American Standard Gold Series heat pumps are the second-best models from this top-selling brand. There’s no drop in quality—these units have lower efficiency ratings and are single-stage instead of 2-stage. These changes produce lower prices that make them more attractive to homeowners in milder climates where high efficiency isn’t vital or those who prefer spending less to getting 2-stage performance.
This post provides you with an overview of the Gold Series. If you’re looking for comparable models from other brands, see our posts on the Carrier Performance/Comfort Series, the Lennox Elite Series, Goodman SSZ, Rheem Classic and other second-tier series.
You can also read heat pump ratings posts for specific models within this series by visiting the American Standard page.
Overview of the American Standard Gold Series Heat Pumps
Models: The models in this series are the American Standard Gold XI (16.5 SEER/9.0 HSPF) and American Standard Gold SI (14.5 SEER/9.2 HSPF).
Energy Efficiency: The Gold XI is an Energy Star heat pump, a good choice for warmer climates. The Gold SI is less efficient but may be a cost-effective choice for milder climates that don’t have extreme summer or winter temperatures.
Performance: These are single-stage heat pumps which means they run at full capacity whenever they are heating or cooling. Single-stage units don’t offer as precise climate control as 2-stage models do, but many homeowners won’t notice the difference and would prefer the cost savings. If you want a 16 SEER 2-stage heat pump, they are made by Goodman, Carrier and several other manufacturers.
Price: There is a significant drop in prices from the Platinum Series to the Gold Series. These units are priced above average for heat pumps in this class, though they may be a good value. American Standard has one of the best service records in the heat pump business and you should get 15-20 years of use from a Gold Series heat pump.
Pros and Cons of the American Standard Gold Series Heat Pumps
The quality of the American Standard Gold heat pumps is what sets them apart. They are durable and reliable. These heat pumps are backed by a very good 10-year compressor and parts warranty.
For some, the single-stage performance in the Gold XI heat pump might be a drawback. Two-stage 16 SEER heat pumps are available. These units cost more than some heat pumps with comparable features, and while they may also be of higher quality, if you want to spend less, see products from Goodman, York, Payne or Aire Flo.
If you’re interested in the highest-quality heat pumps you can find in this class, and don’t mind paying 10%-15% more, you may be very happy with an American Standard Gold heat pump.