Learn about the top central air brands of today and their stand out A/Cs.

If you're preparing to install a new heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) unit, you're probably interested in knowing about the best central air units currently on the market.

Although there are a dozen or so central air conditioning manufacturers in existence, many of the brands are owned or manufactured by a larger brand:

    • Goodman = Amana
    • Lennox = Ducane
    • Rheem = Ruud
    • York = Coleman

When you're shopping for the right AC unit, the right central air unit will keep your home cool without sending your electric bill through the roof. The air conditioner prices vary by model and location, but this list has units from all ends of the price spectrum.

Also, keep in mind the price of an air conditioner doesn't always include the price to install the unit. When you hire a contractor, he or she will explain all the costs involved.


Maytag is the only central air brand on this list that is a stand-alone company.

Some features of Maytag include:

    • Maytag M1200 PSA4BI iQ Drive
    • Quiet and efficient
    • Seasonal energy-efficiency ratio (SEER) rating up to 24.5.
    • Runs at approximately 59 decibels (dB), the same level of sound as a normal conversation.
    • 12-year warranty

Bryant Preferred Series Air Conditioning System 126B

    • This system is a less-expensive version of its owner, Carrier's mid-range series.
    • It's one of the most popular air conditioners on the market.


Amana 18 SEER Air Conditioning System ASXC18

    • Highly efficient
    • Single- and two-stage models
    • Uses R410-A chlorine-free refrigerant
    • SEER ratings between 16 and 18
    • Temperature and humidity sensors
    • Usually has lifetime warranty on compressors
    • 10-year warranty on parts

Rheem Prestige RASL-JEC

    • Highly efficient
    • SEER ratings from 16 to 19.5
    • SmartComfort control system
    • Suitable for residential and commercial use
    • Two-stage compressors
    • On-board diagnostic system
    • Detects repair issues instantly
    • Strong steel cabinet housing


Choosing the best air conditioner for your home can seem daunting, but with information at hand, you can make the best choice.

This top list of central air brands should get you started. When you're ready for custom HVAC estimates, go with local professionals.