Trane XL20i
Trane XL20i

Trane Central Air Conditioner

The Trane XL20i has a SEER as high as 20. It also boasts an impressive warranty, with the compressor covered for 12 years and other parts for 10. Trane air conditioners in general have a reputation for reliability and fare well in consumer-satisfaction surveys.
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Amana ASXC18
Amana ASXC18

Amana Central Air Conditioner

The Amana ASXC18 is both less efficient and less expensive than our other top models. Its seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) can reach 18, and it runs at a fairly quiet 71 decibels. Along with the standard 10-year warranty on parts, Amana guarantees to replace the whole condensing unit if the compressor ever fails.
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Dave Lennox Signature Collection
Dave Lennox Signature Collection

Lennox Central Air Conditioner

The Dave Lennox Signature Collection includes two models: the XC17, with a seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) of up to 18; and the XC21, with a SEER as high as 21.2. Both models run at 69 decibels, significantly quieter than many standard air conditioners. Both units are backed by a 10-year warranty.
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Carrier Infinity Series
Carrier Infinity Series

Carrier Central Air Conditioner

The Carrier Infinity Series includes four models. Two of these, the 24ANA1 and 24ANB1, have a seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) of up to 21 and run very quietly at 65 decibels. They also earn praise for their dehumidifying power and strong reliability record. The warranty covers all parts for 10 years, but requires registration.
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Maytag M1200 PSA4BI iQ Drive
Maytag M1200 PSA4BI iQ Drive

Maytag Central Air Conditioner

The Maytag M1200 PSA4BI iQ Drive stands out in terms of efficiency and quietness. Its SEER rating can reach 24.5, and its noise level is similar to conversation level at 59 decibels. Although this air conditioner is pricey, its 12-year warranty is also longer than most others.
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Rheem Prestige RASL-JEC (also known as Ruud Ultra UASL-JEC)
Rheem Prestige RASL-JEC (also known as Ruud Ultra UASL-JEC)

Rheem Central Air Conditioner

With two stages of cooling, the Rheem Prestige RASL-JEC can reach a SEER of up to 19.5. Professionals say it's very reliable, and its warranty includes the standard 10-year parts coverage and also includes a 10-year conditional replacement warranty (with registration).
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