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Top Rated Gas Furnaces 2018

The 10 best gas furnaces for 2018 are divided into two-stage and single-stage furnaces.

Of course, most brands now make modulating gas furnaces too. However, because they’ve been available short period of time, it will be another few years before accurate ratings are available.

If you’ve like to explore modulating furnaces, also called variable-capacity furnaces, see our 2019 Most Efficient Furnaces Guide. It features efficient furnaces from top-rated brands, so we expect they’ll prove durable too.

2018 Top Rated Gas Furnaces

  • Trane XV95 Gas Furnace
  • Carrier Infinity 80 Gas Furnace
  • Maytag M120 96% Gas Furnace
  • Lennox SL280V Gas Furnace
  • Daikin DC96VE Gas Furnace
  • Bryant Preferred Series 925S Gas Furnace
  • American Standard Silver 95h Gas Furnace
  • Heil Performance 80 Gas Furnace
  • Rheem Classic R92P Gas Furnace
  • Coleman LX Series TM8X Gas Furnace

There are a few names you’d expect on this list and perhaps a surprise or two.

Efficiency is measured in annualized fuel utilization efficiency, or AFUE. Both single-stage and two-stage models are offered in 80% AFUE furnaces and in models in the 90%-plus range.

Best 2-stage Gas Furnaces 2018

Let’s start with the top performers in this list. Two-stage models run at low efficiency most of the time to produce longer heating cycles with better temperature balance. Low-stage heating is quieter too.

They run on high when outdoor temperatures are very cold and the low stage can’t keep up.

Trane XV95 Gas Furnace

This furnace was released years ago and continues to be a best-seller for Trane. It’s also durable with excellent climate control according to homeowner surveys.

Eleven models from outputs of 58,000 to 115,000 BTU are available. The Trane XV95 comes in upflow (6 models) and downflow (5 models). This is one of the most efficient two-stage furnaces on the market.

  • Efficiency: Up to 96.7%, Energy Star
  • Warranty: Lifetime heat exchanger warranty; 10-year parts warranty.
  • Pros: Excellent efficiency and a variable-speed blower that helps balance temperatures in your home and prevent cool air forced into your living space at the start of a heating cycle.
  • Cons: Trane furnaces like this one have a higher cost than average.
  • Installed Cost: $2,700-$4,500

Carrier Infinity 80 Gas Furnace

The Carrier Infinity 80 model 58CVA is the best 80% AFUE furnace available. It features Carrier’s best comfort features like a variable-speed blower and good summer dehumidification when supporting a central AC.

  • Efficiency: 80%
  • Warranty: 20 years on the heat exchanger; 10 years on all other parts. Slightly worse than average, since most top rated furnaces have a lifetime heat exchanger warranty.

Still, if your heat exchanger cracks after 20 years, you’ll want a new furnace anyway since labor won’t be covered, and a heat exchanger costs $1,500 or more to replace just for the labor.

  • Pros: Good comfort. A low NOx model 58CVX is available where required. Can be installed with a heat pump in a dual fuel “Hybrid Heat” system.
  • Cons: 80% isn’t a good efficiency for cold winters, but this unit is designed for installation where winters are mild. Carrier cost is among the highest.
  • Installed Cost: $2,300-$3,650

Maytag M120 96% Gas Furnace

While Maytag furnaces don’t have the reputation of Trane, Carrier and Lennox, part of that is that the company doesn’t have the marketing budget of the Big 3 either.

Maytag, a Nortek Global brand along with Broan and Nu-Tone, makes efficient, hard-working furnaces. You might save a few bucks on Maytag compared with the brands just mentioned.

The M120 is also called the Maytag MGC2TE and MGC2TN for upflow and downflow versions.

  • Efficiency: 96%, Energy Star
  • Warranty: Lifetime heat exchanger, 12-year general parts and 1-year labor. Slightly better than average.
  • Pros: Excellent efficiency at a price that makes it a good value. Good warranty.
  • Cons: The blower is fixed speed, part of why the furnace is more affordable. This means the fan comes on a full capacity at the start of a cycle, and you might feel cool air coming out of the grate for a few seconds.
  • Installed Cost: $1,975-$3,300

Lennox SL280V Gas Furnace

Lennox has a reputation for energy efficiency, but this isn’t one of the most efficient it makes. Instead, it’s two-stage burner and variable-speed blower deliver excellent indoor climate control.

  • Efficiency: 80%
  • Warranty: 20-year heat exchanger; 10-year parts.
  • Pros: Premium indoor comfort. The 80% efficiency makes it more affordable than the SLP98V with 98.7% AFUE and modulating gas valve.
  • Cons: Lennox repairs sometimes take longer because parts can be hard to get.
  • Installed Cost: $2,225-$3,575

Daikin DC96VE Gas Furnace

Daikin first adopted the Amana/Goodman furnace line when it acquired those brands. Now, it is upgrading the quality and performance.

This is a two-stage furnace with a multispeed blower. Better comfort than a fixed-speed blower, but not quite on par with a variable-speed model.

  • Efficiency: 96%, Energy Star
  • Warranty: Lifetime heat exchanger warranty; 12-year parts warranty plus a 6-year furnace replacement warranty. If the heat exchanger fails in the first six years, Daikin will replace the entire furnace. That’s a big of a gimmick, since such failures are rare in that time frame.
  • Pros: One of the better warranties available – the 12 years on parts is good. Stainless steel heat exchangers won’t corrode, enhancing durability.
  • Cons: The multispeed motor is a slight comfort drawback, but most won’t notice any difference between it and a variable-speed blower.
  • Installed Cost: $2,000-$3,240

Best Single-stage Gas Furnaces 2018

These furnaces are more affordable, though don’t offer quite the same climate control.

Each model on the list delivers proven durability and quality.

Bryant Preferred Series 925S Gas Furnace

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This is one of the more efficient single-stage furnaces available. The Bryant 925S furnace has a number of good features like continuous fan that can be used to assist in air filtration and summer dehumidification when working with a central air conditioner.

  • Efficiency:2%, Energy Star
  • Warranty: Lifetime heat exchanger warranty; 10-year parts warranty.
  • Pros: High efficiency, affordable cost, good warranty. It has a multispeed blower to assist with climate control.
  • Cons: Bryant is a Carrier brand, so cost is a little higher than average.
  • Installed Cost: 1,900-$3,350

American Standard Silver 95h Gas Furnace

American Standard often tops consumer lists for durability. They break down less than most other brands.

This is an efficient single-stage model ideal for cutting energy costs without paying extra for climate control features you don’t want.

  • Efficiency: 95%
  • Warranty: Lifetime heat exchanger and 10-year parts warranties.
  • Pros: Excellent value – lower furnace cost than two-stage models and low heating costs too.
  • Cons: If you’re picky about heating comfort, you might prefer a two-stage model. This one might produce light temperature swings.
  • Installed Cost: $1,825-$3,100

Heil Performance 80 Gas Furnace

This unit is also called the Heil N8MSN gas furnace. It’s an 80% furnace for milder climates and is backed by an excellent warranty.

  • Efficiency: 80%
  • Warranty: 20-year heat exchanger; 10-year parts.
  • Pros: Good quality and price. Can be used in a system with a heat pump – and ideal approach in moderate climates that sometimes have freezing weather.
  • Cons: Fixed-speed blower, so you might feel a little cool air at the start of the heating cycle and small temperature swings.
  • Installed Cost: $1,700-$2,875

Rheem Classic R92P Gas Furnace

Also called the Rheem RFMA gas furnace, this is an efficient single-stage model at a competitive cost. It’s available in upflow, downflow and horizontal models.

  • Efficiency: 92% AFUE
  • Warranty: 20-years heat exchanger, 10-year parts warranties.
  • Pros: PlusOne blocked drain sensor can save leaking and hassles. Designed for quicker installation, so a lower cost.
  • Cons: Just a basic single-stage, fixed speed blower furnace. No bells and whistles.
  • Installed Cost: $1,885-$2,950

Coleman LX Series TM8X Gas Furnace

The reputation of Coleman and other Johnson Controls brands (York, Luxaire) wasn’t good a decade ago. Since that time, and especially in the last five years, quality has noticeably improved.

This furnace makes the list due to quality, affordable cost and a solid warranty. The Coleman TMLX is identical.

  • Efficiency: 80%
  • Warranty: Lifetime heat exchanger, 10-year parts and
  • Pros: Low cost, good warranty and an ECM motor that uses less energy than PSC motors. Lo-NOx models available.
  • Cons: Largest furnace in this model is output of 96,000, so it might not be large enough for homes over 3,000 square feet.
  • Installed Cost: $1,635-$2,650

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