What is the best heat pump brand? Tetra experts compare Carrier, Goodman, Ruud and Bryant

What are the best heat pump brands?

What is the best heat pump brand to buy? Tetra experts share the heat pump brands they recommend most.

Heat Pump
Written by
Kate Webb
August 23, 2021

What’s the most reliable heat pump brand? Should you go with AC or a heat pump? InHome did the research so you don’t have to. The main considerations when buying a ducted heat pump or a ductless heat pump for your home are price, reliability, SEER rating, and warranty. We outlined these features in our 4 top heat pump brands so you can choose one that’s ideal for your home. Let’s take a look: 

The best heat pump brands


Carrier is a premium heat pump brand that has modernized the HVAC industry with its outstanding innovation. Every heat pump in the Carrier range is guaranteed to be durable and technologically advanced. Their product range is wide, so there’s something for every price range. Carrier is best known for their next-level efficiency.

Average cost - Carrier heat pumps range in price from $6,600 to $9,580.

Efficiency - Carriers offers heat pumps up to 20.5 SEER and they are an Energy Star partner.

Warranties - Most of Carrier’s products come with a 10-year parts warranty, which is average compared to other brands. 


Goodman has a reputation as a highly reliable mid-range heat pump brand. They offer a wide range of heat pumps, suitable for homes large and small. While higher-end brands offer better efficiency, Goodman has strong warranties on all its products. Goodman warranties require homeowners to schedule annual professional tuneups.

Average cost - Goodman heat pumps range in price from $4,995 to $6,100.

Efficiency - Goodman offers heat pumps up to 19 SEER and they are Energy Star certified.

Warranties - Most Goodman heat pumps come with 10-year unit replacement limited warranties, lifetime compressor limited warranties, and/or 10-year parts limited warranties.


Rudd is best known for its better-than-average quality and strong innovation. Made with durable parts and materials, Ruud heat pumps are designed to last 15-20 years when properly installed and maintained. Ruud heat pumps are readily available, which may make parts and service less expensive.

Average cost - Ruud heat pumps range in price from $4,670 to $7,210.

Efficiency - Ruud offers heat pumps up to 19 SEER and they are Energy Star qualified.


Warranties - Ruud offers a 10 year parts warranty and a 10 year conditional unit replacement warranty.


Bryant is a stand out among mid-range and economy heat pump brands, with a variety of options. Owned by Carrier, Bryant promises the same quality as its premium parent brand, but at a slightly lower price point. Bryant is best known for their better-than-average efficiency, energy-saving features, and quiet operation. 

Average cost - Bryant heat pumps range in price from $6,560 to $9,090.

Efficiency - Bryant offers heat pumps up to 20.5 SEER and they are Energy Star qualified.


Warranties - Bryant offers a 10 year limited parts warranty.

Is a heat pump the most efficient option for your home? 

Until recently, heat pumps were only recommended in mild climates where a moderate amount of heating is required. Older heat pump models struggled to pull heat in very cold temperatures, making them more expensive to run than a furnace or boiler. Newer cold-climate heat pumps, which have been on the market since 2010, can operate economically down to 5°F or below. Cold climate units can fully meet the heating load on all but the coldest days or the year. The most advanced heat pumps can still provide some heating efficiency at temperatures as cold as -20°F. If you live in MA or in the North East, ensure your ducted heat pump or ductless mini split heat pump is a cold-climate model.

What is the lifespan of a heat pump?

The typical lifespan of a heat pump is anywhere from 12-20 years, depending on how well you maintain it. Because heat pumps produce both heating and cooling, they tend to wear out faster than dedicated heating and cooling appliances like a furnace, boiler or AC.

No matter which brand you choose, InHome is always more affordable than the competition. If you find a better quote, we’ll beat it by $300. Get your instant quote today.

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