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Top Rated Heat Pumps 2017

These are the 2017 best heat pumps based on the quality of their parts and the service history of the brand and class these units are a part of. Quality and reliability is the focus of this top rated 2017 heat pumps. We’ve also completed our list of the 2017 most efficient heat pumps, which you can review here.

Best Heat Pumps 2017

Expect problem-free heating and cooling from these for the first 5 to 10 years when properly installed, and keep them maintained for best efficiency and performance. Expect up to 20 years of service from them with regular maintenance and standard repairs. We should note at the outset that the quality of the installation of your heat pump is as important as the brand. That’s why we recommend getting estimates from multiple licensed HVAC contractors with a good reputation. Feel free to click our Estimates buttons for no-cost, no-obligation from some of the top heat pump installers in your area. They’re pre-screened for quality and to save you time.

1. Heil QuietComfort Deluxe 19 HCH9 Heat Pump

United Technologies, Heil’s parent company (Carrier/Bryant too) makes several regional brands with product lineups nearly identical to Heil’s, so you might find this unit with a very similar product name from Day & Night, Comfortmaker, Keep Rite, Tempstar and Arcoaire brands. The HCH9 is the best heat pump of the brand’s top series. Features of the Heil QuietComfort Deluxe 19:

  • Efficiency up to 19 SEER & 10 HSPF
  • Two-stage heating and cooling that operates at low capacity most of the time for enhanced climate control and consistent temperatures
  • 66 decibel low-capacity sound level is lower than most others
  • Dual fuel capability, so it can be installed in a system with a gas furnace that takes over the heating when temperatures drop below freezing (ideal for very cold climates)
  • Compatible with Heil’s Observer communicating system and Wi-Fi control

Warranty: 10-year parts warranty including the No Hassle Replacement warranty that provides a complete new heat pump if the compressor fails in the first 10 years Price Range: $3,100-$4,300 Buy the Heil QuietComfort Deluxe 19 heat pump if your summers are warm to hot, you appreciate solid warranty coverage and/or you prefer the climate control of a two-stage heat pump vs. a single-stage unit.

2. Amana ASZC18 Heat Pump

Amana has been a Daikin International brand since 2012, and the positive influence of the global HVAC giant parent company is showing. Amana quality is up, and this is a top five brand, plus it has excellent warranty coverage. Features of the Amana ASZC18:

  • Up to 18 SEER & 9.5 HSPF efficiency
  • Two-stage performance with the Copeland Ultratech scroll compressor, one of the top-rated compressors in the industry
  • Wired for Amana’s ComfortNet Communications System that coordinates system components using the ComfortNet control

Warranty: Lifetime heat pump replacement warranty on the compressor, 10-year warranty on all other parts. Price Range: $3,300-$4,400 Buy the Amana ASZC18 heat pump if you’re in a warm climate and want one of the best warranties available on a quality heat pump.

3. Maytag PSH1BE M1200 Heat Pump

Maytag has sister brands with nearly identical products, so this unit might be found in your area as a Westinghouse, Broan, Tappan or NuTone. This is a highly dependable, affordable heat pump that will run for 20 years. Features of the Maytag PSH1BE:

  • Up to 15 SEER & 8.5 HSPF efficiency
  • Single-stage heating and cooling
  • Micro-channel coil technology that maximizes surface space for faster heating and cooling
  • CoreSense diagnostics from Copeland/Emerson Climate Technologies that shut down the unit before internal pressure issues cause a major repair issue

Warranty: 12 years on all parts including a 12-year Dependability Promise to replace the entire unit if the compressor fails. Price Range: $1,700-$2,800 Buy the PSH1BE Maytag M1200 heat pump if you live in a moderate climate, so don’t need high efficiency, and want a very dependable heat pump for all seasons.

4. Trane XV18 Variable Speed Heat Pump

Trane makes reliable heat pumps that cost slightly more than average. This is the first unit on our list with a variable-speed compressor. It modulates in .1% up/down BTU increments to deliver balanced temperatures and climate control the way cruise-control keeps a car at a consistent speed. Features of the Trane XV18:

  • Up to 18 SEER & 10 HSPF efficiency
  • Variable-speed (variable-capacity or modulating) compressor
  • Compatible with Trane’s ComfortLink II communicating technology and Wi-Fi control for optimal control of indoor comfort from anywhere

Warranty: 10 years on all parts Price Range: $3,700-$4,900 Buy the Trane XV18 if you’re willing to pay more and get better reliability and/or you’re interested in premium indoor comfort including maximum dehumidification in the summer months.

5. American Standard Gold 17 Heat Pump

This sister brand of Trane (both are Ingersoll-Rand brands) has an impressive updated heat pump lineup. The Gold 17 in the AC version made our 2017 Best Central Air Conditioners list, and this unit is the same except for reversing equipment that allows it to heat too. Features of the American Standard Gold 17:

  • Up to 17 SEER & 9.6 HSPF efficiency
  • Two-stage heating and air conditioning with the highly rated Duration compressor
  • Aluminum Spine Fin coil facilitates rapid heating and cooling

Warranty: 12 years on compressor, 10 years on the outdoor coil and other functional parts Price Range: $2,900-$4,100 Buy the American Standard Gold 17 if your climate is moderate or warm and you appreciate the ability to cool or heat your home quickly.

6. Bryant 280A Heat Pump

Bryant’s best heat pump is a modulating model that delivers excellent energy efficiency. Carrier has a similar model. Features of the Bryant 280A:

  • Up to 20.5 SEER & 13 HSPF
  • Variable-capacity compressor modulates up and down as needed to keep indoor temperatures even and summer humidity under control
  • Compatible with the Bryant/Carrier Evolution Connex Wi-Fi control
  • Quiet heating (as low as 62dB) and cooling (58dB)

Warranty: 10-year parts warranty Price: $3,300-$4,500 Buy the Bryant 280A if you live in a very warm climate and/or want super-efficient cooling and/or prefer a zoned heating and cooling system

7. Armstrong Air 4SHP14LE Heat Pump

Armstrong is one of those “second-tier” brands that keeps getting better. This is a very basic heat pump, though Energy Star rated, that offers quality heating and cooling. It should last 20 years with reliable service. Features of the 4SHP14LE:

  • Up to 15 SEER & 8.5 HSPF efficiency
  • Single-stage heating and cooling
  • Compatible with dual fuel systems that employ a gas furnace to heat when temperatures outside are too cold for a heat pump to be effective

Warranty: 10 years on all parts Price: $1,600-$2,700 Buy the Armstrong 4SHP14LE if you live in a moderate-to-cool climate and/or plan a dual fuel system

8. Daikin DZ18TC Heat Pump

The corresponding Daikin air conditioner made our 2017 Top AC list, and the heat pump is worthy of distinction too. If you’re not familiar with Daikin, this Japanese HVAC company with global reach has been the parent company of American brands Amana and Goodman since 2012. This unit is very similar to the Amana ASZC18. Features of the Daikin DZ18TC:

  • Up to 18 SEER & 9.5 HSPF efficiency
  • Two-stage (called a two-speed) scroll compressor
  • Copeland CoreSense advanced diagnostics that reveal mechanical issues that can be addressed before the system breaks down
  • Aluminum fin condenser coil offers faster heating and cooling
  • Compatible with ComfortNet control and communication system

Warranty: 12-year Unit Replacement warranty on the compressor that provides for a replacement heat pump (outside unit) and general 12-year parts warranty Price: $3,400-$4,400

9. Carrier Infinity 18 Heat Pump

Known as the Carrier Infinity 25VNA8, its 12.5 HSPF is the highest among 18 SEER units. This is a 20-year heat pump when properly installed and maintained. Features of the Carrier Infinity 18:

  • Up to 18 SEER & 12.5 HSPF efficiency
  • Compressor operates in 5 stages as low as 25% of capacity to produce quiet, consistent heating and air conditioning with little temperature change
  • Dual fuel – Carrier called it Hybrid Heat – compatibility

Warranty: 10 years on all parts Price: $3,100-$4,200 Buy the Carrier Infinity 25VNA8 if you’ve had good experience with Carrier equipment and/or live in a climate with moderately cold winters and/or want a Hybrid Heat system where winters are very cold

10. Lennox XP21 Heat Pump

Lennox makes dependable heat pumps and uses proprietary replacement parts to ensure quality and reliability. The single problem with that plan is that Lennox logistic problems sometimes slow down the delivery of parts, and equipment can be down for longer-than-normal periods. Top features of the Lennox 21:

  • Up to 19.2 SEER & 9.7 HSPF
  • Two-stage compressor
  • Compatible with iComfort communicating technology

Warranty: 10 years on all parts Price: $3,300-$4,500 Buy the Lennox XP21 if you’ve had success with the Lennox brand and/or live in a warm climate where efficient air conditioning is important.

Quality Installation is Crucial

These are the 2017 best heat pumps, but any heat pump must be properly installed to work durably and efficiently. Choose a qualified installer carefully after getting multiple written estimates from competing HVAC companies.

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