Top Basic Unit: 

 Our top pick for a basic packaged air conditioner is the PPA3RE model from Maytag. The units have all of the standard features as well as corrosion resistant coils and they are backed by an industry leading warranty. This brand name is licensed to NORDYNE which is a part of NORTEK GLOBAL HVAC.  maytaghvac.com

  Best Premium Unit: 

In the premium category, the BHX units from York which is a part of JOHNSON CONTROLS takes the top spot. The units use their "Quiet Drive" features and are backed by a very good warranty. york.com

Other Packaged Air Conditioner Ratings

We continue our packaged air conditioner ratings with an alphabetical list of manufacturers and reviews of their products. 

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

AIREASE-----------------------2*--------NA

This brand is a part of ALLIED AIR ENTERPRISES which is owned by LENNOX INTERNATIONAL. The brand is available in the USA but the units are only sold through authorized dealers. The PRPAC14 air conditioners have scroll compressors for durability and antimocrobial drain pans to inhibit growth of mold for better indoor air quality. They are compact models that can be installed horizontally as well as with down air discharge. They have insulated compressors for quieter operation and are backed by a good warranty. airease.com

AIRTEMP----------------------2*--------NA

The VP7RE units are made by Nordyne for R.E. MICHEL COMPANY (a wholesale distributor) and they are sold through dealers in the USA. They feature all aluminum micro-channel construction and a corrosion resistant drain pan. The units feature a variable speed blower motor for quieter and more efficient operation. The units have a wire mesh coil guard which does not provide very much protection to the coil but they are backed by a pretty good guarantee. airtemphvac.net

AMANA-------------------------2*--------NA

This brand name is licensed to GOODMAN MANUFACTURING which is a part of DAIKIN GLOBAL. The APC14H models are basic 14 SEER units while the APC15H are energy star rated 15 SEER units. They have an all aluminum evaporator coil for corrosion resistance and are backed by a good warranty. amana-hac.com

AMERICAN STANDARD--------2*--------NA

This brand is a division of INGERSOLL RAND and is only sold through dealers in the USA. The GOLD 14 models are basic units featuring their spine fin coils which provide a large surface area for heat transfer. They have a variable speed blower with their vortica advanced airflow system which quietly delivers more air for less energy and they are backed with a good guarantee. americanstandardair.com

ARCOAIRE----------------------3*--------3*

This brand is from INTERNATIONAL COMFORT PRODUCTS (ICP) which is a part of UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORP. The PAD4 units are a part of their DURACOMFORT range and have a durable scroll compressor and a variable speed blower motor for quiet efficient air delivery. The units are backed by a good warranty that includes total unit replacement if the compressor fails within the first three years of ownership. The PAR5 series are premium units with a two stage compressor but the warranty on the compressor is not as good as some of the other brands. The units can be either roof or ground mounted but they are only sold through their dealer network in the USA and Canada. arcoaire.com

ARMSTRONG AIR-------------2*--------NA

This brand is a part of ALLIED AIR ENTERPRISES which is owned by LENNOX INTERNATIONAL. The PRPAC14 air conditioners have scroll compressors for durability and are backed by a good warranty. The brand is only available through their authorized dealers in the USA. armstrongair.com

BROAN-------------------------4*--------NA

This brand is from NORDYNE which is a part of NORTEK. The P7RE models are basic units with a good warranty that includes unit replacement if the compressor fails within the first ten years of ownership. The units use all aluminum microchannel coils for corrosion resistance and for a smaller footprint. The wire guard does not provide much protection for the condenser coil and the units are only sold through their dealer network in the USA. broanhvac.net

BRYANT-------------------------2*--------2*

The 707E are premium models that have two speed compressors and a 16 SEER efficiency rating while the 707C-B is a basic 14 SEER unit. The units use louvered panels to protect the condenser coil and they are backed by a good guarantee. The brand is a part of UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORP. and is only sold through their dealer network. bryant.com

CARRIER-----------------------2*--------2*

This brand is a part of UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORP. The COMFORT 14 (50VL-B) units are basic models with an average warranty but they use the cheap wire mesh coil protection for the condenser. The PERFORMANCE 15 (50VG-A) units are premium units that have two stage compressors and a durable rustproof base. These units have louvered metal panels to protect the condenser coil instead of a cheaper wire mesh that does not do much. the brand is only sold and installed through their authorized dealer network. carrier.com

CENTURY----------------------2*--------NA

The TARG model units feature a variable speed blower and are designed for ground level mounting. They are available in either 13 or 14 SEER efficiencies and feature aluminum micro channel coils for corrosion resistance. The brand is from HEAT CONTROLLER which is a part of MARS. They use the wire mesh (cheaper) method of coil protection which does not actually do much to protect the condenser coil. century-hvac.com

COLEMAN--------------------<1*--------NA

This brand is made by UNITARY PRODUCTS GROUP which is a part of JOHNSON CONTROLS. The DEZ units have all of the basic features but only a 13 SEER efficiency while the DEQ models have a 14 SEER efficiency. The units have durable powder coated finishes but use the cheap metal mesh "protection" for the condenser coil. The guarantee on the units is complicated and not very good when compared to other brands. The brand is available in the USA and Canada but is only sold/installed by their certified dealers. colemanac.com

COMFORT-AIRE---------------2*--------NA

This is another brand from HEAT CONTROLLER which is a part of MARS. The TARG model units feature a variable speed blower and can be connected with side or bottom discharge. They are available in either 13 or 14 SEER efficiencies and feature aluminum micro channel coils for enhanced corrosion resistance and a smaller footprint. They use the wire mesh (cheaper) method of coil protection which does not actually do much to protect the condenser coil. comfort-aire.com

COMFORTMAKER---------------3*--------3*

This brand is from INTERNATIONAL COMFORT PRODUCTS (ICP) which is a part of UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORP. The PAD4 model is a part of their SOFTSOUND SERIES and is a good option for a basic air conditioner. It has all of the standard features and a scroll compressor for durability. They have a variable speed blower motor for quiet and efficient operation. The PAR5 models are premium units with a two stage compressor and more sound reduction features. All of the units are backed by a good guarantee but they are only available through authorized dealers in the USA and Canada. comfortmaker.com

CONCORD----------------------2*--------NA

This brand is from of ALLIED AIR ENTERPRISES which is owned by LENNOX INTERNATIONAL. The PRAC14 units are basic units with durable scroll compressors that are backed by a good warranty. They use a wire mesh protection for the condenser coil which does not actually provide much protection. The units are only sold and installed by their factory authorized dealers. concord-air.com

DAIKIN-------------------------5*--------NA

This brand offers dedicated horizontal units as well as multi-position units but they are only sold by authorized dealers. The DP14CM is a multiposition unit that has a durable scroll compressor and is backed by a very good guarantee. They also have a variable speed blower motor for quiet and efficient cooling as well as lovered metal panels for coil protection. daikincomfort.com

DAIKOOL--------------------<1*---------NA

These units are made in Dubai. The DPR models are for rooftop installation only. They feature direct expansion evaporator coils and offer optional scroll compressors and electric heat kits. Their website is not much help and does not have a stated warranty policy. daikool.com

DAY & NIGHT------------------3*--------3*

This brand is from INTERNATIONAL COMFORT PRODUCTS (ICP) which is a part of UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORP. The PAD4 model is a part of their CONSTANT COMFORT SERIES and is a good option for a basic air conditioner. It has all of the standard features and a scroll compressor for durability. They have a variable speed blower motor for quiet and efficient operation. The PAR5 models are premium units with a two stage compressor and more sound reduction features. All of the units are backed by a good guarantee but they are only sold through dealers in the USA and Canada. dayandnightcomfort.com

DIAMONDAIR----------------<1*--------NA

These are basic air conditioners with only a 13 SEER efficiency and so cannot be sold in all parts of the country. Their website is not much help and their warranty is not very good. diamondaircorp.com

DUCANE----------------------2*--------NA

This is another brand from of ALLIED AIR ENTERPRISES which is owned by LENNOX INTERNATIONAL. The PRAC14 units are basic units with durable scroll compressors that are backed by a good warranty. They use a wire mesh protection for the condenser coil which does not actually provide much protection. The units are only sold and installed by their factory authorized dealers. ducanehvac.com

EVERREST ELITE SERIES-----2*--------NA

These air conditioners are made by GOODMAN MANUFACTURING which is a part of DAIKIN GLOBAL. The APC14M has a variable speed blower motor for quiet efficient operation and an all aluminum evaporator coil to prevent corrosion. The units can be converted to either horizontal or vertical air discharge and they are backed by a pretty good guarantee. They use louvered metal panels to protect the condenser coil from mechanical damage but they are only sold through an authorized dealer network (usually Amana brand dealers). everresteliteseries.com

EVERREST EXTREME COMFORT--2*-----NA

These air conditioners are made by GOODMAN MANUFACTURING which is a part of DAIKIN GLOBAL. The GPC14M has a variable speed blower motor for quiet efficient operation and an all aluminum evaporator coil to prevent corrosion. The units can be converted to either horizontal or vertical air discharge and they are backed by a pretty good guarantee. They use louvered metal panels to protect the condenser coil from mechanical damage but they are only sold through an authorized dealer network (usually Goodman brand dealers). everrestextremecomfort.com

FRANKLIN------------------2*--------NA

This brand is made by GOODMAN MANUFACTURING which is a part of DAIKIN GLOBAL. The GPC14M is a basic model with a 14 SEER efficiency rating and an ECM blower motor for durable efficient operation. The units feature louvered metal cabinet construction to protect the condenser coil from mechanical damage and they are backed by a decent warranty but they are only sold through authorized dealers. franklinhvacsystems.com

FRASER-JOHNSTON-----------2*-------NA

This brand is from JOHNSON CONTROLS and is available in the USA and Canada but only through their dealer network. The DEQ models are basic units with a standard footprint while the PCE4 units are compact. The units can be converted for either horizontal or downflow duct connection and are backed by a good warranty. The units use metal louvered panels for protection of the condenser coil from mechanical damage. fraserjohnston.com

FRIGIDAIRE--------------------4*--------NA

This brand is from NORDYNE which is a part of NORTEK GLOBAL HVAC. The P7RE model is a basic unit with corrosion resistant coils for durability. The units have all of the standard features and are backed by a very good guarantee but they are only available through factory authorized dealers. frigidaire.net

GIBSON------------------------2*--------NA

This is another brand from NORDYNE which is a part of NORTEK GLOBAL HVAC. They offer basic 14 seer units that are backed by a good warranty. They are available in either standard or compact footprint models but their website is not much help. gibsonhvac.com

GOODMAN---------------------2*--------NA

The GPC models are basic units with variable speed fan motors and all aluminum evaporator coils for corrosion resistance. They have a pretty good warranty and are available in horizontal models or multi-position units. The brand is a part of DAIKIN GLOBAL and is only sold through their authorized dealers. goodmanmfg.com

GRANDAIRE-------------------2*--------NA

These units are manufactured by NORDYNE for BAKER DISTRIBUTING COMPANY. The WJA4 models are basic horizontal units while the WPA4 units are multi-position. They have a durable scroll compressor and a variable speed blower motor for quiet and efficient operation. The units are backed by a pretty good guarantee but they are only sold/installed through authorized dealers. grandaireac.com

GUARDIAN--------------------2*--------NA

The PCE4 air conditioners are basic 13 seer units with an average warranty. The brand is made by UNITARY PRODUCTS GROUP which is a part of JOHNSON CONTROLS. guardianhomecomfort.com

HEIL----------------------------3*--------3*

This brand is from INTERNATIONAL COMFORT PRODUCTS (ICP) which is a part of UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORP. The PAD4 models are a part of their QUIETCOMFORT series featuring a durable scroll compressor and a variable speed fan motor for quiet efficient operation. The PAR5 models are premium units and have a two stage scroll compressor for enhanced durability and comfort. All of the units are backed by a very good warranty but they use a wire grille for condenser coil protection which does not actually do much. The brand is available in the USA and Canada but is only sold and installed by their professional dealers. heil-hvac.com

KEEPRITE----------------------3*--------3*

This is another brand from INTERNATIONAL COMFORT PRODUCTS (ICP) which is a part of UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORP. The PAD4 models are basic units with a durable scroll compressor. They have a variable speed blower motor for quiet and efficient operation. The PAR5 models are premium units that have a two stage scroll compressor for enhanced durability and comfort. They are backed by a good warranty but they use a wire grille for condenser coil protection which does not actually do much. The brand is available in the USA and Canada but is only sold and installed by their professional dealers. keeprite.com

KELVINATOR-------------------2*--------NA

This brand is from NORDYNE which is a part of NORTEK GLOBAL HVAC and offers basic air conditioners. They are available in standard and small footprint models and are backed by a good guarantee. The units use wire grilles for condenser coil protection which do not actually provide much protection and the units are only sold by authorized dealers. kelvinatorhvac.com

LENNOX------------------------2*--------NA

The LRP14AC is a basic unit with a durable scroll compressor and louvered metal panels to protect the condenser coil from mechanical damage. They are compact units and they are backed by a good guarantee when registered but their website is not much help. The brand is only sold and installed by factory authorized dealers. lennox.com

LUXAIRE-----------------------2*--------NA

This brand is from UNITARY PRODUCTS GROUP (UPG) which is a part of JOHNSON CONTROLS. The DEQ models are 14 seer air conditioners with a variable speed blower motor but they use a wire grille for condenser coil protection instead of louvered panels. They are backed by a good warranty but are only sold/installed by dealers in the uSA and Canada. luxaire.com

MAYTAG------------------------5*--------NA

This brand name is licensed to NORDYNE which is a part of NORTEK GLOBAL HVAC. The PPA3SE model is a basic unit with all of the standard features and corrosion resistant coils. They are backed by an industry leading warranty but use the cheaper wire mesh condenser coil protection which does not actually provide much protection against mechanical damage. The units are only sold through their authorized dealer network in the USA and Canada. maytaghvac.com

NUTONE-----------------------4*--------NA

This is another brand that is manufactured by NORDYNE which is a part of NORTEK GLOBAL HVAC. They offer a wide selection with both compact and regular models. The P7RE model is a basic air conditioner with corrosion resistant coils but use the cheaper wire mesh condenser coil protection which does not actually provide much protection against mechanical damage. The units are only sold through their authorized dealer network in the USA and Canada but they are backed by a good warranty. nutonehvac.com

PAYNE-----------------------2*--------NA

This brand is from CARRIER CORPORATION which is a part of UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORP and they are available through distributors in the USA and Canada. The PA4G has a scroll compressor for durability and a variable speed blower motor for quiet efficient operation. They can be either roof or ground mounted and are backed by a pretty good guarantee. The PA4Z units are basic air conditioners that are designed to be ground mounted and are designed for lots that are narrow. They have louvered panels for coil protection which is more effective. payne.com

PHILCO-------------------------2*--------NA

This is another brand that is made by NORDYNE which is a part of NORTEK GLOBAL HVAC. They offer basic 14 seer units that are backed by a good warranty. They offer both standard units and compact models but their website is not much help and the units are only sold/installed by their dealer network. philcohvac.com

REVOLV-----------------------2*--------NA

These air conditioners are made by UNITARY PRODUCTS GROUP which is a part of JOHNSON CONTROLS. They are made for STYLECREST for manufactured housing and feature all aluminum coils for corrosion resistance and variable speed blowers for quiet and efficient operation. The units use wire mesh protection for the condenser coil which does not do much to actually protect the coil from mechanical damage and the warranty is not as good as some of the other brands. stylecrestinc.com

RHEEM-------------------------2*--------NA

The RACA 14 models are basic units that have a durable scroll compressor and advanced Comfort Alert onboard diagnostics. They are multi-position units with micro-channel coils for a more compact unit and use theromostatic expansion valves for refrigerant control. They have a double sloped drain pan to ensure complete drainage of the condensate to prevent mold and algae growth. The units are multi-position, have louvered panels for coil protection, and are backed by a good warranty. The units are only sold/installed by authorized contractors in the USA. rheem.com

RUUD--------------------------2*--------NA

This is another brand that is made by RHEEM MANUFACTURING. The RACA 14 models are basic units that have a durable scroll compressor and advanced Comfort Alert onboard diagnostics. They are multi-position units with micro-channel coils for a more compact unit and use theromostatic expansion valves for refrigerant control. They have a double sloped drain pan to ensure complete drainage of the condensate to prevent mold and algae growth. The units are multi-position, have louvered panels for coil protection, and are backed by a good warranty. The units are only sold/installed by authorized contractors in the USA. ruudac.com

TAPPAN------------------------4*--------NA

This brand is made by NORDYNE which is a part of NORTEK GLOBAL HVAC. The P7RE units have a compact footprint and all aluminum micro-channel coils which are better for corrosion resistance. The brand is backed by a very good warranty that includes their 10 year Tappan Tough Quality Pledge where they will replace the entire unit if the compressor fails during the first 10 years of ownership. The units use a wire grille coil guard which does not actually do much to protect the condenser coil from mechanical damage and the units are only sold by authorized dealers in the USA and Canada. tappan.net

TEMPSTAR----------------------4*--------3*

This brand is from INTERNATIONAL COMFORT PRODUCTS (ICP) which is a part of UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORP. The PAD4 models are basic units with durable scroll compressors and a good warranty that includes a "no hassle" three year replacement guarantee if the compressor fails during that time. The PAR5 units are premium units with two stage scroll compressors for durability and enhanced comfort. Both of the models feature variable speed blower motors for quiet/efficient operation and are for either roof or ground mounting. The brand is only sold and installed by the factory authorized dealer network. tempstar.com

TRANE--------------------------2*--------NA

The XL14c units are basic models with all aluminum spine fin coils for corrosion resistance and enhanced heat transfer. Their Vortica variable speed blower motor provides quiet and efficient air circulation throughout the system. The brand is a part of INGERSOLL RAND and is backed by a solid warranty but they are only available through their dealers in the USA. trane.com

WESTINGHOUSE--------------4*--------NA

This is another brand that is made by NORDYNE which is a part of NORTEK GLOBAL HVAC. The P7RE units

have a compact footprint and all aluminum micro-channel coils which are better for corrosion resistance. The brand is backed by a very good warranty that includes their 10 year Quality Pledge where they will replace the entire unit if the compressor fails during the first 10 years of ownership. The units use a wire coil guard (which is not very effective) instead of louvered panels to protect the condenser coil from mechanical damage. westinghousehvac.com

WHIRLPOOL--------------------2*--------NA

This brand is made by GOODMAN MANUFACTURING exclusively for TRADEWINDS DISTRIBUTING. The WPC43M units are basic units with durable scroll compressors and a good warranty but only have a 13 SEER efficiency. The WPC45M models have a higher efficiency (15 SEER) and a variable speed blower motor for quieter operation. The units are only sold and installed by authorized contractors. whirlpoolcomfort.com

YORK---------------------------2*--------NA

This brand is owned by JOHNSON CONTROLS and is only sold/installed by authorized dealers. The PCE4 models are basic units with all of the standard features as well as advanced ECM blower motors and a good warranty. The brand offers compact units using elevated condeser coils with louvered panels for protection from mechanical damage. york.com