Bryant Heat Pump Reviews and Buying Guide 2018

bryant heat pump buying guide

Note: Before you dive into the specific brand review, we highly recommend you to read our elaborate Heat Pump Buying Guide in advance, there are several crucial steps you need to take before you even start to think about the brand.

Brand Introduction

The Bryant Company is one of the oldest companies to deal in HVAC systems in America. UTC now owns the company, founded almost a century ago. A heat pump is a great installation to have in any house. It works against the prevailing outside temperatures to keep the house at a comfortable temperature. Bryant heat pumps are some of the most efficient at achieving this simple task. The company has a number of product lines under the Bryant heat pumps. These are the Legacy, which is the value brand, Preferred Compact, preferred, and Evolution. The Evolution is Bryant’s premium heat pump line and has the highest level of efficiency

The company is renowned for having one of the highest rates of customer satisfaction. This is partly due to its Factory Approved Dealers program. In addition, the high dependability of its systems plays a big role in customer approval. While the FADs benefit from free marketing, customers benefit from the highest level of assured quality, theoretically. In addition, it is one of the few companies known to give regular training to its dealers. All this is done free of charge to the dealer.

What’s Unique?

Externally, all Bryant heat pumps come covered with the brand’s patented DuraGuard Plus. This coat helps to keep the unit looking fresh and protected from the elements. It is designed to increase the durability of the entire system. With an HSPF rating of 13, the company’s top line heat pump is the most efficient in the market. This title is held jointly with Carrier’s top of the line heat pump. The humidity control feature is also worth noting. This is especially great for people who live in warm and wet climate. The humidity control is awesome in controlling mold formation within a home. The Puron refrigerant used in Bryant heat pumps is one of the most environmentally friendly in the industry.

In terms of noise levels, these heat pumps are among the quietest in the industry. The heat pumps have a recorded noise level of just 58db. This noise level is quite close to the noise produced by a refrigerator. Consequently, this is a great heat pump for those who love some, quiet and comfort. Another great feature worth noting about the Bryant heat pumps is their warranty terms. Unlike most other heat pump manufacturer, they offer the option to extend the warranty. This feature is especially useful for people who plan to live in an area for many years to come. It makes use of the heat pump as it ages even cheaper.

Another feature of the Bryant heat that has won them accolades is the Factory Authorized Dealer (FAD) program. Under this program, Bryant selects a number of dealers, who are only allowed to sell Bryant products under the agreement. The company then offers training on how to install its heat pumps. Consequently, customers who deal with a FAD certified dealer know they are getting the best in vetted quality. This takes the burden of vetting away for the consumer. Vetting dealers are critical in any quality HVAC installation.

What’s Difference Between Bryant and Carrier?

Just like Ruud and Rheem, 99% models are identical between Bryant and Carrier, the only difference is the logo. You may notice that the price is different for the same Bryant and Carrier Model, and Bryant is usually the cheaper one. That’s because UTC(parent company) is using different marketing strategy to increase the Bryant market share. If this is the case for your state we recommend you to choose Bryant. The quality and after-sale service are totally identical and you can even use the same parts for repairment.

Model Analysis

Evolution285BNH15.59.5Single-StageRecommend For Inland
Preferred226A17.59.5Two-StageRecommend For Coastal

We always say that you need pay more for installation and less for the unit. SEER matters but 15-16 is enough, I personally replaced my 10 SEER heat pump with a 15 SEER Unit, which helps me save 40% OFF every month. If you live in the humid places like SC, you had better choose a two-stage heat pump for better dehumidify performance. So as the above chart shows, we recommend the Evolution 285BNH and Preferred 226A.

Selected Contractor Feedback

Great Technical Support

The HVAC business can be hard to make it in when one does not have the support of the manufacturer. However, Bryant has come up with a great program, which ensures an open line of communication between dealers and the factory. Consequently, dealers who work with the brand can quickly resolve any issues they have with the units. This is because they have direct access to the manufacturer. This is definitely one of the greatest innovations in the HVAC industry. It has helped Bryant dominate the market for so long.

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Awesome Energy Savings

Over the years, Bryant has gained a reputation for producing some of the most efficient heat pumps in the industry. In fact, the company has been awarded for this efficiency. With a Bryant heat pump, one can be sure to recoup their investment within just a few months after installation.

Highly Reliable Heat pumps

The Bryant heat pumps are quite dependable. They are less likely to break down unceremoniously unlike some other heat pump brands. This is partly due to Bryant’s FADs program. In addition, the company’s warranty terms are comprehensive and cover any repairs for ten years. One can also choose to extend the warranty terms.

Bryant Heat Pump Prices By Model

In order to offer an objective and equal comparison, we set the baseline below:

Each system includes: 3-ton outdoor condenser, 1300-1500 CFM air handler, programmable heat pump thermostat.

Bryant Models
System Only
System Installed
Evolution 280A$4,540
Evolution 289B$3,865
Evolution 286B$3,550
Evolution 285B$2,790
Preferred 226A$2,850$7,800
Preferred 225B$2350$6,150
Preferred 223A$2,260$5,890
Legacy 215B$2,120$5,505
Legacy 214D$1,825$5,350
Legacy 213C$1,725$5,170

Bryant Heat Pump Prices By Size

Before installing your heat pump, an HVAC contractor needs to size your system by “Manual J” calculation. This will take into accounts factors like where you live, how much insulation you have, windows types and directions, and everything else. Then you will get a right-sized heat pump unit ranging from 1.5-ton to 5-ton.

Each Unit includes: Bryant Preferred 15 SEER 3-ton outdoor condenser, 1300-1400 CFM air handler, programmable thermostat.

Heat Pump Size
Home Size
System Only
System Installed
1.5 ton600-1000 sf$1,850
2 ton1001-1300 sf$2,080
2.5 ton1301-1600 sf$2,155
3 ton1601-1900 sf$2,350
3.5 ton1901-2200 sf$2,765$8,290
4 ton2201-2600 sf$3,050$8,675
5 ton2601-3200 sf$3,505$9,090

Reader Shared Prices and Details

Brand & Model & Size
Home Location
Home Size
$4,999 2 ton Bryant EvolutionScranton, PA1850 sqft
I installed this Evolution unit. It is splendid when running and makes a slight noise. Its performance is excellent, and I have not done many replacements. I truly got value for my money. I have seen my electricity bill drop drastically through the years, and the air is more comfortable. Nothing but fantastic performance. The price is nothing compared to the exceptional performance, durability and efficiency of this heat pump. The size is average, and only takes a small portion of my living room, and the warrant is comprehensive enough to make you buy this again. This is the best brand and I would recommend it to any person who wants a good heat pump.
$7,6009.75 HSPF Bryant 286BIdaho3300 sqft
I have worked in the commercial and residential HVAC field for some time. Many heat pumps failures are due to cheap equipment, and the Bryant Evolution has proven to be a quality-built piece of equipment. I have installed this one model for eight years, and I have not had major failures. You truly get what you pay for.
CA$5,700Bryant 226APort Williams Canada2300 sqft
We moved to Canada, and we decided to replace the heat pump unit in the house. We decided to buy the 2 ton Bryant Preferred unit, and it has been perfect for us. It has been working correctly and also. It is soundless which is great because we cannot hear it when it is working. It is very efficient on energy as we have noticed a subtle drop in bills ever since we bought this unit.
$5,8004 ton Bryant 223AUnknown2800 sqft
I had the 4 ton Bryant Preferred installed in the year 2014. So far, the heat pump has continued to operate efficiently and smoothly, and it is such a quiet heat pump. Additionally, the warranty is quite comprehensive. This is in addition to the high efficiency that the system offers.
$4,100Bryant Legacy 215BLouisiana2100 sqft
I have owned this heat pump for two months and am impressed. It is quite affordable as compared to others in the market, and also, it operates quietly. It works so well for cooling and heating as well. I hope that there will be no repairs or replacements shortly and would recommend this brand and model to a friend who wants a reliable heat pump at an affordable price.
$4,85015 SEER Bryant 213BNaples, FL1900 sqft
We installed a 5 SEER 3-ton Evolution system six years ago. It operates without any noise, and it is energy efficient. The only issue I had was the compressor starting to make an odd noise after about two years, but Bryant replaced it under the warranty. The systems heating and cooling is unbelievably excellent, especially in very high or very low temperatures. It is so quiet that I can barely tell when it’s running. I Would buy this again!

How to Get the Best Bryant Heat Pump Prices?

  • Firstly, keep in mind that installation quality is always the most important thing for heat pump project. So never sacrifice contractor quality for lower price.
  • Secondly, remember to look up the latest tax credit and rebates.
  • Thirdly, ask for at least 3 bids before you make the decision. You can click here to get 3 free estimates for your local contractor, and this estimate already takes rebates and tax credit into consideration and filter unqualified contractors automatically.

Lastly, once you chose the right contractor, remember to use the tactics from this guide: homeowners tactics when negotiating with HVAC dealer to get the final best price.

2 comments… add one
  • What rating does a Bryant 2.5 ton 14 seer R-410A have? Is this model preferred or legacy?

    • Hi

      Do you live in Northern US? If So, it is proper for you.


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