands of both heating and supporting a central air conditioner

Warranty: A lifetime warranty covers the heat exchanger, plus Maytag provides a 12-year Dependability Promise warranty that provides for a complete new furnace if the heat exchanger fails in the first dozen years. A 12-year general warranty on all other parts is better-than-average for the industry.

Maytag M1200 PGC2TE/PGC2TN Price: $1,200-$1,900

Buy this Maytag M1200 2-stage gas furnace if you live in a very cold climate or simply want to cut energy use and cost in any climate and/or you prefer the balanced temperatures of two-stage heating to single-stage heating.

2. Carrier Infinity 80 Gas Furnace

Carrier’s been making this reliable furnace for many years, so has it down cold…or, hot. It is part of Carrier’s top line and has several indoor climate control features to ensure your home is comfortable in all seasons.

Features of the Carrier Infinity 80:

  • 80% AFUE efficiency
  • Two-stage, high/low-capacity heating that is quiet and balanced yet can create lots of heat quickly when needed
  • Variable-speed ECM blower motor cuts operating costs while coordinating nicely with the gas valve to produce those even temperatures
  • Can be used in Carrier Hybrid Heat dual fuel systems with a Carrier heat pump for a very affordable heating option
  • Individual units are available in this model with 66,000 to 154,000 Btu heating capacity

Warranty: Lifetime on the heat exchanger; 10 years on all other parts. Carrier’s product warranties are mediocre.

Carrier Infinity 80 Price: $900-$1,900

Buy the Carrier Infinity 80 if you live in a climate with mild winters or if you’re looking for a quality furnace for any part-time use such as a vacation home, guest apartment or converted garage space.

3. Lennox Elite EL296E Gas Furnace

This furnace is part of Lennox’s second-tier series, not the Signature Collection Series, but it is the brand’s top-rated furnace. It’s a workhorse with an excellent dependability rating and good comfort features.

Lennox Elite EL296E Features:

  • 96% AFUE efficiency (Energy Star)
  • Two-stage heating
  • Can be used in a dual fuel system with a compatible Lennox heat pump

Warranty: Lifetime heat exchanger warranty and a 5-year parts warranty – a shorter warranty than many top brands offer

Lennox Elite EL296E Price: $1,100-$2,200

Buy the Lennox Elite EL296E if you want the very-high efficiency rating to battle cold winters, but you’d rather pay less for a single-stage furnace even if it produces slight temperature swings.

4. Trane XV95 Gas Furnace

This is another rock-solid furnace that gets high ratings from users despite not being the brand’s “top of the line.” Consumers aren’t swayed by that type of marketing; they look for a furnace other homeowners say runs durably.

Trane XV95 Features:

  • 96.7% AFUE efficiency (Energy Star)
  • Two-stage heating
  • Tough aluminized steel primary heat exchanger

Warranty: A lifetime heat exchanger and a 10-year parts warranty come with this furnace. It’s an average warranty for the industry.

Trane XV95 Price: $1,400-$2,500

Buy the Trane XV95 if you have had good experience with Trane products and don’t mind paying a bit more for a dependable furnace that offers good climate control.

5. Amana AMEH8 Gas Furnace

Japanese HVAC leader Daikin acquired the Amana brand when it bought the Goodman Company in 2012. First, the parent company slapped Daikin tags on Amana, and marketed both brands. Then, Daikin began to upgrade the brands, and Amana is now one of the most reliable brands and a top seller.

Features of the Amana AMEH8:

  • 80% AFUE efficiency
  • Two-stage heating
  • Stainless-Steel Tubular Primary Heat Exchanger

 

Price: $900-$1,700

Buy the Amana AMEH8 if your climate doesn’t demand a 90%-plus gas furnace and the outstanding warranty coverage appeals to you because you plan to live in your current home for many years.

6. American Standard Platinum 80 Gas Furnace

Here’s another 80% furnace that is among its brand’s most reliable, best-built furnaces. It’s part of American Standard’s top line. You’ll find a similar furnace in the lineup from sister brand/series Carrier Infinity.

Features of the American Standard Platinum 80

  • 80% AFUE efficiency
  • 2-stage gas valve that operates at 65% capacity most of the time to produce longer, quieter and more consistent heating
  • Multi-speed blower enhances indoor comfort when heating or when the unit is supporting central air conditioning
  • Stainless steel tubular heat exchanger

Warranty: Lifetime heat exchanger warranty that provides for an entire new furnace if it fails and a 10-year parts warranty

Plainum 80 Price: $1,200-$2,200

Buy the American Standard Platinum 80 if winters are mild where you live but you want a variable-speed blower to assist with cooling and dehumidification.

7. Armstrong Air A962V Pro SeriesGas Furnace

This is another brand that has upped its game in the last five years and now makes some of the best HVAC equipment on the market. This is not Armstrong Air’s most efficient or highest-performing furnace, but it is the most dependable, and it is very efficient.

Features of the Armstrong Air A962V:

  • 96% AFUE efficiency (Energy Star)
  • 2-stage gas valve and a variable-speed blower for enhanced indoor comfort in both heating and air conditioning modes
  • Variable-speed fan

Warranty: Lifetime heat exchanger and 10-year general parts warranties

Buy the Armstrong Air A962V if you want a quality furnace that delivers excellent efficiency and indoor comfort ideal for very cold winters

8. Heil QuietComfort Deluxe 96 Gas Furnace

Speaking of brands with an improved lineup of late, Heil now makes an impressive lineup of efficient, high-performance HVAC products that compete with anyone’s. This is a UTC brand, just as Carrier and Bryant are, but the products are quite different. It does have sister brands with nearly identical equipment: Day & Night, Comfortmaker, Keep Rite, Tempstar and Arcoaire.

Features of the Heil QuietComfort Deluxe 96:

  • 96.5% AFUE (Energy Star)
  • Two-stage heating
  • Variable-speed blower
  • Compatible with the Wi-Fi Heil Observer control/thermostat

Warranty: A lifetime heat exchanger includes Heil’s 10-year No Hassle warranty that provides for an entire new furnace if the exchanger fails during that time. All other parts are covered by a 10-year warranty.

Price: $1,400-$2,500

Buy the Heil QuietComfort Deluxe 96 if your climate and/or commitment to sustainability demand a very efficient furnace and/or you enjoy the comfort of two-stage heating over single-stage.

9. Bryant Preferred Series 925S Gas Furnace

The Evolution Series is Bryant’s top line, but this furnace in the brand’s second-tier line is durable and more affordable too.

Features of the Bryant Preferred Series 925S:

  • 96.2% AFUE efficiency
  • Single-stage heating
  • Multispeed ECM blower

Warranty: Lifetime heat exchanger and 10-year parts warranties

Price: $1,000-$1,800

Buy the Bryant Preferred 925S if you want high efficiency but would rather keep equipment costs down with a single-stage model vs. a two-stage or modulating furnace.

10. Rheem Prestige R97V Gas Furnace

Rheem’s reputation has suffered in recent years due to higher-than-average mechanical issues in many units, as reported by Consumer Report and other publications. While there’s truth in the data, this is a good furnace. Since the quality of the installation of a furnace is as important as the quality of the unit, you’ll be OK with this unit if you choose an experienced installer.

Features of the Rheem Prestige R97V:

  • 97% efficiency (Energy Star)
  • Modulating gas valve raises and lowers heat production in tiny increments, instead of just one or two stages, to produce longer, quieter and more consistent heat
  • Variable-speed ECM blower

Warranty: Lifetime heat exchanger and 10-year parts warranties

Price: $2,200-$3,400

Buy the Rheem Prestige R97V if you’ve had a good experience with Rheem equipment and want excellent efficiency and indoor comfort provided by the modulating gas valve.

Proper Furnace Installation as Important as Furnace Quality

Something grossly overlooked within the furnace industry is that furnace installation can make or break a furnace. For a gas furnace to run as efficiently, quietly and durably as it should, the HVAC technician must install it correctly and adjust it properly for your home’s ductwork and layout. It takes experience to do this; furnace installation isn’t cookie-cutter.

To make sure you hire a qualified contractor that will do the job right, get estimates from several of the top furnace companies in your area. Check their references, and find out about the experience of the person or crew that will be installing the furnace. If you want to save time and get estimates from several of the top furnace installers in your area, licensed and insured technicians prescreened for experience, feel free to use our Estimates service. There is no cost or obligation, and it is the simplest way to get written estimates from furnace dealers that know they’re competing for your business.

 

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