Top Basic Unit: 

Our top pick is the PSH4BE units from MAYTAG. This brand name is licensed to NORDYNE and is sold through authorized dealers. The units feature all-aluminum micro-channel coil construction for corrosion resistance and resulting in a compact unit. Their "Quiet Plus" package includes a compressor sound blanket and a swept wing fan as well as a composite base pan for quieter operation. The louvered stainless steel jacket resists corrosion and provides excellent protection for the condenser coil. The units use state of the are SureSwitch relays instead of the traditional air conditioner contactor and they are backed by an outstanding guarantee. 

Top Premium Central Heat Pump:

The top rated premium heat pump is the Amana ASZC16 which features advanced onboard diagnostics and has the ability to communicate with the other parts of the home's heating & cooling systems. The unit has a two speed condenser fan for added energy savings and it is backed by a very good warranty. The Amana brand name is licensed to GOODMAN which is a part of DAIKIN GLOBAL. For more info you can get the tech specs.

Amana ASZC16

World's Ultimate Heat Pump:

The world's best heat pump is the York model YZV which is brought to you by JOHNSON CONTROLS. The model is a part of their AFFINITY SERIES and features most of the state of the art technology in the unit construction. The units are very quiet and are backed by an outstanding guarantee but they are only available through their authorized dealer network.

Other Heat Pump Ratings

BRAND--------BASIC-PREMIUM-ULTIMATE

ACTRONAIR----<1*---------NA--------<1*

This brand is made and sold in Australia. The CLASSIC range offers basic units while the ESP range offers ultimate units with a variable speed fan and compressor. With the ActronConnect option, the units can be controlled through a smartphone or computer.  The ESP PLUS systems have advanced zoning capability and can serve up to eight independent zones in the home. The ESP PLATINUM models have inverter drive fans as well as compressors for very quiet and durable operation. They have coated indoor and outdoor coils to minimize corrosion as well as smart defrost for energy savings. The warranty on the brand is not very good when compared to other units but they have their own Australian national service department. 

AIREASE----------1*--------<1*--------<1*

These units are from ALLIED AIR ENTERPRISES which is owned by LENNOX INTERNATIONAL. The 4SHP14LB has onboard diagnostics and quietshift technology but the warranty is not as good as some brands. The 4SHP16LS is a premium unit with enhanced diagnostics and a compressor blanket for noise control but the warranty is not very good. All of the units feature their MHT technology for enhanced refrigerant and airflow through the unit which maximizes efficiency for the unit's size. The 4SHP20LX is an ultimate heat pump with a 20 SEER cooling efficiency and a pretty decent guarantee but the units are only sold in the USA through their authorized dealers. 

AIRE-FLO-------<1*---------NA---------NA

The 4HP14L is a basic heat pump and uses timed defrost instead of demand which is less energy efficient. The units are relatively loud with sound levels close to that of standing on the sidewalk and having a bus go by. They are "builder grade" units but have louvered panel construction to protect the condenser coil from mechanical damage and factory installed filter/driers to protect the refrigerant system from moisture. This is another brand from LENNOX INTERNATIONAL and they are usually sold by Lennox or Armstrong Air dealers but the standard warranty is not very good.

AIRTEMP---------1*--------<1*---------NA

These heat pumps are made by Nordyne for R.E. MICHEL COMPANY which is a distributor of HVAC systems in the USA. The VT4BE is a basic heat pump with a durable scroll compressor and a composite base pan for quieter operation. The VT4BF is a premium unit with a Copeland Ultratech scroll compressor. The unit uses demand defrost for added energy savings over a timed defrost but the warranty is not as good as many brands. All of the units feature all metal louvered panel construction for protection of the condenser coil from mechanical damage. They also offer R-22 replacement units that are shipped without refrigerant as R-22 is being phased out. The units are only sold through their authorized dealer network.

AMANA----------<1*---------5*---------5*

This brand name is licensed to GOODMAN MANUFACTURING which is a part of DAIKIN GLOBAL and is sold through dealers in the USA. The ASZ14 units are basic heat pumps with smartshift technology for better defrost control but they only have an average warranty. They have a compressor sound blanket for quieter operation.  The ASZC16 models are a good option in the premium category as they have all the normal features plus they have the ability to communicate with the other parts of the home's heating/cooling systems to maximize efficiency. They also have a two speed condenser fan for less noise and better efficiency. They are also backed by a very good warranty including a lifetime replacement guarantee if the compressor fails. The AVZC20 is an ultimate heat pump with a variable speed compressor and fan motor for quiet, efficient operation. They have a louvered metal exterior to protect the coil and a specially designed top to minimize noise. 

AMERICAN STANDARD-<1*--2*---------2*

This brand is owned by INGERSOLL RAND and is sold by factory authorized dealers in the USA. They offer a basic 13 seer model (SILVER SI) which is basically a low cost "builders model" with a warranty that is average. The GOLD 17 models are premium units but use dual compressors and the guarantee is not as good as some of the other brands. The ACCUCOMFORT PLATINUM 20 is their entry into the ultimate category. They have a variable speed condenser fan for energy efficiency and lower noise levels as well as zinc coated fasteners for rust prevention. The units are backed by a very good guarantee and all of the units use full louvered metal panel construction to protect the condenser coil from mechanical damage.

AMERISTAR------1*----------NA---------NA

These are basic "builder grade" 13 or 14 seer heat pumps featuring durable scroll compressors and a louvered metal jacket to protect the condenser coil from damage. The brand is a part of INGERSOLL RAND but the warranty is not very good when compared to other brands.

ARCOAIRE--------2*---------1*---------1*

This brand is from INTERNATIONAL COMFORT PRODUCTS which is a part of UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORP. The PERFORMANCE SERIES N4H4 model is a basic heat pump with a wire grille to protect the condenser coil which does not actually do much. The DURACOMFORT DELUXE 16 is a premium heat pump with sound reducing features such as a compressor blanket and quietshift technology when going into the defrost mode. The DURACOMFORT DELUXE 18 is their offering in the ultimate category as the units have five stages of compressor operation as well as a variable speed fan for quiet and efficient operation. The brand only uses a wire mesh protection for the condenser coil and their guarantee is not as good as some of the other brands. The brand is only available through authorized dealers in the USA and Canada.

ARMSTRONG AIR--1*------<1*--------<1*

This brand is from ALLIED AIR ENTERPRISES INC. which is owned by LENNOX INTERNATIONAL and they are sold through dealers in the USA. The 4SHP13LB units are 13 seer units with a scroll compressor for durability and an insulated compressor for quiet operation. They also use QuietShift technology for smoother transitions in and out of the defrost mode. The 4SHP16LS models are premium units that have a two stage compressor to more closely match the load requirement of the home but their warranty in this category is not as good as others. The 4SHP20LX is their entry in the ultimate category of heat pumps and it has a 20 SEER efficiency rating but the guarantee is not as good as some of the other brands. All of the units feature their MHT technology which enhances heat transfer in the outdoor unit and provides for a compact unit.

BOSCH----------NA---------NA--------<1*

The BOVA heat pump offers state of the art technology in a compact unit. They have an electronic expansion valve for refrigerant control which allows for effective heating even down to outdoor temps of 5F. They are very quiet when operating but are only backed by an average guarantee and are only sold through their approved contractor network.

BRIVIS-----------NA---------NA--------<1*

These units are made in Australia and the brand is a division of GWA GROUP LTD. The brand is sold through authorized dealers in Australia as well as in New Zealand and South Africa. The DRCi models are ultimate heat pumps that use environmentally friendly R-410a refrigerant but their guarantee is not very good when compared to other brands.

BROAN-------------3*---------1*---------1*

This brand is from NORDYNE which is a subsidiary of NORTEK GLOBAL HVAC and the units are available through their dealer network in the USA.  The FT4BE is a basic model with a swept wing fan for enhanced sound control and all aluminum coil construction to prevent corrosion. They have a 15 SEER efficiency and use micro-channel construction which enables a more compact unit. The FT4BF models are premium units with two stages of heating/cooling with state of the art Coresense onboard compressor protection. The units have a compressor blanket and swept wing fan for noise control but their warranty in the premium category is just not very good when compared to other brands. The HSPF iQ DRIVE models are ultimate units with state of the art compressor technology and the ability to communicate with the rest of the home's heating and cooling systems. They are very quiet during operation and have a good warranty but it is not as good as other brands in the category.

BRYANT------------1*---------1*---------1*

This brand is a part of UNITED TECHNOLOGIES (UTC CORP) and is sold through dealers in the USA. The LEGACY LINE 213C model is a low cost heating and cooling option but they use a wire guard for protection of the condenser coil which does not actually do much. Their warranty is only average when compared to other brands.  In the premium category, the 226A model (part of their PREFERRED SERIES) offers two stage operation and a compressor blanket for noise control but the warranty on these units is not very good when compared to other brands. In the ultimate category, the 280A model which is a part of their EVOLUTION EXTREME SYSTEM has the ability to communicate with the rest of the home's heating & cooling parts to maximum efficiency all year long. It also features their AEROQUIET II system as well as soft start and smooth ramp up to operating speed which makes it very quiet. It has a 20 seer efficiency and is backed by a good warranty.

CARRIER----------1*--------<1*--------<1*

This brand is a part of UNITED TECHNOLOGIES (UTC CORP) and is available only through their authorized dealer network. The Comfort Series 25HCD3 model is a basic 13 seer unit that uses a wire guard for condenser coil protection which does not actually do much. The units are relatively loud during operation and are only backed by an average warranty. The Performance 16 (25HCB6) units are premium units with a durable two stage scroll compressor and louvered steel panel construction but the warranty is not as good as many of the other brands. The 25VNA0 model is part of their "Infinity" line with GREENSPEED INTELLIGENCE and includes their "silencer system" for quiet operation. The unit is backed by a good warranty but it is only average when compared to other brands.

CENTURY---------2*--------<1*---------NA

This brand is from HEAT CONTROLLER which is a part of MARS and the units are sold in the USA by authorized dealersThe HRG14 units are basic units with demand defrost and reliable scroll compressors. Their louvered metal jacket provides good protection for the condenser coil. They also have a composite base pan for quieter operation and are backed by a decent warranty. The HRG16 units are premium units with all of the standard features. Although the compressor is backed by a good guarantee, the warranty on the rest of the unit's parts in this category is not as good as other brands.

CHAMPION--------1*---------5*---------NA

This brand is made by UPG which is a part of JOHNSON CONTROLS COMPANY but the units are only available through their dealer network in the USA. The THJD models have basic features and a 14 seer energy efficiency rating. They feature microchannel construction for a compact unit and are backed by an average warranty. The HL8B models are premium units that feature their Whisperdrive system which includes a swept wing condenser fan, isolated compressor compartment, and base pan made of a composite material. They also use demand defrost for more efficient operation. They have an 18 SEER efficiency and the warranty is very good when the units are installed as a matched system. 

COLEMAN---------1*---------5*---------NA

This brand is made by UPG which is a part of JOHNSON CONTROLS COMPANY and is sold through dealers in the USA and Canada. The THJD models are a part of their LX series and have basic features with a 13 seer energy efficiency rating. They feature microchannel construction for a compact unit and are backed by an average warranty that requires online registration. The HC8B models are premium units that feature their Whisperdrive system which includes a swept wing condenser fan, isolated compressor compartment, and base pan made of a composite material. They also use demand defrost for more efficient operation. The warranty is very good when the units are installed as a matched system.

Comfort-Aire  ---2*--------<1*---------NA

This brand is from HEAT CONTROLLER which is a part of MARS and the units are sold in the USA by authorized dealersThe HRG14 units are basic units with demand defrost and reliable scroll compressors. They also have a composite base pan for quieter operation and are backed by a decent warranty. The HRG16 units are premium units with all of the standard features but their warranty in this category is not as good as other brands.

COMFORTMAKER--1*--------1*---------1*

This brand is from INTERNATIONAL COMFORT PRODUCTS which is a part of UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORP. The PERFORMANCE 13 (N4H3) models are basic heat pumps that use a wire grille to protect the condenser coil which doesn't actually do much and they only have an average guarantee. The SOFTSOUND DELUXE 16 (CCH6) units are premium models but their guarantee is not as good as some of the other brands. The SOFTSOUND DELUXE 18 (CVH8) units are their entry in the ultimate category but only feature five stages of variable compressor speeds.They also have a variable speed condenser fan motor as well as using an electronic expansion valve for quieter and more efficient operation. The units are available in the USA and Canada but only through authorized dealers

CONCORD---------1*-------<1*---------NA

This brand is from ALLIED AIR ENTERPRISES INC which is owned by LENNOX INTERNATIONAL and the units are sold in the USA through a dealer network. The 4HP13B models are basic units with all of the standard features but the warranty is not very good. They have a wire guard to protect the condenser coil which doesn't actually protect it very much. The 4HP16LT models are premium units with an efficiency of 16 seer and a heavy duty compressor blanket for enhanced noise control. The units have louvered metal panels to protect the coil which does a much better job than the wire guards. They have a swept wing fan for sound control but the warranty is not very good when compared to other brands. All of their units feature "Quiet Shift" technology for much smoother and less noisy entry into the defrost mode.

DAIKIN---------4*----------4*----------3*

The DZ14SN model units have efficiencies of up to 15 SEER and Smartshift technology for less noise when the unit goes into defrost. The DZ16TC is a premium model that can communicate with the other parts of the home's HVAC systems to maximize comfort and efficiency. The unit has a high density compressor blanket for noise control and is backed by a very good guarantee. The DZ20VC units have state of the art technology and are ultra quiet with a compressor sound blanket and ECM condenser fan motor. The heat pumps have louvered metal panels to protect the coil and are backed by a very good warranty but they are only available through their Comfort Pro dealers.

DAY & NIGHT-----1*---------1*---------1*

This brand is from INTERNATIONAL COMFORT PRODUCTS which is a part of UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORP. The PERFORMANCE SERIES offers basic heat pumps in 13, 14 or 15 SEER efficiencies. The CONSTANT COMFORT DELUXE SERIES offers 16 or 19 SEER premium units but their guarantee is not as good as some of the other brands. The Constant Comfort Deluxe 18 model is their entry in the ultimate category. It has five stages of operation as well as a variable speed condenser fan motor for very quiet and efficient operation. All of their models use a wire  grille to protect the condenser coil which does not do a very good job of it. The units are available in the USA and Canada but only through authorized dealers.

DiamondAir------<1*-------<1*---------NA

This brand is manufactured for sale on the internet. They offer basic heat pumps with a 13 seer efficiency and durable scroll compressors as well as a premium model. The warranty is not very good but they are inexpensive.

DUCANE-------<1*---------<1*---------NA

This brand is from ALLIED AIR ENTERPRISES INC which is owned by LENNOX INTERNATIONAL. The 4HP13B models are basic units with all of the standard features but the warranty is not very good and they have a wire guard to protect the condenser coil which does not actually provide much protection. The 4HP16LT models are premium units with an efficiency of 16 seer and a heavy duty compressor blanket for enhanced noise control. They have a swept wing fan for sound control and use quietshift technology for quieter operation when entering and exiting the defrost mode. The units are only sold through authorized dealers and the warranty is not very good when compared to other brands.

ECOLOGIX------<1*---------NA---------NA

This brand is made and sold in Canada. The units are designed for cold climates and have digital communicating controls. The variable speed compressor is located on the inside of the home which is different and could cause noise issues but it is inside of a well insulated cabinet. Their website is not much help and does not have a stated guarantee for their products.

EVERREST ELITE SERIES--1*--5*------5*

These units are made by GOODMAN MANUFACTURING which is a part of DAIKIN GLOBAL. The ASZ14 models are basic 15 seer heat pumps with an average warranty. They have louvered metal panels to protect the outdoor coil and use smartshift technology for quieter operation. The ASZC16 series offers premium heat pumps with the ability to communicate with the rest of the home's HVAC systems. They also have a two speed condenser fan for quieter operation and are backed by a very good warranty. The AVZC20 units are their entry in the ultimate class. They have a variable speed condenser fan motor as well as compressor for very efficient and quiet operation. They are backed by an industry leading guarantee but are only available through authorized dealers. 

 EVERREST EXTREME COMFORT-1*-5*--NA

These units are made by GOODMAN MANUFACTURING which is a part of DAIKIN GLOBAL and are sold through dealers in the USA. The GSZ14 models are basic 15 seer heat pumps with an average warranty. They have louvered metal panels to protect the outdoor coil and use smartshift technology for quieter operation. The DSZC16 series offers premium heat pumps with the ability to communicate with the rest of the home's HVAC systems and a two speed condenser fan for quieter operation. They are backed by a very good warranty that includes lifetime coverage for the compressor which is the heart of the system. They do not offer a unit that fits the criteria for our ultimate category as they do not offer a unit with a variable speed compressor.

FRANKLIN------1*----------5*----------5*

These heat pumps are made by GOODMAN MANUFACTURING which is a part of DAIKIN GLOBAL. The GSZ14 is a basic unit with their smartshift technology for quieter operation when going into the defrost mode. It also has a compressor blanket for noise control and louvered metal panel construction to protect the condenser coil from mechanical damage. The DSZC16 is a premium model that features a two speed condenser fan and the ability to communicate with the rest of the home's hvac systems to maximize comfort and efficiency. The AVZC20 model is their entry in the ultimate category and they have a two speed condenser fan as well as the latest in compressor technology for energy savings and very quiet operation. The warranty on the basic models is not as good as other brands but the guarantee on the premium and ultimate units leads the industry. The brand is only available through authorized dealers and, since it is a relatively new brand, the network is limited.

FRASER-JOHNSTON --1*-----5*---------NA

This brand is from UNITARY PRODUCTS GROUP which is a part of JOHNSON CONTROLS and the units are available in the USA through factory authorized dealers. The THJD Gen 7 units are basic heat pumps with a compact footprint but the warranty is not very good when compared to other brands. The HL8B models are premium units with the ability to communicate with other parts of the home's heating/cooling systems. They feature their whisper quiet system and computerized defrost control as well as a very good warranty and they have an ECM fan motor for energy savings and durability. All of the units feature slotted metal panels to protect the coil from damage but they do not offer a model that fits the criteria for the ultimate category.

FRIGIDAIRE-------3*---------1*---------1*

This brand is manufactured by NORDYNE which is a part of NORTEK GLOBAL HVAC and the units are sold through dealers in the USA. The FT4BE units are basic heat pumps with a composite base pan and a swept wing condenser fan for quieter operation. They have a 15 SEER efficiency and use all aluminum coil construction to resist corrosion. They have louvered panels to protect the condenser coil from mechanical damage and are backed by a decent warranty. The FT4BF models are premium units with the latest technology in diagnostics with their coresense enabled contactor which makes them more durable and dependable. They have a compressor sound isolation blanket as well as a swept wing condenser fan for quieter operation. The warranty is not as good as other brands in the premium category. Their iQ drive models are ultimate heat pumps and have a 19 SEER efficiency. The units can communicate with the rest of the home's HVAC systems for higher efficiencies all year long and they are backed by a good warranty.

GIBSON----------1*--------<1*---------NA

This brand is from NORDYNE and the basic models have all of the standard features with an average warranty. The premium models have all of the standard features but the warranty is not as good as other brands in the category. Their website is not much help and the units are only sold by authorized dealers which are not easy to find.

GMC---------------1*---------NA---------NA

This brand is from GOODMAN MANUFACTURING (a member of the DAIKIN GROUP) and is their value line units. The VSZ13 units have a 13 seer rating and are economically priced. They have reliable scroll compressors and Smartshift technology for quieter operation when going into the defrost mode. The units use louvered panel construction which does a good job of protecting the condenser coil from physical damage but they only have an average warranty. 

GOODMAN--------1*---------5*---------NA

This brand is a member of the DAIKIN GROUP and is sold through dealers in the USA and Canada. The GSZ14 units are basic units with a 14 SEER efficiency but the warranty is not as good as other brands. They have reliable scroll compressors and Smartshift technology for quieter operation when going into the defrost mode. The units use louvered panel construction which does a good job of protecting the condenser coil from physical damage. The DSZC16 models are premium units with a two speed condenser fan for energy savings and lower noise levels. It also has the ability to communicate with the other parts of the home's hvac systems to maximize efficiency and is backed by a very good warranty.

GRANDAIRE------1*---------NA--------NA

These units are manufactured by INTERNATIONAL COMFORT PRODUCTS for BAKER DISTRIBUTING COMPANY which is a subsidiary of WATSCO INC. The WCH3 units are basic models that feature durable scroll compressors and an average warranty. The units use timed defrost instead of a demand based control and their wire grille doesn't do too much to protect the coil from damage. The units are only available in the USA through authorized dealers.

GUARDIAN--------1*---------NA---------NA

This brand is made by UNITARY PRODUCTS GROUP which is a part of JOHNSON CONTROLS. The RHP14L models are basic heat pumps with demand defrost for energy savings. They feature louvered panel construction to protect the outdoor coil from physical damage but their website is not much help and the warranty is not very good when compared to other brands. 

HEIL---------------1*---------1*---------1*

This brand is from INTERNATIONAL COMFORT PRODUCTS which is a part of UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORP. and the units are available in Canada and the USA but only through their dealer network. The PERFORMANCE 14 (N4H4) units are budget friendly basic units but their guarantee is not as good as other brands. Their wire grille does not do much to protect the condenser coil from damage. The QUIETCOMFORT DELUXE 16 (HCH6) is a premium model with a compressor blanket and quiet shift technology for quieter operation. The QUIETCOMFORT DELUXE 18 (HVH8) model is their entry in the ultimate category of heat pumps. They have a variable speed fan and compressor for quiet efficient operation and they are backed by a pretty good guarantee.

KEEPRITE---------1*---------1*---------NA

This brand is from INTERNATIONAL COMFORT PRODUCTS which is a part of UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORP. The PERFORMANCE 14 (N4H4) units are budget friendly basic units but their guarantee is not as good as other brands. Their wire grille does not do much to protect the condenser coil from damage. The PROCOMFORT DELUXE 16 is a premium model with a compressor blanket and quiet shift technology for quieter operation. The PROCOMFORT DELUXE 18 (CVH8) model is their entry in the ultimate category of heat pumps. They have a variable speed fan in addition to the variable speed compressor for added efficiency and quieter operation. The units are available through factory authorized dealers in the USA and Canada.

KELVINATOR-----2*--------<1*---------NA

This brand is from NORDYNE which is a part of NORTEK GLOBAL HVAC. They offer basic heat pumps that are backed by an average warranty. They have a louvered metal jacket to protect the coil from damage but their website is not much help and they are only sold through dealers.

LENNOX--------1*--------<1*--------<1*

The 14HPX series units are basic heat pumps with scroll compressors for reliability but the standard warranty is not very good when compared to other brands.  The XP16 is a part of their ELITE SERIES and is their entry into the premium category while the XP25 is an ultimate heat pump with an efficiency of 23 SEER. The XP25 units use PreciseComfort technology to adjust the output in 1% increments to closely match the requirements of the home. The units are very quiet and have a modern rounded look and feel to them but the guarantee is not as good as other brands in the category. All of the units feature louvered metal panels to protect the coil from damage but are only sold through factory authorized dealers.

LUXAIRE----------1*---------5*---------4*

This brand is from UNITARY PRODUCTS GROUP which is a part JOHNSON CONTROLS and is available in Canada as well as the USA. The THJD models are basic builder grade units while the THJF model has a better warranty. The units use demand defrost which saves energy and they use slotted panel construction to protect the outdoor coil from physical damage. The ACCLIMATE HL8B units are premium units with SilentDrive features and a powder coated finish on the condenser cabinet for durability. The HL20 models are their entry in the ultimate heat pump category. Their "climate sync" feature automatically tunes the unit to maximize its operating efficiency based on the weather patterns at its installation location. They are backed by a very good guarantee but the units are only sold through their factory authorized dealer network.

MAYTAG-----------5*---------4*---------3*

This brand name is licensed to NORDYNE which is a part of NORTEK GLOBAL HVAC and they are sold by dealers in the USA. The PSH4BE units are basic models with a 14/15 SEER efficiency and feature all-aluminum micro-channel coil construction for corrosion resistance and resulting in a compact unit. Their "Quiet Plus" package includes a compressor sound blanket and a swept wing fan as well as a composite base pan for quieter operation. The louvered stainless steel jacket resists corrosion and provides excellent protection for the condenser coil. The units use state of the art SureSwitch relays instead of the traditional air conditioner contactor and they are backed by an outstanding guarantee. The MSH4BF models are premium units with a 16 seer rating and two stage operation while the PSH4BF units have the stainless steel case and the compressor blanket/swept wing fan. The PSH4BG model is an ultimate unit with an inverter drive compressor and an efficiency rating of 19 seer. It also has a stainless steel case for durability and is backed by a very good warranty.

NORTH COOL---<1*---------NA---------NA

This brand is from the Netherlands and is available worldwide. The heat pumps are basic units with a 15 SEER efficiency but are only available in sizes from 2 to 3.5 tons and so may not be big enough for all homes. They use wire grilles for outdoor coil protection which is not very effective and their website is not much help. The guarantee on the units is not very good when compared to other brands. The units are supposed to be sold through dealers but it is hard to find one.

NUTONE-----------1*---------1*---------1*

This brand is manufactured by NORDYNE which is a part of NORTEK GLOBAL HVAC. The JT4BE CHOICE models are basic heat pumps with all of the standard features plus a composite base pan for quieter operation. The FT4BF models are premium units with a 16 seer efficiency and a two stage compressor. They feature advanced diagnostics with the Coresense technology and an electronic relay instead of the traditional contactor. They have a sound blanket and swept wing fan for lower operating noise.  The iQ DRIVE models have either a 19 or 22 seer efficiency rating and used the latest inverter drive compressor technology. They can communicate with the other parts of the home's heating and cooling systems to maximize efficiency all year long. The brand is sold by dealers in the USA but their guarantee is not as good as some of the other brands. 

OLSEN------------1*---------NA---------NA

This brand is from ECR INTERNATIONAL and is available in Canada. The SSZ14 is a basic heat pump with a durable scroll compressor that has a sound blanket and a low rpm condenser fan for less operating noise. They use louvered panel construction to protect the outdoor coil from physical damage but use a timed defrost system instead of demand based which is not as energy efficient. Their warranty is not very good when compared to other brands. 

PAYNE------------1*--------<1*---------NA

This brand is from CARRIER which is a part of UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORP. The PH14NB models are basic units with all of the standard features and an average warranty. The PH16NA models are premium units with an efficiency of 17 seer efficiency but the warranty is not as good as other brands. The wire grille does not actually do much to protect the condenser coil when compared to models with a louvered metal jacket and they are relatively loud during normal operation. The brand is available in Canada as well as the USA but only through factory authorized dealers.

PHILCO-----------1*--------<1*---------NA

These heat pumps are made by NORDYNE which is a part of NORTEK GLOBAL HVAC. The units use louvered metal panel construction which provides good protection for the condenser coil. Their website is not much help and the guarantee on the units is not as good as some of the other brands. The units are available in the USA through their dealer network but it is very limited when compared to other major brands.

REVOLV---------<1*---------NA---------NA

This brand is made for mobile/manufactured homes by UPG which is a part of JOHNSON CONTROLS. They offer units with efficiencies up to 15 seer and feature swept wing fans and a compressor blanket for quieter operation. The ACCUCHARGE models have quick connect fittings for easier installation. The units use louvered panel construction to protect the outdoor coil but their warranty is not very good when compared to other brands.

RHEEM------------1*---------1*---------1*

The RP14 CLASSIC SERIES models are basic heat pumps with a composite base pan for quieter operation. They also feature durable powder coated paint as well as scroll compressors. The RP17 premium units (part of their CLASSIC PLUS SERIES) have three speed compressors and an electronic expansion valve for precise temperature control. The RP20 model is their entry into the ultimate category and it is a combination of modern styling with high efficiency. All of the units have a louvered metal jacket to protect the coil from damage and a much better looking design than Rheem products of the past. The brand is available through factory authorized dealers in the USA and Canada but their guarantee is not as good as some of the other brands. 

RUUD--------------1*---------1*---------1*

The RP14 ACHIEVER SERIES models are basic heat pumps with a composite base pan for quieter operation. The UP17 premium units (part of their ACHIEVER PLUS SERIES) have three stages of compressor operation and an electronic expansion valve for precise temperature control. The UP20 models are their entry in the ultimate category and feature a 20 SEER efficiency combined with their stylish modern look. All of the units have a louvered metal jacket to protect the coil from damage and a much better looking design than RUUD products of the past. The brand is made by RHEEM MANUFACTURING and is available through factory authorized dealers in the USA and Canada but their guarantee is not as good as some of the other brands. 

SEARS------------1*--------<1*---------1*

These heat pumps are made by INTERNATIONAL COMFORT PRODUCTS which is a part of UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORP. The VALUE LINE offers basic "builder grade" units with 14 and 15 SEER efficiencies. The SEARS 16 units are premium models while the SEARS 18 units are ultimate models with the latest in compressor technology. They both have the ability to communicate with the other parts of the HVAC system to maximize comfort and efficiency but the wire guard does not do much to protect the condenser coil. Their warranty is not very good when compared to other brands. 

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This brand is from NORDYNE which is a part of NORTEK GLOBAL HVAC. The ET4BE offers a basic unit with an efficiency of up to 15 SEER but the warranty is only average. The TECH 3 (ET4BF) model is a premium unit with all of the standard features but the warranty is not as good as many brands. The TECH 3 line features units with IQ DRIVE (inverter drive compressors) for superior comfort and energy efficiency. They also have noise limiting features such as a compressor blanket, swept wing fan blade, and a composite base pan. The units have a 19 SEER rating and have a good warranty on the unit. All of the units feature louvered metal jacket construction to protect the coil from damage but the units are only available through dealers in the USA and Canada. 

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This brand is from INTERNATIONAL COMFORT PRODUCTS which is a part of UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORP. The PERFORMANCE 14 & 15 models are basic heat pumps with an average warranty. The SMARTCOMFORT DELUXE 16 (TCH6) units are premium models but their guarantee is not as good as other brands in the category. The units have a wire guard instead of louvered panels to protect the coil which is not as effective. The SMARTCOMFORT DELUXE 18 is their entry into the ultimate category with a variable speed fan and a five stage compressor. The units use electronic expansion valves for efficient heating control and are pretty quiet during operation but their guarantee is only average. The brand is available in Canada as well as the USA but only through their dealer network.

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This brand is made by UNITARY PRODUCTS GROUP which is a part of JOHNSON CONTROLS for THERMO PRODUCTS LLC. The LX models have a compressor blanket and swept wing fan for quieter operation as well as a 14 seer efficiency. The XT series offers a 16 seer unit but it only offers single stage operation. The units have a louvered metal jacket to protect the coil but are only sold through authorized dealers

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This brand is owned by INGERSOLL RAND. The XR14 models are basic units with a durable powder coat finish and an average guarantee. The XL18i units are their premium units and feature two stages of heating/cooling and a variable speed condenser fan motor for energy savings. The XL18i also features Comfortlink II communicating where the air conditioner "talks" to the other parts of the HVAC system to maximize performance. The XV20i is an ultimate heat pump with a good guarantee. All of the units have a powder coated metal jacket to protect the coil but they are only sold through dealers in the USA and Canada. 

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This brand is from NORDYNE which is a part of NORTEK GLOBAL HVAC. The FT4BE units are basic models with a 14/15 SEER efficiency and include a swept wing fan for even quieter operation. They feature all aluminum micro-channel coils for corrosion resistance and for a compact footprint. The ET4BF is a premium unit with a two stage compressor and a 16 seer efficiency. The FT4BF premium model includes a compressor blanket and swept wing fan for quieter operation but the guarantee is not very good when compared to others in the category. The iQ DRIVE model is an ultimate unit with advanced compressor technology and the ability to communicate with the other parts of the home's heating and cooling systems. They have an efficiency of 19 seer and are backed by a good warranty but they are only available through their dealer network.

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These units are made by GOODMAN MANUFACTURING for TRADEWINDS DISTRIBUTING COMPANY and the units are available in North America but only through authorized dealers. In the basic category, they really offer two brands. The regular Whirlpool brand features basic 13 and 14 seer models while the Whirlpool Gold brand offers more advanced features but will cost a little more. The premium units are a part of the Whirlpool Gold brand. The WGHP46 model is a premium heat pump with a 16 seer efficiency rating and a two stage compressor as well as a two speed condenser fan motor and other noise reducing features. It is also backed by a very good warranty that includes lifetime coverage for the compressor when the complete system is replaced. The brand uses louvered panel construction with a durable powder coat finish to protect the condenser coil from physical damage.

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This is the flagship brand from JOHNSON CONTROLS and it is available in the USA but only through their factory authorized dealer network. The YHJF units are part of their LX series and are basic 14 seer units that use a demand defrost system for overall energy savings. Their warranty is not as good as some of the other brands in the basic category. The YZH models are a part of their AFFINITY SERIES and offer two stage 18 seer efficiency. They also feature Comfort Alert onboard diagnostics and their "Quiet Drive" system which includes a swept wing fan, isolated compressor compartment, and a base that is made of composite materials. The YZH units offer a very good warranty when purchased as part of a matched system. The brand uses slotted metal panel construction which provides good physical protection of the outdoor coil while allowing good airflow through the unit. The YZV models are their entry in the ultimate category and they are quite simply the best heat pump on the market.