Pioneer Mini Split Heat Pump/AC Reviews, Prices and Buying Guide 2018

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

Pioneer mini-split ductless and ducted systems offer good value to the consumer, a combination of:

  • Quality components
  • Efficiency ratings in the low-to-middle range for all ductless systems
  • Competitive pricing

Single-zone Pioneer mini split systems are sold complete with the outdoor and indoor units, line set, wiring and all other installation materials. Multi-zone outdoor and indoor units are sold separately to allow you to customize indoor climate control to the space.

Parker Davis HVAC, the parent company, is one of the largest global suppliers of mini split systems.

This guide includes an overview of all Pioneer complete systems and individual indoor and outdoor units and their features. A separate table has complete Pioneer split system prices. Customer-submitted costs and how to save money on a Pioneer system installation are included.

Top Pioneer Features

The fact that Pioneer sells complete single zone systems makes things very easy. The consumer doesn’t need to know much about mini-split systems like how to match an outdoor and indoor unit and what accessories are needed. It’s one package; one price. Very easy. Pioneer single-zone mini split packages are available with indoor units for wall, floor and ceiling mount.

The WYS-22 Series continue to heat in the air well below freezing. This is the result of oversized heat exchangers that capture additional outdoor heat, even at very low temperatures.

The WYS-22 condensing units are equipped with an electric compressor heater to prevent frost buildup.

CYB ceiling cassette indoor units are available to supply an impressive 48,000 BTUs of heating and cooling when matched with a 48K outdoor unit. With 8-way airflow, they offer excellent airflow to every part of the room.

An optional WiFi module for remote access, monitoring and control is available. Using WiFi is convenient, but it also allows you to reduce energy costs and maintain indoor comfort. For example, if you forget to turn down the thermostat when you leave, simply use WiFi and the Pioneer app to do it. On your way home, turn the heat back up, and walk into a warm house knowing you saved money on energy costs all day.

Pioneer will soon introduce (it might be available by the time you read this) a ducted mini-split system with up to 20 SEER/10.5 HSPF efficiency. The RYB Series will offer outdoor units in capacities from 9,000 to 48,000 BTUs. The indoor units are designed for concealing in walls behind a grill, a good choice where a wall-mounted indoor unit would be conspicuous.

Cons for Pioneer

While most brands focus on the competitively priced 16 SEER to 22 SEER range of products, mini split units are available that are much more efficient. Yes, they cost up to twice as much, but 30-38 SEER mini split units also dramatically reduce energy use and operating cost. They’re nearly twice as efficient.

The 2-year general parts warranty and 5-year compressor warranty are average for the industry. There are better warranties available, though perhaps not on equipment in this price range.

Pioneer Mini-Split Model Comparisons and Recommendations

Target EfficiencyModelSEERHSPFOutdoor Unit SizesRoom sq. ft.Indoor Unit TypeZones
Single Zone Systems
Mid-rangeWYS-2222.810.59K-18K BTU350-700Wall1
CYB21.510.59K-48K BTU350-1,750Ceiling cassette1
UYB2010.518K-48K BTU700-1,750Floor, wall, ceiling1
FYB20.510.512K BTU500-600Floor1
BasicWYS-17189.89K-36K BTU350-1,500Wall1
Multi Zone Outdoor Units
Mid-rangeYN-M22.510.417K-48K350-875 eachWall, ceiling, floor2-5

The WYS-22 Series is the most efficient system and best choice for traditional wall mounting. It’s a good choice for warm climates where higher SEER efficiency is important.

The WYS-17 is less efficient, so popular in cooler climates. One concern is trying to heat and air condition a 1,500-square foot room, the largest possible with this model, from a wall. For rooms/zones larger than 1,200 square feet, consider a system with a ceiling cassette indoor unit like the CYB and UYB single-zone and YN-M multizone systems.

If you’ll use the system primarily for heat in a cool climate, our recommendation is the FYB single-zone system with floor mount. Since heat rises naturally, it makes sense to have a unit mounted near the floor rather than on a wall or ceiling.

Pioneer Mini Split Prices for Complete Systems and Components

Both complete systems in components include everything necessary for installation. Here are Pioneer mini split system prices to compare with prices from the other brands we’ve reviewed including Fujitsu, Mitsubishi, Gree, Samsung and Trane.

Outdoor Models
Home Size (sf)
Indoor & Outdoor Unit Price
Total Price with Installed
WYS-17350-1,500$660-$2,390
$1,460-$4,400
WYS-22350-700$790-$1,790
$1,590-$3,300
CYB350-1,750$1,190-$4,000
$2,000-$6,000
UYB700-1,750$1,525-$3,525
$2,325-$5,525
FYB500-600$1,185-$1,200
$1,985-$3,200
YN-M (Multi Zone)700-3,500$2,100-$5,600$3,300-$9,100

Notes:

*Prices vary among retailers

*Installation costs $800-1,500 for single-zone systems and $1,200-$3,500 for multizone systems

*BTU capacities of the indoor units combined should approximately equal the capacity of the outdoor unit

How to Get the Best Pioneer Mini-Split Prices

  • Firstly, keep in mind that installation quality is always the most important thing for residential HVAC 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.

At last, 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.

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