10 Best Furnace Consumer Reports 2019 – Top Rated

Not all gas furnace brands are equal in terms of quality, reliability, and durability. What are the best furnace brands? This guide to the best furnace brands 2018-2019 discusses the qualities necessary to be considered a top furnace brand. Then, we look at four premium-quality furnace brands and the best affordable furnace brand available.

Top 10 Furnace

Bestseller No. 1
80,000 BTU 96% Gas Furnace and 2.5 ton 13 SEER Air Conditioner GMSS960803BN-GSX130301-CAPF3030B6
4 Reviews
80,000 BTU 96% Gas Furnace and 2.5 ton 13 SEER Air Conditioner GMSS960803BN-GSX130301-CAPF3030B6
  • This bundle consists of the Goodman 2.5 Ton 13 SEER Air Conditioner, Goodman 96% AFUE 80,000 BTU Gas Furnace...
  • Due to Federal Guidelines and Restrictions this item cannot be sold in the following states: California,...
Bestseller No. 2
Goodman GMSS960803BN Single Speed 1-Stage Upflow/Horizontal Gas Furnace with Low Nox, 96% Afue,...
33 Reviews
Goodman GMSS960803BN Single Speed 1-Stage Upflow/Horizontal Gas Furnace with Low Nox, 96% Afue,...
  • Goodman Single Speed 1-Stage Upflow/Horizontal Gas Furnace, Low Nox, 96% Afue, 80,000 Btu/H, 1,200 Cfm, 175 In...
  • This furnace is covered by what we believe to be one of the best warranties in the indoor home comfort...
Bestseller No. 3
Goodman GMS80804BN Gas Furnace with 80% Afue, 80,000 Btu, 4 Ton
24 Reviews
Goodman GMS80804BN Gas Furnace with 80% Afue, 80,000 Btu, 4 Ton
  • This listing consists of the Goodman 80% AFUE 80,000 BTU Gas Furnace ONLY
  • Due to Federal Guidelines and Restrictions this item cannot be sold to California residents
Bestseller No. 4
Cast Masters Propane Furnace w 5KG Crucible and Tongs Kiln Smelting Gold Silver Copper Scrap Metal...
188 Reviews
Cast Masters Propane Furnace w 5KG Crucible and Tongs Kiln Smelting Gold Silver Copper Scrap Metal...
  • : Designed here at home in the USA. 100% USA customer support. Call us with any questions. We are here for...
  • :: Melts you PRECIOUS METALS like GOLD in less than 15 minutes.
Bestseller No. 5
Goodman GMH80803BN Gas Furnace, Two-Stage Burner/Multi-Speed Blower, Upflow/Horizontal - 80,000 BTU
12 Reviews
Goodman GMH80803BN Gas Furnace, Two-Stage Burner/Multi-Speed Blower, Upflow/Horizontal - 80,000 BTU
  • Patented TuffTube dual-diameter tubular heat exchanger Two-stage gas valve with revolutionary new convertible...
Bestseller No. 6
Filtrete 16x25x1, AC Furnace Air Filter, MPR 1000, Micro Allergen Defence, 2-Pack
2697 Reviews
Filtrete 16x25x1, AC Furnace Air Filter, MPR 1000, Micro Allergen Defence, 2-Pack
  • Outperforms fiberglass, washable and non-electrostatic 3-month pleated 1" home air filters
  • Exclusive Filtrete Brand 3-in-1 technology from 3M traps unwanted air particles, letting cleaner air flow...
Bestseller No. 7
Out of the Furnace
855 Reviews
Out of the Furnace
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  • Prime Video, R (Restricted)
Bestseller No. 8
Goodman 80 000 BTU 80% AFUE Upflow/Horizontal Gas Furnace model GMH80803BN
4 Reviews
Goodman 80 000 BTU 80% AFUE Upflow/Horizontal Gas Furnace model GMH80803BN
  • Two stage gas valve control technology enables the installer to activate the 2 stage valve with the flip of a...
  • Control board has the provision to store the last 5 diagnostic codes in memory
Bestseller No. 9
Goodman GMH80603AN Gas Furnace, Two-Stage Burner/Multi-Speed Blower, Upflow/Horizontal - 60,000 BTU
1 Reviews
Goodman GMH80603AN Gas Furnace, Two-Stage Burner/Multi-Speed Blower, Upflow/Horizontal - 60,000 BTU
  • Patented TuffTube dual-diameter tubular heat exchanger Two-stage gas valve with revolutionary new convertible...
Bestseller No. 10
Goodman 10 KW Electric Furnace (34,120 BTU's)
24 Reviews
Goodman 10 KW Electric Furnace (34,120 BTU's)
  • Multi Speed MBR Blower whose motor speed can be changed at ease
  • Performance is tested in accordance with AHRI i.e. Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute

Characteristics of Best Furnace 

What makes a brand better than another? The brands in our top furnace brands list have:

  • Quality Components: Consumers understand that most products, like refrigerators, for example, are available in basic, better and best brands. There is a qualitative difference between a cheap Whirlpool refrigerator and a well-built Sub-Zero or Jenn-Air model.
  • Excellent Durability: Independent testing company Consumer Reports found that 77 percent of the time that furnaces failed, the repair was costly ($150+) and the furnace was out of commission for a day or more. Reliable furnaces break down less often over the course of their lifetime.
  • Better Warranties: When an HVAC brand makes a quality furnace, it’s not afraid to back it with a lifetime heat exchanger warranty and general parts warranties of at least 10 years.
  • Premium Performance: Well-built, durability gas furnaces backed by good warranties must also offer superior performance to make the Best Furnace Brands list.

How to Ruin a Quality Gas Furnace

Many independent, comprehensive tests in the last 15 years have demonstrated that most of the top HVAC brands are comparably matched in quality. There’s not a large quality gap between the best furnace brands listed here and the rest of the pack. Those same tests show that the most important part of your gas furnace buying decision is choosing an installation contractor.

Here’s what you want to look for in a dependable furnace contractor:

  • Technician training from a certified training program
  • Factory-trained on the brand you choose
  • Being certified by the National Association of Technician Excellence (NATE) isn’t essential, but it is a plus
  • At least three years of full-time experience installing gas furnaces
  • The company is licensed and insured for your protection

Price vs. Value

To understand our list of the top 10 furnace brands, it is important to first look at how we arrived at these rankings.  For instance, are these just our arbitrary opinions on furnace brands, or are they based in fact?  As I mentioned in the sister article: Top 10 Air Conditioner Brands, it is important to understand the difference between price, and value.  If something is received at the lowest possible cost to you, then it is said to have a low price.  However, if it is the cheapest, made-in-China (Taiwan, or wherever) furnace and it breaks in a year and a half, then it doesn’t have much value.

How to Value Was Determined for Our List of the Top 10 Furnace Brands

At All Systems Mechanical, we are licensed to install all major furnace brands and have no loyalty to any one brand. It is important to know that, as this list of the top 10 furnace brands will be completely unbiased – these are our opinions of the furnace industry as of now, based on our own experience, and real customer feedback.

In fact, if I may make a suggestion, I would be a bit wary of using any HVAC company that only sells one specific brand of the furnace – after all, what is their motivation to sell you the best equipment for your project?  Furnaces from all brands have good years, and bad…so just take what a “licensed distributor” type-company says with a grain of salt, that’s all.  Are they honestly going to tell you that another brand, which they don’t sell, is better for your house?  Of course not.

  1. Reliability – this is a pet peeve of ours; we built our reputation on seeking out and recommending the best equipment for our clients.  It has to work reliably.  Period; non-negotiable.
  2. Cost – the cost to our clients is also a key factor in determining the best furnace brand for your project.
  3. Customer Service – we guarantee our work with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, but your furnace will be with you for a long time – usually 20-30 years!  It is important that we provide you with a company that takes care of its customers – customer service is a must.
  4. Features – these are the gadgets!  Those of you who have read a few of my articles, know that I’m not a big fan of the high-priced, unreliable, high-SEER technology in variable-speed condensers for air conditioners – it’s just something that doesn’t work very well and will be expensive to fix when it breaks.  This is not so for furnaces, however – the technology in high-efficiency furnaces is very reliable, so spend-away if it is within your budget, especially if you live in a colder region like Bozeman, Montana.

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