Trane vs Bosch Heat Pumps

Choosing a heat pump is a big decision that will affect how your home is heated and cooled. Trane & Bosch models are some of the top heat pumps available right now. But other than the factors like efficiency, quiet operation, and perfect temperature control; you might have some specific requirements. In order to help you choose the right heat pump for your house, we will compare and contrast Trane and Bosch heat pumps in this blog.

Trane Vs. Bosch Heat Pump: Which to Choose?

When selecting a heat pump, there are a number of things to take into account. Bosch and Trane score well across a range of areas, although they aren’t always at the top. Here is a comparison of how they differ in a few key areas.


SEER Rating

Trane vs Bosch – Efficiency Comparison

Bosch and Trane both produce two different versions of variable speed heat pumps. Both “premium” and “lower price” models are produced by each manufacturer.

Reminder: The four types we’ll be comparing today are all “variable speed” a.k.a. “variable capacity” heat pump systems (2 Trane/2 Bosch).

The premium models we will be comparing are Trane XV20 and Bosch 2.0, while Trane XV18 and Bosch 1.0 are the lower-priced models.

When discussing air conditioners and heat pumps, SEER is the most frequently used efficiency comparison (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating). When evaluating automotive efficiency, consider SEER as MPG (Miles per Gallon). The efficiency of the device increases with the SEER rating. SEER measures an appliance’s efficiency; it has nothing to do with a unit’s power. Because of this, heating your home will consume less energy, saving you money on your energy costs.

Both Bosch and Trane have higher SEER ratings than the competition but in different categories. In 2- and 4-ton units, for instance, Bosch has a higher SEER rating than Trane. In the 3 and 5-ton sizes, Trane has a higher SEER rating.

One brand may be preferable to the other depending on the size unit that you require.

Trane vs Bosch Premium Models

SEER ratings for 2,3,4 and 5-ton models for Trane XV20 are 18.75 – 19.25*, 19.75 – 20*, 18 – 19.25*, 18.25 – 19*, with the Bosch 2.0 model providing a SEER rating of 20.5, 20, 20 and 19 respectively.

The XV20 from Trane can be linked to three or more separate interior coil units or air handlers, each of which will produce a different SEER rating. The lowest to highest of all 3 matches are displayed.

Trane vs Bosch Lower Price Models

SEER ratings for 2,3,4 and 5-ton models for Trane XV18 are 18, 18, 18 and 18, with the Bosch 1.0 model providing SEER ratings of 18.50, 17.50, 18.50 and 17.50, respectively.


Trane vs Bosch Efficiency Winner

Premium Model Winner: Bosch

Bosch wins thanks to its higher SEER ratings in the 2, 3, and 4-ton sizes. Additionally, they tie at 19-SEER when Trane has matched to its best (but most expensive) air handler and win in the 5-Ton size when comparing 2 of the 3 Trane air handler matchups.

Lower Price Model Winner: Tie

Trane and Bosch are the winners in both sizes. Trane wins in the 3 and 5-ton capacities, while Bosch succeeds in the 2 and 4-ton categories.

Warranty Comparison – Trane Vs. Bosch Heat Pumps

Both Bosch and Trane provide industry-leading, limited warranties when installed by a certified contractor. In the case of Bosch, you only receive an additional year if your system is installed by a Bosch Accredited Contractor (ABC).

Trane provides 12-year compressor and 10 years parts warranty for XV20 & XV18. Bosch provides 10-year compressor and parts warranty for Bosch 2.0 and 1.0 for both ABC and non-ABC Contractor installed Bosch models.

Trane vs Bosch Warranty Winner: Tie

Compressor Warranty Winner: Trane

Parts Warranty Winner: Tie

This one is a draw.  On the one side, Trane has a compressor warranty that is 1 year longer. Bosch, on the other hand, offers a warranty that is 1 year longer on all other components. According to Trane, one of the most expensive repairs you might need is a compressor replacement. A heat pump, however, has numerous components that can malfunction. Therefore, it is more likely that the extra year on the components warranty will result in cost savings in year 11.


What is an ABC (Accredited Bosch Contractor)?

The Accredited Bosch Contractor (ABC) status levels are used to categorise:

  •         Platinum ABC (Best)
  •         Gold ABC (Better)
  •         Silver ABC (Good).

There are two ways to increase your ABC status.

  •         Quantity of registered installations
  •         Factory-certified training hours completed.

For you, the product’s end-user, both are crucial. A better installation will be the consequence of more installation and training experience. In the end, how well your heat pump system is installed will determine how happy you are with it for the next 10 to 15 years. In the end, picking a skilled installation is more crucial than picking the right equipment. Even the best equipment that is put improperly will not function as intended, leading to subpar performance, decreased efficiency, and unreliability. Whatever the brand or model, this is true.


Trane vs Bosch Heat Pump – Price Comparison 

The pricing is unquestionably the biggest distinction between Bosch heat pumps and Trane. In America, people are familiar with the brand Trane, particularly in the Phoenix region. Bosch, a German-based company, is better known in this country for its tools, dishwashers, and auto parts. To their credit, the German engineering, cutting-edge features, and low noise levels of their appliances have earned them international acclaim. Bosch is not a new company in the HVAC industry, but their home heat pumps are relatively new in the United States.

So how can a company like Bosch, based in Europe, compete in American markets? Price.

The Bosch 2.0 and 1.0 cost much less than the XV20 and XV18 from Trane.  Since there are 24 possible combinations from Trane alone (only for these two models), we won’t include the costs of each and every one. But we did think of a simple approach to illustrate the pricing variation by model type:

Trane XV20 vs Bosch 2.0 Price Difference 

Bosch 2.0 ranges between $1,900 to as much as $2,300 less than the Trane XV20 (installed)

This was estimated by comparing the Bosch 2.0 lowest to highest installed price* range to the lowest to highest price XV20 counterpart from Trane in each size (2 through 5 tons).

Trane XV18 vs Bosch 1.0 Price Difference 

Bosch 1.0 ranges between $1,500 to as much as $2,400 less than the Trane XV18 (installed)

This was obtained by comparing the Bosch 1.0 installed price range from lowest to highest against the lowest to highest price* XV18 matchup from Trane in each size (2 through 5 tons). The lowest price is 2 tons, while the maximum is 5 tons. The price difference between the two brands is bigger the higher the tonnage (cooling capacity).

Price Comparison Winner: Bosch

Bosch will cost you between $1500 and as much as $2400 less than Trane for equipment with identical efficiency, technology, and warranty.


Which is Quieter, Trane or Bosch?

While you won’t be disappointed with the operational sounds of either, the Bosch is slightly quieter than the Trane – both models.

  • Bosch – as low as 54dB (decibels)
  • Trane – as low as 57dB

Bottom line, they are both amazingly quiet, mostly due to their variable-speed compressors and clever fan & cabinet designs.


Our Suggestion between Bosch and Trane

You may see that we offer many different brands by browsing our website, but you’ll also notice that some brands are missing. It’s most likely because we wouldn’t buy one for ourselves if we don’t sell it. That’s not to mean the product is bad; there are other considerations as well. Poor supply chains, limited access to maintenance parts, inadequate technical assistance, etc. 

The Bosch 1.0 & 2.0 variable speed heat pumps are the only ones on the market that offer as much value for the money. When compared side by side, the Bosch matches or outperforms Trane’s XV20 & XV18 in a number of aspects. You’d like to keep an extra $1,500 to $2,400 in your pocket just like any other guy, so we suggest going for Bosch Heat Pump.


How to Get the Best Bosch Heat Pump

Now that you know what you should get installed, you should know where to find them. Well, that’s an easy answer. Finding a Bosch heat pump contractor with clients’ interests at heart in Baltimore, MD, is not easy.

Are you looking for reliable HVAC services in Baltimore, MD, and surrounding areas? Rowbel Services has a team of some of the most professional and experienced HVAC and electrical contractors in the state of Maryland. We offer revolutionary HVAC, electrical, and contracting services to residential and commercial clients in Maryland and Virginia metropolitan areas.

Contact us here for any issues you’re having. We’ll be ready, day or night. You can trust that we’ll handle whatever problem you throw at us.

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