Bryant Evolution 180B Review
SEER:Up to 21
ENERGY STAR ®:Yes
Decibel Level:As low as 66
Price:$5,000 - $6,000
Tonnage:2 to 5
Cooling Capacity:24,000 to 60,000
The Evolution 180B is one of Bryant’s top-tier air conditioner models, so this unit has a more advanced two-stage scroll compressor, a high efficiency rating and ENERGY STAR® certification, excellent humidity control, and some great additional features that increase ease of use and convenience. The 180B is also one of the most expensive models in the Bryant line, so you'll have to have a hefty budget if you want this premium air conditioner offering. However, the Evolution 180B is designed for quiet and lasting performance and comes with a good parts warranty, so your investment will be protected.
About the Bryant Evolution 180B
Average Price (with installation): $5,000 to $6,000
- Quiet operation
- High-efficiency two-stage scroll compressor
- Great humidity control
- Remote Wi-Fi control capabilities
- Durable and lasting performance
The Bottom Line
The Evolution 180B is one of Bryant’s most advanced air conditioners, but it’s also their most expensive. You can save a great deal of money by choosing another Bryant cooling system with similar specifications and features, so it’s best to do the research before committing to this specific model. However, if energy efficiency is your main goal, then the Evolution 180B has the highest SEER rating of any Bryant air conditioner, so you're guaranteed to save both energy and money if you upgrade to this unit.
In Depth Review
Bryant Evolution 180B Product Specifications:
SEER: Up to 21
ENERGY STAR® certified: Yes
Decibel rating: As low as 66
Tonnage: 2 to 5 tonnes
Evolution Connex control: The Evolution Connex control is a remote Wi-Fi enabled management system that lets you access and control your cooling system settings from anywhere in the world. Plus, you'll never miss another routine maintenance check thanks to the system’s automatic service alerts and maintenance reminders.
Humidity Control: The Evolution 180B boasts excellent humidity control thanks to the two-stage compressor, but the system offers even more advanced moisture maintenance when paired with the Evolution Connex control.
AeroQuiet System: When running, the Evolution 180B is no louder than a vacuum, and this is because of the AeroQuiet System design, which includes a PSC fan motor, quiet-mount compressor grommets, forward-swept fan blade design, and a compressor sound blanket.
Other Key Features
- Consistent temperature maintenance
- Weather-resistance and durability from the DuraGuard Plus system
- Heavy-gauge sheet metal and baked-on powder finish for additional protection from the elements
- Uses an environmentally responsible Puron refrigerant
- Filter drier protects against moisture damage
- High- and low-pressure switches prevent damage to the unit
- Louvered steel coil guard
- Eight-pole fan motor
Bryant requires registration of a new unit within 90 days of installation to ensure the longest warranty terms. After registration, the Evolution 180B is protected by a 10-year parts warranty, and there's also a labour warranty you can purchase separately. Should you fail to register the unit, the warranty will expire after five years.
Comparable Models by Bryant
Model Comparison by Price: Bryant Evolution 180B versus Bryant Preferred 127A
When compared with other models in the Bryant line, the Evolution 180B stands out because of the high price, and you could save a great deal by opting for another Bryant model instead. For instance, the Preferred 127A will run you about $3,500 to $4,500, meaning you could potentially save upwards of $2,000 with the mid-range unit. The 127A similarly has a two-stage scroll compressor for better humidity control and temperature maintenance, but the trade-off for the lower price is that it has a lower SEER rating of 17 and a higher decibel rating of 72.
Model Comparison by Features: Bryant Evolution 180B versus Legacy 105A
Legacy air conditioners are the most basic models from Bryant. The Legacy 105A is a standard single-stage unit with a cooling capacity ranging from 1.5 to 5 tons, a SEER rating of 16, and a decibel rating of 72. In other words, the Legacy model isn't as efficient or as quiet as the Evolution 180B, and it can't offer the same temperature consistency and humidity control. However, the Legacy 105A costs between $3,250 to $4,250, so it’s much more affordable if you're on a tighter budget.
Model Comparison by Tier: Bryant Evolution 180B versus Evolution 189BNV
The 180B and 189BNV are both Evolution series models, and are similar in terms of pricing, efficiency, specifications, and features. However, the 189BNV is less expensive ($4,500 to $5,500), but is arguably a superior cooling system. It has an even more advanced variable-speed compressor for better temperature maintenance and humidity control, operates at a decibel level of 56, and can be used for zone temperature control. The only specification that’s less advanced with the 189BNV is the SEER rating, which is still a high-efficiency and ENERGY STAR qualifying 19.