A 2014 review of 45 brands of heat pumps by FurnaceCompare.com chose Trane as the best. The XB14 model by Trane ranked higher than nearly 250 heat pumps, earning a top rating of 4.2 out of 5. Three models by Trane appeared in the top five.
Another review by FurnaceCompare.com also cross-referenced consumer satisfaction with general energy efficiency to determine the best-rated heat pump brand for these criteria. Mitsubishi topped this list, while Trane made an appearance at the 11th spot.
The Trane XB14 features a balance of performance and cost that FurnaceCompare.com factored in when ranking the heat pumps. The model features a seasonal energy efficiency rating of 15.5 when used to cool a building, while the heating seasonal performance factor of the unit is rated at 8.5. The unit operates at a noise level of approximately 76 decibels and on average costs around $6,223 to purchase and install. The Trane model is lauded for economical and efficient function as well as innovative features like the Climatuff compressor and Spine Fin outdoor coil. The XB14 qualifies for an Energy Star rating when paired with compatible components.
A 2013 comparison by Nesteruk.org argues, in contrast to findings by FurnaceCompare.com, that Maytag brand heat pumps are best. The PSH4BI iQ Drive heat pump, with a seasonal energy efficiency rating of 22 and a low noise output near 59 decibels, features an inverter-rotary design and a 12-year warranty.